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Elementary Curriculum

St. Francis Elementary Curriculum

Overview:

We have created a curriculum that recognizes every student as a unique individual with his or her learning style. All are given the opportunity to succeed in their own individual way. With our hands-on approach, we are able to instill in students a love of learning, independence, and the desire to achieve.

Language Arts:

Our Writing Workshop program is research based and offers students the opportunity to set their own goals and assess their own work. Students will become immersed in their writing, practice every kind of writing, and be given constructive one-on-one feedback.

Our program correlates reading and writing, and students will be given numerous opportunities to read a variety of books. This gives students examples from which to model their own writing. Our Language Arts program is further enhanced by The Daily 5, a student driven management structure that fully engages students in reading and writing.

The Daily 5 consists of the following components:

Read to Self,

Read to Someone Else,

Work on Writing,

Listen to Reading, and

Spelling/WordWork.

 

The Daily 5 allows for the integration of reading and writing, plus provides substantial time for students to read and write.

 

Pre-K

 

Resources:

A)    Language and Literacy:

  1. Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School, Language and Literacy
  2. Houghton Mifflin Pre-K
  3. The Daily 5

B)    Handwriting:

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

Kindergarten

Resources:

A)    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

  1. The Daily 5
  2. Units of Study, Grade K

B)    Spelling

  1. Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers
  2. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Letter Name
  3. Give it a Go!

C)    Handwriting

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

First Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

  1. The Daily 5
  2. Units of Study, Grade 1

B)    Spelling

  1. Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers
  2. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Derivational Relations Spellers
  3. Give it a Go!

C)    Handwriting

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

Second Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

  1. The Daily 5
  2. Units of Study, Grade 2

B)    Vocabulary

  1. Wordly Wise, Book 2

 

C)    Spelling

  1. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Derivational Spellers
  2. Words Their Way: Word Sorts from Within Word Pattern Spellers
  3. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers
  4. Give it a Go!

D)    Handwriting

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

 

Third Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

  1. The Daily 5
  2. Units of Study, Grade 3

B)    Vocabulary

  1. Wordly Wise, Book 3

C)    Spelling

  1. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Derivational Spellers
  2. Words Their Way: Word Sorts from Within Word Pattern Spellers
  3. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers
  4. Give it a Go!

D)    Handwriting

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

Fourth Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

  1. The Daily 5
  2. The Café Book
  3. Units of Study, Grade 4

B)    Vocabulary

  1. Wordly Wise, Book 4

C)    Spelling

  1. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Derivational Spellers
  2. Words Their Way Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers
  3. Give it a Go!

D)    Handwriting

  1. Handwriting Without Tears

 

Mathematics:

 

We have adopted the widely-acclaimed Singapore Math program that teaches “the whys” of math. The foundation of this program of this program focuses on developing problem-solving strategies, an understanding of mathematical principles, and a strong number sense. Mental math is greatly emphasized and concepts are reinforced using a variety of math manipulatives. Instruction moves from the concrete, to the pictorial, and then to the abstract.

 

Pre-K

Resources:

A)    Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School, Numbers and Math

B)    Houghton Mifflin Pre-K

 

 

Kindergarten

Resources:

A)    Earlybird Kindergarten Math Std Ed Activity Book A

B)    Earlybird Kindergarten Math Std Ed Text Book A

C)    Earlybird Kindergarten Math Std Ed Activity Book B

D)    Earlybird Kindergarten Math Std Ed Text Book B

 

 

First Grade

Resources:

A)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 1A Std Ed

B)    Primary Mathematics Textbook 1A Std Ed

C)    Primary Mathematics Tests 1A Std Ed

D)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 1B Std Ed

E)     Primary Mathematics Textbook 1B Std Ed

F)     Primary Mathematics Tests 1B Std Ed

G)    Extra Practice for Primary Math Std Ed 1

H)    Intensive Practice 1A

I)       Intensive Practice 1B

J)       Challenging Word Problems 1

K)    Challenging Word Problems Primary 1

L)     Singapore Math Practice 1A

M)   Singapore Math Practice 1B

 

 

Second Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 2A Std Ed

B)    Primary Mathematics Textbook 2A Std Ed

C)    Primary Mathematics Tests 2A Std Ed

D)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 2B Std Ed

E)     Primary Mathematics Textbook 2B Std Ed

F)     Primary Mathematics Tests 2B Std Ed

G)    Extra Practice for Primary Math Std Ed 2

H)    Intensive Practice 2A

I)       Intensive Practice 2B

J)       Challenging Word Problems 2

K)    Challenging Word Problems Primary 2

L)     Singapore Math Practice 2A

M)   Singapore Math Practice 2B

 

