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Transitional Kindergarten – 5th grades have a student-teacher ratio of 18-24.  Their enrichment courses include art, music, Spanish, technology, P.E., and library.

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TK-5th Grades Daily Schedule

Class Starts

8:15

Morning Recess for TK-5th Grades

10:0 – 10:15

Lunch for 2nd-5th Grades

11:30 – 12:10

Lunch for TK-1st Grades

11:45 – 12:25

Afternoon Recess for TK-5th Grades

1:55 – 2:10

Class Ends

2:55

*Chapel is every Wednesday for TK-5th grades from 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Enrichment Courses

Enrichment classes are a part of the curriculum and happen throughout the week.  Enrichment classes include robotics, computers, music, art, sports skills, library, and more.

Annual Activities

*Fourth Grade Field Trips to the Huntington Library, San Juan Capistrano, and the Ocean Institute

*Fifth Grade Trips to Knott’s Berry Farm, Riley’s Farm, and Astro Camp

*Subject to change

Curriculum

Arcadia Christian School (ACS) offers a rich academic experience that develops critical thinking: connecting theory and practice.  ACS offers a life-changing education that prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership, encouraging students to make a positive impact for Jesus Christ in their community.

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Below is the curriculum for Transitional Kindergarten, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

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Below is the curriculum for Kindergarten, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

To communicate the timeless truths of God to the children in an interesting, exciting, hands-on way, is the main objective of this course. The children will have the opportunity to learn that God created the world, and that He loves them. They will learn we all make choices that have consequences. In addition the children will learn God keeps His promises-Jesus is the best promise from God. Finally the children will learn Jesus is our example. Throughout this course the children will have the opportunity to learn Bible verses and to apply them to their lives; just as they will have opportunity to apply the lessons they learn each week. The children will come to know that God loves them, and has a plan for how He wants them to live. This plan includes making good choices so that they bless God, their families (the world), and themselves.

Textbook

Biblical Choices for a New Generation

Materials

Student Workbook

Time Allotment

Bible – 30 minutes/day; four days/week

Chapel – 30 minutes/one day/week

Course Content

1st Qtr.- God Created the Perfect World

God’s Wonderful Plan

God’s Beautiful World

God’s Amazing Space

God’s Pretty Fish and Birds

God’s Interesting Animals and Bugs

God’s Best Creation: People

It was All Very Good: God Rested

3rd Qtr – God Becomes the Perfect Person

God Promised the Coming of Jesus

Jesus is Born

Jesus Grows Up to Do His Father’s Work

God Cares for My Needs

God Hears My Prayers

God Promises to Help Me Do My Best

God Wants Me to Be Nice

2nd Qtr.- Choices in the Family

How Do We Make Choices?

Adam and Eve: Sin in a Choice to Disobey

The Difference Between a Sin & a Mistake

Cain & Abel: Violence is the Wrong Choice

Cain & Abel: Jealousy Hurts, Sharing Helps

Cain Chooses to Lie: Lies Make Things Worse

Obeying Your Parents is a Good Choice

4th Qtr.- Jesus is Our Example

Jesus is Loving: He Cares for Others First

Jesus is Not Mean: He is Nice to People

Jesus is Gentle: He Makes People Feel Better

Jesus is Honest: He Always Tells the Truth

Jesus Tells Us to Forgive Others

Jesus Tells Us to Share What We Have

Jesus Wants Us to Tell People About God’s Love

Additional Activities

Christmas -Jesus is Coming, Jesus is Born

Easter – Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection

Devotions

Chapels

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will recognize and form lower and uppercase letters and learn the phonemic sounds of letters A-Z. They will learn the one and two vowel rule and sight words. They will learn to read simple sentences and stories and learn to comprehend their own writing and stories.

Textbooks

Journal of Teaching Techniques, practice pad, arts and crafts (SPA)

I Learn to Read – Books A-G

Letters and Sounds

Writing with Phonics

Various Big Books

Materials

Assorted Children’s Literature

Puppets

Experience Charts

Time Allotment

40-60 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Unit One: (September – December)

Letter recognition

Sound recognition

Writing of letters A-Z

Unit Two: (January – June)

Reading of Basic Phonics Books

I Learn to Read – Books A-G

Areas to Be Evaluated

Guided Discussion

Teacher Observation

Evaluation of Student Responses and Performance

Worksheets

Classroom Participation

Additional Activities

Journals

Blackboard

Morning Message

Math

Philosophy

Mathematics instruction has four main functions. First, it equips students to function effectively in an ever-changing world by becoming proficient in computational and communication skills. Second, it enables students to understand and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. Third, it develops higher-order thinking skills necessary to make a contribution in related fields of study, research, and technology. Finally, it clearly illustrates the order and structure of the world God created.

Objective

The students will identify and classify objects and reproduce simple patterns. They will learn to recognize groups and numbers, write numerals, and order numbers zero through one hundred.   Children will be introduced to telling time to the nearest hour and half hour. They will begin exploring money by counting pennies and dimes as well as learn the value of nickels, dimes, and quarters. The concept of addition and subtraction of whole numbers will also be introduced.

Textbook

Mathematics (Houghton Mifflin: California Edition)

Materials

Student Workbook

Resource Files

Manipulatives

Math CDs

Math Story Books

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Unit 1   – Classification and Position

Unit 2   – Sorting Concepts, Data, Graphing

Unit 3   – Patterns

Unit 4   – Numbers Through 12

Unit 5   – Time, Calendar

Unit 6   – Measurement and Money

Unit 7   – Addition Through 10

Unit 8   – Subtraction Through 10

Unit 9   – Numbers Through 100

Unit 10 – Geometry, Fractions, and 3-D Shapes

Areas to Be Evaluated

Teacher Observation and Evaluation

Student Responses

Individual and Group Work

Chapter Tests

Science and Social Studies

Science Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Social Studies Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All true education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11), and who holds the entire creation (Colossians 1:17) and the destiny of man (Romans 2:16) in His hands.

