Curriculum Maps by Month

Curriculum Maps for Grades PK to 5

Get a sense of what your child will be learning over the course of the year.

March/April

Early Childhood Curriculum March/April

GRADE Math Reading Writing SEL
Pre-K

Building Blocks: Shape Matching and Identification, Adding and Subtracting Small Numbers, Exploring Patterns (recognize, duplicate and extend repeating patterns), Counting Beyond 10

Integrated Units: Light (Feb), Water (March), Plants (April)

Please read aloud to your child at home! Research tells us that the more we read books to children, and the more we talk to them about the books and about mathematics using complex language, the more likely they will become good readers themselves.

Early Literacy: Making Books, learning letters and their sounds, reading books (Star Books or “Look Books” - pre-conventional reading, practicing writing our names and doing more “Name Study” work

SEL: Making Friends, Expressing our Ideas (Communication) and Problem Solving

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March: Compose/Decompose Numbers to 10

April: Starting Numbers Within 20

March: Becoming Avid Readers

April: Starting Growing Expertise in Little NF Books

March: Persuasive Writing of All Kinds

April: Starting All About Books

Sanford Harmony: Problem Solving
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March: Adding Within 100

April: starting Measuring Length

March: Readers Have Big Jobs to Do

April: Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons

March: Reviews (Opinion Writing)

April: From Scenes to Series (Realistic Fiction)

Grade 2-3 Curriculum March/April

GRADE Math Reading Writing SEL
2

March/April: Numbers to 1,000

This unit extends students understanding of the base-ten system to include numbers to 1,000. In this unit, students will learn that 10 tens make a unit called a hundred, and three-digit numbers are formed using hundreds, tens, and ones.

Students will be working with base-ten blocks, base-ten drawings, number lines, expressions and equations.

Series Book Clubs: This unit is designed to help students to fall in love with favorite characters. They will not only become experts on characters- but also authors themselves. In this unit, readers will be working on orientating, envisioning and predicting, monitoring for sese, determining importance, part to whole, and inferring about characters.

Lessons from the Masters: This unit builds upon work done in previous units (especially Small Moments). Throughout this unit, our writers will study the work that our favorite authors do to use craft to convey meaning.

Problem Solving

  • Identifying personal problems
  • Ways to generate alternative solutions for interpersonal problems
  • Fostering collaborative teamwork skills
  • Develop problem solving skills
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March: Relating Multiplication and Division

Students will be using the relationship between multiplication and division to continue to develop fluency with single-digit multiplication and division facts.

April: Fractions as Numbers

In this unit, students are introduced to fractions as numbers. Throughout the unit, students will be introduced to increasingly abstract representations of fractions.

March: Test Prep Mid-Late April: Social Issues Book Clubs

This unit aims to emphasize even more about how students can read books to teach them how to live their lives and also to support students in reading across multiple genre picture books, chapter books, poetry, and nonfiction

March: Test Prep Mid-Late April: Once Upon a Time (Fairy Tales)

Students will be writing adaptations and original fairy tales. One of the major goals of the unit is to teach writers how to craft well-structured narratives. Another major goal of the unit is to support writers in using precise language to capture a moment, an image, or an emotion.

Grade 4 Curriculum March/April

*We are awaiting guidance on whether or not state exams will take place

Math Reading Writing SEL

Fraction Equivalence and Comparison

Students use visual representations or a numerical process to generate and reason about equivalent fractions, and compare and order fractions with the following denominators: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 100.

Test Taking Strategies

Test Taking Strategies

Power and Perspective: This unit supports fourth graders as they experience what it can mean to read a text with a specific lens, and it will help them to read with two lenses - power and perspective - that play a particularly important role in critical reading. Kids begin to look at books to grow not just ideas about characters, settings, and themes but also begin to look at issues of fairness and unfairness; what makes some people stronger and who gets to make the rules.

Test Taking Strategies

Graphic Novels: This unit asks kids to think: How can I use words and pictures to craft writing that makes it irresistible for the reader to turn the page?

