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    Reading
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    Reading

    Our focus this year is to implement READERS WORKSHOP from Columbia Teachers College. The Readers Workshop model blends whole group instruction, small needs-based groups and individual conferring to guide readers through the application of decoding skills and five basic comprehension strategies.

    1. Determining what is important – identifying themes and diminishing focus on less important ideas or pieces of information

    2. Drawing inferences – combining background knowledge and textual information to draw conclusions and interpret facts

    3. Using prior knowledge –

    4. Asking Questions – wondering and inquiring about the book, before, during and after reading

    5. Creating Mental Images – Implementing the five senses to build images in the mind that enhance the experience of reading

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    Writing

    We engage our children in the Writer’s Workshop model where writers start by thinking and remembering small moments. Teachers and writers confer about their writing.

    They learn to “pull back” from their writing and add more details. Writers Workshop provides an amazing window into our children’s understanding of written language! Writers collaborate to revise, edit, and publish. Our writers learn to incorporate the 6 traits of writing (content, organization, voice, fluency, word choice, and conventions).

    Students write for a variety of styles including narrative, expository, persuasive, and creative and fiction.

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    Mathematics

    We challenge students to use higher level thinking skills to solve math problems and explicitly teach problem solving strategies. We support students who need strategic support with small group instruction. We support our advanced learners by challenging them with above grade level materials and we also offer after school Math Clubs for intermediate grades.

    We hold our annual Family Math Night to engage students and their families in our math program and share strategies for students’ curriculum. The math Workshop model develops the whole brain (kinesthetic, visual, and auditory senses) and uses activities that help students make sense of what they are learning.

    The Math Workshop model combines learning skills with hands-on experience. We seek to give students a strong foundation to keep them succeeding and pushing their performance level in mathematics.

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    Science

    Science instruction is based upon exciting inquiry-focused discussions, hands-on investigations, and teaching scientific writing skills. In addition to teaching Life, Physical and Earth Sciences, our school has a special focus on our award-winning Environmental Studies. Students are engaged in hands-on organic gardening, composting and 4th/5th graders may choose to volunteer for our Green Team.

    Our enhanced multi-media program for all K-5 students links our Environmental Studies program with our state-of-the-art technology program.

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