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First Grade

Students in first grade are filled with exciting opportunities to learn and grow. Children are challenged with a first and second grade curriculum to develop learning skills through a variety of experiences. During their reading block, students work cooperatively at our many different learning centers, while the teacher is instructing students at their level in each guided reading group. Students are introduced to Accelerated Reader as part of their reading curriculum and enjoy taking quizzes on the computer. During our math block, students love reviewing our calendar math skills by singing songs and using dry erase boards to answer questions. The use of manipulatives to introduce our daily lesson makes learning math interactive and fun. Our curriculum is enhanced through the many field trips students get to travel to throughout the school year. They get to walk through a rain forest full of butterflies, learning more about this animal’s amazing life cycle during their tour of Butterfly World. The Museum of Discovery and Science gives students hands-on experiences while learning more about science. Overall, first grade at St. Joseph’s is where learning is fun!

Math

In first grade, what students learn includes but is not limited to:

  • How to add and subtract facts to 20
  • Place value to 100
  • Graphs
  • How to add and subtract two-digit numbers with regrouping
  • Identifying and counting money
  • Telling time

Language Arts

Students use a newly published, research-based First Grade reading program which helps them develop important phonics, spelling, and reading skills through the following activities:

  • Students work in small groups to complete language-based center activities to enrich and re-mediate their concept development, as needed.
  • After reading a selection, students respond to the text through both written and oral exercises designed to develop their ability to interact with the text and more fully comprehend the ideas presented.

Spanish

Children are engaged in more challenging topics, such as:

  • Asking them to speak in Spanish to the classroom about their home or vocational experiences.
  • Writing and understanding simple Spanish sentences.

Social Studies

The children explore the following topics to further implement their skills using charts, graphs, maps, and globes. The curriculum includes six units:

  • Going to School
  • Good Citizens
  • The Land around Us
  • All about People
  • Looking Back
  • Jobs People Do

Science

A variety of experiences foster conceptual understanding for a better understanding of science. The units include:

  • Plants
  • Animals and Their Homes
  • Our Earth
  • Weather and Sky

Handwriting

The goal of Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is for children to write legibly. Learning and applying four keys to legibility include:

  • Shape
  • Size
  • Spacing
  • Slant

Library

First Grade has a scheduled Library period each week. Our primary goal at this level is the enjoyment of children’s literature. Concepts taught include:

  • Vocabulary and Comprehension of the Story Line
  • Book Care Rules
  • Organization of Fiction
  • Library Etiquette

Art

First graders express themselves through art by honing their skills and techniques with a variety of art materials. They will learn about and apply the art elements of:

  • Shape
  • Line
  • Color
  • Form
  • Texture

Music

During weekly music class, the number one goal is to create an environment where the students feel loved, nurtured, and respected. All music activities are designed to be fun and exciting while they are learning the basic foundations of reading music and gaining important knowledge about the mechanics of music and musical appreciation. Students can expect the following:

  • Vocal music and proper singing techniques for unified sound;
  • Music theory concepts which lead to the ability to read and comprehend music;
  • Sight singing techniques;
  • Performance opportunities and etiquette;
  • Music appreciation while introducing Music History and composers;
  • Movement;
  • Board games corresponding to music; and,
  • Vocal warm-ups.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education will teach age-appropriate fundamentals of several sports. Students will also learn the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as build character through structured activities. This program is created to cultivate the child's basic physical skills, including:

  • Running
  • Hand/eye coordination (throwing, catching, and bouncing balls)
  • Patience, following instructions, and good sportsmanship
  • Introduction to volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse

Sacred Studies

The overarching theme of our program is love of God, self, and others. Teachings include:

  • Learn Jesus’ summary of the Law and that God is Love;
  • Learn that prayer is talking and listening to God;
  • Exploration of various Bible stories;
  • Learn about Saints – with a major chapel presentation on All Saints' Day;
  • Peace Education with I-Care Cat (puppet) and friends; and,
  • Practice service to others.

     

Technology

Students go to the Lowry Computer Lab once a week to practice their budding technology skills, including:

  • Keyboarding
  • Navigation through the math website that correlates with our math curriculum

Second Grade

An integrated curriculum reaches a variety of students’ learning styles, providing a firm foundation in all subject areas. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers, develop higher order thinking skills, and become life-long learners through a variety of experiences. Students learn to work cooperatively and are provided with opportunities to become student leaders through classroom responsibilities and by participating in making classroom decisions. Field trips to the zoo and science museum, for example, supplement the curriculum. Second grade students participate in class projects such as a Second Grade Recipe Book and a Mother’s Day Tea.

READING/SPELLING

Students work in flexible, small groups. We use a challenging, research-based anthology series that offers the students both realistic fiction and non-fiction text selections. Students develop decoding fluency and learn important comprehension strategies by reading and responding to selections that are engaging and leveled appropriately for their abilities. Remediation and enrichment activities are used to supplement students’ learning, as needed.

