Elementary School

Students enrolled in first through third grade at St. Francis de Sales are encouraged to be more independent and develop a sense of themselves, as well as their relationships with others and God. Second grade is a special time for our students as students children receive
the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. 

Elementary School Curriculum

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade




- Prayer

- Liturgy

- Feasts and seasons

- Service

  • PRIMARY TEXT: Blest Are We, RCL Benziger
  • Our Church Community
  • Our Loving Father
  • God’s Son Jesus
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Followers of Jesus
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Blest Are We, RCL Benziger
  • Baptism
  • Reconciliation 
  • Holy Communion
  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Parables
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Blest Are We, RCL Benziger
  • The Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • The Holy Spirit Guides Us
  • The Church Welcomes Us
  • Jesus Teaches Us How to Live
  • The Sacraments of Healing
  • We Pray to the Holy Spirit
  • The Mission of the Church


ALL PRIMARY GRADES focus on the Eight Mathematical Practices:

1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

 2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively

3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

4) Model with mathematics

5) Use appropriate tools strategically

6) Attend to precision

7) Look for and make use of structure

8) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

  • PRIMARY TEXT:  Envision, Savvas Learning Company
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Counting, comparing and ordering numbers to 120
  • Introduction to Tens and Ones
  • Introduction to adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers
  • Introduction to time 
  • Continuation of data collection
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Envision, Savvas Learning Company
  • Working with equal groups
  • Place value to 1,000
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers with regrouping
  • Three- digit addition addition and subtraction
  • Value and Counting Money
  • Time to the quarter hour
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Envision, Savvas Learning Company
  • Using Place Value to add and subtract
  • Multiplication, Using Known Facts, and Patterns
  • Meanings of Division, Division Facts
  • Fractions, Fraction Comparison, and Fraction Equivalence
  • Two Dimensional Shapes and their Attributes
  • Perimeter and Area



- Vocabulary

- Expanding high-frequency sight words

- Increasing fluency: rate, accuracy, and expression

- Speaking and listening

  • PRIMARY TEXT: SuperKids, Zanier-Bloser
  • Phonics skills: vowel sounds, blends, and digraphs
  • Comprehension: plot elements, main idea, and key details
  • PRIMARY TEXT: SuperKids, Zanier-Bloser
  • Phonics skills: multisyllabic words, vowel teams, irregular spelling
  • Comprehension: Asking questions, main ideas of multi-paragraphs, text features, author’s purpose
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Wonders, McGraw Hill
  • Phonics skills: prefixes and suffixes
  • Vocabulary: word meanings, context clues, figurative language, domain-specific words
  • Comprehension: textual evidence, characterization, theme, comparing/contrasting elements, inference, text structure, main idea and supporting details 



- Handwriting

- Spelling

- Six Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Conventions, Sentence Fluency, Voice)

- Grammar

  • PRIMARY TEXT: Voyages in English, Loyola Press
  • Handwriting: printing upper and lower case letters
  • Writing purposes introduction (opinion, narrative, informative)
  • Write a variety of sentence types; asking, telling, exclaiming and commanding
  • Writing constructed responses
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Voyages in English, Loyola Press
  • Handwriting practice
  • Writing purposes: narrative and informative writing production
  • Writing Process: drafting, revising, editing
  • Research: learn various research tools
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Voyages in English, Loyola Press
  • Handwriting: Introduction to cursive writing
  • Writing purposes: focus on narrative development
  • Writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing
  • Research: conduct short projects


ALL PRIMARY GRADES focus on Science and Engineering Practices:

- Asking Questions & Defining Problems 

- Developing & Using Models

- Planning & Carrying Out Investigations 

- Analyzing & Interpreting Data

- Using Mathematical & Computational Thinking, 

- Constructing Explanations & Designing Solutions 

- Engaging in Argument from Evidence 

- Obtaining, Evaluating & Communicating Information

  • PRIMARY SOURCE: Mystery Science
  • Living things and their environments
  • Sun, moon and stars
  • Matter
  • Movement
  • PRIMARY SOURCE: Mystery Science
  • Plants and animals
  • Life cycles
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Water cycle
  • Weather
  • Motion and force
  • PRIMARY SOURCE: Mystery Science
  • Plants,  animals, and ecosystems
  • Atmosphere and weather
  • Forces,  motion, and energy
  • Technology and the design process



- Geography and map skills

- Interpretation of graphs, charts & tables

- Vocabulary

  • PRIMARY TEXT: Social Studies Alive! My School and Family, TCI
  • Being a good citizen
  • American symbols
  • Needs and wants
  • Goods and services
  • Buying and selling/ spending and saving
  • Cultures and celebrations
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Social Studies Alive! My Community, TCI
  • Aspects of citizenship
  • Producers and consumers
  • United States traditions
  • America’s early settlers
  • PRIMARY TEXT: Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond, TCI
  • Types of communities: rural, urban, suburban
  • Continents, oceans, and landforms
  • Branches of U.S. Government
  • Native Americans and first American settlers