Grades 2 - 5

We  currently have 11 students enrolled in grades 2 – 5. Our small class size and multi-age setting means that students academic needs are met and nurtured, regardless of if they are working at or above grade level!

 

As a class we work together to build a community that all learners feel safe and valued in. We practice empathy by learning how to listen to each other, good citizenship by trying to meet needs in our community, and teamwork by playing games and creating together. School is meant to be a joyful place that students eagerly anticipate attending each day. We try to structure all lessons to be hands-on and problem based so that it invites students in to deeper, self driven inquiry. 

Our philosophy is based on the constructivist approach to learning which means that we believe that students create their own learning and the adult is there to structure the environment accordingly. Additionally, we believe collaboration, creativity, and access to nature are paramount to a well grounded students school experience.

Below you will find the materials used to support student learning. Academic rigor should be paired with creative freedom and we use the resources below to provide a jumping off point for student interest. All instructional materials are correlated to the Washington State Standards.

This classroom is a lively and engaging learning environment.

Literacy:

 

Journeys (Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt) We use the Journeys curriculum as a jumping off point for our study of language arts. The program highlights a “Anchor Text” from a real published author and synchronizes a study of vocabulary, phonics, comprehension skills, writing, and grammar appropriate to the context of that story. After the central lesson students break into small groups to practice specific skills using materials that are themed to match the “Anchor Text”.  

 

Daily 5 (Moser and Boushey) – Daily Five is a method of organizing Language Art Instruction that centers on giving students personal choice in how they study language arts. After the core lesson I work with small flexible groups of students to target the skills they need. For the students I am not working with they may choose to study language arts by: Working on Writing, Word Work, Reading to Self, or Reading to Someone. We do three rounds of Daily 5 each day.  

 

Handwriting Without Tears- The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies to help students be successful. Second graders learn to master printing, while third – fifth graders learn cursive.

Math:

 

Everyday Mathematics (University of Chicago School of Mathematics)-  The Everyday Math curriculum focuses on embedding high level thinking skills into “everyday” concepts to make it more concrete for young learners. For example, when learning to subtract within 100 (a second grade skill) it is paired with the concept of making change for a dollar which most children have some level of familiarity with. Each unit focuses on a new skill while also providing scaffolded practice and review of previously learned skills. Additionally, the curriculum has a focus on practicing skills through interactive games which makes for high student engagement.

 

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