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Grade Level Curriculum Standards



Scripture / Christian Life

v     Knows in a simple way the difference between the Old and New Testament

v     Identifies the Gospels as the major part of the New Testament

v     Tells the stories of Jesusí birth, passion, and death and resurrection

v     Retells the story of Jesus welcoming the children

v     Retells the story of Pentecost

v     Retells the Emmaus story

v     Knows and simply describes what a parable is, for example, retells the parable pf the Prodigal Son

v     Knows what a miracle is, for example, retells the story of the loaves and the fishes 

Sacraments / Worship

v     Names and simple describes the seven sacraments

v     Understands the seven sacraments as a celebration of Godís love

v     Experiences reconciliation (sacramental and non-sacramental)

v     Prays daily

v     Prays prayers and petitions, and blessings, sorrow and the Psalms

v     Prays and understands the Apostleís Creed

v     Participates regularly in Sunday Eucharist, which is the source and summit of the Christian life

v     Knows the difference between Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist

v     Describes the sacramentals found in a Church worship space

v     Explains the major seasons of the liturgical year

v     Celebrates Holy Days of the Church year

v     Experiences activities related to the Liturgical seasons and feasts (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time)

v     Celebrates rituals and activities that express Christian belief, (example: the Jesse Tree, the Stations of the Cross, blessing with holy water, etc.) 

Morality / Social Justice

v     Knows and lives the two great commandments

v     Knows that the Eucharist expresses Godís love for us and calls us to service

v     Tells the difference between temptation, accident and sin

v     Describes how sin hurts the whole community

v     Gives examples of how to work for justice and peace

v     Practices stewardship in parish, community and the world

Christian Faith and Practice

v     Describes God the Father as Creator, God the Son as Savior, and God the Holy Spirit as Gift and Help

v     Describes Jesusí mission as bringing about the Kingdom of God

v     Defines the word creed

v     Names the four marks of the Church, one, holy, Catholic and apostolic

v     Identifies the Pope and Bishops as leaders of the Catholic Church

v     Tells who Jesusí apostles were

v     Describes the qualities of a saint

v     Understands Mary as the mother of Jesus and our mother

v     Identifies and becomes familiar with ways to serve the faith community (example: altar servers, etc.) 


v     Sign of the Cross

v     Glory be

v     Lordís Prayer

v     Hail Mary

v     Grace before and after meals

v     Confiteor

v     Apostlesí s Creed

v     Act of Contrition

v     Angel of God

v     Holy Holy Holy

v     Memorial Acclimation

v     Lamb of God


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Social Studies

Continuity and Change:

v     Students describe the physical and human geography and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places and environments in spacial context

v     Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past

v     Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of events in local history and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land

v     Students understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives, and the basic structure of the United States Government

v     Students demonstrate the basic economic reasoning skills and understanding of the economy of the local region


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v     Problem solving

v     Reasoning

v     Communication

v     Mathematical connections

v     Estimation

v     Number sense and numeration

v     Concepts of whole number computation

v     Geometry and spatial sense

v     Measurement

v     Statistics and probability

v     Fractions and decimals

v     Patterns and relationships


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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 informational materials

2.      Comprehension and analysis of grade level appropriate text

v     Literary response and analysis

1.      Structural features of literature

2.      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 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 Ė genres and their characteristics

1.      Speaking applications


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Physical Science:

v     Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another

v     Light has a source and travels in a direction

Life Science:

v     Adaptations in physical structures or behavior may improve an organismís chance for survival

Earth Science:

v     Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns

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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