Elementary

The early elementary years expand on the foundation built in our pre-kindergarten grades. More formal instruction is introduced and regular assessments at the end of units are administered to track a student’s academic progress. Continued emphasis is placed on developing the students into contributing members in their church community through our GO Program focused on service learning. The classes are self-contained with one teacher, and the children go to P.E. daily, and library, art, music, and computer weekly. Spanish is taught on a rotation schedule throughout the year.

Kindergarten
  • Religion – God and creation, families and friends, God’s love and Jesus, Church and liturgical seasons, prayers (Sign of the Cross): Hail Mary, Our Father, Angel of God, Rosary, mealtime prayers, gospels, religious art projects, Bible stories, GO Program service-learning project, and attendance at school Mass each week.
  • Language Arts – review of alphabet and letter/sound recognition, long and short vowel sounds, 100 sight words, phoneme isolation and substitution, reading (predictable readers, decodable readers, chapter books, sentence structure, journaling, and penmanship.
  • Math – number recognition to 100, writing numerals one-30, skip counting to 100 by 5s and 10s, skip counting to 20 by 2s, comparing and sorting objects with up to three attributes, patterning and positional terms, graphing, measurement using non-standard units, telling time to the hour with both analog and digital clocks, identifying geometric shapes (two and three-dimensional), introduction of addition and subtraction up to 10, and identifying coins.
  • Science/Social Studies – units of study that cover such topics as plants, animals, our earth, our home, weather matter, movement, good citizenship, the United States, our local community, stories of the past, and special holidays.
1st Grade
  • Religion – God and creation, parts of Mass, Gospel, the Ten Commandments, holy seasons, families, caring for ourselves, our families, and others, GO Program service-learning project, and attendance at Mass each Wednesday with 8th grade “Prayer Buddies.”
  • Language Arts (Reading, spelling, grammar) – improve reading skills and learn to become fluent readers; develop skills like sequencing, inflectional endings, main idea, retelling, making predictions, make inferences, analyze character and setting of stories, use context clues, distinguish between fantasy and reality, identify cause and effect, and classify and categorize; develop dictionary skills, spell words with short and long vowel sounds, as well as blends and digraphs; and identify the types of sentences and use correct punctuation, nouns, verbs, adjectives, synonyms and antonyms, subjects, predicates and pronouns.
  • Math – patterns, numbering and place value, addition, subtraction, graphing, time, measurement, money, geometry, and fractions.
  • Science/Social Studies – units of study include sound, light, plants, animals, space, going to school (rules, jobs, schools of the past and present), citizenship (leaders, laws, presidents, rights and responsibilities), the land around us (land and water, resources, recycling, different kinds of homes), and all about people (roles, needs and wants, holidays, customs and traditions).
2nd Grade
  • Religion – the main focus is the on the preparation for the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, family life and the Creation story, the Ten Commandments, the Sacraments, continued teaching and understanding of the parts of the Mass and the liturgical calendar, GO Program service-learning project, and attendance at school Mass each week.
  • Language Arts (Reading, spelling, English, writing) – guided reading in small and large groups, analyze story structure (character, setting, plot), learn and apply reading strategies (identify main idea and details, summarize, make and confirm predictions, draw conclusions, sequence events, use of basal reader and novels, application of spelling rules by teaching patterns, rules, and irregular words, sentence structure, capitalization and punctuation, subject/predicate, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, abbreviations, the writing process (prewriting, proofreading, editing, revising), friendly letter writing, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, narrative writing and “how-to” writing.
  • Math – place value and numbers to 1,000, double and triple digit addition, subtraction with and without regrouping, measurement, time, money, fractions, geometry, and conceptual understanding of multiplication and division.
  • Science/Social Studies – earth science (land, water, rocks, minerals, soil), life science (plants, animals, habitats), space (sun, moon, stars, solar system), matter, weather, citizenship, communities, landforms, geography, economics, and an introduction to American History.

The intermediate elementary grades are a time of transition. Rigor in the curriculum increases and the students rotate in cycles to teachers for various core subjects. Beginning in 4th grade, the subjects of science and social studies are taught on a daily basis. Children are taught to read for information (students are not “learning to read” as much as they are “reading to learn”) and reading levels increase in difficulty. Students continue to attend P.E. (students begin to dress out in P.E. uniform in 5th grade) and religion daily, and art, music, and computer, weekly.

3rd Grade
  • Religion – God’s gifts of family and self, God’s influence in our lives, God’s gift of love, the liturgical calendar and seasons of the Catholic Church (Advent, Lent, Easter), parts of the Mass, GO Program service-learning project, and attend school Mass each week.
  • Reading – studying various genres of literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), detailed genre study with the six major “sub-genres” of literature, as well as read novels along with the basal reader, read and identify main idea, sequence events, make inferences, distinguish fact from opinion, identify cause and effect, differentiating predictions from inferences, Reading Counts program introduced, and cooperative group work facilitated.
  • English – cursive handwriting introduced and practiced, the writing process continued (prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, evaluating, and publishing), creative writing types: narrative writing mastered, “how-to”, compare and contrast writing, descriptive writing, and persuasive writing practiced, parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns), correct usage in sentences types of sentences, and daily editing.
  • Math – place value through 99,999, rounding of numbers, value of coins and bills, addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication mastered, division, measurement, geometry, fractions, memorization of addition, subtraction and math facts, problem solving steps and problem solving.
  • Science/Social Studies – life science (living things and ecosystems) and physical science (matter, forces, motion), types of maps, landforms, early U.S. history, research, and communities.
4th Grade
  • Religion – Prayer, Liturgical year (Ordinary time, Advent, Lent, Triduum, Easter), Scripture, Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, Mass, Eucharist, Adoration, Jesus’ prayer, Penance, Stations of the Cross, Sacraments, theological virtues, cardinal virtues, Divine Mercy, GO Program service-learning project, attend school Mass each week
  • Reading – short stories (setting, character web and character traits, problem/plot/solution, main idea, details), point of view, figurative language, hyperbole, simile, author’s purpose, conflict resolution, theme, summary, novel studies
  • English/Writing – parts of speech (nouns, verbs, conjunctions, interjections, articles, adjectives, prepositions and prepositional phrases), punctuation (sentences, titles of various works), creative writing (descriptive essay, business letter, personal narrative, expository (compare/contrast and how-to), poetry, dialogue
  • Math – place value (whole numbers), addition and subtraction with regrouping, graphing, interpreting data, probability, algebraic patterns, multiplication (one and two digit numbers), division, problem solving, fluency with facts, geometry, measurement, decimals, and estimating.
  • Science – Earth (landforms, layers, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes), weathering and erosion, pollution, rocks and minerals, atmosphere, weather (air masses, climate), space and solar system, plant and animal cells and classification, plant parts and functions, life cycles (plant, animal), basic needs, animal adaptions, classifying mater, mixtures, solutions, compounds, human body, participation in school Science Fair required
  • Social Studies – regions of the United States (the Northeast, the Southern, the South Central, the South Eastern, the Great Lakes, the Plains, the West), map skills (landforms, time zones, culture, historical), states and capitals, flowcharts, U.S. government (state, local, federal) and citizenship
5th Grade
  • Religion – Prayer, the family, Liturgical year (Ordinary Time), scripture, study of self (emotions, relationships, physical development, emotional development, conscience), reverence for human life, Dignity of person created in God’s image and likeness, love (gender, chastity, reproductive abilities), community (interpersonal relationships, cooperation for a healthy society), GO Program service-learning project, and Catholic social teaching.
  • Reading – short stories, novel studies, story maps, setting/plot, tall tales (simile, metaphor, hyperbole), character traits, author’s purpose, story elements, summarization, reading for detail, irony, fact/opinion
  • English/Writing – types of sentences and punctuation, capitalization rules, parts of speech (classifying nouns [nominative case and objective case], plurals and possessives, pronouns, verbs, prepositions, adverbials and adjectivals), compound sentences, compound predicates, figurative language, and creative writing (expository [how-to, research paper], persuasive, fictional story, poetry, riddles).
  • Math – place value (up to billions and decimals), addition/subtraction up to billions (with and without regrouping), addition/subtraction of decimals, estimating and rounding, graphing, statistics (mean, median, mode, range), multiplying greater numbers and decimals, division of whole numbers, fractions (improper, mixed numbers, addition, subtraction) rates/ratios/proportions, algebraic expressions, geometry (lines, angles, transformations classification of polygons and angles, area/perimeter, circles (radius, diameter, circumference), and probability, integers.
  • Science – solar system, atmosphere, landforms, weather (formation of clouds, cycles), living things (plants, characteristics, classification), physical and chemical changes (chemical reactions), forces in motion, elements (periodic table), human body (systems, organs), ecosystems, simple machines, scientific method, and participation in school Science Fair optional.
  • Social Studies – United States map skills, primary and secondary sources, early North American civilizations, American Indians, European settlement, 13 English colonies, middle colonies, French and Indian War, American Revolution, constitution, sectionalism, government and economics, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, patriotic symbols, World War II, and political cartoons.