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.
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The School District of Elmbrook’s elementary science curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The core resource used in grades K-5 is Carolina Building Blocks of Science 3D.
Here are the units each grade level will explore:
- Push, Pull, Go
- Living Things and their Needs
- Weather and Sky
1st Grade Units:
- Light and Sound Waves
- Exploring Organisms
- Sky Watchers
2nd Grade Units:
- Ecosystem Diversity
- Earth Materials
3rd Grade Units:
- Forces and Interactions
- Life in Ecosystems
- Weather and Climate Patterns
4th Grade Units:
- Energy Works
- Plant and Animal Structures
- Changing Earth
5th Grade Units:
- Structure and Properties of Matter
- Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
- Earth and Space Systems
Social Studies standards are integrated within our literacy curriculum where there are logical opportunities to make these connections. In each grade, there is at least one unit that does not naturally lend itself to integration. These units are taught independently or as "Stand-Alone" units are units. Each of these Stand Alone units are clearly outlined on our curricular documents.
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.
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:
·Students sing, play, and read basic musical notation
·Students identify and interpret music vocabulary
·Students organize, compose, and improvise using standard notation to notate rhythm and dynamics
·Students identify common terms used in various arts and other school subjects
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.
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.
Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4 :
Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.