Curriculum: Grades K-5

Curriculum: Grades K-5

In developing our curriculum, we pay close attention to:
  • Scope of knowledge and skills
  • Sequence of knowledge and skills
  • Relationships between areas of learning
  • Application of skills to life situations
  • Process of learning
Our academic curriculum objectives and expectations are based on programs, guidelines, and standards from sources including:
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • International Reading Association
  • National Reading Panel
  • Georgia State Department of Education
  • Open Court Language Arts
  • University of Chicago Everyday Mathematics
  • Understanding By Design model of curriculum development
Click an academic subject below to see curriculum details.
The core math curriculum in kindergarten through fifth grade is Everyday Math. The emphasis is on developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills in all areas of mathematics. Students are involved in small groups and with partners in hands-on activities that help to develop strong fact power as well as multiple strategies for problem-solving.

Kindergarten
  • Number concepts
  • Patterns
  • Symmetry
  • Coins
  • Graphing
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Measuring
  • Time
1st Grade
  • Numeracy skills
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Time and money
  • Standards of measure
  • Place value
  • Math facts
  • Geometry and attributes
  • Introduction to fractions
  • Mental math
2nd Grade
  • Numeracy skills
  • Exploring base 10
  • Math facts
  • Strategies for addition and subtraction
  • Patterns and rules
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Place value
  • Whole number operations
  • 3D and 2D shapes and measuring 
3rd Grade
  • Algorithms for addition and subtraction
  • Linear measurements and area
  • Multiplication and division
  • Place value
  • Decimals
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Collecting data
  • Probability
4th Grade
  • Geometric figures
  • Using numbers and organizing data
  • Introduction to algebra
  • Decimals
  • Measuring angles
  • Fractions
  • Chance and probability
  • Percents
  • Perimeter and area
  • Reflections and symmetry
  • 3D shapes, weight, volume and capacity 
5th Grade
  • Number theory
  • Geometry : area, volume, capacity
  • Division
  • Fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Exponents
  • Negative numbers
  • Ratios
  • Coordinates
  • Probabilities
  • Algebraic concepts
The language arts curriculum focuses on the basics of alphabetic principles, strong reading skills in comprehension and fluency, grammar, writing and literature. By integrating the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, our language arts curriculum ensures that all students have the opportunities and resources to develop age-appropriate language skills as well as a love and appreciation for reading and language.
 
Language arts are taught through a combination of small and whole group instruction with an emphasis on differentiating for the needs of children. The acquisition of reading and language skills is approached developmentally as each child progresses along a continuum acquiring the necessary skills through a variety of learning modalities. Students begin in kindergarten with a strong emphasis on the systematic instruction of phonics skills and phonemic awareness. As students progress, emphasis is placed on the integration of the language arts skills. The Open Court curriculum is the basis for instruction kindergarten through fifth grade. Students also explore a rich variety of literature through novel studies, often making connections to other content areas.
 
