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Grade-Level Curriculum

Science

  • seasons
  • heat
  • nocturnal animals
  • taking care of my body
  • baby animals

Math

  • Can count to 20
  • Can arrange numerals 0-12 in correct order
  • Can identify numerals by name to 12
  • Can write numerals 0-10
  • Can count objects 1-12 with a one-to-one correspondence
  • Can recognize, describe, create and extend a simple pattern
  • Can sort, classify, and order objects by color, size, and shape
  • Can recognize and describe shapes- square, rectangle, circle, triangle, rhombus, and oval
  • Can demonstrate the understanding of size- small, medium, large
  • Can demonstrate the understanding of position words- above/below, in/out, over/under, top/bottom, inside/outside, in front/behind

Financial Literacy

  • Understand the distribution of resources
    • Explain spending versus savings
    • Recognize that items cost money
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Distinguish different types of money (bills, coins)
    • Identify the values of each type of money
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Explain that a borrowed item needs to be returned
    • Demonstrate that if loaned, an item should be returned
  • Establish strategies for protection of identity
    • Describe what an identity is
  • Recognize different types of insurance
    • Recognize ways people can lose possessions
    • Demonstrate ways to protect possessions
    • Recognize the consequences of loss
  • Recognize different types of non-insurance protection
    • Explain how written notes, emails, or phone calls between school and home can help prevent misinformation
    • Recognize the role of adults in providing safety

Handwriting

  • capital and lowercase of each letter
  • write top to bottom and left to right
  • write first name correctly

Phonics

  • identifying the name and sound of each letter
  • initial sounds in words

Social Studies

  • all about me
  • community helpers
  • transportation

Bible

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • chapel theme stories/topics/songs
  • how we can honor, praise, obey our God in our work and play (mission statement)
  • showing love to others
  • devotion for each letter of the alphabet

Reading

  • following left to right, top to bottom
  • rhyming words
  • onset rhymes
  • word families
  • sequencing
  • listening
  • comprehension

Music

  • chapel theme songs
  • alphabet songs
  • nursery rhyme songs
  • TK-4th grade musical

Art

  • multiple projects
  • identify 8 basic colors (red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, black, brown)

PE

  • running
  • walking
  • hopping
  • stretching
  • marching
  • catching
  • bouncing
  • jumping
  • kicking
  • throwing
  • over, under, around, through

Additional Topics

  • apples
  • pumpkins
  • grandparents
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • snow
  • Valentine's Day
  • spring
  • rain
  • Mother’s Day

Social and Personal Development

  • follow group directions
  • raise hand before speaking
  • participate in discussions
  • pay attention, respond to questions, and speak audibly
  • be respectful of themselves and others
  • able to solve conflict independently
  • independent in the classroom by learning to help themselves
  • good hygiene practices
  • independent in toileting, washing hands, dressing, eating, blowing nose, zipping, buttoning, and cleaning up

Fine Motor Skills

  • hand-eye coordination to perform self-help and fine motor tasks with a variety of manipulative materials
  • show increase in skills in scissors, glueing, writing tools

Speaking

  • participate in one-on-one situations and group settings
  • ask teacher and peers for help
  • speak in complete thoughts and sentences
  • respond appropriately to conversations
  • ask appropriate questions
  • participate without disruption
  • take turns speaking

Listening

  • listen for information and understanding
  • follow directions
  • establish, maintain, and enhance relationships
  • listen to peers and teachers when they are speaking

Science

  • plants and their environment
  • weather and climate
  • living and non-living
  • solid, liquid, gas
  • hot and cold
  • floating and sinking
  • engineering

Math

  • Can count to 100 by ones, fives, and tens
  • Can write numbers from 0 to 50
  • Can write a number for a group of 0 to 20 objects
  • Can put numbers in order to 50
  • Can identify missing numbers before, after, and in between numbers 1-50
  • Can understand that the last object counted tells the number of objects in a group
  • Can understand that adding an object to a group will make the total number one bigger (and taking away will make the total number one smaller)
  • Can count to tell how many
  • Can count out a number of objects between 1 and 20
  • Can tell if a group of objects in one group is greater than, less than or equal to a group of objects in another group
  • Can compare two written numbers between 1 and 10
  • Can use objects, fingers and pictures to help me show addition
  • Can use objects, fingers and pictures to help me show subtraction
  • Can add and subtract and know math facts from 0-5 with a goal of 20 facts per minute
  • Can tell how an object can be measured using non-standard units (length, weight)
  • Can compare how two objects are similar or different (more of, less of, taller, shorter)
  • Can place objects into categories
  • Can count the number of objects in categories
  • Can sort the categories by the number of objects
  • Can find shapes around me
  • Can tell where shapes are (above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to)
  • Can tell about shapes
  • Can compare shapes
  • Can name 2D shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, rhombus, oval, trapezoid, hexagon)
  • Can identify money – penny, nickel, dime, quarter (name, value)
  • Can count groups of pennies, groups of nickels, and groups of dimes
  • Can tell time to the hour
  • Can copy patterns, extend patterns, and identify AB, ABB, AAB, ABC

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Define wants and needs
    • Know the importance of needs and wants
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Distinguish different types of money (bills, coins)
    • Identify the values of each type of money
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Explain that a borrowed item needs to be returned
    • Demonstrate that if loaned, an item should be returned
  • Recognize different types of insurance
    • Recognize ways people can lose possessions
    • Demonstrate ways to protect possessions
    • Recognize the consequences of loss
  • Recognize different types of non-insurance protection
    • Explain how written notes, emails, or phone calls between school and home can help prevent misinformation
    • Recognize the role of adults in providing safety

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • color words
  • sight words (approximately 36)
  • number words to 10

Grammar

  • exclamation point
  • question mark
  • quotation marks
  • period

Handwriting

  • pencil grip
  • top/middle/bottom lines
  • uppercase/lowercase letters
  • constructing basic sentences
  • writing name using title case
  • writing simple CVC words
  • writing sight words

Writing

  • Launching the Writing Workshop 
  • Writing for Readers 
  • How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others 
  • Persuasive Writing of All Kinds: Using Words to Make a Change

Social Studies

  • all about me (God made me special)
  • life at school (rules, etc)
  • holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, President’s Day)
  • seasons
  • community helpers (fire department, police department)
  • map skills (where they live in God’s world)
  • money (understand the role of money in our society and use it responsibly)
  • apples (how they grow - farm to factory, field trip to Country Apple Orchard, Harrisburg, SD)

Art

  • apple art (torn paper technique)
  • water color painting (seasonal topics)
  • leaf man (using real leaves to create images)
  • Thanksgiving mural (pilgrim/Mayflower art)
  • parent/child project (Tom the Turkey - dress him in disguise so he is not eaten for Thanksgiving dinner!)
  • candy cane tissue paper art
  • parent/child project (snowman collage art)
  • paper snowflake
  • symmetry art (tempera paint - heart)
  • kite painting
  • Easter art (paper stained glass watercolor with cross)
  • beginning/end of the year self portrait

Bible

  • little children come to Jesus
  • a new world and a new start (creation)
  • the patriarchs
  • from Egypt to Canaan
  • Israel in Canaan
  • kings and prophets
  • exile and return
  • Jesus on earth
  • parables of Jesus
  • Christmas
  • Jesus’ death and resurrection
  • Ascension and Pentecost
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Genesis 8:22
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Luke 2:7
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Mark 12:30
  • John 14:6

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • I can show God’s love by....

