Upper Elementary

Cultural Studies

Year one: Ancient Civilizations

The guiding question: “How and why were ancient civilizations created?”

The focus questions: “Why does oral tradition exist?” "Why did some civilizations thrive and some fail?” “How did religion shape civilization?” "What makes an ancient civilization ancient?” “What can we infer from the artifacts we find?” “What inventions were created to improve the lifestyles of early cultures?”

Year two: American Civilization

The guiding question: “How and why has American civilization changed?” The focus questions: “What does it mean to be an American?” “How has immigration influenced and changed American Civilization?” “What events have changed America?” “How have the ideas of peace and freedom shaped democracy?” “How has war shaped and changed democracy?” “Do heroes and heroines impact our lives?”

Year three: World civilizations

The guiding question: “How and why do world civilizations connect?” The focus questions: “How are cultures around the world similar and different?” “What cultural challenges might one face as a guest or host?” “How do people from different cultures tell stories?” “How are various countries governed?” ”Can world civilizations co-exist in peace?”

Science

Year One: Life Science

Botany
Zoology
Marine biology
Human body

Year Two: Physics and chemistry

Energy, electricity, magnetism, sound and light
Introduction to chemistry, periodic table
Introduction to physics and simple machines
Inventions and technology

Year Three: Earth Science

Solar energy
Weather
Topography
Astronomy

Language Arts:

Writing Rotation
September and some of October of each year will be devoted to researching skills such as note taking, paraphrasing, bibliography writing, and word processing. The rest of October will focus on the writing process and review basic sentence and paragraph structure.

Ancient Civilizations:
Observation reports
Poetry
Memoir writing
Fantasy
Mythology
Historical fiction
Play writing

American History
Tall tale
Human interest story
Poetry
Personal narrative
Business letter
Compare/contrast essay
Persuasive essay

World History

Newspaper writing
Poetry
Friendly letter/thank you notes
Folk tale
Speech writing/performing
Biographies
Autobiographies

Word Study

Grammar

Mechanics (punctuation)

Research Skills

Literature and reading comprehension

Spelling

Mathematics

Arithmetic:
Math facts place value
Rounding factors
Equivalent fractions
Adding & subtracting fractions with the same denominators
Adding & subtracting fractions with different denominators
Multiplying fractions dividing fractions
Operations with mixed numbers reading decimals
Changing fractions to decimals adding/subtracting decimals
Multiplying decimals dividing decimals
Percentages integers
Ratio and proportion intro to algebra
Graphing averages
Powers/exponents numbers in different bases
Squaring cubing
Square root cube root
Probability word problems
Measurement

Geometry:
Congruent, similar, equivalent shapes line
Angles triangles
Polygons circles
Perimeter/area Pythagorean Theorem

 

Practical Life

Respect for environment
Grace and courtesy
Respect and responsibility
Community service
Serving lunch (pizza “business”)

 

Specials

Art
Music
Spanish
Movement (yoga)
Physical education/health & nutrition