 

Third Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 3A Std Ed

B)    Primary Mathematics Textbook 3A Std Ed

C)    Primary Mathematics Tests 3A Std Ed

D)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 3B Std Ed

E)     Primary Mathematics Textbook 3B Std Ed

F)     Primary Mathematics Tests 3B Std Ed

G)    Extra Practice for Primary Math Std Ed 3

H)    Intensive Practice 3A

I)       Intensive Practice 3B

J)       Challenging Word Problems 3

K)    Challenging Word Problems Primary 3

L)     Singapore Math Practice 3A

M)   Singapore Math Practice 3B

 

 

Fourth Grade

 

Resources:

A)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 4A Std Ed

B)    Primary Mathematics Textbook 4A Std Ed

C)    Primary Mathematics Tests 4A Std Ed

D)    Primary Mathematics Workbook 4B Std Ed

E)     Primary Mathematics Textbook 4B Std Ed

F)     Primary Mathematics Tests 4B Std Ed

G)    Extra Practice for Primary Math Std Ed 4

H)    Intensive Practice 4A

I)       Intensive Practice 4B

J)       Challenging Word Problems 4

K)    Challenging Word Problems Primary 4

L)     Singapore Math Practice 4A

M)   Singapore Math Practice 4B

 

 

Social Studies:

 

St. Francis’s curriculum takes our students on a journey from learning about the seven continents and North American geography in kindergarten to learning about the Vietnam War and the Modern Era in the eighth grade. The curriculum is designed to avoid continual repetition of materials. As a result, our students develop a greater understanding of where they stand in the world. They also learn that an understanding of the past provides greater understanding of our world today. Our curriculum is further enhanced by Project-Based Learning, which provides St. Francis students the opportunity to explore their individual interests.

 

Topics to be covered:

 

Kindergarten

A)    World

  1. Map Skills/Directions
  2. Spatial Sense
  3. Overview of the Seven Continents

B)    America

  1. North American Geography
  2. Native Americans
  3. Early Exploration and Settlement (Columbus, Pilgrims; Independence Day)
  4. Presidents, Past and Present Topics (holidays, etc.)

 

 

First Grade

A)    World

  1. Geography (Africa and Near East)
  2. Birth of Civilization (discovery of fire, development of tools, agriculture, domestication of animals)
  3. Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia; Ancient Egypt; History of World Religions)
  4. Religious Diversity

B)    America

  1. Early Exploration and Settlement
  2. Local and State Community
  3. Supply and Demand
  4. Good Citizenship

 

Second Grade

A)    World

  1. Map Skills
  2. Geography (Asia)
  3. Early Civilizations: Asia (India; China)

B)    America

  1. Geography (North America)
  2. American Government and Constitution
  3. Westward Expansion
  4. Civil Rights
  5. Local Government/City Hall
  6. Immigration

 

 

Third Grade

A)    World

  1. Geography (Landforms; World)
  2. Classical Greece and Ancient Rome
  3. Vikings

B)    America

  1. Roaring 20s/Jazz Age
  2. Great Depression
  3. Dust Bowl

 

Fourth Grade

A)    World

  1. Geography (Mountains; Major Rivers)
  2. Europe in the Middle Ages
  3. Spread of Islam and “Holy Wars”
  4. Early and Medieval African Kingdoms

B)    Texas

  1. Native Texas Cultures (ch. 4)
  2. Exploration and Settlement (ch. 5)
  3. Mexican Era (ch. 6)
  4. Texas Revolution (ch. 7)
  5. Republic of Texas (ch. 8)

 

 

Science:

 

The St. Francis curriculum is hands-on, because we firmly believe that students learn by doing. It is designed so that students:

  • Observe,
  • Communicate,
  • Compare,
  • Organize,
  • Infer, and
  • Apply.

 

This enables students to comprehend the concepts taught, retain the information longer, and develop an inquiring mind. The implementation of our curriculum results in our students having meaningful experiences in the natural and designed worlds.

