Grades 5-6: Skyview Upper Elementary
English Language Arts - Grade 5
Our English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is guided by the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Teachers use a balanced literacy approach to instruct and assess students. The ELA curriculum follows a unit structure with opportunities built-in for shared reading, small group reading, word study, and guided writing. Leveled classroom libraries, big books, and technology support the daily instruction for students. The goal for ELA in Methacton School District is to help all students develop skills that will be most important as they move on to their postsecondary options. In a balanced approach to literacy instruction, teachers integrate instruction with authentic reading and writing and experiences so that students learn how to use literacy strategies and skills and have opportunities to apply what they are learning. Our ELA curriculum utilizes Wonders Balanced Literacy as the core resource in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
English – Grade 6
The sixth grade English curriculum is guided by the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Writing focus areas include a friendly letter unit, research, family memory unit, informative writing, and persuasive. Grammar focus areas include capitalization, punctuation, writing complete sentences, parts of speech, understanding and using phrases and clauses correctly, direct objects and subject complements, agreement, and modifiers. All grammar is taught within the context of writing with a focus on application of new skills and strategies.
The Skyview math curriculum is guided by the Pennsylvania Core Standards for Mathematics. The Standards of Mathematical Practice are infused into daily instruction. These Standards are in place to support students’ skill development with making sense of problems and persevering in solving them; constructing viable arguments and analyzing the reasoning of others; using appropriate tools strategically; looking for and making use of structure; reasoning abstractly and quantitatively; modeling with mathematics; attending to precision; looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning. Our teaching staff utilizes the core resources, My Math in fifth grade and Glencoe Math Course 1 in sixth grade to support the District math curriculum.
ALEKS is an individualized supplemental computer-based program used in grades five and six to remediate and enrich students based on what the student is ready to learn. ALEKS has a feature called “Quick Tables” to help students become more fluent in math facts in a fun way to promote fact fluency.
Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the science concepts and vocabulary from the earth science, life science and physical science units based on the Academic Standards for Science and Technology, Ecology, and Engineering Education. Each science lesson is built on the 5E model. Students show their knowledge through asking questions; defining problems; obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; planning and carrying out investigations using models; using data/evidence to construct explanations; and designing solutions. Our science curriculum utilizes the Discovery Education Science Techbook and Mystery Science to provide resources for daily classroom instruction. The Science Techbook provides exciting multimedia, virtual activities and hands-on labs with model lessons, STEM project starters, and standard-aligned assessments.
Our social studies curriculum provides the opportunity for every student to develop as a knowledgeable and responsible citizen. Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts from the geography, economics, history, and civics and government identified in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The curriculum makes connections to other subject areas, like ELA and science, through hands-on and project-based learning.
6th Grade – Geography
Sixth grade students receive instruction in World Geography and current events. This course of study in sixth grade social studies is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation for basic world geography; the physical characteristics of places and regions; the human characteristics of places and regions; and the interactions between people and their environment. Major units of study include: map and globe skills, United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia, and Africa South of the Sahara.