Updated: October 2019


Social/Emotional Development: Establish and sustain positive relationships

Language & Literacy Learning: 

  • 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)



  • Exploring and composing numbers between 0 and 10
  • Developing 1-to-1 correspondence, cardinality, and subitizing
  • Combinations of 5 and 10


  • Retell a familiar story with prompting and support
  • Identify/read/write name within a text and in isolation
  • Refer to illustrations to support points made in discussion 
  • Hear and produce rhyming words
  • Begin to segment and blend syllables
  • Recognize/Name some letters of the alphabet
  • Begin recognizing letters and sounds


  • Listen to others when they are speaking
  • Participate in conversations with diverse partners
  • Use letters, words and pictures to tell a story
  • Begin drawing/writing an opinion about a topic or story

1st Grade


Our unit is titled a Purpose For Learning. The big ideas encompassed in this unit 0are Readers build conversations around books to make meaning and everyone has a story to tell.  Throughout the word study component, students will focusing on high frequency words and will identify and produce initial and final sounds in single syllable words. During writing they will tell and write a detailed narrative with events in order, tell and write information gained from a nonfiction text, and reread narrative piece to convey meaning.


Our Bridges unit will focus on developing strategies for addition and subtracting single digit numbers. The unit will introduce 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

Math: We will be focusing on understanding place value up to 1000, solving double digit addition problems using a number line and beginning to understand measurement using nonstandard units of measure. 

Reading: Using information from different authors or illustrators work across several books by recognizing and comparing different authors writing styles. 

Writing: Writing narrative pieces focusing on elaborating, using words to signal order and a conclusion to tell a story. 

3rd Grade

Math: This unit introduces multiplication by immersing students in a wide variety of multiplicative situations. When solving problems that are embedded in different contexts and that invite them to think of the operation in different ways, students make use of a variety of models for multiplication, including equal groups, arrays, the number line, and ratio tables. They also apply the associative and distributive properties to develop efficient, reliable, and generalizable strategies for multiplying. They track these strategies on a multiplication table featuring products from 0 to 100 and apply what they have learned by solving problems that involve scaled graphs and story problems with multiple steps and operations.

Word Work: 

WSA: Students will learn that an unknown word may contain one or more-word parts and any word may contain hints about the meaning of an unknown word. They will also continue to use spelling patterns when writing words.

Reading: The students will be introduced to various fictional genres such as fantasy, folktales, and fables.  They will also be writing letters to the teacher during their their independent reading time.

Writing: We will be focusing on Opinion Writing this month.  The students will go through all the aspects of the writing process as modeled by the teacher.

4th Grade

Math: 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, (ie; arrays, ratio tables, number line, and area model.)  Students will be practicing and solidifying place value concepts to aid in their understanding of multiples of ten.  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.

English/Language Arts: 

  • 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.  Students will also use the plot diagram to determine theme.  
  • In writing our focus will be on expository writing about a topic and using evidence to support it. Students will use previous lessons on Main Idea and supporting details to write each paragraph.    We will be reviewing transition words (First, second, next, finally, last) to add to their piece.  An anchor chart will be assessable for students to refer to.

Science: 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

Math: In this unit, students add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, using a variety of strategies to find common denominators. In Module 1, money and clocks serve to help students develop intuitions about finding common denominators in order to compare, add, and subtract fractions. In Module 2, students are introduced to the use of double number lines and tables to rewrite fractions with common denominators. In Module 3, they extend these strategies and models to solving a variety of story problems, and make generalizations about finding common denominators. Module 4 gives students more explicit experience with greatest common factors and least common multiples as they find common denominators and learn
to simplify fractions.

Language Arts: We will be reading informational test, Native Americans as well as other non fiction text, to establish a basic understanding for our expository writing..  We will be writing expository pieces related to our informational text read alouds.

Science: We will complete our investigation of the structures and functions of ecosystems. We will research Investigations of threatened or endangered species can be and include considerations of the effects of remediation programs, species loss and the introduction of new species on the local ecosystem.

Social Studies: We will explore the ways in which Native Americans developed unique cultures with many different ways of life. We will classify ancient Mesoamerican and North American peoples into cultural groups based on geographic and cultural similarities.  We will explore their contributions to our current culture.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts:

In October, students in 6th grade ELA will be exploring personal narratives through different perspectives. We will be finishing our unit which answers the question: “What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up?” Students will answer a prompt relating to one of Jacqueline Woodson’s poems “Another Way,” which allows students to compose a true story about a personal experience. Throughout the month, we will explore the 6-12 writing rubric and writing exemplars.


In sixth grade math, students are moving into Chapter 2 of the CPM curriculum. In this chapter we will focus on arithmetic strategies and area. We will specifically focus on the standards that Ohio has put forth in mathematics. As a result our study of area will focus on breaking apart complex shapes so we can find a total area. Students will also learn a new multiplication strategy called a generic rectangle which will be used throughout the year. 

7th Grade

English/Language Arts:

During the month of October 7th grade students will explore the essential question “What can cause a sudden change in someone’s life”? They will build their knowledge of literature by analyzing characterization, symbolism, and conflict. Students will also analyze the ways in which authors use specific events and experiences that contribute to a character’s transformation.


October will see the 7th Grade math students continuing to work with the number system by simplifying expressions that involve integers, rational numbers, and the order of operations. The month will close with students using arithmetic properties to simplify expressions and starting proportional relationships.

Compacted Math:

October will see the 7th Grade math students continuing to work with the number system by simplifying expressions that involve integers, rational numbers, and the order of operations. The month will close with students using arithmetic properties to simplify expressions and starting proportional relationships.

Social Studies:

7th Grade Social Studies – The students will be continuing to study Ancient Greece.  They will be continuing the study the differences in Civilizations, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, and how Greek culture through government, architecture, literature and great thinkers impacted society today.


Throughout the month of October, students in 7thgrade science have been diving into our atoms, molecules, and periodic table unit. Throughout this unit, the students will be creating, investigating, and showing their knowledge with a variety of activities. In class right now, the students are working with determining the difference between elements, compounds, mixtures, and solutions. The students will be able to show their knowledge through group work, posters, projects, and lab activities. We will soon be moving onto pH scale. 

8th Grade


In 8thgrade math this month, we are working on the standards in chapter 2 and 3. These standards cover creating expressions and equations, simplifying them, and solving. The students are currently working on chapter 2 in class which is still working on them using the CPM team roles and getting used to working in teams. The students are currently working with algebra tiles creating expressions by building models and finding the perimeter of those model shapes. Students have been applying their knowledge through group work, posters, and quizzes. All of this work is tracked on data trackers and students are able to track their progress as well. 


During the month of October students in Algebra will be working with quadratic equations, manipulating the forms of multi-variable equations, and applying their acquired knowledge of equations to setting up and solving various types of word problems.

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. We 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.  


As 8th grade enters into the month of October, students will spend
time exploring the various types of potential energy. Students will
focus on gravitational, magnetic, electrical, chemical and elastic
forms of potential energy and how they are transfer from one object to
another. Students will end the month with a focus on magnetic and
electrical forces.