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Elementary School Curriculum

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Anchored in Core Knowledge and boosted by liberal arts studies, learning is unified across subjects and concepts are reinforced in many ways. As a preparatory school, we create a challenging and supportive academic environment that promotes literacy, equity, readiness, and grit through rigorous academics, disciplined character development, and a culture of high expectations.

Kindergarten
English/Language Arts

  • Introduction to Mother Goose and Other Traditional Poems
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Fiction Stories, Aesop’s Fables
  • American Folk Tales and Tall Tales
  • Phonics and Sight Words
  • Reading “Daily 5″ Centers
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Handwriting (Penmanship)
  • Classical Literature Selections
  • Read-Alouds
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Mathematics

  • Matching and Sorting; Numbers to 5
  • Numbers to 10; Ordering Numbers
  • Shapes; Patterns
  • Measurement: Length and Size
  • Measurement: Weight and Capacity
  • Comparing: Sets of Numbers; Numbers to 20
  • Number Bonds; Addition and Subtraction
  • Numbers to 30; Number Sense
  • Computation
  • Telling Time; Money
  • Numbers to 100
  • Begin 1st Grade Mathematics
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Science

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • The 5 Senses
  • Taking Care of Your Body
  • A Healthy Diet

National Geographic Science – Physical Science

  • Observing Objects
  • How Things Move
  • Introduction to Magnetism

National Geographic Science – Earth Science

  • Day and Night
  • Weather and Seasons

National Geographic Science – Life Science

  • Plants
  • Animals

Taking Care of the Earth’s Environment

Core Knowledge – Science Biographies

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Social Studies

Safety: Bus and Fire

Core Knowledge – All About Me!

Early Exploration and Settlement

  • Columbus
  • The Pilgrims

Core Knowledge – Geography

  • Maps and Globes
  • Oceans and Poles

Core Knowledge – U.S. History

  • Presidents: Past and Present
  • American Symbols and Figures
  • Independence Day
  • Citizenship

Taking Care of the Earth: Our Civic Responsibility

MN Standards – Economics

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Latin

Units 1-6: Greetings, Emotions, Names, Family, People

Units 7-13: Classroom items, commands, and manners  (additional Christmas lessons: Unit 16-18)

Units 14-15/19-20: Animals, Body, Face

Units 21-30: Food and Nature/Outdoors

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Visual Arts

  • Color: Primary and Secondary. Warm and Cool
  • Line: Straight, Zigzag, Curvy, Wavy, Thick, Thin
  • Sculpture: Northwest American Indian Totem Pole, Statue of Liberty
  • Mobiles
  • Looking at and Talking about Famous Works of Art
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Vocal Exploration and Vocal Timbre
  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (sol-la-mi)

Comparatives

  • Higher/Lower
  • Soft/Loud: piano/forte
  • Slow/Fast: andante/allegro

Rhythmic Development

  • Steady Beat
  • Beat vs. Divided Beat (“the way the words go”)

Core Knowledge Selections

  • “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland
  • “Morning” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
  • “Moonlight Sonata” (Beethoven)
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Tag Games
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Scooters
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Parachute
  • Soccer
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First Grade
English/Language Arts

  • Introduction to Literature and Nonfiction
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Spelling and Spelling Patterns
  • Phonics and Sight Words
  • Daily 5 Reading: Word Work Centers
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Handwriting
  • Read-Alouds
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Mathematics

  • Numbers to 100 Place Value and Number Bonds
  • Addition and Subtraction; Fact Practice
  • Measurement: Comparing Length
  • Ordinal Numbers Counting and Comparing
  • Mental Math; Number Stories
  • Money; Telling Time
  • Multiplication: Equal Groups Division
  • Measurement: Comparing Weight and Capacity
  • Tables and Graphs
  • Geometry and Shapes
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Science

National Geographic Science – Earth Science

  • Rocks and Soil
  • Sun, Moon and Stars

National Geographic Science – Life Science

  • Living Things
  • Plants and Animals

National Geographic Science – Physical Science

  • Pushes and Pulls
  • Properties

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • Germs, Illness and Diseases
  • Circulatory System
  • Skeletal System
  • Digestive System
  • Nervous System
  • Taking care of Your Body
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Social Studies

Safety: Bus and Fire

Core Knowledge – Geography

  • Spatial Sense
  • Geographical Terms and Features

Core Knowledge – World History – Early Civilizations

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • History of World Religions

Core Knowledge – Early Exploration and Settlement

  • Columbus
  • The Conquistadors
  • English Settlers
  • Exploring the West

Core Knowledge – U.S. History – Early People and Civilizations

  • Hunters and Nomads
  • Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations
  • From Colonies to Independence
  • American Revolution
  • American Symbols