Reading

  • alphabet letters/sounds/sight words are in order based upon our reading curriculum  
  • topics correlate with science/social studies themes for the month

Reading Read-Alouds

  • trade books that correlate with the alphabet letters for the week
  • trade books that correlate with science/social studies units

Music

  • steady beat
  • singing in tune
  • loud/soft volume
  • call and response
  • body percussion
  • listening skills (Musicmap series)
  • TK-4th grade musical

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • My Body
    • How do I keep my body healthy?
    • What are my senses and how do they help me?

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology to create projects, identify patterns, and make predictions
  • SHARE IT:  Use a variety of technology tools and media-rich resources to work collaboratively with others
  • FIND IT:  Utilize predetermined digital resources and tools to answer questions or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to investigate given questions or problems
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate and safe uses of technology
  • USE IT:  Understand basic technology hardware and software and their application

Library

The teacher librarian will work with students in meeting the standards below during library class:

  • utilize circulation procedures efficiently and effectively
  • identify, locate, select appropriate level, assess, and access materials
  • identify, locate, and utilize parts of a book and other materials
  • identify different types of books and resources and their use
  • demonstrate care of materials
  • demonstrate proper use of the library and materials

Science

  • space systems
  • structure function, information processing in animals
  • pushes and pulls
  • engineering

Math

  • Can count to help me add and subtract
  • Know what an equal sign means
  • Can count to 120 by 1s, 5s, 10s, and 100s
  • Can write numbers to 120
  • Can tell whether a group of objects is odd or even
  • Can tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number
  • Can put three objects in order from longest to shortest
  • Can tell the length of an object using whole numbers
  • Can tell and write time in hours and half-hours using an analog and digital clock
  • Can tell about shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, rhombus, oval, trapezoid, hexagon)

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Define wants and needs
    • Know the importance of needs and wants
  • Practice and understand spending money
    • Describe the exchange of goods and services as part of the monetary system
    • Identify the outcome of spending money
  • Understand the distribution of resources
    • Explain spending versus savings
    • Recognize that items cost money
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Distinguish different types of money (bills, coins)
    • Identify the values of each type of money
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Explain that a borrowed item needs to be returned
    • Demonstrate that if loaned, an item should be returned
  • Establish strategies for protection of identity
    • Describe what an identity is
    • Recognize that everyone has an identity
  • Recognize different types of insurance
    • Recognize ways people can lose possessions
    • Demonstrate ways to protect possessions
    • Recognize the consequences of loss
  • Recognize different types of non-insurance protection
    • Explain how written notes, emails, or phone calls between school and home can help prevent misinformation
    • Recognize the role of adults in providing safety
  • Recognize investment options
    • Identify the value of saving
  • Distinguish investment options
    • Explain the difference between a piggy bank and financial institutions
  • Understand the relationship between investment risk and return
    • Explain that something loaned may or may not be returned

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • sight words
  • high frequency words
  • vocabulary words
  • words from the Rebecca Sitton curriculum

Grammar

  • use of 'I'
  • beginning and ending sentences
  • types of sentences
  • inflectional endings
  • parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)
  • contractions
  • possessives
  • compound words
  • pronoun usage

Handwriting

  • correct pencil grip
  • correct letter formation including shape, size, and slant
  • appropriate spacing between letters and words
  • appropriate use of the top, middle and bottom lines

Writing

  • Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail, and Dialogue
  • Nonfiction Chapter Books
  • Writing Reviews
  • From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction

Phonics

  • letters and sounds
  • blending sounds to create words
  • types of syllables (open, closed, VCVE, R controlled, _le endings, vowel teams)
  • syllable division
  • sight word memorization
  • phonetic awareness

Social Studies

  • Native Americans
  • countries
  • landforms
  • current events
  • map skills

Art

  • line
  • color
  • shape
  • texture
  • value
  • form
  • space
  • seasonal art projects

Bible

  • God's promises
  • the life of the Israelites from creation
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • the Judges
  • the Kings
  • the Prophets
  • Christ's birth
  • living the life of discipleship
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Psalm 23
  • Ruth 1:16
  • Proverbs 3:3-6
  • 1 Peter 4:10
  • Luke 2:4-14
  • Matthew 28:1-8

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • "This year, I discovered God in big and little things through…."

Reading

 

  • "Authors of the Month" Books:
    • Dr. Seuss
    • Leo Lionni
    • Kevin Henkes
    • Mercer Mayer
    • Arnold Lobel
    • Stan & Jan Berenstain
    • Norman Bridwell
    • Helen Lester
    • James Marshall
  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
    • Leo the Late Bloomer by R. Kraus
    • The Bear’s Toothache by D. McPhail
    • Miss Nelson is Missing by J. Marshall and H.G. Allard, Jr.
    • Nate the Great (Book 1) by M.W. Sharmat and M. Simont
    • The Magic Treehouse (Book 1) by M. Pope Osborne
    • The New Baby by M. Mayer
    • Just Me and My Puppy by M. Mayer
    • Frog and Toad All Year by A. Lobel
    • Frog and Toad Are Friends by A. Lobel
    • Jigsaw Jones #1-Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster by J. Preller and R.W. Alley
    • Henry and Mudge #1- The First Book by C. Rylant and S. Stevenson
    • Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake by Cynthia Rylant
    • The Poppleton Series by Cynthia Rylant
    • Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon by Denys Cazet
    • Cam Jansen Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler
  • Read-Alouds:
    • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by B. Cleary
    • Runaway Ralph by B. Cleary
    • Ralph S. Mouse by B. Cleary
    • Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket by B. Park
    • Junie B. Jones First Grader (At Last) by B. Park
    • Clementine by S. Pennypacker
    • The Talented Clementine by S. Pennypacker
    • The Puppy Place books by E. Miles
    • Ready Freddy Tooth Trouble by A. Klein
    • Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid by M. McDonald
    • Stink Solar System Superhero by M. McDonald
    • The Wishbone Wish by M. McDonald
    • The Magic School Bus #7: The Great Shark Escape by J. Johnston
    • The Berenstain Bears Chapter Books by S. and J. Berenstain
    • Ivy and Bean by A. Barrows
    • Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by A. Barrows
    • Magic Tree House books by M. Pope Osborne and S. Murdocca
    • Akimbo and the Lions by Alexander McCall Smith
    • Henry Higgins by Beverly Cleary

 Music

  • strong and weak beats
  • 2/4 and 4/4 meter
  • reading notation
  • tempo markings
  • largo, andante, allegro, presto
  • dynamics
  • long and short phrases
  • orchestra instruments and families
  • listening skills (Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev)
  • TK-4th grade musical

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • All About Me
    • How can I be safe?
    • How can I keep clean?
    • How can I keep my body healthy?
    • How am I feeling?

