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LANGUAGE ARTS

All kindergarten through fifth grade teachers implement Reading Wonders (McGraw Hill, 2017), first adopted for the 2018-2019 school year. The Indiana Department of Education currently requires a 90 minute reading block for all K-4 students. During this time students receive whole group instruction followed by small group guided reading instruction.

The U.S. Department of Education suggests 30 minutes of daily writing for kindergarten students and one hour of writing instruction beginning in kindergarten. However, in a typical American elementary classroom only 6-10 minutes of writing instruction happens on a daily basis. Greencastle elementary schools provide a minimum of 30 minutes of direct writing instruction in the daily schedule. 


All elementary teachers are trained in Smekens writing. Smekens covers a 6 Traits of Writing Process which focuses on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.


​PHONICS

Kindergarten students receive reading instruction in the Orton-Gillingham approach. This approach is multimodal and although in the past it was typically used for teaching students with dyslexia, it’s essential and effective instruction for all learners. Schools who utilize OG methods find a decrease in their special education referrals by 30% and an increase in reading scores by 30%. Our teachers and students love their O.G. instruction.

MATH

Eureka math is the adopted K-5 math curriculum. Eureka is the most commonly taught math curriculum throughout the United States. It’s rated among the most highly effective math curriculums by EdReports in focus, rigor, and usability. Eureka is based on the Chinese base ten method of fluency. Please read this article for more information on this method.

SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES

Greencastle teachers have access to Discovery Education Streaming, an online digital curriculum. Students receive daily instruction in either science or social studies.  

STEM

Beginning the fall of 2020, all K-5 students will participate in Project Lead the Way, a project-based learning program designed for kids to experience hands-on science, technology, engineering and math.