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Elementary School

Liberty Christian School is committed to each child’s growth—spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually—as they explore the world of academics.

To ensure that all students have every opportunity to succeed, Liberty Christian School has created academic standards in reading, language, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and Bible. These rigorous standards outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

While the standards set expectations for student learning, they do not prescribe how the standards should be taught. Qualified and degreed teachers use their skills, experience, talents and varied resources, in addition to the prescribed texts, to design standards-based classroom lessons that meet the individual needs of their students.

Effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment do not happen by accident. They are the result of the planning and collaboration of many people. These academic standards have been carefully chosen, evaluated and edited to meet department and grade level academic goals and meet the needs of individual students. Evaluation against state and national standards, as well as many varied sources including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Science, and English and Stanford Standardized Testing ensures that these standards meet or exceed the excellence our school’s mission prescribes.

Recognizing that without the written word of God and the Living Word, Jesus Christ, an excellent education does not ensure the success of each student, Liberty requires that biblical concepts and understandings be included for each discipline. Regardless of the subject, a worldview is being etched in the students’ hearts and minds, impacting their decision-making for a lifetime. Liberty is committed to teaching all disciplines from the perspective of a biblical worldview, with God’s Word as the unshakable foundation. With the Liberty Christian School Academic Standards and Biblical Concepts in place, students will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for the future God has planned for them.

 

Curriculum Details by Grade

Kindergarten

  • Counts to 100
  • Models addition and subtraction with sets and number sentences
  • Identifies geometric shapes
  • Identifies days of week, months of year; tells time to hour
  • Sorts and classifies objects, records and organizes information
  • Makes strategies to solve problems
  • Asks questions, makes observations, creates structures
  • Experiments with change
  • Investigates movement
  • Recognizes cycles, changes and patterns
  • Classifies and compares living and non-living, animals and plants
  • Recognizes upper and lower case letters
  • Recalls beginning, middle and end sounds of a given word
  • Blends sounds to make words
  • Identifies and reproduces rhyming words
  • Counts syllables
  • Spells phonetically
  • Recognizes vocabulary words
  • Applies phonetic skills to reading
  • Reads with age-appropriate fluency
  • Recognizes high frequency words
  • Comprehends text
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reading program
  • Forms upper and lower case letters correctly and neatly
  • Writes complete name
  • Forms numbers 1-100 correctly and neatly
  • Writes for a specific audience
  • Uses descriptive words
  • Memorizes/recites short passages from scripture
  • Learns concepts through Bible stories, parables and characters:
  • God cares for me and has a plan for me
  • God wants me to be His child
  • God teaches me to live for Him
  • God sent Jesus to die for me
  • Knows address and phone number
  • Identifies celebrations and holidays
  • Explores differences in people groups
  • Identifies sequential events in time
  • Identifies community leaders, workers and citizens
  • Uses words related to direction, time, distance and location
  • Understands being a responsible member of a group
  • Can tie shoes
  • Completes tasks in a timely manner
  • Is not easily distracted
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Participates in class
  • Works independently
  • Follows directions

First Grade

  • Counts, reads, and writes numbers to 1,000
  • Reads and writes Roman numerals to 10
  • Identifies and gives value to coins
  • Groups numbers by 2s, 5s, 10s
  • Demonstrates fluency with addition/subtraction facts up to 20
  • Measures objects
  • Writes and solves number sentences
  • Chooses approaches, materials and strategies to solve problems
  • Represents and interprets data on graphs
  • Observes, describes, draws, sorts, compares and contrasts objects
  • Uses tools: thermometer, ruler, balance, magnifier
  • Puts together simple parts
  • Identifies solids and liquids, changes in matter
  • Demonstrates push and pull, gravity
  • Investigates seasons, weather, patterns
  • Compares, describes living/non-living, mammals, fish, birds, insects
  • Examines human body systems, dental health and food pyramid
  • Recognizes high-frequency words
  • Extends vocabulary
  • Applies phonetic and context skills to reading
  • Reads common word patterns, roots, compound words
  • Reads aloud fluently
  • Comprehends text, main idea
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Recalls the sound of a given word
  • Recognizes vowels in words
  • Recognizes blends of 2-4 phonemes
  • Recognizes syllables
  • Knows parts of speech; identifies nouns, contractions and possessives
  • Spells 3-6 letter words
  • Memorizes and recites short passages from scripture
  • Learns through familiar and not so familiar Bible stories
  • Recognizes God-given gifts through:
  • Family, God’s Word, God’s Son,
  • God’s Church
  • Uses God-given gifts to help others
  • Forms letters and numbers correctly
  • Writes informational descriptions and narratives
  • Writes in complete sentences
  • Revises writing
  • Uses sensory words and details in writing
  • Can write address and phone number
  • Compares daily life today with the past
  • Develops a timeline of events
  • Distinguishes between fact & fiction
  • Identifies rights and responsibilities
  • Recites pledge of allegiance to American flag, Christian flag and Bible
  • Identifies American songs and symbols
  • Locates continents, oceans, cities and roads on maps
  • Is aware of different countries and people around the world
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Works up to potential
  • Follows oral and written directions
  • Completes tasks in a timely manner
  • Can work independently
  • Actively participates in class
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Uses self-control
  • Is truthful in action and work

