Grades 3-5 (Older Elementary) Curriculum Experience

This article provides information about the Grades 3-5 (Older Elementary) curriculum.

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Product Overview

The Lincoln Empowered 3-5 curriculum offers engaging and interactive virtual and hands-on activities that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, NGSS, and C3 Framework. These shared lessons help students master the content using a variety of approaches. For one, Evan-Moor content is embedded within the Social Studies and Mathematics courses to enhance learning. Additionally, each course has a printed Parent and Teacher Guide available to assist parents, guardians, and teachers so that they may support and enrich student learning.

Top Facts
  1. The curriculum contains dynamic and engaging online activities to help students master content in an age-appropriate manner.
  2. The courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, NGSS, and the C3 Framework.
  3. Learning objects are infused with Evan-Moor content and interactivity to maximize learning.                
  4. Printed Parent and Teacher guides help support student learning.
  5. The Teach Its offer auditory and visual instruction of the Read It lesson content with grade-appropriate characters.
General Details

Lesson Structure: Topic > Lesson > Learning Object

Learning Object Design: The learning objects in the Grades 3-5 courses are developed using a backwards-design philosophy starting with the national standard and a specific behavioral learning objective. Content is then written directly to the behavioral learning objective to instruct and assess the student as the student works toward mastery. Learning objects in Grades 3-5 are written by certified teachers who are knowledgeable about student needs in both online environments and in brick-and-mortar settings. Everything that the student needs to complete the work, from tangible materials to worksheets, can be found listed within the content. In addition to including a variety of imagery, color, and interactivity, the learning objects also require students to complete off-screen work, which encourages the pencil-to-paper skills necessary for students within this grade band.

Activity Time: Per activity is an average of 60 minutes

Pacing: 1 Lesson = 1 Day of Learning (4 Hours)

Credit Information

Core courses in grades 3-5 are offered as full credit courses with 180 lessons each.

Electives are offered in a variety of content areas such as Art, Music, Technology, Foreign Language, and Physical Education. Elective courses vary in credit values with 45-180 lessons each. For more information on elective offerings, click here.

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English Language Arts

Content Specifics:

English Language Arts courses in grades 3-5 focus on expanding students’ reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening skills. Students read a variety of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts, and they begin to interpret these texts in more complex ways. This includes analyzing story elements, comparing multiple accounts of an event, identifying cause and effect, determining tone and mood, making inferences, and distinguishing shades of meaning in figurative language. Students are introduced to new forms of writing, such as scripts, autobiographies, and outlines. They also begin to use the writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their work. They use narrative, descriptive, opinion, persuasive, and informative pieces to practice stating ideas, facts, and opinions clearly, while correctly using introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs. Eventually, they become proficient at writing five-paragraph essays and writing effective thesis statements. Through their writing, students continue to master the conventions of English grammar, beginning with skills like exploring the functions of the parts of speech and writing simple, compound, and complex sentences. They work on using correct capitalization and punctuation while avoiding sentence fragments and run-ons. Students learn to spell a wide variety of words such as those with various prefixes and suffixes, regular and irregular nouns, contractions, compound words, homophones, and words with silent letters. They further develop their research skills by learning to gather information from multiple sources, determine the reliability of sources, take notes, avoid plagiarism, and paraphrase information. Eventually, they learn to cite sources correctly and create a bibliography. Students enhance their speaking and listening skills by planning, writing, and delivering presentations on various topics, using technology and visual aids to supplement their presentations. Each course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help the parent or guardian support the student’s learning.                                  

Assessment Structure:

Teacher-graded assessments are placed throughout the course. Once a student has learned a new skill and has had the opportunity to practice it, the student will be evaluated on the skill through a formative assessment known as an Assess It. The Assess Its are planned with intention when developing the course. Additionally, students are assessed at the end of each topic through a summative assessment known as a Mastery Assess It. Mastery Assess It questions are age-appropriate, and there is a clear progression in difficulty and depth of knowledge from grades 3-5.       

What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded? 
All assessments throughout the course are teacher-graded. The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. Mastery Assess Its are included in all English Language Arts courses in grades 3-5.

Mathematics

Content Specifics:

Mathematics courses in grades 3-5 are designed around both the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Standards for Mathematical Content. The mathematical practices ensure that students are engaged in the actual use of mathematics. The Standards for Mathematical Practices state that the students will make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use math tools strategically, attend to precision, look for patterns and structure, and use repeated reasoning. The courses cover the traditional concepts that students will need to develop appropriately. In grades 3-5, students will begin by exploring the relationship between multiplication and division and using the order of operations to solve problems including one and two-step word problems. Students will learn rounding and counting skills, work with geometric shapes and operations involving fractions and decimals, use graphs to solve real-world problems involving data, and utilize their measuring skills.

