St. Theresa Middle

The St. Theresa Middle consists of Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades where values of the Catholic faith are integrated with a high quality education. The faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, are committed to the religious and academic education of each child to his or her full potential.

Each child needs to experience instruction that promotes acceptance, tolerance, love, individuality, inquiry, and success. The child should also assume responsibility for his or her own education, understanding that education is a lifelong process.

Fourth Grade

4-A

Beth Sinanan, Teacher

4-B

Julia McCormick, Teacher

4-C

Teresa Rezac, Teacher

 

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Math Program

McGraw-Hill My Math was developed to specifically address the Common Core State Standards. It is an interactive text where students experience math in multiple ways through out the learning process.

Fourth grade focuses on the following mathematical concepts and skills:

  1. Place Value and Money: Numbers in the thousands, place value patterns, greater numbers, comparing, and ordering and numbers, size of numbers, using money to understand decimals, counting money and making change, decimals
  2. Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Money: adding, subtracting using mental math, estimating sums and differences, overestimates and underestimates, adding whole numbers and money, column addition, subtracting whole numbers and money, choose a computation method, translating words to expressions (Algebra), matching words and number expressions (Algebra), evaluating expressions (Algebra), solving addition and subtraction equations (Algebra)
  3. Multiplication and Division Concepts and Facts: meanings for multiplication, patterns in multiplying by 0, 1, 2, 5, and 9, using known facts to find unknown facts, multiplying by 10, 11 and 12, meanings for division, relating multiplication and division, division facts, special quotients, multiplication and division stories, writing and evaluating expressions (Algebra), find a rule (Algebra) and solving multiplication and division equations (Algebra)
  4. Time, Data and Graphs: telling time, units of time, elapsed time, calendars, pictographs, line plots, bar graphs, graphing ordered pairs (Algebra), line graphs (Algebra), median, mode and range, data from surveys, misleading graphs
  5. Multiplying by One-Digit Numbers: multiplying by multiples of 10, 100, or 1,000, estimating products, mental math, using arrays to multiply, multiplying two-digit and one-digit, multiplying three-digit and one-digit numbers, multiplying money, multiplying three factors (Algebra)
  6. Multiplying by Two-Digit Numbers: multiplying multiples of ten, estimating products, using arrays to multiply, multiplying two-digit numbers, multiplying greater numbers, choose a computation method, multiplying money
  7. Dividing: using patterns to divide mentally, estimating quotients, dividing with remainders, two-digit quotients, dividing two-digit numbers, dividing three-digit numbers, zeros in the quotient, dividing money amounts, divisibility rules, finding averages, dividing by multiples of 10, dividing two-digit divisors
  8. Geometry and Measurement: relating solids and plane figures, polygons, lines, line segments, rays and angles, triangles and quadrilaterals, circles, congruent figures and motions, symmetry, similar figures, perimeter (Algebra), area (Algebra), volume (Algebra)
  9. Fraction Concepts: parts of a region, parts of a set, fractions, length, and the number line, estimating fractional parts, equivalent fractions, fractions in simplest form, using number sense to compare fractions, comparing and ordering fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions, comparing mixed numbers, circle graphs
  10. Fraction Operations and Customary Measurement: estimating fraction sums, adding fractions with like denominators, adding fractions with unlike denominators, subtracting fractions with like denominators, subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, length and customary units, fractions of an inch, capacity and customary units, changing units and comparing measures
  11. Decimals and Metric Measurement: decimals and fractions, decimal place value, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals, estimating decimal sums and differences, using grids to add and subtract decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, length and metric units, capacity and metric units, mass and metric units, changing units comparing measures
  12. Graphing and Probability: inequalities on a number line (Algebra), translating words to equations (Algebra), equations and graphs (Algebra), understanding probability, listing outcomes, finding probability, making predictions

English Language Arts Program

The Houghton Mifflin English series (based upon the standards for the National Council of Teachers of English and the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations in English) is used to teach the students in third through eighth grades English grammar and writing. The program builds upon grammar skills throughout the grade levels, writing techniques and how to apply the grammar in writing (usage and punctuation) as well as speaking skills. The students are taught in heterogeneously mixed homeroom classes.

Students are taught the (age-appropriate) writing process throughout the English curriculum:

  • Prewriting: gathering ideas, mapping ideas, listing ideas, outlining ideas
  • Writing: sentence construction, paragraph construction, entire writing piece construction
  • Revising: correcting mistakes in grammar, punctuation, sentence formation, paragraph formation, organization of sentences, paragraphs and papers
  • Publishing: turning in completed work, share with others when possible, use examples for all to learn about proper punctuation, grammar, organization, etc.

