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 explore Texas as they look at the state’s history and its impact on how we live today.
Topics and concepts include:
- Investigating Texas history from before European exploration to present using primary and secondary sources.
- Analyzing key events, issues and individuals from historical eras to understand their impact.
- Analyzing how Texans 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 Texas
- Investigating the diverse cultural background of Texas
Students focus on life 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:
- Researching levels of organization in living systems, including the cell theory, human body systems, and demonstrating the complementary nature of structure and function of living things
- Recognizing matter/energy interactions, physical and chemical properties, and changes, especially in living systems
- Discussing variation in populations, identifying changes in genetic traits through natural selection and selective breeding
- Analyzing effects of catastrophic events, erosion, weathering and human activity
on watersheds and ecosystems
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