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Covert School Community Students in the Intermediate Class enjoy a welcoming school community. There arenumerous opportunities for integrated experiences based on individual goals and schedules.Students eat lunch and play at recess in an inclusive setting. Students in the fourth and fifthgrade chorus participate in the school winter and spring concerts. Everyone shines in theschool’s annual variety show. Our students enjoy field trips with both their integrated class and selfcontained class. Fifth grade events are enjoyed by all fifth grade students and our end of the yearvideo yearbook is always a treat to our students preparing to move to the South Side Middle School.Communication between the Intermediate Class and Middle School Class is ongoing. Many activitiesafford the children with an easy transition when the time comes.
English Language Arts To meet Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, the intermediate class utilizes abalanced literacy program. Students will be immersed in a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction literatureto enhance their knowledge, vocabulary and understanding of concepts. Students will recognize thatindividual letters have associated sounds, they will recognize and identify some sight words and readfamiliar texts at the emergent level. Children will ask and answer questions in response to texts andinterpret information represented in simple charts and webs. Writing instruction involves spelling, handwriting, composition and motivation to write.Practice in writing for a variety of reasons includes charting data, writing letters, recording academicactivities and completing personal data information forms. Students will learn to listen attentively to spoken language for different purposes. They willlisten respectfully when others speak without interrupting and attend for specified periods of time.Students will learn to listen to group read alouds for information. Students are exposed to a variety of poems, literature, fiction and non-fiction books,Scholastic Books on Tape, songs, rhymes, word plays, assemblies, field trips, plays to provide opportunitiesto listen in a variety of settings. Students work on their listening skills during interactive play with peersand adults. Students also have an opportunity for refining listening skills when they are listening to peersshare projects and reports. Students will increase their vocabulary and conventional grammar in their own speech. Theywill speak for different purposes. They will learn to focus on audibly speaking with speed and expressionappropriate for the listener and setting. They will learn to take turns speaking and respond appropriatelyto what others are saying. Children will report on their research as well as other projects. They willnavigate the school community with a number of speaking tasks including running errands.
Mathematics The Common Core Curriculum State Standards in Mathematicsare met in the non-graded class through a variety of hands on activities. Ourprogram is designed to reach a number of ability levels. Through the varietyof manipulatives used and hands on activities students will better understand,enjoy and appreciate mathematics. Students are taught to express theirmathematical thinking through words, pictures and numbers. Students aretaught to use calculators. Games are used and provide strategic mathematicalthinking and an opportunity to review concepts. Students will participate inmathematical operations, algebraic thinking, numbers, measurementand geometry. Social Studies The Core Curriculum Standards are incorporated to help students learn about roles in a family and school community. The students explore self, family, and school. They learn about families now and long ago as well as different kinds of families in various societies. They begin to use a map and globe. Students will compare different cultures to their own. Citizenship will be explored in relation to rules and laws. Environment and physical settings will be a focus of study as well.
Health and Safety Science Students will experience the processof scientific inquiry through hands-onexperiments and activities. Students will The class will understand thatparticipate in activities such as: classifying, many diseases can be prevented bycommunicating, comparing, contrasting, creating practicing good health habits. We willmodels, gathering data, organizing data, recognize that good nutrition, regulargeneralizing, identifying variables, interpreting exercise and rest promotes healthy mindsdata, making decisions, manipulating materials, and bodies. Students will identify emotionsmeasuring, observing and predicting. Students and develop skills to deal with them. Theywill learn about keeping their bodies safe and will understand that as they mature, it ishealthy and compare how these issues overlap in important to practice good hygiene.a variety of science units. These skills will be Understanding emergency information andaddressed based on the Common Core Learning procedures is stressed. Children will followStandards for Mathematics, Science, and classroom and school safety rules.Technology. 1. Living things change and grow.2. Living things have basic needs.3. Living things reproduce.4. Plants and animals are interdependent.
Behavior Management A positive approach to behavior management is incorporated into theIntermediate Classroom. Expectations for behavior are clearly stated and listedon a classroom poster. The behaviors reinforced by the classroom token economyare stated positively,. Students have a reinforcement chart clearly visible in theclassroom. Children earn money for following the classroom rules and they arerequired to pay fines for not following the posted rules. This token economyreinforces the understanding of working with money. Children participate inkeeping track of their earnings throughout the day by making coin exchanges. Atthe end of the week students use their earned money to participate in a classroomcenter of their choosing. The centers include the “Communication Center” wherestudents can pay to send an e-mail, a letter or make a phone call. These activitiesalso reinforce academic writing goals, social emotional goals as well as speech goals. In the “Class Store Center”, students use their money to purchase items such asschool supplies, games, toys and jewelry. Students make money exchanges foritems practicing the independent skill of being a consumer. At the “CaféCenter”,students purchase snacks choosing among a variety of healthy items and”sometimes foods” or “treats.” Students make decisions with their behavior duringthe week, remembering that if they earn enough money they have more choices atcenters. Some students require more immediate reinforcements so individualinterventions are used on an as need basis. Providing consistency for childrenhelps them understand what is and is not acceptable behavior in their home andschool environments.
Technology Students in the Intermediateclass use the Smartboard daily as a part ofthe class routine, which covers calendarskills and the “Morning Meeting.” We watchvideos ranging from the life cycle changes ofa tadpole into a frog, to how life was for theNative Americans helping the Pilgrims plantcrops. We record and compare data on theSmartboard as well as research and report.We refine skills using ipad2 applications thatprovide fun ways to drill Individual EducationPlan goals. We may use computer programsor websites individually or with a friend whenwe finish our independent work. We useteacher made adaptive keyboards as analternative to writing. We have a SmartTable in STELLAR that we can use as well asone that is shared between both CoreClassrooms.
A Typical Day•Arrival : Care for personal items and supplies•Morning Meeting: Calendar skills, Fundations Letter Stories, Smartboard•Exercise Circle:Students exercise crossing the midline of their bodies helping them to integrated both sides oftheir brain functions. These activities provide sensory input. Research shows that these typesof exercises help prepare students to focus and get ready for academic work.•Snack: Please mark as “snack” and provide a separate drink. Remember to focus on healthychoices.•Reading/Writing Work:Students work on their individual writing goals incorporating some math and some reading thatthey work on independently at their desks while other students are called to guided readinggroups.•Math: Students work in large groups, small groups, with manipulatives and technology toexplore the curriculum•Recess/Lunch: Inclusive environment•Exercise Circle: Same as above•Reading/Writing Work: Same as above•Science/Social Studies: Another opportunity for technology use to explore the curriculum•Balanced Reading/ELA: Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety ofreading/writing instruction with teacher modeling•Song Circle/Dismissal: Token economy is reviewed throughout the day and money ismanaged at this time. Students earn the privilege of participating in song circle which is anothermotivating social time. Students prepare their belongings for dismissal at the buses.
Communication Communication is an ongoingpartnerships between home andschool. We have our communicationnotebooks, marked “Communication”for daily correspondence. Staff canbe contacted via telephone by callingthe office and leaving a message fora return call (255-8916). We canalso be contacted by e-mail –email@example.com. We havetwo parent teacher conferences andwe also have morning team meetingsscheduled throughout the year. Youwill receive your letter tonight foryour meeting. The Covert Websitewill also have classroom informationand monthly newsletters. Website