Fourth graders build on third grade skills and focus more in-depth in grammar and writing as follows:

  1. Sentences: review of what makes up a sentence, types of sentences, subjects, simple subjects, predicates, simple predicates, run-on sentences and how to correct them; writing complete sentences and writing combined sentences
  2. Nouns: common and proper, singular and plural, nouns ending in y, singular and plural possessives, writing with nouns
  3. Verbs: action verbs, main verbs & helping verbs, tenses, subject-verb agreement, spelling present and past tense verbs, past tense with helping verbs, irregular verbs, special “be” verb, contractions with “not,” and writing with verbs and keeping them in the same tense
  4. Adjectives: after the “be” verb, using “a, an & the,” making comparisons with “er, est, more and most,” comparing with good and bad, writing with adjectives to elaborate
  5. Capitalization & Punctuation: correct sentences, names of people, pets, places & things, abbreviations, commas in a series, more uses for commas, quotation marks, quotations, titles and writing different types of sentences
  6. Pronouns: subject pronouns, object pronouns, using “I and me,” possessive pronouns,contractions with pronouns, pronouns and homophones and writing clearly with pronouns
  7. Adverbs and Prepositions: adverbs, comparing with adverbs, using “good and well,” negatives, prepositions, and writing with prepositions
  8. Writing Process
  9. Narrative and Informative Writing: personal narratives and stories; expository writing, informative writing, writing instructions, writing a research report; expressive and persuasive writing

Reading/Literature Program

Genres:

  • Fiction: Mystery, poetry, realistic, historical, humorous, fairy tales, legend, fantasy, play, folktales, and fables
  • Non fiction: Magazine articles, informational nonfiction, articles, personal narrative, biography, almanacs, textbook excerpts, electronic encyclopedias, letters, on-line articles, news stories, photo essay, and narrative nonfiction

Reading Skills:

  • Problem and solution
  • Comprehension
  • Main idea and details
  • Characters, setting and plot
  • Character traits
  • Author’s purpose
  • Pre-reading and predicting
  • Inferences
  • Fact and opinion
  • Compare and contrast
  • Sequence
  • Summarize
  • Draw conclusions
  • Evaluate
  • Context clues
  • Analyze information and apply
  • Using dictionary
  • Synthesize
  • Figurative language
  • Personification
  • Simile / metaphors

Religion

Fourth Graders utilize Sadlier’s-We Believe. They focus on our faith journey with Christ through the following topics:

  • Growing in Faith: Son of God & Disciples, Jesus’ Teachings, Sin & Free Will, Our Conscience, Forgiveness, The Liturgical Year
  • Commandments: God’s Law, First Commandment, Second Commandment, Third Commandment, Introductory Rite at Mass
  • Commandments Help Us Love: Fourth Commandment, Fifth Commandment, Sixth Commandment, Seventh Commandment, Eighth Commandment
  • Called to Holiness: Ninth Commandment, Tenth Commandment, Jesus as our Model, Practicing Catholics, Called to be Disciples

Science Program

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill: Science – A Closer Look

  • Life Science – Structure of Plants, Plant Groups, Plant Parts, Seeds & Fruits, Life Cycle of Flowering Plant, Characteristics of Animals, Similarities and Differences in Animals, Classifying Animals, Animal Reaction to Stimuli, Habitats, Ecosystems, Entergy from Plants and Other Living Things, Food Chains and Food Webs, Animal Camouflage, Plant & Animal Structure and Survival, Plant & Animal Behaviors in Regard to Survival, Migration, Effects of Environment on Survival
  • Physical Science – Matter, Mass, Measurement of Length and Volume, Mass and Density, Measurement of Matter, Physical Changes, Chemical Changes, Changes in Motion, Weight, Motion and the Effect of Motion, Effect of Energy on Motion, Relationship between Work and Motion, Electrical Charges, Electrical Current, Electrical Circuits, Magnetism, Electricity versus Magnetism, Colors in Light, Light Hitting Objects, Light Bouncing off of Objects, Sound Travel
  • Earth Science – Affect of Sunlight on Air Temperature, Affect of Temperature on Air Movement, Causes of Clouds and Precipitation, Prediction of Weather, Earth’s Surface, Affect of Weather and Erosion on Earth’s Features, Materials of Earth Features, Earth’s Resources, Mapping the Ocean Floor, Ocean Water Movement, Location of Organisms in the Ocean, Effects of Earth’s Movements, Effects of Moon’s Movement, Compare Earth and Planets, Information on Distant Planets, Other Objects in Solar System
  • Human Body – Digestive System and How it Works, Circulatory System and How it Works, Brain Information Source, Keeping the Digestive System Healthy, Keeping the Circulatory System Healthy, Keeping your Nervous System Healthy

Social Studies Program

Third through fifth grades use the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series which is aligned to national and state benchmarks. The Prentiss Hall series is used in sixth and seventh grades as it is aligned with national and statewide benchmarks. The eighth grade focuses on Louisiana history through the use of the Clairmont Press series. It is also aligned with state benchmarks.

