Updated: October 2018

Grades PK-2


Social/Emotional Development

  • Establish and sustain positive relationships

Language & Literacy Development

  • Uses Language to express thoughts and feelings
  • Demonstrates how to use a book
  • Demonstrates emergent writing skills & writes name

Cognition and General Knowledge

  • Uses number concepts and operations (counting to 20, one-to one object counting, more/less/equal)


English Language/Arts: Students will retell a familiar story with prompting and support. They will refer to illustrations to support points made in discussion

  • Word Study: Students will Identify/read/write name within a text and in isolation. They will hear and produce rhyming words. Students will begin to segment and blend syllables. Students will recognize and name some letters of the alphabet then begin recognizing letters and their sounds.
  • WritingStudents will listen to others when they are speaking and participate in conversations with diverse partners. They will use letters, words and pictures to tell a story then form an opinion about a topic or story.

Math: Students will explore and compose numbers between 0 and 10. They will develop 1-to-1 correspondence, cardinality (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc,). Students will begin creating combinations of 5 and 10.

1st Grade

English/Language Arts: Our unit is titled a Purpose For Learning. The big ideas encompassed in this unit are Readers build conversations around books to make meaning and everyone has a story to tell. 

  • Word Study: Students will identify and produce initial and final sounds in single syllable words.
  • Writing: Students will tell and write a detailed narrative with events in order, tell and write information gained from a nonfiction text, and reread a narrative piece to convey meaning.

Math:  Students will develop strategies for adding and subtracting single digit numbers. Students will be introduced to important models, including number racks, dominoes, and flap cards. Students will begin to use these models to add and subtract to 10 while using the communitive property.

2nd Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will determine central message/lesson from a written text by determining the main topic. They will retell a story using written and oral responses to texts.

  • Writing: Students will write a personal narrative with an engaging beginning, middle and a satisfying ending by adding details to make the story interesting.
  • Word Study: Students will recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words and continue working on high frequency word knowledge through reading and writing

Math: Students will be working with place value - ones, tens, and hundreds (working to understand how a number is made up of groups of ones, tens, and hundreds)

Grades 3-5

3rd Grade

In Math students will be focusing on multiplication (loops and groups, arrays, commutative property' repeated addition,). In Number Corner the focus will be Geometry (shapes, angles, sides, vertices. During Writing students are working on opinion writing specifically the O.R.E.O. strategy. In Reading students are reading Informational text. Student are understanding the main idea and theme using mentor text. In Science students are creating Animal reports which aligns to the writing process. Our focus for SEL is perseverance and team building.

4th Grade

Fourth grade will be very busy in October.  In Reading our concentration will be on characters and how they change throughout the story.  We will be using this evidence to determine the theme of the story.  Talk to your child about their reading and ask questions to get them thinking about the characters and theme.  In writing our focus will be on expressing our opinion about a topic and using evidence to support it.  We will be reviewing transition words and requiring students to follow capitalization and punctuation rules to aid in making their writing successful.

In math we will continue to work on multiplication and division but now with multi-digit numbers.  The emphasis will be on using the strategies learned in the first month to solve these equations.    For the remainder of the 1st 9 weeks we will be studying magnetism in science.  Students will learn about open and closed circuits and create them in class

5th Grade

The fifth grade team will explore Traditional Literature as well as Nonfiction and their big ideas. They will analyze the elements that make up the genre. In the writing workshop, the students will be required to write an opinion piece and an expository nonfiction piece based on a Science or Social Studies topic. This piece will require facts and a concluding statement. We will continue to research and discuss the Ecosystems in Life Science and how they work and change. The students have begun working in their new Guided Reading groups while others diligently write about their independent reading. The students will also be learning about Early Life in our country as we explore the earliest civilizations.

Grades 6-8

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: In October, 6th grade students will be citing textual evidence from informational and literary texts. Students will practice citing implicit details (making educated guesses) and explicit details (details that the author stated in the text). The students will continue to write daily. We are working to compose an explanatory essay comparing and contrasting two middle school authors.

