English Language Arts and Mathematics
At Shabonee School, students are assigned two core teachers; one teacher is responsible for a half day of English Language Arts and the other teacher for a half day of Math, Science, and Social Studies. All 4th and 5th grade ELP students spend half of their day with the ELP teacher for English Language Arts instruction. The students read, discuss, and analyze a variety of novels as related to the Common Core State Standards. They are engaged in writing activities; they study and learn vocabulary and grammar. In addition, students are engaged in higher level thinking skill activities and research projects related to their reading.
The ELP program in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade continues its focus on reading and language arts with social studies added to create a humanities-based program. The students meet with the ELP cohort and assigned teacher(s) for these three class periods each day. The students read and discuss novels using the Common Core State Standards as related to the themes developed at each grade level. The students read outstanding literature and engage in small groups as well as whole class discussions. In addition, students deepen their critical thinking and writing skills as related to the novels and the thematic units.
Students who qualify for participation in math extension groups meet with a designated teacher for approximately one hour each week to focus on problem solving, reasoning, patterns, and mathematical communication.
Math extensions and honors math placement are determined by analysis of student data. For more information about math placement, see Math Placement and Course Pathway.