Curriculum Overview

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Our comprehensive curriculum is structured to expose our students to a wide spectrum of core academic subjects as well as Fine Arts, Foreign Language, and Physical Education. We involve our students in a variety of field trips and community service activities to further enrich their educational experience.
Pre K-1
 
Reading
Beginning reading skills are introduced with a focus on sounds and rhymes.
 
Spelling
Identify upper and lower case letters, understand and recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
 
Language Arts
Learn and understand the concept of how words come together to form sentences. Learn parts of a sentence. Identify opposites.
 
Math
Sort, compare, and contrast objects
Use calendar skills
Weather and seasons
Comprehend numbers and amounts
Count and recognize numbers 1-20
Discover and create patterns
Name and recognize shapes
Practice with money and counting coins
 
Science
Explore primary and secondary colors, identify the five senses, understand the concept of weather, introduce the characteristics of the four seasons, understand the differences between living and non-living things, introduction to the solar system.
 
Social Studies
Develop positive self concepts and awareness as well as multicultural awareness. Discuss history,special events and holidays. Understand and practice class and social rules. Introduce the concept of maps and globes.
 
Spanish
Identify basic vocabulary terms & basic commands
 
Computer Technology
Learn basic functions of the computer. Develop techniques for handling & controlling various input devices & become increasingly confident and independent users of age-appropriate software programs. Acquires familiarity with computer skills through play. Demonstrates knowledge of simple technology terms such as mouse, keyboard, printer and email
 
Art
Children will use a variety of art mateirals to express themselves including tempera paint, watercolors, colored pencils, oil pastels, art chalk and clay. We will also focus on the development of fine motor skills by creating torn paper collage and Australian dot paintings.
 
Physical Ed
Develop basic gross motor skills and an understanding of good sportsmanship through cooperative play.
Pre K2
Reading
Beginning reading skills are introduced with a focus on sounds and rhymes.
 
Spelling
Identify upper and lower case letters, understand and recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
 
Language Arts
Learn and understand the concept of how words come together to form sentences. Learn parts of a sentence. Identify opposites.
 
Math
Sort, compare, and contrast objects
Use calendar skills
Weather and seasons
Comprehend numbers and amounts
Count and recognize numbers 1-20
Discover and create patterns
Name and recognize shapes
Practice with money and counting coins
 
Science
Explore primary and secondary colors, identify the five senses, understand the concept of weather, introduce the characteristics of the four seasons, understand the differences between living and non-living things, introduction to the solar system.
 
Social Studies
Develop positive self concepts and awareness as well as multicultural awareness. Discuss history,special events and holidays. Understand and practice class and social rules. Introduce the concept of maps and globes.
 
Spanish
Identify basic vocabulary terms & basic commands
 
Computer Technology
Learn basic functions of the computer. Develop techniques for handling & controlling various input devices & become increasingly confident and independent users of age-appropriate software programs. Acquires familiarity with computer skills through play. Demonstrates knowledge of simple technology terms such as mouse, keyboard, printer and email
 
Art
Children will use a variety of art mateirals to express themselves including tempera paint, watercolors, colored pencils, oil pastels, art chalk and clay. We will also focus on the development of fine motor skills by creating torn paper collage and Australian dot paintings.
 
Physical Ed
Develop basic gross motor skills and an understanding of good sportsmanship through cooperative play.
Kindergarden
Reading
Develop comprehension skills in a literature rich environment,development of listening and phonics skills.
 
Spelling
Begin to use phonetic spelling, progressing to spelling with word families.
 
Language Arts
Complete writing assignments individually and in a group setting. Incorporate basic punctuation in all writing. Write daily in their personal journals.
 
Math
Identify more,fewer, and same number
Write numerals to 30
Recognize patterns
Count by 5’s and 10’s
Add and subtract to 10
Recognize basic coins
Recognize basic shapes
 
Science
Use basic science skillls to explore materials, objects and living things, sort. classify, and tell about information they have discovered. Topics include: weather, plalnts, magnets, shadows, and recycling.
 
Social Studies
Discuss specific historical figures and national holidays, understand the concept of past and present. Use posiltion words in geography, recognize a globe and map and their features. Understand needs and wants, and identify the traits of a good citizen.
 
