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The Integral formation of the entire Christian youth: Mind, Body and Spirit

First Grade

Our goal for First Grade is for the students to become independent thinkers. We develop these skills through asking and answering questions, predicting outcomes, making inferences, and writing with purpose. As these skills grow, the students become more confident with their work and ideas. Socially the students work on self-regulation and personal accountability. First Grade is the initial time students have “real grades” numeric in value based assessment and work completed and submitted during class.


Language Arts
  • Identify and read at least 150 high frequency words
  • Read grade level texts with fluency and understanding (rate, accuracy, expression, appropriate phrasing) and comprehension Fluency scores: 60 wpm in December and 80 wpm in April with at least 85% accuracy
  • Read independently silently for sustained periods of time and demonstrate comprehension
  • Decode words with: common spelling patterns, consonant blends, consonant diagraphs, and vowel digraphs
  • Write sentences beginning with a capital letter, ending with punctuation and using appropriate nouns (proper/common, singular/plural), verbs (past, present, future), adjectives and correct subject/verb agreement
  • Introduce a simplified writing process (drafting, revising, and publishing) to compose text
  • Describe a story’s beginning, middle, end, problem, solution and fiction or nonfiction
  • Acquire vocabulary through exposure to language-rich situations and determine the meaning of unknown words using a dictionary or context clues
  • Alphabetical order to third letter in a word
  • Spell words with common patterns and rules

Math
  • Use patterns to skip count by twos, fives and tens
  • Read and write numbers beyond 100
  • Solve addition and subtraction problems and write number sentences
  • Apply basic addition and subtraction facts (sums to 18, differences to 9)
  • Explain the relationship between addition and subtraction as inverse operations
  • Draw conclusions and answer questions using information in graphs
  • Estimate and measure length using standard and nonstandard units
  • Use tools such as real objects or technology to solve problems
  • Determine value of coins up to one dollar and recognize bills
  • Read time to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour using analog and digital clocks
  • Introduce and solve word problems

Science
  • Compare how different plant parts help them survive and grow
  • Observe and demonstrate the water cycle and relate to other cycles
  • Observe and record life cycles of animals such as a chicken, frog, or fish
  • Observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky
  • Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance
  • Discuss how some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through and others block all the light and create a dark shadow

Social Studies
  • Understand how historical figures helped to shape our community, state, and nation
  • Understand the origins of customs, holidays and celebrations
  • Understand the concepts of time and chronology
  • Use maps, cardinal directions, and globes by interpreting the signs, symbols and legends
  • Understand various physical characteristics of the environment and to care for the earth
  • Understand the concepts of goods and services
  • Communicate in written, oral and visual forms

Religion
  • Understand the Sign of the Cross is a prayer that traces the Blessed Trinity on the body and is a remembrance that salvation comes through the cross
  • Understand the Bible teaches us: There is one God. God created all out of nothing. Everything God created is good
  • Understand that Jesus, Mary and Joseph are the Holy Family and models of love, obedience and prayer
  • Understand that Mary gave her consent to God to be the mother of God's Son
  • Memorized Prayers: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, and Sign of the Cross
  • Attend mass

Second Grade

Second grade is a year of digging deeper. Many concepts were introduced in First Grade, but Second Grade takes them further. The writing involves improved sentence fluency, added descriptive word choices, and a well-defined purpose and audience. There are projects to complete and present to the class. Math facts are required knowledge and word problems are lengthier. For Catholic students, Second Grade is the year of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Second grade is the first grade level without a Teacher’s Assistant in the room, so the students must be more self-sufficient. With this autonomy comes a great boost in self-esteem and confidence.


Language Arts
  • Read aloud grade level texts with fluency, understanding, and comprehension
  • Describe order of events in a text
  • Identify main idea/details
  • Establish a purpose for reading
  • Use context to determine the relevant meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify and use common words that are antonyms or synonyms in meaning
  • Use a dictionary or glossary to find and define words
  • Distinguish features of a sentence
  • Write complete sentences with subject/verb agreement
  • Write brief stories that have a beginning, middle and end
  • Understand and apply parts of speech in the context of reading, writing and speaking: Verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and time-order transition words
  • Use the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) to compose text
  • Spell words with common orthographic patterns and rules
  • Use phonological knowledge to match sounds to letters to construct unknown words

