Elementary Curriculum

Religion

  • Daily Prayer
  • Songs of Praise
  • Understand that when we pray we talk and listen to God
  • Liturgical Year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Holy Days)
  • Community Service
  • Creation
  • Values (Honesty, Patience, Respect, Cooperation, etc.

Language Arts

  • Letter Formation/Sounds
  • Phonics
  • D’Nealian Handwriting
  • Language Experience Charts
  • Shared Reading
  • Journal Writing
  • Fairy/Folk Tales
  • Poems/Rhymes/Songs
  • Small Individual Books
  • Big Books
  • Language Based Activities
  • I Can Read Books
  • High Frequency Words & Word Families
  • Rhyming Words

Math

  • Patterns
  • Sorting
  • Shapes
  • Number Writing
  • Number Concepts
  • Estimation
  • Counting to 100 by ones and tens
  • Calendar
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Graphs
  • Measurement
  • Bridges

Resources: Bridges to Mathematics

Science

  • Seasons
  • Weather/Wind/Water
  • Animals (Pets, Wild and Endangered)
  • Insects/Spiders
  • Pond Life
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Life Cycles
  • Flowers/Plants
  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Food/Health/Our Bodies

Social Studies

  • Self Awareness
  • Emotions/Feelings
  • My Family
  • Class Community (rules, getting along)
  • Student of the Week (celebrating similarities and differences)
  • Holiday/Celebrations
  • Harvest Festivals
  • Native Americans
  • American/World Cultures
  • City/Rural Life
  • Fire Protection
  • Personal Safety
  • Communication
  • S. History
  • Symbols/Presidents

Physical Education

  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Move with balance and coordination (running, jumping, skipping, etc.)
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Ball Handling Skills (throwing and catching)
  • Balance
  • Participate in indoor and outdoor physical activity
  • Has knowledge that the body benefits from physical activity
  • Demonstrates following directions
  • Demonstrates cooperation with others in partner and group activities

Resources: SPARK

Art

  • Name and paint with primary and secondary colors
  • Name and recognize horizontal and vertical lines
  • Paint using an easel
  • Create a painting/drawing that includes people
  • Mold and create with clay

Health

  • Body Care
  • Cleanliness, rest, physical activity, first aid
  • Healthy Foods
  • Dental Care

Music

  • Singing
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Instruments
  • Pattern/Repetition
  • Performance
  • Mood & Expression
  • Movement

Religion

Faith & Life Grade 1 – Our Heavenly Father

Resources: Faith and Life Series

Language Arts

Writing

  • Composition
    • Generate ideas and select a focus for writing
    • Compose drafts/stories using some parts of the writing process, (planning, drafting, re-reading, some self-correction)
    • Write an opinion essay
    • Gather information and sort it into major categories and use the information to write about the topic
    • Write narrative texts to describe an experience
    • Write an expository description of a real person, place or event
  • With simple directions:
    • Use descriptive words to help the reader see, feel, taste, and hear what is being described
    • Develop ideas with a beginning, middle, and end
    • Sequence two or more events
    • Write in grammatically correct, complete sentences
    • Recognize incomplete sentences and those which do not make sense
    • Write on topic to create simple paragraphs
  • Spelling
    • Correctly use word wall words
    • Spell correctly three and four letter short vowel words (can/will)
    • Use spelling/phonic knowledge to spell independently
    • Identify and correctly use singular and plural nouns (cat/cats)
    • Identify and correctly use simple possessive nouns (my/mine)
  • Handwriting
    • D’Nealian Manuscript is modeled and taught
    • Proper pencil grip is encouraged
    • Proper letter formation is emphasized and expected
    • Writing is to be legible and on the line with proper spacing

Reading

  • Decoding strategies
  • Sight word development
  • Fluency and Stamina
  • Common Core expectations

Resources: Wright Group Books; Spelling Through Phonics; D’Nealian Handwriting;

Leveled Readers, Level A – O from various publishers

Math

Addition and Subtraction within 20

  • Word problems, 2 and 3 addends, unknown addends
  • Understand the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Add 2 digit numbers to 1 digit numbers within 100

