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Intermediate

Grade 4

Fourth grade continues to learn and practice cursive.
 
In Religion, the fourth grade text, Jesus Our Guide, covers a simplified introduction to Bible stories and teachings of the faith. Along with this, we have daily prayer to encourage living a life of virtue and we pray together for special intentions.
 
In Math, we continue to grow our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rounding, and estimating. We also begin to convert measurement, gain an understanding for statistics and probability, and continue to develop fraction concepts.
 
In Language Arts, we learn and apply the rules of English grammar and apply these concepts through creative writing. We incorporate vocabulary and phonics skills with our weekly stories. Through book studies, students explore cross curricular concepts and enhance independent critical thinking skills. 
 
Science is focused on building the basic understanding of the engineering process through various hands-on projects and experiments. Students also explore and learn about The Earth’s Surface, Energy, and Plants/ Animals.
 
Fourth grade has a strong focus on United States Geography and History, as well as the 50 states and their capitals.
  
Students have several chapter books read aloud to them throughout the year, these include but are not limited to: Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor.
 
Students routinely use Chromebooks for Accelerated Reader Reading. They also use Chromebooks for researching and project based learning. Along with this, students use the classroom’s Clevertouch Board to enhance their technology use, while demonstrating their skills with classroom subjects.
 
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) time is set several times throughout the week, where students read silently for a designated time.

Religion:
  • The fourth grade text, Jesus Our Guide, covers a simplified introduction to Bible stories and teachings of the faith.
  • Daily prayer to encourage living a life of virtue and special intentions.
Math:
  • Grow skills in multi digit arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Round and estimate larger numbers
  • Begin to convert measurements, gain an understanding of statistics and probability
  • Develop fraction/decimal concepts: Arithmetic operations with fractions and decimals 
Language Arts:
  • Learn and apply the rules of English grammar through creative writing
  • Incorporate vocabulary and phonics skills with our weekly stories
  • Students explore cross curricular concepts and enhance independent critical thinking skills with book studies
Science:
  • Build the basic understanding of the engineering process through various hands-on projects and experiments
  • Explore and investigate the Earth’s Surface, Energy, Sound, and Plants/ Animals.
  • LEGO STEM Challenges are completed throughout the year to enhance teamwork skills and engineering concepts.
Social Studies:
  • Understand the United States Geography and Regions (including 50 States/ Capitals)
  • Review United States Government and basic U.S history
  • Continue enhancing map skills 
English:
  • Introduction to different types of writing and the writing process
  • Understand the mechanics of English
  • Interactive English Notebook Activities 
Additional Information:
  • Students have several chapter books read aloud to them throughout the year, these include but are not limited to: Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor.
  • Students routinely use Chromebooks for Accelerated Reader Reading. They also use Chromebooks for researching and project based learning. Along with this, students use the classroom’s Clevertouch Board to enhance their technology use, while demonstrating their skills with classroom subjects.
  • Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) time is set several times throughout the week, where students read silently for a designated time.

Grade 5

English

  • Determine the correct usage of punctuation through written language, using punctuation mechanics
  • Determine all forms of nouns; common, proper, singular, plural, and possessive
  • Identify all forms of verbs; action, helping, and linking
  • Implement the correct form of adjectives; including comparative/ superlative
  • Identify and know the difference between an adjective and adverb
  • Be able to identify a preposition and phrase in which is connected
  • Construct a complete sentence using all forms of grammar and the seven parts of speech correctly
  • Continue to improve basic written expression skills, which include proper punctuation, accurate spelling, word choice, fluency, and organization
  • Be re-introduced to a five paragraph essay model
  • Focus on three paragraph essays – Introduction- Body – Conclusion – ensuring student ideas are implemented appropriately
  • Review how to organize paragraphs in an essay response, using 3-5 or 5-7 sentences in length
  • Be introduced to the idea of self- editing any and all written expression assignments
  • Develop the necessary skills and experience in reading a variety of age appropriate, grade level novels
  • Use literary evidence when reading appropriate grade level novels
  • Identify and explain the author’s purpose
  • Use context clues
  • Identify, describe, and use literary skills and story elements correctly; identifying characters, setting, theme, main event(s), climax, resolution, foreshadowing, making predictions, inferring, and listing differences and similarities

Social Studies

Explore the history of the United States from early explorers through post-war America. Students will examine and evaluate major events through the lenses of geography, government, and economics. Students will build skills using maps, conducting and presenting research, thinking critically, and defending their conclusions and predictions.

Math

  • Compare two numbers from billions to thousandths using the symbols >, =, or < and justify the solution
  • Round numbers from billions to thousandths place
  • Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the thousandths place, and justify the solution
  • Understand that parts of a whole can be expressed as fractions and/or decimals
  • Convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals
  • Compare and order fractions and/or decimals to the thousandths place using the symbols >, =, or < and justify the solution
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators, and justify the solution
  • Multiply and divide a fraction or whole number by a fraction using models and equations
  • Write, evaluate, and interpret numerical expressions using the order of operations
  • Plot and interpret points in the first quadrant of the Cartesian coordinate plane
  • Convert measurements of capacity, length, and weight within a given measurement system
  • Analyze the data to answer questions and solve problems

Science

  • Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen
  • Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that, regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved
  • Conduct an investigation to determine whether the combining of two or more substances results in new substances
  • Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment
  • Use models to describe that energy stored in food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain warmth) was once energy from the Sun
  • Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, amount of daylight, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky
  • Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact
  • Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth
  • Investigate ways humans protect or damage the Earth’s resources and environment

Theology

The 5th grade curriculum focuses on the Apostles' Creed, salvation history, and the Bible. First semester includes major events of the Old Testament, and second semester focuses on the life of Jesus. Students also have two weeks of Family Life instruction. Students learn using a variety of methods, including skits and projects. They learn to use and pray with the Bible, including the Sunday Gospels. They visit the adoration chapel regularly and observe the liturgical seasons. Students continue to work on developing Christian virtues, character and their personal prayer life.