Seventh and Eighth Grade Highlights at Paradise Valley Christian

 

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The content of seventh grade Bible course focuses on the Creation of God and how that is the pattern for all that God will do.  It identifies God’s original plan, the effects of sin on that plan, God’s redemptive plan, and God’s restored order.  It goes into detail into each of these four aspects.  It offers many proofs for the Creationist belief and shows the arguments for naturalist and pantheist beliefs.

The content of the eighth grade Bible course focuses on the Ten Commandments for the foundation of ethical beliefs.  We then discuss those in the setting of today’s moral and ethical decisions.  We define “healthy choices” for right decisions.  We explain foundational beliefs so one may defend them and we discuss theological beliefs.  Course content includes:  Before the flood, a systematic course on the book of Genesis and Creation and how that is a pattern for all that God has done and will do (book by Ken Hamm), the Patriarchs, Moses and his times, the United Kingdom, the Divided Kingdom, the Single Kingdom, the Captivity and Beyond. 

 

/files/PICT2032.JPGLanguage Arts:  This course will include a variety of activities designed to increase the students’ abilities in reading, writing and speaking in preparation for entering high school.  Through exercises in process writing, students will learn writing strategies.  Creative and critical thinking with a Christian perspective will be stressed during writing and reading.  Biblical integration will be introduced into the literature studies.  There will also be an emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.  In addition to tests, students will be required to write a research paper, read four novels, and give oral reports.  The principles of communication are also covered.  The course emphasizes public speaking techniques, listening skills, employing bodily action, use of voice and inflection, and encourages the development of self-confidence while speaking to an audience.

 

Mathematics:  The study of mathematics enables students to see precision as God’s order for the universe.  They learn the concrete to the abstract, from the particular to the general and from concept to content.  They will know that there is a right answer and learn to appreciate absolutes.  Throughout this course, the proficiency of the thinking process of the student will be enhanced. 

 

Students are placed into one of two math programs for seventh grade through math placement testing, recommendation and mastery.  

 

  • Math Placement into Saxon 87 course covers the following:  whole numbers, decimals, fractions, geometry, percents, graphing, number theory, proportions, ratios, simple equations and probability. 
  • Math placement into Saxon Algebra ½ builds a foundation for basic algebra skills and concepts, with an emphasis on signed numbers, positive and negative exponents, linear equations, and word problems.  Number theory, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percent, geometry, graphing, integers, and proportions are all covered.

Students in Eighth Grade are placed in three math programs based on placement testing, recommendation and mastery.    

 

  • Math placement into Saxon Algebra ½ builds a foundation for basic algebra skills and concepts, with an emphasis on signed numbers, positive and negative exponents, linear equations, and word problems.  Number theory, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percent, geometry, graphing,  integers, and proportions are all covered.

 

  •  Math Placement into Saxon Algebra 1 covers topics typically treated in a first year high school algebra course.  Specific topics include algebraic expressions-variables, exponents, expressions, and complex fractions,  geometry, exponents and radicals, polynomials, word problems, graphing, linear equations, integers, and metric system and conversion factors.

 

  • Placement into Algebra 2  is the beginning series of classes that prepares students for calculus.  The continuation and review of topics in algebra and geometry and the beginning of the study of trigonometry are the basis of this course.  Course content includes:  geometry review (area, perimeter and volume), negative exponents, word problems, fractional parts of a number, decimals and equations, polynomials, Pythagorean Theorem, polar and rectangular coordinates, complex and imaginary numbers, fractional equations, and the quadratic equations to name a few principles covered.

 

Students participate in Math by Mail and Math Olympics as a qualifying activity they may participate in to support an enhance math programs.

 

 S/files/catalina04 176.jpgcience: Science is taught from a Biblical foundation and framework.  This means that we realize that God is the Creator of all things both living and nonliving.  The things that He has made, the things we study, reveal that He is. (Romans 1:120)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Seventh Grade science provides the student with the presentation of living organisms as they relate to each other in the ordered environment provided by the omniscient Creator.  The students are introduced to exploring life processes both in plants and animals and man’s role in stewardship of God’s created world.  The course seeks to familiarize students with basic principles of the true scientific observation while defining and contrasting evolution and Biblical Creationism.  Course content includes:  classifying living things, insect collection, study of invertebrates and vertebrates, study of marine life which culminates with a trip to Catalina Island for a hands-on oceanography study, study of cells, animal behavior study, human body structure and functions.

 7th Grade Insect Collection Project:  Click HERE for the link to instructions for the

Insect Collection Project.

 

  • Eighth Grade Science students study earth science and are challenged to study the wonders of God’s creation in the celestial sphere.  This includes the study of the earth’s motions, celestial bodies, the exploration of space with a field trip to the Challenger Space Center, chemical interactions in physical science, review of the Periodic Chart of elements and matter, and a review of the lithosphere, meteorology, hydrosphere, and atmosphere as time allows.

 

History: 

  • Seventh Grade history covers the period of European exploration and colonization of the Western Hemisphere through recent history.  Course content includes:  settlement of the Americas, Independence, formation of American government and Constitution, Civil War, World War I, the Depression, WWII, and weekly discussion of current events. 
  • Eighth Grade history emphasizes ancient history and its influences on our world today.  As civilizations began to emerge throughout the world, students are encouraged to look for relevant patterns in their political, economic and social development, as well as system of beliefs.  Course content includes:  Geographical study in the development  of civilizations in various regions:  Middle East, Greece, Rome, Asia, and Europe.

 

Technology/STEM Lab:  STEM  Lab - STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematic concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and critical thinking. The goal of the STEM lab is to pique students’ interest about next-generation learning technologies in these specific disciplines for future careers. Hands on learning opportunities have been created to engage and challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss and evaluate scientific design and principles in action. The STEM lab is be supported with 1:1 iPad use, 1:1 Laptop use, 4 MakerGear 3D Printers, and a library of software and apps that are curated to provide the most relevant use of technology in K-12 education.

Latin:  Latin I and II reinforce previous curriculum and introduces new skills necessary to acquire a second languate.  Class builds upon the previous year covering grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives with translation work.

Spanish:  Spanish for Seventh and Eighth Grade reinforces previous curriculum at the same time introduces new skills necessary to acquiring a second language.  The goal of this course is to develop fundamental skills required to read and write and speak Spanish properly.    

 

Physical Education:  The aim at this level focuses on physical fitness, sports skills, rules, sportsmanship, and understanding concepts of team sports.  Students participate in Physical Education two days a week.


Library:  The purpose of this course is to equip middle school students to effectively utilize the Library Media center to find resource materials for research, supplemental learning and pleasure reading.  The focus of the library is knowledge, teaching and learning.

 

Art:  Art classes meet once a week for one semester of the school year as an elective.  A variety of projects are assigned focusing on the elements of design, line, color, shape, texture, pattern and repetition.  The students are exposed to many types of media, such as paint, crayon, oil, pastel, watercolor, craft materials, etc.  Historical and cultural art is integrated into the studio art lessons encompassing the Renaissance Period.

 

Technology:  This class will give the students an introduction to general technology skills at the elementary level.  These skills include but are not limited to competency in the areas of: orientation to the computer, keyboarding, word processing, navigating the internet, and utilizing the computer for learning, presenting, and organizing information. 

 

Students may also take as an elective:      

Band                       Performing Arts                   Studio Art             Techonolgy (STEM) Lab

Logic and Debate                  Team Leadership                  Photography


Junior High Sports:

Girls-Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Track      
Boys-Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Track