Fourth grade social studies provides an in-depth review of regions of the United States and regions of the world.

The topics taught are the following:

  1. Geography of the World – Land and Water, Environment, Hemispheres
  2. Regions – U.S., Climate
  3. Eastern U.S. – Land & Climate, Resources & People, New England, Mid-Atlantic
  4. Southern U.S. – Land & Climate, Resources & People, The Upper & Lower South
  5. Midwestern U.S. – Land & Climate, Resources & People, Great Lakes States, Plains States
  6. Western U.S. – Land & Climate, Resources & People, Southwest, Mountain States, Pacific States
  7. United States of American – Government, Regions & One Nation
  8. World Regions – Canada & Mexico, South & Central America, Partners, Cooperation

Skill Lessons include the following:

  • Map & Globe Skills: review map skills, make a map, latitude & longitude, special purpose map
  • Chart & Graph Skills: make a timeline, read a circle graph, read charts/graphs
  • Study Skills: use reference materials, report writing, primary/secondary sources
  • Citizen Skills: point of view, make decisions, resolve conflicts
  • Reading & Thinking Skills: historical images, summarize, fact & opinion, draw conclusions
  • Graphic Organizers: made idea & details, cause & effect, categorize, compare/contrast, classify, sequence, problem & solution

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Fifth Grade

5-A

Tiffany Benoit, Teacher

5-B

Denise Landaiche, Teacher

5-C

Amanda Duplessy, Teacher

 

Fifth Grade Curriculum

Math Program

McGraw-Hill My Math was developed to specifically address the Common Core State Standards. It is an interactive text where students experience math in multiple ways through out the learning process.

Fifth grade continues to build on the mathematical concepts and facts in the following ways:

  1. Place Value and Money: place value, comparing and ordering whole numbers, place values through thousandths, comparing and ordering decimals, place value patterns, adding and subtracting mentally, rounding whole numbers and decimals, estimating sums and differences, adding and subtracting whole numbers, adding decimals, subtracting decimals
  2. Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals: multiplication patterns, estimating products, mental math: using the distributive property (Algebra), multiplying whole numbers, choose a computation method, decimal patterns, estimating decimal products, multiply8ing whole numbers and decimals, using grids to multiply decimals by decimals, multiplying decimals by decimals, variables and expressions (Algebra), translating words into expressions (Algebra), find a rule (Algebra), solving equations (Algebra)
  3. Dividing with One-Digit Numbers: meaning of division, division patterns, estimating quotients, look for a pattern, understanding division, dividing whole numbers, zeros in the quotient, dividing larger dividends, dividing money, factors and divisibility, prime and composite numbers, order of operations (Algebra), graphing ordered pairs (Algebra), rules, tables and graphs (Algebra)
  4. Dividing with Two-Digit Divisors: dividing by multiples of 10, estimating with two-digit divisors, dividing whole numbers by two-digit divisors, dividing larger numbers, dividing by choosing a computation method, dividing with zeros in the quotient, dividing decimals by 10, 100, and 1, 000, dividing money by two-digit divisors, dividing decimals by whole numbers
  5. Data, Graphs and Probability: collecting data from a survey, bar graphs, line graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, mean, median and mod, circle graphs, choosing an appropriate graph, predicting outcomes, listing outcomes, expressing probability as a fraction
  6. Geometry: geometric ideas, measuring and classifying angles, segments and angles related to circles, polygons, classifying triangles, classifying quadrilaterals, congruence and similarity, transformations, symmetry
  7. Fractions and Concepts: meanings of fractions, fractions and division, mixed numbers, estimating fractional amounts, fractions and mixed numbers on the number line, understanding equivalent fractions, equivalent fractions, greatest common factor, fractions in simplest form, understanding comparing fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers, fractions and decimals, fractions and decimals on the number line
  8. Fraction Operations: adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, understanding adding and subtracting with unlike denominators, least common denominator, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, understanding adding and subtracting mixed numbers, estimating sums and differences of mixed numbers, adding mixed numbers, subtracting mixed numbers, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, estimating products of fractions, multiplying fractions, multiplying mixed numbers, understanding division with fractions
  9. Measurement: customary units of length, measuring with fractions of an inch, metric units of length, converting metric units using decimals, finding perimeter, finding circumference (Algebra), finding area, areas of squares and rectangles (Algebra), areas of parallelograms (Algebra), areas of triangles (Algebra), time, elapsed time, temperature
  10. Measuring Solids: solid figures, views of solid figures, surface area, volume (Algebra), customary units of capacity, metric units of capacity, customary units of weight, metric units of mass
  11. Ration, Proportion and Percent: understanding ratios, equal ratios, graphs of equal ratios (Algebra), rates, make a table, scale drawings, understanding percent, finding a percent of a number (mental math), estimating percents
  12. Algebra: Integers, Equations, and Graphing: properties of equality, solving addition and subtraction equations, solving multiplication and division equations, writing an equation, understanding integers, adding integers, subtracting integers, the coordinate plane, graphing equations

English Language Arts Program

The Houghton Mifflin English series (based upon the standards for the National Council of Teachers of English and the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations in English) is used to teach the students in third through eighth grades English grammar and writing. The program builds upon grammar skills throughout the grade levels, writing techniques and how to apply the grammar in writing (usage and punctuation) as well as speaking skills. The students are taught in heterogeneously mixed homeroom classes.

Students are taught the (age-appropriate) writing process throughout the English curriculum:

  • Prewriting: gathering ideas, mapping ideas, listing ideas, outlining ideas
  • Writing: sentence construction, paragraph construction, entire writing piece construction
  • Revising: correcting mistakes in grammar, punctuation, sentence formation, paragraph formation, organization of sentences, paragraphs and papers
  • Publishing: turning in completed work, share with others when possible, use examples for all to learn about proper punctuation, grammar, organization, etc.

Fifth graders extend the grammar and writing skills by focusing on the following:

  1. Sentences: four kinds of sentences, subjects, predicates, simple subjects, simple predicates, subjects in imperatives, conjunctions, run-on sentences, writing compound sentences
  2. Nouns: common, proper, singular, plural, singular possessive, plural possessive, writing compound sentences, compound subjects, writing with possessive nouns, writing appositives with possessive nouns
  3. Verbs: action verbs with direct objects, main verbs and helping verbs, present, past future tense verbs, subject-verb agreement, agreement with “be” and “have,” contractions with “not,” regular and irregular verbs, verb phrases, using “teach, learn, let, leave, sit, set, can and may,” writing with verbs in the same tense
  4. Adjectives: articles, demonstratives, comparisons using adjectives, comparing with good and bad, proper adjectives, writing elaborate sentences with adjectives
  5. Capitalization and Punctuation: correct sentences, proper nouns, proper adjectives, using commas in a series, interjections, quotations, abbreviations, titles, writing sentences with commas, combing sentences using introductory words, combining sentences with a series of words or phrases
  6. Pronouns: subject pronouns, object pronouns, using “I and me,” possessive pronouns, contractions with pronouns, double subjects, using “we and us” with nouns, using homophones, writing using pronouns, writing clearly with pronouns
  7. Adverbs and Prepositions: comparing adverbs, differences between adjectives and adverbs, negatives, prepositions, prepositional phrases, pronouns in prepositional phrases, differences in adverbs and prepositions, writing with prepositions to create more detail, combining sentences with prepositional phrases
  8. Writing Process
  9. Writing Narratives: personal narratives, stories
  10. Comparison and Contrast Writing, Opinion and Persuasion writing

Reading/Literature Program

Genres:

  • Fiction: realistic, tall tale, poetry, fantasy, drama, narratives, historical, plays, fairy tale, fables, myth, and song lyrics
  • Nonfiction: articles, online articles, almanac, biographies, text excerpts, newspaper articles, autobiography, online encyclopedia entries, dictionary entries, letters, and journals

Reading Skills:

  • Character, plot and setting
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Summarize
  • Cause and effect
  • Main idea and details
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Pre-reading and prediction
  • Inference
  • Context clues
  • Analyze
  • Problem and solution
  • Analogies
  • Draw conclusions
  • Compare and contrast
  • Fact and opinion
  • Author’s purpose
  • Description
  • Theme
  • Sequence
  • Making judgments
  • Making generalizations
  • Imagery
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Similes and metaphors
  • Personification
  • Dialect
  • Close reading
  • Idioms

Religion

Fifth Graders utilize Sadlier’s-We Believe. They delve deeper into the meaning of God’s grace available through the 7 sacraments: Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Sacrament of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders. The topics of instruction include the following:

  • God Gave us Jesus: Jesus as Son of God, Jesus Shares His Mission, 7 Sacraments Overview, Baptism
  • Sacraments of Initiation: Confirmation, First Eucharist, Importance of Prayer, Sacraments as Prayer
  • Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation, Jesus Heals, Annointing of the Sick, Honor Mary
  • Love & Serve: Faith, Hope & Love, Live as Disciples, Matrimony, Holy Orders, One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic

Science Program

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill: Science – A Closer Look

