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In the Classroom

 Kindergarten Grade 2
Grade 4
Grade 1
Grade 3
Grade 5


Kindergarten is the foundation for the elementary curriculum. It is a busy year, as the children are adjusting to school life both academically and socially. Learning to work and play with others is an important life skill!

Language Arts is an important focus in kindergarten. The children are immersed in a language-rich environment and are encouraged to develop communication skills through varied reading and writing experiences. In language arts, as well as math, science, and social studies, a hands-on approach makes learning meaningful for our youngest students.

In addition to these academic subjects, kindergarten students also have weekly classes in computer, library, physical education, music and art. This first year of elementary school helps to prepare students to face and meet the challenges their school years will bring them.

Grade 1

First grade is a year filled with learning and fun!  First graders learn the building blocks that will help them to become lifelong readers and writers.  We explore many aspects of the reading process to help the children become independent readers and deep thinkers.  The Teacher’s College Writing Program helps our first graders build and practice their writing skills.  They will explore the writing process by drafting, revising, and editing narrative, informational, and persuasive pieces.  In math, our interesting and challenging lessons create a deeper understanding of the many topics of addition and subtraction.  First graders will leave with a solid foundation of number sense and fluency.  Our social studies units explore rules and laws, family, communities and economics to help them grow into outstanding citizens in both school and community.  In science, our first graders will examine animals and their habitats, astronomy, and the human body.  First grade is a very exciting year!

Grade 2

In second grade, there is a strong emphasis on children becoming independent thinkers, learners, and problem solvers.  We do a great deal of modeling the expected behaviors and procedures that help foster respect for one another as we teach and learn together within our classroom community.  
English Language Arts is a primary focus of our day.  The second graders spend a lot of time deepening their understanding of words, language, and literature.  Children are taught that learning to read goes beyond decoding words and explicit focus is put on fluency and comprehension. 
Second grade writers continue to deepen their understanding of the writing process (writing, revising and editing).  Throughout the year, the children will write across multiple genres including personal narratives, non-fiction, realistic fiction, lab reports, and poetry.  Second graders study authors and texts to deepen their understanding of how to use craft when writing.

Our math curriculum is a hands on approach to thinking and solving problems. Children are expected to gain a deep understanding of place value to strengthen their number sense.  Second graders are taught to use mathematical language to explain solutions.

In Social Studies, the second grade students study active citizenship, communities, geography, and change and interdependence.  Science is a time for hands on lessons including the study of life cycles, balancing and weighing, and forces in
Second grade is a time for experiencing growth and excitement about learning.

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Grade 3

Third grade is a transitional year from primary to intermediate levels with the addition of more academic responsibilities. Children build on the skills learned in the primary grades, solving multi-step problems in math and learning additional arithmetic operations. Students will gain a greater understanding of character and story structure, and individual comprehension skills will be enhanced in reading. Students develop more complex writing skills by incorporating beginning, middle, and end of stories. Descriptive vocabulary is being developed and used within student writing as well. Writing script is another skill to which third graders are exposed.

In science, third graders will study buoyancy, phases of the moon, water cycle, rocks and minerals, and plants.

At the beginning of the year, social studies introduces all that is necessary for the students to read maps and create their own. The remainder of the year is spent studying global themes centered on examining aspects of culture and comparing specific world cultures.

Third grade is a challenging year. NY State testing in math and language arts occurs. The focus is on developing organizational skills so the children can be successful in becoming independent learners

Grade 4

Fourth grade at Blue Point Elementary is a year packed with learning, discovery, and beginning independence!

Fourth graders will be immersed in a literate environment where reading is utilized in a variety of meaningful activities throughout the curriculum. Along with the shift to the Common Core Standards, students will further learn how they can use language effectively and have a deeper understanding of a text. We hope that students discover the power and beauty of reading! 

The language arts curriculum strives to develop better writers. Children learn how to use graphic organizers to help structure and develop their writing. In writers' workshop students are building strategies to enhance their writing during the narrative, persuasive and nonfiction writing units.  

Fourth grade mathematics is about developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication; developing an understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit numbers; developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; and understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measurements, and symmetry.

The social studies program builds on the understanding of history, government, culture, geography, and the world. Historical eras studied include Native American lifestyles prior to colonization, the European encounter, and the establishment of the colonies, the Revolutionary war, and the birth of a new nation.

The Pearson Realize Interactive Science Program provides Blue Point students with the opportunity to learn new content and build vocabulary in an engaging and meaningful way.  Topics covered include energy, motion, electricity, and plants and animals.

Grade 5

Fifth grade in Blue Point School is a year filled with a variety of learning activities and experiences that will encourage students to become independent, responsible learners while developing academic skills necessary for the transition into middle school. Our goal is for students to become life-long learners and thinkers. We encourage students to take responsibility for their performance and while providing the guidance and support fifth-graders need to become successful, independent learners. We encourage students to be organized, self-reliant, and active in their own education.

We hope to instill in children a love of literature through wonderful read alouds, shared reading novels, classroom libraries, and our own enthusiasm. The two main components of English Language Arts are reading and writing. The fifth grade reading and writing program builds on the foundation of the children’s experiences. The students will be immersed in an environment where reading and writing will be taught through a variety of meaningful activities within the curriculum.

The English Language Arts block is integrated with Social Studies as students develop the understanding that the rights of citizens in the United States are similar to and different from the right of citizens in other nations of the Western Hemisphere.

The fifth grade math program provides students the opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills. The focus is on operations with decimals and fractions, and reinforcing multiplication and division facts. The fifth grade science program includes the study of electromagnetism, light, the human body, and the scientific method. We incorporate the use of iPads into our science curriculum daily as well as during small group instruction.

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