St. Gabriel's Catholic School



Jr. K

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


Language Arts  |  Math  |  Social Studies  |  Science  |  Spanish

Religion  |  Art  |  Music  |  Technology  |  Library  |  PE


Language Arts


Working with Words

The Scientific Spelling program is used to teach reliable patterns and rules of the English language. Students learn to analyze words and group them according to regular, rule and irregular patterns. Students do not learn a given list of words, but rather learn how to use rules and patterns to spell content words and make applications to writing.
Decoding skills are strong by 3rd grade. Students have already learned to read and now they read to learn. Students continue to develop strategies to unlock unfamiliar words through a multisensory approach using the Language Enrichment program.
Vocabulary Development
Words are introduced weekly or bi-weekly where students practice definitions, matching the meaning, synonyms/antonyms, completing sentences and word associations using the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop program. Strong vocabulary skills are built through focus on content words, Vocabulary Workshop, and vocabulary associated with class novels.

Independent and Guided Reading (Literature)

Reading Comprehension
  • Students are taught to use prior experience to comprehend text, identify similarities and differences, predict outcomes, identify sequential order, understand simple story structure, distinguish between fiction and nonfiction, analyze cause and effect, identify main idea and important details, draw conclusions, summarize, make an explain inferences and recognize story plot.
  • Use of Literature Circles and student-guided reading groups, to generate discussions, offer opportunities for group collaboration and encourage individual accountability to a group.
Genres and Themes
Reading focuses on a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature including short stories, tall tales, novels, historical writings, fairy tales, biographies and poetry. These themes are driven by novel studies and tie in with the math, social studies and science classroom studies.
Writing – (Communication Skills)

Sentence Structure
Using complete sentences, avoiding run-on and fragmented sentences, practicing the use of subjects and predicates, compound subjects and verbs, and compound sentences is emphasized.
Capitalization and punctuation related to sentence beginnings, proper nouns, greetings, closings and direct quotations; commas in a series, letter parts, dates, addresses, and quotations are taught.
Using prepositions, verbs, nouns, adjectives, conjunctions, interjections, adverbs, and pronouns are practiced.
Written Expression
Students are taught paragraph development, logical order, and editing through Writing Across the Curriculum with the Collins Writing Program as they write descriptive and contrast paragraphs, opinion essays, How –To essays, haiku poetry, friendly letters, personal narratives, simple research reports and stories.
Continued instruction in D’Nealian handwriting and cursive is conducted.


Emphasis on previous mathematical strands on a more complex level.

  • Geometric figures
  • Organizing data
  • Multiplication and division – number sentences and algebra
  • Estimation and computation of larger numbers
  • Fractions, chance and probability
  • Perimeter and area
  • Fractions, decimals and percents
  • 3-D shapes, weight, volume, and capacity
  • Rates

Social Studies

Emphasis on reading, discussing, writing, and creating project presentations.

  • History of Texas
  • Native Americans
  • Geographical characteristics of Texas
  • Human cultures in Texas
  • Historical patterns
  • Common characteristics among different human cultures


Students cover the topics below in the classroom and science laboratory through a variety of hands-on discovery experiences that increase their understanding through the use of the scientific method.

  • Living Things - Introduction to the scientific classification systems of Life/Animal Kingdoms
  • Ecosystems - Further development of an understanding of surviving in ecosystems
  • Earth and its Resources - Emphasis on shaping the Earth and saving its resources
  • Weather and Space - Continued exploration of the Earth’s climate and its solar system
  • Matter - Study of the properties of matter and its changes
  • Forces and Energy - Introduction to the concepts of light, sound, heat, and electricity and introduction to simple machines, energy, and work


  • Likes/dislikes
  • Basic verbs
  • Seasons, months, calendar, days of the week
  • Express obligation
  • Physical/emotional feelings, daily responsibilities
  • Br and pr, basic verbs
  • Preference, body parts, descriptions
  • Physical condition
  • Daily activities, time, present progressive verbs
  • Cultural Connection: Dia de Los Muertos
  • Cultural Connection: Las Posadas/La Virgen de Guadalupe


The emphasis of the Fourth Grade religion curriculum is in learning how the Ten Commandments serve as God’s safety net for His children, protecting us and guiding us down His path.  We also examine the Beatitudes and see how they become a model for how to live our lives like Jesus. The students discuss and respond to the topics of:

  • Growing in Jesus Christ
  • The Commandments
  • The Commandments Help us to Love Others
  • We are Called to Holiness


  • Drawing: self portraiture, hill country pastel landscape, oil pastel batik, illuminated letters, and drawing skill builders
  • Printmaking: linoleum block prints
  • Sculpture: wire shoes, claymation, and paper weaving with altered materials
  • Ceramics: ceramic owl and sgraffito cylindrical pots
  • Fiber Arts: loom weaving and crochet
  • Painting/Multimedia: Christmas studies and multimedia gridded masterpiece


The third, fourth and fifth grade students continue to expand those studies begun in their early years at St. Gabriel’s. The third grade students play in a tone chime ensemble and learn how to work together. They learn the importance of stopping and starting together and playing the same tempo. In fourth grade, the students further develop their musical aptitude through the playing of solos, duets and ensemble numbers on the recorder instrument. Finally, the fifth grade students participate in Orff ensembles playing music of many different cultures. Each one of these grade levels perform several times in our beautiful liturgies throughout the year.


When students leave the fifth grade at St. Gabriel’s lower school they are able to read notes and recognize rhythms on both the Treble and Bass staff.


  • Typing skills and improvement of WPM
  • Multimedia project-based learning
  • Internet searching, researching and Internet safety
  • Utilization of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Integration of technology into all areas of the classroom curriculum


  • Emphasis on and review of previous library skills
  • Online catalog
  • Online databases
  • Types and styles of literature with a focus on different fiction genres, chapter books, tall tales and poetry
  • Further study of the Dewey Decimal System-ABC order
  • Author study
  • Reading programs to encourage reading for pleasure
  • Reference tools: dictionaries, thesaurus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedias

Physical Education

The physical education program is designed to teach students the fundamental importance of everyday activity through games and movement activities.  The students will learn a wide range of exercise, games and activities that promote healthy lifestyles and teach social skills.  The skills students learn will be progressive and build from year to year in the classroom.  They will be learning about strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and hand-eye coordination.  Students will learn through a variety of warm-ups, games and sports.  The teachers will provide opportunities for the students to learn to work as individuals and in group settings.  The goal is to teach a lifetime of physical fitness through fun games and activities. 


Students will learn all basic fundamentals through lead up games and warm-ups and progress to more sports oriented games as they move from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.  The students will work on basic fitness at the beginning of the year and progress to more strenuous activities as the year progresses.  The students will learn cooperation and problem solving through game play and interaction with classmates and teachers.  They will learn a variety of games that involve listening skills and following directions.



  • To build strength
  • To improve balance and coordination
  • To warm body up to perform a variety of activities

Group Games

  • Games that involve teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship
  • Scooter games
  • Relay races
  • Parachute games
  • Spot games
  • Cone games
  • Bio-dome games

Team Sports

  • To teach good sportsmanship and basic fundamentals of the game
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Matball
  • Basketball
  • Track and field in grades K-5
  • Football, volleyball, speedball, lacrosse and racquet sports in grades 3-5

Fitness activities

  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Muscular strength
  • Endurance running
  • Muscle memory
  • Tag games
  • Obstacles
  • Ropes
  • Tumbling
  • Jump rope

Movement concepts and basic motor skills

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Hand-eye coordination

Locomotor skills

  • Skip
  • Gallop
  • Shuffle
  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Hop on one leg
  • Proper running technique