Lincoln Christian Intermediate School (5th & 6th Grades)
Lincoln Christian Intermediate School (LCIS) is a bridge from elementary to the middle school. In these two years, we begin shifting more responsibility to our students. For the first time, students transition between multiple teachers and classes. They are given more freedom and opportunities such as morning and afternoon snack time to socialize with friends. They are also exposed to new opportunities that they did not have in elementary such as Biztown (business leadership field trip) and out-of-town track meets.
Our mission and number one focus at the Intermediate School is to introduce students and families to the real Jesus and help them identify their next step. In this stage of our students lives they are beginning to develop their own faith and to discover and use their God-given talents. Students are presented with opportunities to grow their faith at school in many different avenues through the discipleship pathway of Know, Grow, Discover, Go.
Bible and Biblical Integration
In Bible, we are developing in students a biblical worldview through the teaching of 20 basic truths. During 5th grade, Bible is a review of truths learned in 1st-4th grades with a focus on the truths of Stewardship. In 6th grade Bible, we are helping students understand Biblical Christian beliefs as well as unbiblical beliefs about God, the universe, and human beings. We are focusing on the Christian Worldview, truth, and values. As we work through helping students understand these concepts, we will focus on pointing our students to our mission, “to introduce families to the real Jesus and help them identify their next step.” Teachers train students in Bible and other core subjects through the vehicle of relational discipleship, seeking to know students, know their struggles, and in turn, point them to God’s Word, and His love toward them.
At Lincoln Christian Elementary School, our goal is to begin training the next generation of Christian leaders. We start that training through the Know, Grow, Discover, Go Discipleship Pathway.
Partnering with parents, we provide the opportunity Know God spiritually through the intentional study of God’s Word supplementing what kids are taught during weekend services at Church on the Move or their home church and allowing for God to reveal Himself to us.
Meeting the real Jesus always includes the personal provision to Grow in Freedom from the pressures, anxieties, and comparisons that often affect young students.
At Lincoln, our philosophy is stated in three priorities: godly character, academic excellence, and extracurricular activity. The powerful combination of Knowing God, Growing in Freedom and applying our educational philosophy sets conditions for kids to Discover Purpose.
Drawing from the strengths gained by Knowing God, Growing in Freedom, and Discovering our Purpose it becomes clear that God wants each of us to actively live out our calling. Simply put, we are to GO make a difference in the lives of those around us.
In 5th grade Language Arts, we emphasize the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, viewing, and presenting. We take time as readers to examine a variety of literary genres while developing reading comprehension. Students develop critical writing skills as they write for multiple purposes and audiences. An emphasis on academic vocabulary and fundamental grammar skills are an ongoing part of the class. Students have opportunities throughout the course to present summaries and information to authentic audiences in creative ways. Above all, an emphasis is placed on the power of words and language as is demonstrated through our Creator and documented in the Bible.
In 6th grade Language Arts, we cover an array of subjects: reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. The students read both fiction and nonfiction text to help them better understand the following: author’s point of view, main ideas and details, problems and solutions, as well as story structures. Reading takes place in a variety of ways, such as: whole class, small group, and individually. In order to help students with their reading and comprehension, they learn to annotate, as well. The students walk through each step of the Writing Process, as they focus on the following genres: narrative text, such as personal and fictional narratives; informative text, such as a formal letter; argumentative essays, such as book reviews; and poetry.
Students are given opportunities to share their writing projects with peers, as they work on their public speaking skills. Our focus is on the eight parts of speech and how each part is used in a sentence. Understanding how each part of speech is used not only helps students in their grammar, but also helps them in their creative writing. The sixth graders focus on many spelling lists throughout the school year. Some examples are: words with prefixes and suffixes; short and long vowel words; frequently misspelled words; and compound words.
Our focus in 5th grade math is on problem solving and the teaching and learning of Mathematical Concepts. This is the time where teachers begin to transition their teaching from the concrete to the abstract. They begin to think and learn how to solve problems in their heads. Throughout the year, we study such objectives as place value, multiplication, division with and without remainders, fractions, decimals, rounding, estimating, order of operations, ordered pairs and graphing, reducing fractions, common and uncommon denominators, area and volume of shapes, and we end the year with an introduction to basic geometry.
