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OPS At Home Learning: 8th Grade

Grade level resources



8th GRADE – Pre Algebra 1-2

(Algebra 1-2 students, please refer to 10th Grade Mathematics)

Recommended minutes per day:  45 – 60 minutes





Social Studies

Social Studies – 8th grade

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes


  • Keep connected to 8th grade Social Studies content with Khan Academy resources (video lessons, student readings, and quizzes) over the following eras:
    • The Civil War Era
    • The Gilded Age
  • Go further with 8th grade Social Studies using the CK-12 Online Text. Select Social Studies then U.S. History to access content information, videos, and interactives on a variety of topics. 
  • View “On this day in history” clips from C-Span
  • Learn more about Omaha’s hidden history, and how local people, events, and places are connected to United States History.
    • View student projects from Making Invisible Histories Visible
  • Stay connected to current events, global issues, and reading with the NY Times Lesson of the Day, as well as resources located on the OPS Library Services page.


The Civil War Era:

The Gilded Age:

CK-12 Online Text:

On this day in history:

Making Invisible Histories Visible:

NY Times Lesson of the Day:

OPS Library Services Resources:
- Opposing Viewpoints (current issues)
- Global Issues in Context (world issues)
- OverDrive (ebooks)


Language Arts / Reading




Independent Reading:  30 minutes per day

  • Student chooses a book of interest.  This includes literary text (novel, short story, biography, autobiography, memoir, play, poetry, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novel) or informational text (topic-centered on a topic of student’s choice).  Use Overdrive or Sora to check out materials digitally for free (connects to the Omaha Public Library and the Omaha Public Schools Library).
  • Structured Reading Support
    • contains grade-level informational text with comprehension questions attached.  Currently offers an “Article a Day” for grades 6-8.  Free.
    • Achieve 3000 offers one article every day that is leveled to students’ reading level with comprehension questions for each.  Archived articles also available.  Free but requires online registration and some training to implement.
    • Scholastic Learn at Home offers day-to-day projects to keep kids reading and learning.



Independent Writing:  15 minutes per day

  • Student journals (diary) on topic of choice.  Can include reflections on current events, daily life, content of independent reading.
  • Students can write a play and submit for feedback using
  • Structured Writing Support
    • YouTube videos provide targeted information on topics and subtopics that include the writing process, grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and style, writing modes and genres.  Free.
    • Each week playwrights are offering free lessons on playwriting.
    • NoRedInk offers interactive tutorials to teach writing and grammar concepts.  Free.



  • TED Talks offer short speeches and presentations by a variety of speakers on multiple topics.  Free.
  • TEDx Talks focus on topics of a more global/international nature.  Free.



Science 8

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes


  • Experience hands-on learning and free simulations using the Exploratorium Snacks
  • Stay connected to our own Henry Doorly Zoo by engaging in interactive videos and animal webcams
  • Explore California Academy of Science site
    • Animal webcams
    • bioGraphic magazine
    • Video Library
  • Use interactives from PBS Learning to focus on content


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