Elementary Instructional Coaches

March Curriculum At-A-Glance


Supporting Teachers in Revisiting Effective Interactive Read Alouds and Shared Reading Text Engagements

The first year of any major curricular roll-out involves a learning curve of professional learning, instructional adjustments, and collaborative grade level team work to see the desired impact on student learning. Kudos to CCSD K-2 teachers for coming on board with our new ELA core curriculum and building the learning foundations necessary for students to be successful with Common Core expectations.

Shared is a presentation from our Feb. 16 PLC that revisits the key components of highly effective interactive read alouds and shared readings. Please take time to review these presentation slides to support your teachers in the effective implementation of these core protocols. Need additional support, need lessons modeled, or have questions? Just ask: (feltke.k12.ga.us)

Writing to Inform and Make Arguments

View a short video narrated by Common Core State Standards ELA/Literacy lead authors David Coleman and Susan Pimentel on the purposeful shifts in engaging students in learning how to effectively write to inform and make arguments.

4th Quarter 5th Grade Required Career Essay

As has previously occurred, a 4th quarter 5th grade writing work sample needs to be the essay that is required as part of the fifth grade Career Portfolio. See page 7 of the Grade 5 Unit 4 curriculum guide for more details.


What Are Our Students Doing in Reading in Q4?

A Vertical Look at RL9 & RI9

While an ongoing review and reinforcement of understandings of previously taught standards is occurring in Q4, standards RL9 & RI9 are introduced on the curriculum map during this period of instruction as well.

Shared for teachers is a vertical look of these standards that helps to reveal the rigor of the standards and the strategy of compare and contrast and integration of texts that students are expected to control.


ELACCKRL9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

ELACC1RL9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

ELACC2RL9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different culture

ELACC3RL9: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).

ELACC4RL9: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

ELACC5RL9: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.


ELACCKRI9: With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

ELACC1RI9: Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

ELACC2RI9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

ELACC3RI9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

ELACC4RI9: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

ELACC5RI9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

What are our students doing in Math in the fourth quarter?


  • Students are continuing their investigation of addition and subtraction
  • Students will begin developing fluency with 10 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to another number.
  • Students will demonstrate fluency with addition within 5.

First Grade

  • Students will continue their exploration of place value by understanding the meaning of the 2 digits in a 2-digit number.
  • Students will add within 100 using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Students will find 10 more or 10 less than any number.

Second Grade

  • Students will begin their investigation of multiplication.
  • They will identify odd an even numbers by grouping by two's
  • They will use addition to find the total number of objects in rectangular arrays.

Third Grade

  • Students will finish the year exploring measurement.
  • They will tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure intervals of time.
  • They will measure liquid mass and volume.
  • Students will solve problems involving measurement

Fourth Grade

  • Students are studying measurement.
  • They will measure angles using a protractor and recognize angles as additive.
  • They will convert between measurement units within one system.
  • They will solve word problems involving measurement including problems involving area and perimeter.

Fifth Grade

  • Students will understand volume and how to measure volume using unit cubes.
  • Use multiplication to solve problems involving volume.
  • Use formulas to find volume of rectangular prisms.
  • They will convert between measurement units within one system (decimals).

A Benchmark Issue

Part D on the Grade 5 Constructed Response Benchmark could be interpreted in two ways

A Webinar Opportunity

Donna Knoell will offer blended learning strategies to help students understand mathematical concepts, increase achievement, and enhance students’ confidence. Learn how to incorporate vocabulary, problem solving strategies, and manipulatives to help students develop reasoning skills and proficiency.

The Center for Intensive Intervention

The website below contains examples of intensive intervention lessons. They host a regular webinar and continually post additional resources.