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology to create projects, identify patterns, and make predictions
  • SHARE IT:  Use a variety of technology tools and media-rich resources to work collaboratively with others
  • FIND IT:  Utilize predetermined digital resources and tools to answer questions or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to investigate given questions or problems
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate and safe uses of technology
  • USE IT:  Understand basic technology hardware and software and their application

Library

The teacher librarian will work with students in meeting the standards below during library class:

  • utilize circulation procedures efficiently and effectively
  • identify, locate, select appropriate level, assess, and access materials
  • identify, locate, and utilize parts of a book and other materials
  • identify different types of books and materials and their use
  • demonstrate care of materials
  • demonstrate proper use of the library and materials

Science

  • waves: light and sound
  • inheritance and variation of traits
  • interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • structure and properties of matter
  • engineering

Math

  • Can use strategies to solve addition word problems to 100
  • Can use strategies to solve subtraction word problems to 100
  • Know my addition facts to 20 with a goal of 20 facts per minute
  • Know subtraction facts to 20 with a goal of 20 facts per minute
  • Can understand and use hundreds, tens, and ones
  • Can read numbers to 1,000 in different ways
  • Can compare three-digit numbers using >, =, and <
  • Can add and subtract with regrouping
  • Can explain why I need to use addition or subtraction to help me solve problems
  • Can use different tools to measure objects
  • Can compare the length of an object using two different units of measurement
  • Can compare the length of two different objects
  • Can use addition and subtraction to 100 to solve measurement problems
  • Can make and use a number line
  • Can tell time to five minutes on an analog and digital clock
  • Can understand a.m. and p.m.
  • Can count dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies to help me solve word problems
  • Can make a picture and bar graph

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Define wants and needs
    • Know the importance of needs and wants
  • Understand various sources of compensation
    • Recognize sources of income for children such as allowances and gifts
  • Understand the distribution of resources
    • Explain spending versus savings
    • Recognize that items cost money
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Distinguish different types of money (bills, coins)
    • Identify the values of each type of money
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Explain that a borrowed item needs to be returned
    • Demonstrate that if loaned, an item should be returned
  • Recognize different types of insurance
    • Recognize ways people can lose possessions
    • Demonstrate ways to protect possessions
    • Recognize the consequences of loss
  • Recognize different types of non-insurance protection
    • Explain how written notes, emails, or phone calls between school and home can help prevent misinformation
    • Recognize the role of adults in providing safety

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • short vowels
  • prefixes
  • suffixes
  • contractions
  • consonant digraphs
  • antonyms
  • visual skills
  • irregular spellings
  • homophones
  • possessive pronouns
  • long vowels
  • compound words
  • diphthongs
  • spelling patterns
  • r-controlled vowels
  • silent letters
  • plurals
  • vocabulary development
  • homographs
  • irregular spellings
  • s and k spellings
  • ABC order
  • possessives
  • double letters

Grammar

  • statements and questions
  • commands
  • exclamations
  • subjects
  • predicates
  • sentence combining with subjects and predicates
  • nouns
  • plural nouns
  • proper nouns
  • possessive nouns
  • action verbs
  • present tense verbs
  • subject-verb agreement
  • past-tense verbs
  • linking verbs
  • helping verbs
  • irregular verbs
  • contractions
  • pronouns
  • pronoun-verb agreement
  • adjectives
  • articles
  • adjectives that compare
  • adverbs

Handwriting

  • keys to legibility (shape, size, spacing, slant, writing numerals, writing letters and words)

Writing

  • Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing
  • Lab Reports and Science Books
  • Writing about Reading
  • Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages

Phonics

  • open and closed syllables
  • silent e syllables
  • vowel team syllables
  • r-controlled syllables
  • consonant-le syllables
  • ss, ll, ff, zz, c, k, and ck, ch and tch
  • y as a vowel
  • soft c and g
  • hard c and g
  • syllable division vc/v
  • irregular vowel teams

Social Studies

  • maps, charts, graphs
  • Constitution Day
  • Martin Luther
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • elections
  • Thanksgiving
  • Veteran’s Day
  • famous African Americans
  • presidents
  • China
  • Netherlands
  • current events
  • Scholastic Weekly Reader
  • field trips
  • special visitors

Art

  • line
  • color
  • shape
  • texture
  • value
  • form
  • space

Bible

  • the Christian life
  • Old Testament review/overview
  • intertestamentary times
  • a Savior is born
  • Jesus begins his ministry
  • Jesus preaches
  • prayer
  • miracles of Jesus
  • parables of Jesus
  • the beginning of Passion week
  • Easter
  • early church
  • Paul’s missionary journeys
  • Paul’s trip to Rome
  • Christ’s promised return
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • I John 4:7-12
  • Psalm 105:1-5
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • James 1:19-20
  • Matthew 16:24-25
  • Psalm 8

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • Our classroom Deep Hope is to identify, imitate, and celebrate Christ's characteristics together.  Throughout the year what throughline have you lived out and how?
  • We are imitators of Christ.  What does it mean to imitate someone?  How are you an imitator of Christ?
  • Our Bible stories this year are about God’s promises. Which of God’s promises comforts you? How?
  • Write about a talent that God has given you. How do you use it to serve others?

Reading

  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • Amelia Bedelia and the Baby by P. Parish
    • Three Pigs, One Wolf, & Seven Magic Shapes by G. Maccarone
    • Curious George Takes a Job by H. Rey
    • Through Grandpa’s Eyes by P. MacLachlan
    • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by J. Barrett
    • Gregory, the Terrible Eater by M. Sharmat
    • Boy Who Held Back the Sea by L. Hort
    • A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by D. Adler
    • A Picture Book of George Washington by D. Adler
    • Big Al by A. Yoshi
    • When I was Young in the Mountains by C. Rylant
    • No Jumping on the Bed! by T. Arnold
    • Gingerbread Baby by J. Brett
    • Best Friends For Frances by R. Hoban
    • Grandpa Gets Grumpy by A. Hines
    • Now One Foot, Now the Other by T. de Paola
    • Miss Rumphius by B. Cooney
    • Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by T. de Paola
    • China by H. Pluckrose
    • From Seed to Plant by G. Gibbons
    • Balto, the Bravest Dog Ever by N. Standiford
    • Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by F. Murphy
    • Escape North by M. Kullilng
    • Giant Pandas by G. Gibbons
    • Hungry Plants by M. Batten
    • Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
    • Lon Po Po by E. Young
    • Netherlands by S. De Capua
    • Ruby Bridges by R. Coles
    • Spiders by G. Gibbons
    • The First Thanksgiving by L. Hayward
    • The Five Chinese Brothers by C. Huchet Bishop
    • The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds by J. Cole
    • The Missing Mitten Mystery by S. Kellogg
    • The Whingdingdilly by B. Peet
    • Tikki Tikki Tembo by A. Mosel
    • Trouble in the Barkers’ Class by T. de Paolo
    • The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by B. Peet
    • Beauty and the Beast by J. Brett
    • Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake by C. Rylant
    • Hidden Army:  Clay Soldiers of Ancient China by J. O’Connor
    • Henry and Mudge the First Book by C. Rylant and S. Stevenson
    • Just Plain Fancy by P. Polacco
  • Read-Alouds:
    • Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery by D. Adler and S. Natti
    • Tornado by B. Byars
    • Johnny Appleseed Biography
    • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    • My Dog, My Hero by B. Byars, L. Myers, B. Duffey, and L. Long
    • The Lucky Baseball Bat by M. Christopher and R. Henneberger
    • Mayflower Treasure Hunt by R. Roy and J. Steven Gurney
    • The Trouble with Chickens by D. Cronin and K. Cornell
    • The Case of the Snowboarding Superstar by J. Preller and J. Smith
    • Grace’s Letter to Lincoln by P. and C. Roop and S. Schuett
    • The Magic Tree House Abe Lincoln at Last by M. Pope Osborne and S. Murdocca
    • Esio Trot by R. Dahl and Q. Blake
    • Because of Winn Dixie by K. DiCamillo
    • Piper Reed by K. Willis Holt and C. Davenier
    • My Father's Dragon by R. Stiles Gannett and R. Chrisman Gannett
    • Kenny and the Dragon by T. DiTerlizzi
    • Flat Stanley by J. Brown and M. Pamintuan
    • A-Z Mysteries: The New Year Dragon Dilema by R. Roy
    • The Magic School Bus and the Giant Germ by J. Cole and B. Degan
  • Authors of the Month:
    • Cynthia Rylant
    • Robert Munsch
    • Peggy Parrish
    • Marc Brown
    • Jan Brett
    • Patricia Pollaco
    • Tomie DePaolo
    • H.A. Rey
    • Bill Peet

