Elementary Curriculum

Junior Kindergarten

  • Shared reading with age appropriate literature
  • Develop early literacy through modeling and interactive centers
  • Zoophonics program
  • Mechanics of letter forming / Pencil grip
  • Beginning Zaner Bloser Handwriting
  • Develop clear communication skills
  • Develop confidence speaking in groups
  • Shared author studies with K
  • Sorting
  • Counting up to 25
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number recognition
  • Patterning
  • Sequencing
  • Symmetry
  • Vegetable and flower garden
  • Sand, water and mud play
  • Cooking – including measuring
  • Magnets
  • Buoyancy
  • Animal observations / Classroom pets
  • Five senses
  • Weather
  • “About Me” – similarities and differences
  • Our community
  • Our country
  • Our world
  • JK News – current events
  • Celebrate cultural traditions
  • Introducing Spanish though music and games
  • Basic vocabulary covered:  colors, shapes, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, alphabet, parts of the body, clothes, seasons, animals, rooms of a house
  • Multimedia painting
  • Kiln projects with glass and clay
  • Multimedia collages and structures
  • Artist studies
  • Personal yearbook
  • Portfolios
  • High-low, loud-quiet, fast-slow, and beat concepts through new and familiar songs and stories
  • Dance & Chants
  • Exposure to classical music & composers
  • Self-care
  • Problem solving in classroom
  • Self-reliance
  • Friendship
  • Reading body language and facial expressions
  • 2nd grade reading buddies
  • Walking nature trips to Belgatos Park
  • Youth Science Institute
  • Wild animal visit
  • Horse visit

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

Kindergarten

 

  • Shared reading to develop concepts about print
  • Poetry
  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
  • Phonemic awareness / Rhyming activities
  • Word families / High frequency words
  • Zoophonics
  • Journal Writing
  • Zaner Bloser Handwriting
  • Author study with JK
  • Identify, write and use numbers 1-30
  • Concepts between numbers
  • Single digit addition and subtraction
  • Concepts of time (days, months, years)
  • Creating and extending patterns
  • Geometric shapes and symmetry
  • Measurement

Graphing data

  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Simple science experiments
  • Weather and seasons
  • Insects
  • Animal habitats
  • Plant life
  • Simple machines
  • Families
  • “Who am I?”
  • Social responsibility – building community
  • Cross cultural awareness
  • Peace
  • Symbols of the nation – American symbols
  • Introducing Spanish though music and games
  • Basic vocabulary covered:  colors, shapes, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, alphabet, parts of the body, clothes, seasons, animals, rooms of a house
  • Directed drawing and free art
  • Clay
  • Carpentry
  • Sewing
  • Collages
  • Glass
  • Identify high-low, loud-quiet, fast-slow music
  • Beat rhythm, Tempo, Timbre, Solo singing
  • Expression concepts through new and familiar songs and stories
  • Dance & Chants
  • Exposure to classical music, composers, and tone
  • Responsibility for one’s own learning
  • Social readiness for school
  • Multi-cultural awareness
  • Empathy
  • Self-awareness
  • Respect and cooperation concepts
  • Communicating one’s needs through classroom meetings
  • 5th grade reading buddies
  • UC Santa Cruz Life Lab
  • Youth Science Institute
  • Local theater performances
  • Coyote Point CuriOdyssey Science

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

1st Grade

  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop: dynamic learning centers to grow all readers
  • Guided reading: decoding, fluency, and comprehension focus
  • Writer’s Workshop: developing the craft of writing through the writing process
  • Writing complete sentences and paragraphs
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting
  • Words Their Way Spelling
  • Author Studies
  • Identify, write and use numbers 1-100
  • Addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers
  • Larger concepts between numbers
  • Word problems
  • Verbalize one’s own mathematical strategies
  • Charting and graphing
  • Geometric shapes – 2D and 3D
  • Measurement / Time / Money
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Physical and life sciences
  • Four elements – Fire, Air, Water, Earth
  • Four seasons
  • Human body
  • Ocean studies
  • Habitats
  • People around the world by connections with those we know (Flat Stanley)
  • How people are similar and different – jobs, food, school, traditions
  • Cross cultural studies
  • Government – democracy, voting, civil rights
  • Geography &  global mapping
  • Spanish songs
  • Games
  • Basic Vocabulary
  • Videos
  • Cultural Components
  • Additional vocabulary covered in numbers, parts of the body, animals
  • Beginning glass fusing and slumping
  • Pinch pots, coil pots, and printing with clay
  • Elements of line, color and shape
  • Directed drawing and free drawing
  • Self-portraits
  • Continued classical music & composers
  • Tap, play, and move to a steady beat
  • Develop singing voice
  • Introduce Solfege
  • Play rhythm instruments
  • Demonstrate appropriate listening skills
  • Class meetings that address:
  1. Community
  2. Respect
  3. Social problem solving
  4. Personal responsibility as it affects one’s own learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • 3rd grade reading buddies
  • 2nd grade multi-age theme centers
  • Local theater performances
  • Tide pools
  • SF Zoo
  • Library
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