Assessment of language arts skills is ongoing and based on:
  • Teacher observation and documentation of students’ reading and written work
  • Program and teacher created assessments and unit tests
  • Administration of a reading inventory and a writing sample in the spring
Reading Development
  • Phonemic Awareness: The ability to notice, think about, and work with individual sounds in words.
  • Phonics: The relationship between letters and sounds and the groupings of letters. Phonics includes both decoding and analyzing words for patterns.
  • Comprehension: The understanding of written and spoken language.
  • Fluency: Reading with accuracy, speed and expression.
  • Vocabulary: The understanding, retention and usage of general and specific oral and written vocabulary.
Writing
  • Spelling: Taught systematically with spelling rules that are assessed through dictation and within written work.
  • Composition: Students use journals and assignments with specific genres to understand the traits, processes and uses of effective writing.
  • Grammar, Mechanics and Usage: Students are taught the conventions of punctuation and capitalization along with the basics of grammar and the way we speak in a given community.
Oral Language Skills
  • Listening: Students are taught how to listen to and comprehend information for different purposes.
  • Speaking: Students are given many opportunities to converse with other students and adults in both casual and more formal arenas. An emphasis is placed on how to address an audience with confidence in order to develop, from a young age, appropriate public speaking skills. 
Research and Study Skills
  • Research skills are taught systematically beginning in first grade. Students are taught how to take notes from various forms of information and then to analyze, evaluate and integrate that information into a formal research document.
  • Study and organizational skills are incorporated into all aspects of the school day. Students are explicitly taught how to use routines and procedures to organize their belongings and study materials.
Our science curriculum engages students in a systematic investigation of their world and the acquisition of scientific skills and knowledge. Through hands-on investigation and exploration, students learn to apply methods of scientific inquiry including:
  • Observation
  • Inquiry and questioning
  • Gathering, organizing and analyzing data
  • Making predictions and extrapolations
  • Formulating and testing hypotheses
  • Estimating and measuring
  • Identifying and using informational resources
Our studies are guided by the Science and Technology for Children curriculum which has been developed by the National Science Resources Center, The Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. The Outdoor Classroom program focuses on environmental education and serves as a second science program for our students.
 
The acquisition and application of knowledge and skills is assessed as students plan and execute projects and experiments. Teachers also assess the application of the scientific process, data analysis, and problem-solving skills. Skills assessed are based on defined standards and grade-appropriate expectations.

Physical Science
Physical science content is related to the properties and structure of matter, energy, force and motion. Units of study include Solids and Liquids; Changes in properties of matter; Rocks and Minerals; Fossils; and Electric Currents.
 
Life Science
Life Science concepts are related to the principles of heredity, structure and function of cells and organisms, relationships among organisms and their physical environment and the diversity of life. Units of study include Animals and Habitats; Health and Nutrition; Rainforest Animals; Animal classification and life cycles; Animal Camouflage; and Plant and Animal organisms.
 
Earth and Space Science
Earth and Space science content is related to atmospheric processes and the water cycle, the composition and structure of the Earth and universe. Units of study include Space; Weather; Rainforest Ecology; The Water Cycle; Natural Resources; Land and Water; Georgia Barrier Islands; Astronomy; Ecosystems and Pollution.

Outdoor Classroom
Environmental science and conservation are the focus in the Outdoor Classroom. Students engage in real-world problem solving related to current local, regional, and global environmental issues.
Social studies education helps students to acquire a historical perspective, global perspective, and to understand modern society. In-depth explorations provide students with an ever-widening understanding of how people live and work together, how habitats and geography impact communities, and the similarities and differences among cultures. The study of historic periods and events help students understand how and why changes occur over time. Through studies of social issues students gain an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as individuals in a community.

In addition, the study of common themes becomes the context through which our students learn and apply academic skills. These opportunities allow students to develop skills in information processing, critical thinking, problem solving, and the use of reference tools (maps and globe, timelines, the Internet, etc.).

Content knowledge and process skills, as defined by grade level standards and curriculum objectives, are assessed as students plan and carry out projects, demonstrations, problem solving and simulations.

American History
Content focuses on the causes and effects of U.S. historical events and the life and development of American culture over time. Units of study include Native Americans; Pilgrims in America; Colonial Life; Holidays; Westward Expansion; U.S. States and Capitals; U.S. Civil Rights Movement; Georgia History and Geography; and the Revolutionary Period.
 
World History
Content focuses on the causes and effects of world historical events and the life and development of cultures over time. Units of study include Africa; South America; Asia; Ancient Egypt; European Explorers; Marco Polo and the Silk Road; the Middle Ages.
 
Geography
Geography studies are integrated into American and World History. Geography related content looks at the interdependence among the earth’s natural features, climate, resources and population.
 
Culture
Culture related content involves beliefs, customs, arts, influence and institutions of a society. Culture studies are included integrated into American and World History.