All About Elementary

OFFERING A SAFE, NURTURING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT ROOTED IN CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES…

Hosanna elementary educators provide students with a safe, nurturing environment that promotes learning and encourages students to become the very best that they can be academically, socially and spiritually.

Using a nationally acclaimed curriculum, we connect the class with technology, provide online resources for families and prepare students to be life-long learners in a changing world.

Due to limited class size, students receive a broad range of hands-on learning experiences that enhance classroom work through activities.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Math

Students practice addition and subtraction and become able to master addition to sums of 12. Students sort objects into groups of tens and ones. Students create shapes with new shapes and begin learning about symmetry and congruence. We begin learning time as well as beginning to count money.

Language Arts

Students learn how to blend letters to make words. Also we learn and practice comprehension strategies including rereading, identify character and setting, and identifying the author’s purpose. We work on high-frequency words and letter chunks. We discuss how to decode a word using prefixes and suffixes. Students learn grammar and new spelling words are introduced each week. First grade students can read and identify different types of stories and poems.

History

First grade history will help students begin to understand the history behind certain holidays and events in the United States. Also students will begin to read maps and become familiar with directions such as north, east, west, south. Also, students will learn about differences in life during colonial times and life in America now.

Science

First grade science introduces students to making observations. Students begin to realize that observations are important and how to make observations. Also, students will use their observations to compare and contrast physical properties. First grade science also includes learning about plant and animal life cycles. Simple machines and tools are also implemented and discussed.

Bible

In Bible, first graders learn about creation. Also, Bible stories are taught such as Noah, Abraham and Joseph. We discuss the differences between Josiah and Joash. We also study Jesus’ life and miracles that He performed. We finish our year by learning about Samuel and David. We discuss the differences between right and wrong and that it is everyone’s choice to obey Him or not.

Art

Students have an opportunity to use different elements and techniques to create art. Students also learn about cultures through art. They create Inuit masks and Mexican artwork. Also, individual expression is encouraged.

General Music

Musical concepts taught in General Music are presented in a developmental sequence focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, basic music notation and beginning sight reading. The students will develop skills in singing, playing, listening and performing music. The students will be guided into an understanding of the importance music plays in the worship of our God, who created it. Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Students will be encouraged to praise the Lord in song and allow Him to minister to them as they praise His name.

Bible

Students will study the life of Moses through the book of Exodus. The promises of God will be evident as the Israelites and their leader see both victory and tribulation as they learn to trust God

Science

The themes the students will study are: How plants and animals live together and how they grow and change; Earth’s land, air, water, weather, and season; energy, forces, and motion; Earth and Space.

Language Arts

Students will build their reading and comprehension strength through learning new reading strategies, small group work, phonics review and practice, vocabulary practice, reading to self and partner reading. Spelling lists are based on spelling patterns. Students use workbook pages, homework, daily practice, and weekly tests. Students gain knowledge in Grammar though workbook pages, proofreading, and working on their daily writing. Skills include: Sentence structure and punctuation; plural, proper, and possessive nouns; present, past and future-tense verbs; linking, helping, and irregular verbs; contractions; pronouns; adjectives; articles; adverbs; synonyms and antonyms. Writing skills are developed through our daily “Work on Writing” time. New forms of writing are introduced and practiced along with student choice writing. These writing forms include poetry, journal writing, biography, book reports, nonfiction articles, summaries, reports, plays, realistic stories, and news stories.

History

The focus is on the people who built America and how they lived. Various Indian tribes are introduced along with some culture. Students do some map work and learn the location of the continents and many countries and states.

Math

Students will be increasing their knowledge in the following areas: time, fractions, measurement, geometry, and place value. Mastery of addition and subtraction facts to 18 are important. The main accomplishment for this ago is to master the process of regrouping in addition and subtraction.

General Music

Musical concepts taught in General Music are presented in a developmental sequence focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, basic music notation and beginning sight reading. The students will develop skills in singing, playing, listening and performing music. The students will be guided into an understanding of the importance music plays in the worship of our God, who created it. Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Students will be encouraged to praise the Lord in song and allow Him to minister to them as they praise His name.

Bible

Third grade units will focus on the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel. In addition, students learn how to use God’s Word to help them come to know God through His Word and to learn how God’s Word applies to their everyday lives. A pattern of Scripture memorization is developed through memorizing passages that are applicable to the students’ lives. An active prayer life will be encouraged through keeping prayer journals for daily prayer requests and answers to prayer.

