Intermediate Curriculum

The Intermediate School provides a structured, highly interactive environment in which girls learn to apply their skills. During this time, girls gain confidence and their abilities are brought to fruition. Students are given the opportunity to practice prayer and espacio, take part in reconciliation, attend class and school masses and become closer to God as they learn about the Roman Catholic faith. Integrated technology is an important part of the Intermediate School program. Students work with laptops and apply sophisticated technology skills across all disciplines. Intermediate students also study art, music, a second language, math, science, social studies, language arts, and religion. Girls participate in team and individual sports. Students have weekly library periods scheduled into their language arts program during which they are exposed to classics in literature and the application of research skills. Students gradually learn to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Special attention is given to the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade is a transition year in which the students move from the Primary environment to the Intermediate School. The students enjoy an exciting year as they learn to take on a new level of responsibility. The curriculum presented challenges each student to develop critical thinking and to appreciate intellectual values.

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  • Art

    Students will learn the foundations of fine art through hands-on experience in many media; including charcoal drawing, painting, clay sculpture, and printmaking. Students will gain knowledge of fundamental art techniques and concepts including line, value, color, proportion, perspective, composition, positive/negative shape, and shading. Students will learn how projects fit into the context of art history and emphasis will be placed on studying specific artists, both historical and contemporary. Projects will also incorporate concepts being developed in their other courses.
  • Language Arts

    The students strengthen their reading comprehension and develop new reading skills. The reading curriculum includes selected novels, a play, as well as short stories. Different purposes for writing are practiced, such as writing for enjoyment and writing to inform. Paragraph structure, correct sentence composition, and the parts of speech are reinforced. Students are engaged in weekly studies of vocabulary units.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    This course designed for Fourth Graders in their fourth year of study of Mandarin. This course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mathematics

    The mathematics program emphasizes the development of skills and topics in fractions, problem-solving, measurement, Algebra, and computation. The skills help students to develop a true mathematical understanding so that they not only calculate the answer but also have the ability to explain the answer and how to apply the calculation.  Thus, they are working to improve overall critical thinking skills.
  • Music

    Music – Vocal/Choral
    Music in Fourth Grade is a continuation and expansion of the students' musical knowledge and creativity. Students begin to experience choral music by singing in two-part harmony, further developing their listening skills. Students will begin to develop good choral technique, including part-singing, vocal production, proper posture, and balance and blend, in preparation for performances at school concerts and events. The Fourth Grade music history component focuses on Late Romantic through 20th Century Music.
     
    Music – Woodwinds
    Students will combine what they have learned about music reading and rhythm with the mechanics of playing a woodwind instrument. During this year of introduction to the flute or clarinet, the students will focus on sound production and practice habits. Through knowledge and preparation of her own instrument, the student will learn her important role as a member of a music ensemble.  
     
    Music – Violin
    Students who elect to participate in the Fourth Grade violin class will receive a complete review or introduction to the violin. Skills necessary for sound production, music theory, good practice habits, proper technique and creative concepts such as composition and improvisation are also addressed. Students will play original selections based on the skill-levels of the individuals in the class. Repertoire for this class will represent a variety of styles from classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional and beyond.
     
  • Physical Education

    Physical education includes instructional swimming and physical fitness activities. Skill development and rules and regulations are introduced for various team sports including basketball, hockey, football, volleyball, soccer, kickback, softball, and collaborative games. Students begin to develop appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing that will lead to acceptable social and emotional behavior. Students will also learn about mind, body and spirit and their relation to health and wellness.
  • Religion

    The religion program focuses on the spiritual and moral development of the child using appropriate catechetical texts and the Goals of Sacred Heart Education.  The curriculum focuses on the themes of caring for God’s creations, the significance of being a part of God’s family, and the building of community through our work with the poor and vulnerable. We will give special attention to the lives of the Saints, the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments. The Sacraments of Healing and Sacraments at the Service of Communion are included as a part of teaching the moral dimension of our faith.
  • Science

    In Science, the students will learn what it means to be a scientist and how to think like a scientist. Fourth Graders learn about the human body, soils, rocks and landforms, and energy and electricity. The students learn through hands-on experiential lessons and there is an emphasis on reporting their findings in a proper laboratory format. Making observations, data collection, data analysis, and drawing conclusions are critical skills emphasized throughout the course.
  • History

    In History, students learn about major historical events which occurred throughout the world during 1850-2000. Through the use of stories, maps, and technology, students will gain knowledge of kingdoms, cultures, and customs. Students will understand and respect the past, but will also keep up to date with current events. As is customary in fourth grade, students will learn about their state and local history.
  • Spanish I

