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Integrated Reading & Language Arts

Students will:

  • use word attack skills
  • identify and use homophones and homographs
  • recognize and use multiple meaning words
  • use inflectional endings
  • identify, form, and use plurals
  • identify, form, and use prefixes and suffixes
  • recognize and use compound words
  • identify and use synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms
  • make inferences
  • make, confirm, and revise predictions
  • identify main ideas and details
  • recognize cause and effect
  • categorize information
  • sequence events
  • compare and contrast content of text
  • summarize events
  • draw conclusions
  • distinguish between fantasy and reality
  • evaluate fact and opinion
  • evaluate an author’s purpose
  • retell a story
  • integrate information from more than one text
  • identify the literary elements of character, plot, setting, point of view, mood, and theme
  • write in response to reading
  • read and write narrative, descriptive, informative, and persuasive modes of writing
  • listen to, read and enjoy poetry
  • use the conventions of language – grammar (types of sentences and sentence structure); usage (nouns and pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and verb usage); and mechanics (capitalization and punctuation)
  • use conventional spelling
  • use cursive handwriting
  • demonstrate active listening, speaking and viewing skills
  • use research and study skills
  • write frequently in all areas of the curriculum
  • capitalize the first word in a quotation
  • use a comma to separate items in a series, introductory words, and in addresses
  • use quotation marks to identify direct quotations and titles
  • differentiate between words that are used as possessives and contractions
  • identify regular and irregular verbs
  • properly use “a” and “an”
  • apply grade level spelling skills to written language
  • maintain a writing journal


Science

Students will:

  • discover that magnets display forces of attraction and repulsion.
  • construct open, closed, parallel and series circuits.
  • observe and explore properties of water in solid and liquid states.
  • investigate factors that influence the cycle of evaporation and condensation of water.
  • measure distance, volume and mass in the metric system.
  • identify the three components of a habitat and describe the importance of a good habitat for the sustaining of animal life.
  • communicate their scientific observations and discoveries.
  • acquire and use a science vocabulary
  • experience air as a material that takes up space and can be  compressed into a smaller space.
  • observe the force of air pressure pushing on objects
  • compare monthly and seasonal weather conditions using graphing
  • observe the change in the appearance of moon over a month
  • explore and describe the motion of spheres, wheels and spinning objects
  • discover different ways to produce rotational motion

Social Studies

Students will:

  • identify and use map and globe symbols, location and directional terms, and map scales
  • describe how oceans and rivers change the land
  • describe characteristics of forests, prairies, mountains, and deserts
  • explain how physical features, plants, and animal life affects people’s lives
  • describe ways in which Native Americans were affected by the land
  • identify the role of the Pilgrims and pioneers in the settlement of our country
  • state the purpose of local, state, and national governments
  • list the rights and duties of citizenship
  • identify Pennsylvania’s landforms and resources
  • describe the accomplishments of famous Pennsylvanians
  • explain the physical and economic growth of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania
  • discuss current events

Mathematics

Students will:

  • learn mental math strategies
  • round numbers to estimate
  • find the rule of a function table
  • add and subtract basic facts with sums and difference to 18
  • use appropriate strategies for problem solving
  • identify even and odd numbers
  • compare and order numbers through hundreds
  • add and subtract three and four digit numbers including those with 0’s
  • interpret information from a calendar
  • tell time to the minute
  • measure elapsed time
  • interpret a graph, chart, table or schedule
  • compare amounts of money and make change
  • make tally charts, line plots, pictographs, bar graphs, and line graphs
  • multiply and divide with basic facts (0-9)
  • multiply and divide two or three digit numbers by a one digit number, and with remainders
  • identify plane and solid figures of geometry
  • find perimeter
  • find area and volume
  • estimate and measure appropriate lengths, weights, and capacity
  • identify and compare fractions
  • discover the meaning of decimals and add and subtract them

Technology

Students will:

  • use a mouse and/or track pad
  • demonstrate a functional knowledge of the keyboard
  • use a word-processing program to write, illustrate, and publish stories
  • utilize menus
  • format paragraphs using the tab key
  • manipulate text, i.e., font, size, style, and alignment
  • cut, copy, and paste in a word document
  • use the spell check function of a word-processing program
  • manipulate graphics (resize, reshape, move) in a word document
  • construct simple tables, graphs, and spreadsheets
  • open an Internet browser, access a search engine, and reach a selected site
  • use a keyword search to locate specific information
  • access a bookmark
  • print information from an Internet site
  • navigate sites using “forward” and “back” keys
  • evaluate websites
  • know why school use of the Internet is restricted and blocked/filtered
  • notify school officials if inappropriate sites appear on the monitor
  • care for the computer and its accessories
  • develop an awareness of copyright laws and plagiarism
  • develop an awareness of privacy/confidentiality issues associated with computer use
  • learn about computer viruses and Spyware
  • learn how to use an on-line dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, and thesaurus
  • use an on-line library catalog
  • be assessed on the ability to create, save, and print a research project that contains specific information found through the use of the Internet or CD-ROMs

Library

Students will:

  • become familiar with literature in a variety of genres and formats.
  • locate books using the online catalog.
  • develop search strategies to locate information in various sources including electronic sources.
  • formulate questions based on the information need.
  • select information appropriate to the problem of question.
  • organize information using the writing process model to share information in written projects or oral presentations.
  • devise strategies for revising, improving and updating self-generated knowledge.
  • use information technology responsibly.
  • collaborate with others to design, develop, and evaluate information products.
  • evaluate resources for relevancy and completeness.
  • apply search strategy and information processing skills to problem solving.
  • find information using online resources including those found on the elementary library webpage
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