In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students study literacy through Wilson Fundations and Close Reading for Meaning.
Students gain foundational skills through the Wilson Fundations program, which provides research-based materials and strategies for reading, spelling, and handwriting. Students also practice handwriting using the Zaner-Bloser handwriting program, which offers step-by-step instruction for learning basic manuscript strokes, letters, and numerals.
The Close Reading for Meaning approach gives students the tools to understand both the literal and deeper meaning of any nonfiction or fiction text, examine craft and structure, and develop evidence-based ideas. Students work in small groups based on their current skill levels.
Students also use Compass Learning, a web-based program that creates a personalized learning path for each student.
Science Dimensions is the program used for K-5 science at HLA2. This program is aligned to the transition of the New York State science learning standards to the Next Generation Science Standards. The Next Generation Science Standards consist of three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science that build a cohesive understanding of the subject. The three dimensions are:
· Practices which describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems.
· Crosscutting Concepts have application across all domains of science, linking the different domains of the subject. They include: patterns, similarity, and diversity; cause and effect; scale, proportion and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; stability and change.
· Disciplinary Core Ideas focuses on K – 12 science curriculum, instruction and assessments on the most important aspects of science.
Science Dimensions was created with a “digital-first” mentality. This program provides an authentic approach to increasing student achievement in science and preparing teachers for engineering instruction through the use of technology.