Curriculum Guide

Students in the Montgomery Elementary study a standards based curriculum that divides the majority of their day among three core subjects.  These core subjects include Mathematics, English Language Arts, & Science.  In addition, their schedule includes the following special classes:

  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Accelerated Reader

Curriculum Maps for Elementary Language Arts and Math can be accessed at the following link: http://www.montasd.org/domain/40

Language Arts –  The Montgomery Elementary School has implemented the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Program.  This program is specifically designed for the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.  Research based instruction provides support for:

  1. Building a strong reading foundation
  2. Accessing complex text
  3. Finding and using text evidence
  4. Engaging in collaborative conversations
  5. Writing to sources – Wonders was created to teach to the rigor, intent, and depth of the new Common Core State Standards

Mathematics – The Montgomery Area Elementary School utilizes the Everyday Mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago.  This program includes real problem solving, balanced instruction, multiple methods of basic skills proactice, emphasis on communications, an enhanced home/school partnership, and technology.   This instructional approach includes both small group and whole group instruction to lead students in the development of mathematical thinking skills, rather than simple rote memorization.   These features are spiraled through the elementary grade spans to enable students to have a greater opportunity to eventually master skills.

The sequence of concepts taught in Everyday Mathematics can be accessed at the link below:
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/about/program_goals/

The following link will give helpful suggestions to parents to assist students with their mathematics assignments:
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/homework_help/

Science -The Montgomery Area Elementary Schools utilize both the research-based science curriculum by Science and Technology for Children and FOSS.  These programs employ an inquiry based approach that encourages students to apply what they know (content) and how they can use what they know (apply).  Students learn important scientific concepts and develop the ability to think critically and construct ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses.   The units, created to develop in students the process of exploring the natural world, are covered at the grade levels listed below:

Kindergarten1st2nd3rd4th5th 6th
 Animals – Two by Two Organisms Insects Plant Growth & Dev. Animal Studies EnvironmentsWeather and Water
 Pumpkins Weather Soils Rocks & MineralsLand & WaterMixtures & SolutionsLevers & Pulleys
 Water Solids & Liquids ChangesChemicalsElectricty & MagnetismVariablesWater Systems
 Process Science SkillsComparing & MeasuringBalancing & WeighingSun, Moon,
& Stars
Motion & DesignProcess Science SkillsPlanetary Science
Process Science SkillsProcess Science SkillsProcess Science SkillsProcess Science Skills