2nd Grade

  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
  • Author studies
  • Guided reading to develop reading fluency
  • Understanding full range of literature genre
  • Communicate more complex thoughts in writing
  • Writing complete sentences
  • Parts of speech / Punctuation
  • Zaner Bloser Handwriting
  • Multi-model spelling activities
  • Words Their Way
  • Theme centers
  • Identify, write and use numbers 1-1000
  • Multiple approaches to mathematical computation – pictures/numbers/words
  • Addition and subtraction of one, two and three digit numbers
  • Measurement in a variety of units
  • Collect and interpret data
  • Geometry – including area and perimeter
  • Beginning multiplication
  • Time and money
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Physical and life sciences
  • Four elements – Fire, Air, Water, Earth
  • Four seasons
  • Human body
  • The moon and solar systems
  • Geology and global mapping
  • Habitats
  • Time lines
  • Multi-cultural studies and celebrations
  • Mapping
  • US Presidents
  • Our community – local to country
  • Biographical studies of American historical figures
  • Spanish songs
  • Games
  • Basic Vocabulary
  • Videos
  • Cultural Components
  • Additional vocabulary covered in numbers, parts of the body, animals
  • Composers and artists studies
  • Artistic techniques
  • Directed drawings
  • Glass fusing and slumping
  • Ceramics
  • Self-portraits – incorporating line, shape, texture and mood
  • Demonstrate appropriate listening skills
  • Reproduce rhythmic patterns
  • Increase voice control
  • Echo melody patterns
  • Sing rounds
  • Increase musical vocabulary
  • Improvisation
  • Play xylophone
  • Identify the four families of the orchestra
  • Responsibility to support the classroom community
  • Class meetings challenge students to work as a group
  • Multi-age learning
  • Student-led parent teacher conferences
  • Cross curriculum theme studies
  • JK Reading buddies
  • Butterfly observation
  • Belgatos Park
  • SF Zoo
  • Ballet Performance
  • Marine Life trip
  • Theater at Villa Montalvo

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

3rd Grade

  • Zaner Bloser cursive handwriting
  • Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Porquoi Tall Tales, Myths and Legends, Autobiographies, Biographies, Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction
  • Reading for information/pleasure/comprehension
  • Report research and writing
  • Grammar / Punctuation
  • Words Their Way / Wizards Spelling
  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
  • Identify, write and use numbers 1-1000 and higher
  • Place value / Multiplication / Division
  • Concepts of variables in abstract and concrete expression
  • Numerical equations
  • Pictorial math and word problems
  • Symbolic understanding
  • Introduction to fractions and symbols
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Natural sciences of snails, snakes and silkworms
  • Motion, inertia and force
  • Lifelab
  • Geologic identification of land forms
  • Additional topics vary based on student interests
  • Geography
  • Maps and globes
  • History of Santa Clara County
  • Native American Indian Tribes of local region
  • Government Structure – Rules of Law
  • Economy of the local region
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Beginning Grammar
  • Songs
  • Skits
  • Videos
  • Geographic Components
  • Cultural Components
  • Glass fusing & slumping
  • Silk painting
  • Ceramics
  • Quilting, knitting, embroidery
  • Mixed media – charcoal, oil pastels, chalk, watercolor, oil, pen, ink
  • Self portraits –  line, shape, texture and mood
  • Memorize and sing in a developmentally appropriate range
  • Play rhythmic and melodic ostinatos on classroom instruments
  • Read, write and perform simple rhythmic patters
  • Perform scale with solfege
  • Introduction to the Recorder
  • Integrate, organize and express learning skills
  • Identify one’s own learning strategies
  • Explore the process of one’s own thinking
  • Acceptance of one’s own and other’s strengths and struggles
  • Student-led parent teacher conferences
  • Reading buddies with 1st grade
  • Local theater performances
  • Hidden Villa
  • Tall Ships/ Voyages of Discovery
  • Cultural Studies – China Town– Hakone Gardens

