Elementary Curriculum

English Language Arts form the cornerstone for students’ academic success.  The English Language Arts curriculum at the elementary level includes reading skills, literature, written expression, spelling and language skills.  Students develop their ability to read independently, to read critically for information in all subjects, and to demonstrate comprehension of text.    

The English Language Arts Committee recommended the Macmillan Treasures series for adoption (K-5) in the spring of 2008. Initial implementation took place in the fall of 2008.  Click the links for research supporting the Macmillan Treasures series.  Treasures Research Alignment    Treasures Research by IESD

Mathematics instruction focuses on computation, measurement, mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and communication.  Students also learn to use appropriate technology in their study of mathematical concepts and skills.

The elementary Science curriculum focuses upon hands-on exploration of science concepts.  Students expand their understanding of our natural world as they investigate living things, our physical environment, and our body systems.  Major themes of diversity, life changes, the interaction of matter and energy, and the interactions of systems are studied across grade levels.  Students apply the scientific process, make predictions, observe through laboratory experiences, and apply technology in their inquiry activities.

Social Studies includes the study of History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government.  Students acquire an understanding of U.S. and World History, of maps and World Geography, of money and personal budgeting, and of the roles and responsibilities of local, U.S. and world citizenship.  Thematic units and interdisciplinary units are used to build students’ understanding of these concepts as students examine their family units, school community, local community, state, country and the world community.   

Special Subjects:  All students participate in weekly classes of Physical Education/Health, Art, Library and Vocal Music.  Students in the upper elementary grades may also participate in Band and Chorus.  Instrumental lessons are available.

Enrichment Support:  Students who are identified as Mentally Gifted receive Enrichment Support services, as specified on their written Individual Education Program (IEP) plans.  Enrichment Support may include support in the students’ regular curriculum, and support through extension or enrichment instruction outside the students’ grade level class.