LGES Curriculum

  • The LGES curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.  However, The Board of Regents adopted newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The Common Core standards will be replaced by the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards .  At Lake George Elementary School we will follow the implementation timeline developed by NYS and ensure that changes in curriculum are made in a timely manner. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.  A parent resources information page provides more information.
      
     Current curriculum information for LGES is found below:
     
     
    Literacy    Math    Social Studies Science/STEM

    Literacy

     
    Lake George Elementary School uses a comprehensive balanced approach to literacy learning that rests on three pillars: Reading, Writing, and Word Study.  Balanced literacy includes the five essential components of a robust reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary and comprehension.  Click here for the LGES Balanced Literacy Program webpage.
     
     

    Math 

    Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of mathematics while ensuring students can successfully apply the concepts presented at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards (Next Gen Standards) have been our guide and we use all necessary tools to help us learn these standards.  Some of these tools include EnVision Math from Pearson, a variety of technology programs, and fluency practice (including Rocket Math). Students and teachers will spend their time and energy on fewer topics, form deeper understandings and gain greater skill and fluency.   We follow design principles, which incorporate three main areas.  These are focus, coherence, and rigor.  Focus in the curriculum is meant to give students an opportunity to understand concepts and practice with them in order to reach a deep and fluent understanding. Coherence in the curriculum means progressions that span grade levels to build students’ understanding of ever more sophisticated mathematical concepts and applications. Rigor means a combination of fluency exercises, chains of reasoning, abstract activities, and contextual activities, including “real world” practice and connections.  Math does not just show itself within the instructional block but is integrated within core subject areas and specials. 

    Along with sound instructional practices, we rely on consistent formative assessments to provide for the individual needs of our learners. Assessments include fluency checks, AimsWeb, math topic tests, etc.  

    Math Carnival, Math Night, and Math-a-thon are special activities that we enjoy together. Math Carnival includes grades 3-6 and provides fun hands on and real world math experience for our students. Many of our families enjoy attending Math Night where we have fun playing math games together. We are most proud of our commitment to support St. Jude’s Children Hospital by participating school-wide in the Math-a-thon. We have participated in the Math-a-thon for over 25 years and have raised more than $120,000

    To help your child with math at home, here are some helpful tips:

    1. Use our Online math website from Pearson for interactive manipulatives and practice. 

     How to access the Web site: 1. Access your Internet browser 2. Enter the URL (site address)  www.pearsonsuccessnet.com 3. Then, use the following information to get started: Your child's user name: Your child's password: This will be provided to your child by their teacher in the beginning of the school year. P.S.: If you ever run into technical difficulties, there is a Pearson SuccessNet online help connection to serve you between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (CST) You can reach them at 1-800-234-5832.

     2.  Check for links on any of the Teacher web pages.  These links may provide all sorts of activities, practice, reinforcement, and challenge.

     3.  *NEW*  IXL is another Math online program that can provide extra practice, reinforcement of skills, or enrichment.  With state assessments soon to be online, this tool gives the kids a technological edge in problem solving online.  Please also look for your child's login information to arrive home shortly after the beginning of the school year.  

     

    Social Studies

    The Social Studies Framework was adopted by New York State in Spring of 2014.  Due to these changes, LGES is currently adjusting our Social Studies curriculum to meet these new standards.  Below you will find a current list of units of study by grade level.  Additional information will be added regarding content within these units of study.

    Kindergarten

    Myself, My Class and My School

    Maps, Economics and Government

    Family and Cultural Identity


    1st grade

    My Family and Other Families- Now and Long Ago

    Historical Events/Holidays

    Responsible Citizens

    Maps and Directions

    Economics - wants/needs, goods/services, earning and spending money

     

    2nd grade

    Rules and Laws

    Our Community

    Maps, Money, and Me

     

    3rd grade

    World Communities:

    Australia

    Japan

    Italy

     

    4th grade

    Study of New York State:

    Geography of New York State

    Native American Groups and the Environment

    Colonial and Revolutionary Period in New York State

    Transportation and Westward Movement

    In Search for Freedom and Call for Change

    Industrialization, Immigration, and Growth- 1800's to Present

    Government

     

    5th grade

    The Americas:

    United States

    Canada

    Central America

    South America

     

    6th grade

    Ancient Civilizations:

    Egypt, Greece,Rome, China, India

    Mapping Skills- Longitude, latitude, Hemispheres

    Great Migrations of Man

     

    Science 

    The Board of Regents adopted the next generation of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards in December 2016. Initial transition to the new State science learning standards will begin with the 2017-18 school year. LGES has been preparing for the shift to the new standards well in advance.  We have provided professional development over the past year for all of our K-6 teachers to ensure that we deliver a strong science curriculum to our students.   

    All LGES students participate in the Science Fair that occurs every other year, (next in Spring, 2019) by creating a project that pertains to science. 

    We also provide many opportunities for learning experiences that the courtyard and after school clubs provide for our students. 

    We are currently building new units of study at each grade level.  Our current NGSS Units are shown below by level:

    2017-2018 LGES Science Curriculum

     

    Kindergarten

    Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

    Weather and Climate

     

    Grade 1

    Structure and Function

    Waves: Light and Sound

     

    Grade 2

    Structure and Properties of Matter

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

     

    Grade 3

    Forces and Interactions

    Weather and Climate

     

    Grade 4

    Structure and Function

    Waves: Waves and Information

     

    Grade 5

    Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

    Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

     

    Grade 6

    Earth and Space Science

    Student report cards will reflect the changes in how students are being assessed.  You will note eight science and engineering practices that will be measured through various experiences during the school year.  

    Scientific and Engineering Practices - How students will be assessed in our new Science curriculum

    1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

    2. Developing and using models

    3. Planning and carrying out investigations

    4. Analyzing and interpreting data

    5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

    6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

    7. Engaging in argument from evidence

    8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

     
     

     

    STEM for ALL STUDENTS

    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS

     What is STEM?  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Though STEM seems like the newest buzzword in education, it essentially is the basis for 21st century learning.  Students learn through inquiry based lessons and a hands-on approach to problem solving.  Real learning that encourages digging deeper into concepts and learning through authentic experiences.  This is a systematic approach to provide a balanced STEM curriculum for the elementary students.

    Below is a snapshot of the 3rd-6th grade STEM curriculum.  In the LGES program, all students participate in 3 week blocks in Computer science (coding), robotics, and Engineering. The STEM lessons occur during student's science block.

    Computer Science

    WHY COMPUTER SCIENCE? Software is everywhere. It’s shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives. But very few students are learning how to actually create games, apps and programs.

                Did you know?

    •    90% of American schools do not teach computer science.

    •    Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago!

    •    By 2020, there may be over one million unfilled computer science jobs in the United States

    •    All students can learn to code

    Computer Science is fun, collaborative and creative! Through the use of puzzles and video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, as well as familiar characters from popular games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, students learn basic computer programming with Code.org, a self paced internet program.

     Robotics

    Using the WeDo kits by Lego Education, students follow 2D drawings to build 3D models/robots.  Students also rely on logic to create computer programs to produce specific behaviors for the robots.  Through mechanical engineering, students learn the about motors and axles, gears, pulleys and belts, cams, levers and sensors

    Intro to Engineering

    Students solve real-life problems through the Engineering Design Process.  For example, some students have designed invasive species traps while learning about the invasive cane toad in New Zealand. Other students have learned about the recycling culture in Senegal and the toys children make there while investigating green engineering.  Still others have designed model earthquake resistant buildings and wrote their own building codes after investigating the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Finally, some students designed rescue aid packages while learning about the natural disasters such as the flooding in Thailand.