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First Trimester Curriculum Topics – First Grade 2020-2021


Diane Ambroselli

First Grade 

First Trimester 2020-2021

ELA: Into Reading 

  • Selections: (Genre)
    • Informational Text 
    • Poetry 
    • Realistic Fiction
    • Fiction 
    • Fable
    • Biography
  • Text-Based Comprehension:
    • Target Strategy: 
      • Summarize 
      • Infer/Predict
      • Monitor/Clarify
      • Question 
      • Analyze and Evaluate 
      • Visualize 
    • Target Skill:
      • Understanding Characters
      • Sequence of Events 
      • Text and Graphic Features
      • Story Structure 
      • Main Idea and Details 
      • Text and Graphic Features
      • Dialogue
      • Author’s Word Choice
      • Story Message
  • Phonemic Awareness/Phonics Fluency and High Frequency Words:
    • Phonemic Awareness: 
      • Beginning Sound/ Blend Phonemes 
      • Final Sound; Segment Phonemes
      • Segment Phonemes Blend Phonemes
      • Segment Phonemes; Middle Sound
    • Phonics: 
      • Short a- Consonants n, d- Consonants p, f 
      • Short I, Consonants r, h /z/s , Consonants b, g, Phonogram –it
      • Short o Consonants l, x Inflection –s
      • Short e;  Consonants y, w ; Consonants k, v, j;  Phonogram –et
      • Short u; Consonants qu, z
      • Short a;  Double Final Consonants; and ck Phonogram –ack
      • Short i Clusters with r ; Phonogram –ip
      • Clusters with l Phonogram -ock ; Blends with s
      • Review Short u Final Blends Phonogram –ump
    • Fluency and High Frequency Words:
      • Fluency Accuracy: 
        • Words Connected in Text 
        • Intonation
        • Self-Correct 
        • Phrasing
        • Punctuation 
        • Expression 
        • Rate
        • Word Recognition 
        • Stress
    • Speaking and Listening:
      • Speaking and Listening Skill:
      • How to Have a Good Discussion 
      • Ask and Answer Questions 
      • Using Visuals 
      • Ask and Answer Questions About Stories 
      • Discuss Informational Text: Compare and Contrast 
      • Discuss Sensory Words and Words About Feelings
    • Target-Academic Vocabulary:
      • Classify and Categorize Words
      • Context Clues
      • Multiple-meaning Word
      • Alphabetical Order
      • Synonyms
      • Shades of Meaning
      • Using a Glossary
      • Antonyms
      • Synonyms
    • Spelling:
      • Spelling Principle:
      • Short e;  Consonants y, w ; Consonants k, v, j;  Phonogram –et
      • Short u; Consonants qu, z
      • Short a;  Double Final Consonants; and ck Phonogram –ack
      • Short i Clusters with r ; Phonogram –ip
      • Clusters with l Phonogram -ock ; Blends with s
      • Review Short u Final Blends Phonogram –ump
    • Language:
      • Grammar Skill:
        • Nouns
        • Possessives
        • Action Verbs & Present Tense
        • Adjectives (size and shape)
        • Adjectives (color and number)
        • Complete Sentences
        • Commas in a Series
        • Singular and Plural Nouns
        • Using a, an, and the
    • Writing
      • Focus Trait:
        • Ideas
        • Word Choice 
        • Organization
      • Writing Mode
        • Narrative Writing
        • Informative Writing
      • Writing Mode
        • Labels
        • Captions 
        • Sentences
        • Class Story
        • Sentences That Describe
        • Poetry
        • Description


  • Review of Kindergarten topics
  • Chapter 1 – Number, Number Words, and Ordinals
  • Chapter 2 – Addition Strategies and facts to 12
  • Chapter 3- Subtraction Strategies and facts to 12
  • Chapter 6 – Extended Addition and Subtraction facts  


  • Chapter 1- God is our Father 
  • Chapter 2- We believe in the Blessed Trinity 
  • Chapter 3- Jesus grew up in a family 
  • Chapter 4- Jesus works among the people 
  • Chapter 5- Jesus teaches us about love 
  • Chapter 13- Advent 
  • Chapter 12- Christmas 


  • What Scientist Do
  • Bats and Birds
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Plant Life
  • Night Sky
  • Reindeer

 Social Studies: 

  • School Rules/Being Good Citizens
  • Schools  Long Ago and Today
  • Social Development 
  • Fire Safety 
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Winter Holidays


Mrs.Ochtera – September 2020 – December 2020

Kindergarten Webpage

September – December 2020


Each week  we will continue  learning the  letters of the alphabet. We will be focusing on letter formation,  its sound, and objects that begin with each letter.

