Elementary Curriculum Newsletter

April 2021

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SUMMER SCHOOL Information Sessions

We are redefining Summer School!

This summer our CCS students have the opportunity to participate in a newly developed Summer Experience. This Summer Experience will be camp-based focusing on the whole child. Each week students will engage in grade level - standards based lessons, design challenges, and social and emotional learning activities around a specific theme.

This is sure to be an engaging and fun educational opportunity for the students and teachers!

If you are considering teaching during the Elementary Summer Experience but would like additional information, please join the Summer School team for Zoom office hours on March 29th and 30th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Zoom Link for Summer School Information Session for Teachers

  • March 29th, 4:30 - 5:30


  • March 30th, 4:30 - 5:30


Summer Experience Highlights:

K-2: partnered with Franklin Park Conservatory

  • 6 camp themes (1 per week): Pirate Palooza, Nature Art, Garden Gastronomy, Pollinators, Jurassic Franklin Park, Summer Scientist
  • In-person visits from FPC educators, Zoom visits from FPC educators, 1st & 2nd grade field trip to FPC
  • Kindergarten 1 week (4 days) field trip to Spruce Run
  • The explicit grade level - standards based lessons, design challenges, and the social and emotional learning activities are thoroughly explained and laid out in detail for each camp.

3-5: partnered with COSI

  • 6 camp themes (1 per week): Superhero Science, Exploring Ecology, Coaster Creator, Mission to Mars, Gross Science: Body Works, Gizmos and Gadgets
  • In-person visits from COSI educators, Zoom visits from COSI educators, 3-5 field trip to COSI
  • The explicit grade level - standards based lessons, design challenges, and the social and emotional learning activities are thoroughly explained and laid out in detail for each camp.
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Math Instruction

Each month our newsletter has focused on the key components of the Math Framework.

The framework was developed by an Instructional Design Committee that was made up of directors, administrators, and teachers.

The framework looks at the instruction provided during 3 types of lessons:

  • lessons that Introduce the Mathematical Concepts,
  • lessons that Build the Mathematical Concepts and
  • lessons that provide Conceptual Application of Mathematical Concepts.

There are three types of lessons that students engage in Concept Instruction Lesson, Concept Building Lesson, and Concept Application Lesson.

During the Concept Instruction Lessons, students will be engaging with newly introduced concepts and making connections with the prior knowledge. This prior knowledge will include connections made in multiple domains. Our resource Ready Classroom Mathematics calls these types of lessons Explore lessons.

When engaging in Concept Building Lessons, students are engaged in building knowledge and a deep conceptual understanding of concepts. Students are developing strategies and understanding through problem-solving. Ready Classroom Mathematics calls these lessons Develop Lessons.

The final type of lesson is a Concept Application Lesson. Students have developed an understanding of new concepts and are now applying that new learning to other problems. Students are deepening their understanding and strengthening their skills. The Ready Classroom Mathematics calls this a Refined Lesson.

During these lessons, students should be engaged in the Mathematical Practices that promote mathematical proficiency. Instruction in each of these lesson types should be developed around all the components of the framework: Lesson Goal and Structure, Mathematical Discourse, Small Group Instruction, Evidence of Mathematical Understanding and Strategy Fluency.

This framework is supported by both research-based practices and the Academic Services Core Instructional Framework that was created by CCS Academic Services Team.

The Math Framework consists of best practices suggested by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices, the Gradual Release Method, Teacher Clarity, and the research of John Hattie, Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Margaret Smith, and Mary Kay Stein, as well as other researchers whose work has contributed to these practices.

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What is new in Ready Classroom Mathematics?

Family Letters in Additional Languages

Family Letters are now available in additional languages. These Family Letters are available in both the Teacher Toolbox and Student Bookshelf so that families of students who use the Ready Classroom Mathematics program at school can access Family Letters in their native language. Family Letters are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Rissian, Arabic, and Mandarin currently. Korean and Vietnamese will be available in April.

