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Kindergarten

Language Arts/Reading

CKS uses Phonics Dance as its phonics program. Students are taught letter/sound recognition, phonetic word blending skills, digraphs, blends, and short and long vowel sounds. We also use the Journeys reading series. Sight words are introduced on a weekly basis. They are introduced through poems and songs. Pre-decodables are used to review and reinforce sight word recognition.

Math

Kindergarten uses the Everyday Math program to enhance our mathematical curriculum. Skills are taught through a spiraling method...teachers continuously revisit skills throughout the year. Students are also taught calendar skills on a daily basis.

Religion

Kindergarten students participate and use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Students are taught the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and basic mealtime prayers. Kindergarten students attend weekly mass with the primary school students. They are also responsible for planning several masses throughout the school year.

Social Studies

The Kindergarten social studies curriculum is taught through the Harcourt Brace program which utilizes a thematic approach to teaching about our communities and our world.

Science

Kindergarten students are taught science through a variety of different themes. Teachers utilize their SMARTBoards and various other technology to enhance the science curriculum.

Social & Emotional

PreK-1st grade utilize their own discipline system.

Handwriting

Kindergarten students are taught basic handwriting skills through the Zaner-Bloser program. Students are taught to use a top-to-bottom method of creating their letters and numbers. Students are given a variety of methods of how to hold their pencil correctly, as well as how to construct letters and numbers correctly, and to utilize spaces when writing sentences.

Kindergarten students are taught basic writing skills. They are taught basic grammar skills to help instill the correct writing process. Students begin creating basic journal entries, using inventive spelling, and finally begin to create several sentence entries with explicit illustrations. Students are also taught the basic skills of writing a friendly letter.

Technology

Students begin their year with new passwords. All students are taught how to logon to the virtual desktop, open and use a program, manipulate a mouse, double-click on a mouse, and logoff the virtual desktop. Students are also introduced to the iPad and its various uses as an educational tool. The graphics program MS Paint is also introduced and used as a learning tool.

First Grade

English

During our English/Writing Block, students will learn to write compositions. Along with learning about the writing process, the mechanics of good writing, and grammar, students will have the opportunity to apply phonics and practice penmanship. Each week we will work on a specific type of writing.


Handwriting

We use the Zaner-Bloser program, and handwriting will be addressed on an individualized basis during writing conferences as well.


Reading

Our reading time is divided into three different blocks – Guided Reading, Shared Reading and Self Selected Reading. We use the series Journeys along with other trade books to reinforce the skills taught during these blocks.


Spelling

Students explore words and word families in the spelling and working with words blocks.


Mathematics

Each day, children participate in a wide variety of mathematics activities: hands-on experiences, discussion, and exploration following the Everyday Mathematics spiraling program. Throughout first grade, children study numbers and numeration, operation and computation, data and probability, measurement, geometry and algebraic thinking.


Science

Science instruction is integrated into the classroom following the Next Generation Science Standard. This allows teachers to utilize standards-based, cross-curricular instruction. Our state-of-the-art Science Lab allows for an interactive approach to learning science.


Social Studies

In first grade children are not only learning about historical events and how they have impacted our lives, but first grade also uses the Harcourt Social Studies first grade program to help study about government, citizenship and communities, geography and map skills, patriotism, cultures, economics and adaptations to an ever changing world.


Religion

Students will have a hands-on learning approach with Religion by using the program “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.” We will learn things such as the Seasons of the Church (the Liturgical Calendar), the Altar, The Holy Family, church prayers and church history. We will also learn through our religion series: Christ our Life. Within this learning block we will discuss the Faith Guidelines of Christ the King School. This is an important component of our school community. First grade will also be attending mass weekly, and visit the Adoration Chapel. We also participate in praying the Rosary.

Second Grade

English

Our English classes are made up of many components, each of which helps our students become well-rounded students that understand our language and write well-developed paragraphs. Our students are expected to know the parts of speech. Students work daily to improve sentence structure and paragraph development, and they practice various styles of writing.

Reading

Second grade Reading classes are based on the Journeys series. This is the foundation of our reading program, but students also read a minimum of five chapter books during the course of the year. Students are put into a variety of flexible groups and work with a variety of teachers. Students are also expected to participate in the Accelerated Reading Program. Students are also expected to read outside of class on a nightly basis, all with the goal of improving fluency and comprehension.

Math

The Everyday Math series provides structure while we also extend and stretch our students beyond their present levels. Students are expected to perform and improve with quick recall daily, while still being stretched in skills. IPads and Smartboards are used to enhance students' learning. Many hands-on materials are used. Simple Solutions is also a part of our daily math routines. This series helps to build a strong foundation as students move through the spiraling series of Everyday Math.

Spelling

Spelling words are developed through our reading series, Journeys. This allows students to find success with sound recognition, spelling rules, and word structure categories. Games, activities, and differentiated instruction are used to promote success. Bonus words are added to the weekly word list for the benefit of students' success in other curriculums such as Science, Social Studies, and Religion. Wordly Wise is also used to develop vocabulary and spelling strength. It exposes students to vocabulary beyond that found in our reading series. This further broadens and advances our students spelling, writing, and sentence development.