Music

  • tied notes
  • dynamics
  • crescendo, decrescendo
  • introduction, interlude, ending
  • rondo
  • recorders
  • listening skills (The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens)
  • TK-4th grade musical

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting
    • swimming

Health Literacy

  • Health and Nutrition
    • What should I eat to stay healthy?
    • What should I do to keep clean?
    • Why are exercise and rest important?
    • Who can help keep me healthy?

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology to create projects, identify patterns, and make predictions
  • SHARE IT:  Use a variety of technology tools and media-rich resources to work collaboratively with others
  • FIND IT:  Utilize predetermined digital resources and tools to answer questions or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to investigate given questions or problems
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate and safe uses of technology
  • USE IT:  Understand basic technology hardware and software and their application

Library

The teacher librarian will work with students in meeting the standards below during library class:

  • utilize circulation procedures efficiently and effectively
  • identify, locate, select appropriate level, assess, and access materials
  • identify, locate, and utilize parts of a book and other materials
  • identify different types of books and materials and their use
  • demonstrate care of materials
  • demonstrate proper use of the library and materials
  • understand plagiarism and be able to cite sources

Science

  • weather and climate
  • earth's systems: processes that shape the earth
  • forces and interactions
  • earth's systems - water
  • space systems
  • engineering

Math

  • Can understand multiplication by thinking about groups of objects
  • Can understand division by thinking about how one group can be divided into smaller groups
  • Can add and subtract numbers within 1000
  • Can multiply any one digit whole number by 10
  • Can show and understand that fractions are equal parts of a whole
  • Can tell and write time
  • Can measure time in minutes
  • Can create a picture or bar graph to show data and solve problems using the information from the graphs
  • Can memorize multiplication and their related division facts from 0-10 with a goal of 20 facts per minute
  • Can measure to the nearest half inch
  • Can review addition and subtraction facts from 0-12 with a goal of 20 facts per minute
  • Can determine place value to the millions
  • Can use strategies to solve word problems

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Explain difference between wants and needs
    • Explain prioritization factors to consider when determining expense-related decisions
  • Understand various sources of compensation
    • Recognize multiple sources of income as well as alternative sources (family members, neighbors, friends for jobs or gifts)
    • Recognize other types of compensation (bartering, trading)
  • Establish strategies for protection of identity
    • Explain what it means to have a personal financial identity stolen
    • Identify ways of protecting their identity

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • related to phonetic concepts in our reading
  • prefixes and suffixes
  • context clues
  • vocabulary in the content areas
  • multiple-meaning words
  • dictionary skills

Grammar

  • types of sentences
  • subjects and predicates
  • mechanics
  • proofreading
  • sentence combination
  • nouns
  • verbs
  • adjectives
  • pronouns
  • parts of speech
  • contractions
  • compound words

Handwriting

  • review

Writing

  • Crafting True Stories
  • The Art of Information Writing
  • Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials
  • Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

Social Studies

  • communities (attend Heritage Days)
  • physical geography
  • human geography
  • countries
  • citizens and government
  • American culture
  • jobs
  • economics

Art

  • related to social studies, holidays, and reading themes
  • line
  • color
  • 3-D
  • texture
  • pottery
  • using different mediums

Bible

  • Ephesians
  • Becoming a Bible Explorer
  • In the Beginning
  • Fall of Babel
  • Abraham and Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Wilderness through Joshua
  • Promised Land
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Psalm 135:1-7
  • Joshua 1:7-9
  • Ephesians 4:29, 32
  • Psalm 119:9-12
  • Genesis 1:27-28
  • summary of the Ten Commandments
Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts
  • In reflecting on my third grade year, 
    • I learned ...
    • I loved ...
    • I lived ...

Reading

  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • Jumanji by C. Van Allsburg
    • The White Stallion by E. Shub
    • Stargazing by G. Gibbons
    • Dakota Dugout by A. Turner and R. Himler
    • Little House in the Big Woods by L. Ingalls Wilder
    • The Boxcar Children by G. Chandler Warner
    • Helen Keller by S. & P. Graff
    • The Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #18:  Penguins and Antarctica  by M. Pope Osborne
    • Freckle Juice by J. Blume
    • The World According to Humphrey by B. Birney
    • Let’s Go Rock Collecting by R. Gans
    • Babe: the Gallant Pig by D. King-Smith
  • Read-Alouds:
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by R. Dahl
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • One of the Third Grade Thonkers by P. Reynolds Naylor
    • Treasure in an Oatmeal Box by K. Gire
    • The BFG by R. Dahl
    • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by K. DiCamillo and B. Ibatouilline
    • A Long Walk to Water by L.S. Park
    • I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by L. Tarshis

Music

  • eighth notes
  • tied notes
  • ¾ meter
  • sight reading
  • dynamics
  • staccato vs. legato
  • accent
  • theme and variation
  • recorders
  • listening skills (Heroic Symphony by Beethoven, The Farewell Symphony by Haydn, Peer Gynt Suite by Edward Greig)
  • orchestra
  • TK-4th grade musical

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting
    • swimming

Health Literacy

  • Safety:  Myself and Others
    • How can I live safely?
    • How can I help others in emergencies and when they are injured?
    • How can I stay healthy?
    • How can I resolve conflicts?
    • How can I make good decisions?

