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Elementary Program

First Grade

Through guidance from their teachers, the First Grade class works both independently and in small groups to progress toward their goals for the year. They are immersed in a culture of learning and discovery.

1st Grade Qur’an

  • Arabic reader
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

1st Grade Islamic Studies

  • Daily dua
  • Stories from the Sirah of Rasul Allah, peace and blessings upon him
  • Prayer
  • Lineage of the Rasul Allah, peace and blessings upon him

1st Grade Arabic

  • Vocabulary and phrases such as greetings, salutations, calendar, weather, numbers, family and community
  • Expression of opinions is emphasized by routinely asking and answering questions in Spanish such as “What is your favorite (color, number, day, etc.)?”
  • Additional oral practice happens through music (songs and chants), fun activities and interactive games

1st Grade Language Arts

  • Compare and contrast and text-to-self and text-to-text connections
  • Understand setting, sequencing and making predictions; read aloud with fluency in a manner that sounds like natural speech
  • Increased phonemic awareness through spelling strategies and decoding of words
  • Use descriptive words when writing
  • Print legibly and space letters, words and sentences appropriately

1st Grade Social Studies

  • Essential concepts of neighborhood, identity, comparing and contrasting similarities and differences, interdependence, diversity and community

1st Grade Math

  • Number order, number patterns, writing numbers, counting and number operations
  • Write equations, explore number families and place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Measurement
  • Graphing

1st Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • How Scientists Work
  • Technology All Around Us
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Earth’s Resources
  • Weather and Seasons
  • Objects in the Sky
  • All About Matter
  • Forces and Energy

1st Grade Art

  • Three-dimensional work (sculpture) develops hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills
  • Appreciation of various cultures
  • Sewing, drawing, watercolor, tempera paint, easel-painting, magnet-making and puppets
  • Fiber arts: felting, weaving, knitting

1st Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

First Grade PE

  • Introduction to, basketball, soccer, track and field and movement games
  • Fair play
  • Cooperation

Second Grade

Through guidance from their teachers, the Second Grade class works both independently and in small groups to progress toward their goals for the year. They are immersed in a culture of learning and discovery.

2nd Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

2nd Grade Islamic Studies

  • Daily dua
  • Stories and lessons from the lives of the sahabah
  • Prayer

2nd Grade Arabic

  • Vocabulary and phrases/sentences
  • Further development of pronunciation and accent
  • Simple reading and writing skills
  • Oral comprehension
  • Communication and expression

2nd Grade Language Arts

  • Recognize cause-and-effect relationships in a text
  • Interpret information from diverse sources
  • Generate alternative endings to plots
  • Distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences
  • Identify and correctly use various parts of speech, including nouns and verbs, in writing and speaking
  • Spell frequently used, irregular words correctly

2nd Grade Social Studies

  • Essential concept of city including different neighborhoods and people in a
  • Consumer vs. producer
  • Resources and population
  • Needs and wants of a city community

2nd Grade Math

  • Patterning, probability
  • Tell time to five minutes, place value, money
  • Fractions, weight, adding, subtracting, multiplication and geometry

2nd Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • Work Like a Scientist
  • Technology and Our World
  • All About Animals
  • All About Plants
  • Environments for Living Things
  • Earth and Its Resources
  • All About Weather
  • The Solar System
  • Changes in Matter
  • Energy and Magnets

2nd Grade Art

  • How artists think and use materials
  • Fiber arts: felting, weaving, knitting

2nd Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Class theater performance in Language Arts Enrichment
  • Sing nasheeds in the morning assembly
  • Play instruments, sing, movement
  • Listen, create
  • Performance and reflection

2nd Grade PE

  • Basketball, soccer, track and field and badminton
  • Fair play
  • Cooperation
  • Rules and safety procedures
  • Conflict resolution

3rd Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level.

