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Grade Level Curriculum Standards



Scripture / Christian Life

v     Is able to locate, read, and understand stories from the Bible that relate to the sacraments 

Sacraments / Worship

v     Knows names, meanings, signs and symbols of each of the seven sacraments

v     Experiences water, bread, wine, oil and light with two or more of the senses and participates in prayer services related to these

v     Prays the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed

v     Learns the four marks of the Church

v     Plans Eucharistic Liturgies or Prayer Services with a class or group

v     Participates regularly in Sunday Eucharist

v     Recognizes the presence of Christ in the Eucharist

v     Prays in harmony with the spirit of the seasons of the Church Year

v     Recognizes the Liturgical Calendar and can explain the Seasons of the Church Year, their meanings and their colors

v     Recognizes the meaning and celebration of the Sacred Triduum 

Morality / Social Justice

v     Understand “original sin” into which we are all born, in relation to evil and sin

v     Recognizes attitudes and actions which are selfish and sinful

v     Practices forgiveness, being forgiven and asking for forgiveness

v     Acts out the belief that mercy and justice are essential components of Christian living

v     Reaches out to people at home, school, community and worlds through positive words and actions and can give examples of these

v     Begins to become aware of the need for ongoing conversation 

Christian Faith and Practice

v     Knows and expresses belief that Jesus is the Son of God and the Word Made Flesh

v     Knows and lives the belief that life is sacred

v     Knows and applies the concept of sacramentality

v     Identifies ways that the Church carries on the mission of Jesus

v     Explains the Communion of Saints

v     Identifies people of the present and the past who model their lives on Christian values (example: patron saints, etc.)  


v     Sign of the cross

v     Glory Be

v     Hail Mary

v     Lord’s Prayer

v     Grace before and after meals

v     Angel of God

v     Confiteor

v     Act of Contrition

v     Holy Holy

v     Holy

v     Memorial Acclimation

v     Lamb of God

v     Glory to God in the Highest

v     Rosary

v     Angelus

v     Come Holy Spirit


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Social Studies

United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation

v     Students describe the major pre-Columbian settlements including the cliff dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River

v     Students trace the routes and describe the early explorations of the Americans

v     Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers

v     Students understands the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era

v     Students explain the causes of the American Revolution

v     Students relate the narrative of the people and events associated with the development of the United States Constitution, and analyze its significance as the foundation of the American republic

v     Students trace the colonization, immigration and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800’s, with emphasis on the defining role of economic incentives and the effects of the physical and political geography and transportation systems

v     Students know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals


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v     Problem solving

v     Reasoning

v     Communication

v     Mathematical connections

v     Number and number relationships

v     Number systems and number theory

v     Computation and estimation

v     Patterns and functions

v     Algebra

v     Statistics

v     Probability

v     Geometry

v     Measurement


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Language Arts


v     Word analysis, fluency, and systematic vocabulary development

1.      Word recognition

2.      Vocabulary and concept development

v     Reading comprehension

1.      Comprehension and analysis of grade level appropriate text

2.      Expository critique

v     Literary response and analysis

1.      Structural features of literature

2.      Narrative analysis of grade level appropriate text

3.      Literary criticism


v     Writing strategies

1.      Organization and focus

2.      Research and technology

3.      Evaluation and revision

v     Writing applications-genres and their characteristics

1.         Writing applications

Written and Oral Language Conventions:

v     Written and oral language conventions

1.      Sentence structure

2.      Grammar

3.      Punctuation

4.      Capitalization

5.      Spelling

Listening and Speaking:

v     Listening and speaking strategies

1.      Comprehension

2.      Organization and delivery of oral communication

3.      Analysis and evaluation of oral and media communication

v     Speaking applications – genres and their characteristics

1.      Speaking applications


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Physical Science:

v     Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world

Life Science:

v     Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials

Earth Science:

v     Water and earth moves between the oceans and land through the processes of evaporation and condensation

v     Energy from the sun heats earth unevenly causing air movements that result in changing weather patterns

v     The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the sun in predictable paths

Investigation and Experimentation:

v     Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and careful investigations


v     Acceptance of personal responsibility

v     Respect for and promotion of health of others

v     An understanding of the process of growth and development

v     Informed use of health-related information, products and services

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