LGES Curriculum

  • The LGES curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.  However, The Board of Regents adopted newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The Common Core standards will be replaced by the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards .  At Lake George Elementary School we will follow the implementation timeline developed by NYS and ensure that changes in curriculum are made in a timely manner. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.  A parent resources information page provides more information.
      
     Current curriculum information for LGES is found below:
     
     
    Literacy    Math    Social Studies Science/STEM

    Literacy

    Lake George Elementary School uses a comprehensive balanced approach to literacy learning that rests on three pillars: Reading, Writing, and Word Study.  Balanced literacy includes the five essential components of a robust reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary and comprehension.  Click here for the LGES Balanced Literacy Program webpage.

    Math 

    Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of mathematics while ensuring students can successfully apply the concepts presented at each grade level. The Next Generations Learning Standards have been our guide and we use all necessary tools to help us learn these standards. Some of these tools include EnVision Math from Pearson, the NYS math Modules, a variety of technology programs, and fluency. Students and teachers will spend their time and energy on fewer topics, form deeper understandings and gain greater skill and fluency. We follow design principles, which incorporate three main areas. These are focus, coherence, and rigor.  Focus in the curriculum is meant to give students an opportunity to understand concepts and practice with them in order to reach a deep and fluent understanding. Coherence in the curriculum means progressions that span grade levels to build students’ understanding of ever more sophisticated mathematical concepts and applications. Rigor means a combination of fluency exercises, chains of reasoning, abstract activities, and contextual activities, including “real world” practice and connections. Math does not just show itself within the instructional block but is integrated within core subject areas and specials. 

    Along with sound instructional practices, we rely on consistent formative assessments to provide for the individual needs of our learners. Assessments include fluency checks, iReady benchmarking, math topic tests and the New York State testing for grades 3-8.

    Math Night and Math-a-thon are special activities that we enjoy together as an LGES family. Many of our families enjoy attending Math Night where we have fun playing math games together. We are most proud of our commitment to support St. Jude’s Children Hospital by participating school-wide in the Math-a-thon. We have participated in the Math-a-thon for over 25 years and have raised more than $120,000

    To help your child with math at home, here are some helpful tips:

    1. Use our Online math website from Pearson for interactive manipulatives and practice. 

     How to access the Web site: 1. Access your Internet browser 2. Enter the URL (site address)  https://www.savvasrealize.com/#/ 3. Then, use the following information to get started: Your child's user name: Your child's password: This will be provided to your child by their teacher at the beginning of the school year. 

     2. IXL is another online math program that can provide extra practice, reinforcement of skills, or enrichment.  With state assessments soon to be online, this tool gives the kids a technological edge in problem solving online.  Please also look for your child's login information to arrive home shortly after the beginning of the school year.  

    3. Reflexmath.com is a great way for students to build their fact fluency through games that students love.

    Social Studies

    The Social Studies Framework was adopted by New York State in Spring of 2014. In addition to teaching Social Studies content based on state standards, our units of study incorporate the social studies practices that are included in the Social Studies Framework.

    These practices include:

    • Gathering interpreting and using evidence

    • Chronological reasoning and causation

    • Comparison and Contextualization

    • Geographic reasoning

    • Economics and economic systems

    • Civic participation

    Below you will find a current list of units of study by grade level.  

    Kindergarten

    Civic Ideals and Practices

    Individual Development and Cultural Identity

    Geography, Humans and the Environment

    Time, Continuity and Change

    Economic Systems

    American Symbols


    1st grade

    My Family and Other Families- Now and Long Ago

    Historical Events/Holidays

    Responsible Citizens

    Economics - wants/needs, goods/services, earning and spending money

     

    2nd grade

    Rules and Laws

    Maps, Money, and Me

    Our Community

    Inquiry of Lake George


    3rd grade

    Digital Citizenship

    World Cultures:Geography

    World Cultures: World Communities:

