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Juda and Maria Diener Lower School Curriculum Map 2013-2014 / 5773-5774 Early Childhood Education PKT • • • •

Middot program to enforce values Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities Focus on appropriate development based on child’s age Exposure to literacy

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Middot program to enforce values Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities Focus on appropriate development based on child’s age Introduction to literacy Introduction to numbers and number sense Focus on traditions and holiday celebrations

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Middot program to enforce values Opportunities for in-school extra-curricular activities Focus on appropriate development based on child’s age Continued emphasis and expansion in literacy skills Continued emphasis and expansion with numbers and number sense Focus on traditions and holiday celebration

PK4 • Happily Ever After reading curriculum through Grade 2 • Mind Lab as a special one time each week • Middot program to enforce values • ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models • Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying • Extended opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Kindergarten Curriculum Collaborative approach to instruction with one General Studies and one Judaic Studies teacher in each classroom Superkids curriculum to teach students how to read Singapore Math curriculum to teach math at a regular pace for most students and at an accelerated pace for those who demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts Science curriculum to build an understanding of scientific content and concepts at an age-appropriate level through problem-solving lessons to develop and justify explanations Social Studies curriculum to delve into understanding of historical knowledge, geography and foundation of government Mind Lab as a special one-time each week ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Grade 1 Curriculum Collaborative approach to instruction with one teacher and one teaching assistant in each classroom Superkids curriculum to teach students how to read Singapore Math curriculum to teach math at a regular pace for most students and at an accelerated pace for those who demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts Science curriculum to build an understanding of scientific content and concepts at an ageappropriate level through problem-solving lessons to develop and justify explanations Social Studies curriculum to delve into understanding of historical knowledge, geography and foundation of government Tal Am Hebrew Language and Judaic Studies curriculum to develop Hebrew and Jewish heritage literacy in a gradual, spiraled process, building new ideas and concepts atop an expanding foundation of knowledge Israel throughout the Year curriculum to focus on Zionism’s roots and key personalities that have shaped the State of Israel through fun, engaging instruction about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders and more Chayeinu Yeda Klalit/General Jewish Knowledge curriculum to teach basic Jewish knowledge, including Hebrew calendar, brachot, important people in Tanach, Gematria, values, as well as a Jewish timeline ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Requirement to complete 1 hour of community service on campus; Grade 5 graduation requirement of 15 hours completed in Lower School Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Second Grade Curriculum Superkids curriculum to teach students how to read; homogeneous groups Singapore Math curriculum to teach math at a regular pace for most students and at an accelerated pace for those who demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts; homogeneous groups Science curriculum to investigate Earth and space sciences, living things and their environment, and physical sciences Social Studies curriculum to examine history, geography, beginning economics, foundations of government, and civics Israel throughout the Year curriculum to focus on Zionism’s roots and key personalities that have shaped the State of Israel through fun, engaging instruction about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders and more Chayeinu Yeda Klalit/General Jewish Knowledge curriculum to teach basic Jewish knowledge, including Hebrew calendar, brachot, important people in Tanach, Gematria, values, as well as a Jewish timeline Chaverim B'Ivrit Hebrew curriculum to teach modern Hebrew as a second language in contexts relevant to the children’s lives and cultural backgrounds; linguistically sequential in texts and tasks, based on student skills, placement tests and teacher recommendations; homogeneous groups Gifted program available for eligible students ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Requirement to complete 2 hours of community service on campus; Grade 5 graduation requirement of 15 hours completed in Lower School Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Grade 3 Curriculum Grade level novels as well as book club groups are the preferred method of reading and writing instruction. This allows for growth not only in reading skill, but also in the evaluation of literature, characters, setting, and problem solving; homogeneous groups Singapore Math curriculum to teach math at a regular pace for most students and at an accelerated pace for those who demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts; homogeneous groups Increased instruction in writing and grammar Science curriculum to investigate Earth and space sciences, living things and their environment, and physical sciences Social Studies curriculum to examine history, geography, beginning economics, foundations of government, and civics Israel throughout the Year curriculum to focus on Zionism’s roots and key personalities that have shaped the State of Israel through fun, engaging instruction about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders and more Chayeinu Yeda Klalit/General Jewish Knowledge curriculum to teach basic Jewish knowledge, including Hebrew calendar, brachot, important people in Tanach, Gematria, values, as well as a Jewish timeline Chaverim B'Ivrit Hebrew curriculum to teach modern Hebrew as a second language in contexts relevant to the children’s lives and cultural backgrounds; linguistically sequential in texts and tasks, based on student skills, placement tests and teacher recommendations; homogeneous groups ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Gifted program available for eligible students Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Requirement to complete 3 hours of community service on campus; Grade 5 graduation requirement of 15 hours completed in Lower School Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Grade 4 Curriculum Grade level novels as well as book club groups are the preferred method of reading and writing instruction. This allows for growth not only in reading skill, but also in the evaluation of literature, characters, setting, and problem solving; homogeneous groups Singapore Math curriculum to teach math at a regular pace for most students and at an accelerated pace for those who demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts; homogeneous groups Introduction to Holocaust education Writing Specialist to work with students one time each week Science curriculum to investigate Earth and space sciences, living things and their environment, and physical sciences Social Studies curriculum to examine history, geography, beginning economics, foundations of government, and civics Tefilah program focuses on understanding of why we pray, text and reading fluency, pronunciation and articulation of tefilot (prayers) through explanation of the siddur and words students say daily Israel throughout the Year curriculum to focus on Zionism’s roots and key personalities that have shaped the State of Israel through fun, engaging instruction about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders and more Chayeinu Yeda Klalit/General Jewish Knowledge curriculum to teach basic Jewish knowledge, including Hebrew calendar, brachot, important people in Tanach, Gematria, values, as well as a Jewish timeline Chaverim B'Ivrit Hebrew curriculum to teach modern Hebrew as a second language in contexts relevant to the children’s lives and cultural backgrounds; linguistically sequential in texts and tasks, based on student skills, placement tests and teacher recommendations; homogeneous groups ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Gifted program available for eligible students Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Requirement to complete 4 hours of community service on campus; Grade 5 graduation requirement of 15 hours completed in Lower School Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


