Kindergarten - Science
Kindergarten students focus on developmentally appropriate science exploration through Questioning/Wondering, Observation, and Sketching Observations (with labels if possible) to start the year and experience a common field experience to launch their scientific work in the fall. While working within Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these beginning Science and Engineering Practices are where kindergarten scientists spend most of their time investigating topics of Weather and Climate (Earth and Space), Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and their Environment (Life Science), and Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls (Physical Science).STEMscopes by Accelerate LearningKindergarten students begin STEMscopes lessons (called scopes) after their fall science launch of Science and Engineering Practices in NGSS to focus learning within Physical Science, Life Science and Earth & Space Science. Classes have opportunities to go more deeply in science through authentic questions and interest shared by students in a bank of scopes available to all teachers and students. Learn more about STEMScopesPush, Pull, GO! by Building Blocks of Science, Carolina Biological InventoryThrough Inquiry and Engineering tasks, students consider and explore systems and work to build a developmentally appropriate understanding of how objects move. Learn more about Push, Pull, Go from Carolina BiologicalSunny Sandbox STEM Module by ETA hand2mind STEM in ActionKindergarteners problem solve to engineer a prototype lessening the effects of sunlight on sand so that friends can play comfortably in the sandbox. Concepts explored include light from the sun, heat of the sun, shadows, transference of heat, and comparing multiple solutions for a common problem. Learn more about hand2mind STEM In Action
Elementary Mathematics Curriculum
Origo Stepping StonesThe elementary school mathematics curriculum is called Origo Stepping Stones, A web-based core curriculum that has been designed to replicate the content and the intent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Teachers follow the scope and sequence of the program in order to build understanding from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. Stepping Stones emphasizes conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application of mathematical skills.
Elementary ELA Curriculum
Reach for Reading by Cengage Publishing
The elementary ELA curriculum is called Reach for Reading. The program contains 8 units centered around a "Big Question" related to that particular unit. The fiction and non-fiction texts that are included in each unit help build to answering that unit's "Big Question". Students engage in critical thinking when determininig how to best answer the "Big Question".
Kindergarten - Social Studies
Standards for K-5 reading in Social Studies are integrated into the K-5 Reading standards.