Math
  • Recall and apply basic addition and subtraction facts (to/from 18)
  • Model addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers
  • Use place value to read, write, compare, and describe the value of whole numbers to 999
  • Determine the value of a collection of coins
  • Describe attributes (vertices, faces, edges, sides) of 2- and 3-dimensional geometric figures
  • Identify and use concrete models that approximate standard units of length
  • Tell time to the nearest one-minute interval on a digital clock and the nearest five-minute interval on an analog clock
  • Read a thermometer to gather data
  • Collect, organize, represent and interpret data using pictographs, bar graphs, and tables
  • Solve problems with guidance that incorporate understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness

Science
  • Physical Science: observe and experiment with different states of matter
  • Life Science: observe changes that are part of a simple life cycle of a plant: seed, seedling, plant, flower, and fruit
  • Make observations of plants and animals and their life cycles to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
  • Earth Science: observe, describe, compare, and sort rocks and soil by size, shape, color, and texture
  • Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that wind and water can change the shape of land (i.e. canyons, sea caves, etc.)

Social Studies
  • Understand the historical significance of landmarks and celebrations in the community, state, and nation
  • Use simple geographic tools such as maps, globes and photographs
  • Understand the roles of producers and consumers in production of goods and services
  • Identify historic figures who exemplified good citizenship
  • Identify and discuss the roles of our government (local, state, and national)

Religion
  • Understand Jesus teaches us about God’s Love and how to show that love through our actions
  • Understand the Church meets Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Understand Jesus gives us the gift of Himself in the Eucharist
  • Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, and the Act of Contrition
  • Attend Mass and model behavior for church buddies

Third Grade

The Third Grade year entails many new concepts and ideas in addition to strengthening prior skills like grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Students work to analyze story themes and elements in literature. Multiplication and division come into play along with more intense fractions and decimals and word problems in context. Students will complete novel studies and various fiction and non-fiction literature projects. Research projects, the validity of sources, and presentations are also part of the Third Grade curriculum. Cursive writing should be mastered in Third Grade. All the problem solving and critical thinking building blocks from years past are used daily in Third Grade.


Language Arts
  • Use phonological knowledge to match sounds to letters to construct unknown words
  • Students use the relationships between letters, spelling patterns and morphological analysis to decode words
  • Decode multisyllabic words in context and independent of context by applying common spelling patterns
  • Use common syllabication patterns to decode words
  • Recognize and use vowel patterns, complex word families, syllabication, root words, affixes and contractions
  • Read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension
  • Create brief compositions that include supporting sentences with simple facts, details and explanations and contain a concluding statement
  • Write letters whose language is tailored to the audience and purpose (e.g. a thank you note) and that use appropriate conventions (e.g. date, salutation, closing)
  • Construct a 5 paragraph essay
  • Use and understand the function of the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing and speaking: Verbs (past, present and future) and nouns (singular/plural, common/proper)
  • Time-Order transition words and transitions that indicate a conclusion
  • Be able to write neatly in cursive

Math
  • Model addition and subtraction using words and numbers
  • Select addition or subtraction to solve problems involving whole numbers through 999
  • Identify, describe, and extend whole-number and geometric patterns to make predictions and solve problems
  • Identify patterns in related multiplication and division sentences (fact families)
  • Multiplication and Division Facts 0 – 12
  • Use standard units to calculate the area and the perimeter of regular shapes
  • Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology
  • Relate informal language to mathematical language and symbols
  • Use representations such as graphs, tables, and equations to draw conclusions
  • Solve problems that incorporate understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness
  • Select an appropriate problem-solving plan or strategy and apply it
  • Use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

Science
  • Physical Science: observe different states of matter, and how many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature
  • Life Science: observe changes that are part of a simple life cycle of a plant, make observations of plants and animals and their life cycles to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
  • Earth Science: observe, describe, compare, and sort rocks and soil by size, shape, color, and texture
  • Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that wind and water can change the shape of land
  • Participate in the Science Fair with individual project

Social Studies
  • Understand the historical significance of landmarks and celebrations in the community, state, and nation
  • Use simple geographic tools such as maps, globes and photographs
  • identify city, state, and country on a map
  • Understand the roles of producers and consumers in production of goods and services
  • Identify historic figures who exemplified good citizenship
  • Identify and discuss the roles of our government (local, state, and national)

Religion
  • Understand Jesus teaches us about God’s Love and how to show that love through our actions
  • Understand the Church meets Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Understand Jesus gives us the gift of Himself in the Eucharist
  • Recite the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Act of Contrition
  • Attend Mass and model behavior for church buddies

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade is a large stepping stone in the development of a self-regulated, responsible, and competent learner. The students will hone their knowledge of resources and use it to complete new and intricate assignments independently. Novel studies will be more in-depth and research projects will require additional creditable sources. Reading fluency and writing will advance to mature levels. Math will involve much larger numbers, geometry, and multi-step problems with varied operations. Science is taught through experimentation, research and projects.