    Fourth Graders will continue to develop their vocabulary skills.  They are expected to integrate the vocabulary into their conversations. They will increase their awareness and knowledge of verb tenses as they are introduced to irregular verbs.  Students start to write simple paragraphs in Spanish and continue to develop their oral, written, reading, and listening skills in the target language.
  • Spanish II

    The goal of this course is to continue developing the students’ communication abilities in the target language. This is achieved through a variety of activities which focus on further developing the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The students will also further their appreciation of Hispanic culture by celebrating special Hispanic events and by reading and discussing short stories.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, body image, bullying prevention, touching safety, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    Students are introduced to new laptops in the classroom this year. They are responsible for the care of their school laptops, which includes observation of proper shutdown procedures as well as overnight charging in the laptop cart. Throughout the year Fourth Grade students continue to explore the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. Google Sheets will be used to learn about data analysis. They will learn more about what it means to be a good Digital Citizen and will learn to organize digital storage using Google Drive. During the coding portion of the class, students will learn coding fundamentals by using Scratch® to make a simple game. Students will engage in expressing their artistic talents using JavaScript and TinkerCad to make their own designs. These will be displayed during our Art Show at the end of the school year. During Engineering Week, students will explore different fields of engineering and incorporate into a presentation shared with their classmates. During the building phase, fourth graders will make a knee brace, solar car and make other projects that coincide with our Science Curriculum. 

Fifth Grade

During fifth grade, the students become more aware of their individuality as they grow to see themselves as an essential, integral part of their community. The students have the opportunity to explore and develop intellectual rigor, spirituality, leadership, and creativity.  They continue to realize the importance of taking time for quiet prayer and meditation as well as finding a balance between reflection and action. Through peer and community interactions they continue the lifelong process of discovering that individual rights must be balanced with individual responsibilities. They begin to move out from the small “circle of me” toward a growing awareness of the larger world.

Interdisciplinary projects and presentations offer the students opportunities to develop critical thinking through rigorous study and varied learning experiences. By practicing the skills of research, reading, listening, speaking, writing and synthesizing, the students learn to refine and own their learning process. They investigate primary sources and use research and the creative arts to interpret and comprehend historical events, as in the presentation of a play about the life of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. The students encounter a variety of role models in a week-long immersion project researching the lives of notable women. They recognize and strengthen their language and presentation facilities through participation in the Fairchild Challenge, the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and various inter-school competitions.  Students continue to develop an awareness of social and environmental justice through research, reflection, and interaction on local and global issues. Assuming the role of student representatives and participating in community service provide opportunities for students to continue to learn the elements essential to a democracy and to practice student leadership.

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  • Language Arts

    Language Arts - Literature:
    Because of vivid and thought-provoking literature selections, the students will have the framework for practicing reading comprehension, critical thinking, speaking, and writing. Our shared inquiry approach helps the classroom to be student-centered, thus building a community of thinkers who respect one another and value their own contributions. Through novels, short stories, poems, and essays the students learn to think for themselves while honoring the author’s perspective.

    Language Arts - Writing Workshop:
    Students have many opportunities to express themselves through the written and spoken word. They write expository, narrative and persuasive pieces and poetry. Students learn to monitor their writing so that readers will understand; this includes revision for meaning, usage, and spelling. They continue their study of the parts of speech and focus on the elements of grammar. Emphasis is on developing skills that lead to understanding, appreciating, organizing and assimilating the written word.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    This is an intermediate course designed for fifth-grade non-native speakers of Chinese. This course continues to develop the basic skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in the target language. Students are required to master the Pinyin system and speak in proper intonation. The students will continue to practice reading and writing short essays to strengthen overall language competency. The students will also be exposed to the Chinese culture which will help foster a positive attitude and a growing interest in learning the target language. The students will also learn to appreciate and be sensitive to different culture and customs.
  • Mathematics

    The mathematics curriculum embraces many of the traditional goals of school mathematics as well as two new goals: to raise expectations substantially with respect to the amount and range of mathematics that students can learn and to provide materials for students that enable them to meet these higher expectations. The curriculum emphasizes conceptual understanding while building a mastery of basic skills, explores the full mathematics spectrum, not just basic arithmetic and is based on how students learn, what they are interested in, and the future for which they are prepared. The program follows the local, state and national standards. Students will realize by the end of the year that mathematics is not only useful but also connected to their life experiences in the world. They will do this mainly by exploring problem solving using analysis and logic.
  • Music

    Music - Vocal/Choral:
    Music in Fifth Grade is a continuation and expansion of the student’s musical knowledge and creativity. Students continue to build on their knowledge of choral music by singing in two-part harmony, further developing their musical listening skills. Songs are sung in a variety of languages and styles, with an emphasis on following the musical score with accuracy. They will also strengthen their understanding and knowledge of musical terms and theory through a variety of interactive games and class activities.

