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61-21 71st Street
Middle Village, NY 11379
Phone: (718) 458-3535
Fax: (718) 458-9031
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Our Lady of Hope School adheres to the curriculum set forth by the NYS Department of Education as well as the Diocese of Brooklyn. Teachers are provided with curriculum guides based on New York State Learning Standards.
          Our Catholic Identity is evident. Students, faculty and staff participate in Masses and prayer services throughout the year celebrating many liturgical events and feasts. The sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are conferred upon our students. We demonstrate our spirit of giving and caring for others by supporting the missions and other charitable efforts throughout the year.

Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten

          The Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten curriculum for Reading and Language Arts focuses on developing listening and speaking skills. Reciting poems and finger plays encourage students to develop a more meaningful vocabulary. Listening skills are developed as the students listen and respond to stories real orally and listen while others speak.
          Reading and writing readiness skills are also introduced. Students learn to recognize and print their own name, as well as the letters of the alphabet. Students learn to track print from left to right, through read alouds, and interpret pictures from stories. Listening comprehension skills are taught, as the students make real life connections to stories. Writing skills develop as the students learn to grip the crayon, then pencil correctly.
          Math is an integral part of the curriculum. Students learn to recognize and write numbers 1-10, while developing a number sense by understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities. Students count sets of objects, sort and classify objects both independently and in groups, identify shapes as well as patterns, and recognize similarities and differences.
          Students develop healthy work habits, learn to follow directions, learn to use materials appropriately, and are encouraged to complete tasks. Students develop social skills by learning to work with adults and their peers as well as learning to communicate their wants and needs clearly. Participation in physical activities, such as running, climbing, catching and throwing aid in their physical development.
          Students explore art media, participate in music, and use art to express themselves and relate to literature.
          By the end of Pre-Kindergarten, students know their first and last names, age, birthday, address and phone number.

Kindergarten

          Kindergarten Religion focuses on learning about God's love of the universe. Students learn that God teaches us to love Jesus, ourselves and others. Students also learn that the special people in their lives are gifts from God. Additionally, students learn about the feast days of saints, Advent, Lent, Christmas and Easter.
          Kindergarten Reading focuses on the recognition of upper and lower case letters along with the associated sound. Students learn to blend sounds and read phonetically. They learn approximately 40 sight words, learn to form letters correctly, copy words, draw story parts, retell stories verbally and write simple sentences.
          Kindergarten Mathematics focuses on the following topics: identification of geometric shapes, measurement, fractions, counting sets as well as money with special emphasis on the penny, nickel, and dime. Additionally, they learn to tell time to the hour and half hour. At the conclusion of Kindergarten students are able to complete addition and subtraction problems.
          Kindergarten Science focuses on several topics. On a daily basis weather is observed and discussed along with signs of the changing seasons. Plant and animal life are studied with emphasis on the survival needs and special characteristics.
          Kindergarten Social Studies focuses on our neighborhood and the people in our community. Students learn the importance of following rules and laws in developing as a good citizen. Local, national and international holidays are introduced.

Grade 1

          Grade 1 Religion focuses on God, the creator of our world. Students learn that we are God's special creations, they learn about Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift to us, and that the Holy Spirit helps us to share God's love with others. The children learn that as members of the Church they are responsible to help one another. The Mass, the Liturgical calendar, the sacraments, the saints, the angels and our Blessed Mother are all topics of study.
          Grade 1 Language Arts/Reading focuses on decoding and writing strategies. Students are introduced to the use of context clues and pictures in reading, the appreciation of oral language through listening and retelling stories and the close relationship to reading and writing through journal writing.
          Grade 1 Mathematics focuses on the use of manipulatives to understand a variety of quantitative concepts. The concepts of patterns, counting and number writing are expanded as are the concepts of ordinal numbers, addition, subtraction, equal, more and less.
          Grade 1 Science focuses on learning the traits and characteristics of all living things. They concentrate on the study of animals by emphasizing their place on the food chain as well as their physical attributes, growth, and habitat. Students learn about plant parts and how plants grow.
          Grade 1 Social Studies focuses on the study of family and our place in the community. The rights and responsibilities of citizens of our country, concentrating on our flag, patriotic symbols, famous Americans, national holidays and celebrations and our multicultural heritage are taught. The study of maps, basic directions, landforms and oceans are introduced.

Grade 2

          Grade 2 Religion focuses on preparation of students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Students learn the Ten Commandments and how they apply to their lives. They also learn the Act of Contrition and the parts of the Mass. This is reinforced through attendance as a class at Mass during the week. Students learn about the Bible and in particular the difference between the Old and New Testaments.
          Grade 2 Language Arts/Reading focuses on learning to gather and interpret information from textbooks, magazines, children's reference sources, charts, graphs, maps, glossaries and the table of contents. Information is presented in stories, summaries and book reports. Students learn a variety of literary genre through exposure to songs, plays, fiction, and nonfiction. They develop the skills to create original picture books, stories, songs and prayers. Students learn to differentiate between fact and opinion.
          Grade 2 Mathematics focuses on a review, reinforcement and enhancement of the fundamentals that were introduced in Grade 1 as well as the introduction of new skills. Students learn to digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. The expanded concepts of counting money and telling time to the minute are introduced. The basics of probability and geometry are also explored. Students learn how to apply these skills to their every day lives.
          Grade 2 Science focuses on weather and the specifics of each season. Additionally, the curriculum concentrates on living things including plants, animals and people. Students explore the life cycles of plants and animals and the environments conducive to growth and survival. The importance of a healthy life-style, proper nutrition and personal hygiene are also studied.
          Grade 2 Social Studies focuses on communities. Discussion and exploration enable students to learn about their community and compare it to others in the country and the world. Map and calendar skills are reinforced. Students learn the fundamentals of government and citizenship.