Second Grade

  • Understands relationships in numbers up to 1000
  • Recognizes fractions up to 12 parts
  • Adds and subtracts with and without grouping
  • Uses number line
  • Constructs, classifies, and sorts geometric shapes
  • Understands symmetry
  • Understands/estimates linear measurement, area, capacity, weight
  • Identifies missing numbers in equations
  • Creates, describes, and extends number patterns
  • Uses reasoning and chooses approaches, materials, strategies and tools in solving problems
  • Represents, compares and interprets data on various graphs
  • Introduction to Scientific Method
  • Makes quantitative estimates
  • Describes energy sources
  • Discusses how electricity is used
  • Recognizes how resources can be recycled
  • Observes, predicts and charts patterns in nature
  • Examines seeds and growth cycles
  • Distinguishes between vertebrates/invertebrates
  • Examines animal habitats
  • Diagrams anatomy of ear and eye
  • Compares and contrasts five senses
  • Reads aloud with fluency and accuracy
  • Predicts meanings of words; identifies vocabulary words
  • States purpose for reading
  • Recognizes facts, details, main idea, cause/effect
  • Follows two-step written instructions
  • Draws conclusions, confirms predictions, identifies meaning
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Identifies nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates
  • Uses correct end punctuation and capitalization rules
  • Uses phonetic strategies to spell
  • Spells words with short/long vowels, consonant/blend patterns
  • Gives and follows three-step oral directions
  • Shares on a topic with logical order and descriptive detail
  • Memorizes and recites passages from scripture
  • Discovers how actions relate to God
  • Learns concepts through study of individual Bible characters
  • Recognizes and develops character traits of:
  • Humility, Compassion, Trust, Honesty,
  • Self-control, Courage, Faithfulness and
  • Encouragement
  • Creates ideas from sources
  • Uses appropriate word choice for audience
  • Reviews, edits, revises writing
  • Writes and delivers research, narratives, letters, poems
  • Writes responses to experiences and literature
  • Prints correctly and legibly; learns cursive letter formation
  • Identifies founders, early settlers, & influential people in American history
  • Creates timelines of events in American history
  • Understands why responsible government is important
  • Describes good citizenship
  • Explains how laws are used
  • Uses a compass rose, cardinal, and intermediate directions
  • Locates equator, poles, physical features on maps
  • Describes simple demographics
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Manages time well
  • Works independently without distraction
  • Actively and appropriately participates in class and group work
  • Follows school rules and respects authority
  • Exhibits conduct of honesty and integrity
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Serves others with a Christ-like attitude
  • Works up to potential