Technology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology resources to create original products, identify patterns and problems, make predictions, and propose solutions
  • SHARE IT:  Use interactive technologies in a collaborative group to produce digital presentations or products in a curricular area
  • FIND IT:  Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real-world issues, answer questions, or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning
  • USE IT:  Understand technology hardware and software system operations and their application

Library

The teacher librarian will work with students in meeting the standards below during library class:

  • utilize circulation procedures efficiently and effectively
  • identify, locate, select appropriate level, assess, and access materials
  • identify, locate, and utilize parts of a book and other materials
  • identify different types of books and materials and their use
  • demonstrate care of materials
  • demonstrate proper use of the library and materials
  • understand plagiarism and be able to cite sources
 
Science
  • interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • animal and human structure, information processing
  • energy
  • waves and information
  • engineering
Math
  • Can review multiplication and division facts from 0-12
  • Can review subtraction and addition facts from 0-12
  • Can understand that multiplication fact problems can be seen as comparisons of groups (e.g., 24 = 4 x 6 can be thought of as 4 groups of 6 or 6 groups of 4)
  • Can multiply or divide to solve word problems by using drawings or writing equations and solving for a missing number
  • Can use what I know about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve multi-step word problems involving whole numbers
  • Can create a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule
  • Can notice different features of a pattern once it is created by a rule
  • Can read and write larger whole numbers using numerals, words and in expanded form
  • Can compare two large numbers using symbols to show the comparison
  • Can round large whole numbers to any place
  • Can add and subtract large numbers
  • Can multiply a whole number up to four digits by a one-digit whole number
  • Can multiply two two-digit numbers
  • Can find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors
  • Can understand that improper fractions have a greater numerator than denominator
  • Can understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole
  • Can multiply a fraction by a whole number
  • Can show that I know the relative size of measurement units within a single system
  • Can use the four operations (+, -, x, /) to solve word problems involving measurement
  • Can use what I know about area and perimeter to solve real world problems involving rectangles
  • Can recognize angles as geometric shapes where two rays share a common endpoint

Financial Literacy

  • Develop a realistic spending plan for financial independence
    • Illustrate that education and skills, and economic conditions affect income
    • Determine own attitudes and behaviors toward spending, saving, and investing
    • Recognize sources of money (earned or gifted)
  • Identify responsible credit management
    • Recognize the uses of credit
    • Identify appropriate times to use credit
  • Understand different types of debt
    • Recognize that borrowing is a debt to be repaid
    • Explain the role of interest regarding debt
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Recognize the importance of repaying a debt
    • Explain potential consequences for not returning a borrowed item
    • Explain the positive consequences of repaying debt on time
  • Understand the relationship between investment risk and return
    • Explain how an investment can grow in value
    • Explain how an investment might decrease in value

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • weekly lists based on different skill areas
  • daily spelling
  • enrichment words provided from other curricular areas

Grammar

  • prepositions
  • nouns
  • adjectives
  • verbs
  • adverbs
  • mechanics
  • pronouns
  • types of sentences
  • punctuation
  • capitalization

Handwriting

  • keyboarding skills

Writing

  • The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction
  • Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays
  • Bringing History to Life
  • The Literary Essay: Writing about Fiction

Social Studies

  • regions of the United States (state locations and capitals)
  • Native Americans

Art

  • positive/negative space
  • color
  • texture
  • shape
  • form (totem poles and masks)
  • line
  • value

Bible

  • Judges
  • Kings
  • exile
  • writing of the Bible
  • Psalms and Proverbs
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Old Testament books
  • 1 Samuel 15:22
  • Psalm 27:1-3
  • Psalm 51:10-12
  • Proverbs 2:6-8
  • Psalm 103:1-5
Faith Formation Journal Questions/ Prompts
  • What does it mean to Fully Rely on God? How can we do this each day?
Reading
  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • The War With Grandpa by R. Kimmel Smith
    • Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride by G. Selden
    • The Chocolate Touch by P. Skene Catling
    • Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm by C. Stevens
    • Stone Fox by J. Reynolds Gardiner
    • The Sign of the Beaver by E. George Speare
    • Teammates by P. Golenbock
    • Shiloh by P. Reynolds Naylor
  • Read-Alouds:
    • Out of My Mind by S. Draper
    • Cricket in Times Square by G. Williams
    • Owls in the Family by F. Mowat
    • Lawn Boy by G. Paulsen
    • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Christ Grabenstein
    • Insignificant Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
    • Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Literature Circle Books:
    • When the Soldiers Were Gone by V. Propp
    • The Hundred Dresses by E. Estes
    • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by A. Dalgliesh
    • Call Me Francis Tucket by G. Paulsen
Music
  • eighth notes
  • syncopation
  • major scale
  • treble clef pitch names
  • ritardando
  • slurs
  • fugue
  • recorders
  • listening skills (Goldberg Variations by Bach, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin)
  • orchestra
  • TK-4th grade musical

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting
    • swimming

Health Literacy

  • Healthy Choices
    • What are the effects of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol on human bodies?
    • What are responsible and irresponsible uses for medications and other substances?
    • How can we make wise choices for healthy living?

Technology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology resources to create original products, identify patterns and problems, make predictions, and propose solutions
  • SHARE IT:  Use interactive technologies in a collaborative group to produce digital presentations or products in a curricular area
  • FIND IT:  Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real-world issues, answer questions, or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning
  • USE IT:  Understand technology hardware and software system operations and their application

Theme Days

  • team
  • F.R.O.G.
  • Native American
  • ROYGBIV (color)
  • hat
  • USA

Science

  • human impacts
  • matter structures and properties
  • human body, cells
  • electricity
  • engineering 

Math

  • Can review multiplication and division facts from 0-12
  • Can review addition and subtraction facts from 0-12
  • Can understand and explain the value of digits
  • Can explain patterns when multiplying a number by powers of 10
  • Can explain patterns when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10
  • Can read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths
  • Can use place value understanding to round decimals to any place
  • Can multiply multi-digit whole numbers
  • Can add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths. I can use concrete models or drawings to explain the method used
  • Can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers
  • Can solve word problems that involve fractions
  • Can convert measurements within the same measuring system
  • Can understand volume
  • Can measure volume by counting unit cubes
  • Can understand how to graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane
  • Can graph and interpret points in the first quadrant of a coordinate plane
  • Can classify shapes into categories
  • Can classify shapes based on properties

Financial Literacy

  • Develop short-term and long-term financial goals
    • Distinguish between short- and long-term goals
    • Explain the importance of goal setting, how to prioritize those goals, and the need for both short- and long-term goals
    • Create a timely, attainable goal
  • Understand the distribution of resources
    • Explain the benefits of savings versus spending
    • Describe the impact of spending on savings
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Identify the different ways to pay for items (cash, check, credit, and debit)
    • Explain how non-cash methods of payment still require adequate funds
  • Recognize investment options
    • Identify various ways to save
    • Explain the importance of saving in relation to future needs
  • Recognize the local, state, national, and international impact of personal financial habits and actions
    • Recognize that different people have different needs, wants, and financial priorities
    • Explain how one’s actions impact others
  • Demonstrate responsible financial behaviors, at the personal, local, state, national, and international levels
    • Recognize consequences for both good and bad decisions
    • Recognize that an individual’s behavior impacts the decisions and consequences of the broader community

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • vowel sounds
  • homophones
  • compound words
  • word endings
  • prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • vocabulary pulled from novels

Grammar

  • prepositions
  • verbs
  • nouns
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • pronouns
  • interjections
  • conjunctions
  • sentence types
  • capitalization
  • punctuation

Writing

  • Narrative Craft
  • The Lens of History: Research Reports
  • Shaping Texts: from Essay and Narrative to Memoir
  • The Reserach-Based Argument Essay

Social Studies

  • Iowa (history and geography)
  • Latin America (history, geography, and culture of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean)
  • United States (the history of the United States from the colonization through the western expansion/turn of the century)

Art

  • symmetry
  • shape project
  • calendar picture project
  • texture project
  • vegetable shape project
  • students relate art to God’s creation

Bible

  • God’s Covenant people
  • last days of Judah
  • Daniel
  • Esther
  • Judah’s return
  • gospel writers
  • Jesus birth, early life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension
  • the Sermon on the Mount
  • growing popularity
  • parables of the Kingdom
  • the ministry around Galilee
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • John 3:16-21
  • Psalm 103:8-12
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Matthew 5:3-12
  • books of the New Testament

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • In what ways have you shown growth in Seeking God as a part of His Story?  Give specific examples.
  • In what ways have you shown growth in Shining for God as part of His story?  Give specific examples.

