benchmarks


3RD GRADE

Language Arts

What we do:

  • Distinguish common forms of literature and determine the theme or author’s purpose in fiction and nonfiction text

  • Decode regular multisyllabic words

  • Read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and accurately, with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression

  • Use knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, homophones, and homographs to determine the meanings of words

  • Create paragraphs by developing topic sentences and including simple supporting facts and details

  • Revise drafts to improve the coherence and logical progression of ideas

  • Identify and use subjects and verbs correctly

 

How we do it:

Students are immersed in materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction. They are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills.  During writing instruction, teachers use the Jane Schaffer program to help students organize their ideas and become more proficient writers. Teachers introduce high-frequency words, common spelling patterns, and word solving strategies students practice that they complete during independent work throughout the day.



Math

What we do:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

  • Multiply numbers from 0 to 10 with fluency

  • Represent thinking with visual models and equations

  • Add and subtract fluently within 1,000

  • Explore division

  • Uses place value understanding to represent and solve multi-digit problems

  • Demonstrate conceptual understanding of fractions

  • Describe and identifies attributes of polygons and polyhedrons

  • Solve problems involving length, perimeter, and area

  • Solve problems involving volume and mass

  • Recognize and extend numerical patterns

  • Record, arrange, present and interpret data using tables and various types of graphs

 

How we do it:

Our curriculum blends problem-solving and skill building with a variety of  teaching strategies and objectives. Combining whole group, small group and independent activities, students are supported as they development mathematical thinking through exploration with manipulatives, testing and reasoning.


Science

What we do:

  • Make statements and asks questions that show relevant and independent thinking

  • Develop reasonable hypotheses

  • Plan and conducts experiments

  • Gather data using simple instruments

  • Answer questions using scientific resources and observations

  • Formulate conclusions using knowledge and evidence

  • Effectively communicate results of experiments

  • Demonstrate understanding of content and key concepts in current units

  • Describe the human impact on living things and the environment

 

How we do it:

Students plan and conduct hands-on investigations, employ tools and techniques to gather data, and use data to construct reasonable explanations. They construct an understanding of science concepts through their own investigations and analyses, using laboratory equipment, resource materials, and interactive technology.


Social Studies

What we do:

  • Explore varied perspectives and cultures of various Native American tribes

  • Understand history as it relates to Los Angeles and the people who have lived here

  • Study the lives of various explorers and analyze their historical impact

  • Determine locations of places and interpret information on maps and globes


How we do it:

Teachers employ simulations and visual thinking strategies to engage students. Integrated reading and writing assignments encourage critical thinking about the content matter. Students are able to select and use appropriate resources to answer questions, draw a conclusion about the main idea and supporting details and synthesize information through note-taking strategies. Whole and small group discussions, project based learning,  hands-on investigations and field trips encourage deeper connections.

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4TH GRADE

Language Arts

What we do:

  • Apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, synonyms, antonyms, and idioms to determine the meaning of words and phrases

  • Read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and accurately, with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression

  • Draw from more than one source of information and evaluate newly-discovered information

  • Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in expository text

  • Understand figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification) and how each is used

  • Create multi-paragraph compositions

 

How we do it:

Students are immersed in materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction. They are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills.  During writing instruction, teachers use the Jane Schaffer program to help students organize their ideas and become proficient writers. Teachers introduce high-frequency words, common spelling patterns, and word solving strategies students practice that they complete during independent work throughout the day. Differentiated instruction allows students to retain, internalize, and transfer valuable knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy.


Math

What we do:

  • Find factors and multiples of different numbers

  • Compare fractions and break fractions into smaller parts

  • Compare decimal numbers and find decimal and fraction equivalents

  • Develop efficient strategies for multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers

  • Calculate area and volume

  • Measure and draw angles using protractors

 

How we do it:

Our curriculum blends problem-solving and skill building with a variety of teaching strategies and objectives. Combining whole group, small group and independent activities, students are supported as they development mathematical thinking through exploration, testing and reasoning.


Science

What we do:

  • Magnetism and electricity including hands-on investigations that explore magnetic force, circuits, conductors and insulators

  • Life science investigation of organisms: their structures, the functions, and adaptations of those structures

  • The Scientific Method

  • Human health and body systems

 

How we do it:

Through lab investigations, hands-on experiments, collaborative projects and the use of science notebooks  students are engaged in learning about various topics introduced throughout the year.


Social Studies

What we do:

  • California history through the lens of local Native American tribes

  • Missions of California

  • Map and geography study skills

 

How we do it:

Teachers employ simulations and visual thinking strategies to engage students. Integrated reading and writing assignments encourage critical thinking about the content matter. Students are able to select and use appropriate resources to answer questions, draw a conclusion about the main idea and supporting details and synthesize information through note-taking strategies. Whole and small group discussions, project based learning,  hands-on investigations and field trips encourage deeper connections.

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5TH GRADE

Language Arts

What we do:

  • Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

 

How we do it:

Students are immersed in materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction. They are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and vocabulary building skills.  Individual reflection, research, and writing, including journals is scaffolded through the Jane Schaffer writing program. Differentiated instruction allows students to retain, internalize, and transfer valuable knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy. Starting mid-year, nightly homework reinforces language arts skills introduced during the day.


Math

What we do:

  • Using all four operations, be able to work with whole numbers, decimals and fractions

  • Use ratio to compare quantities

  • Compare and convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals

  • Understand place value to the hundred millions

  • Write and solve algebraic equations

  • Define properties of and measure plane and solid figures

  • Make, read and interpret graphs

  • Interpret number series using mean, median, mode and range

  • Convert and take measurements using both the metric and U.S. Standard systems

 

How we do it:

Our curriculum blends problem-solving and skill building with a variety of  teaching strategies and objectives. Combining whole group, small group and independent activities, students are supported as they development mathematical thinking through exploration with manipulatives, testing and reasoning. Starting mid-year, nightly homework reinforces concepts and skills taught during the day.


Science

What we do:

  • Weather and climate: Recording and forecasting weather, hurricanes and other extreme weather phenomena of Earth’s atmosphere

  • Wind, air masses and weather fronts; hydrologic cycle

  • Geologic structures: Earth’s core and plate tectonics, volcanoes, rock cycle, earthquakes

  • Geologic processes, weathering and deformation, erosion and deposition of soil formation

  • Waves and tides

  • Cells and organisms

 

How we do it:

Through scientific inquiry, laboratory investigation, shared reading and discussions, students explore topics independently and collaboratively. They practice scientific annotation and research skills and present multimedia projects to demonstrate learning.


Social Studies

What we do:

  • Early settlements and colonies of the U.S.

  • Current events

  • American Revolution

  • Civil War

  • Westward Expansion

  • Constitution and government

  • The impact that trade has on the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and goods

  • How geographical diversity of an area influences the development of its culture and society

 

How we do it:

Students learn through multi-paragraph writing projects, whole class and small group discussions, multimedia projects and presentations, and reading from various primary and secondary sources. Individual reflection, research, and writing as well as collaborative projects and activities demonstrate understanding of the content matter.

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