Math: We are in Chapter 2 which deals with Arithmetic Strategies and Area. In this chapter, we will learn how to: analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various graphical representations of data, define and measure the area of rectangles and shapes that can be broken into rectangles, use a generic rectangle to multiply, both on paper and mentally, Find the greatest common factor of selected numbers.

Social Studies: Students will be completing their study of basic economics by analyzing the interaction of supply and demand and its impact on different nations of the world. Then the students will jump into a unit on Mesopotamia. They will discover how and why the civilizations grew up around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They will also focus on the lasting impact of these civilizations on later peoples of the area.

Science: Students will be moving into discussing rocks and minerals including their formation and distinguishing properties of each. Student will be working in groups on projects, lab activities, and other learning activities.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will be using Managed Independent Learning Centers to examine textual evidence while reading nonfiction texts. We will also be using our knowledge of text features, text structures, and the writing process to create our own versions of newspapers.

Math: During the month of October, we will be working through Chapters 2 and 3 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:

Chapter 2: Fractions and Integer Addition

Section 2.1 - In this section we will look at numbers represented as fractions and decimals. We will investigate the question, "What makes some decimals repeat?"

Section 2.2 - Students will extend their understanding of length to help them add and multiply positive and negative integers and rational numbers.

Section 2.3 - Students will review their work with coordinate graphs from previous courses. They will plot and read points on graphs and learn how to scale them so that ehy are useful for showing the relationship that they represent.

Chapter 3: Arithmetic Properties

Section 3.1 - Students will find strategies for grouping operations within number expressions so that they can simplify them accurately

Section 3.2 - This section connects subtraction of integers to earlier work with adding and multiplying integers. Students will expand their knowledge of how to find differences and products.

Section 3.3 - Students will extend their understanding of operations with fractions and decimals to include division.

Social Studies: During the month of October students in 7th grade will focus their attention on the development of Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. They will develop an understanding of how advancements in technology, art and architecture as well as literature shaped the modern world. They will also focus on how various religions from these regions spread throughout Europe and the Americas.

Science: Students are working on the Project-Based Learning "Superhero Elements" to learn about atoms, compounds, and elements. Then, the students will be moving into types of energy.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: In the month of October, 8th grade students will focus on citing textual evidence in both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will practice citing evidence that supports what the text says explicitly (straight from the text), as well as draw inferences (educated guesses) from the text. They will read through several passages and informative pieces, cite evidence, identify the text structure, and write about what they’ve read. Students will also use their citing evidence skills to organize and write an informative essay on extraordinary young people.

Math: During the month of October, we will continue working through Chapter 2 and move onto Chapter 3 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:

Chapter 2: Simplifying With Variables

Section 2.1 - This section, the only section of the chapter, introduces algebra tiles. Using algebra tiles will help develop the symbolic manipulation skills of combining like terms and solving linear equations. A special focus will be placed on the meaning of "minus" and how to make "zero."

Chapter 3: Graphs and Equations

Section 3.1 - In this section, students will add to their existing graphing skills by learning new skills and strategies that will help them throughout the rest of the course. Students will also learn how to create tables, write rules, and draw graphs to represent situations and patterns.

Section 3.2 - Students will extend the work that was done in Chapter 2. Students will learn how to solve linear equations without using algebra tiles and will learn the significance of solutions.

Social Studies: During the month of October students in 8th grade will connect the ideas of the Enlightenment and dissatisfaction with colonial rule to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and launching of the American Revolution. Students will also be focusing our attention on analyzing the new political, social and economic relationships for the American people that resulted from the American Revolution.

Science: Students will study physical science during the 8th grade year. Students will be working with Newton’s Laws of Motion and relating the laws of motion to Sports Science. Following that, students will be working with Potential Energy and how it relates to them in real life.