Update: May 2019

Kindergarten

English/Language Arts:

  • Identify the characters within and between texts
  • Identify the plots (including adventures and experiences) within and between texts
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences
  • Identify the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify reasons/details that support the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces, informative pieces, or narratives.
  • Locate and read high frequency words
  • Hear sounds in sequence
  • Use onsets and rimes in known words to read and write other words with the same parts

Math:

Continue to:

  • Explore weight and capacity concepts
  • Count groups of objects by 10s and 1s to build and understanding of place value
  • Compare numbers to determine which number is more than, less than, or equal to another number
  • Solve addition and subtraction equations and story problems within 10

Begin to:

  • Count by 10s and 1s
  • Read, write, order, and compare numerals to 20
  • Estimate, measure, and compare length
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems within 10

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

1st Grade

English/Language Arts:

  • Identify the characters within and between texts
  • Identify the plots (including adventures and experiences) within and between texts
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories
  • Identify the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify reasons/details that support the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between texts on the same topic
  • Write opinion pieces, informative pieces, and narratives with an opening sentence, supply reasons/facts, and state a concluding sentence.
  • Recognize and use consonant letters that represent two or more different sounds.
  • Recognize and use plurals that add s and es
  • Recognize and use the ending ing and ed
  • Understand the concept of a contraction

Math:

Continue to:

  • Understand place value within the range of 0-120
  • Represent numbers using groups of 1s, 10s, and 100
  • Use models, sketches, and numbers to add and subtract up to 120
  • Count forward and backward by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s on a number line

Begin to:

  • Explore change with math and science concepts
  • Develop a sense of time by experiencing activities that last a second, minute, hour, and day
  • Solve problems using addition and subtraction up to 100
  • Measure, order, compare, and find differences in length
  • Collect and analyze data by making simple charts and graphs using pictures, numbers, and tally marks

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

2nd Grade

English/Language Arts:

  • Compare and contrast the themes and topics of different versions of the same text (same topic)
  • Identify the same event(s) in two or more genres/forms written by different authors
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between texts on the same topic
  • Use facts, definitions, and details to develop a topic
  • Understand how to group related information together
  • Write opinion pieces, informative pieces, and narratives by having an opening statement, supplying facts/reasons, using temporal words, and giving a concluding statement.

Math:

Continue to:

  • Estimate, measure, and compare the lengths of objects in centimeters and meters
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, 4, or 8 equal parts called halves, thirds, fourths/quarters, or eighths
  • Solve, pose, and write addition, subtraction, and money story problems involving 2- and 3-digit numbers

Begin to:

  • Measure length to the nearest inch
  • Collect, organize, and display data on a line plot and on a bar graph
  • Analyze data to solve problems, draw conclusions, and make predictions
  • Add, subtract, order, and compare 3-digit numbers

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

3rd Grade

Math:

Students will continue working on Unit 7 as well as starting into Unit 8, and they will be working on Extending Multiplication and Fractions

Your child will:

  • Develop and use strategies for multiplying by 11 and 12
  • Multiply single-digit numbers by two-digit numbers
  • Solve problems involving fractions
  • Research bridge engineering and design
  • Design and build model bridges to meet specific criteria and constraints
  • Plan and carry out tests to find failure points and make improvements to their model bridges
  • Practice math skills developed earlier this year, including work with fractions, time and measurement, estimation, geometry, and multiplication.

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

Literacy-Reading:

Students will:

  • Explore poetry, realistic fiction and narrative non-fiction
  • Understand the elements that make up each genre

Literacy-Writing:

Students continue to be Writing About Reading in relation to Historical Fiction.  Required Writing Pieces: 

  1. Fictional Narrative
  2. 3-5 Student Written Poems

4th Grade

Math:

Students will be working on Unit 7 and 8.  The focus will be on Patterns and Problems as well as playground design.

In these units your child will:

  • Use standard algorithms to calculate with multi-digit numbers
  • Divide a multi-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • Solve story problems with multiple steps and operations
  • Review equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers
  • Write equations to represent story problems
  • Convert measurements from one unit to another within a system of measurement (e.g., inches to feet)
  • Learn about simple machines such as pendulums, levers, inclined planes, and wheels
  • Research and evaluate considerations for playground safety through reading, online research, and student surveys
  • Design and build model playgrounds to meet specific criteria and constraints
  • Work with scaled drawings and dimensions
  • Research project costs to determine an appropriate budget proposal
  • Practice math skills developed earlier this year, especially those involving measurement, money, and geometry

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

Literacy-Reading:

Students will:

  • Explore poetry, realistic fiction and narrative non-fiction
  • Understand the elements that make up each genre

