Fifth and Sixth Grades – Blue Team

Mr. Bryan Northcutt brings his 30 years of experience working with youth to the 4-6th grade class. He has a robust education background – his Bachelor of Arts was earned from The Master’s University, his Master of Arts in History from California State University, and his Masters of Science is currently being pursued in the Philosophy of Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. Additionally, Mr. Northcutt has accomplished several post-graduate endeavors in History, Theology, and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Biola/Talbot Seminary. He has also passed the Concordia University Teacher Colloquy program and obtained his Idaho Educational Department Teaching Credential. His pursuit of education is motivated by his desire for truth and excellence, which he fervently desires to pass on to his students.

It is Mr. Northcutt’s belief that, through Christianity, the world became a more gentle, prosperous place in which to live distinct from the cruel and brutal Ancient World. It was through Christian education that men such as Afred the Great, Charlemagne, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the Puritans reshaped their societies in order to embrace truth and abandon superstition and ignorance. Due to these virtues, Mr. Northcutt endeavors to enrich his students’ own lives through Christian education.

Mr. Northcutt loves to spend time with his family in any way that he can, whether traveling the globe or sitting next to the campfire in his backyard. His devotion to his sons is paramount in ensuring that he spends time adventuring with them and securing their future success. His recreational interests lie in his adoration of God’s creations via outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and more. His love of reading includes books by historians Peter Brown, Tom Holland, Henry Chadwick, Carol Harrison, and Averil Cameron, among others. He also appreciates authors such as C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Ian Fleming, and John Steinbeck. His other love of the word takes the form of writing, and he is currently working on a mainstream history series that he hopes to have published. His favorite scriptural passage is chapter one of the Gospel of John, due to its historical, philosophical, and theological intensity.

In the classroom, Mr. Northcutt likes to challenge his students by engaging them in various academic methods. He also likes to transport them outside of the routine classroom environment to experience education through other notable venues. Some of the unique ways that this has been accomplished in the past have been by participating in Expedition Yellowstone, Grand Teton NP/National Museum of Wildlife Art, Camp Perkins, a Mathcapade, the Blue Team Publishing House, the Idaho Falls Aquarium, the Museum of Idaho, an Oregon Trail Simulation, and a California Gold Rush Research Project.


Required Track

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Our Extended Elementary Program offers your student options for an extended academic track unique to Hope Lutheran School.

Your child will benefit from more focused instruction time as less time is  spent in transition from subject to subject.  Our teachers will have more opportunities to introduce new teaching methods into the classrooms.

As always, our focus is on creating a rigorous academic program taught in a caring, Christian environment.


Expanded Track

Monday – Thursday 4:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Our Expanded Academic Track allowd your student to spend more time with a qualified teacher.

Parents choose to opt-in to the Expanded Track each trimester.

Activities in the Expanded Track may include:

  • Sports
  • Project-based learning activities
  • Foreign language
  • Additional music instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Other activities

This time is spent with a teacher, not in an extended-care environment.

Friday Day Camp

Friday Morning 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$25 fee per day per child

Friday will be structured as a three-session day-camp.  The morning session will focus on an academic project or other structured activity.

After a break for lunch (not included) is a session for physical activity such as a team building game, organized sport, or other activity.

The third session will be a Bible-based program similar our popular Vacation Bible School summer program.  These sessions will include a brief lesson, songs, games and  a craft appropriate for each age group.


Blue Team Curriculum

Religion

  • Key concepts of the Christian faith including law, gospel, confession, repentance, and grace
  • Lessons on the Word of God as revealed to us by our heavenly Father
  • Sequential summary of the life of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew
  • History of the early Christian church, Acts 2 – 16
  • Reformation and Martin Luther
  • Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • Baptism
  • The Lord’s Supper

Reading and Spelling

  • Students will experience literature from a wide range of genres
  • Reading with fluency and automaticity will be stressed
  • Vocabulary development
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Students learn major principles and patterns of English spelling
  • Students learn reliable spelling strategies that they can apply to both familiar and unfamiliar words

Science

  • Scientific method
  • Cells
  • Genetics and heredity
  • Organism classification
  • Plant growth and responses
  • Invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Atoms, elements, and compounds
  • Matter – properties/changes
  • Energy, sound, and light
  • Forces and motion
  • Machines
  • Ecosystems
  • Weather
  • Earth’s crust
  • Rocks and the rock cycle
  • Solar system and the universe
  • Chemistry – acid base
  • Yellowstone ecosystem

Technology

  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Web browsing software
  • Internet research skills
  • Enhance classroom curriculum

Math

  • Whole numbers and decimals (place value, addition, subtraction)
  • Multiplication and division
  • Measurement (metric and customary)
  • Fractions: concepts, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Geometry
  • Ratios, proportion, and percent
  • Statistics: graphing and probability
  • Algebra: equations and integers

Social Studies

  • Students reinforce map skills and world geography by studying the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America

English

  • Parts of speech: verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunction, and interjections
  • Capitalization and punctuation
  • The writing process
  • Writing paragraphs
  • Writing letters
  • Research papers

Music

  • Recognize various tempos
  • Identify half, quarter and eighth notes and rests
  • Identify melodic direction
  • Sing partner songs
  • Hear and sing music from diverse cultures
  • Hand Chimes

Physical Education

  • Developmental activities including fitness, movement experiences, body mechanics, and fitness testing
  • Rhythmic activities which include folk dances, and rope jumping
  • Running and tag games, ball games, and relays
  • Skill instruction and drills
  • Lead-up games
  • Individual and dual activities

Art

  • Build an awareness of art in everyday life
  • Art appreciation and history
  • Explore perceptual awareness
  • Interweave production activities with a variety of media