Number and Operations

  • Count to 120 by 1, 2, 5, 10, forward, backward and within the sequence
  • Understand place value – ones and tens
  • Use place value to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure length, indirectly and directly, standard and non-standard units
  • Tell time in hours and half-hours, analog and digital
  • Represent and interpret data

Geometry

  • Name 2 and 3 dimensional shapes
  • Compose, Decompose and create composite shapes
  • Understand and use the terms one-half, one-quarter and one-fourth

Resources: Progress in Mathematics, Rocket Math, Various Collected Resources

 

Science

  • Penguins
  • Owls
  • Farm
  • Reindeer
  • Self & Family
  • Habitat – Oceans
  • STEM Units

Resources: Various Collected Resources

 

 Social Studies

  • Farm
  • Community
  • Community Helpers
  • Self & Family
  • Egypt
  • Food, Shelter, Clothing
  • Maps

Resources: Various Collected Resources

 

Physical Education

  • Physical Fitness
  • Gross & Fine Motor Skills
  • Ball Skills
  • Games
  • Sportsmanship

Resources: SPARK

 

Art

  • Drawing
  • Cutting
  • Painting
  • Murals
  • Collage
  • Mosaic
  • Paper Construction
  • Art Appreciation

Resources: Various Collected Resources

 

Health

Safe & Healthy Habits

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Religion

  • Faith & Life Grade 2 – Jesus Our Life
  • First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation
  • Advent Services
  • Lenten Services
  • Act of Contrition
  • Sacrament of Penance
  • Weekly Mass
  • Blessed Marie Rose
  • Saints
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Blessed Trinity
  • Guardian Angel Prayer
  • Baptism
  • Parts of the church
  • 10 Commandments
  • Corporal Works of Mercy

Resources: Faith & Life Series; Various Collected Resources

Language Arts

Reading

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Chapter Books
  • Finding Information from Reading
  • Sentence Structure
  • Rhyming Words

Spelling

  • Vowel Sounds
  • Dictionary Skills
  • Phonics
  • Word Origins
  • Listening Skills; Multi-Cultural Stories & Reading; Informative-factual Reading

Writing

  • Conventions
    • Spelling
      • Spell word wall words (First Grade words and Second Grade Spelling words) and frequently used words correctly
      • Learn to use resources to find spelling of new words (regular, rhyming and spelling dictionaries)
      • Can phonetically sound out words for rough drafts
    • Grammar
      • Use correct grammar and proper English in their writing
      • Learn parts of speech such as: nouns, pronouns, proper nouns, singular/plural nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and can identify and include them in writing, especially the use of descriptive words
      • Learn about and can write common contractions, abbreviations (Mr., Mrs., Dr., Ms.) and possessive nouns
    • Punctuation
      • Write sentences using proper punctuation for end marks (. ? !)
      • Use commas in writing letters, dates and to separate in a series
    • Capitalization
      • Use capital letters at the beginning of each sentence, for proper nouns, titles, greetings and dates
    • Handwriting
      • Form letters correctly and space words properly so writing is easily legible
      • If handwriting is not legible, answers will be marked incorrect
      • Required handwriting practice is on the back of weekly spelling assignments
      • Students are also required to use complete sentences in their writing and by the end of the year write sentences at least 10 words long (WPS)
      • Many of these skills are learned through daily DOL and discussion along with the writing applications
    • Applications
      • How to Writing
      • Letter Writing including heading, greeting, body, closing and signature
      • Personal narratives
      • Personal stories relating events, written in sequence
      • Descriptive stories about home and family
      • Opinion Writing
    • Poems
      • Acrostic
      • Haiku
      • Rhyming
    • Arctic Animal Reports/Habitat
      • Use reference material to research a subject and select pertinent information with guided instruction and outlines
    • Spider Unit

Criteria Rubrics are used for writing applications during the second half of the year which are given to students with the assignment so they can check their own writing.

