Academics
Grades

Grades 1-3

1st Grade Curriculum

First graders engage in activities that foster creativity and excitement for learning. They begin the process of becoming responsible students as they develop organization, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills within a nurturing environment. Key curricular areas such as reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and global studies are the focus of a developmentally challenging curriculum, which is complimented by interdisciplinary units taught by specialists in science, Spanish, music, art, P.E. and technology. The social emotional curriculum is an integral part of instruction. Some of the highlights in first grade include learning introductory coding skills, participating in a STEM expo, service learning, publishing books, and learning about animals in the North Pole and Amazon forest.

List of 11 items.

  • Art

    First graders explore  shape, line, color, pattern, and texture through the study of artists’  masterpieces. Students hone skills in painting, stamping, paper weaving, sculpting, cutting, folding, tearing, and gluing using materials such as oil pastels, clay, glazes, watercolors, tempera paints, and recycled bottle caps.
  • Character Education

    Character education is an integral part of each day. Emphasis is placed on creating a nurturing environment and the development of social-emotional learning skills through the daily practice of school routines and rituals; sharing, collaborating, and problem solving during classroom meetings and activities; and the development of manners, monthly virtues, and positive mindsets. Literature, songs, poems, buddy activities, service learning, character education assemblies, cooperative learning activities, and “teachable moments" enhance the curriculum.
  • Language Arts

    First graders develop stamina as readers and writers as they study characters, settings, main ideas, problems, and solutions. They also compare and contrast books, classify, and draw conclusions from fiction and nonfiction text. Students practice reading “just right books” smoothly and with expression through the development of phonics, decoding, and blending skills. They also participate in the Daily 5 practice of reading to self, reading to someone, and listening to reading. In writing, students create topic and concluding sentences and apply transition words during informational, narrative, and poetry units. Grammar includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, and rhyming word families. In addition, students participate in a multi-sensory spelling and phonemic awareness program and are introduced to dictionary skills, site words, sentence elements, journaling, and the editing process.
  • Library

    During library, students learn strategies to enable them to select “just right” fiction and non-fiction books for independent reading. Students also explore world holidays, participate in an author study, compare and contrast fiction to non-fiction, use nonfiction for research, and compare Character Education themes while developing their public speaking and collaborative skills.
  • Math

    Through a hands-on approach, using manipulatives, students learn ways to make ten; numbers to 100; number bonds (part/part/whole); addition and subtraction; counting and comparing; number patterns; greater than/less than; place value; ordinal numbers through 10; estimating; naming position and direction; geometry (2D and 3D shapes); attributes; measurement (height, length, weight); skip counting; multiplication and division; fractions (halves and fourths); money; time (to the hour and half hour); word problems; and develop math fact fluency.
  • Music

    First grade students expand upon the skills learned in Kindergarten as they practice singing and moving to a steady beat and the learn the difference between rhythm and beat. They are introduced to keyboards, borduns on Orff, folk dances, “sol-mi,” holiday songs and how to read simple notation. Students learn to sing in a round, a chorus, an orchestra, and a band and explore the four instrument families. First graders conclude the academic year analyzing music and moods, learning an Irish Jig, exploring viola/cello/bass, reading and writing quarter and eighth notes, and the “mi-sol-la” on a treble clef staff.
  • Physical Education

    Students learn swimming and water safety. They engage in team building through team sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, and golf. They participate in strategy games emphasizing group organization and communication while developing cardiovascular fitness. Flexibility  is enhanced through dance, yoga, and stretching.
  • Science

    The science units in 1st grade are aligned with their language arts, social studies, art, and library curricula and help students make connections across disciplines as they engage in scientific inquiry. Engineering skills are encouraged through makerspace activities. Units include fitness and health, living organisms, rainforest and ocean habitats, states of matter (solid and liquid), and chemical engineering.
  • Social Studies/Geography

    Students continue to develop self-awareness though units on friendships, family, neighborhoods, city, and country.  Basic geography skills are introduced as students explore continents and oceans with an emphasis on rainforests and marine habitats. Holidays around the world are celebrated and United States symbols and presidents are introduced.
  • Spanish

    Through gestures, songs, rhymes, stories, games, skits, and interactive SmartBoard presentations, students develop Spanish vocabulary and refine their pronunciation and linguistic base for simple communication. Spanish terms for food, numbers, sports, and adjectives are emphasized as well as development of students’ awareness and appreciation of Spanish speaking cultures through interdisciplinary connections.
  • Technology

    Students learn robotics, coding, ozobot, and explore educational apps to reinforce and enhance  concepts introduced in their classroom. 

