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Elementary School


 

 

Kindergarden 

Long Beach Catholic Regional School Kindergarten is a faith-centered program. Children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually. We recognize that each child develops differently, and is uniquely gifted by God. Using our catholic values as a guide, Long Beach Catholic Kindergarten ensures that your child is in a safe and nurturing environment. The Kindergarten program is a full day program that aligns with the New York State Next Generation standards.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

Our English Language Arts curriculum consists of a balanced literacy approach. Phonics is taught through the Fundations program. Fundations is used to help teach letter formation, phonological and phonemic awareness, sound mastery, vocabulary, irregular words, fluency, comprehension strategies and written composition. In addition to Fundations, students are introduced to a "close read", text based approach. Students have the opportunity to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction texts.

 

MATH:

Students are introduced to the "Into Math" curriculum. Into Math is aligned to the NYS Next Generation standards. Students learn how to represent numbers 0 to 20 with objects and written numerals, add and subtract within 10, use the count sequence to count to 100, and analyze and compare the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes.

 

SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES:

Students will cover a variety of topics in both science and social studies. Topics and objectives align with the NYS Next Generation standards. Students will use all of their senses and learn with a hands-on approach. 

In addition to the core subjects, a weekly rotation introduces physical education, yoga, music, spanish, art and library. Religious participation begins with our All Saints Day Pageant.

First Grade

The First Grade program at Long Beach Catholic recognizes the unique needs of each student, and provides many individual, small group, and whole class learning opportunities.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

The Language Arts curriculum combines reading, writing, listening, speaking, and spelling skills. Our Language Arts program incorporates the Fundations reading program which provides children with strong phonic skills. Non-fiction text, fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry help give each child a balanced reading program.


MATH:

The First Grade Math program is based on the Into Math curriculum. Technology and hands-on learning are strong components of our daily lessons. There is a big emphasis on developing a strong number sense, as well as fact fluency through practice of addition and subtraction strategies.


RELIGION:

The children learn that God loves them and that they are special. Learning about the church year, feast days, prayers, liturgy, and family life is a special part of our curriculum. The first graders have the honor of sharing the story of Jesus' birth when they present their Christmas Pageant in December.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

Our students begin to develop a sense of time and place as they encounter classic tales, and learn and practice map skills. Multicultural awareness is explored through community connections and a developing sense of good citizenship.


SCIENCE:

Students engage in observations of the natural world, express themselves through painting and crafts, and conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development. 

Second Grade

Second Grade is a special time to motivate and maintain the natural enthusiasm of each child. The development of a positive self-image and feeling of academic success is stressed. Class lessons emphasize student engagement, critical thinking skills and problem-solving, cooperative learning groups, as well as the opportunity for reflection.


RELIGION:

Second Grade is an exciting year for our students as they learn about and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Our school community attends monthly Mass to enrich our Catholic Identity. This provides the second grade with opportunities to enhance their Christian living environment, as well as provide examples of Sacramental fulfillment.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

Our days are infused with literature, reading, writing, and language skills. Our second grade classrooms follow a balanced literacy curriculum, and the students are exposed to various types of learning throughout the day. We use Wilson Fundations for building a foundation in reading and writing. Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy.


MATH:

The Into Math Ed Curriculum is based on the NYS Core Curriculum and includes Geometry, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in base ten, and Algebriac Thinking. Our classrooms use manipulatives, technology and interactive activities to extend the learning concepts for our students while promoting math as an everyday tool.


SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE:

Our students learn about the physical world in which they live with varying experiments, literature connections, and topical weekly events. Social Studies and Science are connected to topics studied so that the students will develop a broad sense of our ever-changing society.

Third Grade

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

The third graders at LBCRS are given many opportunities to read and write across all subject areas. Students develop reading skills using a curriculum based anthology, trade books, leveled readers, and novels. They are encouraged to become familiar with books from many genres, and to develop their own reading interests through independent reading. There is a focus on becoming strong writers which is taught using the writing process as well as through grammar lessons. Students also concentrate on using text evidence in their writing. Our third graders become enthusiastic readers and writers throughout the year.


MATH:

Our math curriculum has a strong focus on building multiplication and division skills. This is done with an emphasis on problem solving using a variety of strategies. Students are taught to apply their skills in other areas of math including fractions, measurement, and geometry. They are encouraged to work independently and cooperatively to become confident mathematicians.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

The theme of our year in social studies is how communities grow and change. Through reading, discussions, research, and project based learning, the children learn how communities throughout the world have changed over time. They compare and contrast events in history, learn about the cultures of other countries, and analyze cause and effect in relation to communities. Students use a variety of formats to share what they have learned.


SCIENCE:

Our science curriculum uses online resources and a text to teach a variety of topics. Students complete classroom experiments and research, and focus on the scientific method. Topics are included from life science, physical science, earth science, and health. There are also STEM projects that enhance the curriculum and make science even more fun!


RELIGION:

In our religion classes we explore what it means to be part of the Church. We learn about the traditions and seasons of the Church year. We also have many discussions about how the Gospel stories relate to our lives today. The students are encouraged to explore and develop their relationships with God through prayer, receiving the sacraments, and their actions. We also participate in schoolwide faith and service activities. 

Fourth Grade

The Fourth Grade is an exciting transition year filled with academic rigor, building of independence skills, strengthening of cross-curricular studies, and an introduction to a period-based schedule. In years where there are multiple classes, a departmentalized approach is deployed. Students are actively engaged every second of the day through a combination of traditional and technological learning methods.


MATH:

Fourth grade math skills, with the support of our INTO Math program, combine the review of previously taught skills with the scaffolding required to master new and more complex concepts. Students enhance their number sense and algebriac thinking through weekly skill building activities in iReady and differentiated morning work packets. Students learn to multiply and divide large numbers using area models, partial products and quotients, and then use these skills to gain a strong understanding of the standard algorithms. Geometry, measurement, and fractions are taught through real-life problems and students are encouraged to solve these problems in different ways and to explain their reasoning. The implementation of math mysteries and center-based review to keep skills fresh is just part of what students love about their fourth grade math class. Students support one another in their learning and celebrate others successes just as much as their own!


SCIENCE:

The action-packed science curriculum in fourth grade uses a blend of Science Fusion and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to immerse students in their enhanced learning of energy and ecosystems, weather, changes in matter, electricity, and motion. This program offers many opportunities for hands-on learning, discovery of scientific concepts, and the exploration of science in the real world. Students don't just learn about these topics, they are encouraged to create, to question, to connect, and most importantly to understand the scientific method behind it all! Whether we are turning the classroom into a lab, embarking on a virtual field trip, building zoo enclosures or even going to the Bronx Zoo, the students know that every lesson will be an adventure!


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

The English Language Arts program encourages students to be active learners and participants in all aspects of their reading, writing, and grammar lessons. Students are engaged through a variety of texts including historical fiction, narratives, informational text and poems. These mentor texts are used not only to drive daily instruction, but to provide the framework for students to use in their own writing development. Despite strong reading skills being built in earlier years, there is always room for improvement. Students explore their strengths and weaknesses through small group activities, peer and teacher conferences, and the differentiated approach offered in iReady. Students use iPads to read, research, and record text evidence to support their identification of the main idea/supporting details and author's purpose/opinion. Our goal is to foster a love of reading and writing that matches the student's individual needs and interests. Yet, how remarkable it is when a single book can reach every student to the extent of awestruck silence; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane provides just this every September! Will you be reading along with us next year?


SOCIAL STUDIES:

In fourth grade our social studies curriculum focuses on where we live right now - New York! Students travel back in time to learn about the history, geography, people, and the events that have helped shape our region into the populous area that is today. Students use a variety of resources to gather information, to compare and contrast primary accountings of turning points in our history, and to explore how they can demonstrate good citizenship. This program allows students the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and use of the Google Suite. Modern technology has ignited a spark into the past that will only continue to grow through the years!