  • Life Science – Characteristics of Life, Compare and Contrast of Living and Nonliving, Classifying Living Things, Plants and Animals, Reproduction of Organisms, Life Cycle of Flowering Plant, Dominant and Recessive Traits, Inheritance of Traits, Adaptations, Ecology, Parts of an Ecosystem, Energy of an Ecosystem, Natural Cycles of an Ecosystem
  • Physical Science –  Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Solutions, Description of Substances, Interaction of Substances, Motion, Measurement of Motion, Affects of Motion, Force to Move Objects, Gravity’s Effect on Motion, Friction’s Affect on Motion, Kinetic & Potential Energy Relationship, Radiant Energy, Sound Energy, Movement of Electricity, Home Use of Electricity, Electricity Production in the Home
  • Earth Science –  Earth’s Layers, Movement of the Earth’s Crust, Factors Affecting Earth’s Surface, Investigation of Rocks to Understand Earth Changes, Earth’s Resources, Protection of Water Resources, Protection of Land Resources, Protection of Clean Air, Water Cycle, Sun’s Affect on Climate, Land’s and Water’s Affect on Climate, Climate Changes, Solar System Components, Stars, Study of Stars and Planets
  • Human Body –  Oxygen Sources for the Body, Use of Oxygen in the Body, Process of Cleansing Cell Wastes, Communicable Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Healthy Lifestyle

Social Studies Program

Third through fifth grades use the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series which is aligned to national and state benchmarks. The Prentiss Hall series is used in sixth and seventh grades as it is aligned with national and statewide benchmarks. The eighth grade focuses on Louisiana history through the use of the Clairmont Press series. It is also aligned with state benchmarks.

Fifth Grade social studies explores the early years of the history of the United States.

Main topics include:

  1. A Look at the U.S. – Regions & Climate, Resources & People
  2. People in early U.S. History – Ancient Americans, People of Various Regions
  3. Exploration in the World – Travel & Trade, European Influences
  4. Early Settlements – Northwest Passage, Roanoke & Jamestown, New England, Dutch & French Colonies
  5. Colonies – New England, Middle Colonies, Southern Colonies
  6. American Revolution – Conflicts in the World, War for Independence
  7. A New Nation – A New Beginning, An Early Republic, Growth
  8. The Civil War – Struggle for Freedom, The Nation during War, Reconstruction
  9. Immigration Effects
  10. The Land of the Free

Skill Lessons include the following:

  • Map & Globe Skills: review map skills, latitude & longitude, read a battle map, flow lines on a map, reading maps
  • Chart & Graph Skills: parallel timelines, make a line graph, compare graphs, reading charts, reading graphs
  • Study Skills: make an outline, find/evaluate sources, sources, reading visuals
  • Citizen Skills: make decisions, point of view, resolve conflicts
  • Reading & Thinking Skills: summarize, cause & effect
  • Graphic Organizers: compare/contrast, sequence, problem & solution, main idea & details, draw conclusions, predict outcomes, categorize, classify

Check your child’s information and class news on RenWeb.

Sixth Grade

6-A

Maria Lambert, Teacher

6-B

Lydia Kelleher, Teacher

6-C

Sean Woolworth, Teacher

 

Sixth Grade Curriculum

Math Program

The Math Curriculum was developed within a framework of nationally accepted standards with a strong emphasis on problem solving, strength in basic skills and a connection to real world application. Fourth through eighth grade students use the Glencoe Math basal text series (Common Core Edition.) Organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains, this series facilitates rigor and relevance in the Math Curriculum. Each student utilizes a two-volume consumable textbook/workbook and has access to a multitude of online resources including the on-line book, vocabulary building activities, videos and animations, teacher tutor videos, virtual manipulatives, self-assessing quizzes and targeted homework help.
In addition to the basal text, the Math program requires students to strengthen their math abilities through an emphasis on Skill and Drills, practicing multiplication, division, decimals, fractions and other basic math concepts. Students are also required to participate in the school-wide First in Math program, an online program to aid students in mastering fundamental and advanced math skills. This program is presented in game format, motivating students to practice computation, critical thinking, problem solving and essential math concepts.

Sixth grade focuses on the following mathematical concepts and skills:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
    • Ratios and Rates
    • Fractions and Decimals and Percents
  • The Number System
    • Compute with Multi-Digit Numbers
    • Multiply and Divide and Fractions
    • Integers and the Coordinate Plane
  • Expressions and Equations
    • Expressions
    • Equations
    • Functions and Inequalities
  • Geometry
    • Area
    • Volume and Surface Area
  • Statistics and Probability
    • Statistical Measures
    • Statistical Displays

English Language Arts Program

At St. Theresa Middle School all grades work to build skills of grammar mechanics and writing. All English students use a writing program called Criterion Writing to sharpen writing skills in many different formats. Grammar mechanics is the basic key to a good writer.

