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, students gain a greater understanding of the life, earth. and physical sciences. 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.
The pre-algebra curriculum focuses mostly on refining students’ abilities to complete operations with fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Pre-algebra students also build on the basic skills of solving algebraic equations that they began learning in 6th grade.
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 Mrs. Wolfgram
– Joint class with 8th grade
– Students learn to compose their own short pieces of music
– Learn about famous composers in music history