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3rd Grade

Haylee Smith, 3rd grade teacher, West Elementary
Rebecca Schroder, 3rd Grade Teacher, West Elementary
Cathy Wilber, 3rd grade teacher, West Elementary
Kandy Williams, 3rd grade teacher, West Elementary
Rachel Buessing, 3rd grade teacher, West Elementary
Rachel Buessing
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3rd Grade Curriculum 

Reading:

Reading is taught using the Rigby Literacy By Design series.  Instruction includes whole group and small guided reading groups.  Writing focuses on the Six-Trait model, the Writing Process, and personal narrative writing.  Students in the third grade are eligible to enter the school spelling bee in February.

 

Math:

Math instruction is taught through the Math Trailblazers series.  Third grade focuses on subtraction, multiplication, problem solving, using labs and math manipulatives to explore math concepts, and math vocabulary.

 

Science:

Science includes lessons on animals, sound, digestions, nutrition, space, earth, soil, and personal safety. 

 

Social Studies:

Social Studies begins with learning about our community.  Students then learn about geography, government and economics.  Third graders also learn about several holidays throughout the year. 

 

All third grade subjects align with the Kansas Department of Education state standards.

 

Third Grade Introductions & Resources



 

4th Grade

Lori Rice, 4th grade teacher, West Elementary, Wamego, KS
Shawna Will, 4th Grade Teacher, West Elementary
 

Amanda Beason, 4th grade teacher, West Elementary, Wamego, KS

Cathy Woodyard, 4th grade teacher, West Elementary, Wamego, KS
 

         

 

4th Grade Curriculum

Reading:


Students read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books in instructional Guided Reading groups. The focus is on the following comprehension strategies.
o          Making Connections – Connect what you read to what you already know.
o          Infer – Use your own ideas to help you understand what you read.
o          Create Images – Create images in your mind as you read.
o          Ask Questions – Ask questions to help you understand.
o          Determine Importance – Think about the most important ideas.
o          Synthesize – Bring ideas together to make a new idea.
o          Monitor Understanding – Check to make sure you are understanding what you read.
o          Use Fix-Up Strategies – Use strategies when you get stuck on a word.  
o          Retelling – To tell a story again.
o          Main Ideas and Details – Find the most important parts and primary message of the story.
o          Summarizing – Give a brief statement of the main points of a story. 

 


Math:


Math instruction is taught through Engage New York.  Fourth grade focuses on place value, metric measurement, multiplication and division, fractions, and decimal fractions based on conceptual math.

 

 

Science:


Science includes lessons on plant and animal life systems, erosion, scientific method and energy.  Students are required to complete a science project using the scientific method.

 

 

Social Studies:


Social Studies begins with learning about the early trails in America.  Students then learn about government and the fifty states.  Students in the fourth grade are eligible to enter the school geography bee.

 

All fifth grade subjects align with the Kansas Department of Education state standards.

 

4th Grade Introductions & Resources


4th Grade Website



 

5th Grade

Curtis Eckart 5th Grade Teacher
Molly Townsend, 5th grade teacher, West Elementary, Wamego, KS
Stacy Hirt, 5th Grade Teacher, West Elementary
Natalie Dobie, 5th Grade Teacher, West Elementary
Angela Dau, 5th Grade Teacher, West Elementary
Angie Chapman, 5th Grade Teacher, West Elementary, Wamego, Ks  
 
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5th Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:

Writing focuses on the Six-Trait model, the Writing Process, and on-demand writing. 
Reading instruction includes whole group and small guided reading groups focusing on comprehension strategies.
Students read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books in instructional Guided Reading groups. The focus is on the following comprehension strategies.
o          Making Connections – Connect what you read to what you already know.
o          Infer – Use your own ideas to help you understand what you read.
o          Create Images – Create images in your mind as you read.
o          Ask Questions – Ask questions to help you understand.
o          Determine Importance – Think about the most important ideas.
o          Synthesize – Bring ideas together to make a new idea.
o          Monitor Understanding – Check to make sure you are understanding what you read.
o          Use Fix-Up Strategies – Use strategies when you get stuck on a word.   
o          Retelling – To tell a story again. 
o          Main Ideas and Details – Find the most important parts and primary message of the story. 
o          Summarizing – Give a brief statement of the main points of a story. 

 

Math:

Fifth grade focuses on multiplication, place value, decimal fractions, multi-digit whole number and decimal fraction operations, long division, problem solving, and math manipulatives to explore math concepts, and math vocabulary. Throughout the year, students learn about:
o          Place Value and Decimal Fractions-Students develop understanding of patterns within the base ten system by using their knowledge of place value to include decimals to the thousandths places.
o          Multi Digit Whole Number and Decimal Operations-Students apply their understanding of patterns within the base ten system on a place value chart and relate them to mental math strategies and algorithms that relate to multiplication and division.
o          Addition and Subtraction of Fractions- Students deepen their understanding of adding and subtracting fractions. Students work to identify equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators and work with fractions on a number line.
o           Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions- Students multiply fractions and decimal fractions and are introduced to working with fraction division.
o          Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area- Students use manipulatives to learn about volume and cubic units. This helps them develop an understanding of volume of rectangular prisms. Students become familiar with different two- and three-dimensional figures.
o          Problem Solving with the Coordinate  Plane- Students develop an understanding of the coordinate plane within the first quadrant. They use the coordinate plane to solve problems. Students relate their understanding of a number line to a coordinate system. Students use the coordinate system to manipulate points, ordered pairs, patterns and lines within the coordinate plane.

 

Science:

Science includes lessons on the scientific method/engineering design, structures and properties of matter, matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems, earth and space systems.  Each science unit is taught using inquiry-based lessons that incorporate the science process skills.

 

Social Studies:

Social Studies topics taught are Native Americans (integrated with language arts), European explorers and the settlement of North America, English Colonies and the founding of the United States of America including the American Revolution (integrated unit with language arts), the Constitution and early years of American government. 

All fifth grade subjects align with the Kansas Department of Education state standards.

 

5th Grade Introductions & Resources



 

5th Grade Band

Chris Richmond, 5th Grade Band Teacher, USD 320 Wamego
Mrs. Susan Gartner, 5th Grade Band instructor, West Elementary
 
 

 

5th Grade Band Handbook

 

Band Web Site

 

Beginning Band Supplies

 

 


 

Resource Room

Caiting Paul, 5th grade Teacher, West Elementary, Wamego Ks.
Marcia Beachler, Resource Room Teacher, West Elementary
Danielle Evans, Resource Room, West Elementary, Wamego Ks.
 
 

By learning you will teach;

by teaching you will learn.” 

(Latin Proverb)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Title I Program

Abby Ross, Title 1, West Elementary.
Phyllis Herzog, Title 1, West Elementary, Wamego Ks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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