ENGLISH/GRAMMAR

There is a strong integration between grammar and writing in second grade. Sentence structure and parts of speech directly support writing skills.

MATHEMATICS

Fundamental mathematical concepts are introduced to develop a variety of problem-solving skills.

SCIENCE

The exploration of the world using active learning through hands-on activities is developed.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Through the study of history, geography, and current events, connections are made between past and present.

HANDWRITING

Following the practice of manuscript writing, cursive writing is introduced.

TECHNOLOGY

The Computer Science curriculum is cumulative and progressive. Each year’s newly acquired skills build upon the previous year’s curriculum. By the time they reach 2nd grade, students have a basic knowledge of computer parts and terms, and they have a respect for the equipment. In addition to learning and using Microsoft Word, some students, by doing weekly keyboarding drills and home practice, advance to the intermediate level. New students to our program have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor to catch up to his/her classmates.

SPANISH

Students will be able to understand oral messages that are based on familiar themes and new vocabulary. They will be able to read words in Spanish and to respond orally by drawing and through writing. Students should also be able to recognize familiar objects, numbers, letters, colors, body parts, shapes, sports, and foods in Spanish. Our goal is that the student be able to communicate with short phrases in Spanish. Students have Spanish three times a week.

MUSIC

What to expect for 2nd grade music classes:

  • Vocal music and proper singing techniques for unified sound;
  • Music theory concepts which lead to the ability to read and comprehend music;
  • Sight singing techniques;
  • Performance opportunities and proper etiquette;
  • Music appreciation while introducing Music History and composers;
  • Movement;
  • Board games corresponding to music; and,
  • Vocal warm-ups.

ART

Students express themselves through art while honing their skills and techniques with a variety of art materials. They are introduced to famous works and styles of art and begin to develop an art vocabulary. Students attend art class twice a week.

SACRED STUDIES

The overarching theme is a love of God, self, and others. Students:

  • Learn Jesus’ summary of the Law and that God is Love;
  • Learn that prayer is talking and listening to God;
  • Explore various Bible stories;
  • Learn about Creation, that all God makes is good;
  • Explore Peace Education with I-Care Cat (puppet) and friends; and,
  • Practice service to others.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education will teach age-appropriate fundamentals of several sports. Students will also learn the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as build character through structured activities. This program is created to cultivate the child's basic physical skills, including:

  • Running
  • Hand/eye coordination (throwing, catching, and bouncing balls)
  • Patience, following instructions, and good sportsmanship
  • Introduction to volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse

LIBRARY

During their scheduled Library period each week, students are taught the respect and appreciation of books. During story time, they learn listening and participation skills. Vocabulary and comprehension of the text are explained, as well as library organization. Computers are used to search Athena, our library’s management program, and also for testing with our Accelerated Reader program. The emphasis is placed on enjoyment of literature in order to make students life-long readers. Students have library class once a week.

Third Grade

The third grade year is full of adventures! We have adventures in history when we go back in time to learn about life for the early settlers during Pioneer Day and by visiting the Little Red School House. We have adventures in our community by touring the Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum and by visiting the Palm Beach County History Museum to learn about the history of our county. The adventures continue in science as students conduct their very own experiments for a science fair and as we explore Florida’s natural coastal habitat at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Nature finds its way into the classroom when we observe earthworms in our very own compost pile. Finally, students track the weather daily by taking readings from our outdoor thermometer and rain gauge. Third grade truly is an adventure in learning!

Reading

Students improve reading comprehension by reading Little House on the Prairie, The Last Egret, and a variety of story excerpts.

Math

Students master multiplication and division facts, are introduced to fractions, and study measurement, graphs, and geometry.

English

Students learn about nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and pronouns and practice various types of writing, such as a personal narrative, a research paper, an opinion essay, poetry, and a story.

Science

Students cover life science, physical science, and earth science. They learn about the scientific method and apply it by conducting their own science experiment and by presenting the results.

Social Studies

Students explore their world by studying communities, our government, geography, and other countries.

Handwriting

Students become proficient in cursive writing.

technology

Students visit the Lowry Computer Lab at least once a week to practice their typing skills, drill in math facts using Batter Up, and use a program to strengthen their writing skills.

Sacred Studies

Overarching theme is a love of God, self, and others. Students:

  • Learn Jesus’ summary of the Law and that God is Love;
  • Learn that prayer is talking and listening to God;
  • Explore various Bible stories;
  • Participate in Peace Education with a review of “I-Care Rules”; and,
  • Practice service to others.

Spanish

Strategies for developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are included in each lesson. Vocabulary development, grammar, and articulation are also targeted through supplemental materials.

