3rd Grade

 

Language Arts:

In 3rd grade, students continue to develop skills in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. By the end of third grade, students are able to recognize the parts of speech, including but not limited to: types of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, interjections, contractions, etc. They have knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and homonyms as well. Third graders also begin to diagram sentences and identify the subject and predicate of a sentence. Throughout the year, many of the skills are reviewed periodically to ensure that the students retain the information in order to gain mastery of specific skills and concepts.

 

Math:

Students master their multiplication facts as they begin to move into division. By the end of third grade, students have an understanding of place value to the millions. They  review addition and subtraction with whole numbers.  Knowledge of multiplication and division facts is pertinent at this level, because it is a necessary skill required for many applications required in fourth grade. Students also further develop their understanding of measurement, including perimeter, area, time, weight, length and capacity. Toward the end of the school year, students are introduced to geometry, data collection, and probability, which are developing skills for third graders. As they progress throughout the school year, third graders are able to sharpen their problem solving skills and learn to think critically about situations using real world applications.

 

Reading:

As a 3rd grader, students work on reading comprehension using a variety of strategies, such as using context clues and text-walks. Throughout the school year, students will learn how to make inferences, discover the main idea of a piece of text, reading between the lines, and much more. As we use our textbook, Journeys, they will have stories to read weekly, accompanied with vocabulary. Each story uses a different strategy to assist the students with comprehension. Students will get exposure to a variety of genres, and be able to distinguish between each of them. They will have opportunities to read orally during the year, which will help in their intonation, phrasing, and projection as they read in front of an audience of their peers. We teach students to encourage each other as we read aloud, as to help one another build self-confidence.

 

Religion:

Starting this year, the RCL Benziger Family Life has been added to the curriculum. It contains five units and each lesson introduces students to a moral virtue related to family and community living, and helps them begin to practice the skills required to live that virtue, and the goal is to make it a personal habit. 

 

Science:

Students are engrossed in a hands-on learning experience. The class conducts experiments throughout the year that are aligned with the lessons. Students work their way through life science, earth and space science, and physical science. In life science, students study plants and animals, and how they work together to create an ecosystem. In earth and space science, students learn about the rock cycle, earth’s resources, our solar system, and weather. Along with conducting periodical experiments, students also create projects such as an edible cell and a replica of the solar system.

 

Social Studies:

3rd grade students will metaphorically travel the world as they explore our community locally and worldwide. The class will dig deep into the study of our country and learn the 50 states, continents, and oceans. They learn and discuss different cultures that make up our country. An overview of United States history is explored and they study the foundations of our country. By the end of third grade, students are able to locate places on a map and globe, describe the functions of our government, and explain historical events and their purpose in the foundation of our country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Grade

 

Language Arts:

In 4th grade, students continue to develop their understanding and usage of the parts of speech, as well as identifying spelling patterns and when to use specific punctuation marks This year they work to further develop their writing skills. They also learn new skills in grammar and mechanics. They gain an in depth knowledge about state of being verbs, articles, negative adverbs, abbreviations, using commas and other punctuation marks. They use these skills to develop their own personal narratives, persuasive essays, expository reports, and poetry notebooks. Daily journal writing is implemented as a tool to help students begin to think creatively. 

 

Math:

The skills they learned in math from the previous year, are expounded upon throughout their fourth grade year. By the end of this year, students are able to solve fractions and decimal problems using the four operations, understand when it’s appropriate to round, use measurement, measure angles using tools, further develop their geometric and data collection skills. Students will continue to use and practice math skills they have learned in previous years in order to ensure mastery.

 

Religion:

4th graade students will read and discuss scripture. They will also analyze how they use their gifts and talents to grow closer to God. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the Ten Commandments, Seven Sacraments, Blessed Trinity, Mary and the Saints and a Christian conscience. The Beattitudes will also be introduced. Starting this year, the RCL Benziger Family Life has been added to the curriculum. It contains five units and each lesson introduces students to a moral virtue related to family and community living, and helps them begin to practice the skills required to live that virtue, and the goal is to make it a personal habit. 

 

Science:

As a 4th grader, they study physical, life, earth and space science. They use scientific inquiry to conduct experiments and investigations. They are able to recognize the different states of matter, heat and energy, simple machines, friction and gravity, classify plants and animals, basic understanding of cells, food chain, what makes up an ecosystem, cycle of the moon, our solar system, and measurement. By the end of fourth grade, they are encouraged and able to take their knowledge and apply it to real-life situations.

 

Social Studies:

4th grade students work to further develop their map skills, explore events that led to westward expansion, explain the functions of our government, the economy, and contributions of various cultures in America through the 1800’s. As they continue to demonstrate their map skills, they learn how to locate places using latitude and longitude. The students create a classroom timeline of events that are discussed in class, so that they can see it unfold before their eyes. They also create a book of historical figures and their contributions to American Society, which will be linked with the classroom timeline. By the end of fourth grade, students know their rights under our Constitution and how to abide by our laws in a peaceful manner.

 

 

5th Grade

 

Language Arts:

In 5th grade, students work to further develop and enhance their language arts skills. Language Arts consists of vocabulary development, reading for adventure, and meeting everyday challenges where students are able to use and express themselves in written and oral context. These challenges are met through forms of poetry, journal writing, and everyday writing as they become young authors. By the end of their 5th grade year, students have developed mastery of grammar, mechanics, and are prepared to expound upon them further in middle school.

 

Math:

Students use and practice math skills that enable them to become global, as well as, critical thinkers. The four basic mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, graphing, problem-solving, fractions, percentages, and algebraic expressions are taught. Students will demonstrate their ability to work through these skills and by the end of 5th grade, they are able to apply these skills to real-world applications.

 

Religion:

Starting this year, the RCL Benziger Family Life has been added to the curriculum. It contains five units and each lesson introduces students to a moral virtue related to family and community living, and helps them begin to practice the skills required to live that virtue, and the goal is to make it a personal habit. 

 

Social Studies:

The 5th grade Social Studies curriculum is designed to inform the students of the historical aspects of the United States currently, and in an ever-increasing interconnected world. It enables students to understand how the past influences and impacts the present, as well as the future. By the end of this year, students learn how to become a good citizen and live in our ever-changing society, which is bound with rules and laws that we must obey.

 

Science:

As a fifth grader, students taught a variety of sciences: life, earth, and physical science. They engage, explore, and expedite aspects of the scientific method through projects and technology usage. They participate in many hands-on activities and projects throughout the year that involve real-world application of the scientific method. Students also have projects that correlate to a specific area of study at that time. By the end of their 5th grade year,  students are able to ask questions and use scientific inquiry to come to a conclusion. They are able to use tools in order to explore the changing world around them. Finally, they are also able to appreciate living and non-living things in our environment.

 

 

St. Peter Claver Catholic School 

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