2nd Grade Curriculum

Jacksonville Country Day School’s second grade students are supported in becoming responsible, independent learners as they master increasingly complex skills across the curriculum. The foundational skills explored are a springboard for creative problem solving in literacy, math, global studies, and science.  Addressing the social and emotional needs of each child is an essential aspect of the day, which complements the strong academic program. Interdisciplinary units taught by specialists in science, Spanish, music, art, P.E. and technology bring the curriculum to life. Some of the highlights in 2nd grade include participating in a STEM expo, incubating chic eggs, raising butterflies from the chrysalis stage of development, coding, publishing books, service learning, and exploring the lives of indigenous Americans. 

List of 11 items.

  • Art

    Second grade students expand on artistic processes and vocabulary learned in first grade as they study symmetry, basic perspective, and drawing from observation. Students create works using mediums such as printing, collage, sculpture, weaving, water resist, tempera, and watercolor as they study new famous artists and their masterpieces. In ceramics, they learn to join clay pieces together and underglazing techniques.
  • Character Education

    Character Education is an integral part of each day. Emphasis is placed on creating a nurturing environment and the development of social emotional learning skills through the daily practice of school routines and rituals; sharing, collaborating, and problem solving during classroom meetings and activities; and the development of manners, monthly virtues; and the 7 Mindsets. Literature, songs, poems, buddy activities, service learning, character education assemblies, cooperative learning activities, and “teachable moments" enhance the curriculum.
  • Language Arts

    In 2nd grade, students begin to move from learning to read to reading to learn. Students identify a story’s components, an author's purpose, the main idea, and supporting details as they make inferences and draw conclusions. They also learn to summarize, use context clues, identify cause and effect while reading aloud with classmates, teachers, and to themselves. Throughout the year, students hone their rate, accuracy, and expression. In grammar, students study subjects, predicates, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and integrate these skills into their writing as they draft, revise, edit, and publish stories. Word relationships, spelling patterns, word meanings, and sight words are further emphasized through daily instruction.
  • Library

    Students visit the library on a regular basis so that they can explore their own interests, be introduced to new stories, concepts, information and ideas, and discover who they are as readers and thinkers. In 2nd grade, students take a closer look at the literature available in the library by learning about folktales around the world while building research skills. Comparative author studies are also emphasized as students hone their collaborative and public speaking skills.
  • Math

    In the 2nd grade math program, students continue to explore tangible materials and pictorial representations of a mathematical concept before moving onto more abstract symbols, numbers and notations. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the strategies they use to solve problems, and begin the year solidifying their understanding of place value within whole numbers to 1000. Other skills covered in 2nd grade include: addition and subtraction with renaming, initial work with multiplication and division concepts, fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, mental calculation, fractions, money and time, measuring length (centimeters, meters, yards, feet, inches), weight (grams, kilograms, pounds, ounces), comparing capacity (liters, gallons, quarts, pints, cups), model drawing, estimation, geometry, tables and graphs (picture, bar).
  • Music

    Second grade music concentrates on taking vocal and rhythmic skills to a higher developmental level. Students explore clapping and speaking rhythms; recognizing “do” borduns on instruments; musical form; adding “la” and “do”; telling a story with music; choral vs. instrument sounds; strings, woodwinds, percussion and brass instruments; reading simple stick notation and a quarter, half, and sixteenth notes; exposure to musical terms (i.e., legato, staccato); and presenting a show relating to Character Education or music from around the world.
  • Physical Education

    Students learn swimming and water safety. They engage in team building through team sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, and golf. They participate in strategy games emphasizing group organization and communication while developing cardiovascular fitness. Flexibility  is enhanced through dance, yoga, and stretching.
  • Science

    Students participate in “hands-on” scientific inquiry. Investigations are interdisciplinary in nature, emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math and the Makerspace is utilized to encourage ideation, prototyping and engineering. Units of study include fitness and health, animal life cycles, geological landforms, weather and water, environmental engineering, Lego Robotics, balance, and motion.
  • Social/Global Studies

    Students become geographers, anthropologists, economists, and historians as they explore continents and oceans, maps and globes, landforms, indigenous people, Colonial America, and significant historical moments and people in history.
  • Spanish

    Students are encouraged to interact with each other to develop Spanish verbal and auditory skills as they ask and answer questions and role play scenarios. Vocabulary is also developed through songs and games and students write mini-stories in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on the gender of nouns, school words, clothing, farm animals, sports, food, family, “I am” expressions, and total physical response (TPR ).
  • Technology

    Students are introduced to WeDo Lego Robotics building and programming on a computer, Little Bits circuits, TinkerCAD 3D printing, coding, green screen and video production, and educational learning apps on iPads.

