- Students will construct, examine, and extend the meaning of various kinds of text.
- Students will organize and evaluate information to communicate with others.
- Students will use literary knowledge to connect self to society and culture.
- Students will use written and oral communication appropriate for various purposes and audiences.

- Use a combination of effective, efficient word recognition strategies to comprehend printed text (e.g., context clues, word parts, phonics, analogy)
- Read a variety of texts and genres fluently (orally)

- Use context clues to determine meaning, e.g.:
- Read and reread sentences
- Use similes or metaphors
- Look for definitions in sentences (appositive phrases)

- Use reference works (e.g., dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, computers, human resources)
- Use prefixes, suffixes and root words to determine meaning
- Understand synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms
- Use context clues to determine specific meaning of words with multiple definitions (homographs)

- Set purpose(s) for reading, listening, or viewing
- Make and revise predictions
- Self-monitor comprehension (e.g., reread, adjust rate of reading, seek meaning of unknown vocabulary, use think-aloud strategies)

- Identify character, setting (time and place), theme, plot, conflict/resolution/denouement, antagonist and protagonist, opening routine, trigger event
- Identify and interpret figurative language and literary devices (e.g., similes, metaphors, personification, point of view)
- Identify author's purpose
- Make inferences about content, events, characters, setting
- Recognize the effect of point of view

- Make, revise and support predictions
- Summarize stories, including important details, in oral and written form
- Restate informative texts including important details
- Organize the important points of text using summaries, outlines, or other graphic organizers
- Compare information within and between texts
- Discriminate between fact and opinion
- Draw conclusions and determine cause/effect
- Accept or reject the validity of information, giving supporting evidence
- Follow oral and written directions
- Relate content of text to real-life situations
- Offer a personal response to texts
- Apply information from printed, electronic and oral texts to complete authentic tasks (projects)
- Understand the differences between genres

- Connect and synthesize information from different sources
- Formulate, express, and support opinions
- Respond to a variety of questions (critical thinking)
- Draw conclusions and make inferences
- Differentiate between literal and non-literal meaning
- Recognize ambiguity in words or expressions
- Recognize the possibility of different interpretations of the same text

- Writing expressive, informative, and persuasive texts
- Experimenting with appropriate use of various types of texts (personal narrative, memoir, personal vignettes, personal essay, business letters, editorials)
- Writing that reflects appropriate organization, development of ideas, use of voice and tone, word choice, and transitions
- Begin to write with a sense of audience
- Uses the prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing components of the writing process
- Apply appropriate grammatical structures to writing
- Use complete sentences, varied in length and structure
- Use transitional sentences to connect paragraphs
- Vary sentence structure, leads and endings
- Use correct subject-verb agreement and noun-pronoun agreement
- Use compound and complex sentences
- Write cohesive paragraphs using supportive details and examples

- Apply appropriate mechanics of writing, such as
- Recognize words that are misspelled and refer to resources for correction
- Write using an increasing percentage of conventional spelling
- Capitalize beginning words of sentences, proper nouns, "I", and titles
- Use commas, apostrophes, and quotation marks, semi-colons, colons

- Choose and specify topic
- Focus questions
- Use organizational strategies (note cards, outlines)
- Write rough drafts
- Revise and edit
- Cite sources using proper bibliographic formatting
- Prepare final copy

- Gather, organize and evaluate a variety of resources (encyclopedias, articles, internet, non-fiction, interviews, etc.).
- Analyze information from graphs, charts, tables and maps.
- Synthesize information into a meaningful format to share with others.

- Use oral language for different purposes (inform, persuade, and express self).
- Formulate and organize messages appropriate for the audience and the purpose.
- Stay on topic.
- Summarize main points before or after presentation.
- Maintain eye contact with audience.
- Use audio/visual aids when appropriate.
- Respond to feed-back and answer questions.

- Solve problems.
- Communicate mathematically, both orally and written.
- Reason mathematically.
- Make mathematical connections.

- Connecting representations of decimals, fractions, and percents (e.g., concrete materials, drawings or pictures, mathematical symbols)
- Showing whole/part relationships of common fractions, decimals, and percents
- Placing and reading fractions and decimals on a number line
- Demonstrating place value concepts with decimals
- Demonstrating an understanding of order relations for fractions and for decimals using physical, verbal, and symbolic representations
- Exploring the concepts of improper fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
- Comparing fractions and equivalences
- Exploring the concept of reciprocals
- Identifying decimal fractions and place value through hundred thousandths
- Comparing and ordering decimals
- Expressing remainders as standard and decimal fractions
- Exploring the concept of positive/negative numbers
- Understanding prime and composite numbers, factors and multiples
- Demonstrating an understanding of exponents
- Exploring work with proportions, ratios, etc.

- Knowing and using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division fact families
- Continuing to refine addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, working with multi-digit multipliers and divisors
- Developing, using, and explaining algorithms (rules) for multiplication and division
- Making change by counting on and counting back
- Demonstrating an understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
- Demonstrating an understanding of addition and subtraction of mixed numbers
- Making equivalencies among fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Exploring addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with positive and negative numbers
- Converting a number to a binomial or trinomial
- Using materials and exploring concepts of binomial and trinomial squaring, binomial and trinomial square roots, binomial and trinomial cubing, binomial and trinomial cube roots
- Calculating perimeters, areas, and volume of all figures
- Selecting an appropriate standard square unit and using it to cover, count, and compare the area of shapes
- Selecting an appropriate standard unit and using it to count/fill and compare the volume/capacity
- Making estimates before measuring and computing and determining if an estimate is reasonable
- Determining if an estimate is more appropriate than an exact answer
- Rounding decimals as an estimation strategy

- Using letters as representations of unknown variable quantities
- Explaining how to solve equations
- Using algebraic notations of binomials and trinomials
- Understanding order of operations

- Comparing and classifying plane and solid figures using models
- Defining polygons using their attributes (e.g., number of sides, parallel or perpendicular sides, number of vertices, classification of angles, lines of symmetry).
- Finding bisectors, altitudes, and orthocenters of polygons.
- Investigating and predicting how shapes change when combined or subdivided.
- Building three-dimensional figures when given a template.
- Manipulating and drawing polygons using flips, slides, and turns.
- Drawing plane figures with identified attributes.
- Developing, using, and explaining algorithms (rules) for all plane figures
- Continuing exploration of the concepts of similarity, equivalence, and equality.
- Continuing the study of the relationship between lines and angles. Identifying the following angles:
- Internal
- External
- Alternate
- Conjugate
- Convex
- Concave
- Complementary
- Supplementary
- Opposite
- Correspondent
- Vertical

- Identifying parts of a circle, calculating area of a circle
- Working with pi

- Recognizing, analyzing, creating, extending and describing a wide variety of numeric and geometric patterns
- Using tables, rules, variables, open sentences, and graphs to describe patterns and relationships

- Systematically collecting, organizing, and describing data
- Constructing and describing displays of data
- Selecting and using data displays (e.g., tables, histograms, scale pictographs)
- Supporting conclusions drawn from interpretation of data
- Listing all possible outcomes for a probability experiment involving a single event
- Using probability to predict and explain the outcome of a simple experiment
- Using mean, median, mode

- Character
- Leadership
- Thinking Skills
- Life Management Skills
- Knowledge Base
- Creative and Artistic Abilities
- Service and Responsibility