Intermediate Grades 4-6

The Intermediate Department consists of two homeroom classes per grade level.  Fourth grade students have seven academic classes including at least one specials class each day.  Specials classes include library/media center and physical education which students have one day a week throughout the school year.  Students have computer, Spanish, music, and art each for nine weeks four days a week.

Students in the fifth and sixth grades also have seven academic classes including one specials class each day.  Specials classes include computer and physical education which students have for nine weeks five days a week.  Students have Spanish, music, and art each for six weeks five days a week.

A Study Skills Program is introduced in the fourth grade and continues through the sixth grade.  The program focuses on several important areas including strengthening students' organization skills.  Organization becomes increasingly important in the intermediate grades as students change rooms for some of their main subjects.  Fourth grade students change rooms for social studies and science.  Fifth and sixth grade students change rooms for math, social studies, science, and grammar/vocabulary.

An Accelerated Math class is offered in the fifth grade.  An Advanced Math class is offered in the sixth grade.  Participation in these classes is based on students' past academic performance and teacher recommendations.

RELIGION

All intermediate classes attend Mass weekly as a class, on Holy Days of Obligation, and once a month with the entire school.

The fourth grade religion curriculum focuses on understanding the Ten Commandments and following the teachings of Jesus.  Students also visit the Adoration Chapel bi-weekly.

Fifth grade religion classes focus on meeting Jesus in the Sacraments by studying the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.  The students also study how Jesus shares his life with us and how we can love and serve as Jesus did.  Students may also train to become altar servers.

Our sixth grade students study the Old Testament, reliance on Scripture, Catholic social teaching, stewardship, and vocation awareness.

MATHEMATICS

Objectives covered in fourth grade mathematics include whole number operations, number sense and time, statistics, graphing, probability, geometry, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, measurement, long division, and graphing. 

The fifth grade curriculum includes several units.  Through the use of a variety of technology, the students expand their knowledge of concepts related to place value to include decimals, and students explore the physical and visual relationships between fractions and decimals.  Computation skills in all mathematical operations are a focus in these units.  Access to virtual and hands-on manipulatives provides opportunities for students to develop relationships between geometry and measurement.  Students begin to analyze data and graphs.  

The sixth grade math curriculum focuses on the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percents.  Through student access to technology resources, the students develop an understanding of ratio and proportions.  Geometric formulas are used to solve real-world problems.  Students analyze and begin to interpret data with meaning.  Basic algebra concepts and an understanding of integers are developed.  The sixth grade Advanced Math class is a combination of units of the curriculum in sixth and seventh grades. 

Simple Solutions is used as a supplemental program to increase student retention of mathematical skills in fourth through sixth grades.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade language arts curriculum focuses on writing, grammar, and reading comprehension skills.  In writing, emphasis is placed on the 6+1 Trait writing of organization, word choice, similes, and metaphors.  The 6+1 Trait writing program provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision for good writing. 

In grammar students master the following grade level skills: types of sentences, transition words, nouns and verbs, pronouns, subjects and predicates, verb tenses, contractions and negatives, adjectives, prepositions and prepositional phrases, conjunctions, and punctuation.  Reading comprehension focuses on author's purpose, main idea and details, cause and effect, drawing conclusions, and fact and opinion.

Fifth and Sixth Grade -- English

This academic subject includes grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.  In grammar emphasis is placed on areas including sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation.  Vocabulary is an individual subject that is taught using the Sadlier Series.  This instructional program challenges students in 5th through 8th grades, increasing their appreciation of words and mastering parts of speech.

Fifth Grade -- Literature

Students refine their reading skills using the Reading Street Series.   Vital knowledge areas include comprehension, inferences, fluency, and author's purpose.  These objectives are tested quarterly using the Reading Street benchmark test.  Students are further introduced to literature and its components by reading quarterly novels and are assigned a project to show understanding of literary elements.  Writing skills are refined by using the 6+1 Trait writing program (voice, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, organization, conventions, and presentation).  The 6+1 Trait writing program provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision for good writing.   

Sixth Grade -- Literature

Sixth grade literature targets literary responses, analysis, and reading comprehension.  Students develop reading skills and strategies while being introduced to new authors and genres through reading novels as a class.  Writing skills are refined using 6+1 Trait writing (voice, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, organization, conventions, and presentation) which provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision for good writing.

SCIENCE

Intermediate science begins with students learning how scientists do their work. Students plan scientific investigations, use science process skills, utilize numbers and the metric system, learn scientific writing skills, and understand and follow science safety rules.  Science field trips and guest speakers help students master their science objectives.

Fourth grade’s focus is on life science, earth science, and physical science. The program utilizes hands on activities and experiments using scientific vocabulary.

The fifth grade science curriculum focuses on life science, earth science, and physical science.  Students explore course content by conducting investigations, reading, writing, and discussing class materials.

Sixth grade students study earth science.  Students delve into weather and climate, earth's waters, inside earth, and astronomy.  Students learn through the use of experimentation, reading, writing, and discussions and activities geared toward the unit of study. 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The fourth grade social studies curriculum begins with a basic review of the geography of the United States.  This is followed by an in-depth study of how early Native cultures developed in North America, European exploration of North America, the factors that shaped early colonial America, and the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.  Students analyze the challenge of the new nation and westward expansion of America between 1801 and 1861.  Students complete the year exploring the impact of personal spending and saving decisions.

The fifth grade social studies curriculum includes United States history, the Civil War, WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII.  Students learn the Constitution and its meaning to them as citizens and explore the United States' involvement in world affairs.  Students continue learning how to create and maintain a personal budget and continue to build on map skills.

Sixth grade social studies includes geography, culture, conflict, government, major countries, physical features, and the economic influences of Europe, Latin America, Canada, and Australia.  Current events are discussed.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saints Report and All Saints Day Mass (Grade 4)
  • Georgia Power Science Presentations (Grade 4)
  • Augusta Canal Science and Social Studies Field Trip (Grade 4)
  • Augusta Players School House Rock Musical (Grade 4)
  • Morris Museum of Art Combining Voices Literary Contest (Grade 5)
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee (Grades 5-6)
  • Catholic Math League Competition (Grades 5-6)
  • Ruth Patrick Science Center (Grade 6)
  • Augusta Players Spring Performance (Grade 6)
  • Opportunity to begin participating in sports (Grade 6)

FACULTY

Chris Bosch, 4th Grade, 25 years of experience
Lori Serji, 4th Grade, 10 years of experience
Lori Garrett, 5th Grade Homeroom*, 5th & 6th Grade Grammar/Vocabulary, 4 years of experience
Linda Weddle, 5th Grade Homeroom*, 5th & 6th Grade Social Studies, 6 years of experience
Todd Shafer, 6th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade Literature, 5th & 6th Grade Science, 13 years of experience
Kim Gibbs, 6th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade Religion, 5th Grade Math, 6th Grade Advanced Math, 5 years of experience
Caroline Brady, 5th Grade Accelerated Math, 6th Grade Math, 28 years of experience

*5th Grade Homeroom teachers teach Religion and Literature.