Reading and Language Arts – Reading Wonders
Reading Wonders is a comprehensive program that Pottsgrove uses as a resource to provide students with instruction, inspiring content, and purposeful technology as Reading, English, and Language Arts are explored. Students will compare and contrast books across a variety of genres. Students will use this resource daily for writing, language arts, and reading activities.
As parents and families of a Pottsgrove student, you will notice that your child(ren) will investigate reading across a variety of themes. All activities reinforce a particular skill or concept that is directly related to a PA Core Standard. You may also see students using an online component for learning. While all students will use this during the school day, some students may log on at home as well.
Pottsgrove teachers have designed pacing guides so that all students in each grade level, regardless of the teacher, will learn the same content and be assessed in the same way.
The Math in Focus program is a resource utilized to support the Pottsgrove School District elementary mathematics curriculum. This resource is used in grade kindergarten through fifth grade. It was developed by the practices that are used in Singapore mathematics.
As is the case for reading instruction, Pottsgrove teachers have designed instructional units so that all students in each grade will receive instruction on the same concepts and skills. Sometimes these skills and concepts are taught at a beginning level, while other concepts are developing or mastered.
The Math in Focus program is research-based and proven effective because it emphasizes:
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- Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction of key mathematical concepts.
- Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
- Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
- Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.