Students will continue to  learn one sight word each week. We will be reading short stories from the pre decodable  and leveled  readers which  will help the students with reading readiness skills. For each word that we learn students will be given an index card to review the sight words at home. We will be working in small groups with leveled readers to guide students  to read and comprehended additional texts based on the weekly lesson topics. 

We will be focusing on reading different genres, learning the story elements, understanding  characters, reading responses, details, test and graphic features, cause and effect,  summarize, opinion and  narrative writing. In grammar,  we will be learning about action verbs, adjectives, synonyms, parts of a sentence , short vowel sounds.


  • Chapter 1 Numbers 0-5
  • Chapter 2 Numbers to 10
  • Chapter 3 Numbers Beyond 10
  • Chapter 4  Compose and Decompose Numbers 11 to 19
  • Begin Chapter 5 Addition


  • Seasons – Fall
  • Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
  • Animals and Habitats

Religion (Units)  

  • God Made All Things
  • God Gives Us Light
  • God Gives Us Water
  • God Gives Us Land
  • God Gives Us Animals
  • Advent/Christmas

Mrs. Marsala – 1st Trimester 2020-2021

Social Studies
6th Grade – 1st Trimester

2020 – 2021 School Year

Early Civilizations

  • The First Civilizations
  • Early Humans
  • Mesopotamian Civilization
  • The First Empires
  • Ancient Egypt
  • The Nile Valley
  • Egypt’s Old Kingdom
  • The Egyptian Empire
  • The Civilization of Kush

The Ancient World

  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Early Greeks
  • Sparta and Athens
  • Persia Attacks the Greeks
  • The Age of Pericles
  • The Culture of Ancient Greece
  • Greek Philosophy and History
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Spread of Greek Culture


Social Studies

7th Grade 

First Trimester 2020-21

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

The Americas:  Worlds Meet

  • Migration to the Americas
  • Cities and Empires
  • North American Peoples
  • Exploring the America
  • A Changing World
  • Early Exploration
  • Spain in America
  • Exploring North America
  • Colonial America
  • Early English Settlements
  • New England Colonies
  • Middle Colonies
  • Southern Colonies
  • Growth of the Thirteen Colonies
  • Life in the Colonies
  • Government, Religion, Culture
  • France and Britain Clash
  • The French and Indian War

Creating a Nation

  • The Spirit of Independence
  • Taxation Without Representation
  • Building Colonial Unity
  • A Call to Arms
  • Working Toward Independence

The Mayflower Compact

The Declaration of Independence


Social Studies

8th Grade

First Trimester 2020-2021

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

The Reconstruction Era

  • Planning Reconstruction
  • The Radicals take Control
  • The South During Reconstruction
  • The Post-Reconstruction Era

Opening the West

  • Mining and Railroads in the west
  • Ranchers and Farmers
  • Native American Struggles
  • Farmers – A New Political Force

The Industrial Age

  • Railroads lead the Way
  • Inventions Change Society
  • An age of Big Business
  • Workers in the Industrial Age

An Urban Society

  • The New Immigrants
  • Moving to the City
  • A Changing Culture

The Progressive Era

  • The Movement Begins
  • Women and Progressives
  • Presidents of the Progressive Era
  • Excluded from Reform

Rise to World Power

  • Seeking New Frontiers   
  • Imperialism in the Pacific
  • War with Spain
  • Latin American Policies

World War I

  • War in Europe
  • America’s Road to War
  • Americans Join the Allies
  • The War at Home
  • Searching for Peace


8th Grade

Third Trimester 2020-2021

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

How do We Nourish God’s Gift of Faith?

  • We Respond to God’s Love
  • We Follow God’s Laws
  • 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


  • The Liturgical Year
  • Ordinary Time
  • All Saints Day – November 1
  • Advent


8th Grade Saint

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Partners in Faith

  • Sister Thea Bowman
  • Saint Catherine of Siena
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • The Sisters of Life
  • Saint Amato Ronconi
  • Women of the Early Church
  • Saint Ambrose
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The Beatitudes

The Ten Commandments

Finding Your Way Through the Bible

7  Themes of Catholic Identity

  1.     Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2.     Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3.     Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  4.     Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  5.     The Dignity of Work and the Rights of the Workers
  6.     Care for God’s Creation
  7.     Solidarity of the Human Family


8th Grade – 1st Trimester

2020 – 2021 School Year


  • Analyze Stories:  Plot
  • Analyze Science Fiction
  • Identify Main Idea and Details
  • Analyze Organization
  • Analyze Claim and Evidence
  • Analyze Graphic Features
  • Evaluate Evidence
  • Analyze Rhetoric and Reasoning


  • Write a Summary
  • Write an Informational Essay
  • Write a Persuasive Essay
  • Create a Public Service Announcement


  • Context Clues
  • Synonyms and Antonyms

Language Conventions

  • The Structure of Sentences
    • Simple sentences
    • Compound sentences
    • Complex sentences
    • Compound-complex sentences
  • Subjects and Predicates
    • Identifying Subjects and Predicates
    • Compound Subjects and Compound Predicates
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Conjunctions
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Transitional Words and Phrases
    • Compare or contrast ideas
    • Indicate degree of importance
    • Show time or sequence
    • Add information
    • Introduce an example
    • Indicate cause or effect
    • Indicate a conclusion
  • Active and Passive Voice

First Grade Mandarin – First Trimester (2020 – 2021)

Ruomu Wang

First Grade

First Trimester 2020-2021

 Chinese Language Arts (Students will be able to…)

Religion, Science and Social Studies Content-based Topics:

Lord Prayer

School Rules/Being Good Citizens

Long Ago and Today



Winter Holidays


Night Sky



Listening Comprehension Skills:

Find the things or pictures that the teacher says

Follow two and three steps directions

Listen and put things in the right order

Put pictures in order to retell a story

Listen and sort things

Listen and tell how things are alike and different

Find details in stories that are


Interpersonal Speaking Skills:

Describe familiar people, places, things, and events with relevant details expressing ideas clearly.

Express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly, using complete sentences.


Reading Comprehension Skills:

Identify a main topic or central idea in a text and retell important details.

Develop and answer questions about key ideas and details in a text.

Describe how illustrations and details support the point of view or purpose of the text.

Identify specific words that express feelings and senses.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, or pieces of information in a text.


Presentational Writing Skills:

Write informative texts to describe familiar people, places, things, and events with relevant details expressing ideas clearly.

Write narratives which recount real or imagined experiences or events or a short sequence of events.

Create or utilize existing visual displays to support descriptions to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.



Review of Kindergarten topics
Number, Number Words, and Ordinals
Addition Strategies and facts to 12
Subtraction Strategies and facts to 12
Extended Addition and Subtraction facts 

Grade 3 – Trimester 3, 2019-2020

Trimester 1

Grade 3 Math

Properties of Multiplication and Division

            • Multiplication and the meaning of factors
            • Division as an unknown factor problem
            • Commutative and Distributive property 
            • Problem solving

Place Value and Problem Solving with Units

            • Time measurement and problem solving
            • Measuring weight and liquid volume in Metric units
            • Rounding to the nearest Ten and Hundred
            • Two and Three-Digit Measurement Addition and Subtraction using the Standard Algorithm

Multiplication and Division with Units of 0,1,6-9 and multiples of 10   

            • The Properties of Multiplication and Division
            • Analysis of patterns and problem solving 

NYS Math Modules – EngageNY


English Language Arts


                  • Informational Text
                  • Fantasy
                  • Realistic Fiction
                  • Letters
                  • Poetry


                  • Context clues
                  • Main idea
                  • Supporting details
                  • Inference
                  • Theme
                  • Literary Elements
                  • Figurative Language


                • Types of sentences(declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory)
                • Simple sentences, subjects, predicates
                • Capitalization and punctuation
                • Compound sentences
                • nouns/proper nouns/plural nouns
                • verbs/tenses
                • Punctuation
                • prefix (mis, un, non, re, pre, dis)
                • Suffix (ful, ness, y, ly)



                • Word meanings
                • antonyms/synonyms
                • Sentence expansions


                • Short vowels
                • Long vowels/vowel patterns
                • Consonant blends
                • Decoding multi-syllable words


                • Paragraphs
                • Narrative writing
                • compare/contrast essays
                • Descriptive writing

Grade 3 Social Studies


The history, geography, and development of 

                • The United States
                • Ecuador
                • Colombia
                • China

Grade 3 Science

Respect ( health/science)

                • Respect of self
                • Respect of others
                • Respect of the Earth
                • reduce, reuse, recycle



                • The effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motions of an object.
                • Patterns to predict motion
                • Cause and effect of electric and magnetic interactions



                • Jesus gives us the Church
                • God sends us His own Son
                • The Church Begins
                • The Miracles of Jesus

The Mass

                • Parts of the Mass
                • Roles of the participants of the Mass
                • Mass responses


                • Gloria of the Mass
                • The Holy Rosary

The Seasons of the Church

                • Ordinary time
                • Advent

Trimester 1

Grade 5 Religion

Christ shares His life with us

                • Disciples of Christ
                • Jesus’ mission

The  Sacraments of Initiation and Healing

                • Baptism 
                • Confirmation
                • Communion
                • Penance and Reconciliation
                • Anointing of the Sick


Church seasons

                • Ordinary time
                • Advent


                • St. Martin de Porres
                • St. Matthias
                • St. Juan Diego



Ms. Paone – First Trimester 2020-21

5th Grade – Trimester 1 


Main Idea
Context Clues
Point of View

Narrative Writing
Informative Writing
Opinion Writing
Expository Essays
Persuasive Essays
Revising and Editing 

Nouns/Proper Nouns
Complete Sentences
Types of Sentences
Compound Sentences

Narrative Nonfiction
Realistic Fiction
Informational Text
Science Fiction/Fantasy


Place Value and Decimal Fractions
Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart
Decimal Fractions and Place Value Patterns
Place Value and Rounding Decimal Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Decimals
Multiplying Decimals
Dividing Decimals

Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations
Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication
The Standard Algorithm for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication
Decimal Multi-Digit Multiplication
Measurement Word Problems with Whole Number and Decimal Multiplication
Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Division
Partial Quotients and Multi-Digit Whole Number Division
Partial Quotients and Multi-Digit Decimal Division
Measurement Word Problems with Multi-Digit Division


Earth’s Systems
Earth Materials and Systems (5-ESS2-1)
The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (5-ESS2-2)
Human Impacts on Earth Systems (5-ESS3-1)

Structure and Properties of Matter
Types of Matter (5-PS1-1)
Conservation of Matter (5-PS1-2)
Chemical Reactions (5-PS1-4)

Additional Topics
Forces and Motion
Climate and Weather
The Water Cycle

Social Studies  

Geography in the Western Hemisphere (Standard 3)
Geological Processes
Physical, political, economic, and cultural features of countries, continents, and regions

Early Peoples of the Americas (Standards 1, 2, and 3)
Early Civilization
Settlement of the Western Hemisphere
Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere

Complex Societies and Civilizations (Standards 2 and 3)
Characteristics of civilizations
City-states and empires
Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations

Ms. Sun – Third Trimester 2019-2020

Kindergarten Mandarin –- 3rd Trimester       

March—June 2020


Chinese Language Arts

     We will cover 2 units in the third trimester: 1) Communities; 2) Small Moments. Students will focus on one topic each week. For each week, we will name items, practice conversation, study words and grammars, read different genres, and learn to write frequent words and simple sentences. Students will be given a list of words and leveled readers to review at home.


At the end of this trimester, students will be able to:  

  1. Oral language: 1) increase understanding words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life; 2) recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being dictated; 3) provide basic information about self, family and friends. 
  2. Writing:  1) write frequent words and phrases on familiar topics; 2) write briefly about most familiar topics using very simple sentences. 
3. Reading skills: 1) identify the characters, the setting of the story, and the sequence of events; 2) tell main idea and details; 3) provide reading responses; 4) understand author’s purpose; 5) understand text and graphic features

4. Language progression:  1) understand and use some learned and memorized words and phrases; 2) use punctuation: period, comma, exclamations; 3) understand Chinese grammar: questions, pronouns, negation with and 没, action verbs, ongoing actions in the present, and basic time phrases 


              1. Measurement
              2. Review position, shapes and numbers
              3. Money and time



              1. Life cycle of a butterfly  
              2. Plants
              3. Motion

Social Studies

              1. Earning money
              2. Community and maps
              3. United States 
              4. Monthly holidays
              5. All about me 


              1. Prayers
              2. Lent, 3 Days and Easter 
              3. Jesus Family


Please feel free to use Ms. Sun’s wiki page to review the lessons that have been learned in the class.

6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA- 3rd Trimester 2019-2020

6th Grade 

Reading Skills/Comprehension

  • Use evidence from text in order to summarize the plot and make inferences about and analyze the text.
  • Determine the central theme or themes in a text.
  • Figurative Language 
  • Understand and explain point of view in the text.
  • Read and compare different texts and genres that address the same topic.


  • Informative/explanatory texts
  • Evidence based essays
  • Opinion Writing 


  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Diagramming Sentences
  • Punctuation

7th Grade

Reading Skills/Comprehension

  • Use evidence from text in order to summarize the plot and make inferences about and analyze the text.
  • Determine the central theme or themes in a text.
  • Determine central ideas in a text.
  • Figurative Language
  • Understand and explain point of view in the text.


  • Informative/explanatory texts
  • Evidence based essays
  • Opinion Writing 


  • Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
  • Clauses and Complex Sentences
  • Verbals
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Diagramming Sentences


8th Grade

Reading Skills/Comprehension

  • Analyzing Meaning, Theme and Summarizing 
  • Analyzing Plot and Character
  • Comparing and Contrasting Text Structures
  • Analyzing Point of View
  • Analyzing Text Structure
  • Determine Point of View and Purpose
  • Analyzing sources of Fiction Text


  • Informative/explanatory texts
  • Evidence based essays
  • Opinion Writing 
  • Research Paper


  • Prepositions, Conjunctions and Interjections
  • Clauses and Complex Sentences
  • Verbals
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Diagramming Sentences


Technology – Second Trimester 2019-20

Second Trimester

Grade 2

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Mouse usage: Select, Drag, and Double Click
  • Computer Hardware: Printer and Scanner
  • Data Storage

Grade 3

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Mobile Devices
  • Software Fundamentals
  • Toolbars and Menus
  • Windows and Controls

Grade 4

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Keyboarding
  • Home Row
  • Upper Row
  • Lower Row
  • Shift Key

Grade 5

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Introduction to Word Processing
  • Introduction to Google Docs
  • Document Creation
  • Formatting Text
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Page Layout

Grade 6

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets
  • Introduction to Google Sheets
  • Spreadsheet Creation
  • Basic Formatting
  • Formulas and Functions
  • Graphing in Spreadsheets (Pie Charts, Line Graphs, and Bar Graphs)

Grade 7

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Introduction to Presentation Software
  • Introduction to Google Slides
  • Slideshow Creation
  • Slide Effects
  • Slide Transitions

Grade 8

  • Online Safety, Cyberbullying, and Cyber Citizenship
  • Introduction to Python Programming Language
  • Flowcharts
  • High level and low level Computer Languages
  • Using the Python IDLE to write and run programs
  • Counting in Binary (Converting Numbers from Decimal to Binary and from Binary to Decimal)
  • Strings, Lists, Tuples, and Maps
  • Variables and Variable Types
  • Drawing in Python using Turtles
  • IF and IF-THEN-ELSE Statements