GRACE ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2019-2020 WITH BOOK AND SUPPLY LIST

(updated 6/13/19)

Textbooks are subject to change. To order books, please select the link(s), if applicable, that are underlined and blue under the individual course description. Grace Academy recommends ordering books no earlier than 6/15/19.

Each 2-3 student is required to bring each of the following:

  • Pencils – 12 count
  • Colored pencils – Crayola 24 count
  • Crayons – Crayola 24 count
  • Color Markers – 10 count Crayola Classic Colors
  • Glue sticks – Elmer’s 6 count
  • Child scissors – round tip child
  • Erasers – 2 count smudge free pink
  • Disinfecting Wipes- 75 count in plastic closable container

We recommended brand name as they are better quality and last longer. Your student will not keep the supplies with them or take them home they will be community used supplies in each classroom (this does not apply to the art classes). Please see below for any additional supplies needed.

Fees will be totaled per family and included in your Family Folder at Orientation. Fees will be due the first week of school payable to Grace Academy.

2-3 Classes:

The following courses are 2nd and 3rd grade level unless otherwise noted.

Art – This class will build on the elements of art: line, shape color, value, and texture. Students will create projects that increase their awareness of art throughout their world. Projects will focus on improving motor skills and vocabulary. Students will continue to increase familiarity with paint, graphite, crayon, colored pencil, clay, glazing, paper sculpture, and Art History. All lessons are integrated with other areas of learning and will encourage students to be independent learners and problem solvers. All students will have projects included in the Night of the Arts. (Projects will differ between Level I and Level II)
Supplies: glue sticks, bottle of Elmer’s liquid glue, pack of black sharpies, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape and a roll of or package of paper towels. (These supplies will go into the Art Room’s shared supplies.)

Character Lessons/Bible – Through the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel, students will learn God’s truths and develop character through weekly lessons and class discussion. They will learn to navigate the Bible and focus and on living for God.
Workbook: Growing with God, 3rd Grade – Positive Action Bible Curriculum (978-1-59557-064-2) Order from christianbook.com
Supplies: Bible, Bible Highlighter, 2 pocket folder, journal

Computer (2-3) – In the Grace Academy computer lab, students will be introduced to Mac computers. Students will learn to use Word, Power Point and Excel. They will develop confidence when using computers by being exposed to multiple software applications and repetitive use. Students will learn typing skills by continual practice of proper typing technique and finger placement through word processing and games. This practice will increase accuracy and speed.
Supplies: 4 Gb Flash drive, 1 inch 3-ring binder, 10 tab dividers
Supply Fee: $40

Drama (Grades K-3) – Students will learn theater skills, techniques and history by performing simple skits and plays based on parables and popular fairy tales incorporating the principles of   Galatians 5:22-23. This course includes storytelling, puppet theater, speaking and confidence building activities. Students will also be given the opportunity to sing simple songs with choreographed movements.
Supply Fee: $10

Enrichment (Grades 3-5) – Enrichment is a fun and exciting time for K-5th Grade students from 12:35-2:00. Students will eat lunch together, socialize and participate in enrichment activities, such as art, exercise, music, science experiments, cooking and seasonal projects.
Supply Fee: $15

Health/PE (Grades K-2) – This class is to help improve student’s sport skills and fitness. Students will participate in exercises, games and various sports. These activities will teach coordination and build confidence. Most games are cooperative in nature and will have a low-key competitive element or variation that will help students understand how to work together. Students learn how to compete appropriately and use good sportsmanship. Students will also learn about important health issues, such as how to take care of their body, exercise and what foods are best to eat. Students will learn the value and benefits of physical activity.
Supplies: Comfortable clothes for activities and tennis shoes and a folder. Bringing athletic wear to change in to for class is optional.