Literacy-Writing:

Students continue to be Writing About Reading in relation to Historical Fiction.  Required Writing Pieces: 

  1. Fictional Narrative
  2. 3-5 Student Written Poems

5th Grade

Math:

Students continue to be working in Unit 7 and will begin working in Unit 8, and they will be working with Division and Decimals and Solar Design

In these units your child will:

  • Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers
  • Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions
  • Solve story problems with fractions
  • Learning about solar home design and thermal energy transfer through reading, research, and experiments
  • Designing and building model houses to meet specific criteria and constraints
  • Collecting, graphing and analyzing experimental data
  • Working with scaled drawings and dimensions
  • Practicing math skills developed earlier this year, especially those involving measurement, multiplication and division, decimals and fractions, and geometry

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

Literacy-Reading:

Students continue to:

  • Explore poetry, realistic fiction, and narrative non-fiction
  • Understand the elements that make up each genre

Literacy-Writing:

Students continue to be Writing About Reading in relation to Historical Fiction

Required Writing Pieces: 

  1. Fictional Narrative
  2. 3-5 Student-Written poems
  3. Narrative non-fiction

6th Grade

English/Language Arts:

W 6.10 Write routinely over extended time frames and another time frame for a range of discipline = specific to task purposes, and audiences 

RL 6.1 Cite textual evidence as well as inferences within the text

I can write over an extended time frame for a range of discipline specific to creative writing tasks for a final published portfolio. (6th grade)

Students are also reading and discussing Where the Red Fern Grows

Math:

I can research a famous mathematician and his/her contributions towards mathematics and create a poster/presentation depicting the person’s biographical information and contributions.

I can apply inverse operations to numbers and algebraic expressions in order to represent the steps in a math “magic trick.” (Mathematical Practices #1,3,7)

I can translate math steps into algebraic expressions.

I can use the distributive property to create equivalent expressions and pictures (Mathematical Practices #1,3,8)

I can calculate and compare unit rates by reading tables and graphs (Mathematical Practices #1,2,3,6)

Social Studies:

Economics and trade
Discover what motivated the Europeans to explore the African coast.
Read and discuss nationalism and Africa. 
Economic issues facing Africa today

Science:

This month 6th grade is focusing on solving real-world problems that the students feel will make a difference in their school or community.  They will be working in teams to brainstorm a relevant problem and then decide on a viable solution that incorporates a 3D component, created with our printers,  into their presentation.  In addition, students will be studying potential & kinetic energy.  Students will be working through the last week of school to complete all requirements. 

7th Grade

English/Language Arts:

Students in 7th Grade ELA will be working on the following in May:

  1. Compare the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
  2. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.  (Students will be completing the district writing assessment)
  3. Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text.
  4. Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence.
  5. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Math:

  • Solve problems involving distance, rate and time.
  • Solve equations that have fractional or decimal coefficients.
  • Find the whole amount if you only know a percentage of it, and vice versa.
  • Calculate simple interest.
  • Set up and solve proportional relationships.

Social Studies:

8. Empires in Africa (Ghana, Mali and Songhay) and Asia (Byzantine, Ottoman, Mughal and China) grew as commercial and cultural centers along trade routes.
9. The advent of the trans-Saharan slave trade had profound effects on both West and Central Africa and the receiving societies.
6. The Renaissance in Europe introduced revolutionary ideas, leading to cultural, scientific and social changes.
7. The Reformation introduced changes in religion including the emergence of Protestant faiths and a decline in the political power and social influence of the Roman Catholic Church.  

Science:

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:

During April,  8th grade ELA students will be beginning a unit on inventions. They will be answering the question “Are inventions realized through inspiration or perspiration?” Students will be given the opportunity to show what they have learned and what invention they believe has had the most impact on our society with a joint Social Studies/ Language Arts project, it should be fun! 

Math 8:

Determine whether a relationship grows linearly or exponentially.
Rewrite expressions using exponents and scientific notation.
Perform operations with numbers written in scientific notation.
Determine if a relation is a function by looking at its table or graph.

Social Studies:

6.1 Westward Expansion (Content Statement 9, 10, 14, 15, and 16)

6.2 Industrial Revolution (Content Statements 19, 23, 24)

7.1 Sectionalism and Civil War (Content Statement 11)

Science:

Diversity of species, a result of variation of traits, occurs through the process of evolution and extinction over many generations. The fossil records provide evidence that changes have occurred in number and types of species.   Every organism alive today comes from a long line of ancestors who reproduced successfully every generation.  The characteristics of an organism are a result of inherited traits received from parent(s).