Grammar Mechanics:

  • Determining the difference between sentences and sentence fragments
  • Simple and Complete Subjects
  • Simple  and Complete Predicates
  • Compound Subjects and Verbs
  • Review of Parts of Speech: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, and Interjections.
  • In-depth lesson on Pronouns including:  Personal Pronouns, Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Interrogative Pronouns, and relative pronouns
  • Phrases: Prepositional, Adjective and Adverb Phrases
  • Clauses: Independent Clauses, Subordinate Clauses, Adjective Clauses, and Adverb Clauses
  • Sentence Structure: Simple, compound, compound- complex, and complex sentences
  • Varying Sentence Structure in writing
  • Complements: Direct and Indirect Objects, and Subject Complements
  • Subject and Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Cases:  Subject and Object Forms.

Writing Topics:

  • Persuasive Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • Emphasis on the five paragraph essay
  • Creative Writing
  • Journal Writing
  • Research Report using outside sources

Reading/Literature Program

Fiction

  • Short Stories
  • Novels – historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy fiction
  • Poetry

Non fiction

  • speeches
  • interviews
  • biographies
  • autobiographies
  • news articles

Reading Skills:

  • Inferences
  • Visualization
  • Close reading
  • Interpreting meanings
  • Cause and effect
  • Distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Compare and contrast
  • Sequencing
  • Reading text features

Literary Terms:

  • Alliteration
  • Antagonist and protagonist
  • Assonance
  • Author’s purpose
  • Autobiography and biography
  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • Consonance
  • Dialect
  • Fiction vs. nonfiction
  • Figurative language
  • Literal language
  • Denotation and connotation
  • Foreshadowing
  • Imagery
  • Irony
  • Simile and metaphors
  • Meter in poetry
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
  • Point of view
  • Sound devices
  • Stereotypes
  • Theme
  • Tone and voice

Religion

Sixth Graders utilize Sadlier’s – We Believe. It center on the Old Testament. Students learn about the famous prophets who foretold the Messiah’s coming, as well as, the covenants of God with man prior to the Son’s coming. The topics of instruction include the following:

  • A Holy Covenant: God Makes Himself Known, Israel: Northern Kingdom, Book of Genesis , Creation of Humans, Promise of a Savior, Ancestors of Faith, Make Way for the Savior
  • Building a Covenant Nation: God’s People as Slaves, God Led His People to Freedom, The People in Canaan, The Kings, Solomon’s Reign
  • Shaping the Covenant People: Israel- Northern Kingdom, Judah- Southern Kingdom, The Exile, People Strong in Faith, Make Way for the Savior
  • The Covenant Fulfilled: Jesus-Teacher & Healer, Jesus- Redeemer & Savior, The Early Church, The Bible & Today’s Church, Universal Church

Science Program

  • Scientific Method/Experimentation
  • Variables
  • Graphing Experimental Data
  • Matter and Its Properties
  • pH Scale
  • Elements, Compounds, and Reactions
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy

Social Studies Program

World History:

  • Hurricane tracking
  • Map Skills
  • Fertile Crescent and Early Civilizations
  • Ancient Egypt-Nile River, Rulers, Religion and Culture
  • Ancient China- Dynasties, Religion, and Culture
  • Ancient Greece and Rome-Rulers, Christianity and the Roman Empire
  • Early Civilizations of the Americas
  • World’s Fair- 9 countries highlighted
  • Middle Ages- Renaissance & Reformation Influence
  • Asia and North America Civilizations

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Seventh Grade

7-A

Charlene Amos, Teacher

7-B

Jennifer Cordes, Teacher

7-C

Gina Cancienne, Teacher

 

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Math Program

The Math Curriculum was developed within a framework of nationally accepted standards with a strong emphasis on problem solving, strength in basic skills and a connection to real world application. Fourth through eighth grade students use the Glencoe Math basal text series (Common Core Edition.) Organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains, this series facilitates rigor and relevance in the Math Curriculum. Each student utilizes a two-volume consumable textbook/workbook and has access to a multitude of online resources including the on-line book, vocabulary building activities, videos and animations, teacher tutor videos, virtual manipulatives, self-assessing quizzes and targeted homework help.
In addition to the basal text, the Math program requires students to strengthen their math abilities through an emphasis on Skill and Drills, practicing multiplication, division, decimals, fractions and other basic math concepts. Students are also required to participate in the school-wide First in Math program, an online program to aid students in mastering fundamental and advanced math skills. This program is presented in game format, motivating students to practice computation, critical thinking, problem solving and essential math concepts.