History/Geography

Students will discover the history of America by studying the people who helped shape our country. Since history is taught the last half of the year, the focus is on the Revolutionary War through the westward movement. A history project will be completed based on historical figures and historical periods as a way to enhance their learning environment. A brief history of Klamath Falls will be presented in the spring. Field trips will support and extend this knowledge of our community’s history. Basic geography and related map work will be introduced. Overall, the major goal is to return to an emphasis on historical fact and geography while also emphasizing Christian philosophy, character, and attitudes, promoting a balanced approach to social studies instruction.

Language Arts

Several domains of writing will be implemented in the classroom through the Writer’s Workshop format. Students will practice the steps of the writing process; for example, writing a friendly letter, writing and illustrating a story book, exploring and writing acrostic poetry. Writing a complete sentence is reviewed, topic sentences, and supporting details are explored. Topics covered in grammar include: capitalization, punctuation, sentence combining, prepositions, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. New spelling words are introduced each week. Spelling practice is completed on a daily basis through spelling games and through Literacy Workstations. Literacy Workstations are used on a weekly basis to enhance the learning environment for grammar, reading and comprehension, vocabulary and writing. Students will read a variety of genres. Students will break into groups for enrichment reading and further practice on their particular reading level. Each week, new vocabulary words will be introduced, practiced and assessed. Fluency will also be taught, practiced and assessed. Comprehension is targeted through the use of graphic organizers, discussion, pinpointing clues and further practice of strategies such as sequencing, comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and focusing on main ideas and details. Weekly Literacy Workstations are used to enhance students reading and comprehension through small group reading and independent reading. Love of good literature is further encouraged through the Read-Aloud program and the Novel of the Month reading program. The Knowing is Growing Book It reading program sponsored by Pizza Hut is encouraged as well.

Math

Students will learn about place value to the thousands place, money, and mental math. They will also work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division concepts and facts. The goal is for multiplication to be mastered by the end of the school year. Many new concepts in geometry will be introduced and taught. Fractions, measurements and probability, and decimals will be explored as well.

Science

Students will learn how plants and animals live and grow. Other areas of science which will be explored are: space, matter, seasonal weather patterns of precipitation and temperatures, energy, forces and how living and non-living things interact and affect each other. Students will use a variety of materials, activity worksheets, projects and interactive labs to enhance their learning environment. Handwriting Four basic kinds of strokes to form lowercase and uppercase letters will be introduced and practiced on a daily basis. Letters that begin with the same type of stroke are introduced and learned together. Throughout the program, practice is provided for connecting cursive letters.

General Music

Musical concepts taught in General Music are presented in a developmental sequence focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, basic music notation and beginning sight reading. The students will develop skills in singing, playing, listening and performing music. The students will be guided into an understanding of the importance music plays in the worship of our God, who created it. Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Students will be encouraged to praise the Lord in song and allow Him to minister to them as they praise His name.

Bible

Using the Building Your Life Castles books, students studies will include the life of Christ from the Gospels; a study of the Holy Spirit from the Gospels, Acts and the Epistles; and understanding of how Christian character develops using Paul’s epistles and the life of Paul from the Book of Acts.

Science

Students will study life science and physical science. Life science begins with classifying plants and animals from kingdoms into species. Living things are composed of cells and each cell carries out the processes needed for life. Differences between animal and plant cells are recognized. Ecosystems are studies, including energy flow, cycles, and patterns of interdependency. Physical science begins with studying the properties of matter, including the phases of matter, how to measure, ways of change, and if it has energy. Motion and heat are explored. Students will complete many hands-on labs, including two engineering labs.

Language Arts

Students will continue to build their vocabularies, including learning the 100 most common Greek/Latin roots. They learn variations on word meaning, such as synonyms, antonyms, idioms, and words with multiple meanings. The will recognize key features of textbooks. Students will read a variety of literature, from fantasy to nonfiction, and also based on their personal reading level and interest. Focus will be on comprehension, accuracy, and fluency during reading aloud and silently. They will read at the target rate of 115-140 correct words per minute by June. Students will write multiple paragraph narrative, descriptive, and persuasive compositions. Common spelling patterns, word families, and inflectional endings are learned.

History

Fourth grade focuses the state of Oregon. Using the Get Oregonized textbooks, students will begin Oregon’s history with the days of the first people. Native groups from all sections of Oregon will be compared and contrasted. Students will learn about the race for the Pacific Northwest, specifically learning and Lewis and Clark and the fur trappers. Days of the Pioneers, “Oregon Fever”, will examine life along the Oregon Trail and what life was like as the pioneers began to settle in the Oregon Territory. The transition from a territory into Statehood brought many changes and students will understand early Statehood and how Oregon continued to evolve. Students also study basics of an economy by our daily classroom economy system. Credits, debits, banking, checkbooks, wants versus needs, and taxes will be learned throughout the year.

Math

Students will continue to build on place value and number sense, going up to the hundred thousandths. They will use money to work on understanding, adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals. Multiplication is strongly emphasized, starting with basic facts, and moving up to multiplying greater numbers, with two and three digit factors. Division is introduced and moves up to three digit dividends. Fractions and decimals are developed, with emphasis on ordering and comparing. Fractions are extended with adding and subtracting like and unlike denominators. Geometric concepts, plane and solid figures, transformations, and perimeter, area, and volume are developed.

General Music

Musical concepts taught in General Music are presented in a developmental sequence focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, basic music notation and beginning sight reading. The students will develop skills in singing, playing, listening and performing music. The 4th grade is also introduced to beginning band concepts through the use of the recorder. They are taught care and responsibility of an instrument, reading music, proper breathing and instrumental production, as well as the importance of practice. The students will be guided into an understanding of the importance music plays in the worship of our God, who created it. Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Students will be encouraged to praise the Lord in song and allow Him to minister to them as they praise His name.

Bible

Fifth grade is a time when young people begin to make more and more decisions for them. This increasing freedom is accompanied by greater responsibility and higher expectations in many areas of life. Using Wise Up (Positive Action), this study from Proverbs will help students master the principles that will help them live wisely and become more like Christ. Goal: To grow in their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to cultivate Christ-like character.

History

Following the language arts program, history will be integrated in the curriculum and supported by the Our Nation (McMillan/McGraw-Hill) and other resources. Students will learn lessons in American history, geography, government, world history, economics and culture from a Christian worldview. Topics include the Native Americans, exploration, Colonial America, fight for independence, US Constitution and moving west. Goal: To see history as “His Story” (how God has interacted with His creation) and will have a better understanding of United States history.

Language Arts

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill is the nation’s leading publisher of elementary language arts curriculum. Students will read excerpts of engaging literature with an emphasis on nonfiction and a strong focus on comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Each week’s lesson integrates grammar, writing, and spelling for a total language arts approach. Students are introduced to different genres to develop an understanding and application for fifth grade readers. Novels that we may be reading by as a class this year are: A Wrinkle In Time, George Washington’s Socks, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, Owls in the Family, Scout, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Cay, The Big Wave The Report Card, and The School Story. Goal: To be able read deeply for comprehension and to develop a love of reading.

Math

Students will be challenged to think deeply and to find joy in understanding math concepts. The math curriculum incorporates multiple elements of learning to help children to succeed in math. Each chapter begins with the Instant Check System: Diagnosing Readiness section that will determine the student’s readiness for the material that will be introduced, and several Diagnostic Checkpoints throughout the chapter help gauge student’s progress. Cumulative Reviews and Test Prep ensure that each child has fully grasped the material. Also, mastery of the basic math facts is an essential skill needed for continual growth. The curriculum will be supplemented with basic math fact sheets. (Scott-Foresman/Addison Wesley) Goal: To think mathematically, be efficient at computation, have a clear understanding of concepts learned, and be confident in their problem solving abilities.

Science

Partnering with language arts, the fifth grade curriculum focuses on life science, physical science, earth science, space and technology. Areas of study in science this year include: cells, body systems, plants, ecosystems, weather, earth’s changing surfaces, protecting resources, electricity and space. In science, the fifth graders work on the skills of note taking, studying and test taking. (Scott-Foresman) Goal: To instill in each student a wonder and knowledge of God through His amazing creation.

General Music

Musical concepts taught in General Music are presented in a developmental sequence focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, basic music notation and beginning sight reading. The students will develop skills in singing, playing, listening and performing music. The 5th grade is also introduced to the great composers. In learning about the classical composers, they will be introduced to some of the greatest musical pieces and learn to appreciate the God gifted talent necessary to produce such works. The students will be guided into an understanding of the importance music plays in the worship of our God, who created it. Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Students will be encouraged to praise the Lord in song and allow Him to minister to them as they praise His name.

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