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 4-5 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.

4-5 Classes:

The following courses are 4th and 5th grade level unless otherwise noted.

Art – This class will build on the elements of art: line, shape color, value, texture. Students will create projects that increase their awareness of art throughout their world. Projects will focus on improving motor skills and vocabulary, and preparing students for upper level art classes. Higher-level use of paint, graphite, crayon, colored pencil, clay, glazing, paper sculpture, and Art History will be fostered. 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 Levels I and II)
Supplies: 3 glue sticks, 1 pack of black Sharpies, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape and Lysol wipes. Supplies will go into the art room’s shared supplies.

Character Lessons/Bible – Using Scripture as the primary source, students will explore the following topics through personal Bible study, class discussions, projects and journal writing: the life of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, character traits exemplified in Bible characters, and the life of the Apostle Paul.
Textbook: Building Life Castles 4th Grade by Cherie Noel – Positive Action for Christ (9781595570659)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, spiral notebook, pocket folder, journal

Computer (4-5) – In the Grace Academy computer lab, students will develop confidence when using Mac computers by being exposed to multiple software applications and repetitive use. Students will learn the basics of Word, Power Point and Excel. They will develop confidence when using computers by being exposed to multiple software applications and repetitive use. They will create documents, edit formal texts, create tables and graphs, and design projects such as brochures, flyers, postcards, and charts. Student will also learn correct keyboarding skills and practice to increase accuracy and speed.
Supplies: 4 GB Flash drive, 1 inch 3-ring binder, 10 dividers
Supply Fee: $40

Creative Writing – Students will work toward mastery of the writing process to become fluent and creative writers and independent thinkers. Various formats (narrative writing, descriptive writing, poetry writing, drama writing, speech writing, and expository writing) will be taught in order to strengthen writing skills. Students will complete fun writing projects that will enhance writing skills. Students will become accomplished writers as they gain beneficial grammar and proofreading skills that will prepare them to meet future writing tasks with confidence.
Supplies: One 70-page wide-ruled composition book, one 1 inch 3-ring binder, 5 tab dividers, notebook paper, thesaurus

Drama – Students will acquire acting skills and knowledge of theater history and terminology through reading and performing skits and one-act plays. Students will build confidence and sharpen speaking skills by creating original characters and skits. Working together, students will participate in play production, puppetry and storytelling.
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 3-5) – This class is to help improve student 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 will 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 proper eating. Students will learn the value and benefits of physical activity.
Supplies: Comfortable clothes for activities and tennis shoes. Bringing athletic wear to change into for class is optional.

Math (4th Grade) – This class will involve review and expansion of basic concepts, emphasizing two-digit multiplication and division, fractions, decimals, and measuring. Regular review of basic multiplication facts will also be emphasized to help students build a strong math foundation. Students will be challenged with a curriculum that will require critical thinking through application of these operations in word problems. This will require students to not only learn the operations, but to know when it is appropriate to apply each.
Textbook: Mathematics Grade 4 – Purposeful Design (9781583315835) – to be purchased from christianbook.com
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, 4 dividers with pockets, ruler, loose leaf paper, dry erase marker with eraser attached, graph paper, calculator

Math (5th Grade) (4 days) – This class will involve review and expansion of basic concepts, emphasizing place value, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, percents, geometry, probability and integers. The goal of the class will be to help students become flexible thinkers who are comfortable with the content areas of math and able to apply their learning to problem-solving situations. Learning will be supported with engaging lessons, hands-on activities and fun math games.
Textbook: Mathematics Grade 5 – Purposeful Design (9781583315859)- to be purchased from christianbook.com
Supplies: 1.5 inch 3-ring binder, 5 plastic dividers with pockets, ruler, protractor, single subject spiral notebook, loose-leaf paper, calculator (TI-30X IIS)

North Carolina/Geography – Students will journey through the history and geography of North Carolina. There will be stops along the way to highlight prominent historical events and people. Students will also travel through the three regions of the state, being introduced to the unique geographical features and culture in each region. Students will become familiar with regions of the United States with an emphasis on how the geography of each region has shaped its culture. There will be a variety of projects throughout the year to help students to be actively involved in their own learning. There will be an additional focus on current events in the state to increase awareness of events occurring close to home.
Textbook: Social Studies- States and Regions– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (978-0-153-85886-4)
My State Notebook– ABEKA (WW208731)
Supplies: 1inch 3-ring binder, 4 tab dividers, wide-ruled notebook paper

Performing Arts – Students will acquire acting skills through reading, creating and performing original skits and one-act plays that incorporate the use of some music, song and choreographed movements. They will build confidence and sharpen speaking skills by working together to produce skits and plays from many genres.
Supply Fee: $10