Seventh grade focuses on the following mathematical concepts and skills:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
    • Ratios and Proportional Reasoning
    • Percents
  • The Number System
    • Integers
    • Rational Numbers
  • Expressions and Equations
    • Expressions
    • Equations and Inequalities
  • Geometry
    • Geometric Figures
    • Measure Figures
  • Statistics and Probability
    • Probability
    • Statistics

English Language Arts Program

At St. Theresa Middle School all grades work to build skills of grammar mechanics and writing. All English students use a writing program called Criterion Writing to sharpen writing skills in many different formats. Grammar mechanics is the basic key to a good writer.

Grammar Mechanics:

  • Review of the basic parts of a sentence
  • Review of eight parts of speech
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Action verbs and linking verbs
  • Complex pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Participles: Including dangling participles, and misplaced participles
  • Gerunds
  • Infinitives

Writing Topics:

  • Paragraph writing: topic sentences, details, summary
  • Five paragraph essay
  • Avoiding common mistakes in writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Short Stories
  • Informal and formal essays
  • Interviews

Reading/Literature Program

Types of Literature Works:

Fiction short stories

  • Short Stories
  • Novels – historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy fiction
  • Poetry

Non fiction

  • speeches
  • interviews
  • biographies
  • autobiographies
  • news articles
  • informational texts
  • historical texts and documents
  • folktales
  • science and technology writing

Reading Skills:

  • Visualization
  • Close reading
  • Interpreting meanings
  • Cause and effect
  • Distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Compare and contrast
  • Sequencing
  • Reading text features
  • Predicting
  • Reading for a purpose
  • Main idea and details
  • Visualizing
  • Interpreting
  • Evaluating

Literary Terms:

  • Mood
  • Theme
  • Resolution
  • Falling action
  • Climax
  • Point of view
  • Protagonist and antagonist
  • Characterization
  • Dialect
  • Dialogue
  • Idioms
  • Rhyme
  • Rhythm
  • Meter
  • Sound devices
  • Irony
  • Figurative language
  • Predicting
  • Author’s style
  • Sensory details
  • Theme
  • Referencing

Religion

Seventh Grade utilizes Sadlier’s We Live Our Faith, Volume I. It centers on Jesus’ life, teaching, and the sacraments he instituted. It presents Jesus’ call to each person to become his disciple and the ways in which his teachings, sacraments, and Church nourish people for discipleship. The topics of instruction include the following:

  • Who is God? : The Source of All Life, The Truth Revealed, The Blessed Trinity, God is our Loving Father, Jesus Christ: The Good News, Holy Spirit: Helper and Guide
  • Who is Jesus? : The Promise of Salvation, Jesus, the Promised Messiah, The Coming of God’s Kingdom, Jesus the Healer, Jesus: The Bread of Life, Jesus Christ the Savior
  • How is Jesus Christ Alive in the Church Today? : The Seven Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony
  • How Does the Church Live As the Body of Christ? : We Live Out Our Vocation, We Gather As Christ’s Disciples, We Perform the Works of Mercy, We Work for Justice and Peace, We Are a Communion of Saints, We Rejoice in God’s Kingdom

Science Program

Life Science Course:

  • Science Method/Experimentation
  • Lab Safety
  • Microscope Unit
  • Classifying Life /Classification systems
  • Cells
  • Moving cellular material
  • Cells and energy
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Division
  • Sexual/Asexual Reproduction
  • Mitosis/ Meiosis
  • Photosynthesis/Respiration
  • Human Body Systems
  • Genetics/ DNA/ RNA
  • Bacteria & Viruses
  • Protist & Fungi
  • Periodic Table

Social Studies Program

American History:

  • U.S. Presidents
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution/Preamble (meaning)
  • 3 Branches
  • Amendments
  • Becoming a Citizen
  • War of 1812 (Louisiana Purchase)
  • Mexican/American War
  • North and South divide
  • Civil War/Slavery
  • Reconstruction
  • WW1
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The Great Depression
  • WW2

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Eighth Grade

8-A

Kevin Klumpp, Teacher

8-B

Darlene Taranto, Teacher
Lynn Moak, Teacher

8-C

Torrie Schexnaydre, Teacher

 

Eighth Grade Curriculum

Math Program

The Math Curriculum was developed within a framework of nationally accepted standards with a strong emphasis on problem solving, strength in basic skills and a connection to real world application. Fourth through eighth grade students use the Glencoe Math basal text series (Common Core Edition.) Organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains, this series facilitates rigor and relevance in the Math Curriculum. Each student utilizes a two-volume consumable textbook/workbook and has access to a multitude of online resources including the on-line book, vocabulary building activities, videos and animations, teacher tutor videos, virtual manipulatives, self-assessing quizzes and targeted homework help.
In addition to the basal text, the Math program requires students to strengthen their math abilities through an emphasis on Skill and Drills, practicing multiplication, division, decimals, fractions and other basic math concepts. Students are also required to participate in the school-wide First in Math program, an online program to aid students in mastering fundamental and advanced math skills. This program is presented in game format, motivating students to practice computation, critical thinking, problem solving and essential math concepts.

