Pre-K - 5th Grade Curriculum
Elementary students spend time each day studying Language Arts and Mathematics, along with Science and Social Studies. All students participate in a weekly science lab taught by their school's science teacher and their classroom teacher. Students participate in Physical Education, Health, Vocal Music, Art, and Library classes on a weekly basis as well. Starting in 2nd grade, students begin learning Spanish three to four days a week.
All of our elementary schools incorporate a focus period into the daily schedule, which provides a time for all students to actively engage in activities which support or challenge students' individual needs and interests. Students in the Accelerated Intervention Services (AIS) program typically receive their AIS instruction during the focus period so that they receive the same classroom instruction alongside their peers.
Our Pre-K - 5 curriculum is aligned to the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS), integrating technology and interdisciplinary learning opportunities across all subjects. Students participate in a variety of opportunities to engage with learning outside the classroom, including through our garden education program, service learning, and field trips.
Community Park School offers a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in grades K-4 currently. Students in a DLI classroom spend approximately half the day learning in Spanish and half in English. For more information about this district DLI program click here.
Universal Screening Tools
Learn more about how we use Universal Screening Tools in Language Arts and Math.
Grade Level Overview
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Preschoolers are naturally curious and we want to foster that quality in our students. Our preschool classrooms provide opportunities for students to explore and experiment with their ideas. The learning environment invites students to ask and answer questions as they make observations and are inspired by their own curiosity.
Our curriculum focuses heavily on fundamental literacy and math skills. Students spend time learning the alphabet, sounds, vocabulary, and basic reading and writing skills. In math, students learn about shapes and numbers and practice counting and making evidence-based conclusions. Creativity is encouraged and all Pre-K students participate in art classes. During Physical Education classes, Pre-K students develop both fine and gross motor skills. Young students learn through play and exploration, so frequent playtime reinforces lessons while actively engaging students' minds.
In Kindergarten, students develop basic math and literacy skills, in addition to learning social studies and science concepts. In reading and writing, students learn to develop sound recognition with letters, recognize rhyming words, and segment syllables. In math, students develop deeper understanding of whole numbers, learn basic adding and subtraction skills, and describe shapes and space. In social studies, students learn about families, communities, and geography. In science, students study plants, animals, and matter. In art, students learn basic skills for drawing, paining, and 3-D art. In health and physical education, students develop motor skills and sportsmanship and learn about nutrition and wellness.
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In 1st grade, students continue to build their literacy skills through reading fiction out loud and learning to decode new words through multiple strategies. In math, students learn addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20, and practice place values, telling time, and counting coins.
Social Studies lessons look at how a community is a collection of neighborhoods and community members and have rights and responsibilities. In science, students study energy, water, light, and soil. Health, Spanish language studies, art, physical education, music, and library are also taught on a rotating basis.
In 2nd grade, students learn to read for meaning and understanding and build fluency, stamina, accuracy, and comprehension for a sustained period of time. They practice writing frequently as they learn basic rules of grammar. 2nd grade students are expected to use questions to clarify thinking and gain information. Students expand their study of geography and explore the development of communication and transportation over time. In science, students study weather and climate, behavior and life cycle of animals, magnetism, and rocks and soil. Health, Spanish language studies, art, physical education, music, and library are also taught on a rotating basis.
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In 3rd grade, students focus on including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and the final draft in the writing process. By 3rd grade, students have transitioned from learning to read to reading to learn. In math, students learn multiplication and division strategies for numbers up to 100 and begin working with fractions. Students learn Princeton history in Social Studies, as well as focusing on civics and current events. Units on astronomy, simple machines and oceanography are part of the science curriculum. Health, Spanish language studies, art, physical education, music, and library are also taught on a rotating basis.
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In 4th grade, students learn to recognize the purpose of fiction and non-fiction texts and study plot, character, setting, conflict and resolution in stories. They revise written compositions to strengthen openings and closings. Students learn multi-digit multiplication, multi-digit division, fraction equivalence, and addition and subtraction of fractions. In social studies, students learn about civics, New Jersey history, and geography. In science, students learn about oceans and management of natural resources as they study erosion and weathering, landslides and volcanic eruptions. Health, Spanish language studies, art, physical education, music, and library are also taught on a rotating basis.
In 5th grade, students learn to identify an author's purpose, views, and beliefs. They continue to develop vocabulary through the study of literature and learn to use various forms of writing including poetry, research, and open-ended responses. Handwriting, spelling, grammar and mechanics continue to be part of the Language Arts curriculum. In math, students expand their mastery of addition and subtraction with fractions and develop an understanding of the multiplication of fractions and the division of fractions. They also develop an understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths and learn about volume. Plants, ecosystems, wetlands and weather are part of the science curriculum. Health, Spanish language studies, art, physical education, music, and library are also taught on a rotating basis.
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