3rd Grade Qur’an

  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

3rd Grade Islamic Studies

  • Daily duas
  • Stories and lessons from the lives of the Prophets of Allah
  • Prayer

3rd Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

3rd Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 3rd grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their written and oral communication instruction. In 3rd grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, personal letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative/realistic fiction, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

3rd Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Stewart Little
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Treasury of Islamic Tales by Khurram Murad:
    • The Brave Boy
    • The Persecutor Comes Home
    • The Wise Poet
    • The Long Search
    • The Desert Chief
    • The Longing Heart

3rd Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Peter Pan
  • A Little Princess
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • The Railway Children
  • The Boxcar Children (Book 1)

3rd Grade Social Studies

  • History of San Francisco including Ohlone history, exploration of Missions, Rancho Communities, Pioneers and the Gold Rush

3rd Grade Math

  • Place value, groups of hundreds, tens and ones
  • Estimate sums, differences and products
  • Identify and establish rules for triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Characteristics of angles, sorting them into obtuse, acute and right angles
  • Three-dimensional figures
  • Perimeter in both regular and irregular shapes
  • Graphs, data collection
  • Read charts and tables to make predictions

3rd Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • Investigating Questions
  • The Engineering Process
  • Plants and Animals
  • Ecosystems and Interactions
  • Changes to Earth’s Surface
  • People and Resources
  • Water and Weather
  • Earth and Its Moon
  • Matter
  • Simple and Compound Machines

3rd Grade Art

  • Line, shape, color, space, form, texture and value
  • Fiber arts: Sewing, felting, weaving, knitting

3rd Grade Drama & Theater

  • Class theater performance in Language Arts Enrichment
  • Sing nasheeds in the morning assembly
  • Play instruments, sing, movement
  • Listen, create
  • Performance and reflection

3rd Grade PE

  • Specific skill development such as passing, dribbling, shooting, catching
  • Rules and strategies
  • Fair Play

Fourth Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level.

4th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

4th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fique of purification
  • Fique of prayer
  • Fique of fasting

4th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

4th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 4th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. The ideas that were introduced in 3rd grade will now be implemented and practiced and further developed.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 4th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, formal letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of fables, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

4th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • The Earth Dragon Awakes
  • Through My Eyes (Biography)
  • The Search for Delicious
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Heidi

4th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • The Borrowers
  • Black Beauty
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • The Butterfly Jar (Poetry)

4th Grade Social Studies

  • California history including migrant workers (Mexico, Central America), enslavement (forced migration of Africans during slavery, Chinese Americans in California (Railroads 1865 – 1869, Angel Island 1910) and indigenous peoples

4th Grade Math

  • Develop more elaborate algebraic thinking and computation skills
  • Multiplication and division algorithms
  • Solve word problems and division stories
  • Two-dimensional geometry and measurement (using standard and metric systems) with a study of polygons
  • Fractions through varied scenarios from the classic (and more concrete) parts-of-a-whole problems to more common parts-of-a-group question
  • Introduction to decimals, averages and probability

4th Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • Studying Science
  • The Engineering Process
  • Plants and Animals
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Weather
  • Earth and Space
  • Properties of Matter
  • Changes in Matter
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Motion

4th Grade Art

  • Elements of art continue to provide a vocabulary to talk about art and the visual world
  • World traditions are introduced to provide inspiration for projects and to build cultural appreciation
  • Fiber arts: felting, weaving, knitting

4th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

4th Grade PE

  • Skill development including trapping, throwing, lay-ups, goal tending, position play
  • Lifelong health and fitness including warm up and cool down exercises
  • Fair play
  • Conflict resolution

Fifth Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level

5th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

5th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

5th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

5th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 5th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 5th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of tall tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

5th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • A Single Shard
  • The Secret Garden
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • The Hundred Dresses
  • When Wings Expand

5th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Esperanza Rising
  • The Black Stallion

5th Grade Social Studies

  • Societies and cultures of Egypt, Greece and China
  • How archaeologists and historians uncover the past
  • Interactions between cultures as well as the exchange of goods, ideas, beliefs and
  • The impact that trade has on the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies and
  • How geographical diversity of an area influences the development of its culture and

5th Grade Math

  • Estimation and problem solving
  • Numbers and operations, whole number operations
  • Decimal operations, fraction operations, rates and ratios
  • Measurement, data interpretation and probability
  • Geometry

5th Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • How Scientists Work
  • The Engineering Process
  • Cells to Body Systems
  • Living Things Grow and Reproduce
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Natural Resources
  • Changes to Earth’s Surface
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Fossils
  • Earth’s Oceans
  • The Solar System and the Universe
  • Matter
  • Light and Sound
  • Forces and Motion

5th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more
  • Islamic Art and mathematics

5th Grade Stewardship Program

  • We are created as stewards on Earth
  • Social stewardship
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change
  • Support orphans through the GiveLight Foundation

5th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

5th Grade PE

  • Move in an environment and explore new activities
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard games