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Curriculum: Lower School

1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade

Our 5th grade program is departmentalized.  Teachers work closely together in a team approach to plan and integrate Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science units of study that include:  Colonial America and the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Civil War, marine biology, cell structure, the human body and weather formation.

A maximum class size of 22 students makes it possible for teachers to work closely with students and to understand their needs.

Special Events and Activities:

In addition to our core curriculum and enrichment classes, field trips, programs, projects and special activities support and enhance the 5th grade experience for St. Luke’s students.

• Gulf Coast Research Marine Center: The University of Southern Mississippi hosts our 5th graders on an overnight Marine Biology Camp.

• Beginning Band: All 5th grade students participate in beginning band for a full year with class twice weekly.

• Acolytes: Students have the opportunity to serve as acolytes on a rotation basis for weekly Eucharist services.

• Computer Instruction: Students participate in a yearlong computer instruction class in our lab.  iPad devices are also available for use in class projects.

• Big Buddies: Twice monthly students meet with their 1st grade buddies for planned activities.

• “FInS”: Students have big buddies in the 8th grade for “Fellowship, Involvement and Service”

• Colonial Christmas: Students attend the Colonial Christmas celebration at Oakley House in St. Francisville as an introduction to their colonial Market Place project.

• Colonial Market Place: Students study and research a colonial vocation, and then construct a “store front” that displays their wares.  They dress in period clothing and hold demonstrations for the student body.

• Vertebrate/Invertebrate Study: An in-depth study of vertebrates and invertebrates; culminating in the construction of an arthropod.

• New Orleans Insectarium: 

• Science Fair:  Students study the scientific method with a culminating science fair project judged by outside judges.

• Passion Play: A reenactment of Good Friday is performed by students for parents, visitors and the student body during Holy Week.

• Polar Express Day:  Students take a ride on the Polar Express train to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

• Newsletters: Class produced newsletters are published monthly.