Update: January 2019

Kindergarten

English/Language Arts:
  • Ask and answer questions about unknown words in texts.
  • Recognize common types of texts—storybooks, poems.
  • Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
  • Locate first and last in print.
  • State an opinion about a topic through writing, drawing or dictation.
  • Participate in shared writing experiences and research projects.
  • Work with the teacher in small groups for Guided Reading.
  • Continue to manage their learning during literacy centers.
Math: Continue to:
  • Count forward and backward between 0 and 50.
  • Order and compare numbers from 1 to 10.
  • Solve addition and subtraction problems within 10.
  • Compare objects to see which is longer, shorter, or the same length.
  • Add with pennies and nickels.
Begin to:
  • Explore the difference between two-dimensional (flat) and three-dimensional (solid) shapes
  • Identify, describe, sort, compare, and draw 2-D shapes based on their defining attributes
  • Use simple shapes to form larger shapes
  • Count and compare the number of objects in different categories in a picture graph
Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:
  • I can work cooperatively with others.
  • I can stand up for myself by using strong, not mean words.  (being assertive)

1st Grade

English/Language Arts:
  • Identify words and phrases in story or poems that suggest feelings.
  • Explain the difference between books that tell stories and books that give information.
  • Ask and answer questions to help clarify meaning of words in texts.
  • Know and use text features (headings, table of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, and icons) to locate information.
  • Recognize and say consonant clusters that blend two or three consonant sounds.
  • Write an informative /explanatory text by naming a topic, supplying facts about the topic, and provide a closing.
  • Work with the teacher in small groups for Guided Reading.
  • Continue to manage their learning during literacy centers.
Math: Continue to:
  • Estimate, measure, and compare the lengths of objects in inches, feet, and yards.
  • Select and use the appropriate tool for measuring the length of an object.
  • Measure the length of an object twice, using two different units—such as inches the first time, then feet.
Begin to:
  • Represent numbers using groups of 1s, 10s, and 100s to demonstrate an understanding of place value to 1,000.
  • Use models, sketches, and numbers to add and subtract within 1,000.
  • Mentally add and subtract multiples of 10 and 100 to and from any number within 1,000.
  • Solve money story problems involving pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters using correct notation.
Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:
  • I can work cooperatively with others.
  • I can weigh different strategies to achieve goals.
  • I can stand up for myself by using strong, not mean words.  (being assertive)

2nd Grade

English/Language Arts:
  • Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • Describe the overall structure of a story, including how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
  • Know and use various text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, and icons) to locate key information.
  • Write an informative/explanatory text by introducing a topic, using facts and information to develop points, and provide a concluding statement.
  • Understand and use the suffixes –er, -est, -or, -ar, -ist.
  • Work with the teacher for small group reading instruction.
Math: Continue to:
  • Locate, identify and order numbers to 120 on a number line.
  • Count forward and backward by 1s, 5s and 10s.
  • Add, subtract, and solve word problems using a number line.
  • Measure, order and compare height in inches.
Begin to:
  • Identify, name, describe, and compare 2- and 3-D shapes based on their defining features.
  • Draw 2-D shapes and build 3-D shapes.
  • Use two or more geometric shapes to create a new composite shape or figure.
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, or 4 equal parts called halves, thirds, or fourths/quarters.
Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:
  • I can work cooperatively with others.
  • There are many different ways to respond to a situation.
  • I can stand up for myself by using strong, not mean words.  (being assertive)

3rd Grade

Math:

As students continue Unit 4, they will be focused on Measurement and Fractions.

Students will:

  • Tell time and calculate elapsed time
  • Measure mass and volume to solve problems
  • Model and compare fractions

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

Literacy-Reading:

In the months of December and January, students will:

  • Explore modern fantasy stories, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction and their big ideas
  • Understand the elements that make up these genres

Literacy-Writing:

Students will be writing about reading in relation to modern fantasy, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

  1. Fictional narrative
  2. Response to literature (set up like the state assessment)
  3. Narrative nonfiction piece

4th Grade

Math:

As students continue Unit 4, they will be focused on Addition, Subtraction and Measurement.

Students will:

  • Compare multi-digit numbers and identify the value of the digits in such numbers
  • Use standard algorithms for addition and subtraction
  • Measure length, distance, liquid volume, time, mass, and weight
  • Convert measurement from one unit to another within the same system (e.g., centimeters to meters, but not centimeters to inches)

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

Literacy-Reading:

In the months of December and January, students will

  • Explore modern fantasy stories, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction and their big ideas
  • Understand the elements that make up these genres

Literacy-Writing:

In the months of December and January, students will continue Writing About Reading in relation to modern fantasy, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

  1. Fictional narrative
  2. Response to literature (set up like the state assessment)
  3. Narrative nonfiction piece

5th Grade

Math:

As students continue Unit 4, students will be working with multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals.