Objective

The students will understand that God created the universe, and all that is in it. They will begin to observe, explore, question, understand, and explain various earth, life, and physical science concepts.

Textbooks

God’s World (A Beka Books)

Science (Christian Schools International)

Materials

Science Journals

Various Hands-on Materials for Experiments

Time Allotment

2 times/week for 20 minutes

Course Content

Unit One:       God’s Plan for Me

Unit Two:     The Five Senses

Unit Three:   Safety, Health, and Nutrition

Unit Four:     Weather

Unit Five:     Land, Water, Map Studies, and Things that Float

 Unit Six:       Day, Night, Light, and Heat

Unit Seven:   Seasons

Unit Eight:     Plants

Unit Nine:    God’s Plan for Animals

Unit Ten:     God’s Plan for Insects and Spiders

Unit Eleven:  God Made the Sea

Additional Social Studies Units

Citizenship

National and State Symbols

Community Helpers

Historical People and Events

Holidays

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Student Work

Student Science Journals

Projects

Additional Activities

Field Trip in the Spring – Ammon’s Farm

Below is the curriculum for First Grade, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

The students will experience God and His love for them through stories and song. They will learn methods of applying their knowledge and faith in service to God and others.

Textbook

Biblical Choices for a New Generation

Materials

Student Workbook

Time Allotment

Bible – 25 minutes/day; five days/week

Chapel – 30 minutes/one day/week

Course Content

The God of Impossibilities

1st Quarter

God Created the Perfect World

Adam and Eve Break God’s Covenant

God’s Perfect World is Spoiled by Sin

God Tells Noah to Build the Ark

God Saves the Animals and Noah’s Family

God Makes a New Covenant with Noah

The Tower of Babel

3rd Quarter

Jesus is Born: a Humble Beginning

Jesus Grows Up &Teaches in the Temple

Jesus is Baptized by John

Jesus is Tempted

Jesus Chooses his Disciples

Jesus Teaches on the Mountain

Jesus Tells Us How to Live

2nd Quarter

God Makes an Agreement with Abraham

Isaac: God Keeps His Promise

Abraham Puts God First

God Gives Isaac a Family

Joseph’s Family Makes Bad Choices

God is Faithful to Joseph

Joseph Forgives His Brothers

4th Quarter

Jesus Proves He is God: He Forgives Sin

Jesus has Power over Nature

Jesus has Power over Our Bodies

Jesus has Power over Life and Death

Jesus has Power to Heal Our Minds

People Worship Jesus

People Thank Jesus

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Bible Memory Work

Class Assignments

Additional Activities

First Quarter Project: Paper Quilts about Creation, Noah, and The Tower of Babel

Second Quarter Project: Eastside Booklet about Abraham and Joseph

Christmas Lessons from The Jesus Tree by Annetta E. Dellinger

Easter Lessons from The Easter Story by Carol Heyer

Teacher-Led Devotions

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will clearly and correctly express themselves in spoken and written English. They will learn to understand and correctly use beginning punctuation. They will apply grammar concepts to their own writing.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy, Grade 1 (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Level One: Read All About It

Level Two: Out & About

Level Three: Something New

Level Four: Take a Closer Look & Surprises

Level Five: Let’s Pretend & True Blue Friends

Materials

Selected Student Workbook Pages

Daily Oral Language (McDougal Littell)

Daily Analogies

Time Allotment

10 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Recognizing questions and statements

Complete sentences

Sentences and word order

Naming and action parts

Using “and”

Naming words: people, pets, places, things

Nouns

Proper nouns

Plural nouns: adding “s”

Special plural nouns

Possessive nouns

Action verbs

Present tense verbs

Past tense verbs: ed

Using “come” or “came”

Using “say” or “said”

Using “go” or “went”

Using “was” or “were”

Number words

Adjectives

Color words

Adjectives: er and est

Synonyms and Antonyms

Pronouns

Using “I” or “me”

Using “is” and “are”

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Daily Oral Language Tests

Utilization and Application in Daily Writing Assignments

Additional Activities

Journal Writing

Class Books

Morning Message

Math

Philosophy

Mathematics instruction has four main functions. First, it equips students to function effectively in an ever-changing world by becoming proficient in computational and communication skills. Second, it enables students to understand and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. Third, it develops higher-order thinking skills necessary to make a contribution in related fields of study, research, and technology. Finally, it clearly illustrates the order and structure of the world God created.

Objective

The students will discover and learn about relationships among mathematical concepts. Cooperative learning groups, teacher demonstrations, child initiated problem solving, risk taking, and written and oral sharing will all be part of a math program that is relevant to the children’s lives.

Textbook

Mathematics, Grade 1 (Houghton Mifflin)

Materials

Student Workbook

Mathematics Manipulatives

Computer Technology

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Chapter One: Addition Concepts

Chapter Two: Subtraction Concepts

Chapter Three: Addition and Subtraction Facts to Ten

Chapter Four: Data and Graphing

Chapter Five: Numbers and Patterns to 100

Chapter Six: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12

Chapter Seven: Money

Chapter Eight: Geometry, Fractions, and Probability

Chapter Nine: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20      

Chapter Ten: Measurement

Chapter Eleven: Time and Calendar

Chapter Twelve: Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Areas to Be Evaluated

Morning Calendar Activities Participation

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Individual and Group Projects

Tests

Additional Activities

Mathematics Their Way Activities

Math Fact Time Tests

Morning Calendar Routine

Reading

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Through guided reading, self-selected reading, phonics, and writing, the students will strive to become independent, fluent readers who possess an appreciation for various forms of literature.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy Grade 1 (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Level One: Read All About It

