Elementary School Information
The District 300 elementary curriculum is designed to develop each student's full potential and to build a strong foundation to ensure all children can full our central mission: to ensure all students are college and career ready upon graduation.
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All students, grades kindergarten through fifth grade, receive instruction in art twice a month that is aligned to four anchor standards: creating, presenting, connecting, and responding. Students create artwork using the elements and principles of design and present them in various art shows throughout the year. Students explore the connections between art and our global society through art creation, discussion, response writing, and hands-on activities.
Dual Language Program
The Dual Language Program is currently offered at Dundee Middle School, Golfview Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Meadowdale Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, and Perry Elementary School.
In elementary schools, dual language students follow a specific language allocation model depending on their grade level. Based on the language allocation, content areas are taught in English or Spanish for a specific amount of time. The following chart illustrates the details of the dual language program for each elementary students:
English as a Second Language (ESL)
In elementary schools, ESL students are in a general education class and receive language support through the ESL teacher for 30-45 minutes daily in the content area of English Language Arts.
English Language Arts
In English Language Arts, students will foster an understanding and working knowledge of foundational skills including concepts about print, alphabetic principles and conventions of writing with the goal of ensuring students are effective readers. As students progress throughout elementary school, they will read more challenging texts to strengthen their understanding of what they read while building a strong vocabulary knowledge. Students will also begin to write for a specific purposes, including: to inform, explain, or tell a story.
Students will be able to understand the basic components and importance of being healthy and staying safe. Topics include body systems, hygiene, nutrition, safety, social skills, fitness and goal setting.
Elementary mathematics students will focus on number sense and algebraic thinking. In the younger grade levels, students will start with making tens, progress to addition and subtraction, and then multiplication and division. In each grade level students will focus on problem-solving, geometry, and measurement and data. Students will learn to reason mathematically and explain their reasoning.
All students, grades kindergarten through fifth grade, receive instruction in general music two times per rotation, aligned to four anchor standards: creating, performing, connecting, and responding. Students learn the principles of beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, and music notation while creating and performing music. Students explore the connections between music and our global society through song, discussion, response writing, and hands-on activities.
Additionally, students in fifth grade can elect to participate in band or orchestra (registration opens each spring). Students can choose flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will develop basic musicianship, note reading skills, and will participate in performance experiences.
Students will be able to demonstrate basic motor skills and object control skills in a variety of small-sided games that engage and educate students on health enhancing behaviors. Focus will include but is not limited to locomotor movements, striking, kicking, throwing, catching, dribbling, volleying and fitness.
All students, grades kindergarten through fifth grade, receive instruction in STEM twice a month. Students engage in inquiry based activities specific to the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These disciplines are taught in an integrated manner and provide students with hands-on, problem-solving experiences.
Students will develop general skills in social studies by exploring the community around them in kindergarten through second grade and by exploring their nation in third grade through fifth grade. Students will learn to interpret maps, examine sources, and will be exposed to concepts in history, geography, civics, and economics through experiences in the social sciences. Social studies instruction will also help support literacy skills through critical reading and writing instruction.