Health/PE (Grades 3-5) – This class is to help improve student’s sport skills and fitness. Students will participate in exercises, games and various sports. These activities will teach coordination and build confidence. Most games are cooperative in nature and will have a low-key competitive element or variation that will help students understand how to work together. Students learn how to compete appropriately and use good sportsmanship. Students will also learn about important health issues, such as how to take care of their body, exercise and what foods are best to eat. Students will learn the value and benefits of physical activity.
Supplies: Comfortable clothes for activities and tennis shoes and a folder. Bringing athletic wear to change in to for class is optional

Math (2nd grade) – Students will represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, understand place value, measure and estimate lengths in standard units, work with time and money, represent and interpret data, work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication, and reason with shapes and their attributes. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Textbook: Mathematics Grade 2 – Purposeful Design Publications (9781583315798)
Supplies: 2-pocket folder, 3 ring binder, spiral notebook

Math (3rd grade) – Students will learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, money, graphs, calendar, fractions, decimals, time, measurements and more! Students receive rewards for their efforts so they will enjoy the class and learn math along the way. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Textbook: Mathematics Grade 3– Purposeful Design Publications (9781583315811)
Supplies: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sets of flash cards (can be found at Dollar Store, Target, or Wal-Mart), cow-marbled notebook, 2 pocket folder

Novel Studies – This class will offer specific strategies that will enable the student to read more rapidly and to comprehend the reading materials more efficiently. Deeper level comprehension skills will also be developed. Understanding the implied meaning, as well as, the implications that show in the text is another area of study. Students will explore different genres of literature including fiction, nonfiction and biography. Students will be encouraged to find enjoyment in their reading. Guided oral reading will be practiced to enhance reading performance. Opportunities will be given for students to complete fun projects related to the texts that they read. (This class is taught at a 3rd grade level.)
Books: Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson (0590424041)
The Story of George Washington Carver (0590426605)
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (0062399527)
Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan (0064406229)
Who Was Neil Armstrong? by Roberta Edwards (0448449072)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, tabs, notebook paper

Performing Arts (K-3) – Students will acquire performance skills through hearing, creating and performing skits and one-act plays that will often incorporate the use of music, song and choreographed movements. They will build confidence and sharpen speaking skills by working together to produce skits and plays from many genres including parables, fairy tales, and stories from around the world.
Supply Fee: $10

Reading Skills/Spelling – Students will experience and differentiate between different types of literature including adventure, biography, mystery, fairy tales, fiction and nonfiction. Students will understand and explain synonyms and antonyms, compound words, and identify nouns and verbs. This class will work on writing complete sentences with conventional spelling and correct punctuation. This class will provide an opportunity to improve reading skills in the areas of fluency, inflection, and reading comprehension. Simple story elements such as plot, character, and setting will be explored. The students will be able to spell frequently used, regular and irregular words correctly.
Books: Reading Comprehension and Skills, Grade 2–Kelly Wingate Publications (9781483804934)
Supplies: 1 inch 3 ring white binder, notebook paper (wide ruled)

Reading & Language Skills (2nd Grade) (Prerequisite: Must be an independent, fluent reader or have had Reading/Phonics II course at Grace Academy) – This class will provide studies of various genres of literature, encompassing content of story; characterizations; predictions and inferences; and character values. This class will provide students with an opportunity to improve reading skills such as fluency, inflection and comprehension, and allow more independent reading. There will be 4 book reports assigned throughout the year.  Students will cover the following Language Arts skills: recognizing and correctly punctuating sentences; working with compound words, rhyming words, antonyms, synonyms, contractions and forming plurals; and using words correctly.
Books: Skill Sharpeners Reading, Grade 2 by Martha Cheney – (1596730382)
Language 2 – ABEKA (95656)
Strong and True, 4th edition – ABEKA (195634)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, public library card is suggested.