    MUSIC - Violin:
    Students who elect to participate in the Fifth Grade violin class will receive a complete review or introduction to the violin. Skills necessary for sound production, music theory, good practice habits, proper technique and creative concepts such as composition and improvisation are also addressed. Students will play original selections based on the skill-levels of the individuals in the class. Repertoire for this class will represent a variety of styles from classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional and beyond. Different book materials will be provided to the student.

    Music - Woodwinds:
    Students will combine what they have learned about music reading and rhythm with the mechanics of playing a woodwind instrument. This year students will focus on sound production and practice habits as they develop a further appreciation of the dedication it takes to play a musical instrument. Through knowledge and preparation on her own instrument, each student will learn her important role as a member of a music ensemble.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education classes continue to focus on skill development and a better understanding of the rules and regulations in the areas of basketball, hockey, football, volleyball, soccer, kickball, softball, swimming, and collaborative games. The students continue to acquire appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing which will impact favorably on the development of acceptable social and emotional behaviors. The students will also learn about mind, body and spirit and their relation to health and wellness. 
  • Religion

    The central theme of study in the religion classes is “recognizing the presence of God in all things.” Grounded in Scripture and Tradition and based on the teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the students are called to realize God’s presence in prayer, in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, in their communities of faith, in the local and global community and in all of creation. The students study scripture, primarily the New Testament, as a source of prayer and meditation to determine the origin of the sacraments and to realize who God is through the person of Jesus. The students seek to develop a meaningful religious experience by realizing the connection between action and contemplation through the practice of centering prayer and by examining social justice issues and searching for ways to respond to them.  The students explore the meaning of the five goals of Sacred Heart education and how the goals and criteria apply to their lives. School-wide days of reflection centered on the five goals seek to foster in the students an awareness of their essential identity as children of the Sacred Heart.  The students practice periodic self-evaluations to help them to understand the change and growth taking place in themselves: spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.  They also continue to develop a respectful understanding of religious beliefs and customs which differ from their own.
  • Science

    The inquiry-based learning approach is used to explore the topics of “Human Body Systems,” “Ecosystems” and “Engineering.” Through small group, teacher-guided explorations, the students critically analyze the subject matter. From their experiences in the lab, the students develop an understanding of the concepts and the skills needed to solve problems using the scientific method. The following are the skills Fifth Graders will begin to develop through scientific investigation: planning, implementing and analyzing experiments and drawing conclusions from their results; making and testing predictions; conducting, recording and organizing daily observations; communicating information through writing, drawing and discussion; and applying previously learned information to analyze a problem and suggest solutions.
  • History

    Students will learn about the locations of places on Earth, and about the relationships among places, people, and environments. As they explore the major regions of the world through activities based on Discovering World of Geography, students will increase their knowledge of world geography while developing essential map skills they can continue to apply throughout their academic careers.
  • Spanish I

    The objective of this course is to further develop basic language skills in the target language. A variety of activities focus on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will deepen their understanding of the different tenses and their proper use.  Exposure to the Hispanic culture will help foster a positive attitude towards the Spanish language while learning to respect lifestyles and cultural expressions of different Hispanic countries. 
  • Spanish II

    The goal of this course is to continue improving the communicative competence of students in the target language. This is achieved by means of cultural awareness activities which focus on further developing the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The students will be exposed to the Hispanic culture through a variety of authentic Spanish literature. This will foster a positive attitude towards language learning as a way to respect the lifestyles of different countries and deepen their appreciation for the different cultural expressions. Students will be able to demonstrate progress in their ability to use proper grammar in oral and written language.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, body image, bullying prevention, touching safety, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    In Fifth Grade students gain the confidence necessary to become independent users of Carrollton’s network and its resources. By the end of the school year, they should become proficient using Microsoft Office and Google suite of products to do word processing, multimedia presentations, movies, brochures and to keep research on a digital notebook. They will review file management skills and grow confident when having to troubleshoot problems. Internet safety and acceptable use policies are stressed as well. During the STEM portion of the class, students will learn to solder to connect wires, properly use a glue gun and different utility tools to assist in building projects. They will practice these skills by making a Light Spider. They will advance in their coding skills, continuing to use Scratch® and learning Java for artistic projects and Tynker Cad for making their own 3D-printed invention. Fifth graders will also explore different fields of engineering and incorporate the Engineering Design Process from the Boston Museum of Science Engineering is Elementary curriculum. Using their school tablets for ten minutes each class in addition to practicing three times a week at home, students will work towards keyboard speed and accuracy with a goal of thirty-five words per minute.