Students create a comic book for younger readers, draft graphic novels with clear story arcs, and study comic craft of mentor writers to incorporate their techniques

Problem Solving

  • Become aware of different approaches to resolving interpersonal conflicts.
  • Learn and practice a step-by-step approach to problem solving.

Grade 5 Curriculum March/April

*We are awaiting guidance on whether or not state exams will take place

Math Reading Writing SEL

Fraction Multiplication and Division

Students use area concepts to represent and solve problems involving the multiplication of two fractions. They also reason about the relationship between multiplication and division to divide a whole number by a unit fraction and a unit fraction by a whole number.

Test Taking Strategies

Test Taking Strategies

Reading in the Content Areas: Civil Rights

This a unit that aims to support students in strengthening their reading research skills, it is also a unit that has big goals around helping students access complicated content. After experiencing this unit, the hope is that students have a more complex understanding of the Civil Rights Movement beyond the commonly told narratives.

*Reading and writing go hand in hand

Test Taking Strategies

The Lens of History: Writing Research Reports

This unit is designed to support students with writing information texts within a content-area study, including pieces on a larger topic and a more focused subtopic within the content-area study ex. Civil Rights Movement

*Reading and writing go hand in hand

Problem Solving

  • Identify constructive ways to resolve conflict.
  • Name conflict styles and learn the benefits and costs associated with each style.
  • Learn a step-by-step approach to successfully resolve interpersonal conflicts.

May/June

Early Childhood Curriculum May/June

GRADE Math Reading Writing SEL
Pre-K

Building Blocks: Addition, Counting, Ordinal Numbers (understanding numbers that do not emphasize how many but, instead, in what position, including the words, first, second, third, and up to tenth). ~Shape Recognition, shape composition, shape parts and shape attributes. Integrated Units: Plants (April/May), Babies (May), Transformation (June)

Please read aloud to your child at home!

Early Literacy: Making Books, learning letters and their sounds, reading books (Star Books or “Look Books”) and pre-conventional reading, practicing writing our names and doing more “Name Study” work

Sanford Harmony: Peer Relationships (Problem Solving cont)
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May: Solid Shapes All Around Us

June: Putting it All Together

May: Non-Fiction: Growing Expertise in Little Books!

June: Giving the Gift of Reading

May: All About Books (NF) / Vowel Power

June: Crafting True Stories

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May: Geometry and Time

June: Putting It All Together

May: Reading NF Cover to Cover

June: Independent R / W Projects

May: From Scenes to Series

June: Independent R/ W Projects

Grade 2 Curriculum May/June

Math Reading Writing SEL

Unit 7: Add and Subtract within 1,000: In this unit, students will add and subtract with and without decomposition. Students will use strategies based on the relationship between addition and subtraction and the properties of operations to add and subtract without composing or composting a 10 or hundred.

Unit 8: Equal Groups: Students will develop an understanding of equal groups as the foundation of multiplication and division.

Reading Nonfiction Cover to Cover: In this unit, readers will work on their nonfiction reading skill, and work on their speaking and listening skills. Students will learn how to really read nonfiction instead of just collecting facts. They will work to deepen their understanding of main ideas and supporting details.

Nonfiction Writing Projects

This unit provides students the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of nonfiction structures to write new nonfiction pieces.

This is an opportunity to bring all they know about nonfiction writing and the writing process to write independently.

Peer Relationships

  • Caring for others
  • Being inclusive
  • Making amends and forgiving
  • Reflecting and connecting

Grade 3 Curriculum May/June

Math Reading Writing SEL
  • Unit 6: Measuring Length, Time, Liquid Volume, and Weight. In this measurement unit, students will use common objects such s paper clips and liter bottles to feel the standard metric units as they earn about grams and kilograms. Students will also continue their study of time.
  • Unit 7: Polygons and Perimeter Students build on previous learning to describe, compare, and sort a wide variety of shapes. Later on in the unit, students will learn about perimeter. They will learn the meaning of perimeter and find the perimeter of shapes.

