Wylie uses the Making Meaning program for Third and Fourth grade reading. The Making Meaning program is a classroom-tested K–8 reading curriculum that combines comprehension research with best practices for social and emotional learning. This unique approach creates an environment in which students learn to collaborate, agree and disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning. Carefully selected nonfiction and fiction read-aloud trade books support the teaching of nine different comprehension strategies, developing students’ thinking and understanding of increasingly complex texts.
We are pleased to announce the district’s recent adoption of Everyday Mathematics for Grades Pre-K through 6. In fall, 2014, teachers and students began using this research-based curriculum, developed as part of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP). Everyday Mathematics reflects the state and national goals for mathematics and includes these features:
- A curriculum that explores mathematical content beyond basic arithmetic
- A problem-solving approach based on everyday situations
- Frequent, varied practice of basic skills
- An instructional approach that revisits concepts regularly.
- An emphasis on communication and teamwork
- A commitment to home/school partnerships
In the past few decades, there has been a tremendous increase in the importance of mathematics in the workplace and daily life. In order to succeed in this information- and technology-oriented environment, our students need to learn a range of sophisticated mathematical knowledge that extends far beyond basic calculation skills. Everyday Mathematics is a program that will prepare students for the future and enable them to achieve at high levels.
We are excited about the adoption of Everyday Mathematics and feel confident that this program will make the study of mathematics an engaging, enriching, and successful experience for all students.
Wylie uses the Battle Creek Math and Science programs to teach science concepts. The BCAMSC has developed a Kindergarten through Seventh grade inquiry-based science unit curriculum that is aligned with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. The purpose of the program is to provide good, inquiry-based science instruction in the classroom with opportunities for students to engage in all four strands of science proficiency (physical science, life science, earth science, and inquiry and technology). Students have opportunities for interaction in the classroom, where students carry out investigations, talk and write about their observations and emerging understandings, and discuss ways to test them. Each unit undergoes an extensive development and evaluation process.
Third grade units are Changes in Motion, Light and Sound, Earth and Me, and Organisms Have Character.
Fourth grade unit content coming.