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 Stepping Stones Math curriculum will guide our math class instruction. The standards provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals—which help young students build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into applications. Stepping Stones is an innovative program that provides rigorous problem solving activities and interactive digital games with engaging print materials to enhance students' thinking and reasoning skills. Together, they will stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels. Current Focus Module 1 Numbers and Operations in Base Ten - Compare/Order numbers up to five digits - Represent numbers up to 99,999 - Rounding five digit numbers to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands - Adding of multiple addends - Using standard algorithm to add up to five digit numbers with and without regrouping multiply 3 one digit numbers - Use associative and commutative property of multiplication - Use strategies to multiply one by two digit numbers.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking - Identify prime and composite numbers up to 100 - Identify factors and multiples of one and two digit numbers - Solve word problems involving multiplication - Estimate the difference between 2 and 3 digit numbers - Estimating the sum of 2 and 3 digit numbers - Generate and analyze patterns, - Measurement and Data - Identify position of five digits on a number line - Convert hours to minutes - Calculate elapsed time in seconds
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. Current Focus - Scientific Method and physical, earth and space sciences - Observation vs Inference - Fast and slow processes - Rotation, and Revolution
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. Current Focus Geography - How the Hawaiian Islands were created, Land relative to Hawaii Map Skills - Latitude, Longitude, Compass Rose, Continents, Oceans, and the Globe Wind, Wings, Waves - How life began in Hawaii. What brought indigenous organisms here to Hawaii? Migration Theory - Who were the early Polynesians to arrive in Hawaii? Who is Pa'ao? How did they get here and why? Hawaiian mythology - Pele, Papa & Wakea