Fifth Grade Curriculum:
First Semester – Missouri History and Geography
Second Semester – American History-Age of Exploration and Colonization, Current Events
What we will be doing:
Reading text in class for understanding concepts
Worksheets to follow up lessons/notes (spiral notebook)
Vocabulary and map skills
Tests – multiple choice, essay, and vocabulary
English – Writing and Grammar
Notes given for each concept in grammar (spiral notebook)
Exercises taken from book together/short assignment or worksheet
Tests given at end of each grammar chapter
Writing assignments are often done in class – stories, essays, and letters
Religion – Liturgy, Parts of the Mass, Sacraments, Liturgical Year
Text is read together – important concepts are highlighted in book
Notes and questions are given for each chapter (spiral notebook)
Usually a weekly test of multiple choice and essay questions
Family Life is taught in the Spring
Accelerated Reading – Each weekday morning from 7:30 – 7:45 a.m.
During library time
When assignments are completed, reading is encouraged
There are 2 computers in the classroom for AR Tests – with online system
In grades 5-8, AR counts as part of the English grade.
Each student should read 4 books per quarter and pass the test on each book. Each test is worth 25 points, and at the end of the quarter, a total of 100 points is possible. Your child should be reading a book and passing a test about every 2 weeks. A total of 16 books is required by the end of the school yeaar. I often read AR books to my class, and they are allowed to take a test on the book when we are finished.
Social Studies Curriculum – Grades 6, 7, and 8
6th Grade – Ancient History to Modern Times
This class follows the same outlines as 5th grade except for the course of study. A project on one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is done. Current Events after each chapter test.
7th Grade – American History to 1850
Practices in Guided Reading, daily Section Quizzes, and Reteaching exercises – Study Guides and Chapter Tests – Study of the Constitution – Major Project: “The Living Constitution” – Research an amendment and explain how it changed the Constitution. Current events after each test.
8th Grade – American History from 1850 to Present
Same format as 7th grade – Major Project: “Native Americans” – Research a tribe and its chief, explain what became of these peoples as a result of Westward Movement of pioneers. Current Events after each test.