Curriculum Initiatives 2016-2017
K-8 Mathematics Curriculum
K-5-Investigations in Number, Data, and Space® is a K-5 mathematics curriculum designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas. The research for the Investigations curriculum was funded through a National Science Foundation Grant. The goals of the curriculum are the following:
• Support students to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers
• Focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades
• Provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics – rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data and early algebra – and connections among them
• Emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas
• Engage the range of learners in understanding mathematics
6-8-CMP3 is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a carefully sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice emerge as students pursue solutions to problems. The curriculum helps students grow in their ability to reason effectively with information represented in graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal forms and to move flexibly among these representations to produce fluency in both conceptual and procedural knowledge. CMP3 was developed at Michigan State University.
Case 21 Benchmarks
Tyrrell County Schools will be completing benchmark assessments in English-Language Arts and Math this school year. CASE (21) Assessments will provide these assessments each 9 weeks based on the specific learning needs of our students. The assessment questions will be aligned to NC State Standards with an emphasis on appropriate grade level and subject academic language. These assessment questions will be formatted to mirror the NC EOG assessments and focus on measuring higher order thinking of students.
With Case 21, our teachers will have another data source to evaluate the teaching and learning needs of their students to help drive quality instruction.
Leveled Book Room
Tyrrell County Schools will be purchasing a complete Scholastic Leveled Book Room to enhance reading instruction at Tyrrell Elementary School. These curriculum materials will come pre-packaged with multiple titles for small-group instruction, leveled books, lesson plans, and pre-assembled teaching resources.
Furthermore, these bookroom resources come in pre-stickered 6 book sets with Guided Reading Levels, a master title list with Guided Reading, DRA and Lexile Levels. With these additional resources and purposeful data driven instruction, our elementary school teachers can continue to prepare our students to become successful lifelong readers. Guided Reading is a strategy that helps students become good readers. The teacher provides support for small groups of readers as they learn to use various reading strategies (context clues, letter and sound relationships, word structure). As a result of this focus TES will have a guided reading “bookroom” for teachers to use as part of their reading instruction. The books will cover both fiction and non-fiction.
Fundations will provide our K-3 students with not only a comprehensive decoding program, but also a unified encoding (spelling) program. Based on data analysis and teacher discussions we know that our students have weaknesses in word analysis skills and spelling. Fundations will serve to address that need as a part of our core academic offerings.
EdSphere employs the research and technology of The Lexile® Framework for Reading and The Lexile® Framework for Writing to differentiate students' reading and writing practice. The platform provides an engaging, online environment where students can assume control of their learning by completing self-directed reading and writing activities at the right level of challenge, supporting literacy growth.