SUBJECT AREAS TAUGHT AT WARD-HIGHLANDS
English Language Arts (aka reading/writing)
Our current English Language Arts (ELA) adoption is Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). Reading and writing are combined within the Common Core Standards. Science and social studies are integrated through reading during the daily ELA block. In addition to the ELA program, we supplement instruction with a i-Ready Online Instruction (an adaptive computer-based program), Phonics for Reading (remediation), and Corrective Reading (remediation), Read Naturally, Rewards reading program, small group teacher-based activities, and various other strategies to help our students maintain and improve in English Language Arts.
Our current math adoption is Go Math! Florida. This series has been aligned with the Mathematics Florida Standards. Math is taught for sixty minutes each day by following the Marion County Focus Calendar. In addition to the core math program, we supplement our mathematics curriculum with i-Ready Math, IXL, and Acaletics Quik Pics (depending on student grade level). Our teachers utilize manipulatives when teaching math and consistently teach problem solving strategies to our students. Math standards are integrated throughout the curriculum daily.
Our current science adoption is National Geographic Science. This series is based on the Common Core Standards. Students learn through the 5 E’s of science
Engage/Elicit: Object, event or question used to engage students.
Explore: Hands-on activities, with guidance.
Explain: Students explain their understanding of concepts and processes.
Elaborate: Activities allow students to apply concepts in contexts, and build on or extend understanding and skill.
Evaluate/Expand: Activities permit evaluation of student development and lesson effectiveness.
Our current social studies series is published by Scott Foresman. The curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards. Social studies is integrated through reading. Teachers use units of study to supplement the curriculum throughout the year. Students are graded by classroom assignments, tests/quizzes, and individual/collaborative projects.
Mrs. Condie and Mrs. Lee will be our art teachers this year.
—explore the great art, artist, and cultures of the world
—develop skills to understand and appreciate artwork
—participate in hands-on art activities.
—develop critical thinking skills by studying their artwork and others’ artwork.
Mrs. Fotino will continue to be our music teacher this year.
The Physical Education curriculum has been designed to meet the Florida Sunshine State Standards. These standards include: movement competency, cognitive abilities, lifetime fitness, responsible behaviors, and values.