Level Two: Out & About

Level Three: Something New

Level Four: Take a Closer Look & Surprises

Level Five: Let’s Pretend & True Blue Friends

Materials

Student Individual Books and Anthologies

Student Practice Workbook

Time Allotment

60 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

Level 1

I Went Walking

Rain

Five Little Ducks

The Chick and the Duckling

The Good Bad Cat

My Friends

Level 3

An Egg is An Egg

Whose Baby

Everything Grows

White Rabbit’s Color Book

Level 5

In the Attic

Julieta and Her Paintbox

Jimmy Lee Did It

New Shoes for Silvia

Just a Little Bit

A Birthday Basket for Tia

Guinea Pigs Don’t Read Books

A Letter to Amy

Level 2

Bet You Can’t

Coco Can’t Wait

Down By the Bay

Jasper’s Beanstalk

Level 4

Hattie and the Fox

Any Kind of Dog

Seven Sillies

Chicken Licken

One Monday Morning

You’ll Soon Grow Into Them Titch

Seven Blind Mice

The Surprise Family

 Areas to Be Evaluated

Oral Reading Ability and Story Comprehension

Class Participation

Phonemic Awareness

Class Assignments

Additional Activities

Small Groups

Book Reports

Science

Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Objective

The students will learn about the world that God created. They will learn how the world is changing, and how living things have a life cycle. They will learn how to care for the creation that has been given to them.

Textbook

Science Discovery Works (Concordia Publishing House)

Materials

Student Textbooks

Science Kits

Student Worksheets

Time Allotment

40 minutes/day, two-three days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Magnets

Unit 2: Geology

Unit 3: Living Things

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Individual and Group Projects

Tests

Additional Activities

Field Trip to the L.A. Zoo

Social Studies

Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All true education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11), and who holds

Objective

The students will learn how events of the past are continuing to shape our present day world. They will study various time periods and events, important people of the past, as well as other countries and cultures.

Textbooks

California Reflections: A Child’s View (Harcourt)

Teacher-Created Units

Materials

Worksheets

Student Textbooks

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day, two-three days/week

Course Content

Unit 1 – Rules and Laws

Unit 2 – Where People Live

Unit 3 – We Love Our Country

Unit 4 – Our Changing World

Unit 5 – All About People

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Group and Individual Projects

Tests

Additional Activities

Build a Model Castle

Field Trip to the Fire Station

Spelling

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will make a gradual transition from using mostly invented spelling to using mostly conventional spelling. The students will apply their spelling test words to their daily writing assignments.

Textbooks

Spelling, Grade 1 (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Level One: Read All About It

Level Two: Out & About

Level Three: Something New

Level Four: Take a Closer Look & Surprises

Level Five: Let’s Pretend & True Blue Friends

Materials

Student Practice Pages

Time Allotment

15 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Spelling Word Families

-at        -et        -ick      -ime     -ame    -ace      -own

 -ed       –ill       -it         -ice      -old      -use      -out

-ut        -ig        -ade     -eep     -ide      -ine      -ound

-ot        -ug       -ake     -y         -ay       -ight     -ail

 -id

-ap

Areas to Be Evaluated

Spelling Tests

Application of Spelling Words to Written Work

Additional Activities

Word Wall Words and Activities

Writing

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Textbook

Strategies for Writers, Level A (Zaner-Bloser, Inc.)

Materials

Student Workbooks

Big Books  

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Chapter One: From Writing Readiness to Writing Process

Chapter Two: Writing to Tell a Story (Narrative)

Chapter Three: Writing to Describe (Descriptive)

Chapter Four: Writing to Give Information (Expository)

Chapter Five: Writing to Tell What I Think (Persuasive)

Areas to Be Evaluated

Demonstrated understanding and proficiency of the writing process

Demonstrated understanding and proficiency of applied grammar in writing

Additional Activities

Various Writing Prompts and Assignments

Below is the curriculum for Second Grade, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

The objective is that students will understand and communicate the timeless truths of God and realize that being a Christian is an exciting choice both in history and in modern times.

Textbooks

Biblical Choices for a New Generation (Standard Publishing)

New International Version Bible

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

1st Quarter: God Frees His People                

Review of First Grade

God’s People Were Unhappy in Egypt

God Prepares a Leader for His People

God Calls Moses to Free Israel

Moses Shows Pharaoh God’s Power

Passing Through the Water

Quarter Project Jesus

3rd Quarter: Jesus sets us free to obey the Great Commandment      

Review of First Grade “Jesus Life”

The Great Commandment

Free to Worship

Free to Read God’s Word

Free to Pray

Free to Care for Others

Free to Be “Best Friends” with Jesus

Quarter Project

2nd Quarter: Freedom With Rules

The Ten Commandments

God’s People Forget God

God’s Plan for His People

God’s People Doubt His Promises

God Chooses a New Leader

God’s People Invade the Promised Land

God’s People Settle the Promised Land

Quarter Project

4th Quarter: Jesus Sets Us Free to Serve

Ears Serve When They Listen

Two Hands Serve When They Help

Love Serves When it Forgives

Money Serves When it Supports

Voices Serve When They Tell About Jesus

Feet Serve When They Go to Tell Others

Christians Serve When They Unite

Quarter Project

Areas to Be Evaluated

Bible verses and one core verse each quarter

Multiple choice tests given during each quarter

Additional Activities

Chapel

Teacher-Led Devotionals

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Grammar

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Students learn language skills that will help them become better communicators in writing and speaking.

