At Hunters Glen Elementary, we follow the Colorado Academic Standards for all subjects. You can view the Colorado Academic Standards by visiting the Colorado Department of Education website or by clicking here. We use only district approved curriculum to teach our students. Additional district curriculum information can be found on our district website.
Hunters Glen Elementary and Adams 12 Schools uses Everyday Math 4 for students in grades K-5. Developed by The University of Chicago, School Mathematics Project, the Everyday Mathematics spiral curriculum continually reinforces abstract math concepts through concrete real-world applications. A link to the EDM4 website for more information can be found here.
English Language Arts (Reading and Writing)
Hunters Glen Elementary and Adams 12 schools uses a balanced literacy approach, in order to ensure all students are learning and progressing in the English Lanuague Arts (ELA) Standards. Balanced Litearcy Instruction includes Interactive Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, Guided Writing, Indpendent Writing, and Word Study. Our writing curriculum is a district approved and created writing program that teachers have been using for several years.
Hunters Glen Elementary ensures all teachers are continually updated on the latest and best practices. This is most commonly done through the Wednesday Early Release Days. While students are released at 1:15 each Wednesday, teachers are receiving either district or building provided professional development to enhance their skills, which results in better learning by students. For the 2018-2019 school year, Hunters Glen Elementary will be working on Words Their Way and Jan Richardson's Guided Reading Model during the majority of Early Release Days.
Words Their Way (Word Study)
Words Their Way (WTW) is a researched based program to improve student spelling through developmental spelling stages. Students are assessed several times throughout the year in order to ensure progress and that students are on the correct spelling stage. Unlike traditional spelling programs, there is NO weekly test in WTW. Students are doing daily activities to work with, interact with, and learn spelling patterns to help them spell a variety of words. This program is new to Hunters Glen Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year. Teachers will be receiving professional development throughout the first semester to ensure correct implementation for optimal student success.
Guided reading has been occurring at Hunters Glen Elementary School for many years. Simply put, guided reading is small groups of students meeting with the teacher to learn reading and writing skills through books at their instructional reading level. The instructional reading level is a where a student needs teacher support to read the words and/or understand the concepts.
For the 2018-2019 school year, teachers will be participating in a book study and professional development in Dr. Jan Richardson's Guided Reading Model. Jan Richardson is one of the leading experts in guided reading and implementation has been very successful at other Adams 12 schools. While you may not necessarily see any different materials at home, students will be taught using the most updated approaches, based on research, in this setting. Per Jan Richardson, the basic tenets of guided reading are:
- Teachers match students with challenging books that are at their instructional reading level and support their next reading goal.
- Students become better readers by reading, self-monitoring, and problem solving their way through text, rereading as needed to check understanding.
- Teachers are intentional in their instruction and responsive to the specific needs of their students.
- Teachers know when to step in and scaffold and when to redcue support, enabling students to move forward as independend readers.