Updated: December 2018

Kindergarten

In Math, the students will…

  • 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

In Reading, the students will…

  • Identify the characters, setting, and major events in a story
  • Compare/connect information in texts
  • Understand/use position of a capital letter
  • Hear and say the ending sound  in a c-v-c word
  • Communicate through pictures, labels, words, and/or sentence
  • Draw and write about a personal story or information learned

Grade 1

In Math, the students will…

  • 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

In Reading, the students will…

  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story using key details
  • Compare/connect information in texts
  • Identify/produce medial sounds/spelling patterns in single syllable words
  • Tell/write a detailed narrative with temporal words
  • Tell/write information gained from a nonfiction text

Grade 2

In Math, the students will…

  • 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

In Reading, the students will…

  • Build stamina for independent reading
  • Respond to reading a reader’s notebook
  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges
  • Compare/connect information in texts
  • Write an informational piece/personal narrative with an engaging beginning, middle and a satisfying     ending
  • Add details to make a story interesting including temporal words

3rd Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Fantasy stories, biographies/autobiographies and narrative nonfiction

Writing

  • Fictional narrative, response to literature, narrative nonfiction – provide information about a subject or an idea/organization of the piece/built with main ideas and supporting details linked together to make a complete text, unfold story using details, dialogue, description, use transitional words and thoughtful use of conventions

Math:

  • Continue to practice addition and subtraction 
  • Round multi-digit numbers and estimate their sums and differences
  • Add and subtract 2- and 3-digit numbers using algorithms and other methods

4th Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Modern fantasy stories, biography and narrative nonfiction

Writing

  • Fictional narrative, response to literature, narrative nonfiction (looking for ideas and how to expand them to engage the reader, using precise vocabulary, linking words, more

Math:

  • Compare fractions with like and unlike denominators 
  • Locate fractions on a number line 
  • Add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators 
  • Identify equivalent fractions and decimals 
  • Compare decimal numbers 

5th Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Modern fantasy stories divided into four or more categories: animal fantasy stories where animals do “human” things like talking; low fantasy stories that take place in the real world but have unreal elements, like magic; high fantasy stories, which take place in an imaginative world that can exist next to the real world, like Harry Potter

Writing

  • Fictional narrative (story), response to literature (set up like State assessment), and narrative nonfiction piece.

Math:

  • Divide multi-digit whole numbers 
  • Read, write, order, model, and compare decimal numbers
  • Multiply and divide whole and decimal numbers by 10
  • Add and subtract decimal numbers to the hundredths place 
  • Identify equivalent fractions and decimals

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: We are currently in Unit 1 titled Childhood with the following essential question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up? The trade book for additional reading is The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. Students will be learning about descriptive/sensory language, citing textual evidence, text structures, characterization, theme/central idea/thesis, context clues, nonfiction genres and explanatory writing. The end of unit writing prompt is as follows:
Write a multi-paragraph response compare and contrast essay in which you analyze the ways in which Walter Dean Myers and Michaela DePrince both faced adversity and triumphed over their obstacles. Students must write an essay based on the ideas and information that can be found in both passages. The essay will be scored according to the state rubric for explanatory writing.

Math:

In Section 4.1, students will use variables to represent unknown quantities and will use what they know about a problem to find the value of these variables.

In Section 4.2, students will move from mystery numbers to a mystery mascot.  With their class, students will work to enlarge the mystery mascot.  Then they will learn how to enlarge or reduce figures while keeping their shapes the same. Students will use ratios to compare the side lengths of figures to determine if they are the same shape.

In this chapter, 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.

Social Studies: In sixth grade social studies we are starting a unit on Ancient Egypt. We will look at the geography of Egypt and how they benefited from the Nile River and the Sahara desert. We will look at their achievements such as the Pyramids and hieroglyphics. We will look at their religious beliefs as well. We will then explore the pharaohs in more details such as to whether they were wise or wasteful spenders for how they spent their surplus and whether they were cruel rulers or if their actions were justified in order to keep peace and keep everyone fed.

Science:  In December we will be studying the Earth’s structure and minerals.

Technology:  6-8th grade will be increasing their accuracy and typing speed using Typing.com We will be venturing into the MS office programs such as MS word, Excel and Powerpoint. Learning applications such as Tykner for coding, ICivics for exposure and reinforcement of Social studies content. Readworks for online questioning for testing and computer skills practice.

Art: These art classes continue to focus on the Elements of Art. 6th grade will be focusing on line and shape. All classes with be exploring the media of watercolors and they will be creating 3-dimensional works!

PE: Students will continue playing invasion games as well as working on various net games. Focus will be on specific skills used during each game as well as team play and sportsmanship.