Core Knowledge – World History – Modern Civilization and Culture

  • Mexico

MN Standards – Economics

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Latin

Units 1-6: Greetings, Emotions, Names, Family, People

Units 7-13: Classroom items, commands, and manners  (additional Christmas lessons: Unit 16-18)

Units 14-15/19-20: Animals, Body, Face

Units 21-30: Food and Nature/Outdoors

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Visual Arts

  • Color: Primary and Secondary
  • Art From Long Ago: Cave Paintings of Lascaux, Art of Ancient Egypt
  • Texture in Art
  • Murals
  • Line: Straight, Zigzag, Curvy, Wavy, Spiral, Thick, Thin
  • Shape: Geometric and Organic
  • Portraits and Self-Portraits
  • Still-Life Paintings
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Vocal Exploration and Vocal Timbre
  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (sol-la-mi)

Comparatives

  • Higher/Lower
  • Soft/Loud: piano/forte
  • Slow/Fast: andante/allegro

Rhythmic Development

  • Steady Beat
  • Beat vs. Divided Beat
  • Ta (Quarter Note)
  • Tih-Tih (Two Eighth Notes)
  • Quarter Rest

Core Knowledge Selections

  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • The Nutcracker
  • Eine kleine nachtmusik
  • Peter and the Wolf
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Tag Games
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Scooters
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Parachute
  • Soccer
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Second Grade
English / Language Arts

  • Introduction to Literature and Fables
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Spelling and Spelling Patterns
  • Phonics and Sight Words
  • Daily 5 Reading
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Penmanship
  • Classical Literature Selections
  • Read-Alouds
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Mathematics

  • Numbers to 1,000 Place Value and Comparing Numbers
  • Meanings of Addition and Subtraction
  • Measurement: Length Non-Standard Units
  • Multiplication and Division: Equal Groups and Arrays
  • Fact Practice and Mental Math
  • Money: Dollars and Cents Rounding
  • Fractions: Halves and Quarters
  • Telling Time: Intervals and Other Units
  • Measurement: Capacity
  • Tables and Graphs
  • Geometry and Making Shapes
  • Begin 3rd Grade Mathematics
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Science

National Geographic Science – Earth Science

  • Land and Water
  • Weather

National Geographic Science – Life Science

  • Habitats
  • Living Things
  • Life Cycles

National Geographic Science – Physical Science

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Forces and Motion

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • Cells
  • Digestive System
  • A Healthy Diet
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Social Studies

Safety: Bus and Fire

Core Knowledge: Geography

  • Maps and Globes
  • Geographical Terms and Features

Core Knowledge: World History – Early Civilizations: Asia

  • Geography of Asia
  • India
  • China

Core Knowledge: World History – Modern Civilization and Culture of Japan

  • Geography
  • Culture

Core Knowledge – U.S. History

  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • American Symbols and Figures
  • The Civil War
  • Westward Expansion

Core Knowledge: World History

  • Ancient Greece: MN Standards

Taking Care of the Earth: Our Civic Responsibility

MN Standards: Economics

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Latin

Units 1-6: Greetings, Emotions, Names, Family, People

Units 7-13: Classroom items, commands, and manners  (additional Christmas lessons: Unit 16-18)

Units 14-15/19-20: Animals, Body, Face

Units 21-30: Food and Nature/Outdoors

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Visual Arts

  • Line: Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal
  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Symmetry
  • Abstract Art: Lifelike and abstract animals
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Vocal Exploration and Vocal Timbre
  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (sol-la-mi)

Musical Literacy

  • Music Staff
  • Treble Clef
  • Lines and Spaces
  • Steps and Skips
  • 4/4 Time Signature
  • Measures

Rhythmic Development

  • Steady Beat
  • Beat vs. Rhythm
  • Tika-Tika (Four Sixteenth Notes)
  • Ta-oh (half note)

Core Knowledge Selections

  • “The Star Spangled Banner”
  • 1812 Overture
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • The Four Seasons
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Fitness Testing
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Soccer
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Third Grade
English / Language Arts

  • Introduction to Literature and Fables
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Words Their Way Spelling Curriculum: Spelling and Spelling Patterns
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Penmanship
  • Classical Literature Selections and Read-Alouds
Visit Class Page
Mathematics

