Academics at Greenwood Elementary
Greenwood Elementary acknowledges the whole child by offering a balance of programs for all children.
Common Core Standards
Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.
The national PTA has a resource by grade on the Common Core with tips for talking to your child’s teacher as well as working with your child.
You can also get more information on Washington State’s plan/transition. The information is found on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website.
Math Enrichment Program
The purpose of the math enrichment program is to challenge students by offering opportunities to dive deeper into curriculum and explore a variety of problem-solving strategies. Students study each mathematic strand, including numbers, geometry, measurement, probability and statistics, patterns and functions, and problem solving. Students build a portfolio of work to share at conference time.
Literacy Enrichment Program
The purpose of the literacy enrichment program is to challenge students by offering opportunities to dive deeper into curriculum and explore a variety of reading and writing strategies. Students study the six traits of effective writing, analyze characteristics of their favorite books and apply those traits to their own writing. Students build a portfolio of work to share at report card time.
Every student, from those who need support to work at grade level to those who qualify for Advanced Learning, receive differentiated instruction in their general education classroom that meets their unique needs and develops their talents and strengths. Our teachers work towards integrating small group lessons while engaging in grade level content with opportunities for greater depth and complexity within each academic content area. We engage in professional development focused on the skill of small group rotations and differentiated instruction throughout the year.
Here are some examples of how differentiated instruction looks in these academic areas:
- Reading – Each child spends most of their reading time reading text that is at their developmental level through Newsela and classroom libraries. Small group instruction throughout the day targets specific needs of the learners in each classroom.
- Math – We are following the rigorous scope and sequence that has been provided in our new Envision Mathematics curriculum. Within each topic there is an opportunity for differentiation of materials and choice in areas like the Pick a Project section of the topic. Freckle and DreamBox are also used to provide individualized math practice.
- Science – The Amplify science curriculum has differentiated questions for students within the curriculum. All students work through their grade level science curriculum units and have the opportunity to go deeper with conversation and classroom discussions.
Greenwood Elementary also focuses on the following programs during the school day. See each individual page for more information about what is offered:
- Physical Education (PE)
- Visual Arts