Students connect classroom reading and writing content to their own interests and real-world situations.
Topics and activities include:
- Reading grade-level texts with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension
- Evaluating and analyzing complex texts
- Researching questions and topics that interest students, and presenting a report supported by material from a variety of sources
- Planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing stories, poems, and essays
that are analytic, persuasive and personal in nature
- Writing a variety of informational and literary texts, including multimedia presentations and multi-paragraph essays
- Collaborating and communicating on projects using a variety of settings with different groups of people
Students examine the history of the United States from early European exploration and colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
Topics and concepts include:
- Investigating the economic, religious, political and social motivations for
the growth of representative democracy in America.
- Analyzing primary and secondary sources of key events, issues, and individuals from historical eras to understand their impact.
- Analyzing how Americans modified and adapted to different regions and shifted from agrarian to an urban society
- Understand the functions and structures of civic and economic systems in the United States
- Investigating the diverse cultural background of Texas
Students focus on earth and space science. At least 40% of science instructional time should be spent on hands-on activities that include lab and/or field investigations.
Topics and activities include:
- Understanding the structure of atoms and investigating the Periodic Table, chemical reactions and chemical equations
- Modeling movements of the Earth, moon, and sun and exploring characteristics of the universe
- Looking at the interdependence between living systems and the environment
Students learn to analyze information, formulate strategies, and devise and justify solutions. Students are active learners by making meaning from mathematics and applying principles to real-world situations and problems. Students focus on proportionality helps to develop readiness for algebra.
Concepts and activities also include:
- Using algorithms, concepts, and properties of rational numbers to explore
mathematical relationships, describe complex situations and make connections to slopes of lines and the coordinate plane
- Connecting graphics, numeric, verbal and algebraic representations including selecting and using expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent and solve problems
- Discussing information about geometric figures or situations by quantifying attributes, generalizing measurement procedures, using those procedures to solve problems
- Justifying mathematical ideas and arguments using precise mathematical language in oral and written communication
- Using concepts of proportionality to develop, explore and communicate mathematical relationships that include numbers and operations, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability
- Using representations of data and appropriate statistics, to reason, draw conclusions, evaluate arguments, justify solutions, and make inferences