Elementary Curriculum Updates

October

ELA

In Q2, what are our students doing vertically in writing informative/explanatory texts?

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


While the Q2 writing focus is on the informational/explanatory text type, writing for a variety of purposes should continue. Note grade level curriculum guides.

IDI Data Recording Sheet Template

CRES has revised our CCSD IDI Recording Sheet Template and is sharing it with buildings for use. All previous conditional formatting to color code skills needing intensive (red), systematic (yellow) and core support (green) is still in place. Feel free to make a copy and rename it for your building/grade levels. Click here.

Math

What Are We Learning in Math?

Kindergarten - Comparing Numbers: Counting on, Connecting counting to cardinality, Comparing numbers, groups of ten, counting by ten's and one's



First Grade - Developing Base Ten Number Sense


Second Grade - Becoming Fluent in Adding and Subtracting


Third Grade - The Relationship Between Multiplication and Division


Fourth Grade - Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers


Fifth Grade - Adding and Subtracting with Decimals

GRASP Data is Available!

You can view GRASP data under reports. Email Seyoung Holte at holtes@clarke.k12.ga.us if you would like assistance in analyzing the data and discussing the next steps.


Example: District 2nd Grade Item Analysis

Science

What are students doing 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 grade 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.

Are your teachers planning and implementing 5E science lessons?

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.

Who is the Young Scientist Fair contact at your school?

Please use this form to submit the name of the YSF contact at your school.

Picture Perfect Science Kits 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 are available for check out. Contact Amy Peacock @ peacocka@clarke.k12.ga.us.


· 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

Social Studies

Georgia Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

The annual state conference for the Georgia Council for the Social Studies presents Social Studies: A Map for Life, October 22-23, 2015 at the Classic Center here in Athens.


Join colleagues from across the state in this two-day conference offering a large variety of presentations and topics that incorporate social studies across content areas.


Download the 2015 GCSS CONFERENCE PROGRAM.