5th and 6th Grades

 Mrs. Carmen Ristow
 Email: cristow@zionhartland.org

5th and 6th Grade Curriculum

Our religion curriculum, the core and source of what our students learn at Zion Lutheran School, is divided into three parts in the 5th and 6th grade classroom. Christ Light, our synodically published Bible history series, is taught twice a week. Our religious study also features Catechism instruction two days a week. The remaining day is used for a hymn study.  Memory work is assigned with many of our Christlight and Catechism lessons to aid in lesson retention and Biblical understanding.

We currently utilize a spelling series published by Zaner-Bloser. This series clarifies various rules and applications of the spelling process and approaches the student with many strategies to assist comprehension.

Math instruction in the 5th and 6th grade classroom uses the Saxon Math curriculum. Students are matched to their appropriate math instructional level using the 65 and 76 textbooks.  
Dr. John Freese teaches math to the 5th and 6th graders.

History is taught in a three-year cycle as follows: US history beginning to 1865, 1865 to the present, and geography.  The publisher of the history curriculum is Silver Burdett Ginn.

Science is taught using an on-line course called Mystery Science (
https://mysteryscience.com/).  Life, earth, and physical sciences will be discussed in this course using supplemental material from the curriculum by Harcourt School Publishers.

Our classroom grammar study utilizes the Houghton Mifflin English curriculum. Creative writing is taught using the Rainbow Class course by Mary I. Schmal.

Physical education is given to the 5th-8th grade classes on a twice-weekly basis with emphasis on team sports, games, and the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge.  This class is taught by Dr. John Freese.


Music instruction for the 5th and 6th graders is provided twice weekly by Mrs. Kari Hahm. This class incorporates music theory, singing, and music appreciation/history.