ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMICS

Elementary School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVERVIEW

From their first days at DAIS, our Elementary students are active participants in their own learning. Caring and experienced teachers work diligently to ensure that all students have a smooth transition from home to school and progress successfully through the meticulously developed curriculum.
Our small class sizes allow for maximum teacher/student interaction, assisting students to learn to solve problems, create products and make meaning out of information in an American educational context.
English skills are developed through interaction with teachers and fellow students, alongside intensive reading programs and reading marathons. A reading buddy program has been developed whereby older students are paired with younger Elementary students to share skills and develop confidence. Our students are expected to speak English while on school, even during lunch and play time. This helps build vocabulary and fosters the long-term retention of language skills.

Our curriculum follows National Standards for student achievement developed in the United States. We utilize American accredited textbooks and strive to provide students with the same educational experiences that they would enjoy in an American school stateside.

OUR PROGRAM OF STUDIES 

Programs in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science are complimented by classes in Music, Art, Computer, Library and Physical Education. You can find our supply list for elementary school through this link. ( Elementary Supply List )

  • Language Arts

    Generally, by the end of Grade 1, our students will have progressed in their reading and listening and be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will also be able to demonstrate a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to secure meaning from printed text.
    In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate in a written format for a variety of purposes including stories, reports, poems letters and directions.

    Reading

    By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

    • recognize all capital and lower case letters
    • match, recognize and apply letters and sounds
    • successfully read predictable, familiar text
    • recognize many words by sight
    • read for pleasure
    • use picture clues, spelling patterns and context strategies
    • read for specific purposes
    • choose a variety of text 
    • read for meaning 
    • extend reading through response activities such as discussion, drawing and written response
    • identify story elements such as character, setting, problem solving and resolution 

    Writing

    By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

    • develop and plan ideas through drawing, thinking, discussion and brainstorming
    • represent ideas through pictures, letters, words and sentences
    • retell or read their own writing
    • use a mixture of inventive and standard spelling to write complete sentences
    • begin to edit
    • begin to recognize the need for revision
    • begin to write stories that include a beginning, middle and end
    • use upper and lower case letters appropriately

    Handwriting

    By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

    • legibly form upper and lower case manuscript letters
    • legibly form the numerals from 0 – 9
    • use appropriate spaces between letters and words

    Spelling

    By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

    • use a mixture of invented and standard spelling to represent beginning, middle and ending sounds
    • apply phonetic rules to assist in spelling

    Speaking and Listening

    By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

    • listen attentively
    • express ideas clearly
    • make relevant contributions to group discussions

    Math

    By the end of Grade 1 the following Math concepts will be covered:

    Numbers

    • students will count forward and backward by ones, twos, fives and tens
    • students will also read, write, compare and order numbers to 100
    • using objects students will explore the components of numbers and their relationship to place value (2 tens + 4 ones = 24)

    Computation

    • students will use objects and understand addition and subtraction number facts to 18
    • students will solve addition and subtraction problems mentally and by using pencil and paper

    Patterns, Relationships and Functions

    • students will recognize and create repeating number patterns with Objects 

    Geometry

    • students will identify and crate three dimensional figures using spatial diagrams and identify the properties of those figures
    • students will explore size and area through the use of objects

    Standards Measurement

    • students will measure length, volume and weight
    • students will explore time and temperature as related to daily living

    Problem Solving

    • students will collect and graph data 
    • students will solve word problems

    Social Studies

    Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the Elementary school years in an ever-broadening perspective. In Grade 1 emphasis is placed on how the individual lives within the context of the family, school and community. Current events and important national and international holidays are discussed at all grade levels.