  • Numbers to 100,000; Place Value and Rounding Numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction: Fact Practice
  • Multiplication and Division: Fact Practice
  • Estimation and Word Problems
  • Mental Math Strategies
  • Fractions: Add/Subtract and Equivalent, sets, $
  • Money: Dollars and Cents; Add/Subtract
  • Data Analysis, Probability
  • Telling Time: Hours, Minutes and Other Units
  • Measurement: Weight and Capacity Review
  • Tables and Graphs
  • Geometry: Area, Perimeter, Volume
  • Begin 4th Grade Mathematics
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Science

National Geographic Science – Earth Science

  • Sun, Earth and Moon
  • Stars
  • Changes to Earth
  • Earth Materials/Resources
  • Earth Formations
  • Volcanoes

National Geographic Science – Life Science

  • Life Cycle of Plant
  • Animal Characteristics
  • Animal Environments
  • Survival
  • Seasons

National Geographic Science – Physical Science

  • Matter
  • Force and Motion
  • Energy
  • Light/Sound

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • Muscular System
  • Skeletal System
  • Nervous System
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Social Studies

Safety: Bus and Fire

Core Knowledge: History and Geography

  • Spatial Sense
  • Geographical Terms and Features
  • Rivers of the World
  • Canada
  • Thirteen Colonies

Core Knowledge: U.S. History – Earliest Americans

  • Land Bridge
  • Vikings

Core Knowledge: Early Exploration of North America

  • Spanish Explorers
  • Southwest and Northwest Passage
  • Native Americans

Core Knowledge: World History – Early Civilizations

  • Ancient Rome
  • Byzantine Civilization

MN Standards: MN History: The Dakota People

MN Standards: Economics

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Latin

Unit 1: Vocabulary (feminine), genders, Verb charts

Unit : Vocabulary (feminine), Noun charts, cases

Unit 3: Vocabulary (masculine and neuter), Noun charts, cases

Unit 4: Review of verbs, nouns (3 genders/2 declensions), vocabulary, translation of simple Latin

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Visual Arts

  • Space in Artwork: 2D and 3D shapes
  • Light: How do artists use light and shadow in artwork?
  • American Indian Artwork: Weaving
  • Art of Ancient Rome and Byzantine Civilization
  • Design: Figure and Ground, Symmetry, Pattern
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (do-re-mi-sol-la-do’)

Music Literacy

  • Pentatonic melodies on the music staff
  • Musical Math

Rhythmic Development

  • Ti-Tika (one eighth note + two sixteenth notes
  • Tika-Ti (two sixteenth notes + one eighth note)

Core Knowledge Selections

  • Swan Lake
  • Appalachian Spring
  • Scheherazade
  • Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Fitness Testing
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Soccer
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Fourth Grade
English / Language Arts

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Spelling and Spelling Patterns
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Literary Genres
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Penmanship
  • Classical Literature Selections
  • Read-Alouds
Visit Class Page
Mathematics

  • Whole Numbers; Place Value; Factors/ Multiples
  • Multiply/Divide: Fact Practice; Computation
  • Word Problems; Approximation
  • Multiplication and Division 2 digit: Fact Practice
  • Mental Math Fractions: Equivalents, Improper, Add/Subtract, Word Problems
  • Decimals: Place Value, Rounding, Add/Subtract, Multiply/Divide
  • Geometry: Angles Congruent/Symmetric Figures
  • Measurement: Measures and Volumes, Data Analysis and Prob., Percentages
  • Coordinate Graphs and Changes in Quantity
  • Measuring: Angles, Lines, Shapes, Solids, Nets, Area/Perimeter
  • Algebra and Algebraic Expressions, Integers, Coordinates
  • Begin 5th Grade Mathematics
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Science

National Geographic Science

  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System

Core Knowledge: Science Biographies

Taking Care of the Environment

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Social Studies

  • Safety Lessons, Spatial Sense/Geo., Maps and Globes
  • World Geography, Physical Maps, Mountain Ranges
  • Geography of Western Europe
  • History of the Christian Church, Feudalism, Norman Conquest
  • Europe in Middle Ages: Background, England
  • China: Dynasties and Conquerors
  • Spread of Islam: Holy Wars, Development of Islamic Civilization, Wars and Crusades
  • American Revolution; French and Indian War
  • Constitution/Government; Electoral Process; Early Presidents and Politics
  • Early and Medieval African Kingdoms, Geography of Africa
  • MN Standards: Minnesota State History; The Fifty States and Capitals; Economics
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Latin

Unit 1: Verbs, Sum/Esse, Vocabulary, Chapter 1 translation

Unit : Roman Villa, chapter 2 and 3 translation, masculine/neuter nouns, verbs, vocabulary, cases

Unit 3: Vocabulary, chapter 4 and 5 translation, grammar, verbs, nouns, cases, The Aeneid

