Grades K-2 (Lower Elementary) Curriculum Experience

This article provides information about the Grades K-2 (Lower Elementary) curriculum.

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The Lincoln Empowered K-2 curriculum offers grade-appropriate, engaging and interactive activities that are written and designed for adult support. These shared lessons help students master the content using a variety of approaches. For one, the courses contain Evan-Moor content to supplement student learning and provide additional opportunities for reading, practice, and engagement.

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. The K-2 courses are written for the parent or teacher to guide the student through each lesson, providing educational content and pedagogically-sound practices with age-appropriate skills and activities. Courses also contain social-emotional connections with buttons embedded in the content that take the student directly to the Guide to Social and Emotional Learning: K-2.

Top Facts
  1. The courses contain dynamic and engaging online and offline activities, which help students master content in an age-appropriate manner. Because students in this age group cannot be expected to complete lessons on their own, the lessons are written so the parent or guardian can read the content verbatim to the student.
  2. All English Language Arts courses contain fluency assessments; fluency is the ability to read and speak at or above an expected level.
  3. Courses are infused with Evan-Moor content to maximize learning, with ongoing efforts to add additional Evan-Moor content on a continuous basis.
  4. Teach Its are implemented to add an auditory component to the Read It within the course as well as instruction via an avatar.
  5. The printed Parent and Teacher Guide will help support the student’s learning, providing the teacher, parent, or guardian with strategies on how to approach each lesson. 
General Details

Lesson Structure: Topic > Lesson > Learning Object

Learning Object Design: The learning objects in the K-2 courses are full of bright colors, simplified language, and interactivity. There are plenty of opportunities for engagement, whether it is within a Lincoln Learning Solutions video, interactive game, or embedded quiz or activity. Assessments require students to be hands-on, which most are taken offline to support fine motor skills and manipulation of tangible items.

Learning objects also include opportunities for movement and pencil-to-paper manipulation, taking learning off screen. Regardless, the assessments address the learning objective and require students to demonstrate mastery of the new skill or content that is being delivered.

Activity Time: Per lesson is an average of 60 minutes.

Pacing: 1 Lesson = 1 Day of Learning (1 Hour) 

Credit Information

English Language Arts and Mathematics courses in grades K-2 are offered as full credit courses with 180 lessons each. These full credit courses are now also offered in a semester option. They are available as first or second semester courses in addition to the full credit course options. The Science and Social Studies courses in grades K-2 are half credit courses with a total of 90 lessons each.

Electives are offered in a variety of content areas such as Art, Music, and Physical Education. The courses vary in credit weights with 45-90 lessons each. Further, students can elect to take a Cursive Handwriting course with 90 lessons. For more information on elective offerings, click here.

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English Language Arts

Content Specifics:

English Language Arts courses in grades K-2 combine reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and speaking and listening into one course. Students are first introduced to sight words in kindergarten, which progress through second grade. The sight words were chosen with Dolch and Fry word lists in mind. English Language Arts K places a heavy emphasis on the alphabet, as students learn letter names and both uppercase and lowercase letters. Students also learn letter sounds and how to articulate and blend those sounds. Students explore fiction and nonfiction literature while also being introduced to the writing process, proper grammar, spelling, parts of speech, proper capitalization and punctuation, figurative language, and types of sentences. The design of the spelling lists reinforces what is taught for phonics. Students will begin to construct different types of writing pieces such as an opinion piece, an informational piece, and narratives, and they will use digital tools to publish their writing. Within English Language Arts 1, students learn to hone their writing skills by practicing grammar for noun usage, personal possessive and indefinite pronouns, verb tenses, capitalization, commas, and end punctuation. Students learn to use different parts of a book properly, such as headings and the table of contents. Furthermore, students explore story elements and the way in which pictures relate to text. Students practice research skills by completing a science report in English Language Arts 2. Students begin to increase their vocabulary by learning to use morphemic and contextual analysis to determine the meaning of unknown words. Students use rhyming, blending, and segmenting to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” as they move through the K-2 grade band.

Assessment Structure:

English Language Arts is infused with fluency, spelling, and content assessments. 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 K-2. Finally, parents and guardians are expected to read the assessments in kindergarten to the student; however, by grade 2, students are expected to read the assessments independently.

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

 The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. All other assessments throughout the courses are teacher-graded. 

Mathematics

Content Specifics:

Mathematics for courses K-2 is designed around 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 K-2, students will begin by working on counting and cardinality. Then, students will move on to work on operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry. Students will develop methods to solve problems in a number of strategic and real-world applicable ways.

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 K-2. Finally, parents and guardians are expected to read the assessments in kindergarten to the student; however, by grade 2, students are expected to read the assessments independently.

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

 The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. All other assessments throughout the courses are teacher-graded. 
Science

Content Specifics:

Science courses in grades K-2 are built around the NGSS Science and Engineering Standards. The standards introduce students to the basics of science from investigation to discovery of the world around them. The courses cover topics from animal and plant habitats and species including those that are extinct, the food chain and the ways that plants create food, the environment, different habitats and ecosystems, the weather, different types of rocks, and energy. The variety of topics covered provide students with a wide range of information, introducing them to the workings of the world in which they live. The science courses encourage students to ask questions, define problems, and investigate, creating a lifelong seeking of information and 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 K-2. Finally, parents and guardians are expected to read the assessments in kindergarten to the student; however, by grade 2, students are expected to read the assessments independently.

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

The end-of-topic mastery assessments are auto-graded. All other assessments throughout the course are teacher-graded.

Course Setup and Enrollment: Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade Science courses are designed as half credit courses. However, their ideal enrollment period is 180 days (versus 90 days). At these grade levels, the courses are designed for students to alternate every other day.

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Social Studies

Content Specifics:

Social Studies in grades K-2 encourages students to learn about their local community, as well as their place in their state, nation, and world. They explore the role of rules and laws, the rights of citizens, and what it means to be a good citizen. Other explored themes are families, historical figures, American symbols, technology, transportation, cultural diversity, saving and spending, and distinguishing between past, present, 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. 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 K-2. Finally, parents and guardians are expected to read the assessments in kindergarten to the student; however, by grade 2, students are expected to read the assessments independently.

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

All assessments in the Social Studies courses grades K-2 are teacher-graded.

Course Setup and Enrollment: Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade Social Studies courses are designed as half credit courses. However, their ideal enrollment is 180 days (versus 90 days). At these grade levels, the courses are designed for students to alternate every other day.

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FAQ

Q: How often are there assessments in the K-2 courses?

A: Teacher-graded Assess Its are present throughout the courses after a student should have mastered the content. Furthermore, auto-graded assessments cover mastery at the end of each topic. For specific assessment locations, review the course pacing guides.

Q: Are there any score associations worth identifying for the K-2 courses?

A: Point values vary based on what is being asked of the student, the amount of work, and the rigor associated with the task.

Q: What would be the best way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s K-2 courses in a brick-and-mortar setting?

A: The K-2 courses could be beneficial in a brick-and-mortar setting because the lessons are engaging and interactive. 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.

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Q: What would be the most appropriate way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s K-2 courses in an asynchronous virtual setting?

A: As students in K-2 are working to become independent students, the curriculum can provide 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, practice activities, extension activities, and reinforcement activities.

Resources

There are features consistent through the K-2 courses, including Teach Its and Parent and Teacher Guides.

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  • Parent and Teacher Guides – Click here to learn more.

All English Language Arts courses include fluency assessments.

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Social and emotional support is included in English Language Arts and Social Studies courses, as well as the appropriate electives courses.

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