Update: October 2018

## Kindergarten

__Language Arts:__

- Retell a familiar story with prompting and support
- 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 and participate in conversations
- Use letters, words and pictures to tell a story
- Begin drawing/writing an opinion about a topic or story

__Math:__

- Quickly recognize how many objects are in a collection (up to 5) without counting
- Compare sets using the words
*more*and*less* - Develop number sense with combinations that make 5, and then 10
- Count objects and match the quantity to the written numeral
- Build with two-dimensional shapes

__Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:__

- Understand feelings are a part of life (we all have feelings)
- Name and identify feelings
- Recognize we can choose what we do when feelings arise
- Express feelings in constructive ways

## 1st Grade

__Language Arts:__

- Discuss/Retell a story in order
- Understand/Identify facts/main events of a text/story
- Change beginning and ending sounds to make a new word
- Identify syllables
- Tell/Write a detailed narrative with events in order
- Reread narrative piece to convey meaning
- Use beginning and ending sounds when writing words

__Math:__

- Instantly recognize dots on dominoes or die
- Practice addition and subtraction strategies, like counting on, doubles, and make 10 within 12
- Use dominoes and picture cards to write a fact family of equations
- Solve and write story problems
- Count by 5s and 10s

__Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:__

- Understand we all have feelings
- Name and identify feelings
- Realize we let ourselves be affected by the way other people treat us
- Recognize we can choose what we do when feelings arise
- React to teasing and bullying in constructive ways
- Learn sometimes we need help from others

## 2nd Grade

__Language Arts:__

- Determine central message/lesson
- Determine main topic
- Retell a story
- Create oral and written responses to texts
- Recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words
- Write a personal narrative with an engaging beginning, middle and a satisfying ending
- Add details to make the story interesting
- Use capitalization correctly

__Math:__

- Identify the place and value of a 3-digit number
- Read, write, model, and compare 2- and 3-digit numbers
- Measure and compare the lengths of objects
- Model problem-solving strategies on a number line
- Practice math strategies to add and subtract fluently

__Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:__

- Understand we all have feelings (they are a part of life)
- Name and identify feelings
- Recognize we can choose what we do when feelings arise
- Express our feelings in constructive ways

## 3rd Grade

__MATH__

Students will be focused on Multiplication.

Students will:

- Solve story problems involving multiplication
- Represent problems involving multiplication using skip counting, number lines, arrays, and ratio tables
- Develop efficient strategies for multiplication facts through 10 × 10

For additional information, go to www.mathlearningcenter.org/apps

__LITERACY-Reading__

- Explore Traditional Literature, Expository Nonfiction, and Functional Nonfiction and their big ideas
- Understand the elements that make up each genre

__LITERACY-Writing__

Writing About Reading in relation to Realistic Fiction and Expository Nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

- Opinion piece based on student opinion on a text/topic
- Expository nonfiction piece based on Science/Social Studies topic that has facts and a concluding statement
- Completed procedural text that provides factual information to describe or teach a process using temporal sequence while referencing multiple texts.

## 4th Grade

__MATH__

Students will be focused on Muli-Digit Multiplication and Early Division.

Students will:

- Multiply by 10, 100, and 1,000
- Multiply 2-digit numbers
- Represent multiplication with arrays and ratio tables
- Divide with and without remainders
- Solve multiplication and division story problems

For more information, you can go to www.mathlearningcenter.org/apps

__LITERACY-Reading__

- Explore Traditional Literature, Expository Nonfiction, and Functional Nonfiction and their big ideas
- Understand the elements that make up each genre

__LITERACY-Writing__

Writing About Reading in relation to Realistic Fiction and Expository Nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

- Opinion piece based on student opinion on a text/topic
- Expository nonfiction piece based on Science/Social Studies topic that has facts and a concluding statement
- Completed procedural text that provides factual information to describe or teach a process using temporal sequence while referencing multiple texts.

## 5th Grade

__MATH__

Students will be focused on Expressions, Equations and Volume through most of September with Adding and Subtracting Fractions being introduced at the end of the month.

Students will:

- Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators
- Solve story problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators
- Find common denominators for fractions with unlike denominators
- Find the greatest common factor and least common multiple to help simplify fractions and find common denominators
- Multiply multi-digit numbers

For more information, you can go to www.mathlearningcenter.org/apps

__LITERACY-Reading__

- Explore Traditional Literature, Expository Nonfiction, and Functional Nonfiction and their big ideas
- Understand the elements that make up each genre

__LITERACY-Writing__

Writing About Reading in relation to Realistic Fiction and Expository Nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

- Opinion piece based on student opinion on a text/topic
- Expository nonfiction piece based on Science/Social Studies topic that has facts and a concluding statement

Completed procedural text that provides factual information to describe or teach a process using temporal sequence while referencing multiple texts.

## 6th Grade

**English/Language Arts**: Students are working on the following standards in 6^{th} grade ELA: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits in the overall structure of a text (RL6.5). Read and analyze character and plot development (RL.6.3). Expand knowledge and use of academic and concept vocabulary (RL.6.4). Describe how a particulars story or drama unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution (RL 6.2). Cite textual evidence to support analysis what he text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text (RL 6.1). Engage in collaborative discussions, build on the ideas of others, and express your own ideas clearly (SL.6.1 and SL.6.2)**.** I can express my own ideas clearly and precisely as I complete various activities.

