Welcome to Ms. Dickman's 8th Grade!


Ms. Dickman

Contact Information


Available Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 3:15-4:00pm

  • Not available in person on Friday

Teacher Biography

Hello! My name is Melissa Dickman. This is my sixth year teaching at Shiloh Elementary. I started my college education at San Francisco State University before transferring to Stanislaus State in Turlock. I graduated with a Liberal Studies degree with an emphasis in English. I have also completed my masters degree in Education Technology through CSU Fullerton.

I live in Modesto with my fiancé, our two kids, and our super cute dachshund Penny. I love to spend a lot of time with my family and friends. My current hobby is binge-watching Netflix and HBO. I also love to cook and bake yummy things, and be a mom.

My favorite part of being a teacher is building relationships with my students and helping them discover themselves in their academics and lives. I believe every student learns in their own way, so I try to make learning flexible in class. I emphasize effort in class because I truly believe as long as you try, you can show your strengths and keep going.

I look forward to learning more about my students this year and teaching them!

Classroom Information

We will learn about a variety of topics this year. Please review the list below and reach out if you have any questions!

CLICK HERE to access my syllabus for 8th Graders

  • Math

    • Geometry, Linear Relationships, Functions, Volume, Associative Data, Exponents, Scientific Notation, Pythagorean Theorem, and Irrational Numbers

  • Reading

    • The Outsiders, Refugee, The Maze Runner, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Writing

    • Articles, Compare & Contrast, Persuasive, Narrative, Research, Expository, Biography, and Argumentative writing topics

  • Science

    • Laws of Motion, Kinetic Energy, Planetary Objects and Forces, Energy in the Universe, Evolution, and Biodiversity

  • History

    • 13 Colonies, Revolutionary War, French & Indian War, *U.S. Constitution, Civil War, Westward Expansion, and Industrial Revolution

Important 8th Grade Dates:

  • Constitution Test - *Graduation Requirement

    • November 20, 2023

  • Sherlock Holmes Play at the State Theatre

    • January 18, 2024

  • Check the Facts Sex Education

    • February 26 - March 1, 2024

  • Modesto High Visit

    • January or February 2024 - TBD

  • Sunsplash Field Trip

    • May 31, 2024 - TBD

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Graduation Trip

    • May 29, 2024

  • Graduation

    • June 6, 2024

Important Classroom Links

Below you can find a variety of resources we use in the classroom.





Class Dojo

Class Dojo

Illustrative Math

Math Curriculum

Discovery Science

Science Curriculum


History Curriculum


IXL Math

Mr. Morgan

Math Lesson Videos

Khan Academy

Khan Academy


Prodigy Math Games

Learning Ally

Learning Ally Audiobooks


AR Reading



Google Drive

Google Drive

Shiloh Gmail


Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Slides

Google Slides