Lower School Curriculum Scope and Sequence

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Highlights of our KINDERGARTEN Curriculum

In KINDERGARTEN, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: Counting and number value 1-100, single digit addition and subtraction, skip counting by 5’s and 10’s, math concepts (time, money, fractions, geometry, measurement)

·        English Reading: Reading short-vowel and some long-vowel words, improving reading strategies, comprehension skills, responding to literature

·        Hebrew Reading: Reading with Hebrew vowels, introduction to Hebrew language, receiving first Siddur (prayer-book)

·        Russian Language: Recognizing Russian alphabet, building vocabulary, reading simple words & short sentences

·        Writing Skills: Learning proper formation of letters and numbers, improving pencil control, writing sentences using “inventive” (sounding words out) spelling, begin journal writing, using proper spacing and punctuation in sentences

·        Social Skills: Turn taking, comforting our friends, using our words to express our needs and feelings to friends

·        School Skills: Participating in class lessons, following multi-step directions, cleaning up, sitting at a desk, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, listening to and accepting a teacher's instructions the first time, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [teaches botany, zoology and biology], “Earth Sciences” [teaches weather, space, volcanoes], “Physical Sciences” [teaches states of matter, magnetism]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

Highlights of our GRADE 1 Curriculum

In 1ST GRADE, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: Place value of units/tens/hundreds/thousands, double digit addition and subtraction, completing mental operations quickly, preparation for multiplication through skip counting, math concepts (time, money, fractions, geometry, measurement)

·        English Reading: Reviewing short-vowel words, reading long-vowel words, improving reading strategies, fluency and accuracy, comprehension skills, responding to literature

·        Hebrew Reading and Writing: Improving reading accuracy, learning Hebrew vocabulary, introduction to Hebrew script writing, communication and comprehension in modern Hebrew language

·        Russian Language: Improving reading accuracy, building vocabulary, beginning writing

·        Writing Skills: Improving proper formation of letters and numbers, writing short stories, using and studying conventional spelling (for a weekly spelling quiz), using proper spacing and punctuation in sentences

·        Social Skills: Negotiating conflict, developing healthy friendships, using words to express our needs and feelings to peers, respecting interests, ideas and feelings of peers

·        School Skills: Participating in class lessons, following multi-step directions, cleaning up, sitting at a desk, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, listening to and accepting a teacher's instructions the first time, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [teaches botany, zoology and biology], “Earth Sciences” [teaches weather, space, volcanoes], “Physical Sciences” [teaches states of matter, magnetism]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions, Jewish “Heroes” (personalities from history)

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

Highlights of our GRADE 2 Curriculum

In 2ND GRADE, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: Place value of units/tens/hundreds/thousands, triple digit addition and subtraction, completing mental operations quickly, single digit multiplication, math concepts (time, money, fractions, geometry, measurement)

·        English Reading: Reading long-vowel and irregular words, improving reading strategies, fluency and accuracy, comprehension skills, responding to literature

·        Hebrew Reading and Writing: Improving reading fluency, learning Hebrew vocabulary, improving use of Hebrew script writing, communication and comprehension in modern Hebrew language

·        Russian Language: Improving reading fluency, writing

·        Writing Skills: Improving proper formation of letters and numbers, writing short stories, personal narratives and informational compositions, using the writing process, studying spelling patterns, using proper spacing and punctuation in sentences, learning parts of speech

·        Social Skills: Negotiating conflict, developing healthy friendships, using words to express our needs and feelings to peers, respecting interests, ideas and feelings of peers

·        School Skills: Participating in class lessons, following multi-step directions, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, listening to and accepting a teacher's instructions the first time, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents, focusing on North and South America],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [teaches botany, zoology and biology], “Earth Sciences” [teaches weather, space, volcanoes], “Physical Sciences” [teaches states of matter, magnetism, electricity]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions, Jewish “Heroes” (personalities from history)

·        Torah Texts: receiving and beginning the study of Chumash (Parshas Bereishis)

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

Highlights of our GRADE 3 Curriculum

In 3RD GRADE, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: single and double digit multiplication and division, completing mental operations quickly, math concepts (time, money, fractions, geometry, measurement, algebra)

·        English Reading: Improving reading strategies, fluency and accuracy, comprehension skills, motivation for reading, responding to literature

·        Writing Skills: Using cursive (script) writing, creating short stories, personal narratives, and informational compositions, using the writing process, studying spelling patterns, learning parts of speech

·        Russian Language: Improving reading fluency, writing

·        Social Skills: Negotiating conflict, developing healthy friendships, using words to express our needs and feelings to peers, respecting interests, ideas and feelings of peers

