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French

Preschool

  • Students will learn a variety of greetings and farewells in addition to fundamental basic phrases.
  • Performing the Sign of the Cross in French
  • Introducing basic concepts such as pronunciation, the alphabet and basic number study.

 

Kindergarten
  • Learning colors, numbers and develop a basic understanding of French culture.
  • Students will practice polite phrases such as “please!” and “thank you!”

 

First Grade
  • Learning French phrases to introduce yourself and make new friends.
  • Mastering basic French prayers such as the Sign of the Cross and Gloria.

 

Second Grade
  • Learning about family culture in Europe and the phrases to introduce our own families.
  • Singing popular French children’s songs and exploring traditional fairy tales.

 

Third Grade
  • Expanding conversational vocabulary to embrace both formal and informal dialogue.
  • Introduction to the geography of France and its basic history.
  • Famous French Saints and historical figures.

 

Fourth Grade
  • Learning basic conjugation and fundamental grammar principles.
  • Developing a proper French accent through dialogues and plays.
  • Expressing time according to month, week, or hourly increments.

 

Fifth Grade
  • Students will learn to express likes and dislikes in regards to hobbies and interests.
  • Learning about cultural differences between the United States and France.
  • Mastering intermediate prayers such as the Angel of God and Hail Mary.

 

Sixth Grade
  • Students will study famous French cuisine and café culture.
  • Developing advanced pronunciation skills through dialogue development.
  • Exploring the historical monuments of Paris and their significance.

 

Seventh Grade
  • Students will learn advanced verb conjugation and hone their grammatical skills.
  • Exploring famous French artists and France’s contribution to the world of the arts.
  • Comfortably reciting advanced prayers in French such as the Our Father.

 

Eighth Grade
  • Studying pivotal moments in French history and France’s contribution to the historical stage.
  • Expressing events in the future and past tenses.
  • The provinces of France and an overview of European economics/geography.

 

Spanish

The Spanish program is an opportunity for students to learn the language in a way that will enable them to participate in communication, understand cultures, make connections, and utilize the language within communities.

 

K-3rd
  • Colors, shapes, numbers, months & days
  • Greet and respond to simple greetings and farewells corresponding to time of day
  • Talk about pictures based on simple stories, rhymes or songs

 

4th-5th
  • Celebrate a holiday or birthday according to the customs of the Spanish speaking countries and cultures
  • Identify simple indicators of gender and number in Spanish that are different from English
  • Classify foods according to colors, shapes, food groups

 

6th, 7th, & 8th
  • Expand conversational ability based on new information
  • Read and prepare simple activity involving a series of steps
  • Begin to write for different purposes (postcards, notes, invitations, etc.)
  • Prepare and present brief reports on thematic topics
 

 
Visual & Performance Arts
 

Visual Arts (Kindergarten-8th Grade)

Through an early introduction to the elements and principles of design, art history, aesthetics, production, and appreciation students will:

  • Understand and apply media, techniques, and processes
  • Use knowledge of structure of functions
  • Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
  • Understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture
  • Reflect upon and assess the characteristics of their work and the work of others
  • Make connections between visual arts and other disciplines

Materials become more sophisticated as students learn techniques along with increasingly complex concepts, which will allow students to build on prior knowledge and skills.

 

Kindergarten-3rd

  • Elements of Art
    • Line and Shape:  students will learn how artists use lines and shapes to show feelings.  They will also practice using lines and shapes to show ideas and feelings
      • Line qualities, directions, and characteristics
      • Geometric and free-form shapes
      • Space and Form:  students will learn about and make forms.  They will learn how to use space to create depth on a flat surface.
        • Geometric, free-form, body and animal forms
        • People and space, objects, and space
      • Color and Value:  Practice mixing colors and creating values
        • Primary, secondary, and intermediate colors, warm and cool
        • Light and dark values
      • Texture
        • Different ways texture is portrayed in art work
        • Real and visual texture
  • Principles of Art
    • Pattern, Rhythm, and Movement
    • Balance and Emphasis
    • Harmony, Variety, and Unity

4th-8th

  • Elements of Art
    • Name the seven elements of art
    • Compare and contrast how artists use art elements
    • Name the different kinds of lines and describe the feeling communicated by each
    • Identify three properties of color
    • Define different color schemes
    • Explain the differences between shape and form
    • Explain the differences between geometric shapes or forms and free-form shapes or forms
    • Understand the use of space in art
    • Explain the two ways we experience texture:  tactile and visual
  • Principles of Art
    • Define the term principles of art
    • Explain the three kinds of balance
    • Analyze how artists use the principles of variety, harmony, emphasis, proportion, pattern, movement, and rhythm
    • Explain what unity does for an artwork
    • Practice using the elements and principles in original artworks
  • Art History
    • Explain how time and place influence a work of art
    • Use direct observation and personal experience to create works of art in the styles of different art movements

Music

All classes sing, move to music, play instruments, and play singing games.   Grades 1- 5 also practice Mass music, learn to read melodies and rhythms, sing, hear and play multicultural music, study different genres of music and instruments of the orchestra.

 

Pre-K 4

  • Learn to sing on pitch
  • Practice keeping a steady beat
  • Introduction to classroom instruments

 

Kindergarten
  • Identify concepts like loud/soft, fast/slow, and long/short
  • Introduction to orchestral instruments
  • Perform the Thanksgiving Program

 

First Grade

  • Practice hearing, singing, and reading so-mi solfege patterns
  • Practice hearing, counting and playing rhythms using the quarter note and eighth notes
  • Study Peter and the Wolf for instruments, themes, and story
  • Perform the Spring Program

 

Second Grade

  • Practice hearing, singing, and reading mi-so-la solfege patterns
  • Practice hearing, counting, and playing rhythms using half note and dotted half note
  • Perform for May Crowning

 

Middle School Band
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School is proud to partner with Music Learning Band, who offer our 6th, 7th & 8th grade students the opportunity to be a member of the school band.  Middle School students have the option of selecting Band as one of their electives.  To learn more about Music Learning Band, please visit their website.
 

 

Physical Education

Kindergarten-2nd Grades

  • Introduced to locomotive movement and non-locomotive movements
  • To travel in different ways and directions; alone and in large groups without bumping into others or falling
  • To respond appropriately to starting and stopping signals, and demonstrate the ability to play with boundaries and rules during games and activities
  • Will participate in moderate to vigorous physical activities on a daily basis that causes increased heart rate, breathing, and perspiration

 

3rd-5th Grades
  • Introduced to individual games and game activities.  For Example:  bocce, bowling, badminton, tennis, soccer, basketball, and etc.
  • Taught proper technique and basic skill necessary for individual and team sports (For example; tennis unit:  proper feet and body position, hand position on the racket.  Proper techniques for an overhand serve, back hand, forehand, etc.)
  • Perform sequences that combine traveling, rolling, balancing, and weight transfer into smooth, flowing movements
  • Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activities on a daily basis that causes increased heart rate, breathing, and perspiration.
  • Will show good sportsmanship by participating with establishing rules, procedures, and etiquette

 

6th-8th Grades
  • Use advanced levels of speed, direction, change in pace, space awareness, and pathway to move effectively in complex groups and individual physical activities; such as, crouching low for volleyball digs, stretching high during lay-ups, positioning for soccer pass, or passing ahead to a receiver
  • To understand basic components; such as, strategies and rules of structured physical activities including, but not limited to, individual sport activities, games, team sports, and dance.
  • Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activities on a daily basis that causes increased heart rate, breathing, and perspiration
  • Show good sportsmanship by participating with establishing rules, procedures, and etiquette

 


 

Library

Prekindergarten

  • ·          Story time each week with books that support the classroom theme

 

Kindergarten
  • Foundational reading skills
    • Organization and basic features of print and libraries
    • Identify rhyming words and text
  • Foundational reading comprehension and listening skills
    • Listen to and respond to a variety of stories
    • Connect experiences and ideas to texts
    • Parent read aloud

 

First and Second Grade

  • Library skills, policies, organization, and procedures
  • Reference/Research
    • Dictionaries, encyclopedias including online
  • Literacy Promotion
    • Parent Read Aloud
    • Accelerated reader, Six Flags reading program, Read Across America

 

Third Grade

  • Library skills, policies, organization, and procedures
  • Reference/Research
    • Dictionaries, encyclopedias including online
    • Dewey Decimal system
  • Literacy Promotion
    • Parent Read Aloud
    • Accelerated reader, Six Flags reading program, Read Across America
    • Bluebonnet program
    • Caldecott, Newbery Awards
  • Genres
    • Fiction/Non-fiction
    • Poetry, legends and folklore, biographies

 

Fourth Grade
  • Library skills, policies, organization and procedures
  • Reference/Research
    • Dictionaries, encyclopedias including online
    • Dewey Decimal system
    • Keyword, subject search, plagiarism
  • Literacy Promotion
    • Accelerated reader, Six Flags reading program, Read Across America
    • Bluebonnet program
    • Caldecott, Newbery, Regina awards
  • Genres/Themes
    • Fiction/Non-fiction
    • Poetry, legends and folklore, biographies, mystery, historical fiction
    • Black History, Native American History, Hispanic Heritage

 
Fifth Grade
  • Library skills, policies, organization, and procedures
  • Reference/Research
    • Dictionaries, encyclopedias including online
    • Dewey Decimal System
    • Keyword, subject search, plagiarism
  • Literacy Promotion
    • Accelerated Reader, Six Flags reading program, Read Across America
    • Bluebonnet program
    • Caldecott, Newbery, Regina awards
  • Genres/Themes
    • Fiction/Non-fiction
    • Poetry, legends and folklore, biographies, mystery, historical fiction
    • Black History, Native American History, Hispanic Heritage

 

Sixth-Eighth Grades

Students do not have library as a specials class, but come every other week and as needed to check out books.  The students do participate in the accelerated reader program as well.

 

Special Events

Book Fair and Birthday Bookshare Program