Reading Comprehension I – Students will study literary elements, including main idea, cause and effect, fact or opinion, inference, prediction, setting, etc. They will explore different forms of literature, including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, tall tales and fables, and be able to identify types of literature. We will look for deeper meanings in the text and explore the texts implications. We will also make real world connections to the stories we read. Spelling and grammar are not the focus of this class but will be modeled.
Textbooks: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (978-0142410318)
Little House in the Big Woods (0060581808)
These are My People by Mildred T. Howard (0890842426)
Mr. Popper’s Penguin by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater (0316058432)
Supplies: 3-ring binder, fine line magic markers, loose leaf paper, tabs

Reading Comprehension II – Students will refine vocabulary through knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, context clues, and stems. Students will explore fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and reference texts to determine plot development, author’s word choice, tone, and figurative language. The learners will engage with the text by making predictions, formulating questions, and supporting answers from the text. (Any Student who takes this course must be an independent reader).
Textbooks: Reading Comprehension in Varied Subject Matter (Book 3) Jane Ervin – EPS Books (0838806023)
Daily Warm-ups Language Skills Grade 5 by Mary Rosenberg– Teacher Created Resources (978-1-4206-3995-7). (Product ID on Teacher Created Resources website: TCR3995)
Books: Sound the Jubilee by Sandra Forrester (0140379304)
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsberg (9780689711817)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (978-0-7636-8090-9)
Supplies: 3-subject notebook, four 2- pocket folders with 3 prongs, sticky notes, pocket dictionary (any student edition)

Science I – Students will develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities, study of the student text and projects. Topics will include weather, biomes, interaction and changes in an ecosystem, and study of the respiratory and circulatory system. All students will develop and construct a scientific project for the science fair.
Textbook: Science 5 – Student Text, 3rd Edition – BJU Press (9781591664680) or (9781606821848) Order Textbook from amazon.com.
Supplies: mini pencil sharpener, 2 pocket folder, pencils, 1 inch 3-ring binder, 4 tab dividers
Workbook Fee: $10

Science II – Students will develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities, study of the student text and projects. Topics will include matter, energy and heat, sound and light, rocks and minerals, and fossils and dinosaurs. Each unit will involve experiments and projects.
Textbook: Science 5 – Student Text, 3rd Edition – BJU Press (9781606821848) or (9781591664680) Order Textbook from amazon.com.
Supplies: mini pencil sharpener, binder for Science only, folder, 5 subject tab dividers

Spanish – This course is designed for students with or without prior Spanish language background. Basic vocabulary and grammar skill building is included in this course. Homework will reinforce class participation. One project will be assigned per semester to enhance the student’s knowledge of geographical and cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries.
Workbook Fee: $15

STEM – 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

Study Skills – Students will focus on organization, planning, time management, testing, homework, and reading strategies, note taking, learning styles, and study habits. Upon completion of this class, students will see organizational improvements, better long-term focus, increased self-awareness, and confidence in the classroom.
Supplies: 3 ring binder with 5 dividers, pocket folder, planner, loose-leaf paper and spiral notebook.
Workbook Fee: $10

US History/Geography – Students will learn about the development of the United States.  Students will discover the land and the early people living here before and after the first explorers arrive. Students will learn how economic systems, trade and migration lead us to the Thirteen Colonies. Students will also interact with timelines, maps, and the government’s role in the economy.  The key ideals outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution will be explored. Students will understand the rights, responsibilities, justice, and the common good and relate these concepts to events of modern day.
Textbooks: Social Studies – The United States: Making a New Nation Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (978-0-153-85887-1)
Social Studies-The United States Making a New Nation – Homework and Practice Book Houghton mifflin Harcourt ISBN-13: 978-0153472978
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder w/5 divider tabs

Writing – Students will become skilled and confident writers as they learn to develop strong paragraphs through choosing vivid, descriptive words and using sentence variations by forming sentences of different lengths. Lessons break the writing process into manageable chunks that are easy to understand and master.  Students will grow in their brainstorming and planning skills, gain confidence in writing creatively and learn new ways to edit and revise their stories and reports.  They first learn to write in different fiction genres before moving on to nonfiction and book reports and eventually writing using 5 paragraphs. Students will write through all stages of the writing process: draft, revise, edit, and complete a final copy. Handwriting is part of this class. This book will focus on fluency with more advanced language arts activities as well as cursive writing.
Textbooks: WriteShop Junior Activity Pack/Book F (W/Fold-N-Go Grammar) 9781935027386
Cursive Success – Grade 4 – Handwriting without Tears
This book can be found at lwtears.com.
Supplies:  Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus (any student edition), 10 tab dividers with pockets, 1½ inch 3-ring binder, 10 file folders

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.