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Second Grade Curriculum

The core subjects of second grade are Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Handwriting. Spanish, Technology, Music, Physical Education, and Fine Arts are also part of the second grade curriculum.

The following sections describe the textbooks used and some of the general objectives for Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Religion: Be My Disciples. RCL Benziger

  • The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
  • Preparation for the reception of these sacraments for the first time
  • Using Scripture to reinforce the importance and role of these Sacraments
  • The importance of making the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass a part of our life
  • Recognize the importance of the Church and how it is the gathering of God’s people
  • Introduction to concepts of sin, free will, conscience and intellect

Reading/Grammar: Superkids, Pleasant Rowland Foundation

  • Grammar-nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives
  • Comprehend and analyze short stories
  • Accelerated book tests once a week
  • Super Magazine for introducing non-fiction text and Book Club books of authentic literature
  • Word study-homophones, antonyms, synonyms, Latin roots, suffixes, prefixes, multiple-meaning words
  • Writing of stories, paragraphs, friendly letters, identification of different types of sentences

Spelling: Word Study, Words Their Way

  • Leveled groups to provide mastery of spelling patterns and phonics that allow manipulation of words and sorts according to patterns
  • Weekly assessments and daily practice

Math: Progress in Mathematics, Sadlier-Oxford

  • Two-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping
  • Fractions
  • Introduction of multiplication
  • Word problems

Science: Nancy Larson Science 2,  Nancy Larson Publishers

  • Physical Science (matter, sound, simple machines, light)
  • Life Science (life cycles)

Social Studies: Virginia Social Studies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Communities
  • Ancient Civilizations (Egypt and China)
  • Economics
  • Citizenship
  • Great Americans

Third Grade Curriculum

The core subjects of third grade are Religion, Language Arts, and Math, Science, Social Studies and Handwriting. Spanish, Technology, Fine Arts, Music, and Physical Education are also part of the third grade curriculum.

The following sections describe the textbooks used and some of the general objectives for Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Religion: Be My Disciples, RCL Benziger

  • Understand God as Creator of all things
  • Identify and explain the seven sacraments, focusing on Sacraments of Christian Initiation in depth
  • Demonstrate the loving grace of God in daily living
  • Understand and describe the seasons of the liturgical year
  • Identify various prayers of the Catholic faith (prayers of petition, prayers of blessing, prayers of intercession, etc.)
  • Explain that God sent the Holy Spirit to be with the Holy Church
  • Understand that Jesus is risen and died for our sins

Language Arts: Reading and Spelling: Treasures, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
Grammar: Treasures, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

  • Uses correct grammar and sentence structure in writing and speaking
  • Utilizes the five-step writing process
  • Practices proper cursive writing skills
  • Recalls plot, main idea, setting, characters, and sequence in a story
  • Demonstrates the ability to compare and contrast
  • Recognizes and uses nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
  • Reads classic and current literature in groups and independently
  • Recognizes a variety of literary forms
  • Demonstrates the ability to present information through plays, role-playing, and reports
  • Predict outcomes, retell stories, and draw conclusions

Spelling: Differentiated Instruction through Word Study practices and sorts

Math: Progress in Mathematics, Sadlier-Oxford

  • Identify place value of digits in a six-digit number
  • Demonstrate whole number, mixed number, fractions, decimals, and percent relationships
  • Add and subtract 3, 4, and 5 digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • Memorize multiplication and division facts with products and dividends up to 100
  • Interpret and design graphs (bar, line, pie, and pictographs)
  • Recognize and describe plane and solid geometric figures
  • Determine missing addends, factors, divisors, and subtrahends in given equations
  • Explore and predict arithmetic, geometric, and visual sequences
  • Estimate products, sums, differences, and quotients.
  • Measure using metric and standard units of length, capacity, temperature, and weight/mass
  • Make predictions based on probability
  • Recognize time intervals, elapsed time, and equivalent times.