7th Grade

ELA: This month in 7th grade Language Arts, we will continue to read informational and fictional text to explore the concept of adversity. Through multiple texts, we will be able to explain how people overcome difficult situations. Our writing will continue to focus on explanatory text as we work towards explaining how people overcome these difficult situations.

Math: Students have completed another chapter and are gaining tools to help them in their mathematical growth. We will start Chapter 4 after Thanksgiving, which focuses on proportional relationships. We will find the unit rate, combine like terms in order to simplify expressions, use the distributive property, and compare algebraic expressions. Please remind your students of the importance of following classroom rules and expectations in order to ensure we have the best learning environment possible. Your support is much appreciated.

Compacted Math: Students will focus on solving equations exploring variables and expressions, simplifying expressions by combining like terms, writing algebraic expressions, using zero and algebra tiles to simplify algebraic expressions, using algebra tiles to compare expressions, and simplifying and recording work.

Social Studies: This month is 7th grade Social Studies, we will continue to explore the Roman Empire. Students will discover how Rome expanded to such a large area, and ultimately, how the Roman Empire fell.

Science: In 7th Grade Science in the month of December we will be discussing Energy Transfer and Transformations

The broad learning target for these lessons will be: Energy can be transformed or transferred but is never lost.

Energy Conservation Transfer Methods:

  • Forces
  • Waves Conduction, Convection, Radiation
  • Electrical Circuits

PE: Students will continue playing invasion games as well as working on various net games. Focus will be on specific skills used during each game as well as team play and sportsmanship.

Technology: 6-8th grade will be increasing their accuracy and typing speed using Typing.com We will be venturing into the MS office programs such as MS word, Excel and Powerpoint. Learning applications such as Tykner for coding, ICivics for exposure and reinforcement of Social studies content. Readworks for online questioning for testing and computer skills practice.

Art: These 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. All classes with be exploring the media of watercolors and they will be creating 3-dimensional works!

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will continue to explore historical aspect of literature and writing, focusing on explanatory writing. Students will practice writing and independent reading every day. We will have a short research project on different cultures holidays around the world.

Math: Students worked with the connections between different representations of patterns last month. Now they will mainly focus on rules (equations). Specifically, they will focus on how to solve them. In Section 5.1, students will solve equations with multiple variables for one of the variables, creating an equivalent equation. They will also learn an efficient way to solve equations with fractions or decimals. In Section 5.2, students will explore situations that can be represented by a line and study what it means when two lines intersect (cross each other). By the end of this chapter, students will know how to use graphs, tables, patterns, and rules to solve almost any problem involving lines.

Algebra 1: Students will write and solve mathematical sentences (such as one- and two-variable equations) to solve situational word problems. They will develop methods to solve systems of equations in different forms. Students will learn what it means for a system to have no solutions or infinite solutions. They will also find ways to know which solving method is most efficient and accurate. Students will also review and extend what they learned in Chapters 1 through 4. They will make important connections between solving equations, multiple representations, and systems of equations.

Social Studies:

(Voytko) In 8th Grade SS in the month of December we will be discussing ideas that led the colonists to be dissatisfied with British rule in the colonies.The broad learning target for these lessons will be:
Students can 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

(Bell). In December we are going to wrap up the Revolutionary War and the how to governments change. We’ll be heading into Way More Perfect Union. This will cover the Articles of Confederation, The Forging of a New Constitution, as well as a New Plan of Government. Next, The Constitution which will include the Principles of the Constitution and also Government and the People. Questions like: why do people form governments? How do new ideas change the way people live?

Science: We will continue our unit in Earth Science. Students have learned the major and minor plates, how they move, and what causes this movement. We will learn how the constructive and destructive movements create landforms. We will continue learning the scientific method by completing as many labs as possible to help learn about plate tectonics. Once we finish continental drift we will learn about fossils and the Geologic Time Scale.

Mrs. Barthlemess’ class: Our unit next month is on tradition and how other countries celebrate the holiday seasons.

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. Students are also starting to look at grade level grammar structure (direct and indirect objects, nouns, adjectives, prepositional phrases) during class as well.
  • MATH: Fractions (multiplying/dividing) by whole numbers, other fractions, and mixed numbers.
  • SCIENCE: Ecosystems
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Geography (Physical environmental changes)

Art: These 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.All classes with be exploring the media of watercolors and they will be creating 3-dimensional works!

PE: Students will continue playing invasion games as well as working on various net games. Focus will be on specific skills used during each game as well as team play and sportsmanship.

Technology: 6-8th grade will be increasing their accuracy and typing speed using Typing.com We will be venturing into the MS office programs such as MS word, Excel and Powerpoint. Learning applications such as Tykner for coding, ICivics for exposure and reinforcement of Social studies content. Readworks for online questioning for testing and computer skills practice.