Language Arts Reading The students of Ho‘okele Elementary will receive lessons in English Language Arts (ELA) using the McGraw Hill WONDERS program that was adopted by the Sate of Hawaii to address the Common Core State Standards. This ELA program was designed to allow teachers and students to access reading materials and additional activities digitally from home computers/devices.
Embedded within lessons, are opportunities for students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century. Throughout the units of study, students are given ample opportunities to refine and master strategies that will enhance their ability to understand and analyze any challenging text, write with clarity and voice, to speak and listen in order to communicate and work effectively with others, and to view media with critical intelligence.
Writing Along with McGraw Hill WONDERS, Ho‘okele Elementary will be adopting the Write From the Beginning...and Beyond program as a supplemental writing program. This writing program exposes students to argumentative, narrative and expository writing pieces. Write from the Beginning...and Beyond is designed to be integrated with Thinking Maps.
Mathematics The Common Core State Standards along with our school's Ready Classroom Math curriculum will guide our math class instruction. Ready Classroom Math Helping All Students Connect and Engage with Mathematics Ready Classroom Mathematics (K–8) is a comprehensive core mathematics program that makes math accessible to all students. Everything works together to support teachers and empower students to connect to mathematics in new ways. The program includes: An instructional design that allows students to take ownership of their learning. Rigorous practice opportunities that build students’ conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. In-depth reports that enable instructional decisions so teachers can help students reach their greatest potential. Current Focus Unit ONE Themes - Volume is the amount of space inside a three-dimensional figure. - The number of unit cubes that fit inside a figure determines its volume. - Students can use what they know about finding the area of rectangles as the first step in calculating the volume of rectangular prisms. - Students can use place value, area models, and other strategies to multiply multi-digit numbers and divide by two-digit numbers. - Use strategies to multiply one by two digit numbers.
Science Ho‘okele’s Science Curriculum will focus on Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS III) while integrating STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) knowledge and skills through Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is an engaging, project/problem-based learning curriculum that challenges students to wonder and discover as they apply their problem-solving skills and knowledge to real-world situations. The program prepares students for STEM careers by encouraging students to be critical thinkers as they identify problems and uncover original solutions. Year-Long Overview - Scientific Method and physical, earth and space sciences - Cycle of Matter and Energy - Structure of the Human Body - Earth and the Solar System - Energy and it's Transformation
Social Studies At Ho‘okele Elementary, Social Studies is integrated into the Core curriculum. Social Studies is broken up into various strands: Historical Understanding, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, and Economics. Concepts that are covered in Social Studies are important as it teaches our students to become active informed participants on a local, national, and global level. It also helps to prepare our students to grow as contributing citizens of the world and community that they live in. Year-Long Overview Geography - Map skills: Latitude, Longitude, Compass Rose, Continents, Oceans, states, and capitals. Age of Exploration - Europeans sought a route to Asia, but what they found instead were land and peoples previously unknown to them. Colonies - The British North American colonies developed three distinct economic regions: New England, the Mid-Atlantic colonies, and the Southern colonies. Many of the differences were determined by geographic factors. Colonial Development and American Democracy - Colonial government was based on key democratic principles. Participation in American democracy has broadened since the 18th century. Conflicts and Wars Leading to the American Revolution - A series of events caused the deterioration of relations between Britain and her thirteen North American colonies, leading to wars.