Art

Students are exposed to famous works and styles of art to develop an art vocabulary, while also honing their skills and techniques with a variety of art materials. Creativity and self-expression are encouraged.

Music

In 3rd grade music class, the emphasis is on two-part choral singing, vocal warm-ups for pitch matching, proper performance etiquette, music theory lessons which incorporates the skill of reading notes, sight singing exercises, music appreciation, music games, scale writing, basic music writing in different key signatures, choreographed singing to Broadway songs, and teaching the skill of reading rhythms.

Library

During the scheduled Library period each week, students learn listening and participation skills while enjoying the story. Vocabulary and comprehension are explained. The arrangement of fiction and non-fiction is taught. Library etiquette is a basic requirement. Computers are available for searching the catalog and for Accelerated Reader testing.

Physical education

Physical Education will teach the age-appropriate fundamentals of several sports: how to properly catch and throw a ball, how to catch and run with an irregular shaped ball in flag football, how to dribble and shoot a basketball, how to manipulate and shoot a ball using the feet in soccer, how to field and throw a ball in lacrosse, and proper running technique. Sports taught throughout the year include:

  • Volleyball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade curriculum provides an integrated curriculum that equips students with tools to help them become engaged, reflective, learners and confident, versatile problem solvers. Our program promotes students’ higher-order thinking and provides explicit in-depth instruction. This is a comprehensive program that provides the materials and support to reach a variety of learning styles. The curriculum and instruction at this grade level promotes an excitement for learning, supports a confident use of acquired knowledge, and provides students with opportunities to respond in ways that demonstrate comprehension, interpretation, and appreciation.

English

Students work daily out of the English Houghton Mifflin textbook and workbook.

  • The workbook is used for reinforcement and reteaching when needed.
  • Unit tests are administered at the conclusion of each unit.
  • Skills: Grammar-usage and mechanics, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing.

Spelling

The Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections curriculum provides a variety of word study strategies and activities for students, as well as proofreading checklists and modality checklists.

  • Spelling words introduced every Monday.
  • Pretest is given on Wednesday.
  • Post-test administered on Friday.
  • Workbook pages in the Spelling Connections workbook completed daily to practice and reinforce spelling skills.
  • Twenty words are assigned for study each week.

Math

Progress in Mathematics is a student-centered program that is carefully sequenced to help students develop the skills that they need to succeed in math.

  • Program incorporates problem solving throughout the textbook, as well as take-home activities and daily computation practice.
  • Skills taught: Numeration, whole number operations, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability.
  • Student tests are provided and administered after the completion of each chapter.

Reading

The Harcourt Pathways to Adventure Reading curriculum consists of a comprehensive textbook and workbook.

  • Skills reinforced in this series include: Vocabulary Skills, Graphic Sources, Summarizing, Synthesizing, Prefixes, Suffixes, Character Development, Synonyms, Antonyms, Comparing and Contrasting, Library/Media Center Skills, Cause and Effect, “Silent” Letters, Mood/Tone, Predicting Outcomes, Author’s Purpose, Classifying, Categorizing, and Grammar Skills.
  • To improve and strengthen reading and writing skills students:
    • Complete monthly Book Reports and
    • Use Accelerated Reading Program.

Social Studies

Harcourt Horizons Florida Textbook Series includes:

  • Preparation/Assessment materials.
  • United States History but focuses mainly on Florida History.
  • Collaborative in-class curriculum-based research projects provide students the opportunity to become more deeply engaged with their individual academic abilities, and with one another.
  • Weekly student presentations give students an opportunity to create and communicate a timeline on various events that make up Florida’s history. This provides supplemental academic instruction throughout the year by student peers.
  • Field trips to see first-hand the concepts that have been studied throughout the curriculum.

Science

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s “Science: A Closer Look” focuses on life science, earth science, and physical science.

  • Students learn through reading, observation, critical thinking models, Internet research, analysis, and laboratory experimentation.
  • Each week, a student presents a science experiment utilizing the scientific method. All experiments are based on current curriculum. This provides supplemental academic instruction throughout the year by student peers.
  • Collaborative in-class curriculum-based research projects provide students the opportunity to become more deeply engaged with their individual academic abilities, and with one another.
  • Field trips to see first-hand the concepts that have been studied throughout the curriculum.

Handwriting

  • Cursive writing is taught, as well as a review of manuscript writing.

Technology

  • The Computer Science curriculum is cumulative and progressive. Each year’s newly acquired skills build upon the previous year’s curriculum. By the time they reach 4th grade, students have a basic knowledge of computer parts and terms and a strong foundation in Microsoft Word and Publisher. In addition to learning and using Microsoft PowerPoint, students have advanced to the intermediate level in the keyboarding software. New students to our program have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor to catch up on his or her classmates.