    In Grade 1 the following concepts will be covered:


    Families

    • getting to know ourselves and our families
    • understanding the ways in which we are alike and different from each other

    Homes

    • getting to know our homes and why they are important
    • developing an understanding of our location in the world

    Working Together

    • understanding positive ways of working, sharing and playing together
    • understanding the notion of friendship
    • understanding the importance of working together at home, at school and in the community

    Celebration

    • understanding why we celebrate and what we celebrate
    • developing an understanding of a variety of celebrations around the world and how they are alike and different from each other

    Science

    By the end of Grade 1, students will receive instruction in the following:

    • the similarities and differences between plants and animals
    • the classification of plants and animals according to one characteristic

    Magnets

    • the properties of magnets and magnetic fields and forces
    • the nature of temporary magnets, magnets and compasses

    Weather and Seasons

    • factors that affect the weather
    • seasonal weather changes and how people, plants and animals respond to weather conditions

    Earth’s Land and Water

    • the properties of soil and rocks
    • how water and soil mix
    • how water flows
    • recycling through the process of composting

    Keeping fit and Healthy

    • the importance of good nutrition, exercise, sleep and proper hygiene
    • the food pyramid and the importance of a healthy diet

    Art

    By the end of Grade 1, students will:

    • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools,
    • equipment and techniques
    • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
    • Learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form investigate artists’ motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society
    • study the history of art making and artistic achievement in terms of traditional styles
    • explore and analyze various works of art in terms of effect on the viewer

    Music

    Grade 1 students experience the basic concepts of music in a performance context. A student’s class performance and participation are used to measure their comprehension of music objectives. The Music Connections textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to enhance learning and the musical experience.

    Musical concepts to be learned in Grade 1 include the following:

    Rhythms

    • the review of mi, so
    • the addition of la

    Staff Reading

    • learning to follow text on a printed music page

    Instruments

    • the continuation of performance skills
    • the addition of Orff instruments

    Singing

    • the review of singing in pitch
    • learning proper volume and blending techniques
    • a performance two or three times per year

    Miscellaneous Concepts

    • Lessons on dynamics, tone, color, temp, pitch, texture, form and style
    • Extension of the musical experience

    Physical Education

    Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness.

    Grade 1 students will be involved in:

    • learning skills and games to improve large muscle development
    • developing hand-eye co-ordination through the use of various manipulatives
    • learning the basic skills of throwing, catching and striking
    • developing listening skills 
    • developing co-operative behaviors
  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts program provides instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language. A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students.

    A literature based approach to teaching and learning exposes our students to recognized works of children’s literature and promotes critical thinking.
    By the end of Grade 2 students, will have progressed in their reading and listening skills and will be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will show a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to obtain meaning from printed text.

    Reading

    By the end of Grade 2 it is anticipated that our students will be able to: 

    • demonstrate an active interest in and appreciation of reading covering a variety of printed materials
    • read with fluency, expression and comprehension
    • identify and apply phonics rules
    • apply word identification strategies such as visual cues and predictions
    • identify the structural elements of character, setting, plot, main ideas and supporting details
    • make reasonable predictions of outcomes prior to the conclusion of the story 

    Spelling

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected demonstrate the ability to:

    • expand spelling proficiency to the mastery of commonly used words in their written work
    • utilize spelling patterns with new words in their writing
    • begin to use spelling references and apply phonetic rules to assist their spelling

    Speaking and Listening

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

    • express ideas clearly and contribute relevant information to group Discussions
    • listen attentively to peers and adults
    • follow directions and ask basic questions to obtain required Information
    • use correct grammar when speaking

    Writing

    In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate via a written format including stories, reports poems, letters and directions.

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

    • demonstrate skills that allow them to apply writing to all areas of learning
    • plan and formulate an appropriately sequenced story containing character, setting and plot
    • consistently apply mechanics such as end punctuation, capitalization and proper spacing
    • recognize and correct fragmented and run on sentences
    • edit and revise with adult guidance
    • practice initial reference and research skills including alphabetization, the use of reference aids, dictionaries, glossaries and encyclopedias

    Handwriting

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

    • master manuscript writing as indicated by consistently legible upper and lower case letter use
    • use appropriate letter spacing

    Math

    In the Mathematics program students are active individuals who construct, modify and integrate ideas by interacting with materials, the world around them and their peers. The learning of Mathematics is an active process of exploring, representing, solving, constructing, discussing, investigating, describing, developing and predicting.