Unit 4: Nouns, verbs, Vocabulary, chapter 6-8, cases, review (maybe chapter 9 if time)

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Visual Arts

Islamic Art and Architecture

  • Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Architecture of the Taj Mahal

Art of Africa

  • Sculptures
  • Masks

Art of China

  • Porcelain
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Calligraphy

Art of the Middle Ages in Europe: Gothic Architecture: Notre Dame Cathedral

Art of a New Nation

  • Portraits
  • Architecture of Monticello
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (sol,-la,-do-re-mi-sol-la-do’)

Music Literacy

  • Letter Names of the Notes of the Treble Clef
  • Steps and Skips
  • Pentatonic melodies on the music staff
  • Musical Math

Rhythmic Development: Syn-co-pa (single eighth note, quarter note, single eighth note)

Core Knowledge Selections

  • “The Hallelujah Chorus” (Handel)
  • Songs of the U.S. Armed Forces
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Fitness Testing
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Soccer
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Fifth Grade
English / Language Arts

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Poetry, Sayings and Phrases
  • Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Spelling and Spelling Patterns
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Literary Genres
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Vocabulary and Latin
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Penmanship
  • Classical Literature Selections
  • Read-Alouds
Visit Class Page
Mathematics

  • Whole Numbers; Place Value; Factors/ Multiples
  • Multiply/Divide: Fact Practice; Computation
  • Word Problems; Prime Factorization
  • Multiplication and Division of 2 Digit Numbers: Fact Practice
  • Fractions: Add/Subtract, Multiply/Divide, Mixed/Word Problems
  • Ratio Decimals: Add/Subtract, Multiply/Divide
  • Average and Rate; Data Analysis, Probability
  • Measurement: Measures and Volumes, Percentages
  • Charts and Graphs; Angles
  • Geometry: Area, Perimeter, Surface Area
  • Algebra and Algebraic Expressions, Integers, Coordinates
  • Begin 6th Grade Mathematics
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Science

National Geographic Science

  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science

Core Knowledge – Human Body

  • Changes in Human Adolescence
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Taking Care of Your Body: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Rest

Core Knowledge: Science Biographies

Taking Care of the Environment

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Social Studies

  • Bus Safety Lessons
  • Spatial Sense and Geography
  • Great Lakes of the World
  • Core Knowledge: World Geography
  • Core Knowledge: U.S. Geography
  • European Exploration: Trade, Clash of Cultures, Background, Trade and Colonization, Trade and Slavery
  • Native Americans: Culture and Conflicts; American Government; Polices, Reconstruction
  • Feudal Japan
  • Geography: Meso American Civilizations, Maya, Inca and Aztec Civ., Spanish Conquerors
  • Westward Expansion Before the Civil War
  • The Civil War: Causes, Conflicts and Consequences
  • The Renaissance and Reformation
  • England from the Golden Age to the Glorious Revolution
  • Russia: Early Growth and Expansion
  • MN Standards: Minnesota State History; Economics
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Latin

Unit 1: Verb review (present tense 1st conjugation), Nouns (feminine), vocabulary, gender roles, chapter 1 translation

Unit : Chapters 2-3 translations, nouns (feminine and masculine/neuter), verbs (2nd,4th conjugation)

Unit 3: Chapters 4-5 translation, Roman diet/farming, nouns (1st, 2nd, 3rd declension), verbs (3rd declension), vocabulary

Art of the Renaissance: Chapters 6-8 translation, vocabulary, review of all grammar, education systems, (if time) The Aeneid

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Visual Arts

American Art: 19th Century United States

The Civil War

  • Photography
  • Currier and Ives

Art of Japan

  • Hokusai
  • Cherry Blossom Paintings

Art of the Renaissance

  • Linear Perspective
  • Shift from Medieval to Renaissance
  • Vantage Point

Art of the Renaissance

  • Architecture
  • Paintings of the Northern Renaissance
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Music

Singing and Vocal Development

  • Proper Use of the Singing Voice
  • Pitch-Matching (sol,-la,-do-re-mi-sol-la-do’)

Music Literacy

  • Intervals
  • Major Scale
  • Minor Scale
  • Whole Steps/Half Steps
  • 3/4, 6/8
  • Time Signatures

Rhythmic Development

  • Dotted rhythms
  • Eighth Note Triplets

Core Knowledge Selections

  • Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven)
  • Spirituals
  • Music of the Renaissance
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
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Physical Education

  • Rules/Procedures
  • Fitness Testing
  • Team Activities
  • Floor Hockey
  • Aerobic Activities/Fitness Stations
  • Basketball
  • Nukum/Small Group Games
  • Throwing Games
  • Big Base
  • Soccer
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