Happy Halloween/Reformation Day! Yes, October 31st is the day Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of world history. Here is a favorite video of mine that tells the story of Martin Luther in a simple, straightforward manner. We will be watching this video in all of the religion classes on Monday.

6th Religion

This week we will be studying more about the life and leadership of Moses, especially how he sought out help from others and from God. We will learn about how Moses’ friends helped hold up his arms to to ensure an Israelite victory in battle, and how Moses’ father in law, Jethro, helped Moses organize and delegate leadership responsibilities among each of the 12 tribes. The memory verse for this week is Psalm 121:8.

6th Social Studies

This week we are starting an exciting unit: Ancient Egypt and Kush. To begin, the students will learn about life under the pharaohs and the ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. To build on this lesson, we will start the process of mummifying apples using natron (baking soda and salt), and then the students will begin research projects on Egyptian and Nubian monarchs. They will present their projects next week.

7th Religion

In religion this week, we will study the Second and Third Commandments, as well as how to live a life of worship. The Bible stories that accompany the lessons are the call of Moses, the story of Mary and Martha, and the last days of Joshua’s life. The memory verse this week is 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

7th Social Studies

This week we will wrap up Topic 2 by studying the Middle and Southern Colonies, colonial life, culture, and economics. Then, we will begin reviewing for the Topic 2 Test. which will be on Wednesday, November 9th.

8th Religion

In eight grade religion this week, we will study the Ten Commandments and how they apply to our lives as modern day Christians. Then, we will learn about the incident of the Golden Calf and how we need to be mindful of not turning things in our own lives into idols. The memory verse for this week is Romans 8:28.

8th Social Studies

On Friday, the students began their research on the first African American elected leaders in the United States. They will present their projects on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will begin Topic 10. This unit will go into the social, political, and economic changes that brought the United States into the 20th century. We will first study the westward movement due to the expansion of railroads and the growth of the mining industry in the west.