Spanish
Identify vocabulary greetings & introduce cultural aspects including art,music & dance
 
Computer Technology
Understand and learn the concept that computers help people at school, play, and work. Identify the CPU, keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer, disk drive. Learn basic operations and procedures.
 
Art
Children will explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc. We will also learn about primary and secondary colors and experiment with mixing paint.
 
Physical Ed
Learn how to move using concepts of body and space awareness, effort, and relationships. Demonstrate competence in a variety of manipulative locomotor and non-locomortor skills. Learn the need for a personal fitness program. Learn the risk and safety factors associated with physical exercise.
1st Grade
Reading
Continue to develop reading and comprehension skills. Read independently and begin to distinguish betweeen genres.
 
Spelling
Learn and implement 14 different spelling rules. Weekly spelling tests administered including sight words.
 
Language Arts
Demonstrate the ability to write a sentence, using correct grammar, captilazation and punctuation. Learn to write creatively on a specific topic.
 
Math
Add and subtract numbers to 20
Interpret bar graphs and pictographs
Standard units of measurement
Introduce fractions
 
Science
Further exploration of the relationship between living and non-living things, describe seasons and weather, read a calendar, understand natural resources and their uses, introduce matter, energy, force, and motion. Identify properties of rocks and minerals, sound, and magnets.
 
Social Studies
Learn about commmunities, leaders, past versus present, inventions, needs and wants, rules and laws, and directional vocabulary. Understand events and people from history that have shaped our country today.
 
Spanish
Build the foundation of Spanish language to articulate & pronunciation. Discover cultural awareness through geography.
 
Computer Technology
Understand the concept of using 2 fingers on the keyboard. Demonstrate using the shift key with one hand and choosing letters with the opposite hand. Demonstrate use of thumb on space bar. Locate and operate the primary keys on the keyboard. Demonstrate knowledge of icons by opening Internet and software programs. Recognize letters on computer screen typed in WORD and type letters using spaces in WORD.
 
Art
Students will understand the definition of the term “Artist” and apply that concept to themselves as they develop works of art using a variety of media such as clay, pastels and paint. We will continue to explore the color wheel as we learn about using complementary colors to really make a picture pop and experiment with blending tertiary colors.
 
Physical Ed
Explore body and space awareness. Apply manipulative locomotor and non-locomotor skills. Understand the need for a personal fitness program. Understand the risk and safety factors associated with physical exercise. Begin learning skills for physical fitness testing.
2nd Grade
Reading
Strengthen phonetic skills, implement reading strategies for further comprehension, build vocabulary, and relate literature to real life experiences. Read in groups and independently.
 
Spelling
Learn consonant blends, vowel patterns, syllabication rules, and alphabetizing to the third letter. Weekly spelling tests.
 
Language Arts
Learn types of sentences, sentence structure, parts of speech, and capitalization, and punctuation. Learn to incorporate the concept of main idea and details in reading and writing assignments. Build cursive handwriting skills. Develop and maintain a writing portfolio. Learn to speak orally on a specific topic.
 
Math
Learn strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems up to three digits
Introduce multiplication facts – 0-5. Recognize place value to the thousands Utilize problem-solving strategies Tell time
Use different forms of measurement
Count money
 
Science
Study the water cycle, weather and climate, the solar system, simple machines, force of movement, cause and effect, Earth’s changes, fossils and extinction, and identify properties of matter and energy.
 
Social Studies
Learn cardinal directions, map reading skills, state and national symbols. Discuss and understand citizenship of our country, different community areas, consumers and producers, goods and services, trade and bartering, and spending and saving. Study key events and important people from our nation ‘s past.
 
Spanish
Identify Spanish vocabulary in visual and tactile areas. Discover new grammar aspects including singular, plural, masculine & feminine adjectives.
 
Computer Technology
Use and understand basic computer related terms. Identify basic computer hardware components and peripheral devices. Learn appropriate skills to print, save and format documents. Identify the functions and advantages of computer software. Show understanding of appropriate and acceptable online conduct. Create and save a new document. Open, view, format and print documents.
 
Art
Students will learn to recognize a variety of subjects found in famous artworks: landscapes, still life, portraits and narrative. We will create different examples of these using a variety of medium.
 
