Classic Weinberg Curriculum Overview
The curriculum in the Chandler Unified School District and at Weinberg Elementary is aligned to the Arizona State Standards. Performance objectives are identified for each strand and concept and progress is monitored quarterly. In addition to language arts and math objectives, science and social studies are regular parts of the curriculum.Use this link to reference the standards and objectives:In the 2014-15 school year Weinberg will begin incorporating the Thinking Maps® Language for Learning into all grade levels and across all content areas. The experts in brain-based research and learning agree on two aspects of brain theory: the brain is a pattern seeker and the brain is very visual. Thinking Maps, which are visual patterns for thinking, are therefore well-designed for teaching and learning. Because each map is a visualization of one of the eight thinking process, teachers can take advantage of a strategy that matches the natural learning tendency of the brain. The importance of the maps as concrete pictures of abstract concepts is linked to our ability to learn visually. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade use the same visual patterns, thus providing familiar patterns for thinking and working with complex ideas and situations. Thinking Maps
Students receive physical education, general music, and library and computer lab classes on a routine basis.Art instruction is delivered by volunteer staff through the Art Masterpiece Program.Fifth and Sixth grade students can choose to take band, orchestra or general music.
Students in grades K-4 attend general music class.Math OverviewAll students in grades K-6 use Scott Foresmann math textbooks to assist in the understanding of mathematics concepts. Math and science are often integrated together to bring a stronger relevance to students' understanding.For more information about Scott Foresmann math - Click here.Reading OverviewThe students use the Journeys Reading Program as a resource for literature. In addition, quality children’s literature at a variety of reading levels is used in the classroom for instruction. Some grade levels utilize Accelerated Reader, a self-paced computerized program for checking comprehension. .Accelerated ReaderClick Here to go to the AR BookFinder website. It will tell you the approximate reading level for the book you have selected.
Click Here for a website that allows you access to your student’s comprehension level and his progress towards meeting his AR goal.Accelerated Reader, or AR, is a program that has been commercially developed to help track and guide student reading and understanding. Educators know that to become an excellent reader, one has to really read. AR is a computerized program in use at many CUSD schools including ours. Essentially, students read a book at their own independent reading level. They take a test on computer answering questions about the book.
It is important to note that the goal in AR is to achieve and maintain an average of 90% or better on quizzes. Averaging 85-- 90% indicates that the student understands the key points of the book, and it motivates the student to read more. Research has shown that 30-minutes of daily reading practice and an average of 90% and higher on AR quizzes produces the most significant gains in reading achievement.
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