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Reading

Centers focus on the five components of reading as determined and outlined by The Florida Center for Reading Research: Phonemic Awareness, Phonemic Development, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency. The Response to Intervention model is used to set individual goals. Progress is monitored and goals are revised throughout the year. A variety of instructional materials are used, such as: The Best Pratices, New Practice Readers, The Source Book, and Think/Read and novels.



Math

Centers focus on calculation skills, math concepts and math fluency. Students are engaged in three different approaches to math development. The first focuses on the use of manipulatives from clocks and coins to slope and Pi. The second focuses on real world math problems, and the third on basic calculation.

Daily instruction and homework is based on individual student goals and in line with recommendations as made by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics which stress numbers and operations, data analysis, measurement, algebraic thinking, and beginning geometry concepts. The Reponse to Intervention model is used to design goals and monitor growth. Examples of instructional materials include: Connected Math, IXL computer based math, math problem solving and math applied boxes.

Additional math support classes are designed for students to expand and apply their math skills using hands-on activities that tie into real-life applications. Applied math courses include Math Mastery, Math Simulations, Finance, STEAM, and Drafting.


Written Expression

Goals focus on pre-writing, writing, and editing. Scoring standards are used to assess development. These standards are: focus, organization, support, and conventions of print, including spelling, sentence structure and grammar. Writing pieces are analyzed by students and teachers as writers are guided to refine their craft.


Science and Social Studies

Instructional groups are slightly larger than the reading, writing and math centers allowing for more group interaction and cooperative learning. Students use consumable texts. Learning is hands-on without a heavy reliance on learning through doing, reading, writing and listening. Videos, virtual labs and hands-on activities expand concepts with Life Sciences, Physical Science, Earth Science, Florida History, World History and U.S. History. Both Science and Social Studies concepts are in line with Sunshine State Standards. Field trips expand concepts taught in the classroom.


Literature

Exposure to the stories and concepts in literature are a part of each student’s curriculum. Revised texts and novel units are used to develop concepts in an effort to add cultural enrichment to each student. Field trips expand literature concepts.