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5th - 8th Grade - September 2020

Hello! Peace in the Lord from the 4th and 5th grade homeroom! We have been adjusting to school post Covid summer vacation, but off to a busy start. Our reading theme is “Nature’s Fury”. The information we are learning about characters and setting is helping to prepare for a descriptive writing about each child’s chosen natural fury. 

Devotions are taken from a Concordia Publishing House book study called “Your Unshakable identity in Christ”. We are learning that the Lord is pleased with our obedience and faithfulness. Although all studies are of the Old Testament so far, we are getting a foretaste of God’s provision of Jesus Christ to be the ultimate propitiation for our sins. Praise be to Jesus Christ our Lord!

The 6th grade English Language Arts is covering a theme on ‘courage’. We are reading excerpts from books such as Hatchet by Gary Paulson. We are learning about how characters think, feel, and act while facing trials. In our Writer’s Workshop, we are beginning a descriptive writing assignment.

Seventh and eighth grade students are studying the genre Fiction and Non-Fiction. We are covering character analysis and figurative language as well as strategies for Comprehension. Students are also learning how to expand their ability to discuss literature in a formal academic setting. 

Innovation is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. —Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Trinity’s 6-8th graders continue to stretch their innovation muscles by discovering, creating and practicing new skills. In Science we are discovering the inner workings of plant and animal cells and the various functions of organelles. We are using technology called “makey makeys” to create movement and sound projects with our Chromebooks to enhance our study of the cells.

In Social Studies we continue to learn more and more about our founding government from the Mayflower compact to the Bill of Rights. With today’s current events we enjoy discovering more and more about the history of our America and the ideals that formed our nation. 

In Math we are working on mastering a variety of skills, solving one step and multi-step equations, operations with decimals, graphing inequalities, writing expressions and of course honing our mental math abilities.

In language arts we are focusing on improving our writing skills and using context clues to increase our comprehension in reading various fictional articles. In addition to studying the English language, we are discovering new languages stretch our ability to learn and communicate with others. Incorporating studying Spanish and ASL (American Sign Language) we are understanding that the more we learn the more we are able to be engaged with the world around us. Special thanks to Mrs. Jennings in Oklahoma for teaching us ASL via technology!

In art we are creating large bitmojis that express our personality and creative thinking. We are also learning that viruses and bacteria are interesting to investigate through a microscopic view. God’s work is in the details. “We are seeing what others have seen and thinking what nobody else has thought”.

In Religion we are studying the prophets Elijah and Elisha. 2 Kings 13:20-21 teaches us about the power of God working through Elisha. He could never have done miracles with his own power, but God worked an amazing miracle through Elisha’s death.  He worked an even greater miracle in Jesus’ death on the cross. Through Elisha’s corpse, God restored the life of a single dead man. But through Jesus’ death, God restored life to all who believe in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

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