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Third Grade

       3rd grade uses a variety of strategies and learning styles to meet the learning needs of each individual student.  Our goal is to motivate them to become independent learners and develop critical thinking skills.  Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion, Spelling, Reading, English, and Writing are taught daily.  In Math, we focus on our Core Curriculum with an emphasis on multiplication and division skills.  In Reading, we focus on comprehension and learn strategies to analyze texts.  Technology is also used in the classroom to enhance learning including, IXL, Brain Pop, Mystery Science, Discovery Education, Fusion digital Science lessons, and iPads.
 
         Religion is the foundation of our learning.  Our goal is that each student develops a personal relationship with our Lord that will last a lifetime.  Praying takes place in the classroom three times daily.  We attend mass weekly and sit with the Kindergarten students to model good behavior.  Character development is a focus during Religion time because we want to please God in everything we say and do!
 

4th Grade

     In fourth grade, students are expected to work more independently in their thinking, problem solving skills, and creativity.  Students are taught not only the core subjects, but are also taught important life-skills like organization, time management, and opportunities to strengthen their work ethic.
 

     In math, knowing their multiplication facts are a must!  They are expected to know the facts up to their 12s before entering the classroom.  With these basic skills in place, it will make the transition into long-division, fractions, and geometry so much smoother.

     Language Arts in fourth grade is a combination of reading, grammar/writing, and spelling. Our reading consists of a variety of novels throughout the school year.  While reading our novels, we discuss the skills of main idea, context clues, inferencing, and comprehension.  We also discuss virtues, look at the social injustices of novels, and how we are called as Catholics to be servants to others. 

     We also focus on formal types of writing such as narrative, expository, research, poetry, and persuasive essays.  Through our writing, we learn the parts of speech (grammar) and figurative language presented as “SMAPHIO” – similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, idioms, and onomatopoeia.  Students use the Writing Process and Writing Traits in all of their writing. We also learn spelling patterns & word study using rich vocabulary words.

     In Science we learn about matter, energy, plants/animals, and planets.  We add hands-on activities using STEM/STEAM projects as culminating ideas for units learned.  In our first half of the year, we focus on the United States geography by studying the regions of the US.  Then we finish our year learning all about Texas History.

     Religion is the highlight of our curriculum.  We aim to incorporate our faith into all subjects.  We do quarterly Current Event projects called “Pray the News”.  It allows the students to know what is going on in the world, and how we can best pray/serve those in need.  We also learn about the Commandments & Beatitudes and find ways we can live the faith in our daily lives.  Fourth grade is a big year for the Saints Project.  Students research & dress up as their saints for All Saints Day.  Then they put their skills to the test by participating in our Living Museum. 

     Students will learn in whole group, small group, and individual settings, and our focus is sharing our strengths and strengthening our weakness.  Applying our faith into our daily lives through prayer and action, fourth grade is an important year in helping us develop into the person that God has always intended for us to be.

Highlights: Saints Living Museum; Famous African-American Project; Novel Projects; Pray the News

 

5th Grade

     Fifth grade is a transition year for the students getting ready for 6th grade.  Fifth grade switches classes from ELA/SS to Math/Science/Religion to practice this change.  They get to experience using their Science skills and instill their religious beliefs with first-hand experience on their 4 day trip to The Pines Catholic Environmental Camp. They have the opportunity to use their math skills and run their own business when they attend Enterprise City. In the Fifth grade the students continue to practice their Catholic beliefs through an on campus Religious Retreat.
 
Highlights – The Pines Catholic Camp, Enterprise City, Fifth Grade Religious Retreat