Elementary Curriculum Updates

November 2016

ELA

In Q2, what are our students vertically learning and doing in writing?

Kindergarten students are writing informative/explanatory texts in which they

  • name what they are writing about

  • supply some information about the topic

  • use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing


First Grade students are writing informative/explanatory texts in which they

  • name a topic

  • supply some facts about the topic and

  • provide some sense of closure


Second Grade students are writing informative/explanatory texts by

  • introducing a topic

  • using facts and definitions to develop points

  • providing a concluding statement or section


Third Grade students are writing informative/explanatory texts by

  • introducing a topic and grouping related information together

  • including illustrations to aid in comprehension.

  • developing the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

  • using linking words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information.

  • providing a concluding statement or section.


Fourth Grade students are writing informative/explanatory texts by

  • introducing a topic clearly and grouping related information in paragraphs and sections

  • including formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia to aid comprehension

  • developing the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other related information/examples

  • linking ideas using words and phrases within categories

  • using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform/explain topic

  • providing a concluding statement or section


Fifth Grade students are writing informative/explanatory texts by


  • introducing a topic clearly, providing a general observation/focus, and grouping related information logically

  • including formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia to aid comprehension

  • developing the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other related information/examples

  • linking ideas using words, phrases, and clauses within and across categories

  • using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform/explain topic

  • providing a concluding statement or section

ELA District Adopted Interventions

Click below to view the new CCSD ELA Intervention Pathways and Lexile Proficiency Bands for


Building Stronger Instruction

Please let me know if you would like for me to support and work with your grade level teams on planning lessons using the ELA Collaborative Planning Protocols and Instructional Framework. Feel free to give feedback on these pieces.



CCSD ELA Core Curriculum Observation Checklists - NEW

These observation checklists were created for administrators and ICs, as well as teachers who are conducting peer to peer observations. A goal of these checklists is to provide not only targeted feedback, but also to help frame our feedback conversations around the protocol being used and its integration with the instructional framework.


Let me know how I can support you in working with your teachers on core curriculum implementation. Also, please feel free to give feedback on ways to strengthen the checklists!


#CultureofWriting

This September the GaDOE ELA team launched the first session in a series of installments for the hybrid professional learning program, Building a Culture of Writing.


The first two sessions were:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016,
Grades K – 5
Session I: Essential Components of Teaching Writing
Presenters: Roberta Gardner and Kate Woodbridge


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grades 6 – 12

Session I: Assessing Writing

Presenters: Kevin Raczynski and Ashley Morris


Be sure to check out GeorgiaStandards.Org (GSO) where the recorded sessions are posted. There you will find links to the Professional Learning Guide, presenters’ page, and recorded sessions (as they are completed).


Also, join the conversation on Twitter: #CultureofWriting

MATH

What We Are Learning

Kindergarten - Comparing Numbers


  • Work with numbers 11–19 to gain foundations for place value
  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Compare numbers
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category (On-going)


1st Grade - Develop Base Ten Number Sense


  • Extend the counting sequence
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Represent and interpret data (On-going)



2nd Grade - Becoming Fluent with Addition and Subtraction


  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
  • Work with time and money.



3rd Grade - The Relationship Between Multiplication and Division


  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.

  • Represent and interpret data.



4th Grade - Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers


  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.



5th Grade - Adding and Subtracting with Decimals


  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to the hundredths.

Georgia Math Conference at Rock Eagle

Although early registration is over, the participants can register on site.


When: October 19 - 21, 2016

Where: Rock Eagle 4-H Center



See more information here.

New Resources

SCIENCE

What are students learning about science in Q2?

Kindergarten students are studying gravity and motion.

  • They will investigate different types of motion and observe and communicate effects of gravity on objects.


First grade students are studying magnets.

  • They will demonstrate how magnets attract and repel, identify common objects that are attracted to a magnet, and identify objects and materials that do not block magnetic force.


Second students are studying seasonal changes and the sky.

  • They will describe physical attributes of stars and investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the year.


Third grade students are studying the habitats of Georgia.

  • They will differentiate between habitats of Georgia and the organisms that live there. They will also identify features of green plants and animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.


Fourth grade students are studying weather and water.

  • They will differentiate between the states of water and how they relate to the water cycle and weather. They will also analyze weather charts/maps and collect weather data to predict weather events and infer patterns and seasonal changes.


Fifth grade students are studying classification.

  • They will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.

Science Formative Item Banks

For grades 3-5, Formative Item Banks were added into each unit. The banks include GOFAR constructed response assessment items and rubrics organized by standard/element. These items can be used throughout the year to formatively assess student understanding.


Check them out here or within each unit.


Science GSE are Now Available

The science Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) are now posted at georgiastandards.org.

Are your teachers planning and implementing 5E science lessons?

The new standards require students to use the science and engineering practices (i.e. asking questions, engaging in argument from evidence, designing and using models), the disciplinary core ideas, and the crosscutting concepts (i.e. patterns, scale and propotion, matter and energy) to make sense of phenomena and/or design solutions to problems. The 5E Instructional Model is an instructional framework that supports this 3-dimensional science approach.


So that we can determine your teachers' familiarity and comfort with the 5E Instructional Model, ask them to take this survey. We can use the results to determine PL needs.

Picture Perfect Science Materials are Available for Checkout

Are your teachers interested in using a Picture Perfect Science Lesson? Do they have the books they need? Do they have the materials they need? Picture Perfect Science kits for the following lessons, as well as all children's books, are available for check out.


Over in the Ocean * Sunshine on My Shoulders * Be a Friend to Trees * Roller Coasters * If You Find a Rock * That Magnetic Dog * Oil Spill * Mirror, Mirror * Day and Night * Changing Moon * Sheep in a Jeep * Bugs * Grand Canyon * Name that Shell * Batteries Included * Chemical Change Cafe


To checkout materials, contact Amy Peacock @ peacocka@clarke.k12.ga.us.

CCSD Elementary Young Scientist Fair

Saturday, Feb. 11th 2017 at 8:30-11:30am

205 Alps Road

Athens, GA

This CCSD Young Scientist Fair is a day of science competitions, hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and presentations for the entire family.


The day’s competitions will include:

  • CCSD Elementary Science Fair
  • Clarke Invents
  • Science Art Exhibit
  • Barge Building
  • Mystery Architecture
  • No Bones About It
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Rock Hound
  • Tower of Athens
  • Athens Aeronautics
  • CCSD Elementary STEM Showcase

SOCIAL STUDIES

New Social Studies Standards

The Social Studies GPS are here! Please communicate to teachers to keep teaching the current standards. PL will take place at your buidings and at the Feburary PL day.


Resources that go with the standards will be released this spring. In the meantime, you may vist http://www.c3teachers.org/c3-hubs/ to an idea of that they will look like.

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Georgia DOE Monthly Social Studies Webinars for Each Grade K-12

Clarke County Social Studies Fair

Thursday, Dec. 8th, 9am

Hilsman Middle School, Athens, GA, United States