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Academics

Language Arts
At ICS, we take a balanced approach to literacy instruction to help students meet both the RI Grade Level Expectations (GLE's) and language learning objectives. Students engage in learning comprehensive reading and writing strategies, through Reading and Writing Workshops and Word Study. Through the workshop format, students receive large and small group instruction at their level, as well as individual conferencing and conferring with teachers. A typical workshop schedule might look like this:

  • Mini-lesson (focused strategy instruction through shared or interactive activities or read aloud)
  • Workshop (including guided reading or writing, individual conferences, and independent practice)
  • Sharing (students and teachers talk about what is happening in their reading/writing; this provides our developing readers/writers with input, purpose, and validation)

    Word study activities call for active problem solving. Teachers create opportunities for students to investigate and organize word and letter patterns. Students are encouraged to look for spelling patterns, form hypotheses about patterns and word meaning, predict outcomes, and test them. These activities require students to continually ask themselves, "What do I know about this new word, and how is it similar to words that I already know?" Word study provides students an opportunity to manipulate words (and parts of words) in meaningful and enjoyable activities and games.

Math
The development of problem-solving skills and independent thinking are major goals of the mathematics program at every grade level. Instruction in the process of problem solving is integrated early and continuously into each student's mathematics education. Children have many opportunities to develop and use the skills of computation, estimation, time, money, measurement, geometry, graphing, probability, and algebra to solve a wide variety of problems. Students at ICS are expected to meet the Rhode Island Grade Level Expectations (GLE's)
for math.
Learn more about Investigations.

Science
Students learn about science through hands-on activities that are focused on a variety of areas of science: physical, natural, earth, reasoning and technology. Many of these units take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about science through reading and writing. Students at ICS are expected to meet the Rhode Island Grade-Span Expectations (GSE's) for science.
View ICS Science Scope And Sequence Chart

Social Studies
Students at ICS meet the expectations of the Rhode Island Social Studies Framework by learning through a variety of units that explore the self, family, local and global communities, history and civics. Many of these units take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about social studies through reading, writing, and experiential learning opportunities.

Health
The goal of our elementary health program is to focus on developing skills that will help keep the students safe. The students will learn the importance of how to keep the body healthy through proper care of the body, good nutrition, and avoidance of disease. Students learn about health topics with their classroom teachers.