Sixth Grade

In the Sixth Grade, the students are considered the leaders of the Intermediate School and with that privilege comes more responsibility. The teachers act as guides in helping the girls choose the role that they will play in the Intermediate School. The girls have community service opportunities in which they experience giving of themselves, such as the Barnyard tutoring program. The girls now have a myriad of after school activities available to them, which helps them learn to balance school and personal responsibilities.

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  • Art

    Students will learn the foundations of fine art through hands-on experience in many media, including chiaroscuro drawings, painting, sculpture, and relief printmaking. Students will gain knowledge of fundamental art techniques and concepts including value, color, proportion, perspective, repetition, form, composition, and chiaroscuro shading. Students will learn how projects fit into the context of art history and emphasis will be placed on studying specific artists, both historical and contemporary. Analysis and critique will be introduced as students become familiar with the vocabulary and interpretation of art.
  • French

    This class is an introduction to French language and culture. Basic vocabulary and sentence structure will be introduced. Emphasis will be on proper pronunciation and basic communication skills. The students will experience all language skills in French: reading, writing, speaking and listening for understanding. Students are encouraged to embrace all the challenges and to communicate whenever possible in the target language during class activities.  
  • Language Arts

    Language Arts - Literature:
    The cyclical nature of this class helps to reinforce our skills as readers, speakers, and writers. Listen, read, think, discuss, write- this is the order in which we approach each new text.

    Listen - the students first enter into a text by listening to the words, absorbing and enjoying the new world. The students will be asked to read aloud practicing fluency and appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression.
    Read - We always read each piece a second time, investigating more closely and with more purpose. During this active reading, the students will have opportunities to work alone and in group settings. This is the time when we dissect not only the narrative and the characters, but also any complex grammatical choices the author makes. Our study of grammar is ongoing through each text and through our own writing in response to these texts.
    Think - We think about what we are reading, but we also think about how we have responded to the reading. Are our thoughts clear? Have we supported our thoughts with real evidence from the text? Have we explained how this evidence is proving our point? These are difficult questions, and we practice this understanding through teacher and student examples in a safe workshop environment.
    Discuss - The students will have the opportunity to discuss their thinking through informal and formal discussions. Formal discussions are student-led, and the students are assessed on the way they participate and listen.
    Write - our written response to each piece is best described as thinking on the page. At first we are most concerned with getting our thoughts out and taking them as far as they can go. We then refine our responses, in concern with discourse, syntax, lexicon, and conventions. Through short stories spanning cultures, settings, and rich varied styles, the students learn to honor the author’s perspective and always respond with this perspective in mind.

    Language Arts - Writing:
    Writing Workshop focuses on developing the student’s level of discourse, syntax, lexicon, and conventions through the students writing. Students will be working with a variety of literary genres including poetry, short stories, essays, free-verse, and scripts to model their writing. Essentially, the students will be exposed to the various purposes for writing: persuasive, opinion, expository, descriptive, and narrative writing. By exposing the students to these distinct purposes, they can more freely understand and write within and beyond these parameters. We will be gradually increasing the quantity of writing from sentences to cohesive 5-paragraph essays. They will be participating in groups for projects dealing specifically with prewriting strategies, script writing, and peer editing. Wordly Wise and Grammar for Writing will be incorporated as a unit of study within assigned writing projects.
  • Mandarin Chinese - Advanced

    This course is designed for non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with an emphasis on developing the students’ communicative competence (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and real-life application in Chinese. Students will learn to express ideas orally using appropriate Mandarin Chinese. Students will also learn to use proper grammar and sentence structures verbally and in writing. In addition, students need to continue focusing on building up vocabulary, understand sentence patterns, and demonstrate knowledge of Chinese culture and simple customs. All students are expected to fully participate in the discussion session by using Mandarin Chinese.
  • Mandarin Chinese - Introduction

    This is an introductory course designed for Sixth Grade, non-native speakers of Chinese. This course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mathematics

    Mathematics:
    The students will incorporate ideas of previous mathematics courses. The investigations, problems, and practice exercises will develop the students’ logical, mathematical and reasoning skills. Students complete guided investigations that explore and develop ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills in subsequent chapters. Each student will read and work all the problems as well as discuss them and reason the involved steps. The course also meets local, state, and national curriculum standards.

