ELA Curriculum

  • Pearson ReadyGEN is the District adopted core reading program for grades K-6.

    Fundations is the adopted resource to teach the AZ ELA Foundational Standards.  Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program and is provided as a whole class (Tier 1) prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. For those students in need of additional support in reading (Tier 2), targeted small group instruction may be used.

    Teachers incorporate a 30-45 minute daily Fundations lesson in addition to their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons utilize research-based materials and strategies to focus instruction on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, spelling, and handwriting. Although Fundations does teach critical thinking, speaking and listening, and comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a core literacy based reading program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

     

    Dyslexia Resources: Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Handbook | Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Resource Guide for Families

Math Curriculum

  • GPS elementary schools use HMH Math Expressions.  Mastering math starts with knowing the numbers. HMH Math Expressions gets students started on the right path so they look beyond numbers to understand how and why they work while learning to ask the questions that lead to a thoughtful, informed approach to solving problems.

    Learn more - https://www.hmhco.com/programs/math-expressions

Science Curriculum

  • Our District vision is to provide every elementary student with an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that facilitates critical thinking skills and stimulates an interest in science.

Grade Science Kit
Kindergarten Paper, Wood, Fabric, & Ladybugs
1st Grade Solids & Liquids, and Weather
2nd Grade Soils, Balancing & Weighing, and Life Cycle of Butterflies
3rd Grade Sound, Plant Growth & Development, and Rocks & Minerals
4th Grade Electric Circuits and Land & Water
5th Grade Measuring Time, Motion & Design, Earth & Space Systems, Parachutes, and Windmills
6th Grade Landforms and Experimenting with Plants

Social Studies Curriculum

  • Social Studies units follow the Arizona State Standards K-6.

    Kindergarten: All About Me, American Presidents, Citizenship and Community, Community Helpers, Earth’s Resources, Explorers, Geography, and National Symbols. Teachers embed Social Studies instruction within reading and writing instruction.

    First Grade: Citizenship, Economics, Egyptian Civilizations, Exploration and Settlement in Early America, Geography, and National Symbols.  Teachers embed Social Studies instruction within reading and writing instruction.

    Second Grade: American Revolution, Ancient Asia, Community and Citizenship, Economics, Geography, Government, and Westward Expansion.  Teachers embed Social Studies instruction within reading and writing instruction.

    Third Grade: American History, Ancient Civilizations, Citizenship, Civil War, Economics, Explorers in the New World, and Geography. Harcourt’s Communities is the District adopted textbook for third-grade social studies.

    Fourth Grade units emphasize the history of Arizona and the Southwest from its earliest civilizations to modern times.  Units include: Arizona Government, Arizona History, Arizona Land and Geography, and Early American and European Civilizations. Harcourt’s Social Studies Arizona is the District adopted textbook for fourth grade.

    Fifth Grade units focus on American History.  Units include: Colonization, Economics, Explorers and Exploration, Geography, Revolutionary War, U.S. Government, U.S. Civil War, and Westward Movement. Harcourt’s The United States: Making a New Nation is the District adopted textbook for fifth grade.

    Sixth Grade units focus on Ancient Civilizations through Modern Time.  Units include: Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient India, Ancient Rome, Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Paleolithic and Neolithic Civilizations, The Middle Ages, and The Modern Era. Glencoe’s Journey Across Time is the District adopted textbook for sixth grade.

Dual Language Spanish Curriculum

  • Gilbert Public Schools Dual Language program uses the Arizona State Standards and the Arizona World and Native Language Standards. Curriculum materials for each subject area are adopted by the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board. We use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Learning A-Z for Spanish Instruction.

    Gilbert Elementary uses SeeSaw as a digital portfolio where students can upload artifacts to their SeeSaw portfolio.  Students use this app to record evidence of the key academic skill they are working towards. SeeSaw has a parent component where parents will be able to view their child’s uploads and share in the progress and accomplishments of their child.  Students will post a minimum of 6 per quarter.