    By the end of Grade 2 the following Math concepts will be covered:

    • number sense and numeration
    • counting forward and backwards by ones, twos and tens from any number
    • reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers to 1,000
    • exploring place value to 1,000
    • using calculators and computers in appropriate ways
    • developing estimation skills
    • adding and subtracting facts to 20
    • adding decimals via currency
    • beginning fractions
    • interpreting and creating number patterns using objects and numbers 
    • identifying, creating and describing two and three dimensional figures
    • measuring length, area, volume, weight and temperature using standard and metric units of measurement
    • telling and writing time in half hour, quarter hour and 5 minute intervals
    • using data to make predictions about the likelihood of an event occurring 

    Social Studies

    In Grade 2 emphasis is placed on the individual lives within the family, school and community. Map skills are also introduced.

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

    • identify the differences and similarities in communities in terms of customs, resources and traditions
    • explore the symbolic representations of geographic areas via maps and globes
    • understand the fundamentals of citizenship from class and school rules to the general precepts of our country
    • appreciate traditional and patriotic activities
    • participate in co-operative groups

    Science

    The Science program is presented as an activity oriented subject. Subject matter is taken from the fields of biology, life science and physical science.

    By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to appreciate the usefulness of Science and demonstrate skills in:

    • observing
    • classifying 
    • recording
    • predicting

    Art

    By the end of Grade 2, students are expected to:

    • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques
    • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
    • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism
    • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
    • investigate artists’ motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society study the history of art making and artistic achievement in terms of traditional styles 

    Music

    A student’s class performance and participation are used to measure their comprehension of the required music objectives. The Music Connections textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to enhance learning and the musical experience.

    Musical concepts to be learned in Grade 2 include the following:

    Rhythms

    • the review of mi so
    • the addition of la

    Staff Reading

    • learning to follow text on a printed music page

    Instruments

    • the continuation of performance skills
    • the addition of Orff instruments

    Singing

    • the review of singing in pitch
    • learning proper volume and blending techniques
    • a performance two or three times per year

    Miscellaneous Concepts

    • lessons on dynamics, tone, color, temp, pitch, texture, form and style
    • extension of the musical experience

    Physical Education

    Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every Elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness.

    Physical fitness goals include:

    • improving hand-eye and perceptual motor co-ordination distinguishing right, left, unilateral, bilateral and cross
    • lateral movements
    • learning team concepts and activities
    • developing co-operative attitudes

    Computer

    The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

    In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objects as much as possible.

    By the end of Grade 2 students will be able to:

    • identify the components of a computer
    • recognize the keyboard as an input device
    • develop placement skills and an understanding of the purpose of the mouse
    • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar and simple shortcut keys
    • develop basic drawing skills
    • utilize simple paint programs
    • utilize appropriate software in the classroom to enhance the grade level curriculum
  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts program provides students with instruction, modeling and experience in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting, listening, speaking and viewing.  Instruction takes place in a whole class setting, in small groups and individually where appropriate.

    Students will learn how to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a literature based approach to language.  They will develop critical thinking, reading and discussion skills alongside a lifelong love of reading.  They will also increase their independent reading time and use a range of reading and writing styles.

    Reading

    By the end of Grade 3 it is anticipated that our students will be expected to :

    • choose appropriate reading materials for the established purpose of reading for pleasure, information and research
    • distinguish between fiction, nonfiction and biography
    • demonstrate and understand story structure and elements including conflict, cause and effect and comparing and contrasting inferences
    • use reading skills across all areas of the curriculum
    • demonstrate a variety of reading strategies including phonetic
    • word attack skills, the use of visual and contextual clues
    • phonetic predictions to achieve desired meaning

    Speaking and Listening

    By the end of Grade 3 students will be expected to:

    • use appropriate English vocabulary to orally express ideas and concepts
    • participate in discussions using appropriate, acquired vocabulary
    • practice speaking English in their everyday activities using acquired vocabulary words
    • make simple oral presentations
    • listen attentively and gaining information from an oral presentation

    Writing

    In writing, Grade 3 students will continue to improve their ability to communicate through stories, reports, poems and letters. They will work towards independent editing and revision. Their writing will show the development of being able to support the main ideas.

