The 5-8 grade language arts curriculum focuses on a range of reading experiences covering all genres, a broad spectrum of literature, and the refinement of oral and presentation skills. Skills are developed through the study of the literature and cultures of early civilizations, as well as through folk tales, ancient myths, novels, poetry, and media articles. Typical texts include The Hobbit, Animal Farm, The Giver, Hatchet, Bridge to Terabithia, Lord of the Flies, House of Dies Drear, and Roman and Greek texts. Students are challenged in their reading, writing, and presenting capabilities in the required book reports throughout the school year. Word of Life’s primary objective is to develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a strong interest in literature.
The fifth grade religion curriculum focuses on elements of doctrine known as the Six Chief Parts through the context of Bible stories.
The social studies curriculum examines the eight strands of social studies with a focus on American history. First quarter includes an extensive look at our Native American heritage with each student producing an individual work on a tribe of his or her choice. Third quarter concludes with a physically and mentally challenging field trip to Hidden Valley Ski Resort.
The fifth grade science textbooks provide students with an introduction to life, earth, and physical sciences, furnishing them with a basis for the further instruction they will receive in 6-8 grade science classes. Lessons include instruction in vocabulary, key concepts, and hands-on activities that include labs and experiments. Classes take place in the Word of Life Science Lab.
Learning about fractions is a main focus in fifth grade math. Students learn the meanings of fractions, which builds a foundation for sixth grade math when students divide fractions.
Religion: “One in Christ,” published by Concordia Publishing House
Language Arts: “Language Arts,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Reading: “Treasures,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Math: “Go Math!” published by Houghton-Mifflin
Science: “Science: A Closer Look,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Social Studies: “Our Nation,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Music: led by Mrs. Wolfgram
– Study different musical styles/genres around the world