Reading and Language Arts
Reading instruction is based on the Reading Workshop model,
where teachers will model strategies of good readers through
daily mini-lessons and read-aloud activities. Students will
read self-selected texts independently and work in small
groups with the teacher to practice strategy usage. Students
will read a variety of literary genre including fiction and
non-fiction to develop fluency and comprehension. A variety
of graphic organizers and reading response activities will
be used to help students develop and enhance skills of
paraphrasing/summarizing, identifying cause and effect,
making inferences, drawing conclusions, sequencing events,
and using context clues to determine meaning.
Word Study will be used for spelling instruction and
vocabulary development. This program focuses on spelling
patterns and features found in specific word lists. Through
sorting activities, students will compare and contrast words
to analyze patterns and sounds.
Using Writing Workshop, students will work in personal
writing journals weekly to develop a passion for writing.
Students will receive writing instruction based on the 6+1
Writing Model. This model focuses on the skills of ideas,
content, word choice, fluency, voice, organization, and
conventions. Through this model, students will focus on one
element of writing at a time, thus breaking the task of
learning to write effectively into manageable parts.
Students will follow Hanover County's math pacing to build
upon previously learned math skills. Each new unit will
begin with a pretest, which teachers will use to evaluate
the student's attainment of previously learned skills. Using
assessments, instruction will be differentiated to remediate
or enrich as needed. Instruction will be delivered using a
variety of methods to build investigative thinking and
problem-solving. Students will use manipulatives and learn a
variety of strategies and models to compute equations.
Students will cover place value of whole numbers up to
6-digits, addition and subtraction with regrouping of whole
numbers, multiplication and division of 2 digits x 1 digit,
fraction concepts including identification of mixed numbers
and improper fractions and adding and subtracting fractions
with like-denominators, measurement concepts including
length, perimeter, area, time, temperature, mass, volume,
and capacity, probability concepts, geometry, and algebraic
patterns and functions. Quarterly benchmark tests will be
given to help determine ability to apply skills learned in
Students will rotate between Science and Social Studies
units. A study guide and vocabulary will be given at the
beginning of each unit. Students will be given quizzes and
tests throughout units.
Science units covered include scientific investigations,
water cycle and matter, habitats and environmental impacts
of natural disasters, animal adaptations and life cycles,
simple machines, and earth patterns.
Social Studies units covered include civics and government,
civilizations, economics, famous Americans, map skills and