Each week students will have 20 spelling words. These will be given on Monday. Spelling City is used for practicing definitions, spelling, etc. It is assigned every Monday. Friday mornings there is a test.
Every Monday there will be a Bible text from their Bible lesson. This is to be written in their journal. On Tuesday, they write a paragraph explaining their memory verse and give an example. On Friday, they are tested on the Memory Verse. I collect journals on Friday.
Math is assigned Monday through Friday. We use the ALEKS math program online as well as Big Ideas. An average of 3 topics per class period should be completed on ALEKS. Assignments from Big Ideas and supplemental math texts are assigned during the week as well.
Science is taught 3 days/week. We endeavor to have at least one experiment or virtual experiment per week. One assignment a week is turned in. A test is given at the end of each unit. We have a science project due this year.
Held Monday through Thursday. This year we have a new Bible curriculum called Encounter. It is more interactive and less paperwork. There will be more group projects and exercises that is aimed at strengthening a student's relationship with Jesus. The journal is also part of their Bible grade. Student week of prayer will also be a part of their Bible grade in 4th quarter.
Assigned Monday and Tuesday with the 5th graders for one hour each day. There will be at least one written assignment per week. We will be working out of a text and have video clips from time to time where a written or oral assignment will be due. Some of the SS assignments may be creatively drawn and or written depending on student choice.
Pathways is our primary language arts program. We also have spelling which is done on spelling city. W e have a chapter book we read together in class and have written assignments at various times. This will include writing, research, language, handwriting. Each book takes about 1 month to complete. There are student assignments that vary according to the book. Usually one assignment a week. A Book Report is 15% of their grade and is due every month. The categories for book reports are listed in class. They can not get an A without a book report even if all other assignments are A's. An A student needs to be reading outside of class, always.
Students will have 40 minutes minimum of keyboarding per week. They should be at about 30-35 words per minute (95% accuracy) when they leave 8th grade. This does not count in their GPA.
On Monday morning there will be a blank check sheet posted. It will have be marked with a check mark as assignments are completed and turned in. There will be no grades on it. This is to let the students know if they have their work turned in and if they have earned free time in class on Friday. If their work is not completed, they do it during that time. Parents are free to come in and check the sheet.
A book report is due each month. The month of September is a biography and is to be submitted according to a book report format passed out to them during the first week. The book report list will be provided the first week of school.
Each student will have an assignment book. It is imperative that they maintain this. I find that the majority of students who do not maintain an assignment book do not get the grades they could because they are not organized and forget assignments. I will help them to do this in the first few weeks of school and will pick them up to check them at various times. I will put an "organization" grade on their report card which does not enter into their GPA but will give you feedback as to their ability to stay organized.
Art will be officially one hour per week and or any other day we can squeeze it in. The projects will be something they can work on the following week. Art is based on following instructions and obvious effort put into the piece. Each lesson is teaching some principal of art such as color, perspective, balance, etc. Ciri Achord taught our art last year and will this year as well.
We will have one hour per week in cyber safety. This is a 3 year curriculum for grades 6-8.
P.E. We will join 3-5 for P.E. using the SPARK Curriculum which focuses on fitness, health and cooperative play. We will have P.E. 4 days per week.
This year we will be studying The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make by Sean Covey. Last year we studied his book, The 7 Habits of Successful Teens.