Reading

  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by R. O’Brien
    • Deltora Quest: The Forest of Silence by Emily Rodda
    • Tuck Everlasting by N. Babbitt
  • Read-Aloud
    • Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid by Ralph Fletcher
  • Informational Literature Circle Books:
    • Tracking Trash:  Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by L. G. Burns
    • Hurricane Force:  In the Path of America’s Deadliest Storms by J.  B. Treaster
    • Battle Heroes:  Voice for Afghanistan by A. Zullo
    • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #8: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms by W. and M.P. Osborne
    • Friend Me:  600 Years of Social Networking in America by F. D. Dipiazza
    • Non-fiction unit - various text options used
  • Independent Reading:
    • 30 Book Challenge (self selection, reading response, discussion, genre, comprehension)

Music

  • sixteenth notes
  • 6/8 meter
  • sight singing
  • tenuto
  • phrasing
  • sonata
  • Orff arrangements
  • listening skills (pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky, study music to be played at the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra concert)
  • OPUS honor choir
  • band
  • orchestra

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • Body Systems
    • What are the major systems of the human body?
    • What are the structures and functions of the major body systems?
    • How should we care for our bodies?
    • How did God make female and male bodies unique?

Technology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Use technology resources to create original products, identify patterns and problems, make predictions, and propose solutions
  • SHARE IT:  Use interactive technologies in a collaborative group to produce digital presentations or products in a curricular area
  • FIND IT:  Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real-world issues, answer questions, or solve problems
  • SOLVE IT:  Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning
  • USE IT:  Understand technology hardware and software system operations and their application

Science

  • space systems
  • weather and climate
  • microbiology
  • matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
  • forces and interactions
  • engineering

Math

  • Can review multiplication and division facts from 0-12
  • Can solve unit rate problems. (Ex: If it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were the lawns being mowed?)
  • Can find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100. (Ex: 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity)
  • Can understand that positive and negative numbers are used to describe amounts having opposite values
  • Can extend number line diagrams to show positive and negative numbers on the line and in the plane
  • Can recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating places on opposite sides of 0 on the number line.)
  • Can place integers and other numbers on a number line diagram
  • Can place ordered pairs on a coordinate plane
  • Can order positive and negative numbers
  • Can understand the distance between two numbers (positive or negative) on a number line
  • Can write, read and figure out expressions in which letters stand for numbers
  • Can write expressions using numbers and letters (with the letters standing for numbers.)
  • Can determine the answer to expressions when given the specific value of a variable
  • Can use my knowledge of the order of operations to evaluate expressions
  • Can apply what I know about taking apart and putting together shapes to find the area in real world situations
  • Can use the mathematical formulas V=l w h or V= b h to determine the volume of real world objects
  • Can draw polygons in the coordinate plane when I am given the coordinates for the vertices
  • Understand that a set of numerical data has a measure of center (median and/or mean) that summarizes all of its values with a single number
  • Can show numerical data on a number line

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Describe persuasive strategies used by peers, media, and businesses to influence society (in decision making)
    • Explain difference between wants and needs
  • Develop a realistic spending plan for financial independence
    • Explain the advantage of spending less than you have
  • Recognize the local, state, national, and international impact of personal financial habits and actions
    • Realize that financial habits and actions have broad impact beyond the local community

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • Latin roots (95 roots learned- definition and usage)
  • spelling patterns and commonly misspelled words
  • strategies for determining correct spelling in writing

Grammar

  • 6 traits of writing/writing process
  • sentence structure/word choice
  • effective paragraphs
  • all parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, modifiers)
  • conventions

Handwriting

  • use of complete sentences
  • legible penmanship
  • mastery of typing skills

Writing

  • menus (word choice)
  • personal narratives
  • modern-day myths (movies)
  • speaking and listening-speeches (Interscholastics)
  • elevator essays
  • faith commercials
  • research paper (The Renaissance)
  • newspapers (survival theme)
  • children’s stories (collaborating with first grade)

Social Studies

  • Fertile Crescent/Mesopotamia
  • brief study of Egyptian religion
  • Greece
  • Rome (Ben Hur)
  • France and Germany
  • Feudal Europe (including a medieval project and feast)
  • Islam
  • Crusades
  • early Western European towns and cities
  • Renaissance (writing project)
  • Reformation
  • geography of Western Europe, including a project (scrapbook or slideshow)
  • Russia

Art

  • artists have style                    
  • assignments include focus on art element, artistic style, art form
  • art elements/parts of God’s design
  • line/realism/oil pastel
  • color/ pointillism/marker                        
  • shape/abstract/tempera paint
  • value/landscape/watercolor
  • form/construction/ceramics
  • texture/surrealism/collage
  • space/optical art/drawing
  • form/soft sculpture/weaving

Bible

  • The setting of God’s word
  • Jesus’ resurrection
  • Pentecost
  • Paul’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd missionary journeys
  • Book of Colossians
  • letters to the church
  • Revelation
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Romans 12:9-21
  • Philippians 4:4-13
  • Philippians 2:3-11
  • John 14:1-6
  • Psalm 47:1-7
  • Isaiah 55:6-9

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • Who is included in the body of Christ?

  • What have you learned about the body of Christ and your role in it so far this year?
  • What gifts has God given to you?
  • In what ways have you used your gifts for God and others this year?
  • Why is it important to use your gifts for God and others?
                     
Reading
  • Greek Mythology Unit (using Favorite Greek Myths by M. Pope Osborne)
  • Survival Unit Books:
    • Call it Courage by A. Sperry
    • Chosen for Life by J. Schaap
  • Survival Literature Circle Books:
    • Hatchet by G. Paulsen
    • Red Midnight by B. Mikaelsen
    • The Upside Down Ship by D. Wulffson
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by S. O'Dell
    • Julie of the Wolves by J. Craighead George
    • Snow Treasure by M. McSwigan
    • Anna's Blizzard by A. Hart
  • Multiple Copies Sets:
    • The Bronze Bow by E. George Speare
    • City of Ember by J. DuPrau
    • When You Reach Me by R. Stead
  • Independent Reading:
    • 32 Book Challenge (self selection, reading response, discussion, genre, comprehension)

Music

  • meters (2/8, 4/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8)
  • rhythm
  • sight singing
  • minor scale
  • phrasing
  • binary and tenary
  • symmetrical and asymmetrical rondo
  • guitars
  • listening skills (Messiah by Handel, study music to be played at the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra concert)
  • OPUS honor choir
  • band
  • orchestra

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • Health
    • How do we live a healthy lifestyle? (nutrients, caffeine, stress, sleep)
    • What factors influence our body image?
    • What are the unique chracteristics of males and females?

