Mr. Galligar’s Curriculum

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7th Grade Curriculum Overview

Bible
Instruction consists of Old and New Testament lessons, as well as Lutheran Confirmation preparation. This consists of instruction in the Lutheran faith and an open discussion of the differences in our Christian denominations.

Language Arts
Grammar, literature, vocabulary, spelling and writing are combined as one cohesive unit of study. Literature includes short stories, poetry, plays, and novels. Writing helps develop creative thinking skills, imagination, and collaborative efforts among classmates.

Math
Three levels of math are covered based on placement: 7th grade math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1. The program builds spirally, repeating concepts throughout the year to allow for retention of data. Math is taught at individual learning levels rather than grade levels. Students should feel math ‘literate’, and be able to incorporate math skills into practical applications.

Science
Instruction alternates between life science and earth science. Students are taught the building blocks of life and explore simple organisms, plant and animal life and human  studies. Evolutionary topics are discussed in light of our Biblical worldview and Christian faith. The study the earth and outer space includes geology and structure of the universe.

Social Studies
As stated in the Washington State Social Studies Standards, those in seventh grade will learn about ancient world history, up to the Renaissance. They also learn about Washington state history, focusing on the settlement, founding, and recent history of the state we live in.

Music
This program allows for options: vocal choir, handbell choir, guitar, band, or classroom music. Each option covers basic instruction in the fundamentals of music and reading music.

Art
Art lessons are designed to help students gain an appreciation for a wide variety of art, reinforcing and expanding knowledge and experience in art history, aesthetics, criticism, and production. Art is also integrated in other subject areas.

Physical Education
This program concentrates on applying skills to practical physical activities helping give students a knowledge and experience base for future physical activity and lifetime health choices.

Foreign Language
We provide Spanish instruction wherin students are encouraged to speak, listen, write and read in Spanish. Students learn formal sentence structure, Latin American geography, culture, and history.

Study Skills
Students are encouraged to keep a written record of all assignments, and they are taught note-taking skills, outlining, and various ways to organize information. Students are    responsible for keeping track of homework assignments and turning them in on time.

8th Grade Curriculum Overview

Bible
Instruction consists of Old and New Testament lessons, as well as Lutheran Confirmation preparation. This consists of instruction in the Lutheran faith and an open discussion of the differences in our Christian denominations.

Language Arts
Grammar, literature, vocabulary, spelling and writing are combined as one cohesive unit of study. Literature includes short stories, poetry, plays, and novels. Writing  helps develop creative thinking skills, imagination, and collaborative efforts among classmates.

Math
Three levels of math are covered based on placement: 7th grade math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1. The program builds spirally, repeating concepts throughout the year to allow for retention of data. Math is taught at individual learning levels rather than grade levels. Students should feel math ‘literate’, and be able to incorporate math skills into practical applications.

Science
Instruction includes life science and physical science. Students are taught the building blocks of life and explore simple organisms, plant and animal life and human studies. Evolutionary topics are discussed in light of our Biblical worldview and Christian faith.  Physical science includes the study of atoms, energy, and electricity.

Social Studies
The focus of Social studies in eighth grade is U.S. history. This study begins with the founding of our country, the forming of its government, and crafting of the Constitution.  It continues through all of the developments, struggles, reforms, and wars up to and including the Civil War. These topics allow for a more in depth understanding of our nation’s government system.

Music
This program allows for options: vocal choir, handbell choir, guitar, band, or classroom music. Each option covers basic instruction in the fundamentals of music and reading music.

Art
Art lessons are designed to help students gain an appreciation for a wide variety of art, reinforcing and expanding knowledge and experience in art history, aesthetics, criticism, and production. Art is also integrated in other subject areas.

Physical Education
This program concentrates on applying skills to practical physical activities helping give students a knowledge and experience base for future physical activity and lifetime health choices.

Foreign Language
We provide Spanish instruction wherein students are encouraged to speak, listen, write and read in Spanish. Students learn formal sentence structure, Latin American geography, culture, and history.

Study Skills
Students are encouraged to keep a written record of all assignments, and they are taught note-taking skills, outlining, and various ways to organize information. Students are responsible for keeping track of homework assignments, properly labeling, and turning them in on time.