Updated: October 2018

Grades PK-2

Kindergarten

ELA:

  • 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

Grade 1

ELA:

  • 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 dice
  • 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

Grade 2

ELA:

  • 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
Grades 3-5

3rd Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Guided reading begins
  • Genre study continues - Traditional Literature - Expository / Functional Nonfiction - Persuasive/Opinion

Writing

  • Writing basic skills, plus genre specific, begins
  • Word Study -looking for patterns

Math:

  • 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

4th Grade

Math:

  • 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

5th Grade

Math:

  • Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators
  • Solve story problems that involve addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators
  • Find the greatest common factor and least common multiple to help simplify factions and find common denominators
  • Multiply multi-digit numbers
Grades 6-8

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: We have wrapped up NMAP testing and will be reading the play “The Phantom Tollbooth” Act II by Susan Nanus.  We will be learning about theme, summarizing, citing textual evidence, analyzing structure, context clues, comparing and contrasting texts, factual and inferential questions and delve into why people research and conduct short research projects.

Math:

In the month of October, 6th grade students will:

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various graphical representations of data.
  • Define and measure the area of rectangles and shapes that can be broken into rectangles.
  • Use a generic rectangle to multiply, both on paper and mentally.
  • Find the greatest common factor of selected numbers.

In this month, students will also take a closer look at multiplication and how it relates to area. Students will learn how to measure area using a variety of units, and why standard units are useful. They will also learn about perimeter and its relationship to area. Students will learn several ways to represent data that you collect.  They will learn to make mathematically justified statements about how accurately their class was able to determine the length of one minute without using a clock.

Social Studies: In sixth grade social studies we are finishing the factors that cause countries to trade and the differences between democracies and dictatorships. We are going to start our unit on Ancient Mesopotamia and look closely at the factors that led to them becoming the first civilization and the achievements they made and the influence that they have had on future civilizations.

Science:  In the month of September we have been working on Observations, Inferences, and variables to get us ready to conduct those exciting experiments.  The Rock Cycle is still a part of our learning, and we will learn about Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary.

Technology:  6th & 7th grade Tech we are increasing our typing speed and accuracy using a web based program from Clever called Typing.com. We will be exploring some learning modules using Learning.com. Schoology is used as a discussion base forum for educational topics. Projects will be created using MS office programs. And we will move into Tynker and Sumdog for websites that will improve our academics.

Band: Instruments are passed out. Music is passed out. We are working on the first five notes of the scale. Drum auditions are on-going to try to find the right drummers for band and decisions will be finalized soon. Basic music theory sheets and instrument care sheets will be utilized on an on-going basis in order to help educate students on necessary instrument care and music theory. They will be challenged/quizzed on musical notation, note value, etc on a daily basis in order to help reinforce the basic music theory concepts necessary to be a better performer.

Art: Art classes continue to focus on the Elements of Art.  6th grade will be focusing on line and shape.

PE: During the month of September we are continuing to work on game play and teamwork. Various target and invasion games will be played.

7th Grade

ELA: This month is Language Arts we will continue working with literary texts that focus on turning points in people’s lives. With these texts, students will be writing an explanatory essay.

Math: In October, we continue Chapter 2. Students will look at numbers represented as fractions and as decimals and investigate repeating decimals. Students will extend their understanding of length to add and multiply positive and negative integers and rational numbers. We will review coordinate graphs and plot and read points on graphs and learn how to scale them so that they are useful for showing the relationship that they represent. Chapter 3 will have students find strategies for grouping operations within number expressions to simplify them accurately. Then, teams will connect subtraction of integers to earlier work with adding and multiplying integers; and expand knowledge of how to find differences and products; and to close Chapter 3, students will develop an understanding of operations with fractions and decimals to include division.

Compacted Math: In the month of October, Compacted math course will be exploring integers, while also developing skills with fraction-decimals conversions, rational numbers, and arithmetic properties. Leading into our work with similar figures, scale drawings and proportional relationships.

Social Studies: In Social Studies this month, we will begin our study of the Ancient Greek civilization. We will also continue our Second Step program that allows students to work with their social and emotional learning.