Language Arts
  • Student reads grade level text with fluency and comprehension
  • Read regularly in independent level and instructional level materials that are challenging but manageable
  • Student uses their resource skills to find information. (Dictionary, thesaurus, etc)
  • Student draws from prior knowledge regarding comprehension of genre, theme, literary text, and fiction
  • Student writes regularly with correct indentation, topic sentences, & main idea sentences while writing at least 5 paragraphs
  • Student has good foundation on the structure of complex sentences.
  • Student can spell high-frequency, commonly misspelled words from appropriate grade-level list

Math
  • Student has understanding of place value up to billions
  • Use addition & subtraction to solve decimal problems
  • Multiply using up to 4 digit numbers
  • Divide up to three- digit dividends using principles of long division
  • Round whole numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand
  • Identify, compare, and order fractions and decimals on a number line
  • Use charts and graphs to identify ordered pairs
  • Identify obtuse, acute, and right angles
  • Identify parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines
  • Demonstrate transformations: translations, reflections, and rotations
  • Use reflections to identify symmetry
  • Solve problems involving perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles

Science
  • Investigate the ability of living things adapting to their environment
  • Explore the interactions of components in living systems
  • Communicate an understanding of the solar system
  • Discover the effects of external forces on the Earth’s surface
  • Investigate the changes in the states of matter
  • Examine the different forms of energy
  • Identify and understand the different units of measurement
  • Participate in Science Fair with individual project

Social Studies
  • Student understands the Native American groups in the US
  • Understand the Mission in Texas
  • Understand the cause and effect of the Texas Revolution
  • Students understand the regions of the US and what each region brings to the US
  • Students can identify on a map/globe regions, rivers, mountains, cities, and lakes
  • Understand basic economics in early US societies
  • Examine exploration and colonization
  • Understand important customs, symbols, and celebrations of Texas & US regions
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources

Religion
  • Students learn that Christ calls all to live a moral life by a formed conscience
  • Students learn the 10 commandments and what it means to them as Catholics
  • Students learn the Beatitudes and what it means to them as Catholics
  • Students learn about the Liturgical Year
  • Students learn the Nicene Creed, Fatima Prayer, & Hail Holy Queen
  • Attend mass and model for mass buddies

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade is the year of transition. Students build upon all they have learned in elementary school thus far. They are encouraged to think independently, make well thought out decisions, and be responsible for their own choices. Students attend Parent Teacher Conferences with their parents as they begin to take ownership over their education. Fifth Grade journeys to Camp Kappe, a school of environmental education, for a week of outdoor hands-on experience. In addition, students attend STARBASE hosted by the Department of Defense for a program rich in STEM concepts through experiential exploratory learning. As the leaders of our elementary school, Fifth Graders have many responsibilities on campus and set the example for their younger peers.


Language Arts
  • Read with fluency, expression, projection
  • Relate comprehension of selections and content vocabulary
  • Sustain silent reading
  • Read a minimum of 4 novels at grade level or higher
  • Apply writing strategies to compose various forms of writing (narrative, expository, persuasive, descriptive)
  • Understand the function of all parts of speech and use proficiently in written expression
  • Use strategies to correctly spell, write, and use selected words
  • Use cursive writing

Math
  • Identify place and value (whole numbers & decimals)
  • Compare & order whole numbers, decimals, fractions
  • Use basic multiplication/division facts in computation
  • Add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers, decimals, fractions
  • Use basic operations and alternate strategies to solve word problems
  • Convert fractions to decimals to percentages
  • Use standard & metric units of measure
  • Interpret and use graphs
  • Classify geometric shapes & solids by attributes

Science
  • Use the scientific method to explore matter, force, energy, life systems, earth systems
  • Support the argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and the stars is due to their relative distance from the earth
  • Identify and compare the differences between rocks and fossils
  • Draw and label the different major layers of the Earth
  • Differentiate between weather and climate by using models or demonstrations

Social Studies
  • Express knowledge of significant events in the early history of America (colonization, revolution & independence, manifest destiny, Civil War)
  • Describe contributions of explorers, inventors, and leaders
  • Use map skills
  • Recite names of states & capitals

Religion
  • Identify the Blessed Trinity as God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Explain the significance of each of the Seven Sacraments
  • Recites common prayers of the faith
  • Attend mass and model behavior for mass buddies