Physical Ed
Demonstrate the ability to move using concepts of body and space awareness. Learn to cooperate in whole group play using individual skills. Practice necessary skills needed for physical fitness testing.
3rd Grade
Reading
Read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction literature. Demonstrate comprehension of information from a variety of print resources. Focus on reading and writing skills through novel studies.
 
Spelling
Utilize knowledge of all vowel patterns. Utilize knowledge of homophones. Decode regular multisyllabic words. Weekly spelling tests.
 
Language Arts
Apply understanding of the parts of speech through various writing activities. Learn the skill of editing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in writing assignments. Continue development of cursive handwriting.
 
Math
Addition and subtractions through hundred thousands
Multiplication and division through 9 facts
Place value through the hundred thousands
Multiply a single digit number by a multi-digit number
Divide using remainders
Fractions
Understand and use customary units of measurement for length, liquid volume, and weight/ mass
 
Science
Introduction to the Scientific Method, Relationships of Plants and Animals, Earth’s Patterns, Cycles, and Changes, Force, Motion, and Energy, and Matter.
 
Social Studies
Study Greek and Roman Influence on Society, Famous Explorers, West African Empire of Mali, Economics, and Civics.
 
Spanish
Learn & discover new vocabulay to include number, counting, objects & shapes. Introduction to writing descriptive sentences. Introduce of infinitive verb.
 
Computer Technology
Build skills in Microsoft Office Products to include extensive knowledge in WORD, powerpoint and excel. Modify prepared databases to enter/edit additional information. Learn Copyright Laws and responsible use of resources and information technology.
 
Art
Students will learn to recognize at least three famous artists from history, their style and contribution to society. They will apply the concept of styles by creating individual pieces in a variety of media such as watercolor on board, acrylic paint on canvas and three-dimensional pieces including masks and clay sculpture.
 
Physical Ed
Demonstrate motor and non-motor movement as well as balance. Learn to accept challenges and resolve conflicts. Identify basic human anatomy necessary for physical fitness. Use dominant and non-dominant hand and foot to throw and kick. Strengthen endurance and flexibility. Learn to show sportsmanship in a variety of activities.
4th Grade
Reading
Apply word-analysis skills in reading , identify main idea and supporting details in a story, identify styles of poetry. Continue to strengthen and increase vocabulary and reading skills through novel studies.
 
Spelling
Apply spelling skills to writing assignments and everyday work, apply vocabulary skills in written and oral communication.
 
Language Arts
Using the rules of grammar, identify the subject, predicate, and parts of speech. Apply knowledge of parts of speech in creative writing.
 
Math
Multiplication by multi-digit numbers
Division by single digit numbers
Place value through millions
Fractions (name, write, label, addition and subtraction)
Geometry (lines, line segments, rays, perimeter, area, volume)
Problem solving strategies
 
Science
Study of Earth and solar system, water, weather, properties of matter, forms of energy, electricity and magnetism
 
Social Studies
Study the state of Virginia. Learn about the Land and Regions of Virginia, American Indians and Europeans, Colonial Virginia and the Founding of a New Nation. Study The Civil War and Reconstruction, and The Twentieth Century and Beyond.
 
Spanish
Engage in speaking, reading & writing consistently, combining three essential parts of the language. Discover use of interrogative questions & yes & no questions.
 
Computer Technology
Use databases and spreadsheets. Learn responsible and safe use of online resources. Locate information on the Internet. Explore e-mai and identify ways technology has changed. Utilize advanced functions to assess and process information in the Microsoft Office Suite.
 
Art
We will explore four different styles of art and be able to compare and contrast them. Observe and identify line, shape, color, value, space, texture and form and how these elements of design affect an art piece.
 
Physical Ed
Learn to accept challenges that may result in either success or failure. Use positive ways to resolve conflict and encourage others. Continue to strengthen endurance and flexibility. Understand that physical fitness is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. They will be able to perform activities with other children with a positive attitude. Demonstrate sportsmanship in all activities. Continue throwing and kicking using dominant and non-dominant hand and foot. Participate in relays, active games, parachute play games, races, and sports games.
5th Grade
Reading
Learn to identify various literary genres, elements of fiction, compare and contrast traits of characters in novels and short stories.
 
Spelling
Apply spelling generalizations and spelling strategies, include spelling and vocabulary into everyday written and oral communication.
 
