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 people, places, and societies of the historical and modern world.
Topics and concepts include:
- Creating maps, charts, and graphs to represent data from around the world
- Analyzing changes caused by diffusion, innovation, and conflicts around the world
- Comparing civic institutions and economic systems of societies
- Understanding the impact of technology and globalization on societies
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:
- Exploring uses of energy
- Understanding the rock cycle, structure of Earth, and plate tectonics
- Researching and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different energy resources and the processes of energy transformations associated with those resources.
- Comparing and contrasting potential and kinetic energy, describing motion, and calculating the speed of objects
- Identifying basic characteristics of organisms and classifying those organisms into domains and kingdoms
- Recognizing the differences between compounds and elements and using physical properties to classify matter
- Describing the organization of the solar system
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