Writing

Writing in second grade is practiced on a daily basis. Students journal daily, and are given daily critiques to help improve reading and writing. During the course of the year, students are assigned writing activities that vary according to the particular area of study.

Religion

Christ the King prides itself on our commitment to immersing our students in their faith at every turn. Our formal curriculum is based on Christ Our Life series centered on Jesus life. It calls children to know, proclaim, witness, and share the Catholic faith.

In addition to our series, our students receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with their classmates. They participate in the Last Supper and a well rounded Retreat to prepare them for FHC. This is a cornerstone of our school and dates back to our first class at Christ the King. We feel this encourages the community aspect of our faith and draws families closer to sharing their faith together. Our students participate actively in Stewardship that inspires our littlest ones to reach out to those whom are less fortunate.

Science

Science instruction is integrated into the classroom following the Next Generation Science Standard. This allows teachers to utilize standards-based, cross-curricular instruction. Our state-of-the-art Science Lab allows for an interactive approach to learning science.

Social Studies

Students enjoy a variety of opportunities to further their understanding of our world in Social Studies. They are expected to understand mapping skills, seven continents, 50 states, and a great deal of the government and the formation of our country. Students gain understanding of early Americans as they journal, collect information, and act out the life of a Pilgrim making their way on the Mayflower. Students are given chores of early Americans and are expected to carry out the duties, while understanding the hard work it took to form our country. IPads, Smartboards, and guest speakers play supporting roles in class. Students also learn a volume of information about aviation and early flight that connects to our science and math curriculum. A culminating activity is provided as students spend the day at our Aviation Museum.

Technology

Students will continue working with MS Word, entering and editing text, and will learn a variety of technology terms. In this year, students are taught and expected to master the Internet basics: opening a web browser, going to a website, minimizing, maximizing, and closing a web browser. The second grade is currently utilizing iPads. Students learn to use many different applications such as 30 Hands, Adobe Voice, Thinkcentral, Thingling, and more. The use of the iPads allows students to learn and express themselves in various ways over the course of the year.

Third Grade

English

English curriculum focuses on grammar, sentence structure, and capitalization and punctuation skills. Students reread their writing, checking for proper use of the skills taught. With practice, students apply their knowledge of skills to all writing across the curriculum.

Handwriting

Third grade students review good writing practices of manuscript and progress to learning cursive handwriting through the Zaner-Bloser program. The purpose of cursive handwriting is to enable all students to write (and read) cursive with fluency.

Reading

3rd Grade Reading curriculum teaches students to become more skilled readers through phonemic awareness (connecting letters to their sounds), systematic, explicit phonics (applying the links between letters and sounds to printed words), fluency (reading effortlessly with speed, accuracy, and expression), vocabulary (learning word meaning to build comprehension), and text comprehension (thinking actively before, during, and after reading). Students are encouraged to develop a cultural literacy through exposure to a variety of excellent literature by award-winning authors.

Spelling

The goal of 3rd Grade spelling instruction is to enable students to write fluently. The spelling lessons are organized around different spelling patterns and coordinate with the weekly Reading and Vocabulary lessons. Students are expected to apply these spelling skills in all their writing across the curriculum.

Personal Development

Personal development encompasses the whole student: Character, Knowledge, and Spirit. In 3rd, grade students continue to develop their relationships with God, authority figures, and peers with the use of the FAITH Guidelines. Students are encouraged to accept only their personal best.

Religion

Religion instruction is based on scripture and rooted in the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our series is Faith and Life. The focus of Grade 3 is the Church and the kind of community the Church is called to be. The mission, the message, the prayer , and the actions of God’s special family are explored. Students attend Mass weekly.

Science

The Science program focuses on the tools and processes of inquiry and the content with life, earth, and physical sciences. Building the skills of inquiry empowers the 3rd Grade students to solve problems, to evaluate their solutions, and to plan their own investigations. Our state-of-the-art Science Lab allows for an interactive approach to learning science.

Technology

Third grade students will begin keyboarding. They will learn the home row of keys and progress steadily through all the letters of the alphabet. MS Word will be an important part of the curriculum as the students work on formatting and projects. File management becomes a valuable tool so that saved files can be easily found for editing and printing. Students will also be introduced to search engines and proper Internet etiquette/safety.

Social Science

Through the 3rd Grade Social Studies curriculum, students understand how they are linked to other people in the community, state, region, nation, and world. Students study history, geography, and citizenship. The Social Studies curriculum is enhanced through attendance at 4-H Environmental camp and planting in the school garden.

Fourth Grade

Social Studies

The main focus is the study of Kentucky. Topics include: state symbols, early history, Kentucky’s place in the world, explorers and settlers, the American Revolution, statehood, antebellum Kentucky, Civil War and Reconstruction , governing Kentucky and making a living in Kentucky. The study includes the study of graphs, charts, timelines and maps.

