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.
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.
3rd Grade Curriculum
Topics include: Elaborating on imaginative ideas, applying knowledge of resources/tools/technologies, creating personally satisfying artwork, safe and proficient use of materials, constructing representations, investigating and discussing possibilities/limitations, identifying exhibit space, speculating about artistic processes used, determining messages communicated through art, interpreting and evaluating art, and developing a work of art based on observations of surroundings.
Topics include: Reading literature - determining theme, summarizing text, using details and examples, describing story elements in detail; Reading informational text - summarizing text, using evidence to answer questions, identifying text structure; Reading foundations - reading with accuracy and fluency, applying grade-level phonics and word analysis; Writing - opinion pieces, informational pieces, narrative text, conducting research, creating projects, and sharing knowledge; Speaking and listening - participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, presenting a topic; Language - using knowledge of language, word relationships and meanings at grade-level when writing, speaking and listening.
Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health grade three curriculum, students 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.
Topics include: place value in multi-digit problems, word problems, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement and estimation, time, area and perimeter, graphs, reasons with shapes and attributes, and applies mathematical practices is daily work.
Topics include: Using developmentally appropriate singing voice, singing melodies, playing rhythmic melodies, reading note and pitch notation, and using musical vocabulary.
Topics include: Routines, rules and expectations, injury prevention, Fitnessgram, soccer, nutrition and physical activity, basketball, jump rope, volleyball, fitness concepts, paddles and racquets, throwing and catching.
Utilizes the Meet Michigan textbook and supplemental trade books. Students use historical thining to understand the past as it relates to Michigan, show understanding of Michigan physical and human geography, show understanding of the purposes of Michigan government and the role of citizens, identify and analyze public issues in Michigan, and use fundamental principles and concepts of economics to understand Michigan economic activity in a market economy.
Spanish in our world, comparing cultures and languages; Speaking and reading: greetings and introductions, basic commands, daily things in class, numbers up to 30, colors, weather expressions, cycle of the year, and my family.
4th Grade Curriculum
Topics include: Brainstorming multiple approaches to art/design problem, collaboratively setting goals/creating artwork, exploring/inventing art-making techniques, utilizing and caring for materials and tools, revising artwork in progress, analyzing how technologies have impacted art, comparing/contrasting purposes of art museums and galleries, analyzing components in visual imagery, interpreting art by referring to context, creating works of art that reflect community cultural traditions.
Topics include: Interpreting characters, the arc of story, writing realistic fiction, reading the weather, reading the world, writing personal and persuasive essays, reading historical fiction, tackling complex text, reading non-fiction, bringing history to life, making meaning from poems, and writing poetry.
Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health grade four curriculum, students 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 Drugs Prevention.
Topics include: Place value, multiplication with whole numbers, division, equations and word problems, fractions, measurement and data, and geometry.
Topics include: Singing and playing in small groups with accurate pitch, intonation, and rhythm, playing rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic instruments, reading notes and pitch, and using music vocabulary to analyze and describe music.
Topics include: Injury prevention, Fitnessgram, soccer, nutrition and physical activity, basketball, jump rope, volleyball, paddles and racquets, throwing and catching, and fitness concepts.
Utilizes Social Studies Alive! Regions of our Country by TCI, and additional trade books and supplemental resources. Students describe ways the United States can be divided into different regions, describe the structure of the federal government, explain the responsibilities of citizenship, develop an action plan to inform about a public issue, and describe some characteristics of a market economy.
Topics include: Start-of-year review, Spanish speakers, daily routine, shopping and clothes, meals, and the ideal home.
5th Grade Curriculum
Topics include: Combining ideas to generate art, demonstrating diverse methods of artistic investigation, experimenting and developing skills in multiple art-making techniques, demonstrate quality craftsmanship, creating artistic statements using art vocabulary, defining roles/responsibilities of a curator, comparing interpretations of art, identifying/analyzing cultural associations suggested by visual images, interpreting art by analyzing characteristics of form and structure, and identifying how art is used to inform or influence beliefs and values.
Topics include: Narrative, research and nonfiction, argument, comparative essays, and fantasy.
Utilizing the Michigan Model for Health grade five Curriculum, students 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.
Topics include: Place value, operations with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals, fractions, algebraic thinking, geometry.
- Vocal: Topics include: Singing and playing independently with accurate rhythm, pitch, intonation, singing expressively with appropriate dynamics, reading notes and pitch, and using music vocabulary to analyze, describe and evaluate music.
- Instrumental: Topics include: Understanding good posture, good playing position, pitch, and rhythm, playing an instrument accurately either independently or in a small group, echoing short rhythms and melodic patterns, performing instrumental parts while other students play contrasting parts, reading notes and pitch notation, and using standard musical symbols.
Topics include: Injury prevention, routines and procedures, Fitnessgram, soccer, nutrition and physical activity, basketball, jump rope, fitness concepts, volleyball, paddles and racquets, throwing and catching, and Diamond Games.
Utilizes Social Studies Alive! America's Past by TCI - covers American history from the first migrations into the Americas through the 20th century. Intense interaction with the personalities, places, and events that structured our nation leads students to be both keen observers of and informed participants in U.S. History.
Topics include: Start-of-year review, friends, family, community, routine, restaurants, and Spanish speaking countries.