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"WHEN STUDENTS ARE GIVEN THE ABILITY TO LEARN IN A PRACTICAL HANDS-ON ENVIRONMENT, THEY ARE OFTEN ENGAGED, STIMULATED AND WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE STUDENT'S APPETITE FOR LEARNING INCREASES AND THEY ARE MORE WILLING TO LISTEN AND PAY ATTENTION IF THEY HAVE A MORE PRACTICAL OR LIFE LIKE TASK TO COMPLETE."
English Language Arts
Our reading and writing instruction is 100% aligned to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. Students receive 90 minutes of reading instruction a day.
Teachers utilize Lucy Calkins' Reading Units of Study to provide students with 15-30 minutes of whole group instruction each day. During this time the class learns a specific skill together that is modeled for them and they are given time to practice collaboratively.
During the following 60 minutes students work towards their own independent reading goals through small group instruction and Daily 5.
Teachers use Fountas and Pinnell's Guided Reading program during small group instruction to meet students where they are and lead them forward with intention and precision. This ensures that all of our students make growth as readers and receive instruction that matches their individual learning goals.
While the teacher is working with small groups, students are working towards their individual reading goals through Daily 5. Daily 5 provides authentic reading and writing opportunities:
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." -Stephen King
Our writing instruction is 100% aligned to Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. Students receive 60 minutes of daily writing instruction focused on narrative, informational and opinion writing. Our teachers utilize Lucy Calkins' Writing Units of Study for writer's workshop. Students build a love of writing and use thinking maps to organize their thoughts.
STUDENTS DURING DAILY 5
FOUNTAS & PINNELL GUIDED READING
Students Working on Writing
Our mathematics instruction is 100% aligned to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. Our teachers utilize EngageNY and Freckle to support mathematics instruction. Students receive 90 minutes of mathematics instruction a day.
Students receive 30 minutes of whole group instruction each day. During this time the class learns a specific skill together that is modeled for them and they are given time to practice collaboratively.
During the following 60 minutes students engage in hands-on practice where students solve math problems with manipulatives, solve real-world math tasks, play math games and utilize technology to practice at their level and receive tutorial videos to support them. Teachers work with small groups to guide and support learners through math tasks.