Reading: This year, your child's reading instruction will take place on an individual basis, in small groups for Guided Reading, and as a whole group. Each child will be assessed in the first few weeks of school to determine a reading level. Your child will then move through the levels at his/her own pace. As the year progresses, we teach reading strategies that help the students become better readers. Strategies include: Previewing, Predicting, Monitoring Comprehension, Making Connections, Visualizing, Summarizing, Asking Questions and Making Inferences. We also focus on the reading of nonfiction texts to learn new information.
September: Learning to become a reader.
October: Word Solving Skills
February: Reading Strategies
March/April: Fall in love with reading/Genre Unit
Thinking deeply about texts
June: Reflection and celebration of becoming a reader.
Fundations: This is the district's Language Arts program. Fundations is a systematic and explicit phonics approach to reading and spelling. Please review weekly sight word lists with your child.
September: Review of letter sounds and letter formation. Tapping to read and spell CVC words.
October: Digraphs (wh, th, sh, ch, ck) Bonus Letter( ll, ss, ff)
November: Glued Sounds (am, an, all) (ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk)
December/ Mid January: S Blends (sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw) L Blends (pl, gl, sl, bl, cl, fl) R Blends (fr, gr, pr, tr)
Mid January/Mid February: Silent- e
Mid February/Mid March : Vowel Teams (ai, ay, ea, ee, igh, oa, ow)
Mid March: Contractions (not, will, have)
April: Vowel Digraphs (au, aw, ou, ow, oy, oi, ew, oo)
May: 2 syllable words & compound words
June: Suffix (s, es, ed, ing) Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)
Writing: We will be writing daily in class. Your child will write a response based on sentence starters and topics of interest provided by teachers. We encourage the students to use "kid-spelling" to express themselves when writing. The following topics we focus on in class are as follows:
September/October: Learning to become an author and applying learned skills to daily writing.
November/December : Narrative Writing
January/Mid-February: Informational Writing
Mid-February/Mid-March: Response to Literature
Mid-March/April: Opinion Writing
June: Reflection and Celebration on becoming an author
Our Math program is called "Math in Focus" and it meets the Common Core standards. Math in Focus has been a successful program and it has been used throughout the United States along with other countries. Below is the math curriculum chapter outline the students will be engaged in throughout the school year.
Numbers to 10
Addition Facts to 10
Subtraction Facts to 10
Shapes and Patterns
Ordinal Numbers and Position
Numbers to 20
Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20
Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs
Numbers to 40
Addition and Subtraction Facts to 40
Mental Math Strategies
Calendar and Time
Numbers to 120
Addition and Subtraction to 100
Getting Ready for Multiplication and Division
Social Studies: There are four topics we explore in this subject area. Topics include:
Rules and Laws
- citizenship, rights and responsibilities, and symbols
- my family and families of long ago
- places in the community, maps, school community
- needs and wants
- working to make money
Science: There are four topics we explore using the Science 21 program. Topics include:
- What is a Scientist?
Properties/Attributes of Objects
- Size, Shape, Texture, Color, Weight
States of Matter
- Solid, Liquid, Gas
Living and Non-Living Things
- Using Properties/Attributes to classify living and non-living things.