Curriculum

The Core Knowledge curriculum offered at Ave Maria Catholic School “provides a coherent plan for teaching language arts, literature, math, science, history, geography, music, and the visual arts. The Core Knowledge sequence provides a solid foundation of learning that promotes academic excellence for all learners”. The literacy program at Ave Maria Catholic School includes comprehensive phonics and vocabulary; the reading and math programs provide our teachers with the tools for differentiated instruction. Our science, history, and geography programs build on prior knowledge making all learning relevant to students. And finally, music and the visual arts tie together subject content using a cross-curricular approach. Rosetta Stone is used to support our foreign language enrichment program and technology is incorporated in the classroom instruction, as well as, offered in the computer lab.

To view an overview of the curriculum for each grade level, please click on the corresponding bar below:

Ave Maria is a good school. I’m learning how to be a good Christian. My teachers are awesome and kind!  I wouldn’t want to go to school anywhere else!

Jessica Webster

Second Grade Student

Kindergarten

Language Arts/Reading: Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing, Language Conventions, Poetry, Fiction, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography, Spatial Sense, Overview of the Seven Continents, American Geography, Native American Peoples; Past and Present, Early Exploration and Settlement, Presidents; Past and Present, Symbols and Figures

Mathematics: Patterns and Classification, Numbers and Number Sense, Money, Computation, Measurement, Geometry

Science: Plants and Plant Growth, Animals and Their Needs, Human Body (Five Senses), Introduction to Magnetism, Seasons and Weather, Taking Care of the Earth, Science Biographies

Religion: The Mass, Prayers, Creation, Our Church Family, Bible Stories, The Sacrament of Baptism, Religious Holidays, Saints, Christian Values

Art: Color Identification, Nursery Rhymes, Five Senses,  Plants, Farms, St. Francis, Native Americans, Seasons, Pets, Springs, Early Birds, Lady Bugs, Flowers

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Building a Foundation/Fitness, Kicking/Trapping, Manipulatives, Catching/Throwing, Balance, Stunts and Tumbling, Parachutes, Dance and Flexibility, Dribbling, Volleying, Striking, Games

Foreign Language: Greetings and Introductions, Religious Holidays, Numbers, Colors, Patterns, Songs

Technology:  Introduction to Vocabulary, Introduction to Graphics, Introduction to Mouse Skills, Introduction to Keyboarding, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Digital Citizenship, Introduction to Computer Etiquette, Introduction to Windows

First Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing, Language Conventions, Poetry, Fiction, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography, Early World Civilizations, Modern Civilizations and Culture, Mexico, Early American People and Civilizations, Early American Exploration and Settlement, From Colonies to Independence, The American Revolution, Early Exploration of the American West, American Symbols and Figures

Mathematics: Patterns and Classification, Numbers and Number Sense, Money, Computation, Measurement, Geometry

Science: Living Things and Their Environments, Human Body (Body Systems), Matter, Properties of Matter, Measurement, Introduction to Electricity, Astronomy, The Earth, Science Biographies

Religion: Revelation That All Creation is a Gift From God, The Holy Trinity, The Great Commandment, Jesus’ Words and Actions Teach Us To Show Love and To Serve God, Liturgy and Sacraments, Recite Traditional Prayers Independently

Art: Fish and Oceans, Cave Art, Egypt, Mexico, Texture, Christmas, Portrait, Ancient Mexican Culture,  Color Mixing, Still Life, Flowers

Music:  Coming soon . . .

Physical Education: Building a Foundation/Fitness, Kicking/Trapping, Manipulatives, Catching/Throwing, Balance, Stunts and Tumbling, Parachutes, Dance and Flexibility, Dribbling, Volleying, Striking, Games

Technology: Vocabulary, Graphics, Mouse Skills, Keyboarding, the Internet, Digital Citizenship, Computer Etiquette, Introduction to Hardware, and Windows

Foreign Language: Prayers, Body, Family, Calendar, Weather, Animals, Mexico

Second Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing, Language Conventions, Poetry, Fiction, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography, Early Asian Civilizations, Modern Japanese Civilization, The Ancient Greek Civilization, American Government, The Constitution, The War of 1812, Westward Expansion, The Civil War, Immigration and Citizenship, Fighting for a Cause, Geography of the Americas, Symbols and Figures

Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense, Fractions, Money, Computation, Measurement, Geometry

Science: Cycles in Nature, Seasonal Cycles, Life Cycles; Water Cycle, Insects, Human Body, Cells, Digestive and Excretory Systems, Magnetism, Simple Machines, Science Biographies

Religion: Mission of Jesus, Holy Trinity, Seven Commandments, Parts of the Mass, Assist With Preparation of First Reconciliation, Assist With Preparation of First Communion

Art: Japan, India, Westward, Life Cycles, Advent-Christmas, Dragons, Landscapes, Architecture, South America,

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Building a Foundation/Fitness, Kicking/Trapping, Manipulatives, Catching/Throwing, Balance, Stunts and Tumbling, Parachutes, Dance and Flexibility, Dribbling, Volleying, Striking, Games

Technology: Vocabulary, Graphics, Mouse Skills, Keyboarding, the Internet, Introduction to Excel, Digital Citizenship, Introduction to Word Processing, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, and Windows

Foreign Language: Saints, Numbers, Calendar, Shapes, Food, Geography of South America

Third Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Reading, Writing, Poetry, Fiction, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography, The Ancient Roman Civilizations, The Vikings, The Earliest Americans, Early Exploration of North America, The Thirteen Colonies, Life and Times Before the Revolution

Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense, Fractions and Decimals, Money, Computation, Measurement

Science: Introduction to Classification of Animals, Human Body (Muscular, Skeletal, and Nervous Systems, Vision and Hearing), Light and Optics, Sound, Ecology, Astronomy, Science Biographies

Religion: Learn About the Family of God, Responding to God Through Prayer and Holy Trinity, Church leaders, The Seven Sacraments, Kingdom of God, The Liturgy, Participation in Mass, Human Dignity, Family Life

Art: Animals, Texture, Canada, Vikings, Advent-Christmas, Mosaic, Rome, Native American, Matisse, Mythological Creatures,

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Fitness Testing, Soccer, Aerobic Games, Basketball, Hockey, Racquets and Paddles, Volleyball, Jump Rope, Lacrosse, Team Building, Flying Discs, Flag Football, Softball, Kickball

Technology: Vocabulary, Graphics, Keyboarding, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, and Windows

Foreign Language: Greetings and Introductions, Family, Clothing, Seasons, Geography of North America, Sayings and Phrases

Fourth Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Writing, Grammar and Usage, Poetry, Fiction, Speeches, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography (Spatial Sense; Mountains), Europe in Middle Ages, The Spread of Islam and the “Holy Wars”, Early and Medieval African Kingdoms, China: Dynasties and Conquerors, The American Revolution, Making a Constitutional Government, Early Presidents and Politics, Reformers, Symbols and Figures

Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense, Fractions and Decimals, Money, Computation, Measurement, Geometry

Science: Human Body (Circulatory and Respiratory Systems), Chemistry; Basic Terms and Concepts, Electricity, Geology; The Earth and Its Changes, Meteorology, Science Biographies

Religion: 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, Prayer of the Church, Parts of the Mass, Sin, The Liturgical Year, Holy people and Modeling Our Lives After Them, Sacraments and Sacramentals, History of the Catholic Church in Colorado, The Corporal Works of Mercy, Vocations

Art: Abstract, Medieval,  Illuminated Letter, Advent-Christmas, African Masks and Sculptures, Valentines, Colorado History,  Plants

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Fitness Testing, Soccer, Aerobic Games, Basketball, Hockey, Racquets and Paddles, Volleyball, Jump Rope, Lacrosse, Team Building, Flying Discs, Flag Football, Softball, Kickball

Technology: Vocabulary, Graphics, Keyboarding, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Google Earth, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, and Windows

Foreign Language: Prayers, Telling time, Animals, Geography and art of Spain, Sayings and Phrases, Simple sentences

Fifth Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Writing, Grammar and Usage, Poetry, Fiction and Drama, Speeches, Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography: World Geography (Spatial Sense; Lakes) Early American Civilizations European Exploration, Trade, and the Clash of Cultures, The Renaissance and the Reformation, England from the Golden Age to the Glorious Revolution, Russia: Early Growth and Expansion, Feudal Japan, American Westward Expansion, The Civil War: Causes, Conflicts, Consequences, Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts, U.S. Geography

Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense, Ratio and Percent, Fractions and Decimals, Computation, Measurement, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Pre-Algebra

Science: Classifying Living Things, Cells: Structures and Processes, Plant Structures and Processes, Life Cycles and Reproduction, Human Body (Endocrine and Reproductive Systems), Chemistry: Matter and Change, Science Biographies

Religion: Sacramental Celebration of the Eucharist and Doctrine, Focus on the Dignity of the Human Person; Family Life, Morality, Service, Social Justice, and Servant Leadership, Continuously Study Prayer and the Goodness of One Another

Art: Portraits, Owls, Living Organisms, Japan, Alphabet and Printing, Advent-Christmas, Matisse, Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Landscape and American Art, Renaissance Sculpture, Architecture

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Fitness Testing, Soccer, Aerobic Games, Basketball, Hockey, Racquets and Paddles, Volleyball, Jump Rope, Lacrosse, Team Building, Flying Discs, Flag Football, Softball, Kickball

Technology: Vocabulary, Graphics, Keyboarding, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Google Earth, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, Introduction to Scratch/Programing, and Windows

Foreign Language: Simple Arithmetic, Telling Time, Writing Simple Paragraphs, Nature, Meso-American civilizations

Sixth Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Writing, Grammar and Usage, Poetry, Fiction and Drama, Sayings and Phrases, Novels include: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor), Out of the Dust (Karen Hesse), and Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)

History and Geography: World Geography (Spatial Sense; Deserts), Lasting Ideas from Ancient Civilizations, The Enlightenment, The French Revolution, Romanticism, Industrialism, Capitalism, and Socialism, Latin American Independence Movements, American Immigration, Industrialization, and Urbanization, Reform

Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense, Ratio, Percent, and Proportion, Computation, Measurement, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Pre-Algebra

Science: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Ocean Chemistry and Zones, Weather/Climate, Plants and their Lives, Geologic Time, Stars, Galaxies and Universe

Religion: The Bible, Old Testament (Sacraments rooted in Scripture, covenants, important figures), Church history (roots in the Jewish faith), 10 Commandments, Vocations, Social Justice, Prayer, Liturgy

Art: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various art classes that include Landscape Painting, Paper Mache, Greek Vase, Abstract Wooden Sculpture, Ceramic Topped Weaving, Ceramic Rose Window, Pop Art Portrait, Ceramic Art Nouveau Plate, One-Point Perspective Drawing, Collage Based on Bearden, Abstract Painting, Neo-Classical portrait, O’Keeffe painting, Value-Drawing, Pastel and Tempera Painting, Wire and Nylon Sculpture, Clay Wall Pocket, Realistic Ceramic Landscape Tile, and 3-D Ceramic Building.

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education:  Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various P.E. classes that include Baseball, Softball, Golf,  Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Disc Golf, Flag Football, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Badminton  Pickleball, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Weight Training, Bowling, Handball, Floor Hockey, Swimming, Dance, and Recreational Sports.

Technology: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various technology classes that include Vocabulary, Graphics, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Google Earth, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, Scratch/Programing, Blogs, Robotics, Web-Based Tools, Windows, Digital Photography, Yearbook, and Study Skills/Keyboarding.

Foreign Language: Students in middle school learn Spanish through the Así se dice! curriculum. This Spanish 1 curriculum is spread over three years and introduces students to vocabulary, grammar, writing and Spanish culture. It helps prepare students to learn Spanish or another foreign language in high school.

Seventh Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Writing, Grammar and Usage, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction and Drama, Foreign Phrases Commonly Used in English, Novels include: My Brother Sam is Dead (James Lincoln Collier), The Giver (Lois Lowry), and A Wrinkle in Time (Madeline L’Engle)

U.S History: 1880-1945 – Urban Reform and Immigration, America’s new social and cultural identity, The Gilded Age, Child Labor, Spectator Sports, Jazz Age, Progressive Reform and Progressive Presidents, Women’s Suffrage, Political Machines, America’s growing role in world affairs (Age of Imperialism), New territories (Hawaii, Alaska), controversy of Imperialism, World War I Era, Russian Revolution, Roaring 20s and Great Depression Era (Capitalism, FDR/New Deal, culture), World War II (Holocaust, Age of Dictators, fronts/theaters/battles, Nuclear technology)