Reading Studies (3rd Grade) – Independent-level readers will dive into quality literature, uncovering story elements, character development, genre studies, predictions and inferences, and vocabulary. Students will also strengthen language arts skills through targeted conventions lessons. This class is focused around novel discussion, individual projects and research, and of course, good books!
Books: Skill Builders Grammar Grade 3 – Carson Dellosa (9781936023202)
Crossroads – ABEKA (104264)
Trails to Explore – ABEKA (105929)
Charlotte’s Web (978-0064400558)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (978-0380709564)
Stone Fox (978-0-06-440132-6)
Tale of Despereaux (978-0-439-70167-9)
Supplies: Five, 2-pocket, three-pronged folders, sticky notes

Science I – Students will be introduced to science through hands-on activities and solid content knowledge. Students will be guided through science process skills and the methods of science as they explore human body systems, oceans, water, weather and dinosaurs.
Supplies: one folder, 1-inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $15

Science II -Students will learn about and explore things in the world around them, such as rocks and minerals, the solar system, the ear, animals with backbones, animals without backbones, animal homes, habitats, energy, insect and spiders. Students must be independent readers.
Supplies:loose leaf paper, 1-inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $15

Social Studies/Geography (2nd Grade) (Prerequisite: Must be an independent, fluent reader or have completed Reading/Phonics II course at Grace Academy.) – Students will step back into history and learn what life was like in America’s early days. They will learn the history of our flag and our patriotic songs. They will study the Pilgrims, American Indians, early colonists, pioneers, and immigrants. The students will learn about their community and the world around us.   They will also learn and apply basic geography skills. The students will learn how to use maps, map keys, map grids, and other important map skills.
Textbook: Harcourt Social Studies Student Edition, Grade 2, People We Know (9780153858833)
Scholastic Success With Maps Workbook Grade 2 by Linda W. Beech –(9780545471497)
Supplies: 2-pocket folder labeled for this class

Social Studies/Geography (3rd Grade) – This course is designed to focus on the various communities that surround us. We will use hands-on activates and projects, textbooks and other resources to develop our community knowledge. Topics include: definition of a community, types of community, our country’s regions, and environment, our history, citizens, government, and various cultures.
Textbooks: Harcourt Social Studies Student Edition Grade 3, Our Communities (9780153858840)
Supplies: one two-pocket folder labeled for this class, cow/marbled composition notebook

Spelling/Grammar – Students will study the English language as it relates to word relationships. This course will be an intensive study of grammar including punctuation and the parts of speech. Students will increase their word power and build their vocabulary. Students will also use word studies, visual memory and repetition to increase retention of spelling words.
Textbook: Vocabulary Workshop 2011 Level Green SE (9780821580035)
Daily Grams Books (978-0936981390)
Building Spelling Skills, Grade 3, Evan Moor Educational Publishers, (9781557998415)
Supplies: small pencil sharpener, cow-marbled notebook, 2-pocket folder

STEM I (Grades 2-3) – Students will participate in a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Lab Fee: $30

STEM II (Grades 2-3) – Students will participate in a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Lab Fee: $30

Writing – Students will be using the WriteShop curriculum in this course. WriteShop Primary uses hands-on activities to teach the concepts of the writing process at the very simplest level. It’s perfect for beginning and developing writers. Children continue to see that writing is a process made up of several steps:
Planning. Familiar topics, simple graphic organizers, and teacher guidance help unlock your child’s creative ideas.
Writing. Writing assignments grow from simple paragraphs and stories to more complex ones. Lessons build incrementally, and as children grow in skill and confidence, they are encouraged to become even more independent writers.
Editing. Children continue to see that editing is a natural part of writing.
Handwriting without Tears will also be used and is a handwriting program that will focus on proper punctuation, paragraph, poem and language arts activities for practice.
Textbook: Printing Power Grade 2 – Handwriting without Tears (Code PP-18)
Supplies: MEAD black and white composition notebook (wide ruled), 2 pocket pronged folder labeled for this class, 1-inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $10

Study Hall – Independent study/homework time available to students K-12 during periods when no class is assigned. A Grace Academy teacher supervises Study Hall. Students must always attend study hall if they are not enrolled in a class. They may not leave campus.