Intermediate Grades 3-5
Religion: The students study the basics of the Catholic faith including the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Works of Mercy, the Seven Sacraments, The Creed, the miracle of creation, people in the Old and New Testaments, and a variety of different saints. All students attend two masses a week, participate in Lent and Advent activities, support area communities by bringing in donations of canned food, toys for the children, donations of money, and service organizations that need support.
Language Arts: The intermediate level uses an approach that blends novels with a traditional reading series. At the intermediate level the students continue to develop their phonetic awareness, but they also become comfortable and fluent readers and develop comprehensive reading skills. They begin to read to learn instead of learning to read. The students learn grammar rules and concepts, and are working to implement the Six Trait Writing program.
Math: The students learn and expand their knowledge of basic facts in adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In addition to the basics they learn fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, estimating, and probability. Students use story problems and other multi-step approaches for higher level thinking.
Social Studies: The students will learn about and compare different communities, the establishment of early settlements, and landforms in the United States. They will focus mainly on Missouri history, and cover such topics as Missouri’s settlement, culture, geography, and history of statehood. In addition, they examine how Missouri fits into the greater United States. The focus of study continues with world geography, different cultures, and how the climate affects the way people live.
Science: The students will study a comprehensive science program. The units will consist of weather, force and motion, types of energy and energy transfer, plant characteristics and classification, planetary systems and natural disasters, light, sound, electricity, magnets, ecosystems, life cycles, and body systems.