Science: In the month of October we will be discussing the properties of matter.  Specifically the arrangement of atoms and how this affects the properties of matter.  Topics will include:  Mixtures, solutions, compounds, pH scale, the periodic table of elements and chemical and physical changes.

Choir: We are continuing to work on songs for the fall season; Veteran’s Day program, Winter concert, and a smattering of Spring concert songs ( who really wants to sing about snow in October?).  On top of working on the music, they are being challenged to dig deeper into the music so that they are not just singing words/notes, but communicating musically each individual piece, taking ownership in the music/message.

Health:This month in health students will be learning about making "Healthy Decisions". They will also learn about eating habits to stay fit and also beginning to explore how the body works.

PE: During the month of September we are continuing to work on game play and teamwork. Various target and invasion games will be played.

Technology: 6th & 7th grade Tech we are increasing our typing speed and accuracy using a web based program from Clever called Typing.com. We will be exploring some learning modules using Learning.com. Schoology is used as a discussion base forum for educational topics. Projects will be created using MS office programs. And we will move into Tynker and Sumdog for websites that will improve our academics.

Art: Art classes continue to focus on the Elements of Art. We have been focusing on color and will be working with the Element of value next in 7th and 8th grade.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: In the Month of October, 8th grade Language Arts will be focused on developing our collaborative skills through group work while focusing on fine-tuning our narrative non-fiction skills. Students will be creating small-group projects and  written narratives.

Math: Students will finish working on chapter 2 which is about simplifying expressions and equations with variables.  Then they will begin chapter 3 which is all about graphs and equations.  Students will extend their understanding of the use of variables, such as  x  and  y.  They will learn about tools like graphing calculators that will help them explore how variables affect tile patterns, tables, and graphs.  Students will continue to develop their ability to solve equations, which they started in chapter 2.  In this chapter, students will also begin to learn about the multiple representations of data.  

Algebra 1: Students will finish working on chapter 2 which focuses on the starting value and growth of linear functions.  They will look for connections between the multiple representations of linear functions: table, graph, equation, and situation.  In this chapter, students will come to a deeper understanding of slope than they may have had in previous courses, and they will explore the idea of slope as a rate of change. Then students will work on chapters 7 and 9 from the 8th grade book.  Students will first create and interpret circle graphs.  They will also learn how to make graphs that compare two sets of data.  Then they will use scatterplots and linear graphs to make observations and predictions about the data based on correlations. They will also find equations of lines that fit data and will use them to make predictions based on trends.

Social Studies: Continued to work on explaining economic and religious reasons for the exploration and colonization of North America by Europeans. Also we are working on explaining how competition for control of territory and resources in North America lead to conflicts among colonizing powers. Primary and Secondary sources will continue to be used as resources on a regular basis. The students will analyze primary /secondary sources in order to compare and analyze the content of each.

Science: We have been busy investigating science through numerous labs using the scientific method.  We will continue work in lab by covering topics in Physical Science.  Topics will include motion, magnitude and direction, net forces, inertia, and Newton's Laws.  Students will complete as many hands on activities as possible in order to maximize learning.

Mrs. Barthlemess’ class: My unit is ecosystems and how humans can alter ecosystems by development. We also delve into protecting our resources.

Mrs. Carlson’s class: 

  • ELA: Making Inferences and Supportive Evidence – Students are continuing to pull information from a text to support their answers in ELA and Writing. They are still struggling significantly to do this.
  • Math: Interpreting data through different graphs and charts.
  • Science: Physical/Chemical Changes
  • Social Studies: Geography (Physical environmental changes)

Choir: We are continuing to work on songs for the fall season; Veteran’s Day program, Winter concert, and a smattering of Spring concert songs.  On top of working on the music, they are being challenged to dig deeper into the music so that they are not just singing words/notes, but communicating musically each individual piece, taking ownership in the music/message.

Art: Art classes continue to focus on the Elements of Art. We have been focusing on color and will be working with the Element of value next in 7th and 8th grade.

Health: This month in health students will be learning about making "Healthy Decisions". They will also learn about eating habits to stay fit and also beginning to explore how the body works.