Updated: January 2019


Approaches to Learning

Demonstrate the ability to establish and follow through with plans.  Make a plan for play (oral and written).


Language and Literacy Development- 

Comprehends and responds to books (talk about a story, the characters and events, what we think might happen, how does this book compare to other books we have read, demonstrates how to use a book).

Demonstrates Knowledge of letters (use letters to make/write their name, label letters, find them in their environment.  


Cognition and General Knowledge

Uses number concepts and operations (counting to 20+, counting objects one at a time, recognizing and writing numbers to 10, using words to compare groups of objects(more than, less than, equal to).



  • Rote counting to 60
  • Counting on from any given number
  • Adding five and some more to make a larger quantity to up to 10
  • Composing and decomposing numbers to 10
  • Identifying, sorting, comparing, and describing 2-dimensional shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, hexagon, and trapezoid)


  • Hear and manipulate the phonemes in a c-v-c word
  • Distinguish between common types of texts
  • Understand the meaning of some words that are new but easy to understand in the context of the text and with picture support


  • Communicate through:
    • Pictures
    • Labels
    • Words
    • Sentence
  • Have meaningful conversations about their writing and feedback to their peers
  • Write/draw about a personal story
  • Write/draw about information learned

1st Grade

English/Language Arts: 

The big ideas encompassed in this unit is when readers learn how to identify a text’s structure, based on how the information is organized, they can apply comprehension strategies for informational text.

Throughout the word study, students will begin to work with letter sound relationship, starting with long vowels.  During writing students will write informative texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Math:  Student will continue to measure using penguins then compare and order those measurements.  Then we will begin unit five where students will use a variety of tools and models to explore two- and three-dimensional shapes and fractions (halves, thirds, and fourths). Throughout, the emphasis is squarely on shapes—identifying, describing, constructing, drawing, comparing, composing, and sorting them. Students learn about fractions in the context of two-dimensional shapes as they cut paper sandwiches in halves and fourths, fold and cut paper circle pizzas to share, and play a fraction bingo game in which they must complete the pictures and labels on their own boards.

2nd Grade


Math: Our math focus will be measuring objects with standard and nonstandard units. Using measuring tools such as cubes, feet, inches, centimeters, yards and meters. 

Writing: Our focus will be on writing an informative text that includes an opening, supporting details or facts and a closing.

Reading: Our focus will be on identifying and using how nonfiction text features. As well as using strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases in text to support comprehension.

3rd Grade

Math: we will be moving into measurement and fractions.  Measurement will be composed of volume, mass, and time. With fractions we will be identifying the make-up as well as being able to put them on a line graph from least to greatest.

Reading: we will be focused on narrative non-fiction as well as point of view.

* Mini lessons will focus on point of view and text features (how illustrations contribute to the story.

* (students will continue to go through the writing process as well as use their Readers Notebook  to write about their independent reading)

Science: life cycles(frog, plants)

Social Studies: Cardinal directions which can be connected to sequencing using maps.

4th Grade

Reading: During the month of January, fourth graders will be focusing on reading and writing about the Underground Railroad and biographies about important individuals during that time period in history.  We will compare and contrast and identify cause and effect of events.

Math: we will begin Unit 4.  In this unit the focus will be on addition, subtraction and measurement.  We will compare multi-digit numbers and identify the value of the digits in the numbers.   Students will also use standard algorithms for addition and subtraction.  We will be measuring length, distance, liquid volume, time, mass and weight of objects.  The focus will also be on converting measurements within the metric and customary systems.

5th Grade

In our math unit this month, we will extend our understandings of multiplication and division to working with fractions. We will review and extend skills and concepts first introduced in Grade 4 to solidify our understandings of whole number-by-fraction multiplication. We will use rectangular arrays to model and solve fraction-by-fraction multiplication problems. We will be introduced to division of whole numbers by unit fractions, and unit fractions by whole numbers. There is a strong emphasis throughout the unit on sense-making and understanding, as we tackle material that is conceptually challenging.

Number Corner:  During the month of January, we will  work on adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions and decimals. In the Calendar Grid workout, we will analyze and compare patterns, graph ordered pairs based on those patterns, and write expressions and equations to represent the patterns. In Solving Problems, we will  find the volume of figures composed of rectangular prisms. In Problem Strings, our strategies for multiplying whole numbers and decimals are represented with ratio tables.

In Reading, we will explore the genres of modern biographies, autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction.  We will understand the elements and big ideas of these genres.  We will compare and contrast the overall structures – including chronological. comparison, cause/effect, and  problem and solution –  of events, ideas, concepts, and information in two or more texts.  We will analyze multiple events of the same topic, noting important similarities and differences in the perspectives they represent.  We will draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

In Writing we will write about reading in relation to biographies, autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction. We will also conduct a short research project that uses several resources and write an informative text . We will introduce the topic, provide a focus, and group related information logically.  We will develop the topic with evidence and elaboration.  We will use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary.  We will use informational text features to format our report, including illustrations, subheadings, and diagrams. 

