PRE-K - 5TH GRADE CURRICULUM

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GRADE LEVEL OVERVIEW

Learn more about each grade level by clicking the appropriate tab below.   To access the Curriculum Resources for Little Silver School District, click the link on the side menu.

Little Silver utilizes the Creative Curriculum to meet the needs of all learners through a variety of best educational practices. The Creative Curriculum balances teacher planned and child initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs and learning styles. Nationally known for being forward thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, it helps teachers plan and implement content rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas.

Language Arts:   The Kindergarten Language Arts curriculum is a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model.  The areas of focus support five pillars of Language Arts instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Fluency, and Writing.  Little Silver’s Kindergarten curriculum is a guide that creates a foundation for lifelong literacy by teaching and exposing all learners to: Reading Foundation Skills, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The curriculum is supported with resources that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work and a variety of on-line sites.  

Math: As with Language Arts, the Kindergarten Math curriculum in Little Silver  includes criteria established in the New Jersey Student Learning  Standards.  The curriculum guide provides enduring understandings and essential questions that begin to prepare our students to be ready for college and career.  A variety of concrete resources and lessons provide students with hands-on learning tools that are relevant to their developmental level and are differentiated to their learning needs.   Instructional time focuses on two critical areas, as required by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards: (1) representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; and (2) describing shapes and space.  Curriculum is supported with a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Scott Foresman publications, concrete manipulatives and on-line sites. 

Science & Social Studies: The Little Silver Science curriculum (adopted 2017) and Social Studies curriculum adopted 2018-19 )are based on current  NJ standards.  Both subjects are integrated in Language Arts and Math through resources and materials.  Students learn to work and live in their community. The curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and On-line resources that support the NGSS.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to all users of the standards, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the NGSS as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The standards are organized in a table with three main sections: 1) performance expectation(s), 2) the foundation boxes, and 3) the connection boxes. The video below explains how the standards are structured and describes the different components of the organizational tables in which the standards are arranged. As states, districts, and educators implement the NGSS, this video can serve as an introduction to help understand how the standards are organized.  http://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/how-read-next-generation-science-standards

Language Arts:   The first grade Language Arts curriculum is a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model.  The areas of focus support five pillars of Language Arts instruction: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Fluency, and Writing.  Little Silver’s first grade curriculum is a guide that creates a foundation for lifelong literacy by teaching and exposing all learners to: Reading Foundation Skills, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.   The curriculum is supported with leveled resources that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work and a variety of on-line sites. 
Math:  As with Language Arts, the first grade Math curriculum in Little Silver (adopted 2017) includes criteria established in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  The curriculum guide provides enduring understandings and essential questions that begin to prepare our students to be ready for college and career.  A variety of concrete resources and lessons provide students with hands-on learning tools that are relevant to their developmental level and are differentiated to their learning needs.   Instructional time focuses on four critical areas, as required by the Common Core Standards: (1) developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20; (2) developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones; (3) developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units; and (4) reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes. Curriculum is supported with a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Envision, a Pearson publication, concrete manipulatives and on-line sites.

Science & Social Studies

The Little Silver Science curriculum (adopted 2017) and Social Studies curriculum adopted 2018-19 )are based on current  NJ standards.  Both subjects are integrated in Language Arts and Math through resources and materials.  Students learn to work and live in their community. The curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and On-line resources that support the NGSS. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to all users of the standards, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the NGSS as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The standards are organized in a table with three main sections: 1) performance expectation(s), 2) the foundation boxes, and 3) the connection boxes. The video below explains how the standards are structured and describes the different components of the organizational tables in which the standards are arranged. As states, districts, and educators implement the NGSS, this video can serve as an introduction to help understand how the standards are organized.  http://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/how-read-next-generation-science-standards

Language Arts: The second grade Language Arts curriculum is a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model. The areas of focus support five pillars of Language Arts instruction: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Fluency, and Writing. Little Silver’s second grade curriculum is a guide that creates a foundation for lifelong literacy by teaching and exposing all learners to: Reading Foundation Skills, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The curriculum is supported with leveled resources that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work and a variety of on-line sites. To access the New Jersey Student Learning Standards visit: New Jersey Student Learning Standards visit: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf

Math:  Every day the second graders are exposed to mathematics. Everyday math concepts are related to real-life experiences. Little Silver students are given a solid foundation that allows them to be successful in the years to come. They learn the different purposes for using math in their lives. Continual use of manipulatives, movement exercises, games, and technology allow each student to learn at their own cognitive level. Differentiated learning and guided math groups are utilized to meet the needs of all learners in the math classroom. Second grade math includes place values to 1000. By the end of the year they will be able to use place value patterns using 0 as a place holder (10, 100, etc.) and will understand that (ten) 10s are equal to 100. Additionally, in numbers up to 1000, the children will know the place value of each digit and determine various ways to show a number. The children will be able to skip count by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 25s, 50s and 100s. Little Silver students will be able to count forward or backward by 1s or 10s starting with any number less than 1000. Students will learn the difference between odd and even numbers. The mathematics curriculum also allows the students to have hands-on experiences in order to grasp the concept of money. Children will use coins to count mixed groups including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half-dollars. They will be able to recognize equivalent forms of money values, and will count coins to one dollar or higher during the course of the year. The students will also be immersed in time. Students will be able to tell time to the hour, half hour and five minute intervals. They will relate elapsed time to their own daily schedules. In addition, the students will explore measurement concepts. They will measure standards units of measure and compare measurements. By the end of their second grade year, Little Silver students will be able to recall addition and subtraction facts from memory. They will understand the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction, and be able to predict the relative size of solutions for both addition and subtraction. The foundation for success will be complete when the students are able to add or subtract two-digit and three-digit numbers with or without regrouping.

Social Studies:  The progression of the second grade Social Studies curriculum will flow so that students begin their study by gaining an understanding of their own community and others. Following this, students will learn about the history of their community and our country, along with its culture. Students will then explore economics and government and how each has changed throughout history. The second grade Little Silver Social Studies curriculum will serve to cover the following topic areas: community, America’s past, cultures, economics, and America’s government.
Science: The performance expectations in second grade help students formulate answers to questions such as: “How does land change and what are some things that cause it to change? What are the different kinds of land and bodies of water? How are materials similar and different from one another, and how do the properties of the materials relate to their use? What do plants need to grow? How many types of living things live in a place?” Second grade performance expectations include PS1, LS2, LS4, ESS1, ESS2, and ETS1 Disciplinary Core Ideas from the NRC Framework. Students are expected to develop an understanding of what plants need to grow and how plants depend on animals for seed dispersal and pollination. Students are also expected to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. An understanding of observable properties of materials is developed by students at this level through analysis and classification of different materials. Students are able to apply their understanding of the idea that wind and water can change the shape of the land to compare design solutions to slow or prevent such change. Students are able to use information and models to identify and represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area and where water is found on Earth. The crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; energy and matter; structure and function; stability and change; and influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas. In the second grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade appropriate proficiency in developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

Language Arts: Little Silver provides a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model. The third grade curriculum guide provides a resource that guides instruction to create a foundation for lifelong literacy. Students are exposed to: Phonics, Word Recognition, Fluency, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Language with New Jersey Student Learning  Standards that prepare them for college and career readiness. The curriculum is supported with leveled resources, mentor text and digital on-line sites that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work. In compliance with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, curriculum in the third grade enhances students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate independence
  • Gain strong content knowledge
  • Comprehend, critique, value and provide evidence
  • Use digital media capably
  • Understand others’ perspectives and cultures

 

Math: The third grade Math curriculum in Little Silver includes criteria established in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The curriculum guide provides enduring understandings and essential questions that begin to prepare our students to be ready for college and career. A variety of concrete resources and lessons provide students with hands-on learning tools that are relevant to their developmental level and are differentiated to their learning needs. Instructional time focuses on four critical areas, as required by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Curriculum is supported with a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Envision, a Pearson publication, concrete manipulatives, and on-line sites.

 Science: Little Silver’s Science curriculum and Social Studies curriculum are based on the NJ 2014 standards. The curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and on line resources that support the standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to all users of the standards, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the NGSS as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The standards are organized in a table with three main sections: 1) performance expectation(s), 2) the foundation boxes, and 3) the connection boxes. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science provide students with opportunities to engage in learning about fundamental questions about the world and how scientists have investigated and found answers to those questions. Throughout grades K-12, students will have opportunities to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to their science studies. See the How to Read the Standards videohttp://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/how-read-next-generation-science-standards. Four areas of knowledge are covered by the end of fourth grade: Science Practices, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Systems Science.

Social Studies: Students learn to collaborate and work with others in their every day life guided by the Social Studies curriculum. Through Social Studies they gain confidence and understanding in the areas of chronological thinking, spatial thinking, critical thinking and presentation skills. The curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and published content by Houghton-Mifflin. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive board which provides a tool to enhance access to a variety of outside resources and expose students to various educational environments.

Language Arts: Little Silver provides a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model.  The fourth grade curriculum guide provides a resource that guides instruction to create a foundation for lifelong literacy.  Students are exposed to: Phonics, Word Recognition, Fluency, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, peaking, Listening and Language with the New Jersey Student Learning S standards that prepare them for college and career readiness.   The curriculum is supported with leveled resources, mentor text and digital on-line sites that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work. In compliance with the the New Jersey Student Learning Standards,, curriculum in the fourth grade enhances students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate independence
  • Gain strong content knowledge
  • Comprehend, critique, value and provide evidence
  • Use digital media capably
  • Understand others’ perspectives and cultures

 

Math: The fourth grade Math curriculum in Little Silver includes criteria established in the Common Core Standards.  The curriculum guide provides enduring understandings and essential questions that begin to prepare our students to be ready for college and career.  A variety of concrete resources and lessons provide students with hands-on learning tools that are relevant to their developmental level and are differentiated to their learning needs.   Instructional time focuses on four critical areas, as required by the the New Jersey Student Learning Standards: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Curriculum is supported with a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Envision, a Pearson publication, concrete manipulatives, and on-line sites.

Science: Little Silver’s Science curriculum is based on the NJ 2014 standardsThe curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and on line resources that support the standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to all users of the standards, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the NGSS as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The standards are organized in a table with three main sections: 1) performance expectation(s), 2) the foundation boxes, and 3) the connection boxes. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science provide students with opportunities to engage in learning about fundamental questions about the world and how scientists have investigated and found answers to those questions. Throughout grades K-12, students will have opportunities to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to their science studies. See the How to Read the Standards videohttp://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/how-read-next-generation-science-standards. Four areas of knowledge are covered by the end of fourth grade: Science Practices, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Systems Science.

Language Arts: Little Silver provides a Balanced Literacy program that supports a Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model.  The fifth grade curriculum guide provides a resource that guides instruction to create a foundation for lifelong literacy.  Students are exposed to: Phonics, Word Recognition, Fluency, Literature, Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Language with the New Jersey Student Learning  Standards that prepare them for college and career readiness.   The curriculum is supported with leveled resources, mentor text and digital on-line sites that include rigorous text for both instructional and independent work. In compliance with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, curriculum in the fifth grade enhances students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate independence
  • Gain strong content knowledge
  • Comprehend, critique, value and provide evidence
  • Use digital media capably
  • Understand others’ perspectives and cultures

 

Math: The fifth grade Math curriculum in Little Silver includes criteria established in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  The curriculum guide provides enduring understandings and essential questions that begin to prepare our students to be ready for college and career.  A variety of concrete resources and lessons provide students with hands-on learning tools that are relevant to their developmental level and are differentiated to their learning needs. Instructional time should focus on three critical areas, as required by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards: (1)developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions); (2) extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume. Curriculum is supported with a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Envision, a Pearson publication, concrete manipulatives, and on-line sites.

Science: Little Silver’s Science curriculum is based on the NJ 2014 standards.  The curriculum is supported with resources in Language Arts, technology, and on-line resources and websites that support the NGSS standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions within each standard and have intentional connections across standards. To provide guidance and clarification to all users of the standards, the writers have created a system architecture that highlights the NGSS as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The standards are organized in a table with three main sections: 1) performance expectation(s), 2) the foundation boxes, and 3) the connection boxes. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science provide students with opportunities to engage in learning about fundamental questions about the world and how scientists have investigated and found answers to those questions. Throughout grades K-12, students will have opportunities to carry out scientific investigations and engineering design projects related to their science studies. See the How to Read the Standards video.  http://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/how-read-next-generation-science-standards. Four areas of knowledge are covered in fifth grade: Science Practices, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Systems Science. The units of study are named: Astronomy; Cells and body Systems; Producers, Consumers and Energy; Population Ecosystems, Forces of Motion and Electricity.

Social Studies: In fifth grade students learn about ancient civilizations in history to gain perspective on today’s global society. The digital age has transformed social studies education, allowing 21st-century learners to transcend the limits of time and place and experience historic events virtually. By expanding their learning networks through online collaboration with experts and other students from around the world, New Jersey social studies students develop an increased depth of understanding of our global society. At the same time, their understanding of the fundamental principles and values of American democracy and citizenship provides the conceptual framework that allows them to make informed decisions about local, national, and international issues and challenges.

Enrichment Program

Little Silver School district believes in providing differentiated instruction and enrichment for all learners.  During the 6 day cycle, 3rd and 4th grade students that have met the district criteria for participation into the Enrichment Program are all given an opportunity to explore a variety of interests and talents. For more specific information please visit the Enrichment Program link in the side menu.

Special Subjects

Special subjects for grades Kindergarten  - 5th grades include art, world languages, physical education, health and wellness, music, technology, and STEM. To learn more about the Special Subjects please visit the curriculum guides provided in Rubicon Atlas that can be found in resources.

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