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving
  • SHARE IT:  Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using interactive technology
  • FIND IT:  Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information
  • SOLVE IT:  Use critical thinking skills to conduct research, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate technological tools and resources
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies
  • USE IT:  Understand the underlying structure and application of technology systems

Science

  • the changing earth
  • structure and properties of matter
  • waves and electromagnetic radiation
  • energy
  • flight
  • engineering

Math

  • Can review multiplication and division facts from 0-12
  • Can calculate the unit rate for real life situations by breaking down the ratio (fractions) by dividing to solve the problem to find the relationship between two units
  • Can recognize and represent a proportion as a statement of equality between two ratios
  • Can analyze two ratios to determine if they are proportional to one another with a variety of strategies (ex: using tables, graphs or pictures)
  • Can analyze tables, graphs, equations, diagrams and verbal descriptions to identify unit rate
  • Can apply what I have learned about addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers
  • Can show addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram
  • Can demonstrate and explain how when adding two numbers p + q: if q is positive, the sum of p and q will be |q| spaces to the right of p on a number line; and if q is negative, the sum of p and q will be |q| spaces to the right of p on a number line
  • Can explain and justify why the sum of p + q is located a distance of |q| in the positive or negative direction from p on a number line
  • Can represent how the distance between two rational numbers on a number line is the absolute value of their difference and apply this to real-world situations
  • Can identify subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse property to subtract rational numbers, p-q=p+(-q)
  • Can change a rational number to a decimal using long division and explain how the decimal form of a rational number stops in zeroes or repeats
  • Can add, subtract, multiply and divide rational numbers
  • Can apply properties of operations to add, subtract, factor and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients
  • Can combine like terms to factor and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients using the distributive property
  • Can use properties of operations to write equivalent expressions
  • Can rewrite an expression in a different form if needed
  • Can determine if an answer makes sense using mental computation and estimation strategies
  • Can use variables to represent numbers in real-world or mathematical problems and make reasonable simple equations and inequalities to solve problems
  • Can identify and fluently solve equations in the form px+q=r and p(x+q)=r (ex: The perimeter of a rectangle is 54 cm. Its length is 6 cm. What is its width?)
  • Can recognize and draw a triangle when given three measurements: three side lengths, three angle measurements, or a combination of side lengths and angle measurements
  • Can state the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems
  • Can recognize and explain that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses how likely an event is to occur (ex: When rolling a number cube 600 times, predict that a 3 or 6 would be rolled roughly 200 times, but probably not exactly 200 times.)
  • Can use probability to predict the number of times an event will occur

Financial Literacy

  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Identify expenditures as needs or wants
    • Explain difference between wants and needs
  • Develop a realistic spending plan for financial independence
    • Explain the advantage of spending less than you have
  • Understand various sources of compensation
    • Identify factors to consider when analyzing different methods of compensation
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Identify possible financial accounts
    • Recognize the importance of keeping accurate records
  • Demonstrate responsible financial behaviors, at the personal, local, state, national, and international levels
    • Explain the importance of ethical behavior in building trust

Spelling/Vocabulary

  • abbreviations
  • prefixes and suffixes
  • irregular verbs
  • homophones
  • singular and plural
  • contractions
  • Greek and Latin roots
  • grammar
  • effective sentences and word choice
  • sentence variety and structure
  • effective paragraphs
  • writing an essay
  • parts of a sentence
  • nouns and pronouns
  • verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech
  • subject-verb agreement
  • punctuation
  • capitalization
  • spelling

Writing

  • the writing process
  • the writing traits
  • about my paper
  • autobiographical writing
  • speech
  • performing narrative speeches
  • story
  • descriptive paragraph
  • compare-contrast essay
  • summary
  • persuasive essay
  • book review
  • research report

Social Studies

  • geography (Africa, the Middle East, Canada, parts of Asia)
  • American history (thirteen colonies to the presidency of Thomas Jefferson)
  • a unit on the Consitution

Art

  • artist at work                        
  • assignments feature the work of an artist or artistic style, art form
  • creation lies before like a beautiful book
  • artists use art elements to communicate/non-representational art/Wassily Kandinsky
  • all artists draw/pencil/sketchbook
  • artists chooses a variety of subjects/printmaking
  • artists have an artistic style all their own/pop artists
  • career choice (artists/industrial engineer)
  • artist and crafts/weaving                 

Bible

  • Old Testament
  • Bible as one story (creation, fall, redemption) and our role in that story
  • feasts of the Lord
  • Job
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Proverbs
  • prophets
  • prayer
  • between the testaments
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • Jeremiah 31:33-34
  • Psalm 33:12-22
  • Deuteronomy 26:17-18
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13
  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Lord's Day One from the Heidelberg Catechism

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • How do the Old Testament and the New Testament fit together as one Big Story?
  • How does God remind you of His faithfulness, even in your dark times?

Reading

  • Multiple Copies Set:
    • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Narrative Poetry Literature Circle Books:
    • Brown Girl Dreaming by J. Woodson
    • The Crossover by K. Alexander
    • Diamond Willow by H. Frost
    • Home of the Brave by K. Applegate
    • All the Broken Pieces by A.E. Burg
    • Inside Out and Back Again by T. Lai
    • Out of the Dust by K. Hesse
    • Shark Girl by K. Bingham
    • Booked by K. Alexander
    • Enchanted Air by M. Engle
    • Full Cicada Moon by M. Hilton
  • Inquiry Project - Nonfiction Articles and Book-Individual Choice:
    • Various Books Chosen from the Public Library
  • Books as Windows and Mirrors - Literature Circle Books:
    • All the Broken Pieces by A.E. Burg
    • Chains by L. Halse Anderson
    • Esperanza Rising by P. Munoz Ryan
    • Bud, Not Buddy by C. Paul Curtis
    • One Crazy Summer by R. Williams-Garcia
    • Piecing Me Together by R. Watson
    • Miracle's Boys by J. Woodson
    • Harbor Me by J. Woodson
    • Brown Girl Dreaming by J. Woodson
    • Flygirl by J. Woodson
    • Ghost Boys by J.P. Rhodes
    • Nowhere Boy by K. Marsh
    • Full Cicada Moon by M. Hilton
    • The Red Umbrella by C. Gonzalez
    • Elijah of Buxton by C.P. Curtis
    • Blended by S.M. Draper
    • Copper Sun by S.M. Draper
    • The Skin I'm In by S. Flake

Music

  • choir
  • band
  • orchestra
  • musical (every other year)
  • interscholastic competition
  • chapel praise team
  • OPUS honor choir
  • honor band
  • honor orchestra
  • jazz band

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • Health concepts and skills are not formally taught in 7th grade.

