Elementary Course Descriptions

Grades K-5

Reading/Language Arts – All elementary courses include comprehensive core reading and language arts curriculum which focuses on reading, language arts, and writing standards. The curriculum addresses the five areas of reading instruction: reading comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary while focusing on 21st Century skills including critical thinking and problem solving; communication and collaboration; creativity and innovation; and technology.

Mathematics –  All elementary courses focus on the CCSS  strands   including  Numbers  and  Operations;  Measurement;  Geometry;   Patterns,  Algebra,  and Probability;  Problem  Solving;  Communication;  Mathematical  Reasoning,  and  connections  to  science, social  studies,  and  daily situations.

Science – Science themes are covered through project based learning including topics in   scientific thinking processes which include observation, communication, comparing, organizing, relating, inferences, and application. Common Core strands may include: Life Science; Earth and Space Science; Physical Science and Technology; Scientific Reasoning and Technology.

Social  Studies  – Social Studies themes are covered through project based learning including topics on developing an understanding of how, as noted in the Nevada State  Social  Studies  introduction,  cultural  differences  impact the  interpretation  of events  at  the local, state,  national  and  international  levels. The core  curriculum  in grades  K-5  will  include  foundational content  in the strands of History, Geography, Economics, and Civics while also being infused in the core subjects  of reading,  language, writing, mathematics,  science, technology,  and civic  literacy.

Physical Education and Health – Curriculum is based on the Nevada’s Physical Education and Health standards. Topics include: Vocabulary and Elements to Improve Performance, Proficiency in movement, manipulative skills, Health enhancing individual fitness, Personal  responsibility, positive social  interaction, and respect for diversity in physical activity settings, Personal  health skills and overall wellness (healthy eating habits, physical  activity, detection  of health problems), Substances:  How they change your body, Safety precautions to personal injuries, Peer  pressure and Communication skills.