Students in fifth grade will begin religion studies on the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They will learn about liturgical arts and confirmation.
In Language Arts, students will be beginning the grammar unit on pronouns. In Reading, they are working on comprehension skills using fiction and nonfiction passages. Students will write a life affirming essay for Lutherans for Life to celebrate God’s workmanship in our creation.
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein
Learning to program, and control “spheros” has been such a blast in 7th and 8th grade Science. We continue to code, problem solve, and collaborate in order to program our “spheros” to accurately maneuver through a golf course we created. From the moment we connected the “sphero” to our iPads we knew we were in for something challenging yet fun. We are learning so much more than facts, we are learning to problem solve, code, build, work together, and to persevere when challenges come up.
In 5th and 6th grade Science we have just completed a unit on sound in which we were challenged to create an instrument using what’s called a “makey-makey”. A makey-makey is a device that we connect to our Chromebook and then to our cardboard instrument creations in order to produce the sounds. We have enjoyed getting to work with electric circuits to better understand how things around us work.
In Math we are all busy stretching our brains to a higher level of understanding as we study fractions, geometry, solve linear systems of equations, create circle graphs, and use proportions.
In Social Studies our 8th graders continue to study our American government, especially how it relates to the principles of the Bible. In 6-7th grade we are studying the people and the culture of ancient Greece. We are amazed at how many things we use currently were influenced by the people of ancient Greece. Among many other things, ancient Greeks are remembered for developing democracy, inventing Western philosophy, realistic art, developing theater like comedy and tragedy, the Olympic Games, inventing pi, and the Pythagorean theorem we are currently learning in geometry. History continues to shape our present day culture. One of our favorite parts of class is hearing about “Today in History” which brings about so much discussion.
In Art we are looking at the “masters” from history and their various art forms, artists such as DaVinci, Hopper, Degas, O’keefe, Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Lichtenstein.(among many more) Stay tuned for our completed projects. Like Einstein said, “education is not the mere learning of facts, but the training of our minds to think!”