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Curriculum Overview

Good Shepherd Lutheran Academy Curriculum

Religion

Grades K-6: Christ Light (Northwestern Publishing House)

Grades 7-8: Cycle 1: Life of Faith According to the Psalms; The Major Prophets, Cycle 2: Bible Study Skills and The Minor Prophets

Math

Saxon Math

Reading

Kindergarten: SuperKids

Grades 1-3: MacMillan-McGraw Hill text

Grades 4-8: Novels and Units such as Poetry, Short Stories, Tall Tales, etc.

Grades 5-6 Comprehension: Read Theory App

Grades 2-4 Comprehension: Reading A-Z - RazKids

Six Minute Solution: Practice reading fluency with non-fiction texts

Writing

Six Traits

Grammar

Easy Grammar

Spelling

Houghton-Mifflin

Social Studies

TCI

Kindergarten: Me and My World

Grades 1-2: My Community; My School and Family

Grades 3-4: Our Community and Beyond; Regions of the US

Grades 5-6: America's Past

Grades 7-8: United States History

Scholastic News: Current Events

Science

Grades K-6: Science Weekly Studies; MacMillan/McGraw-Hill text

Grades 7-8: Glencoe Science

Testing

The students are tested 3 times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring):

  • AIMSweb testing for reading fluency and math computation and concepts and applications
  • MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing

Physical Education

YMCA: from November through February the students have class once a week for about an hour at the Indian Boundary YMCA

Music

Theory/Singing/Recorders; Grades 3-8 participate in Children's Choir

Art

Arts Attack supplemented with holiday art and/or craft projects

Technology

Grades 1-8: Receive instruction each week

Foreign Language

Grades 5-8: DuoLingo

Extensions to Learning

Reading Dog/DG Police Department/DG Fire Department/Field Trips

Grades 1-2: Show and Tell; Look, Listen, and Learn

Academic Competitions

  • Forensics (public speaking)
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • SpBAM (Spelling, Bible, Art, Math competitions)
  • Science Fair
  • Social Studies Fair