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Integrated Reading & Language Arts

Students will:

  • identify and use homophones and homographs
  • determine multiple word meanings
  • use prefixes and suffixes
  • use inflectional endings
  • use compound words and contractions
  • make inferences
  • make, confirm, and revise predictions
  • identify main ideas and details
  • recognize cause and effect
  • identify problems and solutions
  • sequence events
  • compare and contrast characters, content, text structures, and authors’ viewpoints
  • summarize events
  • draw conclusions
  • paraphrase
  • distinguish between important and unimportant information
  • evaluate an author’s purpose
  • identify text types and structures
  • integrate information from more than one text
  • analyze and evaluate what is read
  • identify the literary elements of character, plot, setting, point of view, mood, and theme
  • write in response to reading
  • identify metaphors, similes, idioms, and literary devices
  • use the conventions of language – grammar (types of sentences and sentence structures); usage (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verb usage); and mechanics (capitalization and punctuation)
  • read and write narrative, descriptive, informative, and persuasive modes of writing
  • listen to, read and enjoy poetry
  • 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
  • use commas with coordinating conjunctions and in direct address
  • use the comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives in their writing
  • apply grade level spelling skills to written language
  • analyze, evaluate, select, and sequence ideas about a topic
  • maintain a writing journal

Mathematics

Students will:

  • read and identify numbers in expanded, written, and standard form
  • compare and order numbers
  • estimate numbers by rounding in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • use appropriate problem solving strategies
  • use basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • read a face clock as well as a digital clock to tell time
  • measure elapsed time
  • interpret data from graphs, charts, and tables
  • measure appropriate lengths, weights, and capacities
  • find perimeter and area of basic shapes
  • find the median, range, and average of a given set of data
  • identify two and three dimensional objects
  • identify and compare fractional parts of a group
  • understand the relationship between fractions, decimals
  • add and subtract three and four digit numbers
  • explore algebra concepts
  • discover fractions greater than one, reducing fractions, and add and subtract like and unlike fractions

Science

Students will:

  • observe and compare properties of seeds and fruits
  • observe and record crayfish structures and behaviors
  • observe and compare how sounds travel through solids, liquids and air
  • determine ways to change the pitch of a sound
  • observe, describe and record properties of minerals
  • explore the techniques of chromatography, carbon printing and mirror imagery
  • chart ways that energy impacts transportation and food production
  • communicate their scientific observations and discoveries
  • acquire and use a science vocabulary

Social Studies

Students will:

  • use longitude and latitude on maps and globes
  • identify and explain the use of various types of maps
  • develop a civic understanding of Pennsylvania government and citizenship
  • use study skills, visual learning skills, critical thinking skills, and social participation skills
  • discuss current events

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 documents
  • utilize menus and navigate through programs
  • manipulate text, i.e., font, size, style, and alignment and format paragraphs
  • cut, copy, and paste in a word document
  • use the spell check and thesaurus functions of a word-processing program
  • manipulate graphics (resize, reshape, move) in a word document
  • learn how to insert audio/visual data into a document from other sources
  • construct simple tables, graphs, and spreadsheets
  • learn how to operate a scanner, digital camera, and digital video camera
  • access a search engine and/or a bookmarked site to locate specific information
  • use a keyword search to locate specific information
  • print information from an Internet site
  • navigate sites using “forward” and “back” keys
  • evaluate Internet sites
  • 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
  • use an online dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, and thesaurus
  • use an online library catalog
  • be assessed on the ability to publish a correctly formatted research report on a curriculum-related topic using three sources, including the Internet

Library

Students will:

  • locate books using the online catalog.
  • exhibit skills of a self-motivated reader.
  • locate and evaluate information using current technology
  • develop and refine search strategies for continuous improvement of information gathering and knowledge generation.
  • recognize that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  • evaluate resources and respond to literature through creative expressions on a variety of formats.
  • develop and evaluate information products related to personal interests.
  • seek information from diverse sources, contexts and disciplines.
  • evaluate print and electronic resources for relevancy to information needs.
  • apply information processing skills using the Six Step Strategy for Information Problem Solving.
  • organize information to share in a variety of formats: written, visual, dramatic presentations.
  • use information technology responsibly and respect intellectual property rights.
  • collaborate with others and through technologies to identify information problems and seek solutions.
  • locate information for note taking using online resources such as those found on th elementary library web page.
  • organize fact using the writing process model to share information through written and oral presentation
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