Trophies Reading Program: Harcourt School Publishers
Phonics; Modern Curriculum Press, Spelling; Harcourt School Publisher
Students understand the basic features of reading. They become familiar with letter patterns and know how to translate them into the spoken language by using phonics, syllabication and word parts. Students draw conclusion from their readings by responding to essential question, making predictions and comparing information from several forms of reading.
Language; Harcourt School Publishers Handwriting; Zaner-Bloser
Students write and speak with a command of the standard English language appropriate to their grade level. They learn to write and speak in complete coherent sentences. They identify singular and plural nouns. They identify and correctly use contractions in writing and speaking. Students listen critically and respond appropriately by using proper phrasing, descriptive words, pitch and modulation.
Mathematics-California Edition, McGraw Hill Publishers ; enVision2.0; Savvas Learning Company
Students begin to understand and use the concept of ones and tens in the place value number system. They measure with units and describe data and analyze and solve simple word problems. Students identify common geometric figures, classify them by common attributes and describe their relative position in space. Finally, students solve mathematical problems and justify their reasoning to explain and check the validity of the results.
My World – Adventures in Time and Place McGraw Hill Publishers; Social Studies Alive! My School and Family; TCI
Students continue to understand the broad concepts of rights and responsibilities. They explore the varied background of American citizens and learn about symbols, icons and songs that reflect our common heritage. Students understand basic economic concepts and the role of individual choices in a free market economy. They locate on maps and globes their local community, California, the United States, the seven continents and the four oceans.
Science, Macmillan/McGraw Hill Publishers
Students compare and understand the properties of solids, liquids and gases. They comprehend that plants and and animals inhabit different environments and have features that assist them in thriving in different kids of places. Weather is observed, measured and described through the use of common tools. (thermometer, wind vanes, etc.) The Scientific Method is used to understand scientific investigations. They are able to describe discrepancies between two objects or phenomenon.
STEAM principles promote critical thinking, asking questions, observation and exploration through hands-on, real world problem solving activities.
- Science – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, incorporating science, technology, and engineering utilizing lab experiments, planting, gardening, and learning about the world around them.
- Technology – Focus on project based experiences incorporating technology with engineering and science and utilizing typing programs. Classroom iPads and AppleTV/projectors used to enhance curriculum and reinforce skills.
- Engineering – Practical, hands-on design and construction with a variety of materials, such as, but not limited to, Legos, Magna Tiles, Blocks, K’Nex, Connectors, and Lincoln Logs.
- Arts – The visual arts curriculum challenges and encourages students to actively participate in the arts. Students do an Artist of the Month study and develop an appreciation for artistic representation that they create, in addition to the pieces their classmates create. Specific instruction occurs in color, texture, design, and spatial relations. Our music curriculum develops a general knowledge of music vocabulary, movement, beat, interpretation, and rhythm which allows students to develop sensitivity to musical experiences. This is accompanied by a Composer of the Month study where students are introduced to various types of music.
- Mathematics – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, using manipulatives, sorters, counters, and various other classroom materials to supplement the adopted grade level curriculum. Students have access to an individualized computer math program that assists them with strengthening core skills at their independence level.
Physical Education Curriculum
All Junior Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students at Primary Plus Elementary School are learning to move and moving to learn. This document outlines the skills and concepts presented throughout the year during our Physical Education classes.
The development of skills in First Grade is reflected in the year’s collection of: Progress Reports, Weekly Folders and Report Cards, provided to parents throughout the First Grade year.