Textbook

Macmillan English (Macmillan)

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Unit One – People at Home & School          

Sentences

Writing sentences

Composition

Unite Three – People Through the Seasons

Verbs

Verbs in sentences

Composition

Unit Five – People in the World

Adjectives

Adjectives in sentences

Composition

Unit Two – People & Jobs

Nouns

Nouns in sentences

Composition

Unit Four – People in the U.S.

Pronouns

Pronouns in sentences

Composition

Unit Six – People from the Past

Sentences

Areas to Be Evaluated

Tests

Worksheets

Additional Activities

Daily Oral Language

Handwriting

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will review and maintain manuscript skills and learn how to correctly form both uppercase and lowercase cursive letters in a legible form.

Textbook

Handwriting 2C (Zaner-Bloser)

Time Allotment

15 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Getting Started

Letters and Numerals

Circle Lines

Slant Lines

Unit 2: Writing in Manuscript

 Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape, Slant & Spacing

Writing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Cursive

Unit 3: Getting Started

Left-Handed Writers/Right-Handed Writers

Lowercase Cursive Letters and Numerals

Uppercase Cursive Letters

 Unit 4: Writing Lower Case Letters

Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape and Slant

Lowercase Undercurve, Downcurve & Overcurve Letters

Letters With Loops

Unit 5: Writing Uppercase Letters

Key to Legibility: Size, Shape and Spacing

Uppercase Down-curve, Curve Forward & Over-curve

Letters

Double-Curve Letters

Letters with Loops

Areas to Be Evaluated

Peer Assessments

Writing Assessments

Unit Post Tests

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will read a variety of genres in literature, engage in various forms of writing styles and develop their grammar skills as second graders.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy Levels 6 & 7 (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Spelling Activity Book (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Writing and Language Handbook (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Materials

Student Textbook

Pendium Notebook

Journal

Writing Folder

Time Allotment

60 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

Level 6

Unit One-Family Fun

Charlie Anderson

Henry & Mudge

Luka’s Quilt

Carry Go Bring Come

Unit Two-Eureka!

The Sun is Always Shining Somewhere

Willie’s Not the Hugging Kind

9-in-1 Grr! Grr!

The Wednesday Surprise

Unit Three-Better Together        

The Mysterious Tadpole

The Goat in the Rug

Henry’s Wrong Turn U

Swimmy

Level 7

Unit Two-Penpals

Dear Daddy

Best Wishes, Ed

Puff, Flash, Bang!

Angel Child, Dragon Child

Unit Two-Hand in Hand

Jamaica Tag-Along

Best Friends Club

Our Soccer League

Princess Pooh

Unit Three-Nature’s Way

Come a Tide

Llama and the Great Flood

The Sun, Wind, and Rain

A Curve in the River

Areas to Be Evaluated

Reading Comprehension Tests

Oral Reading

Individual Projects

Grammar Tests

Book Reports

Spelling Tests

Dictation Sentences

Worksheets

Additional Activities

Journal Writing

Daily Oral Language

Story Writing

Worksheets

Book Report

Projects

Oral Presentations

Math

Philosophy

Mathematics instruction has four main functions. First, it equips students to function effectively in an ever-changing world by becoming proficient in computational and communication skills. Second, it enables students to understand and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. Third, it develops higher-order thinking skills necessary to make a contribution in related fields of study, research, and technology. Finally, it clearly illustrates the order and structure of the world God created.

Objective

The students will clearly and correctly express themselves in the processes of computation, problem solving, and logical reasoning in mathematics. They will understand how to utilize math skills in real-life situations.

Textbook

Mathematics, Grade 2 (Houghton Mifflin)

Materials

Student Workbook

Problem-of-the-Day Chart

Math Manipulatives: Dinosaurs, Clocks, Money, etc.

Problem Solving for Students

Practice Book

Calculators

Supplemental AIMS Bears Activities

Number Stumper

Time Allotment

40 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Chapter 1- Addition and Subtraction Facts

Chapter 2- Numbers and Patterns to 100

Chapter 3- Data & Graphing

Chapter 4- Money

Chapter 5- Adding 2-Digit Numbers

Chapter 6- Subtracting 2 Digit Numbers

Chapter 7- Geometry, Fractions and Probability

 Chapter 8- Multiplication and Division

Chapter 9- Measurement

Chapter 10- Time and Calendar

Chapter 11- Numbers and Patterns to 1,000

Chapter 12- Adding and Subtracting 3 Digit Numbers

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Tests

Worksheets

Workbook Pages

Additional Activities

AIMS Math

Number Stumpers

100 Days of School Activities

Estimation

Times Tables the Fun Way

Science

Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Objective

The students will learn about the different types of environments God has created. They will learn how to keep the rainforest from becoming extinct as well as the many animals living there. They will learn about the vast universe that He has provided for us.

Textbook

Science Discovery Works (Concordia Publishing House)

Materials

Student Textbooks

Science Kits

Student Worksheets

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day, four days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Interactions of Living Things

Unit 2: Solids, Liquids, Gasses

Unit 3: Healthy Choices, Healthy Me

Unit 4: Astronomy

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Individual and Group Projects

Tests

Additional Activities

Science Journals

Field Trip to Griffith Park Observatory

Field Trip to Museum of Natural History

Social Studies

Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All true education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11), and who holds the entire creation (Colossians 1:17) and the destiny of man (Romans 2:16) in His hands.

Objective

The students will learn how the events of the past influence our present day world. They will learn about governmental institutions and practices in the United States. In addition, they will also be able to identify the continents, oceans and landmasses of our planet.

Textbooks

California Reflections: People We Know (Harcourt)

Homework and Practice Book (Harcourt)

Time Allotment

30 minutes/day, four days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Families Now and Long Ago

Unit 2: Governing the People

Unit 3: Using Our Resources

Unit 4: The Land Around Us

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class Assignments

Group and Individual Projects

Tests

Additional Activities

Make a Family Tree

Make a Terrarium (Woodland)

Make a Crayon Rubbings Map

Writing

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The student will adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. They will employ a wide range of strategies and apply knowledge of language structure. The student will write Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, and Persuasive stories throughout the year.