Social Issues Book Clubs

  • Students will work to interpret and determine themes carried across many types of reading genres: picture books, chapter books, poetry, and even nonfiction. We use the term social issues to refer to issues that affect a lot of people, not just one person or one character.

Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

  • In this unit, students will write adaptations and original fairy tales. Some of the goals of this unit are to: craft well-structured narratives; use precise language to capture a moment, and image or emotion; and to develop a storyteller's’ voice.

Unit 5: Peer Relationships

This unit is designed to help students learn peer relationships skills:

  • Provide opportunities to promote positive interactions and relationships between students and their peers.
  • Help students identify the qualities important to friendships.
  • Help students develop strategies for promoting social inclusion.
  • Encourage students to practice providing their peers and classmates with support.
  • Practice effective ways for handling bullying situations.

Grade 4 Curriculum May/June

Math Reading Writing SEL

Angles and Angle Measurement

  • Students learn to draw and identify points, lines, rays, segments, parallel and intersecting lines in geometric drawings. They also learn about the characteristics of angles and they use a protractor to measure angles and draw angles of given measurements.

Properties of Two-Dimensional Shapes

  • Students classify triangles and parallelograms based on the properties of their side lengths and angles, and learn about line of symmetry in two-dimensional figures

Power and Perspective

  • This unit is intended to support your fourth graders as they experience what it can mean to read a text with a specific lens, and it will help them to read with two lenses - power and perspective - that play a particularly important role in critical reading. The broad picture of the unit is that first students learn to read fiction with the lens of power (Bend I), then with the lens of perspective (Bend II), and finally, they bring those two together and engage in critical reading across many types of texts with a push toward taking action in the world.

Graphic Novels

This unit asks writers:

  • How can I use all I already know about narrative craft and graphic novels to draft and revise in pictures as well as words?
  • How can I transfer over everything I’ve learned so far about narrative writing to this new Medium?
  • What special techniques can I use to make my graphic novels irresistible to readers?

Unit 5: Peer Relationships

This unit is designed to help students learn peer relationships skills:

  • Provide opportunities to promote positive interactions and relationships between students and their peers.
  • Help students identify the qualities important to friendships.
  • Teach students about social cliques.
  • Help students develop strategies for promoting social inclusion.
  • Encourage students to practice providing their peers and classmates with support.
  • Practice effective ways for handling bullying situations.

Grade 5 Curriculum May/June

Math Reading Writing SEL

Fractions Operations

  • Students convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system and use these conversions in solving multi-step problems. They then add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, and make line plots to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit and solve problems involving fractions operation.

Coordinate Grid and Classifying Shapes

  • Students plot coordinate pairs on a coordinate grid and classify triangles and quadrilaterals in a hierarchy based on properties of side length and angle measure. They generate, identify, and graph relationships between corresponding terms in two numeric patterns, given two rules, and represent and interpret real world and mathematical problems on a coordinate grid.

Reading in the Content Area

  • Civil Rights Though this is a unit that aims to support students in strengthening their reading research skills, it is also a unit that has big goals around helping students access complicated content. After experiencing this unit, the hope is that students have a more complex understanding of the Civil Rights Movement beyond he commonly told narratives.Students hopefully emerge from this unit with new understandings of the movement and also, perhaps most importantly, come to recognize that this fight for equality is ongoing and that there are connections from the Civil Rights Movement to movements today, such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lens of History: Research Reports (connected to Reading Unit content)

  • Essential Work: Developing Awareness of Historical Significance
  • Synthesizing and Comparing Information Across Texts
  • Writing to Think: Growing Connections Across Events and Ideas
  • Considering Structure, Craft, and Perspective

Unit 5: Peer Relationships

This unit is designed to help students learn peer relationships skills:

  • Provide opportunities to promote positive interactions and relationships between students and their peers.
  • Help students identify the qualities important to friendships.
  • Teach students about social cliques.
  • Help students develop strategies for promoting social inclusion.
  • Encourage students to practice providing their peers and classmates with support.
  • Practice effective ways for handling bullying situations.