District 10

Teaching and Learning

Our Curriculum is...

  • Inquiry Based
  • Focused on Problem Solving and Real World Application
  • Provides Rigor and Challenge
  • Collaborative
  • and MORE!

Below you are the Illinois State Learning Standards along with a list of our curricular resources that we use to meet those learning standards.

The Learning Standards

Below is a list of all curricular resources that we use in D10. These resources are aligned to the Illinois State Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. For more information regarding the standards please visit.


Math K-5

Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive PK–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.

The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful

Adopted 2019

MATH 6-8

CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a carefully sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within each problem. The curriculum helps students grow in their ability to reason effectively with information represented in graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal forms and to move flexibly among these representations to produce fluency in both conceptual and procedural knowledge.

Adopted 2017

Literacy K-5

Wonders is an evidence-based K–5 ELA program that empowers students to take an active role in learning and exploration. Your students will enjoy unparalleled opportunities to express and assess themselves through reading, writing, and speaking. They will encounter the right content at the right moment in their learning journey to promote strong educational outcomes for all.

Adopted 2015

ELA 6-8

Teachers in 6 - 8 have written their own curriculum focusing on different themes. Using novels as their guide, each grade level anchors tasks in writing, reading and speaking.

Literature: Focus on the reading and analysis of literary works such as fiction novels and short stories, poetry, drama, and film. Both whole class novels and free choice books will be explored.

Informational Text: Focus on the reading and analysis of informational texts of non-fiction, such as written media articles, visual media articles, reference texts, scholarly journals, et cetera.

Vocabulary: Focus on the acquisition and application of new and unknown words through context, Greek and Latin roots, subject matter, mood/tone and word relationships.

Grammar: Focus on the use of punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure, as well as identifying and applying parts of speech, and other grammatical systems.

Written Expression: Focus on writing clearly and effectively in the areas of expository writing, argumentative writing, and narrative writing.

Spoken Expression: Focus on delivering information clearly and coherently to an audience through speech and presentation.

List of Novels used at each grade level.

Science K-5

STEMscopes is a comprehensive science curriculum program that is strictly standards-aligned. The curriculum is brought to life through exploratory hands-on kits that promote inquiry and excitement as students engage in real-world scientific connections. Built on the research-based 5E lesson model and aligned to NGSS standards, STEMscopes Science has everything needed to ignite your students’ passion for STEM. Stemscopes has also added their components (Intervention and Acceleration) to ensure ample support for every student.

Adopted 2017

Science 6-8

IQWST® (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), which transforms adolescents into scientists, was developed over a decade by science education, literacy, and learning science specialists. Students investigate questions relevant to their lives by conducting investigations; collecting and analyzing data; developing and using models to explain phenomena, and engaging in argument from evidence, all in a literacy and discourse-rich environment.

Adopted 2018

Social Studies K-8

TCI’s standards-aligned social studies curriculum meets the criteria for national frameworks such as the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy. It also aligns with state standards across the United States. TCI’s programs are designed with one primary goal: to help students master the essential skills and knowledge. To this end, every unit includes primary sources and activities to make the lessons more inquiry-based and to help your students develop critical-thinking skills.

Adopted 2020

Social Emotional Learning & Digital Citizenship

For our Social Emotional Learning we use two resources Social Thinking's Zones of Regulation for our PK-5th Grade Students. In grades 6th - 8th, our customized curriculum focuses on the following themes : Mindfulness & Gratitude, Empathy, Community, Peer Appreciation, Choosing your words, Choosing Good Influences, Kindness, Listening, Perspectives, Friendships.

We also use Common Sense Media as a foundation of lessons that align with Social Emotional Learning as an aspect of Digital Citizenship.

Annual Curriculum Updates - Presentations