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

4th Grade

  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
  • Genre Studies: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir
  • Literary response and analysis
  • Reading for information/pleasure/comprehension
  • Book clubs
  • Grammar (within structure of their writing), Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary
  • Words Their Way
  • Comparing numbers through millions
  • Graphing
  • Proficiency in basic math functions
  • Beginning algebra
  • Beginning geometry
  • Units of measurement
  • Beginning fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Positive and negative numbers
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • California birds
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Scientific Method
  • Geology / Rock cycle
  • Flotation and density
  • Plants and Soil
  • California Missions
  • California Explorers
  • California Native American Tribes
  • California Statehood
  • Gold Rush
  • Temperate Rain Forests
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Beginning Grammar
  • Songs
  • Skits
  • Videos
  • Geographic Components
  • Cultural Components
  • Mixed media – pastels, watercolor, acrylics, fabric painting
  • Beading
  • Basket weaving
  • Piecing fabric / quilting
  • Glass bracelets
  • Play rhythmic methodical ostnatos on instruments
  • Read, write and perform rhythmic patterns
  • Sing and play music from diverse cultures and times
  • Intermediate recorder
  • Study one composer per month
  • Accept mistakes as a valuable part of learning
  • Take responsibility for one’s own learning
  • Striving for personal excellence
  • Time and space management
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-advocacy
  • Reading buddies with 4day Preschool
  • Student-led parent teacher conferences
  • Local theater performances
  • Gold Country
  • Tall Ships/ Voyages of Discovery

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image

5th Grade

  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop integrated approach
  • Current and classic works of literature and poetry
  • Written and oral language conventions
  • Book reports exploring plot, setting, and character analysis from a variety of genres
  • Autobiographical, speech and creative writing
  • Spelling and vocabulary development
  • Words Their Way
  • Problem solving and algebraic thinking
  • Competence in algorithms and integers
  • Fractions / decimals / ratios / percentages
  • Geometry and measurement
  • Apply concrete math understanding in symbolic and abstract expression
  • Gardening / Cooking
  • Building understanding of Scientific Method – apply in science fair projects
  • NASA’s Jason Project
  • Anatomy / Physiology / Chemistry
  • Physics through applied media
  • Inventors/ Inventions / Microscopes
  • Global ecology
  • The human body in puberty
  • Geography
  • Maps and globes
  • European Explorers
  • Colonization of the new world
  • S. Government
  • States and Capitols
  • Civil War
  • Civil Rights
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Grammar
  • Music
  • Video
  • Crafts
  • Global perspective on language learning
  • Self portrait work to include clay masks, collage portraits and oil painting on canvas
  • Drawing on the right side of the brain
  • Kinetic sculpture / Clay / Glass
  • Portraiture, Landscapes, Artist Studies
  • Read, write & perform rhythmic patterns, using various types of notes
  • Sing and play music, analyzing for dynamics & tempo
  • Describe influences of various cultures and events on musical forms and styles
  • Identify musical forms from ancient music through present
  • Becoming an independent, creative, critical thinker/Personal responsibility & autonomy
  • Executive function organization
  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences
  • Deeper understanding of learning styles, temperament, and multiple intelligences
  • Self-assessment and goal setting
  • Student-led parent teacher conferences
  • Reading buddies with K
  • Bridge to middle-school
  • Montalvo Performing Arts
  • Marin Headlands Science Camp
  • Chabot Space and Science
  • Pajaro Dunes Retreat
  • Tech Museum

Health Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor skills
  • Non-locomotor skills

Skills Related Fitness Concepts:

  • Manipulative skills
  • Sports related skills
  • Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness

Social-Emotional Components:

  • Cooperation
  • Group Problem solving
  • Teamwork, Sportsmanship

Units of Study:

  • Sports unit
  • Cooperative games
  • Sports lead-up games
  • Parachute
  • Dance
  • Roughhousing
  • Yoga
  • Body Image