Junior High Academics

 

Course Descriptions:

 

MATH

Math 5: This course emphasizes the practical use of problem-solving and mental math computation using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  Students use manipulatives to build on the mathematical foundations while developing students’ understanding of geometry, fractions, decimals, ratios, and measurements.  

General Math:  This course challenges students to become more proficient in their foundations of math, and continue to develop in number sense and computation.  This will lead to developing skills and an understanding in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and probability.

Fundamentals of Math: This course focuses on strengthening students’ foundations of math while bridging any gaps of math and it's systems.  Students work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, number theory, and equations, pushing them past memorization and understanding how and why these concepts work.

Pre-Algebra: This course lays the foundation for all upper-level mathematics, and forms a connection between concrete and abstract mathematics. Algebraic expressions and linear equations are practiced using integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and radicals.  Students become familiar with algebra terminology, reasoning, data analysis, and probability.

Algebra 1: This course focuses on combining algebraic concepts with technology and real-world scenarios to grow and develop student comprehension.  Algebra I students will examine simplifying and solving linear, exponential, radical, quadratic, and rational functions.

 

SCIENCE

Science 5:  Students will discover facts and information to use to gain understanding for future sciences.  The topics covered are: biology (cycles, cells, ecology), physical science (matter, forces, electricity), earth & space science (weather, climate, sun, earth, moon), and the human body (transitions & disease).

Science 6: Student study earth and space science, including the sun, moon, stars, comets, and meteors.  They also study energy, solids, liquids and gases, as well as atoms and molecules. We conclude by exploring all the animal kingdoms and phyla.

Science 7: Students study cells, cell structure, functions, and division, plus DNA.  They also study some earth science topics such as tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and fossils.  We conclude by looking at motion, and mechanics and energy.

Science 8: Students study chemistry, the periodic table, atoms, compounds and mixtures, chemical equations, and acids. They also study the science of DNA and genetics, mutations, and adaptation and extinction of species.  We conclude by learning about Indiana weather, oceans, the atmosphere, and the environment.

 

ENGLISH

English 5: Students will read both fiction and non-fiction literature and complete different writing projects throughout the year.  They also focus on poetry, writing projects, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar which will build their reading skills and writing abilities.  

English 6:  Students will read both fiction and non-fiction literature and complete different writing projects throughout the year.  Students will also study spelling, vocabulary, and grammar that will improve their reading skills and writing abilities.  

English 7:    Students will read both fiction and non-fiction literature and complete different writing projects throughout the year.  They also focus on poetry, writing projects, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar which will build their reading skills and writing abilities.  

English 8:  Students will read both fiction and non-fiction literature throughout the year.  They write many papers including a large research project. The research project is the culmination of nine years of learning. It encapsulates all the skills they have acquired and demonstrates their ability to articulate ideas.

 

HISTORY

American History:  This year is an overview of History of the United States. We will discuss Geography, history, culture, and Social changes from Early American time to current history.

Ancient Civilizations: Students learn about the history, culture, and geography of Europe and the Americans. We cover a variety of interesting topics, including Ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Egypt, ancient Mayan culture, and other ancient world cultures.

World Cultures and Geography: Students learn about world history from the Middle Ages to modern times. We focus on the geography, topography, culture, and resources of areas such as the continent of Africa; South, Southwest, and Central Asia; Southeast Asia,  Australia and New Zealand.

Colonial and Constitutional America: Students learn about early American history from the time of the explorers to the late 1800s. We will cover the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and westward expansion. Students also have the opportunity to study our Constitution in-depth and learn the basics of how American government works.  

 

BIBLE


Old Testament Studies:  Students will survey the Old Testament and memorize scripture throughout the Bible.  

Foundations of God:  Students will discover truths on creation, the fall, and redemption as it reveals the character and plans of the triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit. The focus of the class is to build a firm foundation on the truths in God’s word and to expose worldviews that are not built on the foundation of Jesus.  

Biblical Studies and Faith Formation: The study of scripture, spiritual disciplines, and biblical concepts for the primary purpose of developing a closer relationship with Christ, resulting in spiritual transformation, and the secondary purpose of life application of biblical truth.

Worldview Studies:  Students will study in detail the six different world views:  Christianity, Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, Cosmic Humanism, and Postmodernism. Students will also memorize around 45 Bible passages that we quiz on throughout the year.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of sports and activities.  They will gain an understanding on different health and fitness concepts that they will utilize for future years, such as nutrition, fitness, and nutrition.  A goal and emphasis is on active participation and positive social interaction during the different activities.

 

TECHNOLOGY


Tech Elements I:  Students will  focus on speed and accuracy of typing skills. They will be  introduced  to  MLA formatting. We will also reiterate  safe online searching, Internet ethics and behavior, and collaborative writing, communication, publishing activities., and Stop Motion Films.

Tech Elements II:  Students will focus on typing speed and accuracy. They will understand and demonstrate the difference between hardware and software.  They will also continue to gain understanding of  MLA formatting and computer problem solving, work on Stop Motion Films. Students will continue learning about internet safety and ethical issues as they relate to computers and networks.

Tech Elements III:  Students will focus on  typing accuracy and speed.  They will  represent data in a variety of ways (e.g., test, sound, pictures, and numbers), and use different visual representations of problems, structures, and data (e.g., graphs, charts, network diagrams, flowcharts). Students will continue to practice MLA formatting with writing prompts while also improving typing skills. They  will work on small projects to emphasize knowledge and usage of Docs, Slides, and Sheets.

Tech Elements III: Students will research paper formatting in MLA style.  They will continue to gain understanding the major components and functions of computer systems and networks. Students will How to turn  an online file into a workable file. How to cut and copy sound clips. Coding a website. Typing skills.

 

SPANISH

 

Spanish Level 1 - Introduction to Spanish:  Students will learn basic fundamentals of Spanish such as greeting, talking about yourself, likes and dislikes and basic sentence structure.  

Spanish Level 2 - Basic Spanish:  This Spanish level is for those students who have some previous knowledge of basic Spanish structures .  Focus is on grammar and increasing vocabulary through study and conversation.  

Spanish Level 3 - Intermediate Spanish:  The focus for this class is on increasing four language skills; listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  They will also begin to use Spanish in everyday situations.  

Spanish Level 4 - Advanced Spanish:  This class is for students who already have a general command of the Spanish language and have a strong solid vocabulary base.  The focus will be on proficiency and command of the Spanish language.  

 

ELECTIVES

Band 5:  This  is an elective that will provide students in the 5th grade who have never before played a band instrument the opportunity to learn an instrument.  Students will learn the basics of performance on their instrument and will begin reading music from a standard beginning band method book.

Advanced Band:  This  is an elective that will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their performance and musicianship skills on their instruments.  Students will also learn about the importance of using their musical talents as a form of ministry and community service.

Music Appreciation: The study of the interrelation of musical elements such as theory, rhythm, melody, and harmony for the purpose of developing an understanding and appreciation of how music is created and why it is enjoyed.

Film and Dialogue: The study of the use of narrative in film for the purpose of relating a message or worldview.

Performing Arts & Choir:   Students in this class, will learn a range of subjects in regards to music and musical performance.  Each day students will learn proper singing techniques, music theory, rhythmic and vocal sight-reading, choreography, leading worship, and performances in and outside of school.  

Art:  Students are offered a wonderful curriculum that includes the elements and principles of art.  They will discover different artists and art history.  Students will also collaborate and work together on several school projects.

Drama:  Students will explore the art of acting in drama class, from individual performance to group skits and plays. The drama students put on a play every fall, participate in the variety show in the spring, and perform skits during Chapel.