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Woodbury Heights Elementary School Curriculum

      The purpose of this page is to provide you with an overview of the instructional approaches and programs that are being employed to educate the children who attend Woodbury Heights Elementary School. Each curriculum content area is reviewed according to a five-year cycle and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, which you may view at

English Language Arts
     Current research in English Language Arts stresses the importance of providing a balanced literacy approach. This approach includes systematic phonics at the early grades, guided reading in small groups using leveled reading materials, whole class instruction in reading strategies and skills, and ample opportunities for students to read independently to apply the learning.
     A scope and sequence that is aligned to the state standards is the driving force for the whole class lessons. Assessment of students' abilities and areas of need drive the small group instruction that takes place during guided reading.
     Instructional materials from McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders series are being used in a variety of ways to provide a balanced literacy program for all students.

     Extensive research was conducted by the University of Chicago to determine the most effective methods for teaching mathematics. The Everyday Mathematics program published by Wright Group is an outgrowth of the aforementioned research. Everyday Math was initially implemented at the primary grades in the Gateway Group in 2001. The final implementation phase occurred during the 2004-05 school year in grades 4 - 6.
     Everyday Mathematics is an integrated, investigation-based, comprehensive and balanced mathematics program for grades K - 6. It is highly recommended by the National Science Foundation, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and considered a Promising Math program by the US Department of Education.
     Students have multiple opportunities to practice math skills and concepts in real life situations and in various ways before they are expected to be "secure" in their knowledge. Students are assessed according to the point at which they are in their understanding of math concepts along the following continuum - beginning, developing, and secure.
      At the start of each new unit at each grade level, parent letters are to be sent home to inform you of the expectations of the unit of study.

     The current science curriculum for the Gateway Group Consortium is aligned with the NJ Standards. In the NJCCCS document for science, it states, "Students best learn science by doing science. Science is not merely a collection of facts and theories but a process, a way of thinking about and investigating the world in which we live."
     With this as a guiding principle, the science curriculum is compromised of three or four units of study at each grade level. The teaching materials include print materials and supplies for experimentation.
     The following is a listing of the topics addressed at each grade level.
Kindergarten - Plants, Weather, and Myself and Others.
Grade 1 - New Plants, Solids and Liquids, and Comparing and Measuring.
Grade 2 - Life Cycles, Pebbles, Sand and Silt, and Balance and Motion.
Grade 3 - Structures of Life, Solar System, and Electricity and Magnetism.
Grade 4 - Inventions, Investigating Weather, Landforms, Environmental Awareness.
Grade 5 - Ecosystems, Motion and Design, and Earth, Moon and Sun.
Grade 6 - Cell Structure/Heredity, Mixtures and Solutions, and Energy

Social Studies
     According to the state standards document, the goal of social studies education is "to foster, for all students, the ability to understand their world and to have an appreciation for the heritage of America with a high degree of literacy in civics, history, economics and geography."
     Social Studies materials have been chosen with the goal of social studies education in mind.  Grades K - 3 is currently using Social Studies Alive.  Grade 4 is implementing Macmillan McGraw Hill and grades 5 and 6 are using Houghton Mifflin texts as the basis of their Social Studies curriculum.  All grade levels are enhancing the text with related literature and simulations.
     Current topics being addressed at each grade level are as follows:
Kindergarten - Me and My World, National Heroes, Holidays Around the World, US Symbols, and Geography.
Grade 1 - My School and Family, National Heroes, US Symbols, and Geography.
Grade 2 - Communities: Citizenship and Geography, Economy, and Mexico.
Grade 3 - Native Americans including Lenape Indians, Economy, Government (Local and County), Immigration, and Map Skills.
Grade 4 - 13 Colonies, Regions of State and Country, Government (State and Federal), Tolerance, and Map Skills.
Grade 5 - Revolutionary War, Our Nation's Early Years, Civil War to the Nation Expands.
Grade 6 - Early People, Civilizations, Ancient Egypt, Greek Civilizations, and Roman Empire.

Special Subjects
     The teachers of Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, and Technology have all been engaged in the curriculum review process when their content areas were due for revision. They have also aligned their curriculum with the New Jersey's Core Curriculum Content Standards for their specific subject area. Gateway Group Curriculum documents for each of the aforementioned subjects may be reviewed by contacting the curriculum office.


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