    By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:

    • write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
    • demonstrate revising and editing techniques
    • begin to use a variety of literacy techniques
    • become familiar with a variety of pre-writing strategies and organize thoughts through brainstorming, note taking and webbing while focusing on one main idea
    • begin to demonstrate the ability to produce different forms of writing including short stories, summaries, poems, letter writing and reports
    • spell frequently used words correctly and use conventional spelling patterns to write unknown words
    • begin to use reference materials with increased proficiency including a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia
    • apply the basic rules of punctuation and capitalization

    Handwriting

    By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:

    • write legibly in both manuscript and cursive text
    • use appropriate spacing between letters, words and sentences
    • use the appropriate slanting of writing
    • form and connect all upper and lower case cursive letters

    Math

    In the Mathematics program students will be engaged in a variety of problem solving situations. The focus in class will also be on listening and using appropriate, acquired Mathematics vocabulary. Students will be encouraged not only to supply an answer, but to explain the processes by which that answer was reached.

    By the end of Grade 3 students will have been actively engaged in :

    • ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000
    • skip counting by 100
    • writing four digit numbers in standard form and expanded notation
    • rounding to the nearest ten and hundred
    • rounding money to the nearest dollar
    • adding and subtracting three digit numbers
    • multiplying numbers from 0 to 9
    • multiplying a one digit and two-digit number
    • estimating sums and differences to the nearest ten and hundred
    • dividing a two-digit number by a one digit number
    • learning fraction concepts including one half, one third and one fourth
    • identifying capacity including liter and gallon and mass including gram and pound
    • distinguishing between a.m. and p.m.
    • solving a variety of money related problems including providing change
    • Identifying the properties of geometric shapes
    • making predictions involving cause and effect

    Social Studies

    In Grade 3 emphasis is placed on communities and what part each individual plays within them and in the world itself.

    By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:

    • understand the need, structure and meaning of communities and societies
    • identify with and exhibit the skills of a good citizen within a democracy
    • identify the basics of citizenship and government
    • appreciate the study of history as a point of reference for the future
    • Identify, compare and contrast the traits of people in another culture 
    • appreciate the contributions made by Egyptian culture and history

    Science

    The Science program covers some very specific scientific areas including living things, the earth, the sun and the moon and the earth’s water supply, life cycles and forms of energy. The Program will draw from the student’s natural desire to classify and broaden their knowledge base. Students are taught skills in scientific processes, scientific reasoning and critical thinking.

    Goals for Grade 3 include students demonstrating skills in:

    • predicting
    • observing 
    • classifying
    • collecting
    • recording
    • interpreting data
    • questioning scientific assumptions

    Art

    By the end of Grade 3, students will be expected to:

    • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
    • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticalness
    • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
    • investigate artists’ motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society
    • explore and analyze various works of art

    Music

    A student’s class performance and participation are used to measure their comprehension of the required music objectives. The Music Connections textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to enhance learning and the musical experience.

    By the end of Grade 3, students are expected to understand the following:


    Rhythms

    • the review of a quarter note, an eighth note, a quarter rest, a half note, a half rest, a dotted half note and time signatures

    Sight Singing

    • the review of mi, so, la, do and re

    Staff Reading

    • learning to follow text on a printed music page

    Instruments

    • the continuation of performance skills
    • the addition of Orff instruments

    Singing

    • learning correct singing techniques
    • a performance two or three times per year

    Miscellaneous Concepts

    • lessons on dynamics, tone, color, temp, pitch, texture, form and style
    • extension of the musical experience
    • write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
    • demonstrate revising and editing techniques
    • begin to use a variety of literacy techniques
    • become familiar with a variety of pre-writing strategies and organize thoughts through brainstorming, note taking and webbing while focusing on one main idea
    • begin to demonstrate the ability to produce different forms of writing including short stories, summaries, poems, letter writing and reports
    • spell frequently used words correctly and use conventional spelling patterns to write unknown words
    • begin to use reference materials with increased proficiency including a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia
    • apply the basic rules of punctuation and capitalization

    Physical Education

    Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every Elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules.

