- English / Language Arts (ELA)
- English Second Language (ESL)
- Science, Technology and Engineering
- Social Studies
- Specials - Art, Music, Physical Ed / Wellness
Teachers and students will use a variety of resources during the reading block to learn and refine their knowledge of the skills and strategies to become stronger readers. Grades K-1 are using The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; grades K-3 will use Fundations to strengthen phonics; all grades will use core books, grade level texts, read-alouds and small group to continue developing our students as readers. Resources like SORA, EPIC, RAZ kids, Newsela, etc. are some of the platforms we will use to access appropriate texts for our students.
Students explore a range of real-world nonfiction texts through the Explorations in Nonfiction Writing curriculum utilized by all K-5 Burlington classrooms in-person and remotely. Students learn how to access, interpret, and publish informational texts, consider ways to activate their voice in opinion and persuasive writing, and make their nonfiction writing clearer, more authoritative, and better organized. Students also learn about the craft of writing personal narratives, keeping in mind task, audience, and purpose.
WHO: English Learner students grades K-5
WHAT: participate in ESL class
WHEN: Monday-Friday during WIN block (some students may require a different schedule or additional classes)
WHY: to continue to develop the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing that they need to be successful with their grade level work
HOW: students discuss, explain, retell/recount, and argue about grade level topics
Gr. K-2 topics connect to ELA, science and social studies standards
Gr. 3-5 topics connect to ELA and Social Justice standards
Pearson enVision Math
enVisionmath2.0 Common Core is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for Grades K-5. It offers the flexibility of print, digital, or blended instruction and is used across our in person and remote learning classrooms. This curriculum adheres closely to the focus, coherence, and rigor of the Common Core State Standards adopted by Massachusetts.
STMath is a PreK-8 visual instructional program supported by a grant that leverages a student's spatial reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. ST Math pushes students understanding of mathematical ideas at their own pace through equitable, non-language based learning via challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.
During the "synchronous" science learning portions of the day (shared with social studies) students will participate in investigations aligned with benchmark investigations outlined by the science pages inside the DESE Family Guides linked here across the grade bands 1-2 and 3-5. This format supports cooperative family learning and the Science Center's capacity to deliver high-quality remote learning experiences that can be effectively facilitated by classroom teachers online.
In an effort to support students engagement in the sciences and the need for working families to be supported on Wednesday afternoons, Ms. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman will be hosting "Wild Wednesdays" throughout the school year. Each episode will feature live animals or exciting science demonstrations that your student is sure to enjoy in half-hour sessions. The live stream link is https://bit.ly/BurlingtonWildWednesdays and opens each Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
Social Studies Investigations
During the "synchronous" social studies learning portions of the day (shared with science) students will participate in investigations aligned to recently updated (2018) Massachusetts Frameworks for History and the Social Sciences and DESE Family Guides linked here across the grade bands 1-2 and 3-5. This format supports cooperative family learning and the district's capacity to deliver high-quality remote learning experiences that can be effectively facilitated by classroom teachers online.
The district collaborates with and/or draws on materials from institutions including Primary Source, Inc., of Watertown, Emerging America of Amherst (especially the new History's Mysteries units for elementary students), Teaching Tolerance of Montgomery, Alabama, The National Archives, the U.S. Census, Gilder-Lehman Institute of New York City, The National Parks, and The Smithsonian, and other providers of high quality instructional resources. Students also use Newsela, Brainpop, and app-based atlases and games to build knowledge and practice skills.
Specials are 30 minute blocks for students in grades 1-5 of the Remote Academy and in-person learning models. At Remote Academy, students participate in two different art classes, a music class and a wellness / physical education class. Students seem the same "special" through an academic week before rotating to their next special, allowing for students to dive more deeply into an activity and get to know the teacher better. The classes are on a four-week rotation outlined below.
The Symphony Math assessment is a computer adaptive test that can determine student location on the achievement curve, and can be group-administered to all students in a district. The assessment identifies the precise instructional level of each student, providing a base-line for educators for instructional insight and progress monitoring. The assessments are designed to be used independently by younger students, even kindergarteners. This allows educators to identify students at risk for math failure early on and throughout their academic experience at BPS. Learn more at: https://symphonylearning.com/overview/
Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all K-3 students. Fundations is designed as a whole-class, general education program as well as a vehicle for teaching in a small group or 1:1 setting. To learn more visit: https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/programs/ fundations/overview/
i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. i-Ready Personalized Instruction: i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.
"DRA" and "DIBELS"
The DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) is an individualized reading assessment that enables teachers to evaluate growth in student reading performance over time. ... A student's independent reading level is the level at which he or she can read successfully without assistance from the teacher.
DIBELS is a series of short tests used in our Kindergarten and Grade 1 classrooms designed to measure the acquisition of literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
Lexia addresses the development of oral language, reading, spelling, and writing skills for students who are learning English. Students learning English will develop fundamental reading skills with the rest of their classmates and receive student-driven and teacher-directed personalized instruction.