Kaleidos 8

Kaleidos 8 Language Arts Curriculum

Engage your eighth grade students with Kaleidos 8, a program with skill-building creative writing, thrilling literature with timeless classics, practice in oral presentations, computer skills, calligraphy and lettering as well as spelling and grammar.

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The Year At A Glance

Year At A Glance Chart

You can print The Year At A Glance chart that gives a concise overview of the program.

There are 15 three-week modules which include: This is a total of 45 weeks which can be a year round 12 month curriculum. For those who prefer a nine-month, thirty-six week curriculum, instructions are provided on how to combine the research and literature modules.

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Kaleidos 8 - Overview & Week 1

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Literature in Kaleidos 8

Your eighth graders will love the books on the Kaleidos 8 reading list and apply the literary elements to other genres. On this page you will find a description of these books on the Kaleidos 8 reading list.

Writing in Kaleidos

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Eighth grade students who have used Write On, The Kid-Friendly, Mother Pleasing, Gentle Way to Learn to Write the previous year will enjoy the fruit of their labor as showcase their writing skills with the final ten projects. Their writing accomplishments this year will include:

Write On

Special Presentations
In addition to their writing, Kaleidos 8 students will have the opportunity to use their written work as the basis for:

Syllable Savvy 8

Syllable Savvy 8

Whether students are new to Syllable Savvy Spelling or have used it before, they will find the syllable-by-syllable; three column method of spelling a great asset to study and remember how to spell ANY word they come across.

The theme for Syllable Savvy Spelling 8 is government terms. Sprinkled throughout the 8th grade spelling lists are numerous government and civic terms that are valuable to know (and spell.) Like other grades of Syllable Savvy, words are often presented in a progressive sequence (ie sequence, sequential; or pacify, pacific, pacifist.) This helps students not only spell the words, but grasp their common roots and meaning.

All Syllable Savvy books come with lists, workpages, Instructor's Guide, and appendix of spelling rules so there is nothing additional you need to purchase.


The Big Bad Grammar Slammer

Kaleidos 8 Grammar continues the grammar program used in Kaleidos 7. New students will begin with The Big Bad Grammar Slammer while experienced students play the game weekly.

The Big Bad Grammar Slammer

Students who have previously used The Big, Bad Grammar Slammer will continue to play the game once a week. This has a few benefits for them. First, they retain the information they already know about grammar as each concept is included in the game. Second, as they encounter those concepts in a more traditional grammar study, they can encorporate them as they write sentences for the game.

Student who are new to Kaleidos, have The Grammar Slammer modules listed in their Weekly Schedule for the first nine weeks. After that, they will play the game once a week.

Essential English Grammar

In seventh and eighth grade The Essential English Grammar is mastered over a two year period. This text was introduced in fifth and sixth grade and the most basic rules of grammar were learned.

Now, in Kaleidos 7 and 8, students create notecards based on the information in the text. This has three benefits:
  1. It teaches the intricacies of grammar
  2. It teaches note taking skills
  3. It enhances test taking skills


Students who are new to Kaleidos and have not done calligraphy before will do the calligraphy activities listed in Kaleidos 7. Returning students will learn the same letters but with a different script, expanding their lettering abilities. Kaleidos 7 and Kaleidos 8 list calligraphy exercises in the Weekly Schedule. In Kaleidos 7, students use the book Calligraphy In Ten Easy Lessons by Eleanor Winters.


Coding with Javascript is continued in eighth grade. In addition, students practice those essential keyboarding skills in preparation for high school and college writing.

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Just the Kaleidos 8 Manual

Kaleidos 8 Instructors Manual

$12.99 Includes full-year schedule, Instructor's Guide and appendix

Note: The Instructor's Manual is part of the curriculum packages below, so does not need to be purchased separately if you buy the package.

The softcover manual will be shipped to your home.

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Kaleidos 8 Curriculum

The Kaleidos 8 curriculum package contains these resources: Kaleidos 8 Guide, Write On, Syllable Savvy Spelling 8, The Big Bad Grammar Slammer, Essential English, Calligraphy In Ten Easy Lessons, and the correct size black calligraphy marker.


Note: The Curriculum package above includes only the six curriculum books and marker pictured. It does not include the literature books. These classics are likely available at your library. You may find them locally, including at used book stores. For your convenience, we also have them available below in economical paperback editions.

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Kaleidos 8 Literature Package



The literature package includes all thirteen books pictured above. It does not include the curriculum guide, writing, spelling, grammar, and calligraphy books which are sold as a package above.

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