Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Through the use of the workshop model in literacy and mathematics we provide a comprehensive systematic approach to reading, writing and mathematics.

Balanced Literacy provides all students with meaningful literacy activities that engages them in reading, and writing experiences; thus promoting the four skills in their development of literacy in a systematic and strategic manner. Children receive:

Ø 90 minutes of reading and writing each day in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Ø Systematic phonics, including repetitive text.

Ø Daily writing assignments

The Investigations Math (TERC) program develops critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. It teaches our students about the broad ideas associated with math, including problem solving, communicating mathematically, reasoning, and number sense.

We want all students to realize that math is more than adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We want children to be able to connect math to their everyday lives. TERC enables us to accomplish this goal.

Our Science, Social Studies, Technology, Physical Education, Art, Music and Dance programs are based on the New York State Standards. Teachers follow the scope and sequence for each grade.

All teachers use the workshop model, thematic planning and project based instruction to enhance students’ understanding.

Kindergarten Curriculum Map 2012-2013

 

 

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope & Sequence

Unit 1

 

September

We Are Readers Exploring the Exciting World of Books

Launching the Writing Workshop

Unit 1:

School and School Community

 

Essential Question:

What is a school and what does it mean to be a good citizen of a school community?

Unit 1 :(previously unit 2)

Trees Through the Seasons

 

What are some changes we see

in trees during the year?

Unit 2

 

October/ November

 

Readers Read, Think, and Talk About Emergent Storybooks and Familiar Shared Texts

Looking Closely: Observing, Labeling, and Listening Like

Unit 3

 

November/ December

Readers Use Super Powers to Read Everything in the Classroom and Beyond

(Use only Non-fiction- give opportunities to sketch and write)

Writing True Stories

Unit 2:

Self and Others

 

Essential Question:

How are people unique?

Unit 2: (previously unit 1)

Exploring Properties

 

How do we observe and describe objects?

Unit 4

 

January/ February

We Can Be Reading Teachers: Teach Yourself and Your Partner to Use All You Know to Read

Procedural Writing: How-To Books

Unit 3:

Families

 

Essential Question:

Why are families important?

Unit 5

 

February/ March

Learning About Ourselves and Our World: Reading for Information

Informational Books

Unit 6

 

April/ May

Readers are Brave and Resourceful When We Encounter Hard Words and Tricky Parts in Our Books

Persuasive Writing

Unit 4:

The Neighborhood

 

Essential Question:

How do neighborhoods meet our needs?

Unit 3 :(same)

Animals

 

What are animals?

Unit 7

 

May/ June

Readers Get to Know Characters by Pretending and by Performing Our Books

Informational Books in Science

 

1st Grade Curriculum Map 2012-2013

        

 

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope & Sequence

Unit 1

 

September

Readers Build Good Habits

Launching With Small Moments

Unit 1:

Families are Important

 

Essential Question:

Why are families important and how do they influence who we are?

Unit 1:

(previously unit 3)

Animal Diversity

 

How are animals alike and different?

 

Unit 2

 

October/ November

Tackling Trouble: When Readers Come to Hard Words and Tricky Parts of Books, We Try Harder and Harder

Authors As Mentors: Craftmanship and Revision

Unit 3

 

November/ December

Nonfiction Readers Learn About the World

Persuasive Writing: Opinions, Reviews and Stories

Unit 2:

Families Now, and Long Ago

 

Essential Question:

How do families grow and change over time?

Unit 2:

(previously unit 1)

Properties of Matter

 

What are some properties of solids, liquids, and gases?

Unit 4

 

January/ February

Readers Meet the Characters in Our Books

Informational Books

Unit 3:

Families in Communities

 

Essential Question:

What is a community?

Unit 5

 

February/ March

We Can Be Our Own Teachers When We Work Hard to Figure Out Words and Parts of Texts in Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages

Unit 6

 

April/ May

Reading Across Genres to Learn About a Topic: Informational Books, Stories, and Poems

Informational Writing About Science

Unit 4:

The Community

 

Essential Question:

How do communities provide for families?

Unit 3:

(previously unit 2)

Weather and Seasons

 

What are some of the changes we notice

between seasons?

