Expeditionary Learning ( What will students learn in the English Language Arts? )
The Expeditionary Learning K-12 Language Arts curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real-world content. This highly-acclaimed curriculum draws on EL Education’s 25 years of experience in engaging teachers and students in active and meaningful learning.
The K-12 curriculum offers two hours of literacy instruction per day, depending on the grade level. At the heart of the curriculum, at all grade levels, are the hour-long module lessons. Each grade level includes four modules, which span a full school year. The four modules allow students to build important content knowledge based on a compelling topic related to science, social studies, or literature. Each module uses rich authentic texts throughout.
Grade 6-Grade 8
The last unit of each module, Unit 3, includes the performance task: an extended, supported writing task or presentation where students need to successfully bring together what they know about this topic. This is where students are writing choose-your-own-adventure narratives, bringing together what they know about the armadillo and what defenses it has to help it survive (and what they know about writing).
In Unit 1, students read, discuss, dramatize, draw, and write so that they acquire strong and specific content and background knowledge, as well as the literacy skills that they need to do so. Fourth graders learn what “natural defenses” are, they learn what predators do, and they learn about the many kinds of defenses that animals have depending on their habitat. In the process, the students learn to read closely, reread carefully for meaning, gather evidence, and develop a paragraph.
In Unit 2, they take this basic understanding to a deeper level. They do more research and discuss with one another what defenses specific animals might have. With close support, they respond to a prompting question to write a full multi-paragraph essay about animal defenses.
Throughout, for homework, students are reading independently at their own level. They are using research texts to gather deeper and deeper knowledge about how animals use natural defenses to survive and thrive.
As the lessons in each unit progress, the teacher has had the opportunity to carefully check in on students’ progress. Each unit has two built-in assessments: a mid-unit assessment (usually reading) and an end of unit assessment (usually writing). These assessments help you as the teacher in two ways: they allow you to have a clear sense of what students can and cannot yet do, and they give valuable information about how best to use the time in future classes for the students’ benefit.
The grades 3-7 curriculum offers content-based literacy instruction per day with module lessons. Grades 3-5 offer Guided Reading. For further details, kindly visit the
Grade 5 link:
What will students learn in mathematics?
Eureka math—also known as Engage NY—is a complete K through 12 curriculum that carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka provided educators with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials.
Eureka math was written by a team of teachers and mathematicians who took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from grade K – 12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensured that students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka Math will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem-solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math.
While many curricula and textbooks on the market today describe themselves as being ‘aligned” with the new standards, the content is virtually unchanged from the past. Eureka Math was developed specifically to meet the new standards and is the only comprehensive curriculum fully aligned with the standards for grades K-8, according to EdReports.org.
At Metropolitan we focus on setting a strong Arabic language foundation from an early age. Students are exposed to Arabic literature, poems, and heritage.
Objectives of the Arabic curriculum:
1) Instilling a love of learning a language, developing efficient presentational skills from an early age, and comprehending the intricacies of the Egyptian language.
2) The students are able to read and write proficiently and communicate with others using correct Arabic terms and expressions.
3) Developing an artistic taste for language and understanding all aspects of the uniqueness of the language.
4) Developing the student’s handwriting and dictation skills.
5) Aiding the students in comprehending the complexity of Arabic grammar.
That would be applied through:
1) Reading Arabic stories and the syllabus
2) Reading and interpreting Arabic sayings, adages and proverbs
3) Rules of dictation
4) Composition and reading paragraphs
5) Planning for free reading
6) Lesson practices
7) Activities and exams
Grade 6 – 8
In Metropolitan we believe foreign language programs should be available to all students. Foreign language acquisition provides the vision and skills necessary to be a global citizen and develops critical thinking skills. We offer the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, often referred to as CEFR or CEFRL.
The CEFR/CEFRL is an international guideline used to describe the achievements of learners of foreign languages. It was established by the Council of Europe. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching, and assessing.
The CEFR/CEFRL defines levels of language proficiency that allow learners’ progress to be measured at each stage; Basic, Independent, and Proficient. These broadbands are further broken down into six global levels of performance A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Each global level can be further ‘branched’ into sublevels in order to suit local needs and yet still relate back to a common system. It describes the skills and knowledge that language learners need to communicate effectively through understanding (listening and reading), speaking (production and interaction), and writing.
The approach of the CEFRL develops the KG1-Grade 12 curriculum for French foreign language programs and professional learning resources and facilitates the DELF assessment and certification.
DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française, Diploma in French Language Studies) is a Life-long certification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.
From Grade 6, and in continuity with Grade 5, French lessons are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It follows four main objectives: listen, speak and discuss with the target language; read and write in the target language; know and understand the language; discover social and intellectual aspects of the language.
We are using the FLE method PIXEL. In this approach, and in agreement with the CEFRL, language is seen and used as an action and communication tool. Learning is a path to communication and understanding how the language works. Learners are supported in using the language in a communication situation. It also supports learners in thinking in the language to better understand its structures and become independent when using it.
The method aims at promoting a natural learning of the language by using topics realistic, with relevant situation relevant to young learners as they are inspired by each situation they encounter. The topics and situation are similar to topics and situations learners can encounter or live every day.
The learning is based on a four stages process, awareness, conceptualization, systematization in the use of the language and appropriation.
The method covers various topics introducing key vocabulary and structures. These are school environment, friendship and invitation to a party, family, hobbies, the city and exploring the world to study, geography time and weather.
PIXEL is a great tool to learn the language and prepare for the DELF, acknowledging the progress of our learners in the discovery of the language.