Student Worktext and Fluency & Skills Practice Student Fill-In PDFs

Student Fill-In PDFs that allow students to enter answers directly in PDFs are available for the full lessons and Fluency & Skills Practice materials on the Classroom Resources tab for Ready Classroom Mathematics.

Spanish Student Worktext PDFs are now available.

Full lesson and session Student Worktext PDFs are now available in Classroom Resources (Spanish).

New Develop Session Videos added to Student Bookshelf

Develop Session Videos are a great resource on Asynchronous learning days. Videos for Units 4 and 5 are available in the My Videos section of the Students Bookshelf as well as the Teacher Toolbox under Program Implementation.

For Families Report Enhancements

The For Families report can be found under Reports/Students. This report provides the student's overall progress for each administration of the Diagnostic. It now includes a second page that contains the Skills Progress and More Information section. This enhancement, which is available in both English and Spanish, provides teachers and parents with additional ways to support students during this time by giving them more context on how the student is performing on specific domains.

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3rd grade - ChickQuest

3rd grade teachers that have been through the ChickQuest program

You may want to check out some of the resources available for eggs-pert alumni like yourself on the Grow Next Gen website lined below. They have videos and other helpful information. https://grownextgen.org/events/chickquest-alumni

Also, visit GrowNextGen's YouTube list of helpful videos.


If you need the egg coupon from Meyer Hatchery, please contact Heather Allen hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

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Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation Poster Contest

The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by Soil and Water Conservation Districts nationwide. This contest provides young people with an avenue to gain a better appreciation for our environment and share this caring sentiment through artwork. Franklin Soil and Water is proud to host a local contest in conjunction with the national event.

The Franklin County Conservation Poster Contest is open to any student in grades K-12.

The 2021 theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”

The contest will run from January 31st through April 13th.

Classes are asked to submit their top entries to Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District by April 13th.

Posters will be judged by the Franklin Soil and Water staff.

County winners will be recognized around April 30th in recognition of National Arbor Day.


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COSI Science Festival

Get ready for some serious science!

Ohio’s largest annual science event, the 2021 COSI Science Festival, is coming May 5 - 8, 2021. The third annual COSI Science Festival will include dozens of unique online events showcasing incredible science being done in Ohio and proving again that science truly is everywhere and for everyone.

Check out the COSI Science Festival website for more details https://cosiscifest.org/

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Each nine weeks Spruce Run produces a newsletter.

Please check back to the newsletter link throughout the grading period, as it is updated often. Any new information added during the grading period will be placed at the top of the current newsletter.

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April - Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

Math is for everybody!!! It is sometimes called the “universal language” because everybody uses it and everybody needs it.

Math is all around us — we use it every day, often without even thinking about it. The math we use to calculate our grocery bill or plan out the mileage on a road trip is pretty obvious, but we use math in other ways that are not so obvious.


In 1986 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the week of April 14 through April 20 to be “National Mathematics Awareness Week.” Reagan spoke of the importance of math throughout history, but especially in that moment, in the burgeoning computer age:

“Since the time of its beginnings in Egypt and Mesopotamia some 5,000 years ago, progress in mathematical understanding has been a key ingredient of progress in science, commerce, and the arts. We have made astounding strides since from the theorems of Pythagoras to the set theory of Georg Cantor. In the era of the computer, more than ever before, mathematical knowledge and reasoning are essential to our increasingly technological world.”

Since then, computers have only gotten more intricate and ingrained in our everyday lives. As our technology has evolved, so has our need for people who are comfortable with math and well-trained in mathematical thinking and concepts.

Since it began as Mathematics Awareness Week back in 1986, the aim has been to increase the level of interest in the study of mathematics and also increase the level of public understanding and appreciation for the wide range of applications for mathematics in fields as diverse as manufacturing, business, and medicine.