Students will:

  • Use a variety of strategies for multiplying and dividing mult-digit whole numbers
  • Practice using the standard algorithm to multiply multi-digit whole numbers
  • Begin multiplying and dividing with decimal numbers

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

Literacy-Reading:

In the months of December and January, students will:

  • Explore modern fantasy stories, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction and their big ideas
  • Understand the elements that make up these genres

Literacy-Writing:

In the months of December and January, students will be writing about reading in relation to modern fantasy, biographies/autobiographies, and narrative nonfiction

Required Writing Pieces:

  1. Fictional narrative
  2. Response to literature (set up like the state assessment)
  3. Narrative nonfiction piece

6th Grade

English/Language Arts:

Our focus will be on:
Reading:

  • BDA strategies to be implemented using the independent reading novels
  • Novel Selection Choice Menus and Selection Tests
  • Text Structures within reading selections
  • Context Clues
  • The use of characterization
  • Theme/Central/Main Ideas surrounding non fiction and fiction materials
  • Reading conferences for independent reading and My Perspectives readings

Writing:

  • Journals
  • Choice menu for writing
  • Explanatory/Informative writing
  • Creative writing menu (using independent reading novels)
  • Revising/editing own writings
  • Self assessment
  • Writing conferences about strengths and weaknesses of students writing

STEM

  • Computer Application Contest
  • APP Challenge : A month long research based STEM contest that asks students to design an educational app that will help students become more organized
  • Multi media rubric for assessing

Math:

In Chapter 4, students will learn how to:
Use variables to generalize and to represent unknown quantities.
Write multiple expressions to describe a pattern and recognize whether the expressions are equivalent.
Find the value of an algebraic expression when the value of the variable is known.
Enlarge and reduce figures while maintaining their shapes.
Use ratios to describe relationships between similar shapes.

As students move into Chapter 4, they should be starting to use the mathematical practices with more automaticity. It should only take a gentle reminder from the teachers to have the students attend to precision in their communication with each other. Students should become more comfortable constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others as you encourage discourse during class. They should now want to make sense of the problems that you ask them to attempt and they should be starting to show more and more perseverance in solving them.

In this chapter, we will guide students to look for and make use of more mathematical structures as they make connections and build understanding. They will also begin to model with mathematics.

Social Studies:

6th grade will move on to the China Unit for the third 9 week period.

Students will focus on the following objectives: 
6.1.6   cultural groups and physical environments
6.2.1   barter economy
6.2.2   identify major trade routes
6.1.8   cultural diffusion influencing societies
6.2.4   economic systems around early civilizations
6.3.3   identify location of civilization on a map
6.4.1   recognize types of governments
6.4.4   major roles in social classes

Science:

Students will be continuing a simulation called The Battle for Planet Earth to teach them about cells.  They take on the role of scientists by researching, analyzing and identifying unknown cell types in an attempt to save the Earth from total destruction.  It’s a fun and engaging way for the students to learn about cells.  Culminating projects will also be assigned this month. 

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: The focus in 7th grade ELA will be argumentative writing.  The targeted mini lessons are direct/indirect characterization, theme and point of view.

Math:

  • Find and use percentages to solve problem
  • Calculate the probability of compound (multiple) events.
  • Use experimental results to make and test conjectures about unknown sample space.
  • Describe how the relationship between experimental and theoretical probabilities for an experiment change as the experiment is conducted many times.
  • Solve situational problems using the 5-D process.

Social Studies: Coming in January: We will be finishing up the Mongol invasions and the Middle ages. Then Diving into the Renaissance.

Science:

Students will be focusing on the following standards in January in 7th grade Science. While working with these standards, they will also be focusing on writing across the curriculum.

Energy flows and matter is transferred continuously from one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: The 8th graders will be finishing up their unit on informational writing and the Holocaust and moving into a unit about argumentative writing. Our essential question will be “When is it right to take a stand?” Students will be reading various articles and stories about others that have taken a stand on different issues.

Algebra:

This section begins with lessons that ask students to describe the growth of a population and the decreasing rebound height of a bouncing ball. Students will use tables, graphs, and equations to represent the growth.

Students will do an investigation where they categorize several sequences.  They will also learn some of the specialized vocabulary used when discussing sequences.  Students will create multiple representations of arithmetic sequences, including equations for sequences that depend on previous terms.

Math 8:

In chapter 6, the students will learn how to:                        

Transform shapes by flipping, turning, and sliding them on a coordinate graph.

Describe movement on a graph using coordinates and expressions.

Compare shapes and use similarity to find missing side lengths of polygons, especially triangles.

Social Studies: Students will be working on the following standards in 8th Grade Social Studies:

1.3.1 Colonial Discontent and Causes of the American Revolution (Content Statements 5, 18, 19); 3.2 The American Revolution and New Government (Content Statements 5, 6, 18); 4.1 The Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution (Content Statements 7); 4.2 The U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights and American Government (Content Statement 20, 21); 4.3 First Administrations (Content Statement 8)

Science: Students will be focusing on volcanism and how volcanoes and earthquakes relate to plate tectonics during the month of January.  We will then transition into the dating of rock layers and geological events.