Third Grade

  • Counts, reads and writes whole numbers and place value to 10,000
  • Recognizes and writes Roman numerals to 100
  • Adds and subtracts up to 1000 with or without grouping, using properties
  • Understands basic algorithms for addition/subtraction
  • Begins memorization of basic multiplication and division facts up to 10
  • Solves problems, compares and orders fractions and decimals
  • Identifies and draws points, lines, segments, quadrilaterals and right angles
  • Carries out estimations and simple unit conversions in measurement
  • Finds elapsed time to nearest minute
  • Chooses appropriate symbols for operations
  • Decides how to divide a problem into simpler parts, record outcomes
  • Participates in and keeps records of investigations using tools
  • Gives examples of how technology affects life
  • Researches and explains inventions
  • Identifies properties, cycles and states of matter
  • Identifies and analyzes light, sound, energy, electricity, circuits
  • Categorizes rocks, minerals
  • Reviews the earth’s surface, categorize planets
  • Investigates space, constellations
  • Classifies and diagrams plants and organisms
  • Explores the musculoskeletal and nervous systems
  • Explores nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and how they affect the body
  • Reads aloud fluently with timing and expression
  • Determines word meaning by word parts, context, reference materials
  • Determines meaning and pronunciation from dictionary
  • Uses all parts of a book for meaning
  • Recalls major points, draws and revises conclusions
  • Distinguishes between fact/opinion, problem/solution
  • Follows multiple-step written directions
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Writes and identifies varied sentence types
  • Matches subject/verb agreement; uses correct verb tenses
  • Identifies and uses pronouns, adjectives, compound nouns, articles
  • Uses punctuation rules and commas correctly
  • Spells common patterns, plurals, homophones
  • Arranges in alphabetical order
  • Follows three- and four-step oral directions
  • Delivers brief narrative presentations with beginning, middle and end
  • Memorizes and recites passages from scripture
  • Examines the life of Christ from creation to His resurrection and ascension
  • Explores beginnings of the church and the spread of the gospel
  • Examines Paul’s missionary journeys through the book of Acts
  • Finds ideas from conversations, books, internet
  • Makes graphic organizers for information
  • Proofreads with edit checklists
  • Creates single paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting facts
  • Writes and delivers a simple research report with varied sources
  • Writes narratives, personal and persuasive letters and responses
  • Writes legibly in cursive
  • Uses a variety of resources to gather information about American history
  • Compiles and shares information about a famous American
  • Identifies fundamental principles of government and levels of government
  • Labels map of oceans and continents; identifies features of Midwest
  • Identifies hemispheres
  • Determines direction and distance between places
  • Identify ways people earn and save money and make choices as consumers
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Manages time well
  • Works independently without distraction
  • Actively and appropriately participates in class and group work
  • Follows school rules and respects authority
  • Exhibits conduct of honesty and integrity
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Serves others with a Christ-like attitude
  • Works up to potential

Fourth Grade

  • Understands whole numbers, place value up to 1,000,000
  • Interprets decimals, fractions and properties of multiplication
  • Determines change from a transaction
  • Writes Roman numerals to 1,000
  • Shows mastery of multiplication and division facts to 12
  • Multiplies numbers up to 100
  • Solves problems vertically and horizontally
  • Identifies, describes, and draws parallel, perpendicular lines; right, acute, obtuse, straight angles; parallelograms, rhombuses, trapezoids; congruent quadrilaterals. Constructs cubes and prisms
  • Finds perimeter and area; measures to nearest millimeter
  • Adds time intervals in hours and minutes
  • Uses and interprets formulas
  • Applies strategies and results from simpler problems to solve complex problems
  • Explores data and written descriptions of investigations
  • Uses scientific method
  • Explores measuring instruments, technology, engineering, recycling
  • Defines, demonstrates, identifies properties of matter
  • Documents changes in matter with tables and graphs
  • Describes thermal heat; contrasts potential and kinetic energy
  • Explains and applies Newton’s first, second and third laws
  • Differentiates between layers of atmosphere, types of water
  • Observes barometers and telescopes
  • Collects leaves common to Indiana
  • Investigates cells, organisms
  • Researches and compares digestive, respiratory, urinary, and cardiovascular systems
  • Draws and labels diagram of human heart
  • Analyzes meanings of complex words
  • Reads aloud fluently with expression and timing
  • Uses graphic organizers to store information
  • Draws conclusions from illustrations, topics, foreshadowing
  • Compares/contrasts different sources
  • Identifies idioms and figurative language
  • Compares/contrasts tales from different cultures
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Writes simple and compound sentences
  • Identifies nouns, regular/irregular verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions
  • Uses correct punctuation-commas, apostrophes, quotations, italics, capitalization
  • Spells root inflections, words with more than one spelling, suffixes, prefixes, and syllables
  • Provides complete answers to questions
  • Delivers narrative, informational summaries with organized, relevant details, introductions, and conclusions
  • Uses logical structures for conveying information
  • Memorizes/recites passages from scripture
  • Writes reflections on scripture
  • Examines essential elements of the doctrine of our faith, including:
    • God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible,
    • Salvation, Heaven, Angels, Hell,
    • Final Events
  • Effectively uses a concordance, Bible dictionary, and Bible maps
  • Selects a focus and point of view appropriate for audience and requirements
  • Uses a computer to draft, revise, and publish writing
  • Reviews, evaluates, and revises for organization and clarity
  • Writes summaries and narratives with multiple paragraphs
  • Uses and cites multiple references
  • Writes and delivers research reports and responses to literature
  • Writes smoothly and legibly in cursive
  • Creates timelines of important events in Indiana history
  • Researches contributions of people from Indiana
  • Completes a notebook of historical and demographic data about the history and culture of Indiana
  • Identifies responsibilities of state government and leaders
  • Explores how citizens are active in government
  • Defines civic virtues in a democracy
  • Uses latitude and longitude to locate Indiana
  • Maps and describes major cities, physical regions, natural resources, crops of Indiana
  • Identifies changes in the economy of Indiana over time
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Manages time well
  • Works independently without distraction
  • Actively and appropriately participates in class and group work
  • Follows school rules and respects authority
  • Exhibits conduct of honesty and integrity
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Serves others with a Christ-like attitude
  • Works up to potential

