Grades K-5

K-5 Curriculum

Life’s answers are not found in textbooks.

Students explore real-world problems and work to solve them. To find innovative and original solutions, students apply the engineering process and bring their ideas to life in our makerspace.

We know that solving problems in the real world does not require simply science or math knowledge or a cultural perspective or communication skills. It requires all of them.

List of 6 items.

  • Kindergarten

    Language Arts
    Students experience differentiated instruction that focuses on early literacy and phonemic awareness. 
    Math
    Kindergarteners build a foundation of solid mathematical concepts through game-based learning centers that focus on developing number sense.
    Science
    Kindergarteners explore the overarching ideas of weather, sunlight, and the needs of living things. At the end of the year, we begin to investigate how objects move and predict how a force will propel an object forward.
    Social Studies
    Kindergarteners experience social studies topics through a cross-curricular lens. Content focuses on forming a conceptual foundation of cultural identity, neighborhoods, rules and laws, and needs and wants.
    Spanish
    Through interaction with authentic materials, textbooks, literature, songs, role-playing, and technology, students build a solid foundation of conversational Spanish.
  • 1st Grade

    Language Arts
    Our goal is to develop independent, strategic, and lifelong readers and writers through a balanced literacy approach that focuses on word study, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
    Math
    Students begin to apply flexible mathematical thinking to solve real-world problems, further developing their critical-thinking skills. Through practice, 1st graders establish a strong understanding of the mathematical process and can articulate their reasoning.
    Science
    In 1st-grade science, we introduce organism structure and function, light, and sound. To anchor students’ learning, we show real-world examples of concepts.
    Social Studies
    Through several cross-curricular units, 1st graders explore identity. They begin by understanding themselves and the different roles in their family as well as the surrounding community and its place in the world.
    Spanish
    Starting in 1st grade, students are placed following the ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) according to students’ ability to express themselves and understand others. We ensure our 1st graders understand and communicate in Spanish in a real-world context.
  • 2nd Grade

    Language Arts
    Students explore cursive handwriting one letter at a time until they have mastered the cursive alphabet. Students complete all assignments in cursive for the remainder of the year.
    Math
    Our 2nd-grade students learn to regroup two- and three-digit numbers in addition and subtraction. Once students have mastered this concept, we introduce multiplication and division.
    Science
    The 2nd-grade curriculum builds in intensity in terms of content, cross-curricular concepts, and the application of engineering practices. Students will learn about plants and animals and dive into the properties of matter and how change affects these properties.
    Social Studies
    In 2nd grade, students discover principles of society and the economy. We incorporate a unit on producers and consumers with a math unit on money in a hands-on product sale.
    Spanish
    Students are introduced to experiential learning opportunities that motivate them to elevate their proficiency level and increase their interest in mastering a second language.
  • 3rd Grade

    Language Arts
    In 3rd grade, students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. As they articulate their ideas in writing, they learn to support their argument with cited text evidence and begin incorporating language conventions.
    Math
    Students in 3rd grade solve problems using all four operations and explore the concept of fractions using a hands-on approach. Collecting, organizing and interpreting data becomes an integral part of the curriculum for 3rd graders.
    Science
    The topics covered in 3rd-grade science build on one another and increase in intellectual demand with exploration of cause-and-effect relationships.
    Social Studies
    The goal in 3rd-grade social studies is to establish global awareness and wider worldviews in each child. In case studies, we examine the similarities and differences of communities around the world.
    Spanish
    In 3rd grade, we cover the geography and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries with greater depth. Students also become more comfortable with expressing their thoughts in Spanish.
  • 4th Grade

    Language Arts
    Students explore the writing process, producing narrative, expository, and persuasive texts.

    Students read historical fiction, biographies, expository text, and additional chapter books of their choice. All books include an interdisciplinary activity that widens students’ experiences. 
    Math
    We know that mathematical principles play an integral role in our students’ daily lives, and our goal is to show 4th graders how they can apply these concepts to real-life situations. They appreciate the relevance of their learning and develop a deeper understanding of concepts through engaging, hands-on experiences. 
    Science
    Our 4th-grade students evaluate different organisms’ structures, functions, and information-processing abilities as they relate to survival, growth, and behavior. 
    Social Studies
    Florida is the focus of 4th-grade social studies classes. Students better understand the origins of Florida, its people, and its environment. As they examine Florida’s history, they make connections between the past and the present. 
    Spanish
    As proficiency increases, students grow more descriptive in their Spanish conversation, and their vocabulary continues to grow.
  • 5th Grade

    Language Arts
    When our 5th graders leave St. Thomas, they are strong and confident readers and writers. Students work in small groups and pursue topics that interest them in independent leisure reading.

    Our novel-based curriculum includes vocabulary and writing lessons built around the texts 5th graders are exploring.
    Math
    In 5th grade, we stress procedural skill and conceptual understanding, ensuring students absorb the critical concepts they will need to succeed in middle school. Students learn the real-world applications of fundamental geometric and algebraic concepts.
    Science
    Our 5th graders explore natural science systems in both classroom and laboratory settings. We introduce concepts in life and physical sciences in ways that prepare students for the range of courses they will experience in their middle school years.
    Social Studies
    Students dive into United States history beginning with causes of the American Revolution and ending with the effects of the American Civil War. Students gain a knowledge of specific battles, understand the impact of war on our nation, and review current events that will determine the course of history.
    Spanish
    By the 5th grade, students have developed a deep appreciation for speaking a second language and exploring many cultures. To continue practicing Spanish conversation, students discuss their favorite foods, healthy diets, and traditions in their own.