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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.

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.

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.