Textbooks

Strategies for Writers, Level 2 (Zaner-Bloser, Inc.)

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Units: Personal

Narrative:

Tell a Story About Me

Friendly Letter

Descriptive:

Descriptive Paper

Compare and Contrast Paper

Expository:

Writing to Give Information Report

How-to-Paper

Narrative:

Once upon a time story

Fable

Persuasive:

Opinion Paper

Opinion Speech

Writing to Take a Test

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Rubric specific for each type of writing:

Audience

Organization

Elaboration

Clarification

Conventional skills

Additional Activities

Seasonal Writing

Story Writing based off the Language Arts Curriculum

Below is the curriculum for Third Grade, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

We travel with the Israelites into the Promise Land, meet some of the judges from the Old Testament, and take a journey through the life of Jesus. Our challenge is to become part of the Great Commission.

Textbook

Biblical Choices for a New Generation (Standard Publishing)

Materials

Student Bible Workbook

NIV Bible

Verse Booklet

Ten Commandments Supplemental Material

Time Allotment

Bible – 40 minutes/day; four days/week

Chapel – 30 minutes/one day/week

Course Content

The God of Choices

1st Quarter

Lesson 1: Review- The Exodus

Lesson 2: Judges: Sowing Reaping

Lesson 3: Deborah

Lesson 4: Gideon

Lesson 5: Samson

Lesson 6: Ruth

Lesson 7: Samuel

Lesson 8: Quarter Project: Family Tree

3rd Quarter

Lesson 1: Review: Jesus’ Life

Lesson 2: Jesus: Last Supper

Lesson 3: Jesus on Trial

Lesson 4: The Blood of the Lamb

Lesson 5: Jesus Lives!

Lesson 6: Responding to Jesus

Lesson 7: Jesus Gives the Great Commission

2nd Quarter

Lesson 1: Stolen Ark: Demand a King

Lesson 2: King Saul

Lesson 3: Shepherd-King

Lesson 4: David-Goliath

Lesson 5: David’s Friendship

Lesson 6: King David’s Sin

Lesson 7: King David: Warrior King

Lesson 8: Write a Psalm

 

4th Quarter

Lesson 1: Jesus Goes to the Father

Lesson 2: Pentecost

Lesson 3: Peter: First Church

Lesson 4: Apostles’ Miracles

Lesson 5: Stephen

Lesson 6: Saul Destroys

Lesson 7: Saul Meets Jesus

Lesson 8: Quarter Project: Apostles on a Roll

Areas to Be Evaluated

Bible Memory Verses

Biblical Choices Worksheets

Bible Verse Booklet

Facts about the Holy Bible

Additional Activities

Devotions

Ten Commandments

National Day of Prayer

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Videos

Handwriting

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

We review the students’ manuscript handwriting, then transition into cursive handwriting. The children develop a flowing, connected style of writing which evolves into a style of their own.

Textbook

Handwriting 3 (Zaner-Bloser)

Materials

Student Practice Book

Supplemental Writing Worksheets

Time Allotment

15 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Legibility Practice

Beginning Cursive

Basic Strokes

Lowercase Letters

Uppercase Letters

Numerals

Keys to Legibility

Joining of Letters

Areas to Be Evaluated

Written Assignments

Additional Activities

Writing Samples

Essay Assignments

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Instead of just learning to read, we concentrate on reading to learn. Our books are full of enjoyable and exciting stories. We become more proficient with the English language through vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Strategies for Writers (Zaner-Bloser)

Materials

Spotlight/Reading Books

Spelling Book

Daily Language Activities/Daily Oral Language

Time Allotment

60 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

Level 8

Unit 1   Good Thinking

The Little Painter of Sabana Grande

Lon Po Po

Animal Fact/Animal Fiction

Meet an Underwater Explorer

Unit 2   See For Yourself

The Terrible Eek

Two Bad Ants

OPT: An Illusionary Tale

Science Magic

Unit 3   Family Album

The Patchwork Quilt

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Ramona Forever

On Granddaddy’s Farm

Level 9

Unit 1   Community Spirit

A Fruit and Vegetable Man

Miss Rumpius

The Great Kapok Tree

The Streets Are Free

Unit 2   Forces of Nature

Cactus Hotel

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball

Tornado Alert

Storm in the Night

Unit 3   Teamwork

Dream Wolf

Operation Rescue

The Rooster Who Understood Japanese

Turtle Knows Your Name

Areas to Be Evaluated

Spelling Tests

Weekly Comprehension/Vocabulary Tests

Book Reports

Progress Assessment Tests

Additional Activities

Book Reports

Journal Writing

Poetry Writing

Drawing

Daily Oral Language

Science

Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Objective

Science Discovery Works is a program that engages and enlightens our learners to explore God’s world. The four major themes are: (1) Systems, (2) Models, (3) Constancy and Change, and (4) Scale. By using the scientific methods of study, the students grow in critical thinking skills and appreciation of God’s creative power.

Textbook

Science Discovery Works, Concordia Edition (Concordia Publishing House)

Materials

Science Books

Hands-On Materials

Worksheets

Science Notebooks

Topical Books

Time Allotment

45 minutes/day, four days/week

Course Content

Life Cycles

Roles of Living Things

Forms of Energy

Earth’s Water

Areas to Be Evaluated

Individual Participation

Written Reviews and Tests

Group Performance Assessment

Additional Activities

Videos

Hands-On Activities

Supplemental Materials

Two Field Trips:

California Science Center

Cabrillo Beach – Earth’s Water and Other Roles of Living Things

Social Studies

Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past and present, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelations 4:11), and who holds the entire creation (Colossians 1:17) and the destiny of man (Romans 2:16) in His hands.

