Pre-K and Elementary Curriculum
Curriculum by Grade
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The Core Knowledge Preschool Program, for three, four, and five year olds, is specifically designed to provide young children with the solid foundation they will need for later learning in kindergarten and beyond. This program emphasizes a language-rich environment and a strong phonics program.
Kindergarteners learn letter-pattern codes, interpret simple graphs, learn about five different Presidents, and identify the seven continents, their habitats, and animals. They also learn to define differences in linear measure, capacity, and weight, and geometric concepts are introduced.
First graders hear classical stories from different parts of the world, learn about early civilizations, and explore World and American histories. They classify animals and environments, talk about matter, and discuss the human body.
Second graders practice reading comprehension and produce a variety of types of writings. They study the Civil War, immigration and citizenship, and the Civil Rights Movement. They study simple machines, insects, and the life cycle; they work with multiplication and fractions.
Third graders diagram sentences, discover the Vikings, and study the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and Native Americans, including ancient Indian art. Concepts of number sense and money are refined. The study of the body becomes more detailed with the nervous system, vision, and hearing, which are reinforced with science projects on light and sound waves.
Fourth graders have some special projects: they do a science research biography, participate in the science fair and they participate in a Medieval unit that involves vocabulary and spelling from that era, time-appropriate novel studies, the presentation of the the Medieval Faire.
Fifth graders have some special projects: they participate in a science fair, and a Renaissance unit that involves vocabulary and spelling from that era, time-appropriate novel studies.