5th - 8th Middle School
At Abiding Savior our students in grades 5-8 attend school in a more traditional middle school model. This provides our students at this grade level the ability to receive instruction from teachers with expertise in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Communication Arts. As an integral part of an education that is centered on Christ, students will attend daily bible study classes and weekly worship. It is important that our students are able to start creating a Christian world-view while receiving an academically excellent education.
Daily the students will receive instruction from these specialized teachers, while attending classes on a modified flex mod schedule. This schedule model has classes for students that meet daily at different times of the day, and for different lengths of time. (Classes range from 30 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.) Students in middle school will also attend physical education, music, band, bible study, and art on a regular basis, while also selecting electives each quarter.
The goal is that all students have a successful educational experience in middle school, while being prepared for the next steps in their education at the high school level.
5th - 8th Communication Arts
Communication Arts focuses on Literature, English (Grammar), Spelling, Vocabulary, and Writing, each year in fifth through 8th grades. There is a certain amount of repetition that occurs over time as each year’s experience increases to the next level.
Literature: In Literature the students focus on the literary elements in reading like creating a diagram of a plot, determining themes in a novel or short story, or studying a specific genre just to name a few. It also addresses the development of literary skills like determining cause and effect, or deciding what is a fact and what is an opinion, or finding a metaphor, what is the author’s purpose, etc.
Classroom novels and leveled texts are read to reinforce the development of these skills, and also focus on a better understanding of different genres. The novels read include some of the following: The Lightning Thief, Wonder, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Tuck Everlasting, Tom Sawyer, The Giver, and The Hiding Place. Students are also expected to read independently and are challenged to meet specific requirements surrounding this reading, such as projects, book talks, etc.
English: During English the students focus on the English language and develop a more detailed understanding of the eight parts of speech and implementing these skills into their daily writing.
Spelling/Vocabulary: Spelling focuses on age appropriate spelling words and learning the meanings of those words. Vocabulary goes a step further in challenging the students to learn more words to develop even a larger vocabulary.
Writing: The students focus on developing well structured sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
They practice writing a variety of different essays like narrative essays, compare and contrast essays, persuasive essays. and research papers. They also have the opportunity to use their imaginations and write creatively. (They will not write every style of essay each year, but will have the opportunity to learn about different types of essays as they move through the middle school.)
Science provides an incredible opportunity to share the world that God created with our students. Through our middle school science curriculum, students will study life science, earth science, physical science, and technology and engineering design. Methods for instruction include hands on activities, problem solving, discovery learning, inquiry opportunities, and the use of technology.
Eighth grade students investigate physical science topics covering motion, forces, energy, matter, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism.
Seventh grade students focus on earth science topics including astronomy, geology, Earth’s water, weather, and climate.
Sixth grade students learn about life science topics studying cells, the six kingdoms, body systems, and the environment.
Fifth grade students have a general course of study covering topics from life, earth and physical science.
5th - 8th Social Studies
Students in middle school social studies are learning history and geography from ancient history through modern times of the 21st century. It is important that students are exposed to the world through these courses, but more importantly that they are able to understand the world through critical thinking and problem solving skills learned by events in our past.
5th grade - Early United States History
Students will study United States History from the time of the early Native Americans to the beginning of the Civil War.
6th grade - Ancient History
Students will study ancient history including the following: Prehistoric times, Ancient societies of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Middle East, India, China, Greece, and Rome.
7th grade - World Geography
Students will study how history has had an impact on resources, economics, and cultures throughout the world. Through this students will study how to think critically and come up with solutions to problems.
8th grade - United States History
Students will study United States History with a focus on modern times, focusing on the time from the Civil War through the 21st century.
5th - 8th Math
Fifth grade math works with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals while developing skills essential in problem solving. Geometric terms and concepts and measurement are also introduced and practiced. The goal is to develop skills needed for future study and to connect these skills to real life situations.
Sixth grade math expands on previously learned skills. Topics include decimals and percentages, fraction-ratio-proportion relationships, and introduction to some pre-Algebra skills such as order of operations and solving equations. Students may be advanced based on previous performance, test scores and math aptitude.
Seventh grade math’s major emphasis is preparation for the study of Algebra. Main topics are rational number operations, order of operations, integers, relationships between fractions, decimals, and percentages, evaluating expressions and solving equations. Some students may be advanced based on their previous performance, test scores and math aptitude.
Eighth grade math is a study of Algebra and skills needed to succeed in Algebra. Much emphasis is placed on solving and graphing functions. Study in Algebra is often leveled to student’s skill and interest. Skills covered include basic functions, solving and graphing linear equations, using formulas, inequalities, number theory, polynomials, and quadratic functions. Students may qualify for high school Geometry or Algebra II upon the completion of Algebra 1.