Curriculum maps and guiding documents are more than just artifacts, frozen in amber. When they are developed effectively, they are living documents that invite continuous improvement and become a dynamic record of institutional knowledge. Considerable work in this area has been done at Wilbur and McMahon School in ELA, Math, and Science over the past two years. However, there is always more work to do.
What is listed below is the foundation of our curriculum. New York state hosts EngageNY.org (and EurekaMath), which provides free, open educational resources, including PK-12 ELA and math curriculum modules and professional development resources. Several Rhode Island districts, including the Little Compton School Department, use the EngageNY.org curriculum framework -- and build on it. Before the start of the 2022 school year, the LCSD will replace Wilbur McMahon School's K-8 English Language Arts curriculum (EngageNY 2014) with EL Education K-8 Language Arts from Open Up Resources (to include job-embedded training in the delivery of the new resources).
The Rhode Island Model Science Curriculum includes Year-at-a-Glance, Scope and Sequence and Units of Study for K-5 grade levels, grades 6-8 grade span and high school biology, chemistry and physics. The eight districts (Beacon School of the Arts Charter, Bristol-Warren, Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland, Tiverton, Trinity Academy of Performing Arts, and Woonsocket) that were involved in the project began implementing the scope and sequence as their curriculum during the 2014-15 school-year. RIDE encourages districts who are working on revising their science curriculum to align with the Next Generation Science Standads (NGSS) to view the Rhode Island Model Science Curriculum resources as models to guide their work. LCSD is well on its way!
The Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) for Social Studies and Civics and Government have been developed as a means to identify the content knowledge and skills expected of all students (grades K-high school). In addition, the LCSD also integrates Open Circle/Choose Love, ELA and Scholastic Classroom and News Magazines content into Social Studies and Civics and Government instruction. The LCSD K-8 Social Studies curriculum will be updated to sync with the emerging revision: in partnership with the Rhode Island History and Social Studies Advisory Committee (RIHSSAC), RIDE has launched the development of new social studies standards K-12 education in Rhode Island. This committee will also serve as a working group for a variety of initiatives, starting with one priority task--to review our current RI Social Studies Grade Span Expectations (RI SS GSEs) in light of recent legislation requiring high quality standards for all content areas (RIGL §16-22-30).
Math Curriculum Overview
PARENT/GUARDIAN MATH RESOURCES
English Language Arts Curriculum Overview
Science Curriculum Overview
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDSKINDERGARTENFIRST GRADETHIRD GRADEFOURTH GRADEFIFTH GRADEMIDDLE SCHOOL GRADE BANDS:PHYSICAL SCIENCELIFE SCIENCE
Civics and Social Studies
Grade Span Specific Documents
These documents contain the Social Studies GSEs for each grade span, essential questions generated from the GSEs, and suggested topics or resources for lessons.