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Grade 5 Curriculum Grade level novels as well as book club groups are the preferred method of reading and writing instruction. This allows for growth not only in reading skill, but also in the evaluation of literature, characters, setting, and problem solving; homogeneous groups Math program designed to prepare for Grade 6 expectations; homogeneous groups Holocaust education Writing Specialist to work with students one time each week Science curriculum to investigate Earth and space sciences, living things and their environment, and physical sciences Social Studies curriculum to examine history, geography, beginning economics, foundations of government, and civics ESOL instruction both “push in” and “pull out” models Content Mastery program with an additional teacher in the classroom to work with a small group during the lesson Learning Center to support students with a diagnosis per psycho-educational testing Gifted program available for eligible students Student of the Month program Words Count character education campaign to proactively address bullying Leadership opportunities available for students through Kosher Food Bank, Student Council, clubs, mitzvah program and more Grade-wide mitzvah project two Sundays of the year SSAT for Middle School placement and practice on standardized testing Tefilah program focuses on understanding of why we pray, text and reading fluency, pronunciation and articulation of tefilot (prayers) through explanation of the siddur and words students say daily Israel throughout the Year curriculum to focus on Zionism’s roots and key personalities that have shaped the State of Israel through fun, engaging instruction about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders and more Chayeinu Yeda Klalit/General Jewish Knowledge curriculum to teach basic Jewish knowledge, including Hebrew calendar, brachot, important people in Tanach, Gematria, values, as well as a Jewish timeline Chaverim B'Ivrit Hebrew curriculum to teach modern Hebrew as a second language in contexts relevant to the children’s lives and cultural backgrounds; linguistically sequential in texts and tasks, based on student skills, placement tests and teacher recommendations; homogeneous groups Requirement to complete 5 hours of community service on campus; Grade 5 graduation requirement of 15 hours completed in Lower School Opportunities for in-school extracurricular activities


Lower School Curriculum Map