    Globalization and Economy

    Leadership and Government


    4th grade

    Study of New York State:

    Geography of New York State

    Native American Groups and the Environment

    Colonial and Revolutionary Period in New York State

    Transportation and Westward Movement

    In Search for Freedom and Call for Change

    Westward Movement and Industrialization

    Industrialization, Immigration, and Growth- 1800's to Present


    5th grade

    Political Systems and Government 

    Explorers

    Ancient Civilizations: Maya, Aztec, Incas

    Comparative Cultures: Mexico, Caribbean, Central America/South America

    Civil Rights, Sovereignty and Slavery

     

    6th grade

    Present Day Eastern Hemisphere Geography

    The First Humans Through the Neolithic Revolution in the Eastern Hemisphere

    Early River Valley Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere

    Comparative World Religions

    Comparative Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere

    Mediterranean World: Feudal Western Europe, The Byzantine Empire and the Islamic Caliphates

    Interactions Across the Eastern Hemisphere

     

    Science 

    LGES transitioned to the new State Science Learning Standards during the 2017-18 school year. The state is currently in Phase II of the implementation process in which we administered the last Grade 4 State Science Test in the spring of 2022. In the spring of 2023 Grade 4 students WILL NOT take a New York State Science Test. Rather, in the spring of 2024, Grade 5 students will take the new State Science Test. We took part in professional development over the past few years for all of our K-6 teachers to ensure that we deliver a strong science curriculum to our students. LGES teaching staff will continue to acquire training on the standards as we receive more information regarding a new state requirement called Science Investigations. 

    All LGES students participate in the Science Fair that occurs every other year, (this Spring, 2023) by creating a project that pertains to science. 

    We also provide many opportunities for learning experiences that the courtyard and after-school clubs provide for our students. 

    Our current NGSS Units are shown below by level:

     

    Kindergarten

    What Do Scientists Do?

    Weather and Climate

    Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

     

    Grade 1

    Structure, Function and Information Processing

    Waves

     

    Grade 2

    Structure and Properties of Matter

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

     

    Grade 3

    Weather and Climate

    Forces and Interactions

     

    Grade 4

    Structure and Function

    Waves: Waves and Information

     

    Grade 5

    Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

    Ecosystems: Web of Life/Deer

     

    Grade 6

    Space Systems

    History of Earth

    Earth’s Systems

    Weather and Climate

    Human Impacts

     

    Student report cards will reflect the changes in how students are being assessed. The science and engineering practices that will be measured through various experiences during the school year are as follows:  

    • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

    • Developing and using models

    • Planning and carrying out investigations

    • Analyzing and interpreting data

    • Using mathematics and computational thinking

    • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

    • Engaging in argument from evidence

    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

     

     

    STEM for ALL STUDENTS

    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS

    STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. During STEM,  students learn through inquiry-based lessons and a hands-on approach to problem solving.  Real learning that encourages digging deeper into concepts and learning through authentic experiences.  This is a systematic approach to provide a balanced STEM curriculum for the elementary students.

    Below is a snapshot of the 3rd-6th grade STEM curriculum.  All students at LGES experience 3 engaging and unique STEM Units - Computer Science (Coding), Engineering, and Robotics.

    Computer Science or Coding

    Students as young as Kindergarten are introduced to Computer Science skills such as Computational Thinking. Students use Apps such as BeeBot to practice giving step by step directions. As students move up to primary and intermediate grades, more advanced concepts are introduced while previous concepts are reinforced. We utilize blockly, a visual programming language in tools such as Scratch and Scratch, Jr. 6th graders are introduced into more advanced, text based languages such as JavaScript.

    Engineering

    All students utilize the Engineering and Design Process, which emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and hands-on activities.

    Robotics

    Using a variety of tools and equipment, students apply computer science concepts to complete challenges with Robot principles. Tools include Bee Bot, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Sphero Bolt, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, and Tello Drones.