Elementary Curriculum

  • English Language Arts (ELA)
    In keeping with our goal to develop children who are enthusiastic and skilled readers, writers, and thinkers, teachers in grades K-5 utilize the Teachers College Units of Study in Reading and Writing, which are aligned with the Next Generation NY State Revised ELA Learning Standards. In so doing, teachers deliver authentic, differentiated instruction that begins with a minilesson focusing on specific reading and writing skills and strategies. Students are provided with many opportunities for discussion and dialogue throughout the minilesson, as well as time for shared, interactive, guided, and independent reading and writing each day. Teachers regularly confer individually with students and in small groups, and conduct ongoing assessments, such as running records, on-demand writing samples, and performance assessments.

    The Rye City School District adopted Math in Focus, 2020 edition for all K-5 classrooms during the 2019-2020 school year. Math in Focus is the U.S edition of the highly effective Singapore Math® curriculum. Building conceptual understanding through problem-solving is at the heart of the Math in Focus curriculum. Through hands-on learning, visualization, and pictorial representations, students’ understanding, confidence, and love of math grow. Hands-on activities and manipulatives engage students and let them experience concepts in a concrete way. Math in Focus scaffolds instruction to meet the needs of individual learners with hands-on learning and visual models that support and optimize learning. 

    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.

    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.

    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.