The Instructional Program

The elementary curriculum is standards-based, delivered through best instructional practices using research-based resources. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Specialists provide instruction in Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education. Spanish and Chinese are introduced in Prep Senior with students receiving instruction in one of these languages every other day. Information Literacy, Health, Service Learning and Sustainability Education are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students have access to an extensive Library collection, a range of Technology Devices, Science Labs and a Maker Space.

Assessment
Progress towards grade level performance expectations is assessed in a variety of ways. A combination of teacher observation, class work, common assessment tasks and unit projects are routinely used to monitor learning.

Parent-Teacher conferences are conducted twice each year. During conferences student’s work is shared, their progress discussed and goals developed for the remainder of the semester. In Grade 2 -5 students are active participants in sharing their learning in student-led conferences.

Grade 1

Language Arts
Students participate in a balance of shared, interactive guided, and independent practices around reading. They learn decoding and comprehension strategies according to their individual rate of development. Students learn reading strategies to improve their oral fluency, accuracy, and comprehension of written and multimedia texts. In writing workshop, students are guided through the writing process: generating ideas, drafting and nurturing those ideas, editing and revising their work and finally publishing their writing.

Mathematics
Grade 1 instructional time will be focused on developing students’ understanding of addition and subtraction. They will learn about measurement units and geometric shapes. By the end of Grade 1, students are expected to fluently add and subtract within 10.

Science
Our students learn about the various cycles that occur in nature, and specifically study weather as a cycle and how it affects us. In life sciences, students will make observations and record their findings as they learn about the needs of living things and understand the importance of environmental care.

Social Studies
Students are introduced to routines and learn the Melawati Way and understand the school-wide learning results. Students also learn about wants and needs, where different foods come from, and how they are produced and marketed. Finally, they are introduced to history to begin to develop the concept of change over time.

Grade 2

Language Arts
In Grade 2, students participate in a reading workshop model where they are asked to continually practice and build on their comprehension skills through both narrative and informational texts. Additionally, they work together to do research connected to their scientific units.

Mathematics
Grade 2 instructional time focuses on four critical areas: extending understanding of base-ten notation; building fluency with addition and subtraction; using standard units of measure; describing and analyzing shapes. By the end of the grade, students are expected to fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies and to know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Science
Grade 2 students continue to explore change through experiments with states of matter regarding physical and chemical change. Our “Healthy Choices” program help students understand how to make good health choices through diet, exercise and hygiene. We organize field trips for our budding scientists to the Bird Park or Butterfly Park where they can learn about the concepts of growth and survival.

Social Studies
Students are taught of the rights and responsibilities of community members in Grade 2. Problem-solving skills are developed as students work as a class to create their own planned community. They will also develop an understanding of culture and diversity through a variety of cultural celebrations on campus.

Grade 3

Language Arts
In Grade 3, student are asked to develop ideas about characters and nonfictional stories while supporting their thinking with details from their texts. In workshops, students will build on their reading skills and start to think about how they can transfer an author's craft around details, dialogue, actions, inner thinking and literary language to their own narrative writing.

Mathematics
Grade 3 students focus on developing an understanding of multiplication and division within 100, fractions, the structure of rectangular arrays and of an area. They will also learn to describe and analyze two-dimensional shapes.

Science
Science units focus on the concept of systems where students will apply it to the study of the solar system, features of the planet and other celestial abodes. The theme of “Systems” continues as they learn about the world’s major biomes, developing an understanding of the interdependence of living and non-living things within an ecosystem.

Social Studies
Students study maps, globes and how they represent the world as they begin to connect the geography of an area to people’s lifestyles. They travel back in time and discover ancient civilizations, learning about the common themes of history and what we have learned from these civilizations.

Grade 4

Language Arts
In Grade 4, students read quality narrative and informational texts, while working towards solidifying reading strategies to build independence in their skills around fluency, comprehension and accuracy. The connection between reading and writing is drawn upon as students use planning and prewriting strategies to develop their writing through self-reflection, peer and teacher conferencing.

Mathematics
Grade 4 focuses on developing an understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends alongside addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers. Additionally, they will learn to analyze and classify geometric figures based on their properties.

Science
Force and friction and how to make work easier are explored through a practical unit, which also includes simple machines. Students develop an understanding of the Earth and the current environmental issues facing our world. They learn how Earth has changed over time by drawing on research from Southeast Asia and around the world.

Social Studies
Students start the year learning about different belief systems to develop an understanding of other cultures and belief systems as global citizens. Students explore the relationship between human and physical geography. They investigate basic economic standards as well as sustainability and economic development.

Grade 5

Language Arts
In Grade 5, students continue to read narrative and informational texts while building complex theories about their characters and main themes. Students will write literary essays, informational reports and fantasy narrative stories as well as produce a number of performances and presentations connected to their year-long research study.

Mathematics
Students develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions while also learning about the multiplication of fractions and division of fractions in limited cases. They will also be learning about whole numbers and decimal operations as well as understanding the concept of volume.

Science
Students will explore and conduct experiments on energy sources and use. They explore environmental issues relating to energy and investigate alternate energy sources. Students also explore the human body by investigating a variety of the body systems and how they are interrelated.

Social Studies
Much of Grade 5 is a culmination of major understanding of the universal nature of culture, geographical location, and government. Students learn how individuals and groups affect the history of a place and explore some of the consequences of different cultures coming together. There are opportunities to interpret primary and secondary sources and discuss bias and historical interpretation.