Curriculum Guide 2016-2017
P.S./I.S. 78Q students will be meeting the Common Core Learning standards using the ReadyGEN (Grades K-5) and Expeditionary Learning (Grades 6-8) Programs. Both programs define what students need to know in order to be college- and career-ready.
ReadyGEN: Grades K-5
Expeditionary Learning- Grades 6-8
As the year progresses, your child will learn to write in a variety of genres. Students in grades K-2 will write about fiction, non-fiction, poetry, letter writing, and project based writing. Students in grades 3-7 -students will write essays, realistic fiction, poetry, and memoir. Students will learn a variety of strategies to draw upon during each stage of the writing process. During the year, the students will be taught the conventions of good writing, which includes punctuation, grammar, and strategies for accurate spelling.
Students' writing will be celebrated throughout the year.
The students will learn to be better readers throughout the year by learning strategies and skills that good readers use while reading. The students will be assessed using the Teachers’ College Reading Assessment to identify their independent reading level. Each day student participates in Reading Workshop. Reading Workshop begins with a mini-lesson in which the students learn a strategy to assist them in becoming stronger readers. During workshop time, teachers confer with students individually and in small groups. As the teacher conferences with the students, they are learning new ways to become a better reader.
As the year begins, the children will learn habits to aide them in becoming independent readers. Throughout the year they will be introduced to a variety of genres. Students will be exposed to fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. As the year progresses we will celebrate the great work they do as readers.
K-2 will be using the Fundations Language Arts Program. This program is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during story time activities.
Students in grades 3-8 will be assessed in their word study knowledge using the Words Their Way program. The word study activities are based upon each student’s developmental level. The program supports spelling, vocabulary, and phonics activities.
Teacher reads aloud books at the children’s appropriate level. Read Aloud supports the work that we do during Reading and Writing Workshop. Children are actively engaged in the text and participate in partner conversations about the book. Read Aloud supports vocabulary enrichment and accountable talk.
P.S./I.S. 78Q students will be meeting the Common Core Learning standards using the GO Math! (Grades K-5) and Connected Math Program 3 Gr. 6-8 Programs. Both programs define what students need to know in order to be college- and career-ready.
GO Math!-Grades K-5
Connected Math Program 3 (CMP3)-Grades 6-8
All students receive science instruction. The curriculum is primarily hands-on with additional supplemental literature.
The topics are as follows:
All children receive Social Studies instruction. The units for social studies change throughout the year.
The following information outlines what will be taught during the months of September through October 2016:
All P.S./I.S. 78Q students receive instruction in music twice per week.
Kindergarten through grade two follows the Music and the Brain curriculum, a piano and general music program designed to demonstrate the link between early musical instruction and cognitive ability.
Students in grades 2 through 8 and their families can take part in the popular Family Ukulele Orchestra, which meets after school.
Beginning in grade 3, students are exposed to traditional band and orchestra instruments and begin to learn the recorder. Grade 2 through grade 8 students are able to audition for the chorus. Students expand upon the skills that they have been developing through ensemble play.
A focus of the overall music curriculum is creation through, and employing, musical techniques and methods. Students develop their skills of musical reasoning and decision-making through activities such as improvisation, song writing and composition. Central to this is the Little Kids Rock method and approach, which is a contemporary music program built on a language acquisition model of music pedagogy and uses culturally relevant music while encouraging children to communicate and improvise using music as their language. The program was developed in consideration of language acquisition theory as well as traditional music education methods like Orff and Dalcroze. Little Kids Rock methods are designed to make instrumentation accessible and satisfying in the same way that the Suzuki method of violin instruction is structured and also incorporates many elements of the Kodaly and Orff methods, with a modern twist. Children build on the skills developed in the early grades through a natural progression based on the theory of language acquisition. Emphasis is given to development of personal expression to music and musical literacy.
The arts curriculum for the our school follows the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. The art curriculum encompasses the five strands of Arts Learning: Arts Learning, Literacy in the Arts, Making Connections, Community and Cultural Resources, Careers and Lifelong Learning. Students discover art movements, explore places, and learn about the people and cultures of the world.
Children in grades K-7 have the opportunity to work with professional artists brought to our school through an arts residency collaboration.
During physical education class students will engage in a variety of movement-based activities to enrich their overall health. Some of the topics included are team and individual sport skills, transfer of weight and balance, cooperative games, adventure education, chase and flee, and group problem solving. Focus is on sportsmanship and how to be a good teammate. Each day the students complete a set of exercises which can easily be implemented at home to promote healthy living. Students will participate in the Fitness Gram, which is a nationwide assessment of the child’s overall health. Students also learn about health and nutrition. They learn a muscle and bone of the month, discuss nutrition and label reading, and speak about stress management. Students are always encouraged to stay active and healthy at home.
During the school day, children work in small groups on their instructional levels in an effort to build and reinforce reading and writing stamina, reading comprehension and vocabulary development. They work individually as needed one on one with an intervention teacher.
Instructional practices and/or programs include:
Computers and technology are incorporated into daily lessons in the classroom and library. Students are exposed to laptops, iPads, SMARTBoards, video conferencing and many different types of software to enrich their learning in all content areas.