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Fourth - Sixth Grades: Becoming Future Ready through S.T.E.A.M.

An Overview of Courses and Materials

The Woodland Hills School District Fourth through Sixth grade Academic Program, housed in our Woodland Hills Intermediate School and our Woodland Hills Academy, challenges our students to become future ready with our commitment to a S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathmatics). Through the implementation of new curricula in all grade-levels, and the utilization of on-hand technology coaches and makerspaces, we provide a course of study that emphasizes cirtical thinking, problem solving, and hands-on application

Reading and Writing

 

As our students transtion from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" , they are also required to read, understand, and interpret increasingly complex texts, as well as articulate that understanding in lengthy compositions and text dependant analysis. Because of this, the district has chosen to utilize Reading Wonders in grades 4-6. This program not only provides a diverse collection of grade-level appropriate texts, but emphasizes an understanding of comprehension strategies that can aid the studnet in understanding any text, now and in the future. Below, you will find the scope and sequence of Reading Wonders at each grade level,

Reading Wonders

Fourth  Grade      Fifth Grade    Sixth Grade  

 

 

Mathematics

 

As the state of Pennsylvania has radically alterred its expectations for Mathematics instruction, through its implementation of the rigorous PA Core Standards, the Woodland Hills School Disrict has implemented Ready Math in its classrooms Kindergarten through Eighth grade, providing a consistency of instruction across our buildings. Ready Math is one of the few math programs that is designed specifically for the Pennsylvania Core Standards and not the National Common Core. It is also the highest rated Math program by EdReports.org. Below you will find a pacing guides reflecting the skills.

 

Ready Pennsylvania

 

Fourth  Grade      Fifth Grade    Sixth Grade  

 

 

Science

 

With new technologies and discoveries emerging every day, it is impertive that we utilize current materials and cutting edge technology to ensure that our students our prepared for a quickly changing world. Because of this, the district has chosen an approach to Science based on the the forward-looking Next-Generation Science Standards. In our 4-6 band, we utilize a variety of programs to cover the vast range of content, including the NGSS aligned InSpire Science, as well as the all-digital Discovery Science. These core programs up supplemented through hands-on kits, both self-developed and purchased through Asset Stem Education

Our Science programming extends to our use of technology. Every student in the district participates in coding and digital citizenship instruction starting in Kindergarten. Students are likewise trained to utilize a number of digital work environments, from Windows PCs to Macs, Ipads to Kindles, to the emerging range of new device categories. Every Woodland Hills student will be technologically literate and future ready.

Below you can find more information about the Next Generation Science Standards and our district programs.

Next Generation Science Standards      Inspire Science     Discovery Science