Subject Areas

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    SUBJECT AREAS TAUGHT AT WARD-HIGHLANDS


    English Language Arts (aka reading/writing)

    Our current English Language Arts (ELA) adoption is Reading Wonders.  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 SuccessMaker (a computer-based program), Read Naturally, Early Reading Intervention Kits (remediation), Sidewalks (intensive remediation), Triumphs (intensive remediation), small group teacher based activities, and various other strategies to help our students maintain and improve in English Language Arts.

     


    Mathematics

    Our current math adoption is GO MATH! Florida.  This series has been aligned with the Common Core 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 Successmaker, Fastt Math and Acaletics Quik Pics. Our teachers utilize manipulatives when teaching math and consistently teach problem solving strategies to our students. Math standards are effectively integrate throughout the curriculum daily.

     


    Science

    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.

     


    Social Studies

    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.

     


    Art

    Mr. Pettway will be our art teacher this year.  He will be based on our campus for the second and fourth nine weeks.  During the first and third nine weeks he will be at Dr. N. H. Jones Elementary. 

    Students will:
    —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.

     


     Music

    Mrs. Fotino will continue to be our music teacher this year.  However, she will only be based on our campus for the first and third nine weeks.  During the second and fourth nine weeks she will be at Dr. N. H. Jones Elementary. 

     


     Physical Education

    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.