In Science, we will continue our unit on physical science. We will explore how sound is a  form of energy that behave in predictable ways. We will explore how sound is produced by vibrating objects and requires a medium through which to travel. We will explore how the rate of vibration is related to the pitch of the sound.

In Social Studies, we will focus on Physical and Human Geography by exploring how the earth is constantly changing.  We will explore revolution and rotation as they relate to the day-night and four seasons cycles.  We will learn plate tectonics as we learn about the complex structures of the earth, including the volcanoes in the Ring of Fire.  We will explore earth’s landforms and waters.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students in 6th grade will be focusing determining central ideas and finding supporting details. Then, students will be writing informative, explanatory writing pieces by citing evidence from more than one source.


We will begin the New Year by starting on Chapter 5 which deals with multiplying fractions an area.

In Section 5.1, we will calculate portions of fractions, or “parts of parts.”  We will use these ideas to develop strategies for multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.

In Section 5.2, our new knowledge of multiplying fractions will help us understand decimal multiplication.  We will also investigate how multiplying by a number close to, much larger than, or much smaller than 1 affects size of the product.

Section 5.3 focuses on the question, “How can we use what we know about the areas of basic shapes to find the areas of complex shapes?”  As we develop new strategies for finding the areas of shapes, we will be able to solve new problems that involve more complex areas. 

In this chapter, we will:

  • Learn how to calculate a part of another part.
  • Discover how to multiply fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.
  • Find the areas of shapes, including rectangles, triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids.
  • Break a complex shape into smaller pieces to find area.

Social Studies: Moving along in January, students in 7th grade Social Studies will focus their attention on Islam and the Crusades. Student will learn about the founding of Islam and its major beliefs, including prophets. The will also gain knowledge in Islamic achievements and the reasons that Europeans were interested in interacting with the Islamic.  Lastly, students will spend time learning about how the Crusades impacted Europe and its lasting effect.

Science: We are discussing Cells to Organ Systems.  We are currently focusing on Art of Histology project which incorporates impressionistic art into the science classroom by looking at tissue samples. We will be building on this and discussing how our organ systems function.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: In the month of January, 7th grade students will read nonfiction and fiction texts which are focused on the essential idea of overcoming obstacles. They will focus on skills such as close reading, citing evidence from the text, summarizing, and gathering evidence to plan for an informative essay.


During the month of January, we will be concluding Chapter 3 and working through Chapter 4 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:

Chapter 3: Arithmetic Properties

Section 3.3 – In this section, students will extend their understanding of operations with fractions and decimals to include division.

Chapter 4: Proportions and Expressions

Section 4.1 Students will examine several similar shapes to determine how those shapes are related. They will use the patterns that they identify to find missing lengths and area on shapes and to make scale drawings

Section 4.2  – In this section, Students will be introduced to the idea of a proportional relationship through tables, graphs, equations, and real-life situations. Students will also learn strategies for solving proportional situations

Section 4.3 – In this section students will be introduced to algebra tiles. Students will use the area and perimeter of the algebra tiles to build expressions and combine like terms. Students will work with algebraic expressions, simplifying and evaluating them for given values.

Social Studies: As we enter the month of December, 7th grade students will be focusing their academic attention to the Feudal Systems. In this unit, students will study the development of the feudal and manorial systems and how it organized power and division in hierarchy of society and government.

Science: We are currently discussing Hydrologic (water) cycle. From here we will be discussing modern use of water in society and human impact before moving into weather and climate.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: In the month of January, 8th grade students will closely read informational nonfiction texts. They will focus on the understanding and analysis of text. As good readers, they will also practice the skill of tracing the development of the central idea and its relationship to supporting ideas. Students will work to understand that an author may develop a central idea by making connections in text among and between individuals and events.


During the month of January, we will be concluding Chapter 3 and working through Chapter 4 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:

Chapter 3: Graphs and Equations

Section 3.2 – In this section, students will extend the work they did in Chapter 2. The will learn how to solve linear equations without using algebra tiles and will learn the significance of solutions

Chapter 4: Multiple Representations

Section 4.1 – Students will shift between different representations of linear patterns (table, graph, pattern, and rule), using a web diagram. By finding connections between each representation, students will find ways to change from one representation to each of the other three representations.

Social Studies: As we move into the 3rd nine week grading period, the 8th grade students will be focusing their attention on the Western Expansion of the United States. During the course of study, students will  learn how the U.S. added territories west of the Mississippi River through treaties and purchases. Students will also focus their attention on the Indian Removal Act, and the Oregon Trail, and how these events shaped our great nation.

Science: 8th grade students will be working on erosion and deposition and the landforms that occur due to these processes.