In 6th grade Math, we focus on providing students rich opportunities to build an understanding of important new mathematical concepts and develop fluency with key skills necessary for success in the future. Students make connections with what they're learning and what they've previously learned as new content is presented as an extension of prior learning. We cover rational numbers, integers, algebraic expressions, inequalities, ratio, rate, percent, surface area, volume, and describing data. Content is delivered through direct instruction, videos, interactive notebooks, and real-life examples.
In 5th grade Science, students study the scientific process and the wonders of God’s creation through a variety of topics. Properties of matter such as color, mass, weight, volume, temperature, texture, and state are explored first. Students follow that by researching various ecosystems and the interactions among the living things within them. They also learn the ways humans impact ecosystems and how we can be good stewards of the Earth God created for us. The importance of the water cycle and Earth’s oceans are discovered as students learn the basics of how different types of weather form. Throughout the year, students use the Scientific Method to answer various questions related to each topic. The year culminates with an egg drop competition in which students use the engineering design process to create a craft which will protect an egg dropped from a predetermined height (Brainiac Bowl).
In 6th grade Science, students learn about the intricate design and processes of the Earth from a Biblical creation-centered worldview Students begin by learning about the interior of the planet, covering the layers of the Earth and convection in the mantle, and how these affect other processes on the planet. Students are then introduced to rocks and minerals, tectonic plates, volcanoes, earthquakes, space, weather, etc. all which demonstrate the interconnectedness of creation. Students also employ both the Scientific Method and the Engineering Design Process as a means to answering questions and solving problems; encouraging critical thinking. Throughout the year, students will engage in hands-on learning activities, engineering challenges and lab centers.These activities help to reinforce concepts learned and encourage group collaboration. During the final semester of school, students continue to develop these skills in our “HAB Module” project. Students create a 3-D model of living quarters for astronauts living on Mars, researching all aspects of a three year mission.
The 5th grade Social Studies class focuses on the establishment of the United States. We begin with early English settlements of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. Major highlights include the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Westward Expansion. We develop a knowledge of God, and encourage Christian growth through the appreciation of sacrifice and belief in our God-given rights.
The 6th grade Social Studies class focuses on discovering world geography in the Western Hemisphere. We begin by defining what geography is and the five themes. We also discuss the different types and uses of maps. The students learn how to read and use elements on a map. Major highlights include learning about the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America. In each of these regions we will also study the geography, history, and culture of the people. Through studying geography, we will develop leaders who can go share the real Jesus with other people and cultures!
In 5th and 6th grade art, we emphasize learning and applying the elements and principles of art in our artwork. We reinforce value shading with drawing and painting techniques. We use art vocabulary, art history, art in other cultures, and Biblical integration to make learning connections while we creatively express ourselves in our own original works of art. Freedom to express oneself in a safe place is the goal of the art classroom as we creatively experiment with the use of media and techniques.
In 5th and 6th Grade music, the focus is identifying musical terms, markings, notes, and rests. In addition, students are given the opportunity to research composers and various countries around the world as they discover the instruments and cultural differences in music. Students will also learn about the Science of Sound, including acoustics, frequency, and wave patterns. Listening, presentation, musical response, and movement are incorporated into daily lessons.
The purpose of the Physical Education Curriculum at Lincoln Christian School is to assist students in realizing their God-given potential as it relates to physical achievement and fitness. Students will be led in activities that teach self-discipline, goal-setting, and the difference between play and athletic competition. Of primary importance is the students' realization that attitudes during physical training and play are to bring glory to God. Students will be challenged to think of physical fitness as a lifestyle.
In 5th and 6th Grade Spanish, the focus is learning the basic vocabulary and prepare students for the Spanish I, II classes and mission trips. We also learn the Spanish culture in general, such as music, traditions, food and people. Students make their own Spanish journal where they keep important information that will help them in their journey into the Spanish-speaking world.
Throughout all core curriculum, students are trained to be 21st century learners. The use of digital tools encourages student growth in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Additionally, 5th and 6th grade students have dedicated time in Technology class to practice a variety of skills that will serve them throughout their secondary school experience and beyond. Students discuss and practice digital citizenship, showing understanding of being safe and responsible online. Students practice touch typing to become more efficient typists and create documents and presentations via Google Apps for Education. Both 5th and 6th grade students practice coding and animation through various interactive online tutorials. In 6th Grade, students are also provided an introduction to web design.