Curriculum

Math – Engage New York, Khan Academy, Zearn, Xtra Math

 

Curriculum modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the CCLS, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. The time required to complete a curriculum module will depend on the scope and difficulty of the mathematical content that is the focus of the module (first priority cluster area for a given grade level). For example, the curriculum module relating to Grade 3 multiplication and division introduces initial ideas of multiplication and division in a brief period at the start of the year, continues to develop strategies and problem solving throughout the year, and includes materials to be used throughout the year for helping students reach fluency by the end of the year with single-digit multiplication and related division.

 

Connecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice to the Standards for Mathematical Content

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe ways in which developing student practitioners of the discipline of mathematics increasingly ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise throughout the elementary, middle and high school years. Designers of curricula, assessments, and professional development should all attend to the need to connect the mathematical practices to mathematical content in mathematics instruction.

The Standards for Mathematical Content are a balanced combination of procedure and understanding. Expectations that begin with the word “understand” are often especially good opportunities to connect the practices to the content. Students who lack understanding of a topic may rely on procedures too heavily. Without a flexible base from which to work, they may be less likely to consider analogous problems, represent problems coherently, justify conclusions, apply the mathematics to practical situations, use technology mindfully to work with the mathematics, explain the mathematics accurately to other students, step back for an overview, or deviate from a known procedure to find a shortcut. In short, a lack of understanding effectively prevents a student from engaging in the mathematical practices.

Khan AcademyKhan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Zearn – https://www.zearn.org/

Xtra Math – https://xtramath.org/#/home/index

 

Literacy – Expeditionary Learning

Four modules, with 3 units in each, comprise a full year’s curriculum. Each module progresses in a standard sequence: Building Background Knowledge (Unit 1), Extended Reading and Research (Unit 2), and Extended Writing (Unit 3).

Each module comes with books – not textbooks or anthologies – which have been carefully selected and vetted by the authors of the Common Core as the best books for teaching grade level content. These central texts are supported by a list of recommended texts—books, articles, and primary source documents—that balance literary and informational texts at appropriate levels of complexity.

Social Studies – TCI & Common Core Standards

TCI – TCI is a K-12 publishing company that provides science and social studies textbooks. With TCI, teachers can have all the resources they need to create engaging and interactive experiences that meet both the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Common Core Standards standards for K-5 reading in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are integrated into the K-5 Reading standards.

 

SCIENCE

BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science and Literacy is a comprehensive, modular, kit-based elementary school science program that includes a full year of instruction at each grade level, K–5. At each grade level, 1–5, there are four modules, one each in physical science, Earth and space science, life science, and science and technology. A full-year kindergarten program is integrated in one Teacher’s Guide.

BSCS Science Tracks motivates students with exciting cross-curricular connections. Additional reading resources correlate with content for each module. This program provides ongoing assessment as well as additional strategies and activities that allow teachers to differentiate instruction.