Language Arts
Recognize, understand, explain, and utilize the rules of grammar. Learn to apply subject and verb agreement.
 
Math
Whole numbers – all operations
Decimals – place value to billions
Decimals – all operations to 1000ths
Decimals to fractions
Fractions – add/subt(dem. 12 or less)
Mixed numbers – add/subt(dem. 12 or less) Order of Operations
Evaluate expressions
Equations – solve( 1-step )
Geometry – perimeter, area, volume, angles, triangles
Central tendency – mean, median, mode, range
Statistics – bar graph, stem-leaf plot, line graph
Relations & functions
 
Science
Rocks and minerals, weather and climate, properties and structure of matter, forms of matter and energy, Newton’s Laws of motion, sound and light energy.
 
Social Studies
Study major individuals and their contributions to America. Examine the history of the United States from the settling of America through the Civil War period.G4
 
Spanish
Engage in communication in directed activities & dialogues. Introduction of new vocabulary using action verbs & personal pronouns.
 
Computer Technology
Understand and use search strategies and responsible and safe use of online resources. Raise awareness of Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines. Explore the need for protection against viruses and vandalism. Participate in curriculum-based telecommunication projects. Learn and develop keyboarding skills. Develop multimedia presentation citing sources. Develop a product using a database. Evaluateg resources and information for accuracy and usefulness. Select and use a variety of technology tools to further enhance technology strategies.I7
 
Art
Students will observe movement, pattern, balance, unity, contrast, emphasis and composition in their own work. Recognize the elements of art as used by master painters through discovery, contrast and comparison.
 
Physical Ed
Learn different ways to balance. Continue to use positive ways to resolve conflicts and encourage others in the classroom setting. Experiment with a variety of shapes and movement skills. Continue to strengthen endurance and flexibility. Demonstrate a need to maximize physical fitness capabilities through different activities. Display positive sportsmanship. Participate in a variety of activities that focus on whole group participation.
6th Grade
Reading
Read and explore the elements of short stories. Explore fantasy through fairy tales, fables, and Greek Mythology. Complete a variety of projects for assessment of comprehension.
 
Spelling
Explore new vocabulary words through reading short stories, novels, mythology, and poems. Emphasize components of words such as definition, part of speech, and usage. Use context clues to identify the meanings of new words.
 
Language Arts
Focus on using adverbs and adjectives to enhance the structure of a sentence. Utilize correct grammar rules in daily writings. Wirite a well-developed paragraph with a clear introduction, body and conclusion.
 
Math
Decimals -all operations
Mixed numbers – all operations
Fractions to Decimals to Percents
Integers – all operations
Equations – solve( 2 step)
Ratio / Proportions
Statistics
 
Science
Earth Science:
Structure
History
Solar System
Scientific Method
Components
Energy Resourses
Maps & Models
 
Social Studies
Study causes and results of the American Revolution, challenges faced by the New Nation, westward expansion and reform in America. Learn the causes and events of the Civil War and the role of the changing United States. Study the events of WW I. Gain knowledge of social, economic, and technological changes of the early 20th century, causes and effects of WW II, and the transformation of the US after the end of WW II.
 
Spanish
Learn verb subject agreement, infinitive verbs, definitive & indefinitive articles. Write statements with subject verb agreement. Discover cultural differences in depth with full discussions.
 
Computer Technology
Use formulas in a spreadsheet. Use search strategy with two or more criteria in a database. Continue and increase productivity and accuracy in keyboarding. Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia for assignments in all subject areas. Locate and retrieve information using telecommunications. Evaluate resources and information for accuracy and usefulness. I8
 
Art
Compare and contrast artworks made by various students, grade levels, and artist in the local community. We will look at these examples for greater understanding of the role of art in the world. Learn the names of six main periods of art history and be introduced to art created during these times.
 
Physical Ed
Participate in movement activities using different music types. Demonstrate age-appropriate proficiency in motor and non-motor skills. Demonstrate proper kicking, bouncing, striking and throwing skills. Learn the benefits of exercising before and after participating in physical activities. Demonstrate the ability to combine motor and manipulative skills in personal and general space. Perform beginning skills modified for a variety of sports. Learn the benefits of participating in a recreational activity as a component of a healthy lifestyle. Explore the importance of having a positive self-image attitude. Learn to identify how peer pressure affects decision making.
7th Grade
Reading
Explore novels through independent reading and literature circles. Read and analyze various forms of poetry. Complete story maps, venn diagrams, and essays.
 
