Elementary Curriculum (Grades K-5)
A child’s journey in the elementary grades spans from learning to read to preparing for young adulthood, and the approach to teaching the curriculum evolves through the years to reflect a child’s developmental needs. OLG follows the archdiocesan, state and/or national standards to guide development of our curriculum. View standards here, click here.
Our K-5 religion curriculum incorporates Catholic doctrine, Bible themes, sacraments (Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade), social justice, service, family life and community prayer. A hallmark of our religion curriculum is the weekly liturgies and the many opportunities for celebrating as a faith community. Prayer is woven into our daily curriculum, and each grade level plans and participates in the weekly Masses.
Additionally, students participate in numerous service projects throughout the year providing opportunities to live out the Catholic faith through our Family Day of Service program and other programs which support local charities like Sharing and Caring Hands as well as our sister parishes in Africa.
Students also learn about family life and loving relationships modeled after Christ's love for us.
The study of Language Arts at OLG teaches students how to effectively communicate and synthesize information into meaningful messages. As students advance through the elementary grades, they work to master the Minnesota state standards in reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and media literacy. Students exhibit the capacities of literate individuals with increasing proficiency and regularity at each grade level.
As reading skills develop, students are challenged to become active, thinking readers. Our reading programs stress "good fit" book selection, goal-setting, comprehension strategies, small group and whole group book talks. Students build strong content knowledge by engaging with works of quality and substance across a wide range of subject matter. OLG elementary students become discerning, critical readers who value and can cite evidence.
Students refine and share their knowledge through writing and speaking, and learn to adapt their communication according to audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
The OLG math curriculum is focused on the development of proficiency in mathematical concepts, skills, and relationships. Students learn a connected body of mathematical knowledge including problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. Our curriculum follows the Minnesota Math Standards, which are grouped by four strands: Number & Operation, Algebra, Geometry & Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability. OLG elementary students master the ability to reason in a deductive manner, use and applying current technology, enjoy mathematical manipulations and thinking, and develop daily mathematical thinking, technical and living skills.
Through continual assessment, we identify skills and concepts that each student has obtained and adjust learning activities to ensure students acquire high levels of understanding.
Science is the active study of nature, its structures, and its processes. OLG science students in K-5 use their senses and tools to observe and understand phenomena. They participate in laboratory activities rooted in scientific inquiry, recording and analyzing data about the natural world. Students engage in discussion of scientific issues that affect society. Standards are placed at the grade level where mastery is expected, recognizing that a progression of learning experiences in earlier grades builds the foundation for mastery later on.
Our social studies curriculum seeks to develop responsible, engaged citizens committed to democratic values and civic participation. OLG students are required to master fundamental understandings of history, geography, economics, and civics & government in grades K-5. These understandings include concepts associated with familiar local environments and current times to faraway places and distant times. In grades K through 3, content is balanced among the four social studies disciplines. In grades 4 through 8, there is a "lead" discipline for each grade level, with other disciplines providing complementary perspectives that promote an enhanced understanding of the content.
Fine arts education includes music and art. Art classes provide exposure to the elements and principles of art, and art projects are developed that complement other curriculum areas.
The music curriculum is based on the elements of melody, rhythm, form, and harmony. Beginning in kindergarten, weekly music classes emphasize active participation in singing and playing instruments. Students learn liturgical music for weekly liturgies. There is opportunity for students to participate in extracurricular choir programs beginning in the third grade. The extracurricular band program begins in fourth grade and continues through eighth grade.
The Spanish program is a communicative and interactive program integrating language with music, children’s literature, and culture to provide a rich language environment.
Our physical education program emphasizes knowledge, skill, and physical aptitude with the cooperative spirit, teamwork, and good sportsmanship of all participants. Our extra-curricular sports program includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball.