Third Grade

 

Religion 

The focus of this year’s study is faith, the belief and trust in an all-knowing and all-loving God.  Students are presented with the mysteries of faith that Catholics profess in the Creed. Through Old and New Testament events, they learn of God’s saving love for His people and the truths of the faith.  Students memorize the Apostles’ Creed and will study the mysteries of the Rosary.  Students participate in a variety of stewardship projects throughout the year.
Text:    Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2009
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies:  Good News

 

Social Studies 

Students in 3rd grade analyze the multiple roles that individuals perform in families, workplaces, and communities.  Classes are planned so that the students can use different types of maps, discuss the qualities of good citizenship, identify people who made a difference in the community, and gain a basic understanding of structure of government.  Students benefit from a weekly Scholastic News magazine and experiential activities are include field trips and the Greensboro Museum’s Traveling Trunk presentations.
Text:    Harcourt Social Studies North Carolina: Grade 3 People Who Make a Difference, 2009

 

Language Arts 

The language arts curriculum incorporates writing, grammar, correct usage, mechanics, dictionary and library skills, speaking and listening skills, and literature.  The writing component covers writing a friendly letter and expository, narrative, and opinion writing.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Reading 

The reading program for 3rd grade exposes students to quality children’s literature.  Skills covered in this text include: vocabulary development, comprehension, phonics and word study, writing, oral language, and critical thinking.  The class reads several chapter books together including: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Flat Stanley, Bunnicula, Frindle, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and Charlotte’s Web.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Phonics

This year, the focus is on long and short vowels, vowel pairs, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, diphthongs, and digraphs, as well as compound words, prefixes, and suffixes.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Spelling

The spelling program emphasizes learning principles and patterns rather than on simply learning individual words.  High-frequency words are included for study as well. Words are compared and contrasted through categorization activities, explorations of synonyms and antonyms, analogies, their use in context, and their origins.  Proofreading, writing, dictionary, phonics, and vocabulary practice are included in each weekly unit.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Handwriting

The cursive handwriting program emphasizes the four keys to legibility: size, shape, slant, and spacing.  Lowercase letters are covered first followed by uppercase letters.  Connecting the letters with the proper joinings is also stressed.
Text:    Universal Publishing:  Writing Our Catholic Faith Handwriting, 2008
 

 

Science 

Students in 3rd grade focus a hands-on approach to life, earth, and physical science.  Students use the tools and processes of scientific inquiry in every lesson, which usually includes a hands-on investigation.
Text:    MacMillan McGraw-Hill, 2006

 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 3 provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 3 is also used with the data-driven artificial intelligence of ALEKS® to adapt the curriculum and create powerful remediation and/or enrichment strategies for students.
Building on the foundation of the K-2 instructional model, all learners are engaged with fun, interactive instruction presented in print and digital formats. Content addresses the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities in every grade level connect learning to real world problem solving.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 3 is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Understanding Multiplication and Division
  • Multiplication and Division Patterns
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Properties and Equations
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Representing and Interpreting Data
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Geometry
ALEKS
ALEKS is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know. Through truly individualized learning and assessment, ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path using the exact topics each student is most ready to learn.
 www.ALEKS.com
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 3, 2014

 

 

Fourth Grade

 

Religion 

The 4th grade religion curriculum focuses on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as guides for living.  Students use these guidelines and apply them to their lives. This program is supplemented in the classroom with opportunities for prayer, scripture study, and stewardship projects.  4th grade also concentrates on the Mass and Sunday gospels.
Text:    Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2009      
RCL Benziger, Family Life, 2010

 

Social Studies

Students analyze the historical events, people, and places in North Carolina.  The program emphasizes strong and effective map skills and the use of graphs and charts.  Students will investigate the interaction between the people of North Carolina and their environment.  Citizenship, American values, and responsibility toward family and community are fostered through active participation by all students.
Text:    Harcourt Social Studies: Grade 4 North Carolina Geography, History, and Culture, 2009

 

Language Arts 

The 4th grade language arts program is designed to focus on all aspects of the English language.  A spelling textbook focuses on a family of words each week. The English component emphasizes grammar, speaking, and listening.  The writing program stresses the writing process and the traits of good writing and includes a variety of both opinion and narrative writing.
Text:  Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Reading 

The 4th grade reading curriculum uses the Treasures series as the basis of its program.  This program utilizes a wide variety of literary genre to study vocabulary, word skills, comprehension skills, phonics, and literary styles. In addition to the basal reader, the students read and study several novels. Literature circles, book reports, library time, read alouds and DEAR (drop everything and read) time are used to encourage recreational reading.
Text:    Macmillan McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Handwriting