Objective

By visiting many communities in California, we will learn what it was like to live in California from a historical perspective. We will meet special people from communities in California, as well as from other states and countries. During our visits to various communities in California, we will find out how people live in different communities.

Textbook

California Reflections: Our Communities (Harcourt)

Materials

Textbook

Student workbook

Maps

Study Skill Charts

Computer programs

Time Allotment

45 minutes/day, four days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Our Geography

Unit 2: American Indians

Unit 3: Community History

Unit 4: Government and Citizenship

Unit 5: Standing United

Unit 6: Understanding Economics

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Writing

Tests

Projects

Additional Activities

Field Trip to Local Museum

Writing

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The student will apply a wide range of different writing strategies to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.

Textbooks

Strategies for Writers, Level C (Zaner-Bloser, Inc.)

Easy Grammar Workbook 3 (Easy Grammar Systems)

Materials

Strategies for Writers Textbook

Practice the Strategy Notebook

Posters

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, three-four days/week

Course Content

Strategies for Writers:

Chapter One: Personal Narrative

Chapter Two: Friendly Letter

Chapter Three: Descriptive Writing – Paragraph

Chapter Four: Descriptive Essay

Chapter Five: Expository Writing – How-to Essay

Chapter Six: Factual Report

Chapter Seven: Realistic Story

Chapter Eight: Folktale

Chapter Nine: Persuasive Paragraph       

Chapter Ten: Persuasive Essay

Chapter Eleven: Test Writing – Study the Writing Prompt

Basic Grammar:

Parts of Speech

Capitalization

Punctuation

Writing Sentences

Areas to Be Evaluated

Rubric specific for each type of writing:

Audience

Organization

Elaboration

Clarification

Conventional skills

Additional Activities

Seasonal Writing

Writing Assignments from the Reading Program

Below is the curriculum for Fourth Grade, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

Students will learn that the Christian story is more than a history lesson. God still calls us today. We travel with Bible heroes who made life choices similar to those we make today. We begin in the Old Testament with God’s leaders and their purpose in history, and end with the apostle Paul and his mission to spread the Good News of eternal life with Jesus Christ.

Textbook

Biblical Choices for a New Generation (Standard Publishing)

Materials

Student Bible Workbook

New International Version Bible

Time Allotment

Bible – 30 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

1st Qtr.- God’s Leaders Act in History

Review Judges through David

God Gives Solomon Wisdom

Solomon’s Disobedience Divides Israel

Elijah Stands for God

Elisha Speaks for God

Jonah’s Choice Leads to Big Trouble

Hosea and Amos Warn Israel

3rd Qtr- Paul’s Mission to Spread the Good News

Review “The Choice of Jesus and the Young Church

Paul’s First Missionary Journey

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Paul Tells the Thessalonians to be Ready

Paul’s Third Missionary Journey

Paul Encourages the Corinthians

Paul Teaches the Corinthians How to Use Their Resources

2nd Qtr.- God’s Puposes in History

Joel and Obadiah

Isaiah and Micah Advise Kings

Isaiah Advises King Hezekiah

Nahum and Zephaniah

King Josiah Fulfills God’s Purposes

Habakkuk Speaks with God

Jeremiah Laments Fallen Jerusalem

4th Qtr.- Pauls’ Mission to Spread the Good News II

God’s Free Invitation to the Whole World

Putting on the Full Armor of God

How to be Great in God’s Kingdom

What It Means to be Righteous

The Pearl of Great Price

No New Cloth on Old Garments

Philemon – A Message of Forgiveness

Areas to be Evaluated

Scripture Memorization

Biblical Choices Worksheets

Tests & Quizzes

Bible Structure

Additional Activities

Student Led Chapels

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Ministry Outreach

Teacher-Led Devotionals

Character Traits

National Day of Prayer

Handwriting

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Students will improve cursive writing skills. Students will be required to write in cursive for almost all assignments. Weekly handwriting lessons occur throughout the year.

Textbook

New Simplified Handwriting (Zaner-Bloser)

Materials

Student Practice Book

Supplemental Writing Worksheets

Time Allotment

10-20 minutes/day, one-three days/week

Course Content

Basic Concepts

“I, t, u, e”

Manuscript Maintenance – “l,f,h,k”

Keys to Legibility – “r,s,p”

“a,d,q,c”

Numerals

“h,m,x”

Slant/Spacing

“g,j,y,z”

Joinings/Smoothness

“b,o,v,w”

Paper/Pencil Position

Size

Backward Oval Letters

“A,C,E,O,D”

Keys to Legibility

Loop Curve Letters

“U,Y,Z,W,V,Q,X”

Meaningful Practice

Application of Legibility Skills

“P,R,B,T,F,G,S,L”

Areas to Be Evaluated

Written Assignments

Additional Activities

Essay Assignments

Writing Samples

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Students will improve spelling, increase vocabulary, identify parts of speech, and improve usage and mechanics. Students will apply their knowledge of spelling, grammar, and vocabulary to writing using appropriate formats. Students will write five-paragraph essays.

Textbooks

Strategies for Writers (Zaner-Bloser)

Vocabulary Workshop (Sadler-Oxford)

Easy Grammar Workbook 4 (Wanda C. Phillips)

Materials

Daily Language Activities

Writing Prompts

Spelling Lists

Time Allotment

60 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

Spelling

Vocabulary

Writing:

Poetry

Narrative

Descriptive

Expository

Persuasive

Test Taking

Grammar:

Prepositions

Verbs

Nouns

Adjectives

Conjunctions

Adverbs

Pronouns

Capitalization

Punctuation

Areas to Be Evaluated

Spelling Tests

Vocabulary Tests and Quizzes

Writing Assignments

Grammar Assignments and Quizzes

Additional Activities

ACSI Speech Meet

ACSI Spelling Bee

Math

Philosophy

Mathematics instruction has four main functions. First, it equips students to function effectively in an ever-changing world by becoming proficient in computational and communication skills. Second, it enables students to understand and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. Third, it develops higher-order thinking skills necessary to make a contribution in related fields of study, research, and technology. Finally, it clearly illustrates the order and structure of the world God created.