**Math: **Staff and students have continued to reinforce norms and roles in a CPM classroom. They are working through the following learning targets:

I can learn how to collect data and how to display the data in a stem-and-leaf plot and a histogram. 6.SP.4

(Mathematical Practice 4)

I can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various graphical representations of data. 6.SP.4

(Mathematical Practice 4)

I can use an extended multiplication table to further develop my understanding of factors, factor pairs and properties of numbers.

I can write numbers as products of their prime factors using exponents. 6.NS.4, 6.EE.4

(Mathematical Practices 7 and 8)

**Social Studies: **Our 6^{th} grade students are building on spatial thinking skills (standards 3 and 4). Events can be arranged in chronological order using AD, BC, BCE, CE. Use latitude and longitude to identify absolute location. Describe the influence of geography on the developments of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean civilizations. Students should understand the importance of cultural diffusion because of sea faring peoples, trade and commerce.

**Science: **In October we will be studying the criteria and properties that make up minerals. Students will be exposed to a variety of labs wherein they have to identify minerals based on the those specific properties. Students will also be learning in depth about the crystal structures that compose minerals. Finally, the three types of rocks will be taught through understanding the rock cycle. And as always, students continue to ** Rock the Standards** through our unit themed songs!

## 7th Grade

**English/Language Arts**:The students are working on characterization: Indirect/direct characterization. Ultimately they will write a character analysis. They have written and will continue to write objective summaries. Students will also focus on internal and external conflict as well as symbolism.

**Math: **Students are currently rewriting numbers in different forms in order to compare them, determining whether a fraction can be rewritten as a repeating or terminating decimal, building (composing) and taking apart (decomposing) numbers and lengths, adding and multiplying positive and negative integers and rational number, and choosing appropriate scales and set up useful graphs for data.

Students will simplify expressions with multiple operations by identifying and evaluating groups, Subtract and multiply positive and negative numbers, build (compose) and take apart (decompose) numbers and lengths and divide with fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.

**Social Studies: **Ancient Greece was the cradle of the development of various political systems.

Each form of government has advantages and disadvantages.

A "golden age" --a time of peace and prosperity--allows a civilization focus or devote attention to developing art, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Fresco style painting was popularized during the Minoan period, and was present throughout Ancient Greece's history.

Compare and contrast different city-states (Sparta vs. Athens).

**Science: **Students are finishing up how to read and use the periodic table. We are moving onto compounds and mixtures, along with whether a mixture is homogeneous or heterogeneous. We will have a unit review and test later in the month of October. Element research was done by students via Internet. Element posters designed by the students will be presented. Students will experiment with a “mysterious mixture” treating it as an unknown potentially hazardous material. Students will separate mixture after reading safety precautions and clean-up rules. Students will learn of compounds and mixtures; heterogeneous, homogeneous, colloids and suspension.

## 8th Grade

**English/Language Arts**: Students are continuing learning about rites of passage and major milestones through their ELA curriculum as we move into October. They are practicing the language arts standards they have learned in small groups and will get the opportunity to practice independently soon! Towards the end of October we will be moving into our second unit which will be using literature, informational text, and a graphic novel about the Holocaust.

**Algebra: **Students will simplify expressions with exponents by using the number 1. They will learn how to use algebra tiles to physically and visually represent an equation. Students will also make another equation situation connection on the multiple representations web. Then, using algebra tiles and generic rectangles, they will develop a method to rewrite products of binomials and other polynomials, such as (3x − 2)(x + 4). Students will solve one-variable equations containing products and absolute value, and will learn how to solve multi-variable equations for one of the variables.

**Math 8: **Students are currently learning what a variable is, how to write and simplify algebraic expressions, how to compare two complicated algebraic expressions, and how to solve for a variable if you know that two expressions are equal.

Students will how to find a rule from a table, how to represent a situation using a table, a rule, and a graph, how to graph linear and parabolic rules using an appropriate scale, what it means for something to be the solution to an equation, and what it means for an equation to have no solution, and how to determine the number of solutions to an equation.

**Social Studies: **Students have been and will continue working on standard 1 throughout the school year. This standard requires students to use primary and secondary sources to examine historical events from different perspectives. They have also been and are continuing their work on European expansion to the Americas. Students are looking at reasons and motives for this expansion. This expansion will be the cause of various conflicts in the Americas, and students will soon be focusing on these conflicts, their causes, and the effects of these conflicts.

**Science: **Forces and Motion topic focuses on forces and motion within, on and around the Earth and within the universe. Forces between objects act when the objects are in direct contact or when they are not touching. Magnetic, electrical and gravitational forces can act at a distance. Construct knowledge and understanding through scientific investigation, analyzing, and interpreting data and communicate scientific procedures and explanations. Students will focus on these concepts: Motion, Magnitude and Direction, Net Force/Diagrams, Inertia, Newton’s 1st Law of Motion, Kinetic Friction