The cursive handwriting program is based on Zaner-Bloser’s newest series.  It emphasizes the four keys to legibility: size, shape, slant, and spacing.  Lowercase letters are covered first, followed by uppercase letters.  Connecting the letters with the proper joinings is also stressed.
Text:    Universal Publishing:  Writing Our Catholic Faith Handwriting, 2008

 

Science 

The 4th grade science program strives to spark students’ curiosity of the world around them. Through knowledge, investigation, and exploration, students will experience success in science.  The units of study include earth science, life science, and physical science.  Students use the tools and process of scientific inquiry in each unit of study, which includes several hands-on investigations.
Text:    McMillan McGraw-Hill, Science, 2006

 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 4 provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 4 is also used with the data-driven artificial intelligence of ALEKS® to adapt the curriculum and create powerful remediation and/or enrichment strategies for students.
Building on the foundation of the K-2 instructional model, all learners are engaged with fun, interactive instruction presented in print and digital formats. Content addresses the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities in every grade level connect learning to real world problem solving.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 4 is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
Place Value
Add and Subtract Whole Numbers
Multiplication of One and Two Digits
Division by a One Digit Number
Patterns and Sequences
Fractions
Operations with Fractions
Fractions and Decimals
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Perimeter and Area
Geometry
ALEKS
ALEKS is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know. Through truly individualized learning and assessment, ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path using the exact topics each student is most ready to learn.
www.ALEKS.com 
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 4, 2014

 

 

Fifth Grade

 

Religion

Sacraments are of major focus in 5th grade, especially the Eucharist, the center of Christian life.  The program also takes an in-depth look at the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Students are introduced to everyone’s call to holiness through vocations.  Students use the Bible to reference scripture, and they have an opportunity to prepare for prayer services and a class liturgy. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to make their lives joyful and loving responses to God.  At the end of the year, Family Life is taught through the Church teachings, the religion text, and the Benziger Family Life Series.
Text:    Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2009      
Benziger Publishing Co., Benziger Family Life, 2011

 

Social Studies

The 5th grade social studies curriculum focuses on the geographic regions of the United States, Canada, Mexico and selected countries of Central America, from new world exploration and colonization through modern times.  The curriculum incorporates the goals and objectives of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, the National Standards for Social Studies, as well as Catholic ideals of citizenship; civics and government; history; geography; economics; cultures; customs and diversity.
Text:    Harcourt Social Studies North Carolina: Grade 5 US/Canada/Mexico/Central America, 2009 

 

Language Arts

The 5th grade language arts program focuses on studying the eight parts of speech and writing: letter writing, descriptive, character development, story elements, and mechanics.  Speaking and listening skills are also part of the program, as well as working on library and dictionary skills with an emphasis on using resource books.  The vocabulary program consists of the study of key words presented in 30 units.  The work of each unit is divided into a five-part structure: definitions, match the meaning, synonyms and antonyms, completing the sentence, and word association.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011
Silver Burdett, World of Language, 1996 

 

Reading

The 5th grade reading curriculum is designed to expose students to a variety of genre through the basal reader while developing and reinforcing skill that include cause and effect, fact and opinion, and making judgments.  This series places emphasis on strategic and interactive comprehension instruction.  The curriculum also includes a literature circle component in the spring semester.
Text:    Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Treasures, 2011

 

Science 

The 5th grade science curriculum includes the following strands: life science, earth science, and physical science, the nature of science strand that develops the concept of the scientific process.  Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities that are designed to reinforce the concepts presented in the units of study.
Text:    Macmillan McGraw-Hill, Science, 2006

 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 5 provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 5 is also used with the data-driven artificial intelligence of ALEKS® to adapt the curriculum and create powerful remediation and/or enrichment strategies for students.
Building on the foundation of the K-2 instructional model, all learners are engaged with fun, interactive instruction presented in print and digital formats. Content addresses the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities in every grade level connect learning to real world problem solving.
Fifth grade math students are placed in either grade level or advanced classes.  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 5 is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Place Value
  • Multiplying with Whole Numbers
  • Dividing by One- and Two-Digit Divisors
  • Add and Subtract Decimals
  • Multiply and Divide Decimals
  • Expressions and Patterns
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Add and Subtract Fractions
  • Multiply and Divide Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
ALEKS
ALEKS is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know. Through truly individualized learning and assessment, ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path using the exact topics each student is most ready to learn.
www.ALEKS.com
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 5, 2014