·        School Skills: Participating in class lessons, following multi-step directions, taking responsibility for own school work, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, listening to and accepting a teacher's instructions the first time, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents, focusing on Africa and Middle East],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [teaches botany, zoology and biology], “Earth Sciences” [teaches weather, space, volcanoes, rocks], “Physical Sciences” [teaches states of matter, magnetism, electricity]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions, Jewish History from Medieval times, communication and comprehension in modern Hebrew language

·        Torah Texts: continuing the study of Chumash (Parshas Lech Lecha), improving text comprehension skills

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

Highlights of our GRADE 4 Curriculum

In 4TH GRADE, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: double and triple digit multiplication and division, completing mental operations quickly, math concepts (time, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability)

·        English Reading: Improving reading strategies, fluency and accuracy, comprehension skills, motivation for reading, responding to literature

·        Writing Skills: Improving proper formation of cursive (script) writing, creating short stories, personal narratives and informational compositions, using the writing process, studying spelling patterns, learning parts of speech

·        Russian Language: Improving reading fluency, writing, classic Russian literature

·        Social Skills: Negotiating conflict, developing healthy friendships, using words to express our needs and feelings to peers, respecting interests and ideas of peers

·        School Skills: Participating in class lessons, following multi-step directions, taking responsibility for own school work, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, listening to and accepting a teacher's instructions the first time, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents, focusing on Asia],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [teaches botany, zoology, ecology and biology], “Earth Sciences” [teaches water cycle, erosion, earth/moon/sun], “Physical Sciences” [teaches states of matter, magnetism, electricity, energy, simple machines]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions, Jewish History from Medieval times, communication and comprehension in modern Hebrew language

·        Torah Texts: continuing the study of Chumash (Parshas Chayai Sara), improving text comprehension skills

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

Highlights of our GRADE 5 Curriculum

In 5TH GRADE, we review previous skills and learn…

·        Math: Number theory, estimation and computation, geometry, division, fractions, decimals and percents, addition and subtraction of fractions, exponents and negative numbers, fractions and ratios, coordinates, area, volume and capacity, algebra concepts adn skills, volume, probability, ratios and rates

·        English Reading: Improving reading strategies, fluency and accuracy, comprehension skills, motivation for reading, responding to literature

·        Writing Skills: Improving proper formation of cursive (script) writing, creating 5-paragraph essays, short stories, personal narratives and informational compositions, using the writing process, studying spelling patterns, learning parts of speech

·        Russian Language: Improving reading fluency, writing, classic Russian literature

·        Social Skills: Negotiating conflict, developing healthy friendships, using words to express our needs and feelings to peers, respecting interests and ideas of peers

·        School Skills: Taking responsibility for own school work, paying attention for longer periods of time, interacting appropriately with peers, doing class work independently, completing homework assignments, regulating behavior with self-control

·        Social Studies Units: “Our City” [teaches geography of Brooklyn and NYC], “Our Country” [teaches early US History], “Our World” [teaches countries and features of 7 continents, focusing on Asia],

·        Science Units: “Life Sciences” [classification of living things, ecosystems], “Earth Sciences” [earth/moon cycles, solar system, rocks and minerals], “Physical Sciences” [matter, mixtures and solutions, changes in matter]

·        Judaic Studies: weekly Parshah (Torah portion), holidays, midos (Jewish character values), Jewish life and traditions, Jewish History from Medieval times, communication and comprehension in modern Hebrew language

·        Torah Texts: continuing the study of Chumash (Parshas Chayei Sara), improving text comprehension skills

·        Enrichment subjects: music, art, physical education

 

Our school's approach to education is governed by profound respect for our students. We nurture their curiosity, cultivate their imagination, encourage creative expression, value their initiative, and engender critical thinking skills. In an academic setting that values open, engaged inquiry, our rich and rigorous curriculum interweaves the best of both Jewish and general knowledge throughout the day. At Mazel Day School, the learning process itself is valued and as a result, children develop a true love for learning and the pursuit of knowledge.  Teachers use a variety of methods to bring subject matter alive, including: regular field trips, projects, discussions, interactive activities and explorations.   Learning experiences are designed to be joyful, meaningful and real.  From science and social studies, to math and literacy, our curriculum is not only aligned with national standards, but individual strengths and interests are emphasized as well, empowering students to reach their full potential. Opportunities for collaborative teamwork, training for social competencies, and character development are integrated into the daily curriculum. Study of Hebrew language, Jewish and Israeli history and heritage give students a sense of belonging to the Jewish people. American citizenry is cultivated through knowledge and appreciation of our history, culture and democratic process.  Russian language and literature broaden our students’ horizons and opportunities. Our rich and unique tapestry of learning provides an education that sets our school curriculum apart.