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.
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
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.
|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.
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.
To master mathematics, students need to build on prior learning—what new concepts they can learn depends on which concepts they already know. Saxon Math™ provides a learning structure proven to advance students steadily and assuredly to higher levels of understanding. Saxon Math is taught in GPS Traditional classrooms (at Neely Traditional Academy, Canyon Rim Elementary, and Spectrum Elementary).
Learn more - https://www.hmhco.com/programs/saxon-math
Elementary Library Resources
Gilbert Public Schools currently uses Renaissance Place, Enterprise version. Accelerated Reader and other Renaissance programs are accessible online.
The Accelerated Reading program engages students in independent reading practice outside of the classroom.
Students choose their own books based on goals and levels set by their teacher. After reading their books, students independently complete short reading practice quizzes to check that they understood what they read, and then monitor their own reading progress.
Renaissance Home Connect Login – Username and password are identical to what your child would use at school when taking an AR quiz.
In Renaissance Home Connect you can also: click on Email Setup to sign up to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, or click on Help to get answers to your questions about Renaissance Home Connect.
Does this book I have at home have an Accelerated Reader test?
Searching for books with a corresponding Accelerated Reader quiz is easy with AR BookFinder. Students and parents can search using criteria such as book level, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, and more.
AR BookFinder – Type what you want want to search for in the blank field and click Go. You can then sort your search results, select book titles to add to your AR BookBag, or print a list of your search results.
Note: Not all titles found on AR BookFinder are available in the school's library.