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Elementary Curriculum Overview September 2012


Board of Education James Ptucha, President Frank Grimaldi, Vice President Diana Acampora Betty DeSabato Eric Geringswald David Kaston Paul Peller, M.D.

Central Office Administration

Kelly Fallon, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Harrigan, Assistant Superintendent for District-wide Administration Mary A. Rettaliata, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Facilities John O’Farrell, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education

Elementary Schools Chestnut Hill Forest Park Otsego Paumanok Signal Hill Sunquam Vanderbilt

Chad Snyder, Principal Ross Diener, Principal Stacey Gillespie, Principal Kendra Cooper, Principal Deborah Ostrosky, Principal Karen Littell, Principal Martin Boettcher, Principal

September 2012 Dear Parents: The Half Hollow Hills School District’s mission is to create a learning environment that:  sets the highest expectations for all students, teachers, and the community  is motivating, fully engaging, orderly, and safe  engages all students, teachers, and the community in an active committed effort to help each member use his or her intellectual, social, and physical capacities to achieve personal goals in ways that foster the success of our global society.

An education is a collaborative effort between school and the home. I hope this guide will provide parents with resources to become collaborative partners with our school community. As you are aware, in recent years we have made every effort to provide as much parent information as possible online. This document is now available on our district website. Sincerely, Kelly Fallon


This guide provides parents with an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and the skills the students will acquire in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additionally, it will serve as a resource in helping you to understand the total elementary instructional program. While our goals, expectations, and aspirations are the same for all of our students, we recognize that children develop at different rates socially, emotionally, and academically. Our program is supportive and nurturing, and it will also excite, motivate, and challenge all students to achieve.

English Language Art New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

Reading Literature and Informational Text Reading Foundational Skills Writing Listening and Speaking Language

By the end of the fifth grade year, students should be able to: Reading

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Select books on an appropriate level based on personal needs and interests, for reading at school and at home Read a variety of literary and informational materials (e.g., books, magazines, documents, reference sources) Learn new language and literary devices (such as metaphor) from reading and book discussions Read aloud with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression Read silently and independently for sustained periods with comprehension, adjusting reading rate to purpose for reading Use strategies to monitor understanding, decipher unfamiliar words and self -correct Show evidence of understanding texts through writing and during classroom discussions Relate new ideas and information in books to prior knowledge and during experience Describe and compare the personalities of different characters Compare and contrast characters and similar themes from two or more books Define and compare the features of different types of literature and genres Recognize and use organizational formats to assist in comprehension of informational texts


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Listening and Speaking in whole class, small groups and one-to-one


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Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions Take notes to collect information, identify key ideas and details Present oral report in all subject areas, using at least two sources of information Paraphrase and synthesize information and ask probing questions to further understanding and contribute to the discussion Articulate a position and support it with reasons or justification Respond to comments and questions, using details and examples Listen and respond respectfully, using language appropriate for speaking Speak with expression, volume, pace, and gestures appropriate for the topic, audience, and purpose of communication

English Language Arts

Use legible print and/or cursive writing Write daily for extended periods on self-selected topics, in all subject areas Write in order to:  Convey information from several sources, with logically organized key ideas, precise vocabulary, and supporting facts and details  Respond to literature using examples from the story to support ideas  Share an autobiographical or fictional story using descriptive details to develop experiences and events or show characters’ responses to situations  State an opinion on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information Use strategies such as note taking, mapping, or outlining to plan and organize writing Revise own written work to precisely convey meaning and make it more interesting Review writing independently and edit for correct spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and organization of paragraphs

Fifth Grade/5

Mathematics New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics In Grade 5, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions), (2) extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that all students are expected to develop. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies� with longstanding importance in mathematics education. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them Reason abstractly and quantitatively Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others Model with mathematics Use appropriate tools strategically Attend to precision Look for and make use of structure Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

By the end of fifth grade year, students will be able to: Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain  

Write and interpret numerical expressions Analyze patterns and relationships

Number and Operations in Base Ten Domain Understand the place value system Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths

Number & Operations in Fractions Domain  

Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions


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Fifth Grade/7

Geometry Strand   

Classify and describe properties of angles and geometric figures Find area and perimeter Identify symmetrical, congruent, and similar figures