    Students are introduced to a large variety of individual and team sports and given the opportunity to increase their skill level specific to each activity. Their level of participation, proper dress, positive leadership and attitude, understanding of key game concepts and skill development are all equally important.

    The PE program for Grade 3 aims to enable students to:

    • improving hand-eye and perceptual motor co-ordination distinguishing right, left, unilateral, bilateral and cross
    • lateral movements
    • learning team concepts and activities
    • developing co-operative attitudes
    • improve basic skills
    • improve their level of fitness

    Computer

    The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

    In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objects as much as possible.

    By the end of Grade 3 students will be able to:

    • identify the components of a computer
    • recognize the keyboard as an input device
    • develop placement skills and an understanding of the purpose of the mouse
    • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar and simple shortcut keys
    • recognize the placement of fingers for the correct keyboard techniques
    • use multimedia programs
    • further develop word processing skills
    • create, print and save a document in a variety of programs
    • develop basic drawing skills
    • utilize simple paint programs
    • utilize appropriate software
  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts program provides students with instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, spelling, phonics, communication, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language.  Instruction occurs in a whole class setting, in small groups and on an individual basis as appropriate.  A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students.

    Students learn and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  A literature based approach exposes students to recognize works of children’s literature, promoting critical reading, thinking and discussion skills as a love of reading is fostered.

    The students will demonstrate a growing proficiency in a number of reading applications.  Specific reading instruction continues at these levels while students employ independent reading skills to all areas of learning.

    Reading

    By the end of Grade 4 students are expected to:

    • read a variety of age appropriate reading selections with fluency and comprehension
    • enhance familiarity and appreciation for various forms of literature including fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, fantasy and mystery
    • identify and understand story elements including setting, characters and plot
    • understand and enhance vocabulary development through word analysis and context

    Speaking and Listening

    By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to:

    • listen actively and attentively
    • understand and follow directions
    • express ideas clearly, comfortably and concisely in a variety of situations
    • make relevant contributions to discussions
    • understand and evaluate spoken and audiovisual Messages

    Writing

    In writing, students will demonstrate skills that allow them to apply writing to all areas of learning.  Students will now be writing for a variety of purposes and need to show evidence of independent editing and revision. Their writing should show an increased clarity of thought and an ability to develop and support central ideas.

    By the end of Grade 4 students are expected to:

    • write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences, to inform, persuade and entertain
    • utilize summary writing, note taking, narrative, creative and informational writing
    • incorporate paragraphing in story writing
    • use the writing process to plan, write, revise, edit and finalize a piece of writing
    • apply the rules of grammar and parts of speech
    • demonstrate mastery in capitalization and punctuation
    • recognize and correct run-on and fragmented sentences

    Handwriting

    By the end of Grade 4 students are expected to:

    • use legible cursive writing in all written work 

    Math

    During Grade 4 students will be exposed to:

    • exploring, justifying, discussing and solving math problems
    • actions that require both the physical and mental involvement of students

    By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to:

    • understand the numerical system including whole numbers, decimals and their place value
    • master addition and subtraction
    • understand data and graphs
    • master multiplication up to and including 2 digit numbers
    • be familiar with long division
    • have an understanding of basic two dimensional shapes and three dimensional geographic figures
    • understand fractions in relation to whole numbers
    • use standard units of measure

    Social Studies

    Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the elementary school years in an ever-broadening perspective.  Grade 4 focuses on Egypt and the world as student’s study geography, history, culture societies and government and develop map skills.

