Grade Level Distinctives

Grade Level Distinctives

Kindergarten

Differentiated Reading and Math Centers

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads and Bee Bots

Oral Presentations:

  • Poetry Recitations
  • Superkids Open House presentation of “The Glum Princess"

Major Writing Projects:

  • Problem and Solution Story
  • Riddles describing favorite Superkid
  • Nonfiction write about mixing colors
    Animal research project

Author Studies:

  • Nonfiction research for mixing colors and learning about animals

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Wood and paper unit with observation journals
  • Life-Science (fish/worms/bugs?)
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Biome Study:

  • N/A

Music:

  • Piano Keyboarding
  • Learning songs for Christmas play and graduation

Christmas Performance:

  • The Nativity Play

Field trips:

  • Dentist Office
  • Underwood Farms

Reading:

  • Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum
  • Producing Early Readers
  • Decodable Leveled Readers
  • Accelerated Reader Library Program
  • Literature Read Alouds
  • Emphasis on Building Exceptional
  • Spelling, Phonics, Vocabulary,
  • Penmanship, Grammar & Writing Skills
  • Mastery of 90 Dolch Sight Words

Math:

  • Progress in Mathematics
  • Zero the Hero
  • Mountain Math Spiral Review
  • ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • Names & Locations of 50 States

Science:

  • Animals Two by Two
  • Properties of Wood & Paper

Bible:

  • Memory Verses, Daily Class Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
First Grade

Differentiated Reading and Math Centers

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads

Oral Presentations:

  • All About Me Informative Speech
  • Ladder Book Report Presentation
  • Forest Animal Biome Report & Presentation

Major Writing Projects:

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Cause & Effect
  • Personal Narrative
  • Forest Animal Research Report
  • Response to Literature
  • Author Studies: Laura Numeroff, H.A. Rey, & Margaret Wise Brown

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Design and observe insect habitat
    Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
  • Biome Study: Temperate Forest

Music:

  • Piano Keyboarding, King Wenceslas Christmas Performance

Field trips:

  • Los Angelse Zoo

Language Arts:

  • Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum, Decodable Leveled Readers, Literature Circles, Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • America Past & Present
  • Pearson My World - Our Past, Our Present

Science:

  • States of Matter (solid, liquid, gas), Air & Weather, Lifecycle of Plants & Animals

Bible:

  • Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
Second Grade

Differentiated Reading and Math Centers

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads

Oral Presentations:

  • Poetry Composition Recitation
  • My Flat Stanley Presentation
  • Ocean Animal Speech

Major Writing Projects:

  • Poetry Unit
  • Ocean Animal Research Report
  • Friendly Letter
  • Response to Literature
  • Transition from print to cursive

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Designs and builds a roller coaster
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Biome Study:

  • Ocean

Music:

  • Piano keyboarding, The Reluctant Inn Keeper Christmas Performance

Field trips:

  • Long Beach Aquarium
  • Natural History Museum

Language Arts:

  • Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum, Decodable Leveled Readers, Literature Circles, Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Cursive Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • My Community, My Country, Celebrating our Traditions; Our Nation Past & Present

Science:

  • Balance and Motion, Soil Science, Reproduction of Plants & Animals

Bible:

  • Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
Third Grade

Differentiated Reading and Math Centers

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer Chromebooks for research

Oral Presentations:

  • Historical Figure Presentations
  • Rainforest Animal Speech
  • Imaginative Narrative Presentation

Major Writing Projects:

  • Rainforest Research Report
  • Historical Figure Research Report
  • Imaginative Narrative
  • Response to Literature

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Brine Shrimp Investigation,
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
  • Biome Study: Rain Forest

Music:

  • Piano keyboarding & recorder, The Loaned Manger Christmas Performance

Field trips:

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Santa Clarita Historical Tour

Reading:

  • Novel Studies, Literature Inquiry Circles, Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read-Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Vocabulary, Phonics, Comprehension Inquiry, Spelling, Writing, Grammar, and Cursive Penmanship Skills

Math:

  • Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math on Computer Chromebooks & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • Our Communities, Our Environment, US Government, Oceans, Continents & US Regions

Science:

  • Matter & Energy, Solar System, Ecosystems & Food Chains

Bible:

  • Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
Fourth Grade

Differentiated Reading Centers and Leveled Math Classes

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer Chromebooks for research, word processing, Google Docs, & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

  • Impromptu Speech (Informational Summer Presentation)
  • Landmark Speech
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Monthly Poetry Presentations

Major Writing Projects:

  • California Landmark Research Report
  • Fantasy Narrative
  • Persuasive Letter

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Build a Telegraph
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
  • Biome Study: Desert

Music:

Piano keyboarding
Christmas Hang-ups Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Santa Barbara Mission,
California Science Center, & Sacramento Overnight

Language Arts:

Reading - Foundational Comprehensive Skills (Making Meaning Curriculum) Shared Inquiry (Jr. Great Books)
Cursive Penmanship Skills
Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program
Literature Read Alouds
Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics
Cursive Penmanship Skills
Mountain Math Spiral Review
ST MIND Math on Computer Chromebooks, Real-World Project & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

California History & Gold Rush Simulation

Science:

Magnetism, Circuits, Electromagnetism, Geology, Earth Materials, Environment

Bible:

Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

 

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Fifth Grade

Departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Literature, and History classes

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer Chromebooks for research, word processing, Google Docs, & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

  • State Presentations
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Declaration of Independence

Major Writing Projects:

  • State Research Reports
  • Travel Agent Persuasive Write
  • Tall Tale Narratives
  • Response to Literature

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Develop a Scientific Inquiry Project following the Scientific Method
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Music:

  • Piano keyboarding, Camel Lot Christmas Performance

Field trips:

  • Ronald Reagan Museum
  • Riley’s Farm Overnight

Literature & English:

  • Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program
  • Literature Inquiry Circles
  • Literature Read Alouds
  • Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • 5th or 6th Grade Progress in Mathematics, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math on Chromebooks, Math Market Entrepreneur Project & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • United States History: America’s Past
  • Explorer’s Simulation, Colonial Fair

Science:

  • Mixtures & Solutions, Planetary Science & Weather, Living Systems

Bible:

  • Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
Sixth Grade

Departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Literature, and History classes

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer Chromebooks for research, word processing, Google Slides & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

  • Greek Myth Presentations
  • Debates
  • Informative Speech

Major Writing Projects:

  • Research Reports
  • Summaries
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Greek Myth Narratives

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Required to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

  • Shadow Day, LACMA, Getty Center, Skirball Museum
  • Ancient Antiquities Tour
  • AstroCamp [3 days/2 nights]
  • Christmas Ball
  • Dance Classes
  • Etiquette Classes

Literature & English:

  • Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program
  • Literature Read Alouds
  • Literature Circles
  • Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • 6th Grade Progress in Mathematics or 7th Grade Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra, Lone Star Learning Problem of the Day, Mountain Math, ST Mind Math on Chromebooks and more

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • The Ancient World – project-based Interactive Curriculum

Science:

  • Earth’s Structure & Surface, Water & Atmosphere, Astronomy

Bible:

  • The Life of Christ, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

  • PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music/Dance, Mandarin Chinese (optional)
Seventh Grade

Departmentalized with departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Science, and History classes (positioning for AP Track in high School)

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards, mobile iPad connection, document camera, & personal MacBook laptops for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites, drafting & design, digital media editing, video production, etc.

Oral Presentations:

  • Biographical Presentation, Persuasive Speech, Debates, Communications Course

Major Writing Projects:

  • Research Reports, Argument Essays, Responses to Literature, Travel Brochure
  • Interactive Science Laboratory:
  • Pond Water Microscope Investigation,
  • Mitosis Project, Frog & Eye Dissections,
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

  • Winter Camp Overnight, Medieval Times, Community Outreach
  • Catalina Marine Institute Overnight

English:

  • Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • 7th Grade Pre-Algebra or High School Algebra I

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • Medieval World History – project-based Interactive Curriculum, Current Events

Science:

  • Life Science & Hands-on Investigations, Creation Science

Bible:

  • Biblical Worldview, Daily Devotions, Small Group Discipleship

Information Media Technology [IMT]:

  • Computer Applications, Media Literacy, Drafting & Design

Spanish:

  • High School Spanish 1A

Life Skills:

  • Strategies for Life, Communications, Dave Ramsey’s Introduction to Personal Finance

Physical Education:

  • General PE or After-school Sports Team [basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, soccer]

Electives:

  • Musical Arts (guitar, percussion, voice), Media Arts (video production, digital photography), Creative Arts (architecture, fashion design, sculpture), Domestic Arts (fine arts, cooking, calligraphy, cake decorating)
Eighth Grade

Departmentalized with departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Science, and History classes (positioning for AP Track in high School)

Technology-rich classroom with Interactive Whiteboards, mobile iPad connection, document camera, & personal MacBook laptops for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites, drafting & design, digital media editing, video production, etc.

Oral Presentations:

  • Biographical Presentation, Persuasive Speech, Debates, Communications Course
  • Major Writing Projects:
  • Research Reports
  • Propaganda Project
  • Argument Essay
  • Responses to Literature
  • Resume’

Interactive Science Laboratory:

  • Operation Egg Drop, Atomic Model Project, Satellite Mapping, Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

  • Winter Camp Overnight
  • Medieval Times
  • Community Outreach
  • Disneyland Overnight

English:

  • Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

  • High School Algebra I or Geometry

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • United States History – project-based Interactive Curriculum, Current Events

Science:

  • Physical Science & Hands-on Investigations, Creation Science

Bible:

  • Biblical Worldview, Daily Devotions, Small Group Discipleship

Information Media Technology [IMT]:

  • Technology Education: Learning by Design, Business Communications

Spanish:

  • High School Spanish 1B

Life Skills:

  • Strategies for Life, Communications, Dave Ramsey’s Introduction to Personal Finance

Physical Education:

  • General PE or After-school Sports Team [basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, soccer]

Electives:

  • Musical Arts (guitar, percussion, voice), Media Arts (video production, digital photography), Creative Arts (architecture, fashion design, sculpture), Domestic Arts (fine arts, cooking, calligraphy, cake decorating)