RELIGION:

The focus of the fourth grade religion curriculum is to support the strengthening of each child's character and Catholic identity. Through daily prayer and frequent attendance at Mass, students are encouraged to live like Jesus, to serve God, and to strengthen their relationships with God. Students read the bible, discuss the Gospels, and participate in research that strengthens their appreciation and respect for all God's people and creations. Students are provided opportunities to quietly reflect and pray in their Commandment Journals each week. During the season of Lent, fourth graders participate in the spiritual prayer walk through the Stations of the Cross. Our faith-based studies and values are prevalent in all that we do each day, but our students anxiously await the times of year when it is their turn to participate in a fourth grade religion activity. Our 'Saint Bloom Balls' in the Fall are a favored project; oftentimes students bring in their siblings projects to share from years past!

Fifth Grade

MATH:

Fifth Grade math is a busy subject which builds upon previously learned concepts and mastering new ones including division, fractions, decimals, order of operations, volume, and algebriac thinking. Students in 5th grade will explore these concepts through the use of manipulatives, technology, and group work. They will become "surgeons" as they take apart and put back together equations. Students learn mathematics best when they have opportunities to "do math" and are able to relate math to real-life. Students will work on challenging problems, share their thinking with others, and use their thinking to build and deepen understanding of the concepts throughout the year.


SCIENCE:

In fifth grade science, students explore many interesting and exciting topics on life, Earth, and physical science that will help students gain a better understanding of the world around them. We focus on many topics of life science such as classification, cells, body systems, biomes, interactions in ecosystems, plants, and crayfish. In addition, students use many skills such as creating hypotheses, working cooperatively, making inferences and observations, and forming conclusions. Students participate in hands-on projects and investigations to better help them understand concepts. This also allows them to understand the work that scientists do through our school wide STEM program, as well as our after school STEM Club. Students use Chromebooks to take notes, research, watch science tutorials, complete virtual labs, and collect and analyze data in different Google Drive apps. Students are also able to explore other scientific topics through educational field trips such as the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center, Cradle of Aviation Musem, and in-school learning activities such as Crayfish in the Classroom.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:

Fifth grade is a year when students are building on the critical and higher order thinking skills they learned in fourth grade. Students build on all the skills learned in prior grades and dive deeper into inferencing, main idea, summarizing, theme, and much more in English Language Arts. The students love our comprehensive novel studies that are incorporated throughout the school year. Some favorites include Frindle, Save Me A Seat, and Esperanza Rising! The students continue to build on their writing skills, including narrative, informational, and persuasive writing while also supporting their knowledge of proper sentence structure and paragraph formation. Students use Chromebooks to take notes, research, write papers, complete projects, and read and analyze literature sources in different Google Drive apps. 


SOCIAL STUDIES:

This year's studies are based on the history and geography of the Western Hemisphere, including the development of cultures, civilizations, and empires; interaction between societies; and the comparison of the government and economic systems of modern nations. It also incorporates elements of archeology. The course is divided into seven Key Ideas that cover a time span from prehistory into modern times. Students are encouraged to make and learn local connections throughout the course, especially in the examination of citizenship related to modern political and economic issues. The students in fifth grade will be able to relay the information that they learn through different projects and writing assignments. 


RELIGION:

The goal of the fifth grade religion program is to challenge the students to begin thinking about their Catholic faith, and through that process to develop their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We study the bible and what the bible can tell us about Jesus Christ. Fifth graders will also study the Sacraments to develop a deeper understanding of how they bring us closer to Jesus. We pray together in class, as well as attend monthly liturgies with grades 3 and 4. Family life is taught in the spring of fifth grade. This unit is taught in both religion and science. In religion, the objectives of this unit align with our unit on the Sacrament of Marriage. In science, the students are presented with general information on human reproduction.