Primary grade students progress in reading, language arts, and mathematics. The whole language approach to reading and language is used throughout the grades. Grades 1-3 focus on phonics as a separate skill to develop reading skills. Activities introduce concepts in science and social studies.
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In addition to building core competencies, first graders enjoy exploring and learning about the world around them. Special Field trips include the Marine Mammal Center, Mobile Zoo, and the Pumpkin Patch!
We continue to build on developing reading and writing skills introduced in Kindergarten including:
Our first graders begin learning in our fully-equipped Science Discovery Lab. Topics include Life, Earth and Physical Sciences. Curriculum adheres to California’s Next Generation Science Standards.
Math concepts and skill practice include:
Examples of themes we will focus on in Social Studies:
Second grade is a fun year because the students really start to read independently and start loving to write and being published authors. It is rewarding to see the students grow through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.
We consistently review grammar skills while incorporating elements of writing; such as:
We are dedicated to reviewing decoding skills and our biggest focus is developing reading comprehension skills to build metacognition, so students understand and can talk about "how they think" about reading.
Science curriculum follows Next Generation Science Standards. Students explore concepts of plants and animal life cycles, Earth's natural resources, force and motion, and dinosaur study. Students will write an animal report and deliver an oral presentation about animal habitats. Science instruction in the Science Discovery Lab offers an extension to classroom learning.
Our goal is to strengthen a basic foundation in addition and subtraction skills including three-digit addition and three-digit subtraction with regrouping. Students need to be able to internalize math concepts from a concrete level by building with manipulatives and getting a "visual" of the concept that they can apply to the abstract level of solving math problems. We also encourage work on word problems and problem solving in the different math strands.
Second grade topics include:
We review Zaner Blossert printing of the letters, so that students are prepared for learning cursive in third grade.
Students prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Our emphasis is on the life of Jesus and how we, as Christians, want to hold Jesus and his teachings first in our lives by following the Great Commandment in how we treat one another. Bible stories are included in our daily lessons.
The Academy of Science and the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Third Grade is the best! We consider it as the "Goldilocks" year...just right. We are able to do so many things and still have a lot of fun!
Our literature-based curriculum includes oral language fluency practice, alphabetic knowledge, decodable text, listening comprehension, writing practice, and ongoing assessment of reading skills.
Specifically, we cover:
Our science curriculum is aligned with the NGSS - Next Generation Science Standards, and covers the following topics:
Our curriculum correlates to the CA Common Core Standards for mathematical practice with emphasis on real-world problem-solving applications.
We focus on:
Students deepen their faith by studying the life and works of Christ, the creeds of the Church, Sacraments and Liturgy, the Ten Commandments, and by developing a personal relationship with God through prayer. Students learn that we can become active members of the church through service to others and participation in the Sacraments. They also study the lives of the saints and other role models to see how we can make a difference in our world.
Special Events & Field Trips:
Field Trips ~ always adding more!
More Special Features of 3rd Grade: