• Grades K-2

     

    Standards of Quality - Performance Outcomes: 

    The Birmingham Public Schools Strategic Plan calls for a curriculum which is updated and challenging for all students. An important component is the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices in which curriculum and instructional strategies should be both age and individually appropriate. Curriculum planning and staff development, incorporating developmentally appropriate practices, occur progressively beginning at the kindergarten level.
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  • Philosophy: 

    The experiences and knowledge young children bring to school, combined with their natural curiosity, are the foundations for learning in the primary grades. Our program is designed to help develop children's potentials. The emphasis is on learning experiences which help children make connections between existing knowledge and new skills and information. All subject area outcomes are clearly defined, but learning is linked across these subject area boundaries. Classroom experiences are designed to be mutually reinforcing. In this manner, children see the connections between skills learned and their importance in real life.

     

    Technology:  

    Technology has become an integral part of the BPS curriculum. Students utilize technology daily in classrooms and in their school media center for a variety of tasks: exploring answers to questions, collaborating with experts and peers, analyzing and representing data, and authoring documents and presentations. In addition, classroom teachers use technology tools to help students better learn and understand subject-area content through the use of engaging multimedia resources.

  •  Kindergarten Curriculum

    Art Topics include: Engaging in exploration and imaginative play with materials, collaboration, building skills through exploration, creating art, selecting art objects for a portfolio, identifying uses of and interpreting art.

    English Language Arts:  Topics Include: Reading literature and informational texts - asking/answering questions about key details, retelling familiar stories, identifying characters, settings, major events; Reading foundations - applying grade-level phonics and word analysis to decode words, and reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension; Writing - opinion pieces, informational pieces, narrative pieces, and participating in shared research projects; Speaking and Listening - participating in group discussions and asking/answering questions; Language - using standard capitalization, punctuation, and spelling at grade-level.

    Health:  Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health kindergarten curriculum, children learn accurate and current information on the following units of study: Social and Emotional Health, Safety and Violence Prevention, Healthy Eating & Physical Activity, Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drugs Prevention, and Personal Health & Wellness. 

    Mathematics:  Topics include: Building a mathematical community, shapes, counting, composing and decomposing numbers, operations and algebraic addition and subtraction, calendar, time, money value and recognition, geometry, and measurement and data. 

    Music:  Topics include: Singing and playing music from a variety of cultures and styles, playing a steady beat, replicating short rhythmic and melodic patterns, and describing music.

    Physical Education:  Students demonstrate competence in selected fundamental motor skills, aply cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices, actively engage with an appropriate level of effort, and demonstrate respect, responsibility, and kindness.

    Science:  Topics include exploration through two Science kits: Animals and Plants, and Materials and Motion

    Social Studies: Utilizes variation of Oakland Schools/MC3 Units of Study, trade books, big books, and mentor texts.  Students use historical thinking to understand the past, show understanding of geography through use of maps and globes, show understanding of the purposes of government and the role of citizens, show understanding of decision making and citizen involvement, and show understanding of activity in a market economy.

     

    1st Grade Curriculum 

    ArtTopics include: Using observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art, exploring uses of materials and tools, demonstrating safe and proper procedures, identifying and classifying uses of everyday objects through drawings, using art vocabulary, comparing images, categorizing subject matter, and classifying artwork.

    English Language Arts:  Topics include: Habits for reading long and strong, habits for tackling hard words, teamwork, writing small-moments stories, looking at the writer's craft, reading literature and informational texts - asking/answering questions about key details, retelling familiar stories, identifying characters, settings, major events; Reading foundations - applying grade-level phonics and word analysis to decode words, and reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension; Writing - opinion pieces, informational pieces, narrative pieces, and participating in shared research projects; Speaking and Listening - participating in group discussions and asking/answering questions; Language - using standard capitalization, punctuation, and spelling at grade-level, understanding word relationships at grade-level.

    Health:  Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health grade one Curriculum, children learn accurate and current information on the following units of study: Social and Emotional Health, Safety and Violence Prevention, Healthy Eating & Physical Activity, and Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention. 

    Mathematics:  Topics include: Building a math community, understanding place value, addition and subtraction to 20, measuring and estimating lengths in non-standard units, telling and writing time to the half-hour, representing and interpreting data, reasoning with shapes and their attributes, and applying mathematical practices in daily work.

    Music:  Topics include: Using voice and instrument techniques, singing group melody, playing a variety of rhythmic instruments, reading four or more pitches and notes, and using musical vocabulary.

    Physical EducationStudents demonstrate competence in selected fundamental motor skills, aply cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices, actively engage with an appropriate level of effort, and demonstrate respect, responsibility, and kindness.

    Science:  Topics include exploration through three Science kits: Sound and Light, Plants and Animals, and Air and Weather.

    Social Studies Utilizes variation of Oakland Schools/MC3 Units of Study, trade books, big books, and mentor texts.  Students use historical thinking to understand the past, show understanding of geography through use of maps and globes, show understanding of the purposes of government and the role of citizens, show understanding of decision making and citizen involvement, and show understanding of activity in a market economy. 

       

    2nd Grade Curriculum 

    ArtTopics include: Brainstorming collaboratively, making/designing art with various materials, using and cleaning art tools, re-purposing objects, categorizing artwork, distinguishing between different materials/techniques, defining mood, using art vocabulary to express preferences, creating works of art about events, and comparing/contrasting cultural uses of art.

    English Language Arts:  Topics include: Becoming an independent reader, solving tricky words, noticing the authors' craft, reading literature and informational texts - asking/answering questions about key details, retelling familiar stories, identifying characters, settings, major events; Reading foundations - applying grade-level phonics and word analysis to decode words, and reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension; Writing - opinion pieces, informational pieces, narrative pieces, and participating in shared research projects; Speaking and Listening - participating in group discussions and asking/answering questions; Language - using standard capitalization, punctuation, and spelling at grade-level, understanding word relationships at grade-level.

    Health:  Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health grade two Curriculum, children learn accurate and current information on the following units of study: Social and Emotional Health, Safety and Violence Prevention, Healthy Eating & Physical Activity, Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention. 

    Mathematics:  Topics include: Solving problems with addition and subtraction within 100, place value properties for addition and subtraction,  measuring and estimating length in standard units, telling and writing time to the nearest 5 minutes, solving problems using money, representing and interpreting data, reasoning with shapes and attributes, and applying mathematical practices in daily work.

    Music:  Topics include: using developmentally appropriate singing voice, playing melodic instruments, reading music notation and pitch, and using music vocabulary to describe qualities of music.

    Physical EducationStudents demonstrate competence in selected fundamental motor skills, aply cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices, actively engage with an appropriate level of effort, and demonstrate respect, responsibility, and kindness.

    ScienceTopics include exploration through three Science kits: Insects and Plants, Pebbles, Sand and Silt, and Solids and Liquids. 

    Social StudiesUtilizes variation of Oakland Schools/MC3 Units of Study, trade books, big books, and mentor texts.  Students use historical thinking to understand the past, show understanding of geography through use of maps and globes, show understanding of the purposes of government and the role of citizens, show understanding of decision making and citizen involvement, and show understanding of activity in a market economy.

    Spanish:  Topics include: Greetings, colors and class objects, calendar, weather, numbers 0-20, family, animals, Mexico, review and games.