Measurement Strand    

Compute length and weight in customary and metric measures Use a protractor to measure angles Know that the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180 degrees Calculate elapsed time in hours and minutes

Statistics and Probability Strand  

Interpret and display graphs Express, interpret, and use ratios and proportions in probability

Problem Solving Strand   

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Solve word problems and check answers for reasonableness and completeness Use problem solving strategies appropriately Communicate reasoning in a clear and logical way (oral and written)


By the end of the fifth grade year, students should be able to: Scientific Inquiry    

Describe and understand the steps in the scientific method and apply this method to scientific investigation Distinguish a variable and a control in an experiment Identify and use metric units in scientific measurements Explore and use graphic representation of data using a calculator or a computer as appropriate

Mathematics/ Science

New York State Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Students will:  Use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological design to pose questions, seek answers, develop solutions  Access, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies  Understand mathematical concepts and principles, communicate and reason mathematically, and apply mathematics to real-world settings  Understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories  Understand technological concepts and apply technological knowledge and skills  Understand the relationships and common themes connecting mathematics, science, and technology  Apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions

Fifth Grade/9

The Physical Setting: Chemistry      

Identify the structure of an atom Begin to investigate the Periodic Table of Elements Identify the molecular structure of water Distinguish between chemical and physical properties and changes Investigate and relate the properties of various liquids and solids, then relate them to the density of water Develop mental models to explain common chemical reactions and changes in states of matter.

The Living Environment: Ecosystems     

Distinguish between a plant and an animal cell Identify parts of the microscope and be able to use it to examine cells Describe and explain the process of photosynthesis Observe parts of an ecosystem Discover the inter-connectedness of all living things

The Living Environment: The Human Body      

Identify the functions of the major organ systems and their interactions Identify and name the main organs and components of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems Explain the structure and function of each human body system Investigate how food travels through the digestive process Describe how blood cells interact with other body systems Describe the relationship between the skeletal and muscular systems

The Physical Setting: Earth’s Structure   

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Identify and classify the three major types of rocks Explain the processes of weathering and erosion Identify the

Social Studies

By the end of the fifth grade year, students should be able to: History      

Recognize that different ethnic, national, and religious groups have contributed to the cultural diversity of nations and regions Understand that different people in the Western Hemisphere may view the same event or issue from different perspectives Understand that the migrations of people have led to cultural diffusion Develop an awareness that social, cultural, and technological connections and exchanges exist between and among the peoples of Western Hemisphere Identify key turning points and events in the different historical periods in the Western Hemisphere Understand the impact of industrial growth and development and urbanization on the countries of the Western Hemisphere

Science/ Social Studies

New York State Standards for Social Studies Students will:  Understand the major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the Western Hemisphere  Understand the major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history, examining these from a variety of perspectives  Understand the geography of our interdependent world from local, national and global perspectives  Understand how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions  Understand the governmental system of the United States and nations within the western hemisphere, the U.S. Constitution, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Fifth Grade/11

Geography      

Understand that maps and other geographical representations and technologies can be used to gather, process, and report information Recognize that boundaries change over time Understand that geological processes have shaped the physical environment and that human actions modify that environment Understand that a region is defined as an area tied together for identifiable physical, political, economic, or cultural reasons Develop an awareness of the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of the cultures of the Western Hemisphere. Understand that nations of the Western Hemisphere are economically interdependent

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Identify and define concepts of scarcity supply and demand, markets, resources, productivity, and economic growth Understand that individuals and groups attempt to satisfy their basic needs and wants by utilizing capital, human, and natural resources Understand the economic interdependence of nations of the Western Hemisphere Understand that nations must make economic decisions based on the production, distribution, exchange, and consumption of goods and services Recognize that science and technology have influenced people’s standard of living Understand that, as economic systems of the global economy become more interdependent, decisions made in one region have worldwide implications

Civics, Government, and Citizenship    

Understand basic civic values such as justice, due process, equality, and majority rule, with respect for minority rights, are expressed in the laws and constitutions of nations of the Western Hemisphere Understand that constitutions, rules, and laws are developed in democratic societies to maintain order, provide security, and protect individual rights Understand that legal, political, and historic documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights define the values, beliefs, and principles of constitution democracies Recognize that citizenship includes an awareness of patriotic celebrations and holidays, as well as respect for national symbols, such as the U.S. flag