  • Planning, Evaluation and Revision
    • Communicate ideas clearly, concisely and in order, staying on topic
    • Learn the writing process including rough draft, revision, edit, final draft and publishing
    • Conference with students during the writing process and aid them in revision
    • Check own writing and assist others in their writing process, especially revision and editing Various Collected Resources

Resources: Teach Full Wonders Language Arts curriculum; Wonders Reading/Writing and Anthology

Math

  • Addition & Subtraction (2 & 3 digit)
  • Fractions / Probability
  • Geometry
  • Time to 5 minute intervals
  • Money
  • Skip Counting
  • Math Facts (+/-), 100% accuracy in under 5 minutes
  • Place value to 1000
  • Data and Graphs
  • Measurement

Science

  • Plants
  • Gardening
  • 5 Senses
  • Animals & Habitats
  • Environmentalism
  • Seasons
  • Coral Reef
  • Savannah
  • Rainforest
  • Mystery Doug – science video of the week
  • STEM projects
  • Blubber experiment

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Social Studies

  • Map Skills (general)
  • Map Unit – county, country, city, state, pen pals from Kentucky
  • Community – Compare and Contrast
    • Rural
    • Suburban
    • Urban
  • Basic Understanding of the World we live in:
    • Continents
    • Countries
    • States
    • Cities

Resources: Integrated Curriculum based on World Studies & Multiculturalism; Various Collected Resources

Physical Education

  • Large Motor Skills
  • Teamwork

Resources: SPARK

Art

  • Drawing

Resources: Self / Various Collected Resources

Health

  • Oral Health
  • Physical Health
  • Manners
  • Safety
  • Following Rules
  • How to Treat Others
  • Fire Safety
  • Food & Nutrition

Resources: Self / Various Collected Resources

Music

  • Bells
  • Singing
  • Dance
  • Primary Performance

Resources: Self / Various Collected Resources

Religion

Resources: Faith and Life Series

Language Arts

  • Reading
    • Decode, recognize and analyze words and their meanings
    • Read fluently and expressively 110-120wcpm
    • Read to perform a task (ex. Recipe, Directions)
    • Use context clues, word origins, and relationships to determine meaning
    • Read to learn other content areas
  • Writing
    • Pre-write, draft, revise, edit and publish at 3rd grade level
    • Organize information clearly, using introduction, body, and conclusion in narratives, expository writing and persuasive papers (100 word length)
    • Demonstrate knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and penmanship (cursive handwriting WILL be taught)
    • Use a variety of written forms – including journals, essays, short stories, poems, research papers, letters, Book Reports
  • Public Speaking
    • Communicate ideas using oral, visual and multimedia forms
    • Appropriate eye contact, speaking rate, volume, enunciation, and gestures (suggested speech length: 1 – 2 minutes)
    • Listen and respond appropriately
  • Spelling and Grammar
    • A traditional spelling program will be used; including a weekly spelling test
    • DOL (Daily Oral Language) Program
    • Weekly Grammar Concept
  • Vocabulary
  • Homework
    • 20 minutes / 5 nights per week reading

Resources: Not So Wimpy Grammar (TPT)

Not So Wimpy Vocab Units (TPT)

Math

  • Review of 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction place value, etc.
  • Multiplication (start in October, fluent in facts by end of year)
  • Division
  • Fractions +, – common denominators, converting fractions to percentages
  • Commutative, Associative and Distributive Properties
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Money
  • Introduction to Geometry
  • Homework
    • 15 minutes / 5 nights per week
    • story problems / 5 sets of calculations
    • Textbook assignment not finished in class

Resources: Textbook

Kim Sutton

Science

  • Two Science lessons per week
    • Living vs. Non-Living
    • Life Cycle of plants and animals
    • Weather
    • Observations and investigation
    • Inventions and Inventors
    • Natural Disasters
    • Science Fair Projects presented to community
    • Animals
    • Forces and Motion
  • Homework
    • As given

Resources: Mystery Science

Social Studies

  • Our community
  • Maps
  • City-State-Country-World (impact each has on the other)
  • Basics of Local, State, and Federal government
  • Resources/Use of Resources
  • Civics/History in Relation to Black History
  • Homework
    • As given

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Physical Education

  • Competency in motor skills, movement patterns
  • Uses movement concepts, principles, strategies as they apply to physical activities
  • Participates regularly
  • Learns to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Learns to be responsible and respectful to others in physical activities

