Update: January 2020


English/Language Arts:

  • Write and draw to show things they like to read about
  • Write and draw to show things they like to write about
  • Learn how Fiction books are alike in some ways
  • Communicate through: Pictures, Labels, Words, Sentence
  • Have meaningful conversations about their writing and feedback to their peers
  • Write and draw about a personal story
  • Write and draw about information learned

1st Grade

English/Language Arts:

  • Write and draw to show things they like to read about.
  • Collect interesting words and phrases from books.
  • Make your voice go down and come to a full stop when you see a period
  • Learn Nonfiction books are alike in many ways.
  • Learn Nonfiction authors write about topics they care about.
  • Stay on topic
  • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Grade 2

English/Language Arts:

  • Compare and contrast Trickster Tales
  • Learn how the main character outsmarts the other characters
  • Learn how the main character is smaller or weaker and the other characters are bigger or stronger.
  • Learn how Illustrators give information about the story.
  • Learn why Illustrators choose colors to create or change the feeling of a story.
  • Write informative texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • Write explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

3rd Grade

English/Language Arts:  3rd grade students will discover that the “high point” in a story is the exciting part. Students will learn that the setting is the time and place of the story, and that the setting can be a time in the past or a faraway place. Students will learn the importance of the setting in a story; and identify the problem in more than one story. In writing, students will compare two articles and write about them, as well as learn to enhance their skills in writing narratives.

Math: 3rd grade math students will measure mass and volume to solve problems. They will also continue their studies with fractions as they model and compare fractions in different ways.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will be learning about the States of Matter ( solids, liquids, and gases). The scientific method will also be revisited. In Social Studies, students will study different types of maps, as well as investigate different cultures. Students will revisit geography as it is applied to cultural learning.

SEL: 3rd grade students will continue the lessons on assertiveness. Unit 5 will begin in January as well, which includes studies on Solving Problems Collaboratively (win-win solutions, conflict resolution, peer mediation, etc.


4th Grade

English/Language Arts: In Reading, 4th grade students will be differentiating text structures and analyzing autobiographies and biographies. 4th grade writers will use their skills to compose narrative nonfiction stories.

Math: 4th grade math students will compare multi-digit numbers and identify the value of the digits in such numbers. Students will use the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction, and measure length, distance, liquid volume, time, mass, and weight.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will focus on the conservation of matter and the process of energy as it transforms into electricity and heat. Students will learn about life in the new state of Ohio during Social Studies. Students will examine how Ohio became an important part of the economy of the United States.

Social/Emotional Learning: In SEL, students will practice The Three P’s:
Paying good attention, providing gentle encouragement, and paraphrasing and reflecting back what we hear.

5th Grade

English/Language Arts: 5th grade readers will examine informational texts closely. Students will compare and contrast multiple texts and their structures. These structures will also help us to analyze the multiple perspectives surrounding one topic. Authors bring perspectives to their writing and can get a sense for how they feel regarding their chosen ideas. By 5th grade, students use visual elements from sources other than print to develop their understanding of information. Students attempt to use online resources to determine perspectives and understand structures.

Writers in 5th grade analyze multiple pieces of literature and develop connections between them. By doing this, students can grow their abilities to think analytically about authors’ crafts and themes across books. Students will go through the writing process to ensure they are accountable for the best writing they can do. This includes planning, drafting, revising and editing, all in one sitting which improves our efficiency and critical thinking skills. Also, we will connect our understanding of online resources to help us in facilitating our thinking when writing about literature.

Math: In 5th grade, students will be working within Unit 4. Students will work to use a variety of strategies for multiplying and dividing multi-digit whole numbers. Students will practice using the standard algorithm to multiply multi-digit whole numbers, and begin multiplying and dividing with decimal numbers.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will learn about ecosystems such as life cycles, the food chain/food web/food pyramid. Students work to solve problems and make connections with their scientific thinking. In Social Studies, students will continue to study the South American culture which includes geography, economics, and infrastructure.

Social/Emotional Learning: In the month of January, students will be learning more about problem solving. Conflict is a natural part of life, and we encounter it every day. This month, students will learn the art of negotiating, mediating, and arbitration, as a means of resolving conflict.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will learn about technology. They will consider concepts relating to how technology has benefited people and consider criticisms about how it has changed our relationships to one another. Students will read a variety of texts and listen to and view media as they discuss the Essential Question for the unit: How is modern technology helpful and harmful to society?

Math: Students will be working on the skill of multiplying and dividing with fractions, decimals and percents. They will be applying these skills to real world scenarios such as construction, cooking and sale price.

Social Studies: Students will have the opportunity to see a world beyond the borders of our town, state, and country–and particularly to see the world as it was before our time. Students will continue studying Ancient Civilizations. Students have been using a variety of primary source documents through their learning process and will continue to do so. Research on the internet, creating presentations, online scavenger hunts and writing essays using this information is an important part of our social studies curriculum.

Science: Sixth grade scientists will be finishing up our Earth science unit and moving to Life Science. In Life science, they will be learning about different types of cells. We will be studying unicellular, multicellular, prokaryotic, eukaryotic, animal and plant cells.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: The month of January’s Essential Question will be: Should we make a home in space? The Process writing for the third nine weeks is an Argument Essay. The On Demand writing will also be an Argument Essay. The essays will be a great determinant to show how well they will do on the state exam. Topics we will cover in January are: TAPE strategy, claim, and author’s point of view.

Math: Students have started chapter 4. The concepts that will be covered in Chapter 4 are as followed: 1- How shapes are related, 2- Use patterns to determine missing lengths and area, 3- Make scale drawings, 4- Use tables, graphs, equations and real life situations to determine proportional relationships, and 5- Simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions.

Social Studies: Students will first finish up with the Middle Ages. These things include the social structure of the Feudal System, the struggle between kings and Popes, the influence of the Church, and the plague in Europe. They will then start the Islamic Civilization in which the main idea will be the influence of Islam both in the Middle East and throughout the rest of the world.

Science: Students are moving forward with our study of energy flow and transfer. In addition, students will examine energy transfer and the conservation of energy neither being created nor destroyed during processes. Students will conclude with the ways in which heat energy is transferred through conduction, convection, and radiation.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students are starting fresh in January with argument! Students will be reading texts that make an argument and analyzing whether they make a good argument or not. They will write an argument essay on this topic in the month of January as well.

Math: Students will continue with Chapter 4 and making connections with tables, graphs, and equations in the form of y = mx + b. Our studies will lead us to working with systems of equations in Chapter 5. We will again be using y = mx + b to extract useful information about solutions and the graph of the equation. Students will be practicing writing equations from word problems and we will be using algebra tiles and equation mats so that students will get a hands-on experience for representing equations and seeing how solutions are made. As they progress through the chapter students will be able to graph two equations at the same time to find one solution that works for both equations.

Social Studies: Students will be examining two core documents in January, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. We will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and examine how those weaknesses helped to develop the Constitution we have today.

Science: For the month of January in Science Class, students will begin learning about Earth’s topical features like mountains, valleys, and rivers. They will learn about geologist’s tools for studying the Earth’s topography and geological history. This month will end with an introduction into Earth’s rich geological history, with a look at the fossil record.