Social Studies Fifth Grade/13

Assessments Assessment is a process for gathering information to meet a variety of evaluation needs. Educators collect and organize information or data to demonstrate the growth that each child makes in academic areas. Teachers use a variety of assessment tools, formally and informally, to determine where a child is in his developmental growth. Assessment is an integral part of the curriculum. All fifth grade students throughout New York State must participate in the following New York State assessments:  NYS English Language Arts (ELA) - Test given in April  NYS Mathematics - Test given in April In Half Hollow Hills, all fifth grade students take an ELA pretest in the fall semester and they are individually assessed with the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) in the fall and spring semesters.

Specials The following programs enrich the classroom experience and are provided on a weekly basis for all students:  Art  Music  Library  Physical Education (two times a week)

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Additional Services

Additional Programs   

Music Lessons – available to all students beginning in third grade for strings and in fourth grade for band instruments Orchestra – available to students in fourth and fifth grade Band - available to students in fourth and fifth grade

Assessments/ Specials

The following personnel and/or services are available to students on an “as needed” basis:  School Nurse  School Psychologist  Speech and Language  Reading support  Resource room  Occupational and Physical Therapy  ELL (English Language Learning)

Fifth Grade/15

Elementary School Online Resources

Many of these sites are available through the HHH Website Choose your school and click on the link for “Library and Media Center” Almanacs  - Farmers  - Yahooligans Kids’ Almanac  - Fact Monster Almanac  – Site to search all Info Please almanacs, or search individual almanacs by subject Authors  Learn more about some of your favorite authors Biographies  - Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present  - This biographical dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day Calendars  - Diversity Calendar  - Calendar of celebrations by month: Earth Calendar Current Events  - Time For kids brings the latest news of the world to you

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Dictionaries  - Merriam Webster Dictionary Online  - Newbury House online Dictionary  - Provides more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages  – Language Translation Dictionaries

Quotations  - Bartlett’s Quotations Ecology-Animals and their environments  - Learn about animals and their environments Dinosaurs  http:/ – Learn about dinosaurs Encyclopedias - Includes the complete updated Encyclopedia Britannica  - Combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and several up-to-the-minute almanacs  - Puts tons of information right at your fingertips 

Online Resources

Thesauri  - Roget’s Thesaurus  - Basic-type in a word, choose thesaurus (online version of Roget’s) or dictionary and search  - Merriam Webster Thesaurus Online

Fifth Grade/17

Field Trips  - Visit the circus  - Visit the Bronx Zoo  - Visit Sea World  - Visit the San Diego Zoo  - Visit the American Museum of Natural History Geography  – Country profiles  50 states Government  - This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers about how our government works Presidents 

http:/ You will find various information concerning different aspects of the White House -Election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files,and other presidential sites are included.

Homework Helpers  - Suffolk Library System lists of helpers  BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework help

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Search Sites for children:  - Search for homework by subject area  – Ask Jeeves for Kids  – Yahoo for Kids  - Home-School support  - Kid Info Just for Fun  -Fun with Books by Dr. Seuss

Search Engines  – Good search engine for homework helpers has a spell check feature for questions  – Fun search engine, easy to use, lets you “fetch” information  – Nice current events page, easy format  – Check out the kids and teen section in the web directory  – Homework helper site for students  - The internet public library youth section  - This search engine contains the web, videos, mp3, audio, news, and images  – This search engine features news and stock information !/ - Search for homework help  by subject area

Online Resources

Reading Lists  - This is a list of 100 picture books everyone should know for teachers  Book Lists  – Find reviews of books you might like to read  - List of notable sites listed by the American Library Association

Fifth Grade/19

Social Studies  - Hyper History presents 3000 years of history with a combination of color lifelines, timelines and maps Black History  Colonial America History Resources  Pilgrims Plantation - Virtual tour –illustrating many aspects of life at the time Native Americans  - Index of Native American Resources on the Internet Revolutionary War  - This is a virtual tour of historic Philadelphia with great photos and information accompany you on this virtual tour  - This is an online game prepared by PBS to test your Revolutionary War knowledge Western Movement  - Oregon Trail  - California Gold Rush  Remembering the Gold Rush History Alliance  - Explorers Lewis and Clark Women’s History 

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