Teaching students’ skills to enable them to know what to say, how to make good choices, and how to behave in diverse situations. The extent to which students possess good social skills can influence their academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Social skills are also linked to the quality of the school environment and school safety.
In this class, students will explore the nature of science and how to solve problems, as well as investigate living and nonliving things. Students will learn how to study the surrounding world by observing, collaborating, and sharing with others. Using illustrations and labels, student will identify the steps used to solve problems and use these steps to plan, design, and test a solution to a problem. Finally, students will examine, describe, compare, and analyze the characteristics of living and nonliving things in order to complete portfolio assessments.
In this class, students will learn, practice, and apply the fundamental skills and strategies that will provide the foundation to grow into a strong, fluent reader, writer, and communicator. Reading, writing, and language instruction are presented in close alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Early in the semester students review the names of the letters of the alphabet. Daily instruction in phonics and spelling as well as high frequency words serves as a building block that enables the student to emerge as a reader. Core reading instruction gives the student the opportunity to listen to, read together, and read independently texts in a variety of literary and nonfiction genres. The focus of core reading instruction is to develop the ability to comprehend and analyze texts.
This unit will introduce students to movement patterns such as throwing, kicking, and catching that are commonly used during physical activities. Students will also be able to identify directional patterns such as under, over, behind, next to, though, right, left, up, down, forward, backward, and in front of. These patterns are also used in sports and physical activities. Students will understand the roles and importance of stretching and balancing. At the end of the unit, they will understand how fundamental movement patterns help accomplish physical activities.
In this first semester class, mathematical thinking and problem solving are introduced. Students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. The first few units focus on counting and sorting. Then, lessons introduce addition and subtraction.
Lessons focus on mastery of concepts, teaching just one new concept at a time. This respects the amount of information your child’s mind can assimilate at one time. This approach also allows parents to adjust the pace of instruction so students’ progress according to ability rather than age or grade level.
Everything in the world is made up of five basic elements of shape: circle, dot, angle line, curved line, and straight line. In this class, students will learn to recognize these elements of shape in their environment and in presented artworks. They will apply these elements to create original artworks using a variety of media, including crayons, finger paints, and watercolors; they will also use techniques that include cutting and pasting, finger painting, and drawing.
Students will learn role and character, relationships, situation, voice. movement, focus,tension,space, time,language, symbol, audience, mood and atmosphere.
Learning about the growing process is a basis for science inquiry and data collection. Not only will students learn about the seed to plant process, they will learn about the unexpected, as seeds don’t always sprout the way that they’re supposed to. This concept also relates to their health.