Core Curriculum

Queen of Peace School curriculum development is the responsibility of the principal and faculty following the approved Archdiocesan guidelines.

Queen of Peace School believes that learning is both a process and a goal. Academic learning in the following areas is of prime importance:

  • Religion
  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Science/Health
  • Social Studies

Educational opportunities, as well as instructional excellence, receive major emphasis in each curricular offering. Teaching strategies used include whole group work, cooperative learning, integrated thematic units, hands-on learning, multi-age projects, and real life applications structured to meet the needs, talents and abilities of each learner. Communication skills, teamwork, the use of technology, and problem-solving skills are emphasized to help prepare students for the future.

In addition, Queen of Peace provides guidance and encouragement in the areas of spiritual, social, and personal growth within an atmosphere of Catholic and Christian community. From this experience, we believe that each child will come to understand how to apply the Catholic value system to his or her way of life.

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • God is our loving Father who makes every person special and watches over us and all creation

Literacy

  • Reading: key ideas, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, group reading activities
  • Writing and Language: conventions of standard language, vocabulary development, different writing types and their purpose, published writing, research and present on a topic
  • Speaking and Listening: understand and collaborate with others

Math

  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten: work with numbers 11-19, building foundation for place value, addition and subtraction problems to 10.
  • Measurement and Data: describe and compare measurable attributes, count and classify objects
  • Geometry: identify and describe shapes, analyze, compare and create shapes

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • God is our loving Father who makes every person special and watches over us and all creation

Science

  • Study living and non-living things and how they move
  • Explore their natural world through scientific observation
  • Design and build things using engineering concepts

Social Emphasis

  • Peace makers and peace breakers
  • Listening
  • Being kind and safe
  • Respectful of self and others
  • Showing responsibility
  • Practicing good manners

Social Studies

  • History of holidays and traditions
  • Geography of our world focussing on community, family and environments
  • Understanding rules are a part of a functioning community
  • Money is a part of how a community works

Literacy

  • Reading: phonics, word analysis, retelling with key ideas and supporting details in fiction and non-fiction text, character and setting
  • Writing and Language: conventions of standard language, vocabulary development, narrative, opinion and informative writing modes
  • Speaking and Listening: awareness of audience and presentation

Math

  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten: represent and solve addition and subtraction problems within 20, place value of ones and tens
  • Measurement and Data: measuring length, writing time and telling time to the hour, interpret and represent data
  • Geometry: recognize shapes and their attributes

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • God the Creator gives us life and grace and promises us eternal life through Jesus.

Science

  • Compare and contrast physical properties of living and non living things
  • Force and motion
  • Identify and use tools to make observations
  • Show how tools are used to complete every day tasks; demonstrate that design is used to build things to meet a need

Social Emphasis

  • Being good listeners
  • Being kind and safe
  • Treating others with respect
  • Doing our best
  • Learning to learn
  • Problem-solving
  • Learning to ask questions

Social Studies

  • Communities
  • American symbols, people events, celebrations, and holidays
  • Identify symbols on a map
  • Describe responsibilities of leaders and team members
  • Identify personal saving and sources of income

 

Literacy

  • Reading: Phonics, word analysis and decoding skills; accuracy and fluency; text structure of diverse genre
  • Writing and Language: Focus on the personal narrrative, learning the writing process, introduce opinion and informative writing modes
  • Speaking and Listening: Participate in formal and informal speaking opportunities; awareness of audience and purpose

Math

  • Counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens and ones.
  • Place value to the 1000s
  • Building fluency with addition and subtraction
  • Regrouping and borrowing in multi-digit addition and subtraction
  • Using standard units of measure
  • Describing and analyzing shapes

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • Jesus nourishes and strengthens God’s life of grace within us through the Sacraments and Mass

Science

  • Plants and animals and their environments and life cycles
  • Forces
  • Movement of the sun and moon
  • Make predictions based on observed patterns using science tools
  • Organize recorded data
  • Investigate engineering design

Social Emphasis

  • Independence
  • Planning ahead
  • Problem-solving
  • Persistence
  • Cause and effect

Social Studies

  • History of local community, events and people, past and present
  • Personal responsibilities
  • Relative location in the state, nation and world
  • Services of local government
  • Community service
  • Economics/financial responsibilities
  • Evaluate information connected to community issues or problems

 

Literacy

  • Reading: phonics and Word recognition – know meaning of common suffixes and prefixes; decode multi-sylable words; read irregularly spelled words; identify key ideas and details; answer questions to demonstrate understanding of text; retell myths, folktales and fables and tell central message
  • Writing and Language: Write opinion, narrative and informative pieces; know and use parts of speech; demonstrate conventions of standard English; use reference tools to check and correct spelling
  • Speaking and Listening: Take part in group discussions and report orally on a topic

Math

  • Developing understanding multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100
  • Developing understanding of fractions with same denominator
  • Developing understanding of rectangular arrays and of perimeter and area
  • Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • Jesus continues his life and work through His Church.

