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Kindergarten to Second Grade Curriculum

Kindergarten to Second grade students are taught by highly-qualified teachers supported by teacher assistants. The teachers work on social skills and focus on building foundational readiness skills in early reading, writing, math, and social science. The core curriculum for reading is Reading Street, a basal reading program supplemented by the Jolly Phonics and Grammar Program. Writing is practiced daily across the curriculum in conjunction with reading and other disciplinary areas.

Teachers have established a classroom environment with word walls and a classroom library to support classroom literacy instruction. The core math program is the New Edition Envision Math that supports hands-on activities with multi-sensory manipulative and interactive learning. The social science program is based on integrated themes relevant to students' local environment and culture. These concepts and skills are taught quarterly with emphasis on science, social studies, and health themes.

Third to Fifth Grade Curriculum

Third to Fifth grade students are taught by four highly-qualified teachers and a substitute teacher in self-contained classroom settings. The core reading program is a basal series, Reading Street supplemented by Reading Plus. In addition, Words Their Way and Units ofStudy are utilized for writing, vocabulary development, word study, and spelling. Teachers also support the Literacy Program through student participation in the Book Up Program and National Young Readers

Program. The core math program is the 2010 Edition Envision Math supported by center activities, intervention instructions, and interactive math learning. Singapore Math also supplements the math core program. The social science program is based on integrated themes relevant to students' surrounding environment and culture. These concepts and skills are taught quarterly with emphasis on science, social studies, and health themes as outlined in the curriculum pacing guides and maps for each grade level.

Sixth to Eighth Grade Curriculum

Sixth to Eighth grade students are taught by highly-qualified teachers in semi-departmentalized classroom settings and each teacher is responsible for teaching a subject area and science for homeroom students. The reading and language arts core program includes a basal series, Prentice Hall Literature supplemented by Reading Plus and LYL. In addition, Words Their Way and Units ofStudy are utilized for writing, vocabulary development, word study, and spelling. Teachers also support the Literacy Program through student participation in the Book Up Program and National Young Readers Program.

The core math program is the 2012 Edition Envision Math and Engage New York which is supported by center activities, intervention instructions, and interactive math learning. Singapore Math instruction also supplements the math core program. The social science program is based on integrated themes relevant to students' surrounding environment and culture. The teachers develop integrated thematic units where concept and skills are taught quarterly with emphasis on science, social studies, and health themes as outlined in the curriculum pacing guides and maps for each grade level.

Reading and English Language Arts

The Reading and English Language Arts program includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and presentation skills. The core Reading program for Kdg-5th grade students is Reading Street and 6th-8th grade students is Prentice Hall Literature. Supplemental materials include Units of Study for writing and Words Their Way and Jolly Phonics for phonics, word study, spelling, and vocabulary. Generally, teachers schedule 90 minutes for core instruction followed by 30 minutes block for intervention into small groups and centers in the classrooms.

Mathematics

The Mathematics program includes problem solving, strategies, speed, and accuracy. The core Mathematics program is Envision IVfath supplemented by Singapore Math instruction. Mathematics instruction is planned and implemented on a daily basis.

Science, Social Studies and Health

The Science, Social Studies and Health programs are planned during the summer curriculum workshops to ensure vertical and horizontal articulation. To the extent possible, instruction is integrated through problem-based units. Instruction includes study based on content knowledge in history and nature of science, personal and social perspectives, life science, physical science, and Earth and space science taught within the process of scientific inquiry.

Physical Education

GSCS provides both indoor and outdoor physical education and recreation activities. All students are involved in a physical education program provided by a certified Physical Education Teacher as a part of the pullout program. The focus of the physical education program is health, fitness, and skill development in a variety of activities and sports.

Diné Language and Culture

The Diné Language and Culture curriculum provides instruction in Diné language, history, government, and social studies. The Diné Language and Culture program provides vital language and culture instruction so that individual learners gain knowledge of their native identity, traditions, wisdom, and values. The concepts are taught in both the English and Diné languages to allow students the best opportunities to secure skills identified for each grade level.

Library/Media

The Library/Media program provides integrated services that enhance the quality of instruction and instructional delivery to improve student achievement, information literacy, and facilitate a 21st Century learning environment. GSCS ensure that all students are prepared to be good citizens by furnishing services and resources to meet the informational and instructional technology associated with the education, research, and professional development. The library supply a wide range of resource materials on all levels of difficulty with a diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view.

Computer Literacy

GSCS provides instruction in keyboarding, research, review of information on the Internet, and presentation skills. Simulation resources provide application of learning communication skills, listening, reading, and writing. Students use technology for project management and development of projects based on data and research. Non-Core Programs

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