    By the end of Grade 4 students are expected to:

    • identify basic government principles as they apply to the student and identify and exhibit the skills of a good citizen based on an understanding of justice and democratic principles
    • understand the need, structure and meaning of communities and societies
    • develop an appreciation of the study of history
    • define and apply basic geographical concepts and terminology
    • identify, compare and contrast traits in the lives of people in another culture with their own
    • appreciate Egyptian culture and understand Egypt’s history and its place in the modern world

    Science

    Science is an active process used to experience and understand the world and beyond.  Students in Grade 4 should acquire specific fundamental scientific knowledge and apply elementary scientific processes to their studies.  They should recognize cycles and people’s ability to impact upon systems as well as their personal responsibilities in the world.  Students will be expected to build knowledge and an understanding of the natural and man made world through the application of scientific processes.

    By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of scientific principles and practice the basic processes which scientists use to obtain knowledge about the natural world
    • recognize and understand the wide variety of similarities and differences that exist among objects in the natural World
    • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science and technology on society
    • display a sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world
    • demonstrate an increasing awareness of the interdependence between all living things and the environment

    Art

    By the end of Grade 4, students will be expected to:

    • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
    • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism
    • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
    • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques
    • study the history of art making and artistic achievement

    Music

    Fourth grade music students begin to learn the essential concepts needed to be proficient in music.  Quizzes, class performance and participation are used to measure a student’s competence in music objectives.

    By the end of Grade 4, students are expected to understand the following:

    Rhythms

    • the review of a quarter note, an eighth note, a quarter rest, a half note, a whole note, a half rest, a whole rest, a dotted half note and time signatures

    Sight Singing

    • the continuation of do, re, mi, fa, so and la

    Staff Reading

    • learning the letter names of lines and spaces

    Instruments

    • the continuation of performance skills
    • learning the basic playing techniques of the recorder 

    Singing

    • review of correct singing techniques
    • two part singing with a performance two to three times per year

    Miscellaneous Concepts

    • extension of the musical experience

    Physical Education

    Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules.

    Students are introduced to a large variety of individual and team sports and given the opportunity to increase their skill level specific to each activity. Their level of participation, proper dress, positive leadership and attitude, understanding of key game concepts and skill development are all equally important. Although there are no extracurricular sports offered to this age group, tournament play often takes place during recess time.

    The PE program for Grade 4 aims to enable students to:

    • develop an awareness of methods to improve individual fitness levels
    • develop skills through lead up games, drills and practice
    • learn the rules and strategies unique to many activities
    • develop the social skills necessary to work in a group setting
    • gain self confidence in performing many different physical Activities
    • develop an appreciation of individual differences

    Computer

    The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

    In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objectives as much as possible.

    By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to:

    • identify the components of a computer
    • understand and explain the basic parts of a computer system
    • type using correct keyboarding techniques
    • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar and simple shortcut keys
    • recognize the placement of fingers for the correct keyboard techniques
    • create, print and save a document in various software Programs
    • design projects using multimedia software
    • define and use appropriate computer terms
    • utilize appropriate software in the classroom to enhance the grade level curriculum

     

  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts program provides students with instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, spelling, phonics, communication, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language.  Instruction occurs in a whole class setting, in small groups and on an individual basis as appropriate.  A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students.

    Students learn and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  A literature based approach exposes students to recognize works of children’s literature, promoting critical reading, thinking and discussion skills as a love of reading is fostered.

    In grade 5 students will demonstrate a growing proficiency in a number of reading applications. Students will employ independent reading skills to all areas of learning. They will view reading as a critical personal resource for gaining knowledge and understanding.

    Reading

    By the end of Grade 5 students are expected to:

    • employ a variety of reading strategies including prediction, summarizing and word analysis
    • read a variety of “end of fifth grade” reading selections with fluency and comprehension
    • read for enjoyment and the gathering of information
    • listen to, read and discuss various forms of literature
    • apply independent reading skills to all curriculum areas
    • identify and locate literary devices such as similes, metaphors, personification, and alliteration

    Writing

    Our goal at DAIS is to produce students who can write clearly and communicate effectively through the written word. Out students will practice oral language exercises daily, learn effective sentence and paragraph formation alongside correct punctuation and the mechanics of the writing process.

