Grades 1 - 3

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Elementary years include a challenging, balanced, age-appropriate curriculum. San Jose Catholic School’s elementary program focuses on each student’s individual learning style. This is accomplished by incorporating the best practices of teaching in the daily curriculum while striving to meet the needs of each student. Student-centered, interactive classrooms are designed to develop students as critical thinkers and to prepare them for middle school. Students are provided age appropriate Art, Library, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Technology instruction. Curriculum appropriate field trips are scheduled throughout the year.

Specific Programs:

  • Language Arts: Reading, English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Age-appropriate Spanish, Art, Computer, Music, P.E., Guidance, & Library instruction
  • Curriculum appropriate field trips

First Grade

Language Arts/Reading

First grade students continue with the third level in the Rowland Reading Foundation Superkids program. Students are introduced to more complex words and longer stories. Emphasis is on new phonemes, structural analysis skills, and memory words.

Textbooks - Language Arts - Adventures of the Superkids | More Adventures of the Superkids Sadlier: Phonics

Language Arts/English

First Grade students will learn about the writing process and the mechanics of good writing. Students will continue to work on the conventions of standard grammar and usage when speaking and writing. They begin to learn about the writing process as a class and create individual writing assignments.

Mathematics

First grade students participate in a wide variety of mathematics activities each day and your child will learn through hands-on experiences, discussion, and exploration. First graders study number and numeration, operation and computation, data and probability, measurement, geometry and algebraic thinking. Number and operations in base 10 will teach students by extending their counting sequence. Students will learn place value by working with two-digit numbers and use place value and properties of operation for addition and subtraction. Measurement skills will be used to teach students to tell time.

Textbook - Sadlier’s-Oxford’s Progress in Mathematics

Religion

First grade students will utilize hands on learning approach with Religion. They will study the Seasons of the Church (the Liturgical Calendar), the Altar, The Holy Family, Church Prayers and Church History. First grade students will learn how to recite the Rosary. All students will participate and make their own personal Rosaries. Students attend weekly school community Mass.

Textbook – Sadlier’s We Believe

Handwriting

First grade students will continue to practice and perfect printing all upper and lowercase letters.

Science

First grade students begin to study Earth Science and learn to recognize the features of the earth, sun, and the moon. They explore Life Science by looking at the characteristics, environments, and behaviors of humans, animals, and plants.

Social Studies

First graders learn about the world in which they live. They study about families, communities, citizenship, geography, patriotism, and cultures.

Second Grade

Language Arts/Reading

The second grade student will learn the basic features of reading, which include: knowledge of letter patterns, translating the spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They will develop comprehension skills that will enable them to generate and respond to questions, make predictions, and compare information from several sources.

Textbook – McGraw Hill Reading Pearson – Phonics

Language Arts/English

Second grade students will learn and develop skills to write clear and coherent sentences/paragraphs that construct a central idea with purpose and audience in mind. They will write about familiar objects, events, and experiences.

Textbook – Harcourt Language | Simple Solutions English | SRA Spelling

Mathematics

Students are expected to perform and improve with quick recall daily, while still being stretched in operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base 10, measurement and data, and geometry skills. Many hands on materials are featured and used in most lessons. Simple Solutions is also a part of our student’s daily math routines. This series helps to build a strong foundation as students’ progress.

Textbooks – Sadlier’s Mathematics | Simple Solutions - Mathematics

Religion

Second Grade at San Jose Catholic School is a very important year in the student’s faith journey as they strengthen their connection to life as a Roman Catholic. Students are immersed in a very faith based year as they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Students are taught using the Sadlier’s We Believe series. The daily life of a second grader is full of connections to their faith. Mass, prayers, rosaries, and May Crowning, each promote the strong foundation of the student’s faith. Students are also expected to share and foster their faith. Parents of second graders are involved in the faith formation in second grade during sacramental preparation.

Textbook – Sadlier’s We Believe

Spelling

Spelling is taught using a phonetic based program, which allows students to learn with sound recognition, spelling rules, and word structure. Second graders learn to spell utilizing dependable patterns and memorization. It exposes students to vocabulary usage within sentence and paragraph structures. It assists students’ to further broaden and advance not only spelling, but with sentence development and writing techniques.

Textbook – SRA Spelling

Handwriting

Second grade students will continue to practice and perfect printing all upper and lowercase letters.

Science

Second grade students will begin learning the scientific method and its application to grade level experiments. In Earth Science, students will study the patterns of weather and how factors affect the weather. In Life Science, students will learn about the structures and functions of living organisms.

Social Studies

Students in second grade benefit from a variety of opportunities in Social Studies, which further their understanding of the world in which they live. They study the seven continents and U.S. geography. Students are introduced to civics and government as they learn about the United States and the country’s formation. Students gain understanding of the life of Early Americans as they actively explore and live the life of Pilgrims during Colonial Day. Social Studies is an engaging and fun subject for second graders at San Jose Catholic School.

Third Grade

Language Arts/Reading

Third graders learn to improve reading foundational skills through phonics and word recognition and fluency. Students are taught to read effortlessly with speed, accuracy, and expression. They learn to interpret key ideas and details from informational text and literature by increasing comprehension skills. Students read a variety of written material that includes, poetry, fiction and nonfiction works.

Textbook – McGraw Hill Reading

Language Arts/English

Third grade students continue to develop skills in writing. Students practice and improve writing techniques through a focus on sentence structure, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. They increase their knowledge of language through acquisition and use of new vocabulary. Third graders apply writing skills across the curriculum.

Textbook – Houghton Mifflin English

Mathematics

Third grade students extend their addition and subtraction computation skills prior to beginning the study of multiplication and division. Students continue to build skills for problem solving with geometry, fractions, measurement, time, decimals and statistics.

Textbook – Sadlier’s-Oxford’s Progress in Mathematics

Religion

Third grade students continue to focus on scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church. Emphasis is on the Church, and how they, as members of the Church are called to discipleship. Students attend Mass weekly.

Textbook – Sadlier’s We Believe

Spelling

Third graders use spelling patterns and strategies to improve skills. Building spelling skills assist students to write fluently across the third grade curriculum.

Textbook – SRA Spelling

Handwriting

Third grade students are introduced to cursive writing techniques. These techniques are taught and practiced in the classroom to ensure correct letter formation.

Science

Third graders explore and study Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science. Students are taught the skills of scientific inquiry for use with experimentation and problem solving.

Textbook – Macmillar/McGraw-Hill Science a Closer Look

Social Studies

Students in third grade learn how they are connected to other people in the local community, state, nation, and the world. Third grade students learn map skills, and how to interpret charts, graphs, and time lines. Students study history, geography, and the responsibilities of being good citizens.

Textbook – Harcourt’s Horizons: People and Communities