7th & 8th Grade

Traditionally, the middle school years seem to be about making decision for high school.  In fact, middle school is still about seeking the wonder of learning.  A middle school student might feel like they have done it all by these grades, yet now, the discussion and questioning of ideas becomes essential.  All the pieces of math, science, and history are forming a bigger picture of the world. The world is also becoming bigger than the family or the school around them.   The middle school becomes about communicating opinions and listening to the opinions of others.  The middle school is about expressing feelings and learning acceptance of the differences that make each person unique.

Martin Luther wrote in his Large Catechism, “And I must still read and study daily, and yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of being taught as Luther wrote. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders of Zion Lutheran school are being taught as Luther wrote,  a pupil and child of the Gospel.  Religion in these years a centered on Luther’s Small Catechism.  The students dig deeper into the six chief parts.  How do these parts apply to my life, now and the future are discussed.  A life of prayer, service, and their personal statement of belief are a part of the class.

Memory Work
Students memorize and recite Bible verses as well as prayers two times per week.

Students develop the ability to comprehend varied genres. Phonics, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and sight words are practiced. The Accelerated Reading Program is introduced.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade grammar classes continue the parts of speech in depth.  A good writer uses  the parts of speech actively and with confidence.  Writing is another layer of grammar.  The students are given a chance to create narratives, poems, stories, as well as essays, and research papers.  Each writing assignment is supported with Student/Teacher writer  conferences.

By the 6th, 7th and 8th grade  the math curriculum is individualized for each student.  Courses range from reinforcement of basic math skills: multiplying, dividing, decimals, equations and expressions, and geometry to Introductions to Algebra and Geometry (9th grade Algebra).  Students work through their courses at their own pace. The course is challenging for the students.  For the first time, they are learning in an online classroom, with a classroom teacher for daily support.  The challenge each day comes from their own initiative not from assigned book work.

The science program for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are centered around the divisions of science.   The students, beginning even in 4th grade are rotated by year through Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and Chemistry.   Experiments, projects, and demonstrations are the center of the science day.  The seven cross-cutting concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Systems and Models, Energy and Matter, Structure and Function, Stability and Change; are embedded throughout the curriculum.  These seven concepts are the bases for many ideas in STEM programs.

Social Studies
Who am I? And how do I belong in the world? These are questions commonly asked and studied in Social Studies.  This curriculum uses Geography, American History, and the study of civilizations to prepare students for high school.  In most cases the students participate in high school honors classes.

Our students have access to computers, iPads, Chrome Books, and Smartboards on a daily basis. They have technology class two times per week.

  • Recess
  • Physical Fitness
  • Music
    Music is an integral part of Zion Lutheran School.  The site of our church and school housed a band hall in 1901.  Music used in worship is a part of each student’s day.  Music in choirs or instrumental band happens twice a week.  Music begins in Kindergarten and the students gets older, more musical opportunities are offered.
  • Spanish
    By the 8th grade year, a student from Zion Lutheran School will have had almost nine years of Introduction to Spanish.  The students learn, colors, numbers 0-100, body parts, clothing, family relationships, and the parts of the home.  By the upper elementary years, the students are beginning conversations in Spanish.  The proper use of pronouns and verbs are the capstone to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade year.  Intermixed with the language, the classes learn about the Spanish culture and heritage.
  • Library
  • Art
  • Chapel
  • 1 – Laptop Computer or Chrome Book
  • 1 – Headphone or Earbuds (Required)
  • 1 – Box (16 ct.) Crayons
  • 1 – 8 oz. Bottle Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 Eraser
  • 1 – Box Colored Pencils
  • 3 – Boxes Kleenex (200 ct.)
  • 1 – Container Disinfecting Wipes
  • 1 – Notebook binder for paper
  • 1 – Notebook for Math
  • 3 – Pkgs. Notebook Paper
  • 2 – Reams of Copier Paper
  • 2 –  12 pkgs. – #2 Pencils
  • 1 –  Pkg. Markers (Colored)
  • 1 –  12” Ruler/Metric Measurements
  • 1 –  Pair of Scissors (Pointed)
  • 1 –  Calculator (Optional)
  • 1 – School Bag / Backpack to fit in locker
           Note: Wheeled book bags do not fit
  • Gym Shoes to be left at school
  • Sweater / Sweatshirt to leave at school
  • Gym Clothes – Shorts/Sweatpants/T-shirt
  • Bible (ESV Version)

Put Names on ALL Student Items



  • 2 – Large Boxes of Kleenex (200 ct.)
  • 2 – Pkg. Wide Rule Notebook Paper
  • 2 – Reams of Copier Paper
  • 1  – 12” Ruler/Metric Measurements
  • 24 – Pencils
  • 2 – Pink Erasers
  • 2 –  Containers of Disinfectant Wipes
  • 1 – School Bag/Backpack (no Wheels)


  • 2 – Box (24 ct.) Crayons
  • 1 – Box of Colored Pencils/ 12 Count
  • 6 – Glue Sticks
  • 8 – Markers (Basic Colors)
  • 1 – Bottle of Glue
  • 1 – Pair of Scissors (Pointed)
  • 1 – 2 pk Black Sharpies

Gym shoes to be left at school
Headphones to be left at school
Sweater/Sweatshirt to leave at school
Bible (ESV)

Put Names on ALL Student Items

Laura Schrader

7th / 8th Grade

I teach seventh and eighth grade at Zion Lutheran School; my students call me Ms. Schrader. One of my favorite things about teaching here is that I feel like I am part of a family.

I have been teaching for one year and graduated from Martin Lutheran College with a Minnesota Teacher’s License.

I enjoy reading, shopping, and going for walks when I am not teaching at school. My family consists of my daughter, Piper, sister and her husband, Dani and Andy, my nieces and nephews, Finley, Mack, and Sloan. I have two brothers Donald and Sean along with my mom (Becky) and my dad (Curt).

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 22-23