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    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School

English Language Arts

We provide all students at P.S. 255 with literacy instruction that incorporates fiction and nonfiction texts to best support our students in meeting the Common Core Learning Standards. Students are exposed to units that are challenging and thought provoking. Students also receive small group instruction in literacy throughout the week as well.

Below are the units of study for  Kindergarten through 5th grades.

Kindergarten Literacy Units

  1. Names and What Makes Them Unique
  2. Character Traits, African Animals and Habitats
  3. Seasons and Animal Behaviors
  4. Plant Life Cycles and Uses
  5. Weather and Weather Patterns
  6. American Symbols and US Presidents

1st Grade Units of Study

  1. Frog and Toad Life Cycles across the Seasons
  2. Fairy Tales
  3. The Moon, Patterns, Shadows
  4. Spider Folktales and Facts
  5. Clear Communication
  6. Citizenship, Elections and the Presidency

2nd Grade Units of Study

  1. Cinderella Stories
  2. Houses and Homes around the World
  3. The Water Cycle and the Role of Water in Nature
  4. Agricultural History of the U.S. Economy and How Families Made Choices to Meet Their Basic Needs
  5. Famous Americans from History

3rd Grade Units of Study

  1. My Librarian is a Camel: How Books are Brought to Children Around the World
  2. Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs
  3. A Study of Peter Pan
  4. The Role of Freshwater Around the World

4th Grade Units of Study

  1. Becoming a Close Reader and Writing to Learn: Oral Tradition, Symbolism and Building Community
  2. Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times
  3. Animal Defense Mechanisms
  4. Simple Machines: Force and Motion
  5. Susan B. Anthony, the Suffrage Movement and the Importance of Voting

5th Grade Units of Study

  1. Stories of Human Rights
  2. Biodiversity of Rainforests of the Western Hemisphere
  3. Sports and Athletes’ Impact on Culture
  4. Balancing Competing Needs in Canada