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
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.
The Progressive Math Initiative (PMI) is a program developed by the Center for
Teaching and Learning and is designed to support high levels of
student achievement in math. This program was developed by
teachers to support all of K-12 mathematics.
Teachers use direct instruction, collaborative learning,
formative and summative assessments as methods for instruction
of mathematics at the various grade levels. Using the PMI program, textbooks are replaced with free digital
content which is used both in classrooms on interactive white
boards as well as distributed to students in the form of printed
packets. Students work together toward a common goal in
problem solving, but are ultimately responsible for individual
mastery of the concepts in math.
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
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,
Grade 5 - Ecosystems, Motion and Design, and Earth, Moon
Grade 6 - Cell Structure/Heredity, Mixtures and
Solutions, and Energy
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
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
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.
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