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Curriculum

The State of California has adopted the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  For more information about these new standards, please click on this link to open a Parent Handbook on CCSS.

 

Curriculum & Instruction
Nesbit Elementary School works hard to surpass the academic guidelines established by the California Department of Education by providing a challenging and engaging curriculum for our students.

Nesbit Elementary School follows California State Common Core State Standards and Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary District guidelines. The school district has adopted content standards and utilizes multiple measures as assessments. These assessments allow teachers, students and parents to see where individuals are in reaching and/or exceeding District Standards. The measures will determine whether the student has successfully learned grade level standards. The results of these measures will enable our teachers to teach to your child's individual needs and strengths.

 

English Language Arts Curriculum
Teachers at Nesbit school use a Balanced Approach to Literacy which includes Reading and Writing Workshop, Word Study, Interactive Read-a-Loud and Small Group Instruction.  An integral component of a Balanced Approach to Literacy is assuring that children are reading and writing at their individual levels.  Therefore, children receive reading instruction through books that are at their instructional reading levels and practice reading at home at their independent reading levels.  Small Group Instruction assures that children receive the level of teaching they require in order to advance their academics.

Teachers at Nesbit school assess children in the area of reading using Fountas and Pinnell's Reading Assessments. In writing, Nesbit school assesses children utilizing Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's On-Demand Writing rubrics.

In addition to Reading and Writing Workshop, children also have on-line access to books at their reading level through raz-kids.com.  Please see your child's teacher for log-in information.

 

Reading and Writing Workshop
Teachers at Nesbit School follow the Units of Study published by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  This genre based instructional format moves children through a series of units designed to increase their capacity to read and write effectively across all genres.  Each Workshop begins with a whole class, explicit and directed "mini-lesson."  These mini-lessons are designed to provide children with a repertoire of strategies they can use as readers and writers.  After the mini-lesson, children then move into Independent Work where they build their skills as readers and writers.  During this time, the teacher confers with children in either small group or individual sessions in order to build skills of specific learners not properly addressed during a mini-lesson.  A Mid-Workshop teach to the entire class is often provided to the children based upon what the teacher notices in the readers and writers during the Independent Work session.  Children then transition to Partner Share.  The workshop model recognizes that children's work as readers and writers is enhanced when they are required to share their reading and writing with others.  This act of "sharing" becomes, in effect, a way for children to further build and cement their understanding of reading and writing strategies.  The workshop concludes with a celebration of the work that was accomplished during the workshop period.

 

Phonics and Spelling Instruction

Children in grades K-1 participate in Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) Phonics Units.

Children in grades 2-5 participate in Words their Way -- a differentiated phonics and spelling program.  Dependent upon children's phonics and spelling abilities, they are grouped together and instruction to each group varies dependent upon needs. 

 

Math Curriculum
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the math curriculum at Nesbit School is published by Math Expressions in grades K-5 and Connected Mathematics in middle schools.  

 

Science Curriculum
The science curriculum at Nesbit school is published through FOSS.

 

Social Emotional Learning
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Nesbit will implement the social emotional curriculum by Second Step.  To view, the scope and sequence for the curriculum, please click here.

Social Studies
The social studies curriculum is published through TCI.

 

 

 

From the California Department of Education website:
Content Standards for California Public Schools K - 12

Reading and Writing Workshop Units of Study

Math Units of Study

On Becoming a TCRWP Project School