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Everything involves reading. Here at Elms, reading is major component of our daily life. Not only are students expected to read continuously, but they must comprehend what they are reading. Students are tested for reading and comprehension using several reading assessments to help us meet the needs of all of our students. Our school does have MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports ).
During this time, students are grouped based on their reading needs and are given focused instruction to meet individual needs of all of our readers. MTSS groups meet four days a week for a half hour. Students are encouraged to read daily to keep their reading skills at grade level and/or above.
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Reading Standards for Informational
Common Core Standards for Literature
We use the writer's workshop model.
After a mini lesson, students practice the writing process (pre-write, rough draft, revise, edit, publish). I conference with children while others are writing their drafts. As students progress through the stages we have author's chair to provide children with an opportunity to receive teacher and peer feedback, share and celebrate their accomplishments as writers.
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In social studies, we use a curriculum developed by Oakland Intermediate School District. The website is www.micitizeshipcurriculum.org. If your your child is absent from school you may go to this website to see what your child missed. We do use a lot of maps and have lots of discussions in class so often it is very difficult to make up what has been missed in class. The Social Studies textbook that we have will be used more as a reference resource to reinforce concepts that are taught using the Oakland developed Social Studies curriculm.
Elms Elementary uses Math Expressions. This math curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Curriculum (CCC.) The CCC is the curriculum that Michigan and most states in the Nation adopted. Students and Parents are able to access this site from home.
Students are encouraged to explore, practice, and better their skills at home. Below are the steps on how to login to Think Central, the technology resource for Math Expressions. We would like for you and your child to explore the website together so you may become aware of what the Math Expressions program looks like.
Math Expressions website:
How to login to Think Central:
1. Go to https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com.
2. Select your state, district, and school.
3. To make it easier to log in later, check Remember My Organization (optional).
4. Enter user name and password. (This is the same as the computer classroom login.)
5. Click Login.
Note: You should have already received your child’s user name and password. It does not change as long your child goes to one of our Swartz Creek schools.
Units of study for science are:
Unit 1 Energy Transfer and Change
Forces and Motion/Energy: Conservation and Transfer
Unit 2 Measuring
Properties of Matter
Unit 3 Magnetism
Unit 4 Motion in the Solar System
Unit 5 Plants and animals