3rd Grade Curriculum

Jacksonville Country Day School’s third grade students develop increased responsibility, accountability, and independence as they become partners in their own learning. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and cooperative learning as tools for discovery. Character education and the 7 mindsets are integrated across specials and within the classroom on a daily basis. Some of the highlights in 3rd grade include exploring the regions of the United States, a civil rights tour of St. Augustine, engineering solutions to solve regional issues, service for veterans, coding, and a STEM Expo.

List of 9 items.

  • Character Education

    Character Education is an integral part of the 3rd grade curriculum. Students learn new social and emotional skills during daily morning meetings and are encouraged to model these skills as they work collaboratively with their peers. Throughout the year, students are learn to dream big, focus on each others’ strengths, explore interests, maximize positive relationships, overcome limiting beliefs, develop an attitude of gratitude, and make a difference in their community. Focus is placed on the positive mindsets and monthly virtues, and Character Education assemblies, collaborative activities, and service learning projects compliment the program.
  • Global Studies/Social Studies

    Students review map elements such as a coordinate grid, cardinal and intermediate directions, and as they use thematic maps, tables, charts, graphs, and photos to analyze geographic information. They explore immigration and cultural diversity by looking at the contributions of different cultures in America and learn about the important rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights after studying the structure of the US government, the history of the United States of America’s flag, and the meaning of the Pledge of the Allegiance.
  • Language Arts

    Students write narrative, opinion and informational pieces using the writing process of drafting, revising, editing, and celebrating their work through an exciting publishing event at the end of each unit. They learn to employ a narrator to orient readers, create tension within a story’s plot, and craft figurative language to convey mood. Students also analyze the structure of non-fiction text and organize their own research into topics and subtopics. Later in the year, 3rd grade students persuade an audience about causes they believe in through persuasive essays. In grammar, students study the parts of speech; plural and singular nouns; pronouns; past, present, and future verb tenses; adjectives; adverbs; prepositions; sentence types; and capitalization. Students participate in the daily 5 and learn to select “just right books” as they read to self, to someone else, and listen to someone read. Throughout the year, students develop comprehension strategies such as visualizing, predicting, inferring, identifying cause and effect, and understanding point of view and an author's purpose. Vocabulary and spelling skills are explicitly taught and facilitate students’ understanding and use of new terms.
  • Math

    In 3rd grade, students build on mathematical concepts learned in 2nd grade as they move from the concrete to the pictorial and then into more abstract concepts. Mathematical analysis, problem solving, and communication are encouraged throughout the year. 3rd grade math includes numbers to 10,000; estimation and addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, multiplication of whole numbers; division facts and algorithms; mental calculation strategies; equivalent fractions; adding and subtracting fractions; computations involving money, time, and length; weight and capacity; model drawing; graphing; geometry; tables; data analysis probability; area; and perimeter.
  • Music

    Students learn to consciously differentiate between major and minor tonalities, as well as rhythmic patterns on drums and the treble clef. They develop musical phrases and add “do, re, & fa” to their repertoire. Third grade students also learn partner singing and singing in two part strategies, folk songs, and explore musical stories. By the end of the academic year, they identify choral vs. instrumental sounds and orchestral families; play simple chords on the ukulele; sight read; explore dynamics and expression, Boomwhackers, choir chimes, composers; and perform during a Veterans Day show.
  • Physical Education

    Students review pool safety skills as they participate in swimming centers and group water activities. During this unit, emphasis is placed on advanced stroke development and aerobic conditioning. Later, students hone their team organization, collaboration, and sport specific skills during units on basketball, hockey, croquet, golf, volleyball, and soccer. Students also participate in circuit training and learn a variety of leisure games.
  • Science

    Through hands-on laboratories, students develop hypothesis, control variables, measure, observe, and predict as they investigate and experiment. Units of study integrate science, technology, engineering, and math and utilize the Makerspace to enable students to ideate and prototype solutions to real issues. During the course of the year, students study health and fitness, plant life cycles, biodiversity, habitats, food chains/webs, camouflage/adaptations, simple machines, magnetism, and mechanical engineering.
  • Spanish

    Third grade students’ breadth of oral and written vocabulary continues to expand as students become acquainted with specific grammatical concepts such as gender and number agreement and recognize that the endings of words carry meaningful information. Through songs, games, role playing and total physical response (TPR), students learn school specific vocabulary, directions and commands, the names of zoo animals, noun and adjective agreement, question words, prepositions, and simple verb conjugation. In addition, Spanish and Latin cultural appreciation is integrated into the curriculum.
  • Technology

    Students develop skills in Lego Robotics, Little Bits circuits, TinkerCAD 3D printing, coding, and video production. They also utilize educational learning apps on iPads to reinforce and expand upon concepts introduced in their classroom.