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Educational Activities and Teaching Resources for 8th Grade

Eighth grade represents the end of an important chapter in every students’ educational journey. In math, these students are ready to tackle algebraic expressions, equations, and functions. They're solving for X like it's a treasure hunt, and mastering the art of graphing like they're Picasso with a pencil. From linear equations to quadratic formulas, these kids are learning to solve problems that are a little more complex than anything they’ve seen to date. With all these skills under their belts, they're well on their way to living their best prime number lives. Who knew math could be so fun?

Eighth grade readers are all about learning to read between the lines, dissecting metaphors, and analyzing complex characters like it's their job (well, it kind of is!). Our flourishing readers are exploring some of the greatest works of literature known to humankind, and developing their own unique perspectives on them. By honing their reading and writing skills, they're well on their way to becoming the next great novelists and scholars.

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:


  • Converting irrational to rational numbers
  • Estimating irrational numbers
  • Understanding and evaluating exponents, square roots, and cube roots
  • Understanding and using scientific notation, including with operations
  • Using slope to chart proportional relationships
  • Identifying slope intercept form and triangle slopes
  • Solving linear equations and systems of linear equations
  • Constructing and explaining scatter plots
  • Identifying the line of best fit
  • Using two-way tables to solve real-world problems


  • Citing textual evidence to support a claim
  • Analyzing incidents in a story
  • Identifying theme and character relationships
  • Comparing and defining text structure in literature and informational texts
  • Analyzing and comparing characters’ points of view
  • Comparing film and literature
  • Comparing themes and patterns
  • Comparing and contrasting multimedia and expository texts
  • Identifying author’s purpose and point of view
  • Making textual connections
  • Understanding conflicting texts on non-fiction topics

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!