Unit 7

 

May/ June

Dramatizing Characters and Deepening Our Comprehension in Reading Clubs

Realistic Fiction

 

 

 

 

2nd Grade Curriculum Map 2012-2013

 

 

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope & Sequence

Unit 1

 

September

Taking Charge of Reading

Writing Stories Under Mentor Authors

Unit 1:

Our Community’s Geography

 

Essential Question:

How does geography influence where people choose to live and why?

Unit 1:

(previously unit 2)

Earth Materials

 

What materials make up the Earth?

Unit 2

 

October/ November

Characters Face New Bigger Challenges- and So Do Readers

Writing and Revising Realistic Fiction

Unit 2:

New York City Over Time

 

Essential Question:

How and why did New York City change over

time?

Unit 3

 

November/ December

Reading Nonfiction, Reading the World

Informational Writing

Unit 2:

(previously unit 1)

Forces and Motion

 

What causes objects to move?

 

Unit 4

 

January/ February

Series Reading and Cross-Genre Reading Clubs

Writing About Reading

Unit 3:

Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities

 

Essential Question:

Why and how do communities develop

differently?

Unit 5

 

February/ March

Nonfiction Reading Clubs

Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages

Unit 6

 

April/ May

Reading and Role Playing: Fiction, Folktales, and Fairy Tales

Writing Adaptations of Familiar Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, and Perhaps Writing Original Fantasy Stories as Well

Unit 4:

Rights, Rules and Responsibilities

 

Essential Question:

What is the relationship between local government and the community?

Unit 3:

(same)

Plant Diversity

 

How are plants alike and different?

Unit 7

 

May/ June

Readers Can Read About Science Topics to Become Experts

Informational Writing About Science

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Grade Curriculum Map 2012-2013

 

 

Reading

 

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope & Sequence

Unit 1

 

September

Building a Reading Life

Unit 1

 

Sept./ Oct.

Launching the Writing Workshop with Personal Narratives

Unit 1:

Introduction to World Geography and World Communities

 

Essential Question: What

are the important features

of communities throughout

the world?

Unit 1:

Matter

 

What are some of the

properties of matter?

Unit 2

 

October

Following Characters into Meaning: Envision, Predict, Synthesize, and Infer

Unit 2

 

Oct./ Nov.

Realistic Fiction

Unit 3

 

November

Series Book Clubs

Unit 3

 

Dec.

Informational Writing

Unit 2:

Case Studies of Community in: Africa, Asia, South America, The Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, or Australia

(Teacher should select 3-6 world communities to study that reflect diverse regions of the world.)

 

Essential Question: How do culture, history, geography, people, and government shape the development

of a community?

Unit 2:

Energy

 

What are some ways that

energy can be changed from

one form to another?

Unit 4

 

December

Nonfiction Reading: Expository Texts

Unit 4

 

Jan.

Persuasive Reviews

Unit 5

 

January

Mystery Book Clubs

Unit 5

Feb./ March

Poetry

Unit 3:

Simple Machines

 

How do simple machines help

us move objects?

Unit 6

 

February/ March

Biography Book Clubs

Unit 6

 

March/ April

Test Preparation

Unit 7

 

March/ April

Test Preparation

 

Unit 7

 

April/ May

 

Writing to Make a Real World Difference

Unit 8

 

April/ May

Social Issues Book Clubs

Unit 8

 

May/ June

Informational Writing: Reading, Research, and Writing in the Content Areas

Unit 4:

Plant and Animal

Adaptations

 

How are plants and

animals well-suited to live in their environments?

Unit 9

 

May/ June

Informational Reading: Reading, Research and Writing in the Content Areas

 

 

 

4th Grade Curriculum Map 2012-2013

        

 

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope and Sequence

September

Unit 1: Building a Reading Life

Unit 1: Raising the Level of Personal Narrative Writing

Unit 1: (Sept.-Mid Oct.)

Native Americans: First Inhabitants of New York State

Essential Question: How did Native Americans influence the development of New York?

Unit 1:

Animals and Plants in Their Environment

 

What role do plants and animals play in their environment?

October/ November

Unit 2: Following Characters into Meaning: Envision, Predict, Synthesize, Infer, and Interpret

Unit 2: Realistic Fiction

Unit 2: (Mid Oct.-Nov.)

