Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Introduction
It is our pleasure to share a brief overview of all areas of the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 Eisenhower Academy (EA) Curriculum.  Using basic skills and experiences as building blocks, our Curriculum identifies what children learn at each grade level and represents a balanced and comprehensive program of all academic areas. Our ELA and MATH curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards (ELA CCSS and MATH CCSS). The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have been introduced in all grades K-8 since 2012 and provide instruction on the essential skills and understandings necessary for success on classroom, district and state assessments. The EA Curriculum in Science is based on the Louisiana Standards and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in Science and the Next Gen Science Standards our Social Studies Curriculum is based on the 2011 Louisiana Standards and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in Social Studies.  Our program for four year olds is based upon Louisiana’s Birth to Five Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS).  

The EA curriculum also includes integration of the arts, physical education, technology, world languages and library media services. This curriculum comes alive in the hands of our talented teachers who are committed to ensuring that our students reach their highest potential. We are dedicated to accommodating children’s diverse needs, the way they learn, their experiences and interests, and to facilitating continuous educational growth. If parents have any questions about our curriculum, our classroom teachers are the best source of information. No single document can fully explain the rich and complex nature of our school’s curriculum and instructional goals. We know that learning is optimized in a partnership with families, teachers, and schools. Working together with families, we build on our work in the classroom to create a respectful climate of academic success and joy for lifelong learning.

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum that guides teachers in designing a preschool program in which children learn important skills and content, and develop social competence. The Curriculum shows teachers how to set up a classroom and structure a day, what kinds of experiences to provide for children, how to work with children at different developmental levels, and how to involve families in the program. It shows how teachers guide learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology while also supporting children’s social/emotional development. Curriculum and assessment are linked with the use of the TS Gold Assessment System.  The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and state early learning standards. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

K-8 Grade Curriculum

Mathematics
Our mathematics curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) that define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of the year at each grade level. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics have two key components: (1) Standards for Mathematical Practice – eight practices in which students engage at all grade levels (2) Standards for Mathematical Content – conceptual understandings and procedural knowledge and skills

K-8 Teachers utilize Pearson Envision Math as a primary curricular resource. Grades 6-8 Teachers utilize Prentice Hall Math as secondary curricular resource.

English Language Arts
Students will read literature through many different lenses. They will explored literature from different time periods, authors’ perspectives and writing styles, and evaluate different themes and literary elements. Students will have experience writing narratives, expository essays, as well as persuasive essays over varying time frames for different tasks, purposes, and audiences. Students will apply this prior knowledge as they explore an overarching theme of the individual and society. Students will study complex psychological, philosophical, and moral themes in literature and informational texts. While examining different genres, students will analyze passages, dialogue, scenes, or words that are critical to the development of a story, theme, or central idea. Through the critical evaluation of classical and contemporary literature, students will focus their writing and class discussions on how literature helps to define the tension between the needs of the individual and the greater good of society. Students will begin to understand that family, community, and society influence one’s decisions and that judging morality is a complex, nuanced undertaking. Students will be encouraged to develop empathy/ compassion for the varied forces that shape one’s actions. Students will read historical fiction as they explore this theme. An example of this might be reading The Diary of Anne Frank and accounts of World War II. They will discuss how authors’ perspectives might produce accounts of historical events that differ from what we know happened. In class discussions and literary responses, students will identify figurative language, word choice, voice, and tone. Students will come to class prepared to discuss assigned texts, respond to diverse peer perspectives, ask questions of others, and work collaboratively towards deeper understandings of learned material. Speaking, listening, and language enrichment will remain focal points in the eighth grade language arts curriculum.

In addition, the year will center on three types of writing: narrative, expository, and persuasive. Students will engage in the writing process including the use of graphic organizers, drafting, and peer/self-revision to publish their work. In their literary analysis, research essays, narratives, and oral presentations, students will draw on multiple sources, including literary, informational, and multimedia texts. Furthermore, students will demonstrate the command of formal English appropriate to audience and task. Through all units, students will develop vocabulary strategies, as well as grade appropriate grammar skills, with a focus on understanding new words based on prior knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes. As the year progresses, students will be expected to demonstrate increasing command of English language conventions, including grammar and vocabulary. By the end of eighth grade, students will have a rich background in literature and literary non-fiction, with a grasp of historical context and many nuances of the works they have read. With this knowledge of the individual’s role in the greater society, they will be ready for the rigors of high school.

