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 social studies curriculum includes the world and its people, beginning with early man. Geography is emphasized for each region through the use of political and physical maps. A trip to Cahokia Mounds brings further understanding of the ancient peoples through interactive displays and the exploration of the ancient mounds.
In science, the 6th grade students gain a greater understanding of Earth Science. Topics in this course relate to rocks, minerals, weather and climate. Instruction will include various labs and activities.
For math, students will either take 6th grade level math or 7th grade level math. 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. Fractions and rational numbers are a major focus in 6th grade math. 7th grade math begins to prepare students with topics that will be further introduced in Pre-Algebra.
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: “Go Math!” published by Houghton-Mifflin
Science: “Earth and Space iScience,” published by Glencoe
Social Studies: “Our World,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Music: led by Mrs. Wolfgram
– Study different musical styles/genres around the world