Assessment Structure:

Teacher-graded assessments are placed throughout the course. Once a student has learned a new skill and has had the opportunity to practice it, the student will be evaluated on the skill through a formative assessment known as an Assess It. The Assess Its are planned with intention when developing the course. Additionally, students are assessed at the end of each topic through a summative assessment known as a Mastery Assess It. Mastery Assess It questions are age-appropriate, and there is a clear progression in difficulty and depth of knowledge from grades 3-5.           

What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded?

All assessments throughout the course are teacher-graded. The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. Mastery Assess Its are included in all Mathematics courses in grades 3-5.
Science

Content Specifics:

Science courses in grades 3-5 are built around the NGSS Science and Engineering Standards. The Science standards cover topics that include ecology, weather and climate, space science, energy, force, and motion, properties of matter, light, magnetism, electricity, and technology and engineering. Furthermore, these courses highlight physics, chemistry, genetics, earth science, biology, agriculture, and natural resources. The engineering standards encourage students to ask questions and define problems, develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, use mathematics and computational thinking, construct explanations and design solutions, and obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. Engaging in these practices allows students to understand how scientific knowledge develops and helps students understand the work of engineers, as well as the links between engineering and science. The insights students gain help them recognize that the work of scientists and engineers affects the world they live in. Through NGSS, students come to view science as relevant to their lives and future.        

Assessment Structure:

Teacher-graded assessments are placed throughout the course. Once a student has learned a new skill and has had the opportunity to practice it, the student will be evaluated on the skill through a formative assessment known as an Assess It. The Assess Its are planned with intention when developing the course. Additionally, students are assessed at the end of each topic through a summative assessment known as a Mastery Assess It. Mastery Assess It questions are age-appropriate, and there is a clear progression in difficulty and depth of knowledge from grades 3-5. 

What is the percentage of teacher graded vs auto graded?

All assessments throughout the course are teacher-graded. The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. Mastery Assess Its are included in all Science courses in grades 3-5.
Social Studies

Content Specifics:

Social Studies courses in grades 3-5 largely focus on the United States, including its history, culture, geography, and government. Students are encouraged to think about what it means to be productive, responsible citizens of both the nation and their own local communities. To support their learning about U.S. history and differing cultures and perspectives, students develop and research compelling questions on historical topics, distinguish between fact and opinion, and evaluate the validity of sources. Students develop presentation skills that include constructing arguments to support their opinions and use visual aids to add interest to oral reports.  Students also explore how regional differences in physical environment and culture affect how people live and work. These courses foster a command of the concepts and tools of geography, such as latitude, longitude, maps of various kinds, and scales. Students also gain an understanding of core aspects of economics, including resources, production, consumption, and international trade. Civic responsibility is woven throughout the curriculum, and students learn to recognize the value of public service and the traits of good leaders.

Assessment Structure:

Teacher-graded assessments are placed throughout the course. Once a student has learned a new skill and has had the opportunity to practice it, the student will be evaluated on the skill through a formative assessment known as an Assess It. The Assess Its are planned with intention when developing the course. Additionally, students are assessed at the end of each topic through a summative assessment known as a Mastery Assess It. Mastery Assess It questions are age-appropriate, and there is a clear progression in difficulty and depth of knowledge from grades 3-5.             

What is the percentage of teacher-graded vs. auto-graded?

All assessments throughout the course are teacher-graded. The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. Mastery Assess Its are included in all Social Studies courses in grades 3-5.
FAQ

 Q: How often are there assessments in the 3-5 courses?

A: See the “Assessment Structure” section for each subject.

There are teacher-graded Assess Its throughout the courses that come after a student should have mastered the content. Furthermore, there are auto-graded assessments that cover mastery at the end of each topic.

Q: What would be the best way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s 3-5 courses in a brick-and-mortar setting?

A: The grades 3-5 courses can be utilized by having students engage and interact with course content either as a group or individually. The lesson topics are easy to navigate when a teacher is looking for a specific concept. The materials can be differentiated for varying learning styles and student abilities.                                        

Q: What would be the most appropriate way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s 3-5 courses in an asynchronous virtual setting?

A: Students in grades 3-5 are becoming more independent.  Our curriculum provides students with the means to practice skills with varying degrees of teacher guidance.  Students who need additional instruction have access to a wide range of resources such as interactive learning objects, supplemental practice activities, extension activities, and reinforcement activities.                                    

Resources

Additionally, you can find the following features in the grades 3-5 courses:

  • Teach Its – Click here for more information.
  • Parent and Teacher Guides – Click here to learn more.

 

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