Update: March 2020


English/Language Arts:

  • Characters in a story can be different or alike
  • Notice what the characters say and what they do
  • Think about why a character says or does something
  • The pictures and the words show where a story happens
  • The illustrator shows information in the pictures that the author does not tell well in the words
  • The illustrator shows sound, movement, details in background, and draws the character to look the same in a book.
  • Write about an opinion, informational, or narrative piece
  • Delete beginning sound of a word
  • Form letters with writing tools
  • Recognize letters as consonants and vowels
  • Recognize beginning consonant sounds and the letters that represent them

1st Grade

English/Language Arts:

  • Writers use rhyming words, sound words, or nonsense words to make stories interesting
  • Writers play with the way words.
  • Writers use speech and thought bubbles to show what characters are saying or thinking
  • Authors write books to make it fun to read.
  • Authors write books to give information, get you to think or to do something
  • The author gives a message in a story or in a nonfiction book
  • Write an opinion that introduces a topic, expresses an opinion, supplies a reason, an provides a sense of closure
  • Change the ending sounds to make and solve new words
  • Every syllable has a vowel sound.
  • Recognize and use consonant digraphs at the beginning/end of a word
  • Use letter sound relationships to help spell an unknown word

Grade 2

English/Language Arts:

  • A biography is a story of a person’s life written by someone else.
  • Authors of biographies usually tell about a person’s life in order that it happened
  • Think about why the writer wrote a book about a person
  • Nonfiction authors write facts about a topic
  • Sometimes nonfiction authors divide a topic into smaller parts
  • Nonfiction authors care about their topics
  • Think about why the topic of a book is important
  • You can learn about the same topic in different books
  • Write an opinion piece that introduces a topic, expresses an opinion, supplies reasons using linking words, and provide a concluding statement
  • Recognize and use consonant letters that represent two or more different sounds at the beginning of a word
  • Recognize and use letter combinations that represent long vowel sounds
  • Recognize and use letter combinations that represent unique vowel sounds

3rd Grade

English/Language Arts:  In March, third grade students will recognize and use homographs, words with multiple meanings, and consonant letters that represent no sound. Students will learn that authors write books to interest you, entertain you, to give information, and to get you to think about or do something. Students will work to be able to tell the characters, setting, problem, important events, and solutions about a fictional story. Students will also learn to pick out the most important information in a biography and/or informational text. In Writing, third grade students will write an opinion and/or expository nonfiction piece.

Math: Third grade students will describe and classify two-dimensional shapes, especially quadrilaterals; calculate area and perimeter, and represent fractions as parts of a whole shape.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will continue their study in states of matter (solids, liquids, and masses), and how they change. Different types of energy will also be introduced during the month of March. Third graders will be integrating Social Studies with Writing in the month of March as they prepare for the African American Wax Museum. Students will continue their research by reading different biographies and informational texts. Students will create a research report based off of the famous African American they picked.

SEL: Students will continue to study how to problem-solve effectively. Topics included in this study include reviewing types of conflicts, win-win solutions, creative conflict solving, and creating a Peace Pledge.

4th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students in 4th grade will explore historical fiction, expository nonfiction, revisit traditional literature in depth and their big ideas. Students will work to understand the elements that make up each genre. In Writing, students will write about reading in relation to historical fiction and on-demand text. Students will work through the writing process to decode and answer the prompts.

Math: Fourth grade students will measure angles and determine angle measurements based upon given information. Students will sort and classify shapes based upon the number and kinds of sides and angles they have; and calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will explore the forms of energy. Students will understand the different types of energy and the ability of energy to be transformed from one form to another. Students will continue to focus on Ohio history and the dynamics of our state in Social Studies.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students will continue to celebrate diversity and learn strategies to counter prejudice in social-emotional learning. Activities could include a culture web, skits, quick thinking activities as well as writing and sharing with a partner.

5th Grade

English/Language Arts: Fifth grade students will read informational texts again and understand how authors develop their information around a topic. Students will access more than one source when learning about a
new topic. Fifth grade writers will utilize at least two sources of information to write a prompt using evidence to support their thinking. Students will refine their abilities to construct a written response in one sitting.

Math: In March, fifth grade students will calculate the volume of a rectangular prism using a formula and other strategies. Students will graph points in the coordinate plane, sort and classify triangles, quadrilaterals, and other two-dimensional shapes, and multiply a mixed number by a whole number and by another mixed number.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, students will explore light and sound as forms of energy. Students will learn that these forms behave in predictable ways. In Social Studies, students will enter a geography strand: The Western Hemisphere. Students will learn that this area is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian, and African influences and interactions; as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion, and food.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students will study Making a Difference. Students will look at what is fair and what is not, and what they can do about it. The emphasis will be on making a difference, and related leadership skills. Activities could include brainstorming, small groups, an introduction to mediation, and conflict resolution activities.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will be composing their first argumentative essay and apply everything they have learned about persuasive techniques from this past nine weeks. The essay will center around their essential question: Is modern technology harmful or helpful to society? They will determine a claim and cite textual evidence and logical reasoning to support it.

Math: Students will revisit the topic of Rates. They will learn how to calculate rates and discover how changing one event will cause a change in the other. There will be plenty of real world applications throughout this unit, as we investigate speed vs time or time vs. money earned.

Social Studies: Students be taking an in depth look at Ancient Egypt. They will be exploring the development along the Nile River and the rich farmland that provided plenty of food for the Egyptians. Students will also be exploring the trading highway of the Nile.

Science: Students are finishing up their cell unit. They are learning about cell organization and reproduction. Students have really been enjoying learning about cells. After this unit, we will be done with our life science, and moving into our physical science unit.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: The students are concluding their unit in Persuasive Writing and they will be entering their final unit in Narrative writing. Lessons the students will participate in are: theme, point of view and dialogue just to name a few. The essential question in the unit will be: How do we overcome obstacles?” which fits perfectly in our SEL program.

Math: Students will use algebra tiles to compare two expressions on Expression Comparison Mats. They will also discover the legal moves that allow you to simplify expressions. Finally, students will determine which expression is greater or if they are equal and they will also learn how to record solutions to inequalities using number lines with boundary points.

Social Studies: Students are looking at the explorers from Europe who landed in Africa and the America’s and the effect that had on all places and people. Including the exchange of new foods and animals. The sickness and destruction of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans.

Science: Studying currents and climate patterns as they pertain to weather. In addition, students will apply the common units of measurement when collecting data. Several scientific careers such as meteorologists, climatologists, and hydrologists will be examined and how society relies on the information these careers provide.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students are finishing up our work on argument and moving into our narrative unit. Students will be reading the story “Flowers for Algernon.” They will also be taking their Ohio state tests at the end of the month.

Math: Students will be working with data and graphs. They will start off with circle graphs and comparing two sets of data. Next students will move into scatter plots and finding a line of best fit, so we will be revisiting some ideas about slope and y = mx + b. They will also be interpreting data in tables and graphs and using slope as a rate to make comparisons and predictions on a graph.

Social Studies: Students will be focusing on the actions of early U.S. presidential administrations established a strong federal government,

Science: Students will be learning about Evolutionary History. Per the Ohio State Standards for 8th grade Science, our students must learn about Darwinian Evolutionary Theory and the Origin of Species. There are other theories out there, this aligns with the state curriculum, and therefore your student will be exposed to these ideas.