Elementary Curriculum

Math

The School District of Elmbrook's elementary mathematics curriculum is based on the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics including the Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Bridges in Mathematics is the primary curricular resource used in the Elmbrook Schools. It is based on the following goals for students and teachers: 

  • Provide opportunities for all students to be successful in math through the use of research-based teaching methods and visual models.
  • Support students; mastery of both essential skills and mathematical concepts so that they can solve a wide range of mathematical problems, from basic calculations to complex problems in real-world situations.
  • Foster all students' interest in and enjoyment of mathematics.
  • Support students' development of skills and confidence they need to be successful in middle-school math and beyond. 
Bridges of Mathematics is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. It is focused on developing deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems within a math workshop instructional framework.

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Science

The School District of Elmbrook uses the Full Option Science System(FOSS) at the K-5 level. FOSS strives to develop students’ abilities to doand understand scientific inquiry through:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Planning and conducting investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Developing and using models
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

In Kindergarten, the FOSS modules are:

Animals Two by Two:This module provides students with close and personal interaction with some common land and water animals. Appropriate classroom habitats are established, and students learn to care for the animals. In four investigations, animals are studied in pairs. Students observe and care for one animal over time, and then they are introduced to another animal similar to the first but with differences in structure and behavior. The firsthand experiences are enriched with closeup photos of animals, some related to animals that students have observed in class and some to animals that are new. This process enhances observation, communication, and comparison.

Trees: This module provides early-childhood students will conduct a systematic investigation of trees over the seasons will bring students to a better understanding of trees' place at school and in the community.

Wood and Paper: In this module,students are introduced to a wide variety of woods and papers in a systematic way. They will observe the properties of these materials and discover what happens when they are subjected to a number of tests and interactions with other materials. Students learn that wood and paper can be recycled to create new forms of paper or wood that have new properties. Finally, they use what they know about the properties of these marvelous materials as they change wood and paper into a variety of products. Throughout the module, students have ample opportunities to compare different kinds of wood, different types of paper, and wood and paper. The concept of trees as natural resources is introduced.

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Social Studies

The School District of Elmbrook’s elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) is the core resource used in grades K-5.

Social Studies Alive! Me and My World explores the relationships in students' lives with their families, friends, teachers, and neighbors. Students learn that people live differently in different places and that they can help care for the world (from teachtci.com).

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Technology

Technology is integrated into the 1st grade classroom for the purpose of engaging students, personalizing learning, increasing independence, establishing skills, preparing for electronic assessments, and interacting with the curriculum.

All students have access to Google e-mail (gmail), Google Apps, and Google Drive for anytime/anywhere learning as well as online collaboration. In addition, all library resources are available online from home or school to include subscriptions like BrainPop Jr, as well as many e-books that can be checked out from a variety of tablet, desktop, or laptop devices.

Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, document camera and 6-10 iPads used in all subject areas. With a teacher's permission, students are able to bring in their personal electronic devices in an effort to complement district devices and provide a more personalized learning experience.

Finally, teachers are supported in the classroom by a technology coach and are committed to meeting the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for both teachers and students. These standards aim to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, research and analysis, and digital citizenship.

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Art

In the School District of Elmbrook, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students. The visual arts program in our district reflects the National Art Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our art curriculum is divided into 5 areas of learning that provide a lifelong foundation for the understanding, appreciation, and performance of the fine arts: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Composition and Technology and Media Literacy.

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Music

In the School District of Elmbrook, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade two music curriculum is divided into four areas of learning that provide a lifelong foundation for the understanding, appreciation, and performance of the fine arts:

PERFORM

·Students sing, play, and read basic musical notation

DESCRIBE

·Students identify and interpret music vocabulary

CREATE

·Students organize, compose, and improvise using standard notation to notate rhythm and dynamics

CONNECT

·Students identify common terms used in various arts and other school subjects

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Literacy

The School District of Elmbrook’s literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Elmbrook’s Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.

Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.

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Physical Education

In the School District of Elmbrook we believe that physical activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop students who have the knowledge and skills to develop a health-enhancing level of fitness, and the self-confidence and responsibility to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The physical education program in our district reflects the Wisconsin Standards for Physical Education.

Standard 1:

Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2:

Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3:

Participates regularly in physical activity.

Standard 4 :

Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5:

Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6:

Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.


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