General Studies Curriculum

Judaic and General Studies curriculum are equally important as one affects the other.

We are following N.Y.S. Common Core Math and Science Curriculum; social studies we offer hands-on experiences, as we teach children audibly, visually, and kinesthetically. Parsha and Jewish Holidays are taught through story, art, and role play. Learning to read English and Hebrew opens up an entire world to children. We teach through many different mediums. We believe that a warm heart and smile are the way to greet children.
Our first grade curriculum consists of Common Core-aligned instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies.

We use the Journey reading program along with guided reading groups. GO MATH is used to teach the NY state common core math curriculum.

We use FUSION Science textbooks for our science lessons.

Students will continue to build phonemic awareness with more complicated sounds like blends and digraphs. They will learn a number of strategies for decoding words and start to answer questions about the meaning of what’s been read. In addition, the first grade curriculum covers:

  • Comprehension of grade-level materials
  • Reading of grade-level material with fluency
  • Retelling a story’s beginning, middle, and ending
  • Comparing the experiences of characters
  • Identifying similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic
  • Identifying the meaning of words in a variety of texts

Students will learn to use punctuation and capitals and will start writing as a tool for communication. Specific topics covered include:

  • Legibly writing upper and lowercase letters
  • Using capital letters for names and beginnings of a sentences
  • How to utilize ending punctuation (e.g. period, question mark)
  • Learning to correctly spell and use high-frequency words
  • How to use descriptive words when writing
  • Learning to write narratives with two or more appropriately sequenced events, while including some details and providing an ending

Some of the topics we will learn include:

  • Using analog clock to tell time to the minute
  • Recognizing coins and counting money
  • Solving simple mathematical word problems
  • Recognizing shapes and know how many sides they have
  • Counting, reading, and writing whole numbers exceeding 100
  • Understand basic place value
  • Counting and grouping objects in ones and tens
  • Identifying one more than, one less than, 10 more than, 10 less than a given number, and learning to use the symbols <, >, and =
  • Comparing the length, weight, and volume of two or more objects

The three units of study covered:

  • Life sciences (plants and animals)
  • Earth sciences (e.g. air and weather)
  • Physical sciences (e.g. solids and liquids)
  • Students will spend time learning about plants, insects, and their common characteristics and may even follow the life cycle of a butterfly. They will learn about the external features and environments that help plants and animals thrive.
  • The first grade curriculum covers weather patterns, how they contribute to the water cycle, and how the water cycle sustains life. Simple tools such as a thermometer and wind vane to measure weather conditions are introduced. From there, your child will learn that solids, liquids, and gases have different properties.

Social Studies
Students will begin to explore the concept of community beyond just your family. They will learn about how neighborhoods make up cities, cities make up states, and states make up nations, with a focus on how all of those components work together to create a cohesive unit. For many students, first grade brings a number of field trips to neighborhood businesses and local government and public institutions, like the library.

Our curriculum consists of Common Core-aligned instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies.

For 2nd grade, we use the Journey reading program together with guided reading groups. GO MATH is used to teach the NY state common core math curriculum.
We use FUSION Science textbooks for our science lessons.

Students will continue to explore the logic of numbers. They also will start to learn that all number facts are related in a systematic way. While kindergarten and first grade focused on learning to recognize numbers and numerals, second graders begin to work with those numbers in real-world applications.

Students will also delve further into place value, learning to add and subtract using regrouping. They will practice “skip counting” as a precursor to learning multiplication tables.

Other skills taught, include basic money sense, units of measure and how those units relate to each other (inches make feet, feet make yards, etc.). Students will also learn how to use a thermometer in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Second grade is a pivotal year in reading. This is the year when students are challenged to become more fluent readers. Students will move beyond using decoding skills to figure out unfamiliar words and use context clues instead.

Expect to hear retellings of the stories your child has read, as he or she practices summarizing accurately. By the end of the year, your child will have a strong grasp of suffixes and prefixes, using them to decipher the meaning of words he doesn’t know.
Other reading skills that are worked in second grade include outcome prediction, self-correction, and using a dictionary.

By the end of first grade, students have mastered the ability to write a coherent sentence to convey meaning. Now they will work to put a number of different types of sentences (interrogatory, statements, and exclamations) together to create a descriptive piece of writing.

Students will develop a more extensive vocabulary of verbs and learn how to use adjectives and verbs to bring depth to pieces of writing.

Topics explored may include the role of the Earth’s orbit in seasonal changes, the solar system, and weather prediction using different types of clouds.

Social Studies
Social studies in second grade is often a continuation of kindergarten and first grade, looking at neighborhood, community, and families.

Textbook: Go Math – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In third grade, the curriculum is common core based we teach. The following concepts will be taught throughout during year:

  • Multiplication and division concepts and applications
  • Properties, such as commutative, distributive and associative property
  • Math vocabulary (dividend, divisor, quotient, etc.)
  • Understanding fractions and what they represent (equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, etc.)
  • Solving fractions problems with both like and unlike denominators
  • Finding the area of a square, rectangle, or cube
  • Finding the perimeter of any shape
  • Geometry vocabulary and concepts, such as right angle, parallel, quadrilateral, polygon
  • Properties of shapes, such as parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, square, trapezoid, and kite
  • Using all these skills when solving word problems involving critical thinking

English Language Arts (ELA)
Workbook:Learn Cursive! (Peter Pauper Press)
In ELA, we teach reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. Throughout the year, we read various novels and reinforce skills throughout. We will be working together as a class on comprehension questions, vocabulary worksheets, and writing assignments, and slowly transition to group, and then independent work.

The Magic Tree House: Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Mary Pope Osborne)
The Magic Dreidel (Ellen Kushner)
Freckle Juice (Judy Blume)
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

Textbook: Science Fusion – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Science and social studies are incorporated with reading and math activities as required by common core. In science, we teach how to experiment using the scientific method. We will also teach about our solar system and the phases of the moon, the different types of matter, different types of measurements and units of measure, and how to take those measurements.

Social Studies
Social studies topics are incorporated into the novels we read and are also taught independently. We will teach what makes a community as different types of communities. We teach revolutionary war, geography and the locations of major US states.

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81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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