Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction


For math instruction, teachers use the NYS Math Modules, which correlate to the Common Core Standards and the expectations of the New York State assessments. In addition, grades 1-5 uses Zearn, which is based upon the New York State modules. Zearn provides the opportunity for small group work as well as individualized digital lessons.

English Language Arts (ELA)

For ELA instruction in grades K-2, teachers use the McGraw Hill Wonders program. It is a comprehensive program that has print and digital resources to help build a strong literacy foundation. The program has supports for English Language Learners as well as supports on how to build social emotional learning skills. For grades 3-5 ELA instruction, teachers use the EL Education 2nd edition modules which teaches and assesses all of the ELA standards at each grade level. Students build important content knowledge through the use of authentic text related to science, social studies, or literature.

Social Studies

Social Studies grades K-5 instruction: teachers use Studies Weekly, which integrates social studies and language arts. This standards-based curriculum has printed weekly units as well as a digital component.


Teachers in grades K-5 science use a newly adopted curriculum called Science A-Z. This curriculum integrates both science and literacy. It also has a selection of Spanish text.

To further enrich the curriculum, teachers set up unique opportunities for students that include them getting out into the community, participating in service projects or having guest speakers come in to meet with them

Art Curriculum

In art, all grades focus on four key components, at differing tiers. Those components are: Creating Art, Responding to Art, Presenting Art, and Relating Art to Context.

Creating Art: Students learn about different art mediums and techniques to produce artwork. Simultaneously, students learn about the Elements and Principles of Design (along with Olivia Gude’s Post Modern Principles). Students apply these learnings and techniques through “Big Idea” based projects. Big Idea (or theme) based projects follow broad- overarching ideas that are able to be derived and experienced through a multitude of lenses. Such ideas could be: Time, Place, Self, Home, or Emotions; to name a few.

Responding to Art: Students will learn/practice responding and interpreting famous and contemporary works of art. Students will also practice responding to peers’ artwork through formal and informal critiques.

Presenting Art: Students will learn/practice to present their artwork. Either through critiques where they share their work and ideas or through how our art will be displayed in the classroom/hallways/public spaces.

Relating Art to Context: Students will learn/practice to view art through the lens of themselves, their community, the world, and other cultures/time periods.

Music Curriculum

Quaver Music’s General Music Curriculum is a comprehensive set of curriculum resources that is built on a foundation of standards-based music lessons full of interactive elements. The lessons suit every teaching style and are packed with singing, moving, and playing instruments to address the musical vocabulary, and skills outlined by the standards.