Objectives

The students will understand whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers.

The students will multiply, divide, and subtract whole numbers.

The students will add and subtract fractions.

The students will understand perimeter and area and demonstrate an understanding of geometric objects.

The students will add and subtract decimals.

The students will be introduced to basic concepts of algebra.

The students will make decisions about how to solve problems, use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions.

Textbook

Mathematics, Grade 4 (Houghton Mifflin)

Materials

Supplemental Worksheets

Manipulatives

Re-Teaching/Enrichment Activities

Timed Math-Fact Tests

Time Allotment

40-60 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Chapter 1: Place Value and Money

Chapter 2: Addition and Subtraction

Chapter 3: Relating Multiplication and Division

Chapter 4: Multiplication of Whole Numbers

Chapter 5: One-Digit Divisors

Chapter 6: Measurement and Negative Numbers

Chapter 7: Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Chapter 8: Decimals

Chapter 9: Statistics and Probability

Chapter 10: Geometry and Measurement

Chapter 11: Graphing and Algebra

Chapter 12: Two-Digit Divisors

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Daily Review Activities

Class Assignments

Homework

Math-Fact Timed Tests

Tests and Quizzes

Additional Activities

ACSI Math Olympics

Reading

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Students will read a variety of literature and improve reading comprehension.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)

Valley of the Moon (Sherry Garland)

Time Allotment

60 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

Unit 1: Make a Wish

The Rajah’s Rice

A Little Excitement

The Lost Lake

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Unit 2: Naturally!

Seal Journey

Do Not Disturb

Why Frog and Snake

Never Play Together

A Kettle of Hawks

Unit 3: That’s What Friends Are For

Mom’s Best Friend

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Felita

Teammates

Unit 4: Pitch In!

City Green

Whales

Just a Dream

Rachel Carson: Protector of

Planet Earth

Unit 5: Memories to Keep

Pat Cummings: My Story

The Lucky Stone

Creation of a California Tribe

No Star Nights

Unit 6: Twice-Told Tales

Yen-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

The Three Little Pigs and the Fox

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

The Stonecutter

 Areas to Be Evaluated

Reading Assessments

Additional Activities

Book Reports

Science

Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Objective

Through hands-on experiences, students will understand how science relates to everyday life. They will build on their natural curiosity about the world, while developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. The students will also witness the wonders of God’s creation.

Textbook

Science Discovery Works (Concordia Publishing House)

Materials

Science Textbooks

Supplies for Experiments

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, two days/week

Course Content

Magnetism and Electricity

Earth’s Land Resources

Animals

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Activities

Tests and Quizzes

Additional Activities

Videos

Social Studies

Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All true education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11), and who holds the entire creation (Colossians 1:17) and the destiny of man (Romans 2:16) in His hands.

Objective

Students will discover California’s rich past and how that past affects California today. Students will study events and people in California’s history.

Textbook

Reflections – California: A Changing State (Harcourt)

Materials

Practice Book

Maps

Worksheets

Time Allotment

45 minutes/day, three days/week

Course Content

Unit One: The Land and Early People

Unit Two: Early California

Unit Three: The Road to Statehood

Unit Four: Growth and Development

Unit Five: Progress as a State

Unit Six: California Today and Tomorrow

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Worksheets

Tests and Quizzes

Reports and/or Projects

Additional Activities

Videos

Field Trips

Below is the curriculum for Fifth Grade, listed by subject matter in alphabetical order.

Bible

Philosophy

The ultimate goal of the Bible curriculum is to lead children to the discovery of truth. Truth is discovered through the living and written word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and through living in community with others. In order to know, understand, and apply God’s truth, students will devote time each day to studying and memorizing God’s word, learning more about God through a biblically-based curriculum, participating in classroom devotions, and interacting with Christian teachers and peers. In response to God’s love, students can demonstrate their devotion to Him through chapel and ministry opportunities. Biblical truths are the foundation of every subject taught at Arcadia Christian School.

Objective

Fifth grade students will grow in their understanding of the “God of Faith” as they study the Old Testament prophets. Their own experience will be challenged as they know the basis of their own faith and seek to tell others of it.

Textbook

Biblical Choices for a New Generation (Standard Publishing)

Materials

Student Workbook

New International Version Bible

Time Allotment

35 minutes/day; five days/week

Course Content

First Quarter

Ezekiel

Daniel

Esther

Haggai

Zechariah

Ezra

Second Quarter

Nehemiah

Malachi

Proverbs

Nativity

Song of Solomon

Job

Ecclesiastes

Third Quarter

Romans

Galatians

Jesus: Prophecies Fulfilled

Fourth Quarter

Hebrews

I Peter

II Peter

Jude

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Memory Tests

Real-Life Application

Additional Activities

Student-Led Chapels

Teacher-Led Devotionals

Spiritual Emphasis Week

National Day of Prayer

Language Arts

Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

The students will develop an awareness of basic literary elements and comprehension strategies good readers’ use. They will recognize the eight parts of speech and concentrate on identifying them within a sentence. Capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure will continue to be reviewed and developed. Students will continue to develop and master their cursive writing for neatness and legibility. Finally, students will participate in literature circles while applying comprehension strategies to five novels throughout the school year.

