Teachers build on basic skills students learned in earlier grades to help students apply higher-level thinking to all subjects. Improved reading comprehension opens doors to a deeper understanding of ideas, topics and events. Socially, children begin to internalize values like respect and cooperation, and learn more personal responsibility. Most importantly, students build the skills they need to succeed in middle school.
Learning to read becomes reading to learn. As fluency and comprehension improve, students learn to make inferences and draw conclusions. Children write more complex stories, essays and poetry. Improving their speaking skills, children present reports and narratives in small group and classroom settings. Our teachers use tools like Reading Street © to support instruction in line with state standards.
Children strengthen multiplication, division and fraction skills. They learn place value for large numbers, and decimals. Teachers expand geometry skills through the study of more complex two and three- dimensional states. Preparing for algebra, students graph data and evaluate expressions. As they progress, students learn to select the right strategy to solve real-world math problems.
Children study more complex human and animal systems. In Earth science, children study forces that act on the Earth, like erosion, rock formation and the hydrosphere. In Physics, they build an understanding of matter and energy. They explore the properties of waves, like sound, light and color. Children begin to connect concepts to real-life applications in technology, mechanics and engineering.
Children study the values and principles of American democracy, and their responsibilities as citizens. They learn about the structures and functions of government, economics, and human systems. In Geography, students explore countries and continents. History focuses on the birth of the United States. Studying the life of indigenous and colonial people, students learn about exploration, colonization, slavery, and the American revolution.
Children study art, music, physical education and technology.
Strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. Virtues such as respect, perseverance, compassion, and courage are essential to what kids need to succeed and an essential part of what we teach. We make them part of every school day. This helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Moral Focus is so integrated into everything we do:
The moral focus curriculum is awesome! My kids are learning things that we are trying to teach them at home. It’s being reinforced here at school in fun and creative ways.
Use good judgment to make decisions
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Appreciate the kindness and generosity of others
Manage your emotions and behavior to stay calm
Persist through difficulties until you reach your goal
Despite fear, do what you believe is right
Motivate others to have confidence in themselves
Help and care for others during times of need
Do what is right, honorable, and good
Pinnacle Academy second-grade teacher Nicholas Peterson, and kindergarten teacher Nadia Peroni were honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from National Heritage Academies (NHA).Continue Reading