• Curriculum Information

    Reading: Balanced Literacy Approach to Literacy

    Literacy Centers and novel groups are on-going

    Students are regrouped across the grade level

            1st QUARTER: Themes, Characterization, Plot, Discernment, Synthesis, and Purpose/Structure

    *IB* Live Poet's Society: Students will be reading and writing various forms of poetry.  Students will learn about and read works of famous poets such as William Shakespeare, and explore their own creative writing styles.


    Language Arts Skills:

    1st QUARTER: End Punctuation, Simple Sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, Simple and Complete Subjects and Predicates, Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences, Run On and Fragment Sentences, and Responding in Complete Sentences when reading and writing (all 4 quarters)


    2nd QUARTER: Nouns: singular possessive and plural possessive, direct objects, Pronouns: relative, demonstrative, Adjectives: comparative, superlative, demonstrative

    3rd QUARTER: Verbs: progressive verb tenses, linking and helping, Subject-Verb Agreement, Adverbs, Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases
    4th QUARTER:  Commas: appositives, direct address, introductory words, transitions, interjections.  Quotation Marks: punctuation and capitalization in dialogue, cite a quote from text.  Capitalization:  abbreviations, honorifics, specific events



    The students will learn about each trait as it pertains to writing. We will complete lessons and writing projects focusing on types of writing. 
    Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Presentation
    Personal Narrative, Expository, Persuasive, and Creative Writing

    Lessons 2-36 in our text and correctly applying the conventional spelling of these words and our spelling rules to our daily work. (The students may keep their Spelling books at home for the duration of the year, but the books will be collected during our last week together! Please keep a close eye on their condition &location!)



    Keep practicing those facts, we'll really need them this year as we learn more sophisticated multiplication and division concepts!
    Your math textbooks can be found on the Pearson website.
    Divided by Topics:
    Topic 1: Multiplication and Division: Meanings and Facts
    Topic 2: Generate and Analyze Patterns
    Topic 3: Place Value
    Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
    Topic 5: Number Sense: Multiplying by 1 Digit Numbers
    Topic 6: Developing Fluency: Multiplying by 1 Digit Numbers
    Topic 7: Number Sense: Multiplying by 2 Digit Numbers
    Topic 8: Developing Fluency: Multiplying by 2 Digit Numbers
    Topic 9: Number Sense: Dividing by 1Digit Numbers
    Topic 10: Developing Fluency: Dividing by 1 Digit Numbers
    Topic 11: Fraction Equivalence and Ordering
    Topic 12: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators
    Topic 13: Extending Fraction Concepts
    Topic 14: Measurement Units and Conversions
    Topic 15: Solving Measurement Problems
    Topic 16: Lines, Angles, and Shapes

    Science: Our Science Units are divided into trimester units.


    1st Trimester: This Land is Your Land

    The students will be studying how land and water interact. How do water and land affect our environment? How has water shaped our planet? We will conduct numerous experiments using our stream-beds.


    2nd Trimester: It's Electric

    Throughout this unit, the students will expand and refine their conceptual understanding of electricity's role within our society and world. We will focus on the flow of energy within electric circuits. The children will build their own circuits, circuit-testers, and the culminating activity is wiring an electric mini-house!


    3rd Trimester: Motion and Design

    The students will explore concepts related to the physics of motion and design.  They will learn about forces that oppose motion, and investigate energy using a rubber band.  Finally, the students will develop a design, build a vehicle, test the vehicle, and modify their design plans.



    Social Studies: Every social studies unit helps us to become "learned and global" citizens!


    Geography State Study and Pennsylvania: We will be learning all about the state in which we live! There are tons of interesting PA facts, stories, and symbols! You will soon see Pennsylvania in an entirely new way!!! At the culmination of this unit, we would love to enjoy a fun class field-trip! 
    North American Geography and Immigration Nation:
    We will be learning about our northern neighbor...what a wonderful way to begin our school year! We will explore the geography, terrain, natural resources,government, economics, and culture of Canada! There will be numerous opportunities to practice our cooperative learning skills, as we work with our group members to complete and create research projects!
    During this social studies unit, the students will be guided through a tour of Mexico. We will explore this country's rich ancient history, as well as its beautiful geographical features! Mexico, past and present, is a fascinating country to study! I hope that we are able to end the unit with an authentic Mexican Fiesta or mini-archeological dig!




    What's Up, Doc?

    Students will learn about microbes, germs and diseases, body systems, and herbal remedies