Fifth Grade

  • Understands decimals to thousandths
  • Rounds whole numbers and decimals to any place value
  • Compares and finds equivalents for decimals, percents and fractions
  • Multiplies and divides whole numbers, using standard algorithms
  • Adds and subtracts fractions, mixed numbers, decimals
  • Identifies, classifies, draws polygons, prisms, pyramids
  • Measures angles in degrees
  • Finds perimeter and area of triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids
  • Understands and applies formulas for area, perimeter
  • Evaluates simple algebraic expressions; uses variables
  • Uses information from graphs or equations
  • Knows and applies methods for estimating
  • Finds mean, median, mode and range of data
  • Examines conclusions from investigations; uses scientific method
  • Explores interaction between science and technology
  • Investigates chemical changes, physical properties, gravity
  • Explores simple machines, distance, time, speed and force
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of currents and circuits
  • Observes, records and explains changes in weather patterns
  • Investigates ocean currents as related to weather
  • Draws/describes diagrams of earth, sun, moon
  • Reviews moon exploration
  • Identifies, compares and contrasts plant and animal cells
  • Investigates inherited traits, endocrine system, infectious diseases; germs
  • Uses various strategies to analyze meanings of complex words
  • Applies Greek and Latin less common roots and word parts
  • Understands figurative language, similes, metaphors
  • Reads aloud fluently with time and expression
  • Uses features of informational texts for understanding
  • Analyzes text in sequential order
  • Draws inferences, conclusions and generalizations from text
  • Follows multi-step instructions from a manual
  • Identifies and analyzes literary forms
  • Analyzes conflict and resolution, imagery, symbolism
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Identifies and correctly uses prepositional phrases, main and subordinate clauses, transition, conjunctions, modifiers, pronouns, simple and compound sentences, irregular verb tenses
  • Correctly uses colons, quotation marks, semi-colons, commas, capitalization
  • Spells roots/bases of words, prefixes, suffixes, contractions and syllable constructions
  • Memorizes and recites passages from scripture
  • Writes reflections on scripture
  • Examines people from the Old Testament and the choices they made:
  • Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah,
  • Samson, Ruth, Samuel, David,
  • Solomon, Daniel, Jeremiah
  • Evaluates character traits of leaders in the Christian faith
  • Effectively uses a concordance, Bible dictionary, and Bible maps
  • Makes word choices using thesaurus
  • Adjusts tone and style for audience
  • Uses a computer to draft, revise and publish writing
  • Writes multiple paragraph summaries with details and logical structure
  • Uses organizational features, citations, bibliographic references
  • Uses note-taking skills
  • Writes and delivers organized research, summaries, responses, & persuasive proposals
  • Examines early exploration of North America
  • Explains religious, political and economic reasons for settlement in North America
  • Identifies and locates original 13 colonies
  • Identifies early founders; analyzes the American Revolution
  • Identifies key points of Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, structure of government
  • Uses sources to obtain and present data on a state
  • Names and locates states, regions, major cities, capitals, rivers and mountain ranges
  • Uses a variety of information sources to evaluate current events
  • Summarizes characteristics of market economy; supply and demand
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Manages time well
  • Works independently without distraction
  • Actively and appropriately participates in class and group work
  • Follows school rules and respects authority
  • Exhibits conduct of honesty and integrity
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Serves others with a Christ-like attitude
  • Works up to potential

Sixth Grade

  • Represents and converts numbers as fractions, decimals, percents
  • Adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides positive and negative integers, fractions, and decimals
  • Uses LCM and GCF to solve fractions
  • Solves simple ratio and rate; understands proportions; calculates percentages
  • Uses properties of angles, triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Selects and applies standard units and tools for measurement
  • Uses formulas to convert temperatures
  • Writes and solves one-step equations and inequalities
  • Applies correct order of operations and properties of numbers
  • Writes equations of linear functions
  • Makes and justifies mathematical conjectures
  • Expresses and supports solutions with evidence
  • Compares mean, median, and mode for data
  • Uses data for estimation of probability
  • Formulates hypothesis that leads to investigation
  • Writes descriptions of investigations
  • Organizes information in simple tables and graphs
  • Describes basic composition of the atom
  • Gives examples of specific elements
  • Compares and contrasts potential and kinetic energy
  • Investigates the properties of light and sound
  • Explains, creates and uses models to demonstrate gravity
  • Compares and contrasts soil and its layers
  • Describes how energy is transferred in plants and animals
  • Traces energy through producers, consumers, decomposers
  • Compares and contrasts levels of the food chain
  • Understands value of water to cells, life
  • Describes body systems for energy, defense, reproduction, and body functions
  • Investigates blood and man’s ability to donate blood
  • Identifies, interprets figurative language, implied comparisons, multiple meanings, word origins
  • Understands unknown words by word, sentence, paragraph clues
  • Reads fluently with timing and expression
  • Compares types of text, media, online sources
  • Identifies main points, supporting evidence through outlines, summaries, reports
  • Determines inferences of author, makes reasonable conclusions
  • Identifies genres, analyzes themes, characters, conflicts
  • Recognizes first and third person
  • Critiques believability of characters and plot
  • Participates in the Accelerated Reader program
  • Uses simple, compound, complex sentences
  • Identifies appositives, main and subordinate clauses, indefinite pronouns, present perfect and future perfect tenses
  • Correctly uses all forms of punctuation and capitalization
  • Correctly spells frequently misspelled common words
  • Identifies persuasive propaganda; asks relevant questions
  • Delivers oral presentations using effective tone, timing, repetitive patterns and onomatopoeia
  • Memorizes and recites passages from scripture
  • Writes reflections and makes life applications on scripture
  • Examines an overview of the New Testament
  • Explores strong life application in the following areas:
  • Redemption, Feelings/Thoughts,
  • Choices, the Lordship of Christ,
  • Relationships, Faith and Final Events
  • Effectively uses a concordance and Bible dictionary
  • Uses variety of strategies and organizational patterns
  • Credits ideas and wording from varied sources
  • Uses a computer to compose documents
  • Reviews, evaluates, revises for tone, clarity and organization
  • Uses note-taking skills to find and summarize relevant information
  • Writes and delivers a systematic research project
  • Writes narratives, descriptions, explanations, comparisons/contrasts, essays, responses, and persuasive compositions
  • Describes, compares, analyzes cultural achievements, governing systems, beliefs of ancient civilizations in eastern hemisphere
  • Analyzes historical events; forms research questions and uses a variety of sources to obtain, evaluate and present historical data about a country or culture of the eastern hemisphere
  • Identifies and compares major forms of historical and contemporary governments in the eastern hemisphere
  • Explains how elements of Greek and Roman governments exist today
  • Uses a variety of sources to identify and evaluate current events impacting the world
  • Identifies and locates countries and capitals of Europe
  • Describes distribution of resources, people, language and religion in eastern hemisphere
  • Examines the early persecution of Christians and the Protestant Reformation
  • Explains how cultures change; compares standards of living of different cultures, identifying global economic connections
  • Is responsible for work and materials
  • Manages time well
  • Works independently without distraction
  • Actively and appropriately participates in class and group work
  • Follows school rules and respects authority
  • Exhibits conduct of honesty and integrity
  • Displays a positive attitude
  • Serves others with a Christ-like attitude
  • Works up to potential