Mathematics: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability

Science: Cells, Genetics, Dissection, Bacteria Protists Fungi, Human Body and Health

Religion: Prayer and  Spirituality, New Testament, Morality; Theology of the Body, Stewardship, Liturgy

Art: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various art classes that include Landscape Painting, Paper Mache, Greek Vase, Abstract Wooden Sculpture, Ceramic Topped Weaving, Ceramic Rose Window, Pop Art Portrait, Ceramic Art Nouveau Plate, One-Point Perspective Drawing, Collage Based on Bearden, Abstract Painting, Neo-Classical portrait, O’Keeffe painting, Value-Drawing, Pastel and Tempera Painting, Wire and Nylon Sculpture, Clay Wall Pocket, Realistic Ceramic Landscape Tile, and 3-D Ceramic Building.

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various P.E. classes that include Baseball, Softball, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Disc Golf, Flag Football, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Badminton Pickleball, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Weight Training, Bowling, Handball, Floor Hockey, Swimming, Dance, and Recreational Sports.

Technology: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various technology classes that include Vocabulary, Graphics, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Google Earth, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, Scratch/Programing, Blogs, Robotics, Web-Based Tools, Windows, Digital Photography, Yearbook, and Study Skills/Keyboarding.

Foreign Language: Students in middle school learn Spanish through the Así se dice! curriculum. This Spanish 1 curriculum is spread over three years and introduces students to vocabulary, grammar, writing and Spanish culture. It helps prepare students to learn Spanish or another foreign language in high school.

Eighth Grade

Language Arts/Reading: Writing, Grammar and Usage, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction and Drama, Foreign Phrases Commonly Used in English, Novels include: Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt), Animal Farm (George Orwell), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

U.S. History and Civics:  1945-Present, The Cold War Era, The 1950’s (Capitalism and Rock ‘n Roll), The Space Race, The Korean War, The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam Era, Modern Geopolitical Issues (The Presidents, Natural Resources, American Foreign Policy, Civil Rights Today, Modern Culture, Political Parties)

Mathematics: The Number System, Expressions, Equations, Inequalities, Functions, Linear and Non-Linear Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability

Science: Chemical Building Blocks (Matter, Atoms, 25 Elements to Know, Periodic Table), Chemistry in Action (Chemical Equations, Solutions, Acids, Bases), Motion Forces and Energy (Simple Machines, Newtons Laws, Prinicples of Fluids)

Religion: Prayer and  Spirituality, Creed, Morality; Theology of the Body, Sacraments; Emphasis on Confirmation, Church History, Stewardship, Liturgy

Art: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various art classes that include Landscape Painting, Paper Mache, Greek Vase, Abstract Wooden Sculpture, Ceramic Topped Weaving, Ceramic Rose Window, Pop Art Portrait, Ceramic Art Nouveau Plate, One-Point Perspective Drawing, Collage Based on Bearden, Abstract Painting, Neo-Classical portrait, O’Keeffe painting, Value-Drawing, Pastel and Tempera Painting, Wire and Nylon Sculpture, Clay Wall Pocket, Realistic Ceramic Landscape Tile, and 3-D Ceramic Building.

Music: Coming Soon . . .

Physical Education: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various P.E. classes that include Baseball, Softball, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Disc Golf, Flag Football, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Badminton Pickleball, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Weight Training, Bowling, Handball, Floor Hockey, Swimming, Dance, and Recreational Sports.

Technology: Students in middle school have the opportunity to elect from various technology classes that include Vocabulary, Graphics, the Internet, Excel, Digital Citizenship, Word Processing, Publishing, Presentations, Research, Google Earth, Computer Etiquette, Reviewing Hardware, Scratch/Programing, Blogs, Robotics, Web-Based Tools, Windows, Digital Photography, Yearbook, and Study Skills/Keyboarding.

Foreign Language: Students in middle school learn Spanish through the Así se dice! curriculum. This Spanish 1 curriculum is spread over three years and introduces students to vocabulary, grammar, writing and Spanish culture. It helps prepare students to learn Spanish or another foreign language in high school.