    Pre-Algebra:
    The Pre-Algebra course of accelerated mathematics instruction is designed to prepare talented sixth grade students for the successful study of high school algebra in the seventh grade. This course of study will further develop and strengthen the students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills reviewed in 5th grade while providing a special emphasis and focus on pre-algebra and introductory algebra topics. In addition to the mathematical course content, students will receive training and reinforcement in mathematical study skills, organizational skills, academic and personal responsibility as they prepare to advance in the difficulty of mathematics course work. The special challenges inherent in this program require students to be dedicated to the material, display self-confidence, and demonstrate an excellent work ethic.
  • Music

    Music - Vocal/Choral:
    Students will continue to build skills in music literacy, including reading, writing, improvising and describing music. They will explore the history, culture, religion, foreign language, and poetry through a diverse repertoire of multicultural songs, games and movement. Students will develop age-appropriate vocal and choral techniques, including vocal production, part-singing, and balance and blend, in preparation for a variety of performances throughout the year.

    Music - Violin:
    Students who elect to participate in the sixth-grade violin class will receive a complete review or introduction to the violin. Skills necessary for sound production, music theory, good practice habits, proper technique and creative concepts such as composition and improvisation are also addressed. Students will play original selections based on the skill-levels of the individuals in the class. Repertoire for this class will represent a variety of styles from classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional and beyond. Different book materials will be provided to the students.

    Music - Woodwinds:
    Students will combine what they have learned about music reading and rhythm with the mechanics of playing a woodwind instrument. This year students will continue to focus on sound production and practice habits as they develop a further appreciation of the dedication required to play a musical instrument. Though personal knowledge and preparation on her own instrument, each student will learn her important role as a member of a music ensemble.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education in the Sixth Grade includes continued skill development and mastering of skills with rules and regulations to various team sports which include basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, and swimming. They continue to develop appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing that will impact favorably to acceptable social and emotional behavior.
  • Religion

    In the religion program we explore the history of salvation – from Creation, through the Old Testament, to its fulfillment in Jesus – as we share stories of our ancestors in faith. We recognize the importance of the prophets as witnesses for God and their relevance to our own time. We find our connection to Christian worship from its roots in the Old Testament, and learn the life of God’s people and their relationship as it unfolds through the stories. Important themes throughout the book call us to holiness, to care for the Earth, and to act in the ways of justice.

    We will examine and reflect on the meaning of the Sacred Heart Goals as the foundation for  growing as leaders.  Using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens as the springboard, students will discover their own potential as leaders and explore how St. Madeleine Sofie and St. Rose Philippine’s leadership in carrying out the Sacred Heart mission, is the groundwork we need to empower us to continue the work they pioneered long ago.
  • Science

    An inquiry based learning approach is used to delve into the topics of Chemical Interatctions, Earth in Space, and Weather on Earth. Through small group, teacher-guided explorations; the students critically analyze the subject matter. Through trial and error, the students learn the process of scientific investigation.
  • History

    Interdisciplinary units developed through readings, projects and electronic presentations facilitate the study of American History. Students will explore the birth of our nation, from the first Americans to the signing of the Constitution. Throughout the year we will examine important topics such as how geography influences cultures, why conflicts develop, and the formation of governments. Students will develop a global perspective through the discussion of current events and develop effective note-taking methods through active reading within the content of social studies.
  • Spanish I

    In this Spanish course, the vocabulary and grammar structures will be reinforced. Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own. They show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for everyday life communication.
  • Spanish II

    In this Spanish course, students will enhance their reading comprehension skills, as well as their writing skills, through a series of text chapters and short readers which will provide vocabulary enrichment, fostering lively oral discussions. A variety of grammar exercises provide opportunities to compare and contrast different Spanish verb tenses and grammatical concepts. The students’ awareness and appreciation of the Hispanic culture are achieved through their involvement in class and extracurricular activities.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, bullying prevention, touching safety, body image, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    This course will develop keyboard speed and accuracy, with an expected 35 WPM by the end of the school year. Students will create several projects that showcase their skills and particular features of the software programs utilized throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to develop their computer skills through varied media formats and engage in cross-curricular program using these tools.
"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society."
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat