The Department of Catholic Schools has developed curriculum aligned with NYS Standards in each of the K-8 core content areas. These curricula are intended to guide the core learning across the K-8 grade levels, and content area continuum.
In May 2012 our maps were updated to include the NYS Common Core Standards for PreKindergarten through Grade 8 in Math and ELA.

The development and refinement of curriculum is always a work in progress evolving to meet the needs of our students, state requirements and educational research. Therefore, we will be continuously updating each content area. Our goal is to provide a dynamic, useful resource for teachers and parents.

The curriculum is designed around essential questions, content, skills and assessment:

Essentials questions:  what students think about relative to the content
Content:  what students should know
Skills:  what students should be able to do
Assessment:  sample of ways in which student learning may be measured  Reference page for Pre-K - grade 8 Math

The Diocese of Buffalo has received a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Source Documents grant.   A group of teachers participated in professional development in August 2012.  One of the outcomes of the grant is that teachers will produce lessons using primary source documents.  The lessons are posted to our website.  Please click on the lesson titles to see the lessons and feel free to use them in your teaching.  There is also a checklist for evaluating primary source document lessons.

The Library of Congress site

Primary Source Document Lessons:

Ancient Egypt (Grade 6 Social Studies)

The Battle of Shiloh (Grade 8 Social Studies)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord (Grade 7 Social Studies)

The Boston Tea Party (Grade 4 Social Studies)

The Civil War (Grades 7, 8 ELA)

The Civil War (Grades 7, 8 Social Studies) *Similar to lesson above as teachers collaborated

The Civil War PPT (Accompanies both Civil War lessons above)

Civil War Mini Documentaries (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Chasing Lincoln's Killer (Grade 8 Social Studies)

The Code of Hammurabi (Grade 6 Social Studies)

The Code of Hammurabi and the Declaration of Independence (Grade 6 Social Studies)

The Electoral College (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Ellis Island (Grade 8 Social Studies)

The First Thanksgiving (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Freedom of Speech: The First Amendment (Grade 5 Social Studies)

The French and Indian War (Grade 5 Social Studies)

Grandfather's Journey: The Immigrant Experience (Grade 4 ELA and Social Studies)

The Homestead Act and Western Expansion (Grade 6 Social Studies)

Idioms (Grade 3 ELA)

Immigration (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Immigration: Ellis Island (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Kateri Tekawathi (Grade 4 Religion and Social Studies)

Lily's Crossing (Grade 8 Literature)

Lincoln's Assassination (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Mathematics and History: Numerical Expressions (Grade 6 Math)

Music and the Civil War (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Pedro's Journey: Christopher Columbus (Grade 5 Social Studies and English)

Political Cartoons: The Presidential Election (Grades 7 and 8 Social Studies)

Reactions to September 11, 2001 (Grade 4 Social Studies)

The Role of Women during the Holocaust (Grades 7 and 8 Social Studies)

Rosa Parks: Back of the Bus (Grade 5 Social Studies, ELA)

Setting: Tuck Everlasting (Grade 6 ELA)

Teamwork: Cesar Chavez (Grade 4 Reading, ELA and Social Studies)

The Underground Railroad: Codes and Messages (Grade 4 Social Studies and ELA)

Veterans' Day (Grade 8 Social Studies)

Veterans' Day Graphic Organizer

Checklist for Observations


New York State Regents, Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 & 8 Science Schedules (2013 testing)

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