    Our students will be able to effectively plan, write a first draft, revise, edit and publish a written piece in the form of a research paper, a creative writing essay, a letter or a poem.

    By the end of Grade 5 students are expected to:

    • write clearly and effectively
    • edit their own work as well as peer editing
    • demonstrate a clear understanding and ability to use the writing process to develop a written piece
    • write legibly
    • use various resources including a dictionary and thesaurus
    • demonstrate spelling proficiency of commonly used words
    • recognize spelling errors

    Handwriting

    By the end of Grade 5 students are expected to :

    • use legible cursive writing in all written work
    • attentively listen to direction, discussions, instructions and presentations and write a summary
    • understand and evaluate spoken messages from listening, following a sequence of ideas and making informed, reasoned inferences, judgments and interpretations
    • using and understanding written language to support and defend ideas and viewpoints

    Math

    The learning of the principles of math aims at our students exploring, justifying, representing, solving, constructing, discussing, using, investigating, describing, developing and predicting. Students are actively involved in problem solving, thinking and reasoning. 

    Manipulative are used to connect conceptual to procedural understanding.  Emphasis is placed on application as well as on the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

    By the end of Grade 5 students are expected to:

    • recognize the inter-relationship between whole numbers, fractions and decimals
    • use the basic operations of decimals
    • add and subtract fractions
    • use appropriate standard units of measure
    • begin to represent and solve problems using geometric models
    • understand and use the concept of probability and statistics

    Social Studies

    Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the elementary school years in an ever-broadening perspective. 

    By the end of Grade 5 students are expected to:

    • recognize major geographic terms including isthmus, continents, island, peninsulas and bays
    • recognize the major political divisions of the United States
    • identify and use the major geographic elements of maps and globes and locate foreign countries that have a historical relevance to the United States in the context of the curriculum
    • develop an understanding of current events as they relate to the past and present
    • gain an understanding of the history of the United States from1650 to 1865 or by recognizing key figures, events and documents and their contribution and relationship to life today
    • understand the fundamentals of citizenship 

    Science

    The science program is activity oriented and covers biology, life science, earth science, space science and physical science.  Scientific knowledge will be built on our students’ natural childlike inquisitiveness. They will recognize systems and cycles and develop a growing awareness of humanity’s ability to impact on these systems.

    By the end of Grade 5 students will be expected to:

    • use problem solving strategies to investigate and understand the natural world
    • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and principles central to biological, physical, earth and space sciences
    • use oral and written communication and mathematical representation to describe and explain scientific concepts
    • understand and employ safe practices in the laboratory, in field work and during other scientific investigations

    Art

    By the end of Grade 5, students will be expected to:

    • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
    • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism
    • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
    • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment, and techniques
    • investigate artist motivations and learn about their lives and their contributions to society

    Music

    The Music connection textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to teach and enhance the musical experience.

    By the end of Grade 5, students are expected to understand the following:


    Rhythms

    • the review of a quarter note, an eighth note, a quarter rest, a half note, a whole note, a half rest, a whole rest, a dotted half note, and syncopation

    Sight Singing

    • the review of do, re, mi, fa, so and la
    • the addition of low la, low so, high do, fa and ti

    Staff Reading

    • the review of all lines and spaces on and below the staff 
    • the addition of speed drills

    Instruments

    • the continuation of performance skills
    • the review of B A G E and D on the recorder and the addition of high C and D

    Singing

    • review of correct singing techniques
    • the addition of harmony and more complicated two and three part signing

    Miscellaneous Concepts

    • extension of the musical experience
    • lessons in dynamics, tone, color, tempo, pitch, texture, form and style

    Physical Education

     Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules.

