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Project Based Learning - An Instructional Framework

What is a project based learning (PBL) approach?  We know the elementary years set the foundation for lifelong learning.  Our priority is to support students with learning the foundational skills of literacy, math, science and history.  We also want to provide students authentic opportunities to apply those skills.  PBL is a teaching method that engages students actively in learning by asking them to investigate an interesting and complex question, problem, or challenge, and then to create something in response.  Students gain knowledge of science, history and others subjects, and at the same time they also gain a deeper understanding of concepts and issues. 
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Research on PBL has has shown PBL improves student learning because it:

  • Improves student motivation and engagement in learning.

  • Builds critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Increases students’ understanding of concepts and their ability to apply knowledge in real-life situations.

  • Helps students to remember what they have learned longer and to use that knowledge in new situations.

  • Teaches students how to work in a team

 

Videos Online

Project Based Learning: Explained

http://bie.org/x6Pb

 

Elementary Projects From Worms to Wall Street

http://bie.org/x4ge

 

Project Based Learning: Resources for Parents

Project Based Learning: Caine's Arcade Part 1 / Part 2

Academics - Math (Formally Everyday Curriculum)

Math Resource - My Math

McGraw-Hill My Math challenges students to embrace the power of mathematics through real-world applications and experience just how fun math success can be.  Rigor is promoted through the three areas of:

  • Conceptual understanding

  • Procedural skill and fluency

  • Application  

These elements are weaved throughout the resource enabling our students to progress toward a higher level of achievement and steadily grow their math confidence.

 

Academics - Literacy

Balanced Literacy Framework - Northeast’s Balanced Literacy Framework

Balanced Literacy is a framework made up of instructional elements aimed to guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading.  Readers need a variety of different opportunities to learn.  Teachers combine all the elements of literacy, phonics, language and writing together supporting students learning to read and write while growing in their independence of learning.

 

Word Study - Words Their Way

Word Study = Phonics + Spelling + Vocabulary Instruction

In word study, students develop a general knowledge of English spelling.  They learn how to examine words through active exploration using a hands-on, manipulative approach.  Students also discover generalizations about spelling, instead of just spelling rules.  They learn the regularities, patterns, and conventions of English orthography (the part of language study concerned with letters and spelling) needed to read and spell.  Word study increases students’ specific knowledge of words.  Specific knowledge relates to the spelling and meaning of individual words.  Students will be assessed in the fall, winter and spring to find the most appropriate instructional spelling level for them.  Each student will fall in one of the following five stages of spelling/vocabulary: Emergent, Letter Name, Within Word Pattern, Syllables and Affixes or Derivational Relations

 

Literacy Enrichment - Junior Great Books

Junior Great Books provides a focus on high quality literature and student centered discussion.  Additional support provided by the teacher to promote language art skill acquisition through a structured framework.  Students develop in the areas of reading comprehension, critical thinking and writing all in the context of students having meaningful discussions about literature.  Junior Great Books is widely recognized as an exemplary curriculum resource for its research base and positive effect on student achievement and interest level in reading. 
 

 

Academics - Science and Social Studies

The Colorado Academic Standards serve as a starting point for content areas of study for each grade. 





SCIENCE

3rd

4th

5th

Earth Science

Earth-rock cycle, weathering, materials used as resources

Earth as part of our solar system.

Sun as an energy source; weather; processes and forces that change the Earth’s surface

Physical Science

State of matter

Forms of energy

Mixtures and properties

Life Science

Life cycles differ between organisms and species

Classifying living systems; comparing systems to organisms

Organismal systems and functions; human body systems





Social Studies

3rd

4th

5th

History

Distinguish historical fact from fiction and past influences on communities

Sequence of Colorado history and its relation to events in the United States

Points of view in historical context, North American history from 1491 to formation of U.S. Government

Geography

Spatial awareness, compare and contrast places to understand regions

Geography of Colorado, human and physical system connection development

United States geography; human movement

Economics

Producers, consumers and goods; short term financial goals

Response to positive and negative incentives; choice and opportunity cost

Influences of government and market on financial institutions; financial institutions to manage personal finance

Civics

Local government; democratic society

Colorado government; debating an issue

United States government; foundations of citizenship

 

Academics - Balanced Assessment

At Northeast we use a variety of assessments to ensure student progress.  Among those assessments are teacher created classroom assessment, the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) AIMSWeb for fluency and Word Study Assessment. In addition, we have more formal assessments given multiple times throughout the year to help guide instruction.

i-Ready

i-Ready is one component of our balanced assessment system at Northeast.  It is a single K–12 adaptive Diagnostic for reading and mathematics that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

 

i-Ready Diagnostic helps teachers understand the root causes behind student challenges.  This is especially beneficial for providing differentiated instruction and for identifying gaps spanning back multiple years, or for determining where students are ready for further challenge.