 

St. Francis School Pre-Kindergarten Science Scope and
Sequence
 
Scientific Method
• Making observations
• Formulating predictions
• Investigating
• Introduction of scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer
• Safety Procedures

Life Science
• My 5 Senses
• Taking Care of My Body
• Growth of Babies
• Homes and Habitats: Ocean Animals and Woodland Animals
• Life Cycles: Invertebrates: ladybugs
Vertebrates: farm animals
• Caring for Plants

 

Earth and Space Science
• Weather
• Dinosaurs and Fossils
• Water
• Solar System: Moon, Sun, Stars

 

Physical Science
• Transportation
• Light and Shadows
• Transformations
• Force, Ramps and Inclines
• Properties of Matter

 

St. Francis School Kindergarten Science Scope and Sequence


Scientific Method

• Making observations and drawing record of in science notebook
• Formulating predictions
• Investigating
• Introduction of scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer
• Safety Procedures

Life Science
• Living and Non-Living
• Habitats: Arctic Animals
• Observe Life Cycles: Invertebrates: praying mantis and butterflies
Vertebrates: chicks and tadpoles
• Growing and Caring for Plants: trees and native Texas plants

Earth and Space Science
• Taking Care of the Earth
• Warming Effects of the Sun
• Weather
• Naming Planets and Planet Order
• Planet Information
• Planetary Movement
• Milky Way Galaxy
• Space Travel

Physical Science
• Properties of Matter
• Properties of Water
• Different States of Water
• Changes in States
• Motion and Forces
 
St. Francis School First Grade Science Scope and Sequence

 

Scientific Method
• Making observations and predictions
• Observe, measure, compare and organize data in science notebook
• Investigating
• Introduction of scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer, eye droppers, primary balances, standard and non-standard measuring tools
• Safety Procedures

 

Life Science
• Life Cycles: Invertebrates: pill bugs and ladybugs
Vertebrates: birds

 

Earth and Space Science
• Air and Weather
• Conservation of the Earth
• The Water Cycle
• Objects in the Sky

 

Physical Science
• Simple Machines and Inventions
• Friction and Wheels
• Properties of Matter
• Changes in States of Matter
• Forms of Energy


St. Francis School Second Grade Science Scope and Sequence

 

Scientific Method
• What Do Scientists Do?
• Making observations and predictions
• Observe, investigate, measure, compare and organize data in science notebook
• Using scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer, eye droppers, primary balances, standard and non-standard measuring tools
• Safety Procedures (teach wafting)

 

Life Science
• Classification of Animals
• Life Cycles: Invertebrates: darkling beetles
Vertebrates: bats
• Habitats
• Plants: pollination and seed dispersal

Earth and Space Science
• Rocks
• Natural Resources
• Weather
• How do weather and pollution change habitats?

 
Physical Science
• Magnetism
• Matter: physical and chemical changes

 

St. Francis School Third Grade Science Scope and Sequence

 

Scientific Method
• Formulate hypotheses, observe, record and share findings in science notebook
• Using scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer, balances, graduated cylinders, other standard measuring tools

 

Life Science
• Observe Life Cycles: Invertebrates: land snail and crayfish
Vertebrates: tortoises
• Biomes
• Food chains
• Food webs

 

Earth and Space Science
• Exploring Our Solar System
• Gravity and Forces

 

Physical Science
• Forms of Energy
• Mixtures
• Motion and Matter

  

St. Francis School Fourth Grade Science Scope and Sequence

 

Scientific Method
• Formulate hypotheses, observe, record and share findings in science notebook
• Using scientific equipment: magnifying lens, safety goggles, thermometer, balances, graduated cylinders, other standard measuring tools

 

Life Science
• Nutrition and the Human Body
• Life Cycles: Invertebrates: earthworms
Vertebrates: mammals

 

Earth and Space Science
• Properties of Soil
• Earth’s Environment
• Renewable and non-renewable resources

 
Physical Science
• Forms of Energy
• Inventions
• Conductors and insulators
• Electrical Circuits and Electromagnetic fields
• Effects of Force on Objects

 

Social Emotional Learning:

Our St. Francis Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum consists of the five core competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. We are engaging our students in school-wide programming such as grade-level chapel presentations, an anti-bullying campaign, compassion/outreach projects, and family involvement.  In addition, our students in grades K-4 will have regular visits from the counselor for specific guidance lessons on various SEL topics and mindfulness. Students in grades 5-8 participate in workshops on topics specific for middle school. As an educational community we have embraced both the Nurtured Heart (Howard Glasser) and Conscious Discipline models and draw from these models to inform our classroom management and teaching practices. These SEL models are embedded in our student learning standards and expectations.