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Lesson Plans and Activities - Grade 8

Found History - Creative writing and critical thinking come together in this L.A. history-inspired, found poetry exercise.



Squirrel ObservationsObserve, collect, and analyze data on a popular animal that's easy to find in a schoolyard!



My Wild L.A. - Tell your story about L.A. nature and use it to develop a narrative work and inspire a research project!



Building Blocks of Minerals - Explore the fundamentals of chemistry and engage in inquiry through examining a mineral's composition and structure.

You Can't Fool Me! - Examine the chemical and physical properties of matter by revealing their application to real life situations.



Postulating Pressures - Research a mammal's natural history to try and reveal the selection pressures that drove its evolution, then share findings with a research project.



Sizing 'em Up - Or rather... down. Draw a dinosaur specimen to scale after measuring its length, width and estimating its height.

Dinosaurs and Definitions - Through a research project, examine vocabulary using context to infer the meaning of new words.