Spanish

  • Students are prepared to meet national standards.
  • Varieties of strategies are set in place for developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and articulation are targeted through Spanish activities.

Sacred Studies

Overarching theme is a love of God, self, and others through:

  • Learning Jesus’ summary of the Law and that God is Love;
  • Learning that prayer is talking and listening to God;
  • Exploration of various Bible stories;
  • Writing offertories (favorite Bible verse) for Chapel services;
  • Peace Education – review of I-Care Rules, mediation, and conflict resolution; and,
  • Practice service to others.

Physical Education

Physical Education will teach the age-appropriate fundamentals of several sports: how to properly catch and throw a ball, how to catch and run with an irregular shaped ball in flag football, how to dribble and shoot a basketball, how to manipulate and shoot a ball using the feet in soccer, how to field and throw a ball in lacrosse, and proper running technique. Sports taught throughout the year include:

  • Volleyball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse

Music

In 4th grade music class, the emphasis is on writing music, learning the basics of music mechanics, reading music, sight singing, singing on pitch and part/harmony singing from choral music, key signatures re-introduced, review of all areas covered relating to musical information from previous years, Music Appreciation of classical music and music history introductions, singing etiquette, performance opportunities, and completions at the board.

Art

Fourth graders will express themselves through art by honing their skills and techniques with a variety of art materials.

  • Students will start to recognize famous works and styles of art.
  • Students will develop an art vocabulary.

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade is a crucial year as it bridges the gap between Lower School and Middle School. Students in Fifth Grade are introduced to Midterm Exams and Final Exams which will continue throughout Middle School. While in Fifth Grade, students have the opportunity to earn classroom money for acts of kindness, spectacular behavior, and for following the class rules. Money can be lost for not following the rules and for unacceptable behavior. The students’ earned money comes in handy for Business Day in April. This money system teaches the students accountability and personal responsibility, which are two extremely vital skills to possess during Fifth Grade and throughout students’ academic careers.

reading

Classic and contemporary literature is analyzed and discussed in Reading, with spelling/vocabulary words taken from each novel. A different style of book report is assigned at the end of each novel study to ensure comprehension while using diverse aspects of technology.

math

Math concentrates on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, integers, decimals, and fractions. Place value, probability, measurement, and a plethora of other topics are taught at an accelerated level.

English

English is taught in conjunction with Writing. This way, the skills learned in English can be transferred into students’ writing.

social studies

History and Geography are incorporated in the Social Studies curriculum, which includes units on early civilization, the English colonies, the American Revolution, Civil War times, and the twentieth century.

science

Science is covered in three units: Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. Hands-on labs are conducted weekly; interactive activities on the LearnPads, including CNN Student News weekly, are also incorporated to build on the week’s lessons.

spanish

Señora Jiron teaches Spanish two days a week. Students are prepared to meet national standards. Varieties of strategies are set in place for developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Vocabulary, grammar, and articulation are targeted through Spanish activities.

Cross Curriculum Enrichment

Students participate in The Stock Market Game where they build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English/Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects. Students work in teams to invest $100,000 virtual money and build a portfolio with stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

art

Art occurs twice a week and is taught by Mrs. Jacobs in the Art classroom. The students will express themselves by honing their skills and techniques with a variety of materials. They will start to recognize famous works and styles of art, as well as develop an art vocabulary. Creativity and self-expression are encouraged.

music

Pitch matching, good vocal sound quality, team singing for a uniformed sound, vocal warm-ups, sight singing exercises, note reading, music theory concepts, music flash cards, key signatures, notation of notes, basic song writing, composition of scales, and traditional songs are all taught and mastered. The students also participate in a Christmas concert and a Spring concert each year.

library

Once a week, Fifth Grade joins Mrs. Williams in the Library, where she guides them in picking their AR books, as well as allows them time to read silently and take AR tests.

sacred studies

Sacred Studies is taught once a week by Pastor Lynne in the Sacred Studies classroom. The overarching theme is love of God, self, and others. The students will learn Jesus’ summary of the Law, that God is Love, and that prayer is talking and listening to God. They will also explore various Bible stories, serve as Readers for Morning Prayer Chapel services, and practice service to others. Also, they review the I-Care Rules and practice mediation and conflict resolution.

physical education

Students learn about and practice a variety of sports in Physical Education, including football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. The primary goal is to safely expose students to the world of athletics, while simultaneously stressing the importance of leading an active lifestyle. Students also have the opportunity to participate in healthy competition with local schools. Upon completion of Physical Education, students will:

  • Have a firm understanding of the rules of each sport
  • Understand the safety precautions associated with each sport
  • Be able to demonstrate proper techniques when practicing fundamental skills
  • Understand the importance of good sportsmanship and healthy competition
  • Participate the Presidential Fitness Program

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