students in grades 6-8 may be placed in either a 4th-6th grade group or a 6th-8th grade group. Students who demonstrate above level reading ability and place into either Zeta,
Pre-Algebra or Algebra I will be placed in the 6th-8th grade group.
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In grades six through eight students will continue to use and apply skills relating to spelling, reading, and writing.
Students will be taught writing using the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons. In this class students will be taught how to construct a piece of writing, how to create an outline, and how to use an outline as a platform for both paragraph and essay writing. They will also be taught how to dress-up their writing through the use of strong verbs, “ly” adverbs, adjectives and prepositions. In addition, students will learn how to decorate their writing with similes, metaphors, alliteration and other literary elements.
In literature, students will read a number of novels. Literature guides will be used to assure comprehension of the text and build vocabulary relating to the reading selections. Enrichment activities will add a level of creativity and hands on learning to our literature units. Literature selections may include The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwell, Robin Hood, The Dangerous Journey by John Bunyun and Oliver Hunkin, and Augustine: The Farmer's Boy of Tagaste by Zeeuw, JGzn.
In Zeta students will learn about decimals. They will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals using place value strategies and will solve real world problems using both decimals and percentages. They will also use hands on applications to explore the connection between decimals and fractions. In addition students will be introduced to algebraic expressions, learn to graph relationships between dependent and independent variables, explore plane geometry and geometric symbols, and use reasoning to solve real world problems.
With an understanding of the four basic operations, and of fractions and decimals, students are ready to explore basic algebra concepts. In this pre-algebra course students will be introduced to negative numbers and learn how to apply the basic operations with negatives, explore exponents, squares, radicals, and finding the LCM and GCF. They will also learn to apply the Pythagorean theorem, learn to find surface area and volume, and learn to identify rational and irrational numbers.
In Algebra 1 students will begin with a review of algebraic concepts, mathematical properties, variables and order of operations. New content will include learning how to graph lines and inequalities, working with the slope-intercept formula, solving simultaneous equations and exponents. Polynomials will be introduced and students will learn to add, subtract, multiply and factor them. This course is a prerequisite for geometry.
Students in all grades will study the same time period of history each year. In 6th-8th grades, we will utilize The Story of the World: Volume II The Middle Ages. In each grade students will complete age appropriate activities that will help them to understand history as it is laid out chronologically. Through the use of engaging literature, captivating projects, and songs, students will gain a greater understanding of medieval times and cultures. Volume II will lead students from the fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance. Students will learn about the rise and fall of governments, the reformation, and explorers as well. They will also learn about the art, music, literature, science, medicine, philosophy, architecture, government, and religion relating to these medieval cultures. In addition, they will gain a greater understanding of the chronology of medieval history and the contributions that this time has made to the present.
In this physical science class students will use “God’s Design for the Physical World.” This three part series will engage students through reading and comprehension activities, videos, projects, and labs as they learn about machines and motion, heat and energy, and inventions and technology. Topics include but are not limited to energy, simple machines, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, electricity, magnetic fields, waves, and light. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn about inventions, inventors and technology as they learn about the printing press, the telescope, microscope, steam engine and more.
Students in all grades will study the same books of the Bible each year. We will utilize a variety of resources to teach the Bible. For the spine of our Biblical studies we will utilize the time line published by Veritas Press. In each grade students will complete age appropriate activities that will help them to gain a greater understanding of the stories, themes, and covenant promises found throughout both the Old and New Testament. Beginning with Chronicles, students will review the “sacred story,” then move onto Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther before exploring wisdom literature followed by the major and minor prophets.
Measuring Noah's Ark
Students in grades six through eight will perceive and respond to works of art found in a number of mediums as well as objects of nature and in the environment. They will further develop their vocabulary as it relates to the elements of art and design and learn to express their observations. Students will also express themselves creatively as they receive rich instruction in painting and drawing techniques, make cultural and historical connections and engage their imaginations independently. They will also explore the characteristics of art throughout the Renaissance and learn about the great artists from this time period.
(Elective): In this semester course students in 7th through 9th grade have the opportunity to acquire .5 credit toward their high school transcript. Beginning in North America students will take an adventure around the world exploring the lands, cultures, stories, and even food from many countries. Throughout the course students will be able to recognize important characteristics from each continent, read and create maps, and identify key geological terms. They will also gain proficiency memorizing locations, learn countries and their capitals, complete research and create a geography notebook.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colassians 3:16 Students in choir will have the opportunity to explore the voice that God has given them. They will be encouraged to work to develop their vocal technique and musicianship and gain confidence to use their voice to worship joy and vigor.
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