    Students are introduced to a large variety of individual and team sports and given the opportunity to increase their skill level specific to each activity. Their level of participation, proper dress, positive leadership and attitude, understanding of key game concepts and skill development are all equally important. Although there are no extracurricular sports offered to this age group, tournament play often takes place during recess time.

    The PE program for Grade 5 aims to enable students to:

    • develop an awareness of methods to improve individual fitness levels
    • develop skills through lead up games, drills and practice
    • learn the rules and strategies unique to many activities
    • develop the social skills necessary to work in a group setting
    • gain self confidence in performing many different physical Activities
    • develop an appreciation of individual differences

    Computer

    The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

    In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objectives as much as possible.

    By the end of Grade 5 students will be expected to:

    • identify the components of a computer
    • understand and explain the basic parts of a computer system
    • type using correct keyboarding techniques at a speed of approximately 5 – 10 words per minute
    • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar, simple shortcut keys, arrow keys, shift and grammar symbols
    • create, print and save a document in various software programs
    • design projects using multimedia software
    • define and use appropriate computer terms
    • utilize appropriate software in the classroom to enhance the grade level curriculum

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRADING

The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine week terms made up of approximately 18 instruction weeks. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance. (Please Check our School Handbook for more information: Student Handbook)

  • Semester 1 = term 1 (9 weeks) and term 2 (9 weeks)
  • Semester 2 = term 3 (9 weeks) and term 4 (9 weeks)

Progress reports are handed out to students after the first four weeks of each term. If a student is to receive a grade of D+ or below in any class, he or she will receive a progress report and will be instructed to share this information with his or her parents. As progress reports are issued to students, they are required to sign them to verify receipt and have their parents sign them before returning them to school the next day. If a student is in danger of failing, teachers will hold a parent/teacher conference at least once in each term.

  • Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 2 do not receive letter grades. Alternatively, narrative accounts of strengths and weaknesses are given by teachers every nine weeks along with indicators and progress.

    Midway through each term, progress reports are given to each student. These must be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher within seven days of distribution. Communication with parents following receipt of these reports to discuss their child’s performance is encouraged.

    A letter grade is given for work completed. as follows:

    Rubric Letters Grade Level
    E Excellent (Exceeds Grade Level Expectations)
    P Proficient (Meets Grade Level Expectations)
    C Capable (Progressing toward Grade Level Expectations)
    N Needs Improvement (Not making steady progress toward Grade Level Expectations)
    S With Support (Requires support from another adult)
    N/A NA Not Applicable this Term

    Semester grades for elementary School ( Grade 3-5 ) students are determined in the following manner:

    • Semester 1 & 2 will be calculated as follows:
    • Term 1 & 3 weight = 40%
    • Term 2 & 4 weight = 35%
    • Semester Exam weight = 25% (Total 100%)

    Letter grades, their percentage equivalents and grade point averages that reflect a student’s progress and GPA are as follows:

    Letter Grade Average Percentage GPA
    A+ 97-100 4
    A 93-96 4
    A- 90-92 3.7
    B+ 87-89 3.3
    B 83-86 3
    B- 80-82 2.7
    C+ 77-79 2.3
    C 73-76 2
    C- 70-72 1.7
    D+ 67-69 1.3
    D 63-66 1
    D- 60-62 0.7
    F Below 60
    EX Exempted
    M Modified Program

    The grade point average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each term to award High Honors and Honor Roll achievements to deserving students.

  •  Our Elementary School Achievement assembly after Report Cards distribution each term. During that assembly we honor and recognize those who have worked hard and achieved excellent grades during the course of the term.

    RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES AWARDS

    The High Honor Roll Certificate

    Students who are listed on the High Honor Roll each term are those who achieve a high grade point average.  The High Honor Roll is compiled by using each student’s grade point average (GPA) and is calculated at a GPA of 3.80 to 4.00

    The Honor Roll Certificate

    The Honor Roll is compiled at the close of each term using the student’s grade point average (GPA). The Honor Roll is calculated at a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79

     

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