• Course Description and Syllabus


    In our class we use each child’s IEP as a basis for instruction.  We use multi-sensory reading and spelling materials. Additionally, the children in the class will be exposed to various units of study that are part of their grade level curriculums.


    Units of Study

     Math- 5th

    • Place Value of Whole Numbers/ Whole Number Operations/ Algebra
    • Adding & Subtracting Fractions
    • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
    • Place Value of Decimals & Decimal Operations
    • Geometry/ Measurement & Data
    • Graphing

     Math- 6th

    • Positive/ Negative Numbers & The Number Line
    • Multiplying & Dividing Fractions & Decimals
    • Ratio
    • Rates
    • Percents
    • Algebraic Expressions
    • Equations & Inequalities
    • Coordinate Plane
    • Area of Polygons
    • Surface Area and Volume of Solids
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Measures of Central Tendency


    • Unit 1: Investigating the Nature of Science and Technology +WCSD NYSSLS Mini-Unit: Structure and Properties of Matter
    • Unit 2: Investigating Energy (Electromagnetism, Potential/Kinetic)+WCSD NYSSLS Mini-Unit: Chemical Change & Endothermic Reaction
    • Unit 3: Investigating Earth in Space+WCSD NYSSLS Mini-Unit: Creating a Stronger Electromagnet
    • Unit 4: Investigating the Environment (Ecosystems, Human Interactions with the Environment)+WCSD NYSSLS Mini-Unit: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems/ Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems   


    • The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction
    • Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays
    • The Literary Essay: Writing About Fiction
    • Bringing History to Life
    • Historical Fiction Writing
    • Journalism


    • Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story
    • Reading the Weather, Reading the World
    • Interpretation Book Clubs
    • Reading History
    • Historical Fiction Clubs Nonfiction Book Clubs: Author Studies

    Social Studies

    • Unit 1: The Neolithic Revolution - Learning About Early Man - Neolithic and Paleolithic Periods
    • Unit 2: River Valley Civilizations - Mesopotamia, Indus, Egyptian+Engage NY Agriculture Inquiry
    • Unit 3: Classical Civilizations - China, Greece, Rome+Engage NY Olympics Inquiry+Engage NY China-Rome Inquiry
    • Unit 4: Comparative World Religions+Engage NY Religious Freedom Inquiry
    • Unit 5: The Mediterranean World - Fall of the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Muslim World+Engage NY Islamic Spain Inquiry
    • Unit 6: Interactions Across the Continent - Mongols - European and Asian Trade+Engage NY Black Death Inquiry