Personal Development and Study Habits

While 4th grade is a time of transition from the primary to the intermediate, students are expected to build on the personal development already learned. They are expected to: get along with others; respect authority, students, and property; accept responsibility and correction; and talk at appropriate times. Students are also asked to come to school each day with a positive attitude, ready to work. Students are expected to follow the CKS FAITH Guidelines for Success.

English

Fourth graders study and expand their knowledge of parts of speech, sentence structure, and correct grammar. Specific areas include verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, regular and irregular verbs, figurative language, combining sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and punctuation. Correct sentence structure and usage are integral parts of all subjects as we help the students learn to be good writers.

Reading

In fourth grade reading, we continue to develop students’ skills in reading comprehension and critical thinking. We challenge the students to read with understanding, to make inferences using details from the text along with what they know from their own experiences, and to develop a love of reading. They will work with a wide variety of texts including the textbook, leveled readers, and AR books.

Spelling

The fourth grade spelling curriculum focuses on pattern study. Key components

this year are vowel and consonant sounds, syllables, digraphs, compound words, abbreviations, and prefixes and suffixes.

Mathematics

Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, probability, reading and writing numbers through hundred millions, problem solving strategies, word problems, and estimation. A study of the four basic functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is also included.

Students are expected to know the basic facts of each operation when entering fourth grade.

Religion

Fourth grade areas of focus are: the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, prayer, service to others and planning liturgies. Our stewardship program is “Feed the Hungry” which includes sponsoring a school-wide canned food drive. Students are expected to learn and follow the FAITH GUIDELINES. Real emphasis is placed on our call to live our faith in the world.

Science

This class covers many topics in science. Life science focuses on plants, animals, and ecosystems. Earth science examines earth, its resources, and weather. Physical science looks at matter, energy, and motion. Topics are covered through class discussion and hands-on activities.

Technology

Throughout this year, keyboard skills learned in 3rd grade will be reviewed and reinforced – proper posture, location of the home row of keys, correct finger placement, etc. Students will also spend a great deal of time fine tuning MS Word formatting skills and begin learning the basics of MS PowerPoint. Students will also be introduced to film making using iMovie on the computer lab’s iPads.

Fifth Grade

Religion

This year the focus in Religion is a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith along with a more detailed study of the seven sacraments. We continue to teach the students about the Catholic faith through Liturgical education and moral formation, as we grow in a sense of community. Included in our study this year is involvement of the Stewardship Theme “Shelter the Homeless". The fifth graders play a special part in honoring Mary during May Crowning and end the year with the study of Family Life.

Spelling

Fifth grade spelling is about expanding and building on previous skills. Fifth grade focuses on sounds, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, compound words, and Greek and Latin roots. Fifth grade students will apply their spelling knowledge to their writing

Reading

Fifth grade reading focuses on comparing two pieces of literature by using specific words or phrases from the text. Students are also exposed to both short and long pieces of literature. They are asked to use the text to support their written and oral answers. Students are pushed to read grade level texts of all different genres with purpose and understanding. Students work to develop ideas about a specific topic through the examination of a wide variety of texts and media sources.

English

The focus of English in fifth grade is to combine good grammar and usage with writing. Students will review and extend their understanding of grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, figurative language, and sentence structure. By the end of fifth grade, students are expected to have an understanding of all the parts of speech and to apply their knowledge to writing. We continue to teach and use the Six Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions) as we strengthen the students’ writing skills. We will use graphic organizers and work through the writing process as we write several pieces.

Math

This class is designed to prepare students for middle school math. Students continue building their skills with fractions and decimals and explore more on the topics of algebraic thinking, measurement, geometry, and probability. The material is presented using a variety of techniques including demonstration, practice of mathematics skills, and use of appropriate math tools (i.e. protractor, ruler, etc). Various interactive websites and apps are used via the Smartboard and iPads.

Science

This class covers several topics in science. Life science focuses on plants, animals, and ecosystems. Earth science examines earth, its resources, and weather. Physical science looks at matter, energy, and motion. These topics are covered through class discussion, mini-labs, and student projects. Students use various interactive websites to further investigate some topics. They participate in the Christ the King Science Fair, and some students continue on into the Fayette County Science Fair and/or the Diocesan Science Fair.

Social Studies

Social studies covers American history from the first migrations into the Americas through the 20th century. Students will use an interactive student notebook as individuals and in small groups to sharpen map skills, writing skills, and critical thinking with activities designed to examine the past and relate it to the present. The material will be presented using a variety of artifacts, interactive activities and websites, and the History Alive! program.

Technology

Fifth grade students will review all technology skills learned throughout elementary (MS Word, PowerPoint, Internet etiquette/safety, keyboarding, etc.) and are expected to show mastery by the end of the year. Students will be introduced to MS Excel during their fifth grade year. Filmmaking and editing with an iPad will also be a focus throughout the year.