Three Worlds Meet (European Exploration)

 

Essential Question: How did three diverse cultures interact and affect each other?

November/ December

Unit 3: Non-fiction Reading: Using text Structures to Comprehend Expository, Narrative, and Hybrid Nonfiction

Unit 3: Research-Based Argument Essay or Informational Writing

Unit 3: (Dec.-Jan.)

Colonial and Revolutionary Periods

 

Essential Question: How did the American Revolution affect lives in New York?

Unit 2:

Electricity and Magnetism

 

What are the properties of electricity and magnetism?

January

Unit 4: Non-fiction Research Projects: Teaching students to Navigate Complex Informational Text Sets with Critical Analytical Lenses

Unit 4: The Personal and Persuasive Essay: “Boxes and Bullets” and Argument Structures for Essay Writing

End of January/ February

Unit 5:Historical Fiction Book Clubs and Informational Reading: Tackling Complex Texts

Unit 5: Historical Fiction? Mixed Genre Writing

Unit 4: (Feb.-Mid March)

The New Nation

 

Essential Question: What does it mean to be free?

Unit 3:

Properties of Water

 

What makes water so special?

March/April

Unit 6:  Test Preparation

Unit 6: Literary Essay/ Test Preparation in Writing

Unit 5: (Mid March-April)

Growth and Expansion

 

Essential Question: What was the effect of industrial growth and increased immigration on New York?

April/May

Unit 7: Informational Reading: Reading and Research in the Content Areas

Unit 7: Research-Based Informational Writing

Unit 4:

Interactions of Air, Water, and Land

 

How do natural events affect our world?

May/June

Unit 8: Social Issues Book Clubs: Applying Analytical Lenses Across Literature and Informational Texts

Unit 8: Mixed Genre Text Sets About Social Issues

Unit 6: (May-June)

Local and State Government

 

Essential Question: What is the relationship between governments and individuals?

 

5th Grade Curriculum Map 2012-2013

 

 

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

Scope & Sequence

Science

Scope & Sequence

September

Unit 1:

Agency and Independence: Launching Reading with Experienced Readers

Unit 1:

Raising the Level of Personal Narrative Memoir

Unit 1: (Sept.-Oct.)

Geography and Early Peoples of the Western Hemisphere

 

Essential Question:

How did geography influence the development of the Western Hemisphere?

Unit 1:

The Nature of Science

 

How do scientists gather and share information?

October/ November

Unit 2:

Following Characters into Meaning: Synthesize, Infer, and Predict

Unit 2:

The Interpretive Essay: Exploring and Defending Big Ideas about Life and Texts

Unit 2: (Nov.)

The United States

 

Essential Question:

How do geography, economics, people, and key events connect to shape a nation?

November/ December

Unit 3:

Nonfiction Reading: Using Text Structures to Comprehend Expository, Narrative, and Hybrid Nonfiction

Unit 3:

Research-Based Argument Essay

Unit 3: (Dec.-Mid Feb.)

Latin America

 

Essential Question: How do geography, economics, people, and key events connect to shape a region?

Unit 2:

Earth Science

 

What are the processes that help shape the land?

January

Unit 4:

Nonfiction Research Projects: Teaching Students to Navigate Complex Informational Text Sets with Critical Analyical Lenses

Unit 4:

Informational Writing

End of January/ February

Unit 5:

Interpretation Text Sets

Unit 5:

Literary and Comparative Essay

Unit 4: (Feb.-April)

Canada

 

Essential Question: How do geography, economics, people, and key events connect to shape a nation?

Unit 3:

Food and Nutrition

 

How does nutrition and exercise affect our health?

Mar./Apr.

Unit 6:

Test Preparation

Unit 6:

Test Preparation

Unit 5: (May-June)

Western Hemisphere Today

 

Essential Question: How do nations meet the challenges of modern living?

April/May

Unit 7:

Historical Fiction Book Clubs and Informational Reading: Tracking Complex Texts

Unit 7:

Historical Fiction

Unit 4:

Exploring Ecosystems

 

How are plants and animals in an ecosystem connected?

May/ June

Unit 8:

Fantasy Book Clubs

Unit 8:

Fantasy Book Clubs