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21st Century 8th Grade Learners

Here is a list of 8 lessons to develop the essential skills for 8th grade 21st Century Learners.

Global Citizenship

The IWitness video challenge encourages students to learn about being active participants in a civil society by watching testimonies from survivors of genocide. They will then research and develop their own service project to make an impact in their community. Finally, students will create a 4 minute video essay to submit for the challenge.

Digital Literacy

With these 8 lessons, students will learn important skills for navigating the web, from assessing the validity of a website to understanding the components of a URL.

Emotional Intelligence

Students will use the components of a wave, an 8th grade science concept, to connect with their own emotions and make a timeline of the highs and lows so far in their lives.


Group Juggle is a team building activity that requires students to work together to accomplish a common goal. They will have to focus on effective communication and problem-solving as well in this activity.


This lesson on leadership introduces three different styles of leadership and allows students to compare and contrast the styles based on several factors including attitudes and productivity. It is also a great connection to the 8th grade social studies unit on government.


This play off of pictionary really requires students to communicate effectively and listen to their partners. The debriefing afterwards gives students a chance to self-assess their own communication skills.


In this lesson, students will learn about supply and demand before working in groups to set up their own ice cream stand and see how they fare compared to the competition, their classmates.

     Problem Solving

Students will use their knowledge of geometrical shapes to build a shelter with their group. Due to the limitations in both the process and the materials, students will have to be very creative to complete this problem-solving task.