Grades K-8 Teachers use ELA Guidebooks and Louisiana Department of Education’s ELA Unit Plans as primary curricular resources.

Writing Coach

Prentice Hall Writing Coach is a digitally driven grammar and writing program for grades 6–12. The program combines a printed Student Edition with robust digital components that provide detailed instruction and assessment for students at all ability levels. Currently, Behrman utilizes this program with 6th grade.

Writing Coach gives students personalized, detailed feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their writing. It is the only program that uses a paragraph scorer as well as an essay scorer so that struggling students who aren’t ready to write larger pieces can receive the same productive feedback as the rest of the class.

Science

K-8 Teachers utilize Pearson’s Interactive Science as a primary curricular resource.

Interactive Science is a next generation K-8 science program featuring an innovative write-in student edition that makes learning personal, relevant, and engaging.

It utilizes three pathways for learning:

Reading 
Interactive Science’s innovative write-in student edition allows students to get all of the content, interactivity, and practice they need between the covers of a single book.

Inquiry 
Interactive Science features a variety of hands-on and minds-on inquiry options to keep all your students engaged. From directed, to guided, to full inquiry, there are options to meet the way you teach and the time you have for labs!

Digital 
Interactive Science features a complete online digital course at MyScienceOnline.com where teachers can set up and manage their class and where students can interact online with active art simulations, directed virtual labs, animated art, and get extra help.

Social Studies
EA Teachers use Harcourt Social Studies as a primary curricular resource.  Harcourt Social Studies is a comprehensive K–8 curriculum solution designed to engage and motivate every student. Through the stories of the intriguing people, exciting places, and fascinating events that make social studies relevant to their lives, students gain a global perspective. They also learn the social studies themes and skills they need to become informed, participating citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities.

Completely aligned to the national standards, the program’s research-proven content provides rigor and depth in an easy-to-read, highly visual format that instantly connects with all types of learners. Reading Skill development and reinforcement organized around a Big Idea and What to Know Essential Questions is core to the pedagogy. Because students also learn through interaction, the engaging hands-on activities and technology explorations in the Harcourt Social Studies program provide the high-interest level tools to foster that connection.

Teachers are also provided with the tools they need to turn that connection into content knowledge for every student in class. With components like Leveled Readers, the Homework and Practice Books, Online Assessment, and complete teacher resources to plan for and implement differentiation, teachers ensure that all students succeed in Social Studies.

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Physical Education
The goals of physical education are for students to develop fitness and skills in the movement areas of dance, adventure education, and sports. An integral part of physical education is the development of the responsible and respectful behaviors in both cooperative and competitive activities. The sequential and varied experiences contribute to the total well-being of each student. Concepts, strategies, rules, sportsmanship, teamwork, and basic movement skills are all woven into the offerings.

Keyboarding
Keyboarding in grades PreK-1 focuses on keyboarding awareness skills such as left and right hand keys, and the location of alphabetic keys as well as the operation of the space bar, enter, and backspace keys. Proper technique and posture are emphasized at all grade levels.

Baseline typing skills are determined in the spring using a brief on-line keyboarding test to determine words per minute and accuracy. The end of Grade 2 keyboarding benchmark expectation is 5 words per minute (wpm) with 90% accuracy. This assessment will inform needs for formal keyboarding instruction in Grade 3. Students in Grade 3-5 who meet or exceed grade level benchmarks on fall and spring benchmark assessments will not require formal instruction but will continue to refine their skills through technology-integrated units as well as writing and performance tasks. An intervention model approach will be used for students in Grades 3-5 who do not meet the benchmark at their grade level.

Technology and Engineering STEM: Science → Technology → Engineering →Math

Helping students gain the skills required to succeed in today’s challenging world including critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to drive advancements in science and technology.

Our program goals seek to promote and develop the following in each student:

  • Technological, information and computer literacy
    • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
    • Understanding the impacts of technology
    • Experiential and cooperative learning
    • Communication skills
    • Safe use of electronics and tech equipment
    • STEM career awareness and exploration
    • Application of interdisciplinary content and literacy skills

    Focus: Communication and Information Technology Students are introduced to communication and information technology including the principles of graphic design, the use of computers to create and manipulate messages and digital images, electronic communication, and the evolution, evaluation, and safe and proper use of the Internet. Sample activities include desktop publishing, digital photography, video / audio production, and architectural design. An emphasis is placed on the impact of graphic design on advertising and marketing.

Support Services
Special Education Services, remedial reading services, and math support are available for students who may need them. We also provide support for Dual-Language Learners.