Elementary 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.
Elementary Math Curriculum
GPS Elementary schools use the adopted HMH Math Expressions curriculum for Grades K-5. Students develop an understanding of numbers and mathematical concepts through progressions of conceptual development. This curriculum brings students to make sense of math concepts by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating an understanding of why and how numbers work together. This allows students to develop thoughtfully informed approaches to solving all types of math problems in various ways.
GPS Elementary schools for Grade 6 use the adopted Glencoe Math curriculum. Math instruction is aimed to help develop students' conceptual understanding as well as procedural skills. Students are given opportunities to reason and problem solve as they apply their mathematical understandings.
Elementary Science Curriculum
GPS Science Mission: Developing curiosity, creatively & collaborative experiences every day in our GPS students.
GPS Science Vision: Ignite a passion for science by focusing on what can be done today to influence the discoveries & innovations of tomorrow.
Students will experience hands-on, real world exploration opportunities to help develop a passion for science. Students will work collaboratively, facilitate critical thinking skills, and make connections to their prior knowledge. Students will be exposed to STEM careers related to their topic as well as STEM Projects and Engineering Design Challenges.
The State AzSci Exam is given in grades 5, 8, & 11
|Kindergarten||Senses, Weather, The Sun & Earth’s Surfaces, Living Things, Ladybugs|
|1st Grade||Light & Sound, Forces & Motion, Natural Resources, Plants and Animals|
|2nd Grade||Properties of Materials, Earth’s Changing Landscape, The Sun & the Moon, Life & Energy, Butterflies|
|3rd Grade||The Energy in Light & Sound, Information Processing & Living Things, Mystery Pellets and the Web of Life, Close Encounters of the Symbiotic Kind|
|4th Grade||Extinction, Water, Weather & Natural Hazards, Dynamic Earth, Energy, Electricity & Magnetism|
|5th Grade||Spaceship Earth, Forces & Energy, Heredity and Animals through Time, Structure & Properties of Matter, Engineering|
|6th Grade||Energy & the Solar System, Energy & Ecosystems, Energy & the Environment, Energy & Matter|
Elementary 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.
GPS Traditional classrooms (at Neely Traditional Academy, Canyon Rim Elementary, and Spectrum Elementary) use the Spalding Method as the basis for all instruction in literacy. The Spalding Method of instruction is a total language arts approach to instruction that includes instruction in spelling, writing, and reading. It integrates content, principles, and procedures that empower teachers and parents to be successful decision makers, equipping them with the ability to help all students learn to read and write.
GPS Traditional classrooms use ReadyGEN as a resource for reading instruction. This reading program offers a wealth of high-quality literature to engage learners. Explicit instruction and ample practice ensure students’ growth in reading proficiency.
With the Math in Focus curriculum, mathematical concepts are developed through an incremental, layered learning. Students rely on deep knowledge of prior learning and apply it flexibly in their progression towards standards and skill mastery. Students also develop critical thinking skills through a structured approach to problem solving.