Science

  • Living and non-living things and their characteristics
  • Life cycle of plants and animals
  • Planets – including seasons and weather
  • Use scientific investigation to explain results and draw conclusions
  • Engineering design – study of catapults

Social Emphasis

  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Problem-solving
  • Taking initiative to develop their own faith
  • Including others and watching for those in need

Social Studies

  • Describe how events have shaped our region
  • Describe communities past and present
  • Identify hemispheres, continents and oceans
  • Organization and functions of Oregon government
  • How did Oregon become a state?
  • Difference between wants and needs
  • Identify key industries of Oregon
  • Compare eyewitness and secondhand accounts of an event

 

Literacy

  • Reading: making inferences, theme, point of view, characterization, setting, plot,using context clues, compare and contrast, main idea and supporting details, reading with accuracy and fluency
  • Writing and language: Using all the steps of the writing process compose opinion, expository, and narrative pieces, using supporting details, appropriate organization and showing a command for conventions.
  • Speaking and listening: engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, orally present on a topic or text.

Math

  • Develop fluency with multi-digit multiplication and division
  • Develop an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers.
  • Analyze and classify geometric figures based on their properties

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • We are called to live as Jesus did by choosing a life of love characterized by the foundation of Christian morality presented in the Old and New Testaments.

Science

  • Properties and forms of energy
  • Physical changes of matter
  • Interactions between organisms and their environments
  • Experiments using the scientific inquiry process

Social Emphasis

  • Faith
    • Lives Christian values and demonstrate to others
    • Develops a closer relationship with God, Jesus, and the saints through prayer
  • Character
    • Shows respect for others and self
    • Accepts responsibility for self
    • Uses effective problem-solving skills
  • Academics
    • Organizes time and materials efficiently
    • Incorporates study skills into daily habits
    • Applies knowledge to new situations
    • Plans, follows through, and completes large projects
  • Service
    • Seeks out ways to be helpful others
    • Participates in service projects

Social Studies

  • Oregon history, from Native Americans through Oregon’s journey to statehood
  • Oregon’s organization and function of government

 

Literacy

  • Reading: Quotations, main idea and details, character development, compare and contrast, analyze complex text, read with accuracy and fluency
  • Writing and language: write opinion, explanatory, and narrative pieces using correct conventions; produce clear, coherent and organized writing with supporting details, introduction and conclusion; use a variety of sources to gather information for writing and determine relevant information
  • Speaking and Listening: engage effectively in small group and whole class discussions; summarize information from oral and written sources; orally present reports on a variety of subjects

Math

  • Evaluating expressions, analyze patterns and relationships
  • Place value through thousandths; add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals and fractions
  • Convert measurement in customary and metric units; represent and interpret data using charts and graphs; understand and use volume, area and perimeter
  • Graph points on a coordinate plane; classify two-dimensional figures by sides and angles

Religion Doctrinal Emphasis

  • We are called to live a sacramental life.

Science

  • Parts of organisms; cells – plant and animal
  • Ecosystems, weather, space – solar system, galaxy
  • Gravity, friction, forces and engineering
  • Scientific Inquiry – Science Fair, science labs

Social Emphasis

  • Faith
    • Lives Christian values and demonstrate to others
    • Develops a closer relationship with God, Jesus, and the saints through prayer
  • Character
    • Shows respect for others and self
    • Accepts responsibility for self
    • Uses effective problem-solving skills
  • Academics
    • Organizes time and materials efficiently
    • Incorporates study skills into daily habits
    • Applies knowledge to new situations
    • Plans, follows through, and completes large projects
  • Service
    • Seeks out ways to be helpful others
    • Participates in service projects

Social Studies

  • History – exploration of the New World, colonization of America, Revolutionary War, creation of the United States and Constitution
  • Geography – use maps to identify, locate and describe places and events in the World; describe political and physical features and how they effect events and movement of people
  • Civics and Government – analyze how conflict and cooperation contribute to events in history; compare and contrast different forms of government in Europe and America; identify the principles and parts of U.S. democracy, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and state governments
  • Economics – explain how trade restrictions affect supply and demand, and producers and consumers; history and use of taxes