Curriculum

READING CURRICULUM

*HOUGHTON MIFFLIN READING
*FOUNTAS & PINNELL
 READING instruction is a routine part of the day.  Each day your child receives explicit  teaching that improves their "processing power." Below is a list of some of those explicit  skills:
  • Predicting
  • Asking self questions and trying to find the answer as they read
  • Figuring out new words
  • Asking oneself if what they are reading make sense
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying story elements (beginning, middle, end, or problem/solution)
  • Identifying major themes and issues
  • Identifying a selection or character's point of view
  • Using evidence from a story to identify character traits.
  • Relating characters, places, or events to prior knowledge or personal experiences
  • Identifying similes, metaphors, symbolism, flashbacks, elements of mood, and suspense
  • Supporting own interpretations and opinions with references to text and/or own experience
  • Participating in discussions about the selections

WRITING CURRICULUM

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN READING

LUCY CALKINS WRITING WORKSHOP

6+1 TRAIT WRITING

FOUNTAS & PINNELL

In WRITING WORKSHOP students learn what it means to be a writer -- how a writer thinks, plans, composes revises, and shares their work.  At the same time we keep our goal in focus -- enjoy and create.  Below is a list of skills we teach in writing workshop:
  • Choosing a topic
  • Using vivid language
  • Elaborating with details
  • Using a logical organization
  • Completing a draft
  • Initiating revision
  • Sharing writing in peer conferences
  • Using proofreading marks
  • Writing complete sentences
  • Using correct end punctuation
  • Using appropriate capitalization
  • Using correct verb tense
  • Making subject and verbs agree
  • Varying sentence structure
  • Using paragraphing correctly
  • Spelling most words correctly
  • Attempting to spell difficult words
  • Using resources to check spelling

MATH CURRICULUM

MATH instruction is a routine part of the day.  The EVERYDAY MATHEMATICS program offers a balanced instruction that teaches real life problem solving and gives multiple methods for basic skills practice. Here is a list of skills your child will learn in 3rd grade:
  • Adding and Subtracting Numbers
  • Linear measurements
  • Area
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Place Value in Whole Numbers
  • Place Value in Decimals
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Measurements for volume
  • Mean, Median, Mode
  • Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Time
  • Money