Grade 3

          Grade 3 Religion focuses on "Our Church's Teaching," "Our Common Knowledge of Faith," and "Our Prayer Tradition." Students learn core beliefs of our faith.
          Grade 3 Language Arts/Reading focuses on developing standards of achievement in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Skills are developed through writing and listening to poetry, reading selections from different genres and retelling stories. Students critique their own work, listen to oral presentations, compare and contrast themes, plots, settings and characters. The basics of letter writing and grammar are taught.
          Grade 3 Mathematics focuses on developing fluency in single digit multiplication and division. They develop strategies for selecting the methods in problem solving. The properties of geometric shapes are introduced. Students learn to make predictions and formulate conclusions using frequency tables, pictographs and bar graphs.
          Grade 3 Science focuses on investigating and understanding daily, monthly, and seasonal changes of weather. Students learn that plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment, and that human decisions have a deep impact on them.
          Grade 3 Social Studies focuses on communities around the world concentrating on people and places over time, world cultures, traditions, celebrations, and beliefs. The geographic locations of world communities, their physical, human and cultural characteristics and how people depend on these factors is studied. Map and globe skills are also introduced. The importance of government and citizenship is stressed.

Grade 4

          Grade 4 Religion focuses on the Ten Commandments, the church calendar, major liturgical seasons and holy days. The public ministry of Jesus is stressed as well as saints and holy people. Students participate in classroom prayer services, regularly scheduled Masses and special prayer experiences. Additionally, the sacraments are reviewed and discussed. Students are encouraged to live their lives following the mantra "What Would Jesus Do?"
          Grade 4 Language Arts/Reading focuses on learning to gather and interpret information from various sources and present the information in reports, stories, summaries, paraphrases, charts, and graphs. Students are exposed to a range of genres, settings, plots, characters and points of view. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization when writing or retelling information is stressed. Students are instructed on forming opinions based on supporting evidence, understanding the difference between fact and opinion, and written and oral presentations. Upon completion of this curriculum the students will be prepared to take the fourth grade NYS ELA Test.
          Grade 4 Mathematics focuses on reading,writing and comparing numbers up to 10,000. Students learn that fractions and decimals are part of a whole and use visual models to compare and order them. Students use a variety of strategies to multiply by one and 2-digit numbers, to divide by 1-digit divisors and learn to interpret the meaning of remainders. In geometry, students are taught to identify and name polygons, find their perimeter, and classify angles. Students learn to measure objects and find length, mass and volume. Making change is another life skill that students are taught. Upon completion of this curriculum the students will be prepared to take the 4th Grade NYS Math Test.
          Grade 4 Science focuses on physical science and the living environment. Students observe and describe properties of matter using their senses and scientific tools. Forms of energy, use of circuits, and how energy and matter interface are studied. They also learn about the structures and behaviors of animals. Upon completion of this curriculum the students will be prepared to take the 4th Grade NYS Science Test.
          Grade 4 Social Studies focuses on the connections between NYC, NYS and the US. Geography of NYS, the Native Americans' cultures, colonization of our state by the Europeans and the development of the US are studied. The principles of democracy, the Industrial Revolution, advances in transportation and technology, immigration and cultures are also covered. The reading and understanding of maps, time lines, charts, graphs and graphic organizers are some of the methods used.

Grade 5

          Grade 5 Religion is divided into three parts. The first part is called "Our Church's Teaching." It lists several scripture readings the students must read, discuss and summarize. The second part is known as "Our Common Knowledge of the Faith" where students learn about the seven sacraments. The third section includes a list of prayers that should be learned.
          Grade 5 Language Arts/Reading focuses on the students learning about different sentence structures and writing genres. Students read and study different techniques of writing and are introduced to new grammar topics. Literary response and expression, critical analysis and social interaction are stressed. Students are taught to interpret facts and ideas, to make inferences and conclusions, to compare and contrast from multiple sources and to state and summarize the main idea.
        Grade 5 Mathematics focuses on learning place value of decimals to the millionths, as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. Technology is integrated through the use of laptops, where the students work on Math problems. Students learn Mathematical vocabulary and are required to communicate their ideas using this vocabulary.
          Grade 5 Science focuses on comparing living things, understanding how genetic materials are inherited, observing how organisms change over time, and learning how life is reproduced. They study the physical environment by observing the interactions among the components of air, water and land. Understanding the properties of matter, learning that energy exists in many forms, and that energy and matter interact through forces that result in change of motion are also covered.
          Grade 5 Social Studies focuses on the history, geography, economics and governments of the US, Canada and Latin America. The key concepts include: turning points and events, important historic figures and groups, maps and geographical representations, governmental structures and many patriotic celebrations.