Eighth grade focuses on the following mathematical concepts and skills:

  • The Number System
    • Real Numbers
  • Expressions and Equations
    • Equations in One Variable
    • Equations in Two Variables
  • Functions
    • Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem
    • Congruence and Similarity
    • Volume and Surface Area
  • Geometry
    • Scatter Plots and Data Analysis
  • Statistics and Probability
    • Scatter Plots and Data Analysis

English Language Arts Program

At St. Theresa Middle School all grades work to build skills of grammar mechanics and writing. All English students use a writing program called Criterion Writing to sharpen writing skills in many different formats. Grammar mechanics is the basic key to a good writer.

Grammar Mechanics:

  • The Sentence
  • Sentence Structure
  • Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives
  • Independent and Subordinate Clauses: Noun, Adjective, Adverb Clauses
  • Direct and Indirect Objects
  • Pronouns
  • Case: Nominative, Objective, Possessive
  • The Phrase: Prepositions, Infinitive, Gerunds
  • Correct Usage of Words
  • Punctuation (using dashes, brackets, parentheses)
  • Debating

Writing Topics:

  • Personal Narratives- Tone/Voice/Sensory Image
  • Research Reports/Thesis Statements
  • Writing Poetry
  • Creative Writing (Holiday Themed)
  • Creating Brochures
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Expository Writing/Writing about a Complex Process

Reading/Literature Program

Types of Literature Works:

  • Non fiction – autobiographies, biographies, folktales, informational articles, poetry, short stories, drama, persuasive writing, historical text
  • Fiction – short stories
  • Novels – historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy fiction
  • Poetry
  • Science and technology writing 

Reading Skills:

  • Connecting
  • Setting a purpose for reading
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Identifying author’s purpose
  • Analyzing
  • Making inferences
  • Predicting
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Previewing
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Understanding text structures
  • Identifying main idea and supporting details
  • Connecting
  • Evaluating
  • Interpreting
  • Monitoring comprehension
  • Analyzing
  • Questioning
  • Predicting
  • Making inferences
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Interpreting
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Visualizing
  • Distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Questioning
  • Reviewing
  • Clarifying
  • Analyzing
  • Understanding cause and effect
  • Identifying main idea and supporting details
  • Identifying author’s purpose
  • Close reading

Literary Terms:

  • Description
  • Title and subheads
  • Point of view
  • Tone
  • Text features
  • Sequence
  • Cultural reference
  • Protagonist and antagonist
  • Setting
  • Narrative poetry
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Style
  • Theme
  • Chronological order
  • Evidence
  • Humor
  • Irony
  • Foreshadowing

Religion

Eighth Grade utilizes Sadlier’s We Live Our Faith, Vol. II. It presents the Church from its beginning at the Pentecost event through its history, encompassing its teachings and tradition. It presents the mission of the Church, entrusted to her by Jesus, as the responsibility of all baptized Catholics. The topics of instruction include the following:

  • How Do We Nourish God’s Gift of Faith? : We Respond to God’s Love, We Make Moral Choices, We Follow God’s Law, We Love God and Others, We Honor Life and Creation, We Respect All People
  • Who Are Our Ancestors in Faith? : The Early Church, Christians of the Roman Empire, Christians of the Early Middle Ages, Christians of the High Middle Ages, The Church in Crisis and Change, People of Reform and Renewal.
  • How Can the Church’s Heritage Give Us Hope? : Keeping Faith in a Changing World, Depending on God in Times of Fear, Teaching Others About Christ, Renewing Our Relationship with Christ, Showing Concern for Future Generations, Transforming the World Through Faith
  • What Does It Mean to be Catholic? : Caring for the Whole Human Family, Seeking God’s Life and Love As the Church, Living As the Body of Christ, Witnessing to our Relationship with Christ, Growing in Faith Together, Belonging to the Communion of Saints

Science Program

Earth Science Course:

  • Scientific Method
  • Lab Safety
  • Minerals
  • Types of Rocks
  • Weathering/ Erosion
  • Language of Science
  • Density
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earth dynamics
  • Geological time
  • Earth atmosphere
  • Weather/Climate
  • Oceans
  • Glaciers Water Resources

Social Studies Program

Louisiana History:

  • Louisiana Map with parishes
  • Geography- Rivers and Regions
  • Louisiana Government
  • Write bills for Youth Legislature
  • Louisiana Natives and Indian Tribes
  • French Colonial Era- The Royal Colony
  • Spanish Colonial Era- American Revolution
  • Youth Legislature- House of Representatives and Senate
  • Civil War and the effects in Louisiana
  • Reconstruction in Louisiana
  • Civil Rights
  • Huey Long Era

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