A heavy emphasis is placed on independent reading, but includes reading skills, mini-lessons, and guided reading. Students respond to literature through the use of journals, daily assignments, and book projects. Novels, mini-lessons, journal assignments, and other activities are used to differentiate instruction to meet individual student learning needs. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program organized through the library. Students are evaluated through the STAR reading assessment multiple times during the school year to chart growth. The study of Greek and Latin roots develops vocabulary.
Curriculum for these grades helps students develop critical thinking skills while mastering basic math concepts. Problem-based learning actively engages students and they are encouraged to use cooperative groups and manipulatives. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities strengthen students’ real life understanding.
The language arts curriculum is designed to foster an appreciation of language as a gift from God and to encourage clear and effective speaking and writing skills through the use of the writing process and the 6+1 writing traits (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions). Major writing projects introduce the research process and documenting sources with a Living History paper and speech in the fall followed by a Scientific Experiment and presentation in the spring. Cross-curricular work is also tackled throughout the year with journaling and authentic projects to minister to others such as cards written for nursing home residents. In class, poetry and Children’s books are often used to nurture a love of language and to provide challenging skills to model.
Science 4th & 5th:
Instruction focuses on the areas of human anatomy and health, methods of scientific investigation, biology, ecology, physics, geology, environmental science, and stewardship. Strong emphasis is placed on hands-on learning and investigation. Students participate in STEM (Science, Technology, English, Math) projects throughout the year. All 4th – 6th grade students are show-cased using the school’s spring science fair.
This year begins with a look at the classic Scientific Method as well as an introduction to the Engineering Model. Life Science is explored and focuses on Immune and Nervous Systems through a health perspective and a deep study of Biology through a complex look at the diversity of life and God's kingdoms of organisms. The complexity and detail of God's massive creation is examined. Students will be led through hands-on lab experiences with content and STEM projects in correlation with units of study.
Fourth grade focuses on a study of U.S. History through the 1850's from a Tennessee perspective. Students study the early settlement of historic Native American tribes, colonial history, American revolution, creating a government, new frontiers, and the westward expansion.
Fifth grade focuses on a study of Tennessee from 1860 to Tennessee as we know it today. Students create a notebook where they research Tennessee and share information with the class. In the spring, students travel to the State Capitol in Nashville to see our State government in action by attending a house or senate session, participating in a mock trial, and visiting the historical museum.
Sixth grade focuses on world history and geography from ancient civilizations through the decline of the Roman Empire (5th century). Through an interactive journal, students learn to evaluate informational text, integrate Biblical truths when studying other religions, and interpret and create historical timelines.