Grade 6

          Grade 6 Religion focuses on incorporating knowledge of the Bible's Old and New Testament stories. Our students follow the journey of God's people from creation to the fulfillment of the promise to send a Savior. During the year, students learn to study the scriptures and how to use Bibles to find scripture quotations.
          Grade 6 Language Arts/Reading focuses on sentence structure and proper grammar usage. Different types of writing are explored: personal, narrative, explanatory and ballads. Different parts of a book such as glossary, appendix and table of contents are studied. Students are educated in the proper use of reference materials, including the Internet, to complete research projects and reports.
          Grade 6 Mathematics focuses on developing the use of simple mathematical operations to more detailed problem solving. The concept of rational numbers is expanded to include integers. Students are encouraged to look at mathematics algebraically. In the field of geometry, students work with the formulas needed to find area and volume of different figures. Students work individually and in cooperative group settings to enhance their learning experience.
          Grade 6 Science focuses on discovering science through observations. Life Science focuses on the structure and function of cells and how cells determine heredity. We examine ecosystems and biomes and how organisms respond and adapt to their environment. In the physical setting we examine heat and matter, how matter changes in chemical reactions, moving objects and light, color and sound. In addition, we learn to take care of our environment through conservation.
          Grade 6 Social Studies focuses on five main themes ranging from early man and the ancient world to a world changed with exploration, discovery and revolution. The learning experience incorporates the use of a variety of media and field trips.

Grade 7

          Grade 7 Religion focuses on the sacrament of Confirmation. Students are prepared for the sacrament with the help and guidance of our pastor and Religious Education Director. Students perform twenty hours of service and take part in several activities that help them to understand the importance of the sacrament. Lessons center on the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus.
          Grade 7 Language Arts/Reading focuses on using language as an effective tool of communication. Lessons are geared towards emphasizing the importance of understanding main ideas. A variety of literary styles and genres are introduced. Students are taught how to organize their thoughts and form proper arguments using supporting details. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on different literary forms.
          Grade 7 Mathematics focuses on expanding knowledge of basic math operations and enhancing problem solving skills. Algebra is brought into the curriculum, and students work on the real-life application of mathematics. Students work individually and in small, cooperative learning groups on enjoyable activities and problem solving tasks.
          Grade 7 Science focuses on all living things from the smallest bacterium to the human body. Students differentiate between living and nonliving things, identify the characteristics that make each unique and observe how human decisions and activities impact the environment. They explore heredity and genetics, the impact of technology on the sciences, photosynthesis and respiration, mitosis & meiosis, reproduction & development, and evolution & maintaining homeostasis. The Science Process Skills are incorporated with special emphasis on the proper use of the microscope in a lab setting.
          Grade 7 Social Studies focuses on the five main standards as they relate to American history prior to the Civil War. The learning process and standards are enhanced through computer-based research, projects, class activities, original source documents, related textbook facts, vocabulary and field trips.

Grade 8

          Grade 8 Religion focuses on different aspects of morality. Students are encouraged to focus on the type of person they wish to become based on the moral teachings of the Church. This is accomplished through in-depth presentation of the commandments, beatitudes, virtue and prayer. Students are able to recognize Jesus as their hero and model. They realize that following Jesus will mean they are truly happy, free and fully human.
          Grade 8 English/Language Arts focuses on exposure to a variety of literary genres, enhancing writing skills and oral presentation. Grammar lessons build on concepts that have been taught in earlier grades. Assignments are geared to developing the skills necessary to write strong essays and short stories. To fine tune public speaking, the oral presentation of students' work is incorporated into the curriculum. As the year draws to a close, Grade 8 students write an autobiography that exemplifies the concepts and skills learned throughout the year. Upon completion of the curriculum, the students are prepared to take the New York State ELA Grade 8 Exam.
          Grade 8 Mathematics focuses on learning to solve both verbal and nonverbal problems by incorporating a variety of problem solving strategies. Students work with integers, exponents, decimals, fractions, monomials and polynomials. Multi-step equations and inequalities are solved both algebraically and geometrically. The difference between linear and non-linear equations are identified and represented on a coordinate plane. Upon completion of the curriculum, the students are prepared to take the NYS Mathematics State Test.
          Grade 8 Science focuses on the NYS Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum in preparation for the NYS Regents examination. Earth Science deals with the planet Earth and its place in the universe. The four major branches that are studied are geology, oceanography, astronomy and meteorology. An additional component of instruction includes the 1200 minutes of lab experience which provides the opportunity for students to develop their scientific inquiry techniques and problem solving skills.
          Grade 8 Social Studies focuses on the eras between the Civil War and the present day. The learning process and standards are enhanced through computer-based research, projects, class activities, original source documents, related textbook facts, vocabulary and field trips. Upon completion of the curriculum, the students are prepared for the NYS Grade 8 Social Studies Test.

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