In 1999 Mathematics Awareness Week became Mathematics Awareness Month and then in 2017 statistics were incorporated to make Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, the aim being to celebrate the diverse students and researchers in both fields and raise awareness of both areas of study and their relevance in modern life.

How to celebrate:

  • Read math children's literature
  • Write math poetry
  • Host a family math night (online math night)
  • Play online mathematics games
  • Read about famous mathematicians
  • Learn about a mathematics tool (abacus, ruler, protractor, compass, Cuisenaire Rods)

List of math books

Tangram website (good for family math night)

25 Math Activities For Kids Who Hate Math - KidsActivities.com

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April 12 - Ramadan

April 12 - May 12

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, a holy month for Muslims, who fast, pray and practice introspection during this time. This year, Ramadan begins on April 12 and ends on May 12.

During Ramadan, adults of the Muslim faith do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset, practicing fasting, which is a fundamental principle of Islam. At the end of the daily fast, during the night, Muslims share meals with each other, with family or friends which are called iftar. As fasting is seen as a spiritual principle, Ramadan is also a time people dedicate themselves to prayer and charity.


One of the main prophets of Islam was Muhammad.

It is believed that in 610 A.D. Allah started sending him messages and revelations through the angel Gabriel. These revelations were only delivered during Ramadan, and it was through the course of five Ramadans that Muhammad compiled the messages into a 114 chapter book that would become known as the Quran, the holy book of Islamic faith, that Muslims believe holds the words of Allah.

As the Quran, which contains the guidance for Muslims, was revealed during Ramadan, this became a holy month in the Islamic faith, and the Quran orders that fasting should be the way to observe this month.

It is the Quran that lays out the Five Pillars of Islam, that Muslims should follow strictly in order to achieve salvation. These are:

  • Shahada, a declaration of faith to the only one God and his prophet Muhammad.
  • Prayer, as Muslims are meant to pray five times a day.
  • Zakat, practicing charitable actions.
  • Fasting, the foundation of Ramadan and the way to achieve taqwa.
  • Pilgrimage, every Muslim who is able to should travel to Mecca at least once in their life.

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April 15 - World Art Day

World Art Day is celebrated on April 15, the birthday of famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci.

This day was established by the International Association of Art, to raise worldwide attention to the work of international artists, and the ways of creative expression that exist.

National Art Day celebrates all kinds of art, encouraging people to expand their artistic interests, and get to know artistic mediums that they were not aware of.


The International Association of Art founded World Art Day on April 15, 2012, established in celebration of the fine arts and to promote creative activity on an international scale. The date chosen was Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday, in honor of one of history's most renowned artists and inventors, and a symbol of the way the Fine Arts have influenced all other artistic fields.

The first official World Art Day celebration in the United States was held in Los Angeles, in 2015, where commemorations have been held ever since.

Why do we celebrate World Art Day?

Since the beginning of time, humans have been creating and enjoying art. It is a way to express ourselves and see ourselves represented in other people's work.

Art plays a very important role in our lives, whether we realize it or not. It promotes creativity, diversity, and innovation, and encourages people to start conversations about their interests and share knowledge with each other, opening horizons, and making us look at things in different ways.

Many people associate art with Fine Art, such as painting or sculpture. In reality, art is constantly evolving, and it is anything in a visual form that has been created by someone using their imagination and creative skills. Art is photography, calligraphy, architecture, design, cinema, fashion, and so on. Look around you, you are probably enjoying art every day without noticing.

World Art Day is the perfect time to celebrate creativity and bring joy to others:

  • Draw a picture
  • Compose a song
  • Write a poem or story
  • Paint
  • Create and send Mail Art
  • Give someone a hand-made card, photo, music CD, poem, story, or anything creative
  • Have a dance party

Art Day Printables

Reasons to Celebrate World Art Day

World Art Day 2020: Date, History, Significance Of Day To Promote Creative Activity Worldwide
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April 22 - Earth Day

What is Earth Day Celebration 2021 ? 10 Important Facts and History | Animated Explanation Video