Resources: SPARK

Art

  • Illustrate writing
  • Creates using a variety of art forms and mediums
  • Takes pride in doing a neat, complete assignment
  • Learns to create independently as well as individually

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Health

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention
  • Healthy Habits
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Physical Fitness
  • Mental, social and emotional health
  • Homework
    • As given

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Religion

Faith & Life Grade 4 – Jesus our Guide

Resources: Faith and Life Series; Formed.org

Language Arts

  • Read aloud and on own all genres of text
  • Using decoding words
  • Developing fluency
  • Summarize and answer questions regarding information read
  • Demonstrating comprehension
  • Predicting
  • Character Study
  • Envisioning
  • Inferring
  • Developing theories
  • Synthesizing
  • Determining Importance
  • Personal Response
  • Vocabulary development
  • Increased word knowledge

Engaged in the writing process on a weekly basis

  • Narratives, Expository, Persuasive
  • Creating letters
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Poetry

Resources: Read aloud books in classroom; Building a Reading Life; Overhead Writing Lessons (all); assessment provided. Spectrum Spelling; Spectrum Language Arts; STAR Assessment Data; Reading Essentials.

Math

  • Place Value to 1 million
  • Models for Multiplication/Division
  • Mastery of Multiplication/Division Facts 0-12
  • Geometry (Area & Perimeter)
  • Long Division
  • Problem Solving and Word Problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions – adding and subtracting like and unlike denominators, reducing to simplest terms
  • Decimals – converting from fractions.

Resources: Facing Math, Sadlier-Oxford Mathematics

Science

  • Classification of living/non-living things
  • Physical changes in matter
  • Interactions of organisms/environment
  • Weather
  • Changes to Earth’s surface
  • Landforms
  • Water cycle
  • Scientific Inquiry
    • Understand and participate in the Scientific Process
  • Energy Transfer

Resources: Science, MacMillan; Mystery Science

Social Studies

  • Understand State government as related to Federal (branches)
  • Identify government functions, roles and responsibility
  • Understand how maps work, including the state maps (political, geographical, typographical)
  • Understand State History including Lewis & Clark, Native Tribes and the Oregon Trail

Resources: Get Oregonized; Oregon

Physical Education

  • Lessons
    • Teamwork
    • Sportsmanship
    • Individual character
  • Sports
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Resources: SPARK

Art

  • Drawing skills
  • Painting skills
  • Using unlikely mediums for sculpture creating
  • Following directions
  • Using teamwork to produce an art project

Resources: Self / Various Collected Resources

Health

  • Healthy Habits
  • Nutrition
  • Respect for our bodies
  • Hand washing
  • Coping strategies for stressors

Resources: USDA My Plate Guidelines; Love and Logic

Religion

Resources: Faith and Life Series

 

Language Arts

  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Reading
  • Poetry
  • Fundamentals of Writing
  • Grammar
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Essays

Resources: Various Collected Resources

 Math

  • Place Value
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions – addition, subtraction
  • Graphing
  • Decimals – addition, subtraction, multiplication & division
  • Geometry
  • Standard Measurement
  • Metric Measurement

Resources: Progress in Mathematics, Sadlier-Oxford

 Science

  • The Universe
  • Cells and Kingdoms
  • Interactions in Ecosystems
  • Ecosystems and Biomes
  • Weather Patterns
  • The Scientific Process
  • Using Forces
  • Using Energy
  • Science Fair Experiment
    • Essay format with oral presentation to the class

Resources: Science – A Closer Look, Macmillian/McGraw-Hill

Mystery Science (Online Program)

Social Studies

  • The First North Americans
  • European Explorers
  • World Geography
  • Colonies
  • The United States: States & US Geography
  • Presidents
  • US History & Government

Resources: Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

Various Collected Resources

Physical Education

  • Teamwork & Sportsmanship
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Various other skill building games.

Resources: SPARK

Art

  • Integrated into all curriculum

Resources: Various Collected Resources

Health

  • Body Systems
  • Overall Health
    • Physical
    • Social
    • Mental

Resources: Various Collected Resources