Curriculum and Instruction Across the District...
By Dr. Gina Symsek
June 06, 2011
As the school year is nearing an end, students and teachers continue to focus on learning and applying their skills to a variety of activities. Students in Kindergarten are working on patterns and number skills and are becoming quite the readers! Students in first and second grade are working on their math skills and are becoming quite the mathematicians in addition and subtraction! Students in third grade are working on using technology (lap tops) to access information and are continuing to develop their reading skills. Some of the third graders are working on science based experiments and are quite the scientists!
In fourth and fifth grade students are continuing to work on their social studies topics and are learning to research materials and apply the information to writing reports and to discuss topics in greater depth. Students in sixth grade are continuing to develop their math skills and expand them to application of the skills to practice. Some of them are creating math games that will show how they can apply their knowledge of math. They are becoming great social studies explorers and mathematicians!
In the junior/senior high school the students are working across the academic subject areas and are participating in discussions and utilizing higher level thinking skills. They are reading and analyzing a variety of reading materials such as historical novels and poetry. In an economics class, students are working in groups to create a product and determine and explain the process from start to finish and in a social studies class students are discussing case laws and how they apply to day-to-day rules and procedures in society. In one of the science classes students are dissecting star fish and in another they are working on their pollination project that is a result of a grant. In physical education class they are taking advantage of the weather and participating in team sports/activities. The students are showing they are authors, inventors, scientists, mathematicians, historians, and all around interested in learning and expanding their knowledge bases!
The students are actively engaged in the learning process and whether they arrive on a given day to school by bus, car, truck, or tractor, they are entering school ready to learn!