Spelling
Explore new vocabulary words through short stories, novels, poems, and non-fiction. Exposure to the spelling , pronunciation, mechanical use, and meaning of twenty new words a week. Incorporate new words into everyday language and usage.
 
Language Arts
Demonstrate an understanding of how the parts of speech affect writing. Learn The 6+1 writing traits and be able to utilize the concept in composing essays.
 
Math
Pre-Algebra:
Order of operations
Equations – solve( multi step)
Inequalities – solve( multi step)
Scientific notation
Sets – subsets
Geometry – perimeter, area, volume, angles, Pythagorem Theorem
Probability
Coordinate plane
 
Science
Life Science:
Cells
Heredity
Evolution
Fungi
Plants
Animals
Ecology
Human Body
Human Health
 
Social Studies
Study the foundations of American government, the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, the political process, the judicial systems, and the economy.
 
Spanish
Engage the four fundamental skills of learning the Spanish language. Master conjucation of three Spanish verbs,ar, er, ir. Introduce new structure for regular & irregular verbs. Introduction of conversational Spanish via computer technology.
 
Computer Technology
Refine application skills. Use formulas in a spreadsheet. Use search strategy with two or more criteria in a database. Increase productivity and accuracy in keyboarding. Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia for assignments in all subject areas. Locate and retrieve information using telecommunications. Evaluate resources and information for accuracy and usefulness. Select and use a variety of technology tool+I9s.
 
Art
We will explore cultural influences such as beliefs, climate, landscape, costumes and folklore on an artist’s work. Students will demonstrate a full understanding of the elements of design and create works of art that focus on each individual element.
 
Physical Ed
Demonstrate age-appropriate proficiency in a variety of movement skills. Demonstrate proper kicking, bouncing, striking and throwing skills. Understand the benefits of exercising before and after participating in physical activities. Demonstrate willingness to try new activities. Apply proper decision-making skills to resolve conflicts and make appropriate social choices that can be affected by peer pressure. Performg skills modified for a variety of sports. Understand the benefits of participating in fitness activities as a component of a healthy lifestyle.
8th Grade
Reading
Introduce elements of literature. Broaden study of novels and gain exposure to notable authors. Continue to examine various forms of poetry which includes summarizing and paraphrasing poems.
 
Spelling
Explore new vocabulary words through short stories, novels, poems, non-fiction, and plays. Incorporate new words into all writing assignments and everyday language.
 
Language Arts
Continue development of writing skills using the six trait writing characteristics. Students will review the parts of speech and focus on the ins and outs of each. Diagramming sentences will be introduced. Develop expository, persuasive and informational essays, as well as responses to literature. Learn the fundamentals of writing a research paper. Compose a research paper on a specfic topic.
 
Math
Algebra I: Use of graphing calculator
Laws of Exponents Polynomials- all operations Square Roots- all operations Factor- binomials and trinomials Matrix (add, subtract, multiply)
 
Science
Physical Science:
Chemical Building Blocks
Chemistry
Motion
Forces
Energy
Sound
Light
Electricty
Magnetism
 
Social Studies
Study maps and globes, various cultures, religions, and ways of life throughout the world, and location of countries globally.
 
Spanish
Master conversational Spanish throughout Latin America via CD’s & computer technology. Introduction of past tense, indirect, direct object pronouns, shoe verbs & reflexive verbs. Identify formal & informal commands. Discover Spanish contributions to American life.
 
Computer Technology
Use spreadsheets and databases relevant to classroom assignments. Choosing charts/tables or graphs to best represent data. Conducting online research and evaluating the information found. Using word processing/desktop publishing for classroom assignments/projects. Selecting and using a variety of technological tools to develop projects in core subject areas.
 
Art
Draw from memory, observation and modeled processes. Develop an understanding of a timeline by charting projects they have created during the year through various approaches: scrapbook, journal, group timeline, portfolios, or photo-charting. Apply the use of critical analysis by explaining their own works of art.
 
Physical Ed
Apply skills learned in 6th and 7th Grade Physical Education Programs while participating in team sports. Focus on preparing and participating in Presidential Fitness Testing. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of sports and athletic competitions.