Science: Nancy Larson Science 3, Nancy Larson Publishers

  • Exploring Our Solar System (Astronomy)
  • Investigating Elements and Compounds (Chemistry)
  • Observing Chemical Changes (Physics)
  • Investigating Changes in Our Atmosphere (Meteorology)
  • Exploring the Earth's Structure (Geology)
  • Examining the Structure and Function of Parts of Seed Plants (Botany)
  • Investigating Amphibians and Reptiles (Zoology).

Social Studies: Harcourt Social Studies, Harcourt

  • Explain the modern-day influence of ancient Greece, Rome, and Mali
  • Investigate some of the contributions and successes of European explorers
  • Recognize the dignity and worth of other races and places
  • Define culture and the value systems, traditions, and celebrations of different cultures
  • Develop map skills by locating and labeling the seven continents, five oceans, and four hemispheres
  • Draw a simple map with a legend, cardinal and intermediate directions
  • Examine and create timelines to represent chronological events
  • Define and explain a democracy, good citizen skills, and the three branches of government
  • Articulate how industry, services, and goods impact the economy of a community
  • Interpret timelines, flow charts, photographs, graphs, and tables

Fourth Grade Curriculum

The core subjects of fourth grade are Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Drama, Physical Education, Library, Spanish and Technology are also a part of the curriculum.

The following describes the textbooks used and the concepts taught in the core subjects.

Religion: Be My Disciples – RCL Benzinger

  • Pray formally and spontaneously as an integral part of the day
  • We Come to Know God
  • God Strengthens Us to Be Holy
  • We Love God and His People
  • Jesus Leads Us to Happiness
  • Emphasis is placed on learning about The Old Testament, The New Testament, and the Life of Christ

Language Arts:

Reading and Spelling: ­­Treasures; MacMillan/McGraw- Hill

  • Vocabulary
  • Phonics/Decoding
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Leveled Readers

Grammar: Treasures; MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

  • Sentence Structure
  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs and Conjunctions
  • Punctuation and Capitals
  • Diagramming

Writing: Excellence In Writing

  • Structure and Style

Math: Progress In Math; Sadlier Oxford

  • Place Value to Millions
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Measurement
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Fraction Concepts
  • Geometry
  • Perimeter, Area, Volume
  • Decimals
  • Getting Ready for Algebra

Science: Nancy Larson Science 4, Nancy Larson Publishers

  • Exploring the Characteristics of Cells
  • Examining and Classifying Plants
  • Investigating Characteristics of Animals
  • Examining Ecosystems
  • Exploring Energy
  • Investigating Electricity

Social Studies: Virginia Social Studies; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Virginia Geography and Native Peoples
  • The Virginia Colony
  • Revolution and Western Expansion
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Virginia in the Twentieth Century
  • Virginia Today and Tomorrow

Fifth Grade Curriculum

The core subjects of fifth grade are Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Spanish, Technology, Physical Education, and Fine Arts are also part of the fifth grade curriculum.

The following sections describe the textbooks used and some of the general objectives for the core subjects.

Religion: Christ Our Life, Loyola Press

  • The Sacraments
  • The role of prayer and the Liturgy in Christian life
  • The role of vocation in Christian life
  • The universal call to worship God

Reading: Treasures, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

  • Comprehend and analyze short stories
  • Poetry
  • Accelerated book tests twice a month
  • Class novel study with a play/skit

Language Arts: Voyages in English, Loyola Press and Treasures, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill (for Spelling)

  • Includes spelling, grammar, writing
  • Grammar with diagramming
  • Excellence in Writing Program
  • Word Study tests weekly (spelling-phonics program)
  • 5-paragraph research paper

Math: 5th grade level: Progress in Mathematics, Sadlier-Oxford

  • Advanced Math: HSP Math, Harcourt School Publishers
  • Operations with whole numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Word problems
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Accelerated Math Program

Science: Nancy Larson Science 5, Nancy Larson Publishers

  • Life Science
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Various labs and experiments
  • Incorporating marine science in all areas

Social Studies: Our Nation, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

  • United States History from Colonial Times to Civil War
  • Factors that shaped Colonial America
  • Factors that led to the American Revolution
  • Understanding the American Revolution
  • A new American Nation and its Government
  • 50 States and Capitals
  • Westward Expansion
  • Issues that led to the Civil War
  • Social Studies Fair