Writing skills will be developed through focus on the steps of the writing process: brainstorming, writing a rough draft, editing, revising, proofreading, conferencing, and publishing. Authentic writing opportunities will allow students to become proficient in skills such as handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students will learn that writing is used for a variety of purposes such as conveying information, making an argument, sharing an experience, enhancing understanding or providing entertainment. Students will publish formal writing pieces that include narratives, poetry, expository, informational and persuasive essays.
Mathematics instruction will encourage the exploration of mathematical concepts using a variety of problem-solving strategies. Traditional math concepts such as number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, telling time, counting money, measuring and probability will be mastered through hands-on math instruction. Manipulatives such as dice, counters, clocks, cards, calculators and technology will be integrated into every lesson. Students will learn how to identify and use appropriate operations to solve word problems and apply mathematical concepts to real-world scenarios.
A love of reading will be fostered in each student through guided reading, shared reading, read-alouds and independent reading strategies. Students will receive direct instruction to develop phonics and decoding skills in order to become fluent readers. A rich literary environment will include reading materials across genres such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and mysteries. Students will be active and engaged readers as they develop critical thinking skills.
Through a holistic approach, students will come to understand important people, places and events in the history of our world. Using guided inquiry, students will explore how historical events around the world continue to effect and influence us today.
Units of study in the science curriculum will include both physical and biological sciences and help students understand our surrounding world. Experiments, observations and field trips will allow first-hand experiences. Through this hands-on approach, students will come to understand the scientific method, while developing critical thinking and analysis skills.
Through guided inquiry, students will come to understand how the history, geography, culture, political systems and economics interplay and affect various countries and peoples around the world. Students will also develop an understanding of how local communities and our city of Chicago work. Through hands-on experiences, including service learning,students can experience how to utilize community resources to make a difference in our community and our world. Engaging students in current events occurring in our community, nation and world will foster an understanding of how these events impact each of us.
Foreign language is necessary to living in a global society. Modern Hebrew and Spanish courses will be provided for students who want to be immersed in another language. An integrative approach using text, media, music and culture instills practical language skills in our students. Learning a foreign language creates a strong foundation for students to communicate with others around our world.
To become independent and successful learners, students will receive explicit instruction on effective study and executive functioning skills. Students will be actively involved in their learning as they learn how to learn. The development of note-taking skills and proper study techniques will help students study efficiently. Organizational and time-management skills are necessary both in the classroom and throughout life.