In the Fall of 2014, the students in Kindergarten through grade 5 will receive lessons in English Language Arts using the McGraw Hill WONDERS. The adoption of this statewide reading program aligned to Common Core, will enable all learners to access the reading materials and support activities digitally from home computers.
Our grade 6 students will receive their ELA instruction from the CollegeBoard program entitled SpringBoard. This program, like WONDERS, is designed to inspire, connect and prepare all students to be College and Career Ready. Al lesson presentations are engaging and rigorous.
Embedded within lessons, are opportunities for students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century. Throughout the units of study, students are given ample opportunities to refine and master strategies that will enhance their ability to understand and analyze any challenging text, write with clarity and voice, to speak and listen in order to communicate and work effectively with others, and to view media with critical intelligence.
Along with McGraw Hill WONDERS, Pearl Ridge adopted the Write From the Beginning…and Beyond program in the 2012 – 2013 school year. This is a developmental, vertically aligned writing program for students in grades K to 8. The focus of the program is on early continuous training in the criteria or skills necessary for successful achievement in narrative, expository, and argumentative writing. Write From the Beginning…and Beyond is designed to be implemented using Thinking Maps.
ORIGO Stepping Stones is the Hawaii State-recommended mathematics curriculum that is used for grades K-5 at Pearl Ridge Elementary. The mathematics program in grade 6 is the Hawaii State-recommended curriculum, Go Math. Both programs are aligned to the Common Core Standards and designed to engage students in making sense of the eight mathematical practices. Classroom teachers focus on computational fluency and provide students with opportunities to work in important areas of mathematics, (i.e., Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operation in Base Ten & Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry) to engage learners to make connections and communicate their mathematical thinking.
Science provides many opportunities for students to develop and maintain the essential skills that form the basis for scientific inquiry. Inquiry skills are important tools and are essential for investigating the natural world, and numerous opportunities are embedded throughout our science program.
The Aiea complex adopted Harcourt Science in spring of 2007, for grades K through 6 to meet the high expectations and address the standards in the Scientific Process, Life and Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science. This comprehensive K-6 is based on the principles of scientific literacy. Lesson presentations are integrated and sequential. It begins with basic concepts to help students make practical connections to themselves and the world.
Reading underlies everything students do in school, and many of the skills taught in our Houghton Mifflin Reading program is reinforced during Social Studies and Science instruction. Six reading skills that are practiced and applied throughout this series are: identifying the main ideas and supporting details, comparing and contrasting, cause and effect, sequencing, drawing conclusions, and summarizing.
At Pearl Ridge, Social Studies is the integrated study of history, geography, economics, government and civics. More importantly it is also the study of humanity, of people and events that have individually and collectively affected and shaped our world today. Knowledge and skills necessary to become active informed participants on a local, national, and global level are embedded in lessons and units of study to prepare our youngsters to grow as effective citizens of the world community who will maintain the democratic institutions in our society.
This scope and sequence for social studies education in Pearl Ridge Elementary is based on several premises:
The scope and sequence will include the content standards for geography, history, economics, political science and cultural anthropology.
The scope and sequence must also meet the requirements of the Common Core Standards in social studies.
The scope and sequence must provide adequate opportunities for the following:
address all social science disciplines in depth
address the breadth of each content field
The scope and sequence is structured to guide instruction in a comprehensive and complete manner to assure coverage of all the standards at specific grade levels.
The major strands in Social Studies for students in grades K-6 are divided into five strands: Historical Understanding, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, and Economics. Classroom teachers carry out ongoing formative and summative assessments, collect student work, and use classroom observations as evidence to inform instruction. In addition, state level social studies assessment will become part of the Pearl Ridge assessment plan.
School-wide technology integration into grade levels and classroom curriculum is the goal at Pearl Ridge Elementary. We want all students that leave Pearl Ridge Elementary to have the technology skills to succeed even after they leave our school, so that ultimately, when they graduate, they will be college and career ready.
Our goal is to have all students develop a “Future Ready” mindset and skillset to be able to use and navigate any program to create products that will not only reflect their learning and understanding of content, but also their ability to use technology effectively, efficiently and ethically.
Through collaboration, planning and training, Pearl Ridge Elementary will continually build a technology integration culture among teachers, faculty and students. Technology is woven into the lives of our students and is a necessary skill for them to be successful in the 21st century. We strive to prepare them to be ready.
Art education is integrated across the content areas, but formal instruction is provided in the classrooms so that students across grade levels have the opportunity to learn, develop, and apply the techniques used by the Great Masters. Each grade level focuses on the style of two different master artists. Student work is showcased and displayed during an annual Celebration of the ARTS.
Grade K: Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian
Grade 1: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse
Grade 2: Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Rousseau
Grade 3: Roy Lichtenstein and Paul Klee
Grade 4: Claude Monet and Alexander Calder
Grade 5: Georges Seurat and Frank Lloyd Wright
Grade 6: M.C. Escher and Pablo Picasso
Musicianship is taught in various ways throughout the grade levels and is often integrated across other subject areas. These include the Hawaiian Studies program (ukulele, song, and dance), and in Physical Education through movement. Formal classroom instruction includes reading a musical score, playing as instrument, such as a recorder or flutophone, and singing for enjoyment and performance.
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