Textbooks

Spotlight on Literacy (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

Easy Grammar (Easy Grammar Systems)

New Simplified Handwriting (Zaner-Bloser)

Vocabulary Workshop, Level Blue (Sadlier-Oxford)

Daily Grams, Grade 5 (Easy Grammar Systems)

Novels

Lyddie (Katherine Paterson)

Janitor Boy (Andrew Clements)

Sign of the Beaver (E. G. Speare)

Dear Mr. Henshaw (B. Cleary)

Indian in the Cupboard (L. R. Banks)

Literature Circle Books

Cricket in Times Square (George Selden)

The Secret of the Indian (L. R. Banks)

Summer of the Swan (Betsy Byars)

Because of Winn Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (B. B. Lord)

Holes (Louis Sachar)

Materials

Handwriting Workbook

Spelling Workbook

Writing Portfolios

Time Allotment

75 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Spotlight on Literacy 

Unit One: Scenes of Wonder

Unit Two: World’s of Change

Unit Three: Winning Attitudes

Unit Four: Getting to Know You

Unit Five: Take the High Road

Unit Six: Zoom In!

Grammar

Unit One: Prepositions

Unit Two: Verbs

Unit Three: Nouns

Unit Four: Sentence Types, Letters, Conjunctions, and Interjections

Unit Five: Adjectives

Unit Six: Adverbs

Unit Seven: Pronouns

Unit Eight: Capitalization

Unit Nine: Punctuation

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Class and Homework Assignments

Individual and Group Projects

Tests

Utilization and Application in Daily/Weekly Writing

Literature Circles

Additional Activities

Creative Writing

Written Responses in Assignments

Astrocamp Book

State Report

Writing Lab

Reading Buddies

Book Reports

Math

Philosophy

Mathematics instruction has four main functions. First, it equips students to function effectively in an ever-changing world by becoming proficient in computational and communication skills. Second, it enables students to understand and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life. Third, it develops higher-order thinking skills necessary to make a contribution in related fields of study, research, and technology. Finally, it clearly illustrates the order and structure of the world God created.

Objective

Students will build understanding of fundamental math concepts, practice real-life problem solving situations and demonstrate reasoning skills.

Textbook

Mathematics, Grade 5 (Houghton-Mifflin)

Materials

Student Textbook

Practice Workbook

Manipulatives

Time Allotment

45 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Unit One: Whole Numbers, Decimals & Integers

Unit Two: Addition, Subtraction & Equations

Unit Three: Multiplication

Unit Four: Division & Equations

Unit Five: Measurement & Integers

Unit Six: Data, Statistics & Probability

Unit Seven: Number Theory & Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Unit Eight: Multiplication & Division of Fractions

Unit Nine: Multiplication & Division of Decimals

Unit Ten: Geometry & Measurement

Unit Eleven: Ratio & Percent

Unit Twelve: Integers & the Coordinate Plane

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Seatwork

Homework

Projects

Tests

Real-Life Application

Recognition

Science

Philosophy

Science is the study of the wonder, beauty, order and relationship in God’s creation. Through science, students will be continually challenged to examine, appreciate and evaluate the world and recognize God as its source.

Objective

Students will understand and appreciate God’s order in their physical world. Students will develop process skills as they actively investigate concepts and evaluate the results of their investigations.

Textbook

Science Discovery Works (Concordia Publishing House)

Materials

Student Textbook

Teacher-Created Units

Time Allotment

35 minutes/day, three-four days/week

Course Content

Unit One: Chemistry

Unit Two: The Solar System

Unit Three: Weather

Unit Four: Water Cycle

Unit Five: The Human Body

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Seatwork

Experiments, Labs, and Hands-On Activities

Projects

Tests

Real -Life Observations

Homework

Additional Activities

Astrocamp

Human Body Display

Social Studies

Philosophy

To know our God more thoroughly, we teach social studies to enable us to explore the past, learn from it, and see God’s hand through the ages. All true education is a pursuit of Him who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11), and who holds the entire creation (Colossians 1:17) and the destiny of man (Romans 2:16) in His hands.

Objective

Students will trace the exploration and development of North America with emphasis on U.S. history. They will examine the experiences of different racial, religious and ethnic groups.

Textbook

Reflections/The United States: Making A New Nation (Harcourt Brace Publishers)

Time Allotment

40 minutes/day, three-four days/week

Course Content

Unit One: The First Americans

Unit Two: Cultures Meet

Unit Three: Settling the Colonies

Unit Four: The American Revolution

Unit Five: Governing the Nation

Unit Six: Western Expansion

Unit Seven: War Divides the Nation

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Seatwork

Class and Individual Projects

Tests

Utilization and Application in Real Life

Homework

Additional Activities

Field Trip to Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen – Revolutionary War Games

Nifty Fifty State Memorization

Field Trip to Independence Hall in Buena Park

Writing

Language Arts Philosophy

God is the supreme communicator. He spoke this world into existence and uses many forms to communicate His goodness and truth to us. Language arts reflects our recognition that God wants us to communicate with Him and others by being proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objective

Students will employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Textbook

Strategies for Writers, Level E (Zaner-Bloser, Inc.)

Materials

Student Workbook

ACS Writing Notebook

Time Allotment

30-45 minutes/day, five days/week

Course Content

Chapter One: Personal Narrative

Chapter Two: Eyewitness Account

Chapter Three: Descriptive Essay

Chapter Four: Observation Report

Chapter Five: Research Report (State Report)

Chapter Six: Compare-and-Contrast Essay

Chapter Seven: Fable

Chapter Eight: Mystery

Chapter Nine: Book Review

Chapter Ten: Letter to the Editor

Areas to Be Evaluated

Class Participation

Writing Assignments

Utilization in Daily/Weekly Writing

Additional Activities

State Report