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.
Students study history, beginning with colonization and ending with the Civil War. Time is also dedicated to Missouri history and the state constitution.
In science, 7th grade students gain a greater understanding of Life Science. Many of the topics are biology: related and include the study of meiosis, mitosis, plants, and animals. Instruction this year also covers evolution, not only the scientific understanding of this, but also the Biblical perspective. Instruction will also include various labs and activities.
For math, students will either take 7th grade level math or Pre-Algebra. Student placement will be based on the previous year’s course for returning students. For those new to Word of Life, it will be based on standardized test scores and the previous year’s math grade. 7th grade level math will begin to prepare students for the concepts covered in Pre-Algebra. Pre-Algebra introduces several concepts that will be covered in greater detail in Algebra coursework.
A day-long team-building trip to Camp Wartburg is enjoyed as students perform on the high ropes course, rock wall, and zip line.
Religion: “One in Christ,” published by Concordia Publishing House
Language Arts: “Prentice Hall Literature,” published by Pearson Education, Inc.
Reading: “Treasures,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Math: “Larson Pre-Algebra,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Science: “Life iScience,” published by Glencoe
Social Studies: “The American Journey,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Spelling: “Spelling and Vocabulary,” published by Houghton-Mifflin
Health: “Health and Wellness,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Music: led by Mr. Maichel
– Joint class with 8th grade
– Students learn to compose their own short pieces of music
– Learn about famous composers in music history