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving
  • SHARE IT:  Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using interactive technology
  • FIND IT:  Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information
  • SOLVE IT:  Use critical thinking skills to conduct research, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate technological tools and resources
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies
  • USE IT:  Understand the underlying structure and application of technology systems

Science

  • genetics and species
  • growth, development, and reproduction
  • earth's systems
  • chemical reactions
  • animal classification
  • structure, function, and information processing
  • engineering

Math

  • Can review multiplication and division facts from 0-12
  • Can show that every number has a decimal
  • Can use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate and plot them approximately on a number line diagram, and then estimate the value of the expressions
  • Can use estimate values to compare two or more irrational numbers
  • Can use the properties of integer exponents to simplify expressions
  • Can use square and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x^2=p and x^3=p, where p is a positive rational number
  • Can evaluate the square root of a perfect square and the cube root of a perfect cube
  • Can understand that the square root of 2 is irrational
  • Can use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for very large or very small measurements
  • Can explain that an equation in the form of y=mx + b represents the graph of a linear relationship with a slope of m and a y-intercept of b
  • Can solve linear equations in one variable
  • Can simplify a linear equation by using the distributive property and combining like terms
  • Can explain solutions to a system of two linear equations in two variables as the point of intersection of their graph
  • Can describe the point of intersection between two lines as the point that satisfies both equations at the same time
  • Can define a function as a rule, where for each input there is exactly one output
  • Can show the relationship between inputs and outputs of a function by graphing them as ordered pairs on a coordinate grid
  • Can explain why the equation y=mx+b represents a linear function and then find the slope and y-intercept in relation to the function
  • Can verify by measuring and comparing the properties of rotated, reflected or translated geometric figures
  • Can verify that corresponding lines and line segments remain the same length
  • Can verify that corresponding angles have the same measure
  • Can verify that corresponding parallel lines remain parallel
  • Can explain that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second figure can be made from the first by rotations, reflections and translations
  • Can estimate the relationships and measurements of the angles created when two parallel lines are cut by a transversal
  • Can use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a given triangle is a right triangle
  • Can apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find an unknown side length of a right triangle
  • Can apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system
  • Can plot ordered pairs on a coordinate grid representing the relationship between two data sets
  • Can recognize if the data plotted on a scatter plot has a linear association
  • Can draw a straight line to approximate the linear relationship between the plotted points of two data sets

Financial Literacy

  • Develop short-term and long-term financial goals
    • Create goals according to a prioritization of wants and needs that are specific, realistic, and measurable
  • Develop a realistic spending plan for financial independence
    • Explain the advantage of spending less than you have
    • Explain the short- and long-term consequences of over spending
  • Understand various sources of compensation
    • Explain how income can affect goals
  • Understand the distribution of resources
    • Explain factors that impact savings and spending plans
  • Understand financial instruments
    • Identify possible financial accounts
    • Recognize that fees or charges may be attached to accounts
  • Identify responsible credit management
    • Identify the various types of credit card companies available and the features of each (interest rates, annual fees, limits, reward system)
    • Explain appropriate and inappropriate use of credit cards
    • Explain how use of credit cards can help or hurt a budget
  • Understand different types of debt
    • Identify the types of purchases that generally require a loan
    • Demonstrate the ability to calculate the cost of borrowing money
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as borrowers
    • Explain that a borrower needs to have assets to use as security for a loan
    • Explain the concept of a credit rating
  • Establish strategies for protection of identity
    • Recognize that a personal identity needs to be protected
  • Recognize investment options
    • Explain how saving is needed for investing
    • Explain the difference between saving and investing
  • Distinguish investment options
    • Explain various options for investing money
    • Understand the effect of interest and percentage rates on investments
  • Understand the relationship between investment risk and return
    • Explain how an investment differs from a savings account in potential risks and return
    • Explain the importance of a personal budget and goals in the investing process
  • Demonstrate responsible financial behaviors, at the personal, local, state, national, and international levels
    • Explain how unethical behavior negatively impacts the broader community
    • Explain the importance of ethical behavior in building trust
  • Understanding needs vs. wants
    • Explain difference between wants and needs
    • Explain prioritization factors to consider when determining expense-related decisions

Grammar

  • effective sentences and word choice
  • sentence variety and structure
  • effective paragraphs
  • writing an essay
  • parts of a sentence
  • nouns and pronouns
  • verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech
  • subject-verb agreement
  • punctuation
  • capitalization
  • spelling

Writing

  • the writing process
  • the writing traits
  • informative paper
  • personal narratives
  • character sketches
  • performing narrative speeches
  • compare-contrast essay
  • story
  • summary
  • persuasive essay
  • literary analysis
  • poem
  • cause-effect essay
  • review
  • research report

Social Studies

  • American history (John Adams to the 1960s and 1970's)

Art                        

  • 8th art - express yourself
  • assignments feature the work of an artist and personal choices they make
  • personal symbols/scratch art
  • take a close look/self-portrait
  • my creative response/acrylic painting
  • God’s animal creation/relief printmaking
  • the beauty of God’s creation/watercolor
  • using materials from God’s creation to create art/ceramics
  • reuse and upcycle/sculpture

Bible

  • the early church in the New Testament
  • themes of the New Testament
  • spiritual disciplines
  • church history
  • school-wide theme

Bible Memory Verses

  • John 1:1-5, 10-14
  • Psalm 46:8-11
  • Galatians 5:13-18
  • Hebrews 10:24-25
  • The Apostles' Creed
  • Mark 10:43-45

Faith Formation Journal Questions/Prompts

  • “I read the four books of the Gospels. They don’t all say the same things about Christ. Why should I believe that the Bible is true?”
  • “I became a Christian last year, but I still have struggles and problems. Why?”
Reading
  • Multiple Copies Set:
    • The Giver by L. Lowry
  • Dystopian Literature Circle Books:
    • The Eleventh Plague by J. Hirsch
    • A Wrinkle in Time by M. L’Engle
    • Uglies by S. Westerfeld
    • Michael Vey by R.P. Evans
    • The Roar by E. Clayton
    • Legend by M. Lu
    • Cinder by M. Meyer
    • When the Tripods Came by J. Christopher
    • Ender’s Game by O.S. Card
    • Variant by R. Wells
    • Darkest Path by J. Hirsch
    • The Eighth Day by D.K. Salerni and D. McClellan
  • Inquiry Project - Nonfiction Aricles and Book - Individual Choice:
    • Various Books Chosen from teh Public Library
  • World War II Literature Circle Books:
    • The Berlin Boxing Club by R. Sharenow
    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by J. Boyne
    • Prisoner B-3087 by R. and J. Gruener
    • The Devil's Arithmetic by J. Yolen
    • Behind the Bedroom Wall by L. Williams
    • Milkweed by J. Spinelli
    • Code Talkers by J. Bruchac
    • Soldier X by D. Wulffson
    • The Art of Keeping Cool by J. Taylor Lisle
    • The Boy Who Dared by S. Campbell Bartoletti
    • The Diary of Anne Frank by A. Frank
    • Number the Stars by L. Lowry
    • The Boy on the Wooden Box by L. Leyson and M.J. Harran
    • The Upstairs Room by J. Reiss

Music

  • choir
  • band
  • orchestra
  • musical (every other year)
  • interscholastic competition
  • chapel praise team
  • OPUS honor choir
  • honor band
  • honor orchestra
  • jazz band

PE

  • developing positive relationships through interacting with others while participating in physical education
  • life-long fitness skills
  • team sports
  • skills
    • dribbling
    • rolling a ball
    • catching
    • throwing
    • kicking
    • passing
    • trapping
    • fielding
    • striking
    • batting

Health Literacy

  • Human Anatomy
    • How is the body organized?
    • What are the structures and functions of major organ systems?
    • How are the body systems interrelated?
    • What does it mean that human beings are created in God's image?

Techonology Standards

  • DISCERN IT:  Apply discernment in technology use
  • MAKE IT:  Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving
  • SHARE IT:  Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using interactive technology
  • FIND IT:  Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information
  • SOLVE IT:  Use critical thinking skills to conduct research, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate technological tools and resources
  • PROTECT IT:  Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies
  • USE IT:  Understand the underlying structure and application of technology systems