Elementary Curriculum

  • English Language Arts (ELA)

    In keeping with our goal to develop children who are enthusiastic and skilled readers, writers, and thinkers, our teachers utilize the reading and writing workshop model in all classes, grades K-5. In so doing, they incorporate authentic, differentiated tasks that incorporate a framework of teacher-facilitated mini-lessons focusing on specific reading and writing skills and strategies. Students are also provided with many opportunities for discussion and dialogue, shared, interactive, guided, and independent reading and writing. Teachers regularly confer individually with students and conduct ongoing formative assessments, such as running records and rubrics. Teachers utilize the Teachers College Units of Study in Reading and Writing, which are aligned with the Next Generation NY State Revised ELA Learning Standards.

    ELA Web Links:

    NY State Next Generation ELA Learning Standards
    Teachers College Reading/Writing Project (TCRWP)
    RCSD Reading and Writing Workshop Units of Study


    The Rye City School District currently uses the Math Expressions Program in grades K-5. In the spring of 2017, we formed a math committee representing teachers, administrators, and parents from across the District to begin a comprehensive review of our math curriculum and determine the best sources for math instruction. The committee will meet in the fall and hope to have a report ready for the Board of Education by late December/early January. We will provide the community with periodic updates on our website.

    Math Web links:

    NY State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards


    Our elementary science program, Science 21, is aligned with the NY State Science Learning Standards and is regionally developed at the Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES. Children are given many opportunities to explore science through a hands-on inquiry approach. They learn the scientific method and conduct a variety of investigations in physical, earth and life sciences. By integrating ELA skills, children develop an understanding of science concepts. BOCES is currently working with school districts to revise the units, so they are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

    Science Web Links:

    Science 21
    NY State Next Generation Science Standards
    RCSD Science Units by grade

    Social Studies

    The elementary social studies curriculum uses an inquiry-based model that is aligned with the NY State Social Studies Framework and is based on the PNW-BOCES Integrated SS/ELA program. The program offers a strong literacy connection to support a balanced literacy classroom using read-alouds and questioning strategies.

    Social Studies Web Links:

    PNW Integrated SS/ELA
    NY State Social Studies Framework
    RCSD Social Studies Units by grade

    Special Area Classes:


    Students in grades 1-5 attend elementary Spanish 40 minute classes two times a week. This course incorporates best practices in foreign language instruction (TPR-total physical response, music, visuals, and games) to teach basic Spanish vocabulary, oral and written language.


    Elementary students attend vocal music classes one time per week for 40 minutes.  In addition to vocal music classes, students in grades 4 & 5 select orchestra or band instruments and attend weekly lessons and band or orchestra rehearsals. They may also participate in chorus.


    Students attend art class one time per week for 40 minutes. Our art program is geared to provide students with an enriched and varied art experience using a variety of media, such as paints, pencils, crayons, pottery, etc.

    Physical Education
    Students attend PE classes twice a week for 40 minutes each in order to partake in physical exercise, learn motor and manipulative skills, understand the effects of activity on the body and the relationship between physical activity and individual well being. During these periods they engage in a variety of sports and games and set personal goals for improved physical strength and endurance.


    Students in Kindergarten attend library classes once a week for 40 minutes. All students participate in book exchange, where they can borrow books on a weekly basis. Our library program aims to instill a love for reading in all of our elementary students. Our elementary library media specialists share a variety of text types and genres and teach students library skills, including information and digital literacy. They also support content-related instruction through collaboration with classroom teachers and direct instruction with students.