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green11green12PLTW:

GREEN believes that engaging students in STEAM activities at a young age builds confidence, grows interest, and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging.
PLTW Gateway is offered in GREEN's middle school. Students have the opportunity to engage in rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.


green12green12GREEN's Energy curriculum and NEED:
The NEED Project's energy curriculum provides GREEN students a comprehensive, objective information platform with activities on the energy sources that fuel our country, including their economic and environmental impacts. Students explore the history of energy, energy in current events, and consider future energy development opportunities and challenges. They understand that certain energy sources may be better choices for specific energy needs, and they discuss and debate the energy sources we use today and will use in the future. GREEN students begin their exploration of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources in Kindergarten and continue through high school.

 

ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

Language Art

The primary focus of the language arts program will be to help students use the reading process effectively. Students will be able to select and use pre-reading strategies that are appropriate to the text such as discussion, making predictions, brainstorming, generating questions, and previewing in order to anticipate content, purpose and organization of a reading selection. Reading will not be passive, but rather an interactive process involving the text itself, the reader, and the context of the reading situation.

Our Comprehensive Core Reading Program (CCRP) correlates to all Reading and Language Arts SC State Standards as well as CCSS and addresses the five areas of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The CCRP is the tool used to provide initial and differentiated instruction and is used to expose and instruct students on grade level. All students will participate in a daily, 90-minute block of uninterrupted reading instruction following the high quality, explicit, and systematic initial instruction in the curriculum.

The CCRP provides explicit lessons for whole group instruction that includes introduction of skills, modeling, teaching, independent and guided application, and review of skills and concepts. Techniques such as modeling, pre-viewing and predicting, visualizing, summarizing and direct instruction in strategic reading are embedded throughout the program. The Comprehensive Core Reading Program (CCRP) provides guidance to teachers in delivering differentiated instruction for diverse learners within the reading block. The program contains integral instructional sequences coordinated by strand of instruction and are carefully planned to move from cognitively simple skills to more complex skills. Daily lessons for small group-differentiated instruction revolves around using leveled materials to provide numerous practice opportunities for mastery of skills and strategies.

 

Elementary Mathematics

The GREEN Charter School’s mathematics curriculum will enable students to:

1. Understand that mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships;

2. Become familiar with some of those patterns and relationships; and

3. Learn to use them in daily life.

In order to implement the mathematics curriculum, the GREEN Charter School will adopt the proven instructional mathematics curricula, Everyday Mathematics and Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds (Gifted program).

Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through 6th grade mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. It is currently used by over 4.3 million students in over 220,000 classrooms. Everyday Mathematics correlates and meets the CCSS (http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teaching-topics/standards/).

Underlying the Everyday Mathematics curriculum are six strands of knowledge: Algebra; Data and Chance; Geometry; Measurement; Numeration and Order; Patterns, Functions, and Sequences; Operations; and Reference Frames. At each grade level, learning targets are identified for each of the six strands.

Project M3 is a research-based mathematics program for gifted and talented students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Development of this program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits Program. Rather than focusing on computation, as many mathematics curricula do, Project M3 units focus on increasing the depth and complexity of the mathematics in which talented students are engaged. In other words, these young mathematicians are engaged in conceptual understanding rather than the application of rote formulas. This is achieved through an emphasis on mathematical discourse, both written and verbal, within the classroom and on problem solving and the spirit of inquiry.

 

Elementary Science

The science program is designed to use a constructive view of learning skills, sequences, and subject knowledge. The science curriculum will include strategies to:

 Encourage students to make their ideas explicit and present them with events that challenge their ideas;

 Encourage the process of hypothesizing and generating alternative inspirations of models, enabling the students to explore these alternatives in informal and non-threatening ways, particularly through group discussion, and providing opportunities for students to use their new ideas in a wide ranges of situations so that they can appreciate their utility.

The GREEN Charter School’s renewable energy-oriented science curriculum will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach while building on students’ abstract knowledge of science. The GREEN Charter School will implement the proven instructional science curricula to reach this goal.

Students will be introduced to the GREEN Charter School’s green theme through elective science courses related to energy. Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) curriculum and guidelines will be utilized. The NEED curriculum is aligned with SC standards in science (http://www.need.org/State-Curriculum-Correlations).

 

Elementary Social Studies

This curriculum will promote students’ understanding of historical, geographical, and civic knowledge and their application of this knowledge to today’s diverse world culture. In the early grades (kindergarten through second) students learn about the world with which they are most familiar: home, school, the neighborhood, and the broader Greenville community.

The social studies program will provide each student with a broad background in the social sciences. Within each class, the faculty-student exchange will be strongly encouraged. Students will be encouraged to think critically and to form opinions consistent with historical facts. From the earliest events of recorded history, through the development of family life, culture and the arts, to the development of governments and countries driven by geographical exploration, the wars of history and the stories they tell, from yesterday to today, students will have the unique opportunity to pursue their curiosity and respond to the State Standards by participating in the discovery of man and his contributions to the whole of humanity.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Middle School English Language Arts

The primary focus of the language arts program will help students use the reading process effectively, select and use pre-reading strategies that are appropriate to the text such as discussion, making predictions, brainstorming, generating questions, and previewing (to anticipate content, purpose and organization of a reading selection). In addition, the students will use writing processes effectively, select and use appropriate pre-writing strategies such as brainstorming, graphic organizers and outlines. Briefly, the students will be prepared to use viewing and speaking, strategies effectively and understand the nature and power of language.

The program helps students develop the essential skills of reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently and speaking and writing persuasively. Students are an integral part of the reading process. Instruction is aligned to mastery of the State Standards and employs before, during and after reading strategies. Students use Socratic questioning techniques to increase critical thinking and develop skills in formulating their own questions to guide their inquiry.

The purpose is to provide educational experiences that develop English language arts concepts and skills. The content will include, but not be limited to the study of literature, the use of the writing process, and the application of reading, listening, speaking, critical thinking and study skills. Information on how language arts skills apply to daily life and work will also be provided. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to use, interpret, and appreciate spoken and written English.

 

Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics curriculum is one of the most focused curricula in the GREEN Charter School. Students will be able to understand the mathematical significance of the operations while performing arithmetic operations. By focusing on the ‘why’ behind the algorithmic procedures, we will prepare students for further study of mathematics as well as the quantitative literacy of daily life.

The Mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles, State Standards and CCSS for Mathematics. In order to implement mathematics curriculum, the NCTM Principles School is committed to adopt the proven instructional mathematics curriculum, the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).

GRADE

COURSE

6

Pre-Algebra I

6

Pre-Algebra I Advanced

7

Pre-Algebra II

7

Algebra I*

8

Pre-Algebra III

8

Algebra I*

8

Geometry*

6-8

Intensive Mathematics

* High School Credit

The purposes of the mathematics courses above are to provide instruction and promote academic excellence in basic mathematic skills, geometry, algebra, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. The content will include, but not be limited to operations, numeration, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, equations, inequalities, functions, expressions, properties, constructions, area, volume, proofs, limits derivatives, integrals and the development of logical reasoning skills. These skills and in preparation for the SC Assessment Test, are essential for a student to succeed within the real world work environment.

College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) is a middle grades and secondary mathematics program that integrates basic skills and topics with conceptual understanding and problem solving strategies to achieve a complete and balanced mathematics curriculum. The two middle grades courses are designed to prepare students for Algebra. CPM high school courses parallel the course sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Mathematical Analysis. CPM also offers a lab and investigation-based AP Calculus course.

The CPM curriculum uses a variety of teaching methodologies, including lecture, class discussions, manipulatives, and structured study teams. During class, students are actively working on guided investigations, much like “math labs,” to develop mathematical concepts and problem solving skills. Teachers lecture regularly and summarize lessons based on observed needs of the students. Basic skills and procedures are practiced as exercises over several weeks as well as integrated into challenging application problems.

The CPM curriculum is effective because of its unique emphasis of both basic skills and problem solving strategies. Where other mathematics programs emphasize only the mechanics of mathematics, the CPM materials develop the basics while encouraging students to understand ideas, see relationships between them, and apply mathematical principles to complex problems.

CPM courses prepare students for the global marketplace they will face after graduation, either in institutions of higher learning or in the job market.

Middle School Science

The science program is designed to use a constructive view of learning skills, sequences, and science knowledge with inquiry based approach. It is believed that we must build students’ own reality when introducing content. In science, effective teaching comes from relating the new experiences to what students already know, not from simply adding new knowledge to what students know. The Science Curriculum will incorporate SC State Standards for Science and National State Science Standards.

Science class strategies include: Encouraging students to make their ideas explicit, presenting them with events that challenge their ideas; Encouraging the process of hypothesizing, and the generation of alternative inspirations of models, enabling the students to explore these alternatives in informal and friendly ways, particularly through group discussion, and providing opportunities for students to use their new ideas in wide range of situations so that they can appreciate their utility.

The GREEN Charter School’s science-oriented curriculum will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach to their current definition of science while increasing the abstract knowledge of science. The major purpose of the science curriculum is to teach children to become self-reliant, independent problem-solvers, concentrated in science subjects, which are merged with life in a consistent manner with what is known about how adolescents think of them. It is designed to create a high level of interest in learning that will become personalized and individualized. The GREEN Charter School believes as a philosophy that science empowers students to understand our world and how it works. Science, therefore, is the key that opens the doors that help students discover their own unique and important gifts.

Students will be introduced to the GREEN Charter School’s green theme via elective science courses related to energy in addition to their core science courses. Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) curriculum and guidelines will be used. The NEED curriculum is aligned with SC standards in science (http://www.need.org/State-Curriculum-Correlations).

GRADE

COURSE

6

Comprehensive Science I

6

Comprehensive Science I Advanced

7

Comprehensive Science II

7

Comprehensive Science II Advanced

8

Comprehensive Science III

8

Comprehensive Science III Advanced

8

Biology*

* High School Credit

 

Middle School Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of related knowledge and modes of inquiry selected from history, the humanities, and the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Thematic units have been designed that integrate the various subjects and address key areas of social studies in alignment with State Standards. Character education components (respect, honesty, responsibility, self-control, tolerance, kindness, citizenship and cooperation) will be emphasized individually through thematic lessons and group projects.

The middle school years will broaden our students' knowledge as they learn about other places and people in the world. They gain an understanding of the importance of the past and the conditions that have brought countries and regions to their present states today.

 

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