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Grade Level Curriculum Standards



Scripture / Christian Life

v     Knows that God speaks to us through the Bible, especially in the Liturgy of the Word

v     Begins to understand the difference between the Old testament and the New Testament

v     Understands that the Bible is a revelation of Godís love for people

v     Is familiar with and can articulate in a simple way the meaning of major themes and stories from the New Testament 

Sacraments / Worship

v     Recognizes the presence of Christ in the Eucharist

v     Prepares to receive First Communion and First Reconciliation

v     Understands Reconciliation as forgiveness and healing

v     Understands that through Baptism we are called to share in the Churchís mission

v     Prays the Sign of the Cross, Glory Be, Our father, Hail Mary, Grace before and after meals, Angel of God and the Act of Contrition 

Morality / Social Justice

v     Acts as Jesus would act by being loving, kind, forgiving and helpful at home, school, Church, and in the community and give examples of these acts

v     Describes sin as refusing to love God, self and others

v     Explains and understands that oneís actions have consequences

v     Acts as a peacemaker

v     Learns to take care of Godís creation

v     Begins to understand ways in which individuals are called to be in Godís service

v     Participates in age-appropriate service projects, including those that promote Mission awareness and care for Godís creation 

Christian Faith and Practice

v     Names the three persons of the trinity

v     Recognizes Mary as Jesusí mother

v     Tells how the Church is a community of believers of Jesus Christ

v     Talks about the ways the Church tries to do the things Jesus did

v     Knows that Baptism is a sacrament of initiation into the Church

v     Knows and celebrates oneís own Baptism

v     Understands saints as those who show us how to follow Jesus 


v     Sign of the Cross

v     Glory be

v     Lordís Prayer

v     Hail Mary

v     Grace (before and after meals)

v     Confiteor

v     Apostleís Creed

v     Act of Contrition

v     Holy Holy Holy

v     Memorial Acclimation

v     Lamb of God

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Social Studies

People Who Make A Difference

v     Students explain the institutions and practices of governments in the United States and other countries

v     Students understand basic economic concepts and their individual roles in the economy, and demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills

v     Students differentiate between those things that happened long ago and yesterday

v     Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of peoples, places, and environments

v     Students understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past make a difference in othersí lives (e.g., biographies)


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v     Problem solving

v     Reasoning

v     Communication

v     Mathematical connections

v     Estimation

v     Number sense and numeration

v     Concepts and whole number operation

v     Whole number computation

v     Geometry and spatial sense

v     Measurement

v     Statistics and probability

v     Fractions and decimals


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Language Arts


v     Word analysis, fluency, and systematic vocabulary development

1.      Decoding and word recognition

2.      Vocabulary and concept development

v     Reading comprehension

1.      Structural features of information materials

2.      Comprehension and analysis of grade level appropriate text

v     Literary response and analysis

1.      Narrative analysis of grade level appropriate text


v     Writing strategies

1.      Organization and focus

2.      Penmanship

3.      Research

4.      Evaluation and revision

v     Writing applications Ė genres and their characteristics

1.      Writing applications

Written and Oral 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

v     Speaking applications Ė genres and their characteristics

1.      Speaking applications


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Physical Science;

v     The motion of objects ca be observed and measured

Life Science:

v     Plants and animals have predictable life cycles

Earth Science:

v     Earth is made o f materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities

Investigation and Experimentation:

v     Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting 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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