Elementary (K-6)

Overview

General

Parker Core Knowledge is an official Core Knowledge school and follows the authorized scope and sequence at the elementary and middle school levels. Core Knowledge provides a carefully sequenced set of skills and content with an emphasis on the knowledge that is most useful and productive for children living in American society today. Through the series What your ? Grader Needs to Know, parents have a clear outline of what children are expected to learn in school.

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Parker Core Knowledge teaches all Grade Level Expectations and administers all standardized testing mandated by the state of Colorado.

Elementary Highlights

Math

Instruction is individualized for students by dividing them in three math levels by grade. All levels are advanced by one year, some moving faster and going deeper than others. The curriculum used is GoMath! in P-5 and for the most advanced 5th grade class. This program is designed to be a particularly good fit for advanced learners.

Language Arts/Reading

Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is used in P-5 grade for reading instruction. In addition, we cover novels, stories, poetry, myths, literary terms, dramas, speeches, sayings and phrases included in the Core Knowledge sequence.

Language Arts/Writing

Writing is an area of special focus for all grade levels. All teachers are trained in Step Up to Writing and deliver consistent instruction in all grades.

Science, History and Geography

These topics provide the ‘content backbone’ of the school, making each grade unique and special for the students. High interest activities like a Renaissance Fair, Day at the Castle, Pioneer Day, Poetry Cafe, Science Fair, and building-wide science investigations make for exciting and fun-filled learning!

Music and Art

Students learn Art history and appreciation. Our art room provides ample space for hands-on experiences in multiple media, including pottery wheels and ceramics. In Music students learn elements of music, musical history and traditions and to play various instruments.

Foreign Language

Students take Spanish from 1st grade through 5th grade. At the 6th grade level they advance into high school level classes.

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K-2 Curriculum

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Language Arts / English
Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
Poetry Poetry Poetry
Fiction Fiction Fiction (Stories; Greek Myths; Tall Tales)
Sayings and Phrases Sayings and Phrases Sayings and Phrases
History and Geography
World
Geography Geography Geography
Spatial Sense Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia; Ancient Egypt; History of World Religions) Early Civilizations: Asia (India; China)
Overview of the Seven Continents Mexico Modern Civilization and Culture: Japan
    Ancient Greece
American
Geography Early People and Civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec) American Government: The Constitution
Native Americans Early Exploration and Settlement War of 1812
Early Exploration and Settlement American Revolutions Westwar Expansion
Presidents, Past & Present Early Exploration of American West Civil War
Symbols and Figures Symbols and Figures Immigration and Citizenship
    Civil Rights
    Geography of the Americas
    Symbols and Figures
Visual Arts
Elements of Art Art from Long Ago Elements of Art
Sculpture Elements of Art Sculpture
Looking and Talking About Art Kinds of Pictures: Portrait and Still Life Kinds of Pictures: Landscapes
    Abstract Art
    Architecture
Music
Elements of Music Elements of Music Elements of Music
Listening and Understanding Listening and Understanding (Composers; Orchesta; Opera; Ballet; Jazz) Listening and Understanding (Orchesta; Keyboards; Composers)
Songs Songs Songs
Mathematics
Patterns and Classification Patterns and Classification Numbers and Number Sense
Numbers and Number Sense Numbers and Number Sense Fractions
Money Money Money
Computation Computation Computation
Measurement Measurement Measurement
Geometry Geometry Geometry
Science
Plants and Plant Growth Living Things and Their Environments Cycles in Nature (Seasonal Cycles; Life Cycles; Water Cycle)
Animals and Their Needs Human Body (Body Systems) Insects
Human Body (Five Senses) Matter Human Body (Cells; Digestive and Excretory Systems
Introduction to Magnetism Properties of Matter: Measurement Magnetism
Seasons and Weather Introduction to Electricity Simple Machines
Taking Care of the Earth Astronomy Science Biographies
Science Biographies The Earth  
  Science Biographies  

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3-5 Curriculum

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Language Arts / English
Reading & Writing Reading & Writing Reading & Writing
Poetry Poetry Poetry
Fiction (Stories; Norse Myths; Greek and Roman Myths) Fiction (Stories; Legends of King Authur) Fiction and Drama (Stories; Shakespeare; Myths and Legends)
Sayings and Phrases Speeches Speeches
  Sayings and Phrases Sayings and Phrases
History and Geography
World
World Geography (Spatial Sense; Canada; Important Rivers) World Geography (Spatial Sense; Mountains) World Geography (Spatial Sense; Lakes)
Ancient Rome (Geography of Mediterranean Region; Roman Empire; “Decline & Fall”) Europe in the Middle Ages Meso-American Civilizations
The Vikings Spread of Islam and “Holy Wars” European Exploration, Trade and Clash of Cultures
The Earliest Americans Early and Medieval African Kingdoms Renaissance and Reformation
Early Exploration of North America China: Dynasties and Conquerors England from the Golden Age to the Glorious Revolution
The Thirteen Colonies; Life and Times Before the Revolution American Revolution Russia: Early Growth and Expansion
  Making a Constitutional Government Feudal Japan
  Early Presidents and Politics Westward Expansion
  Reformers Civil War
  Symbols and Figures Native Americans: Culture and Conflicts
    U.S. Geography
American
Geography Early People and Civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec) American Government: The Constitution
Visual Arts
Elements of Art Art of the Middle Ages Art of the Renaissance
American Indian Art Islamic Art and Architecture American Art: Nineteenth- Century
Art of Ancient Rome and Byzantine Civilization Art of Africa United States
  Art of China Art of Japan
  Art of a New Nation: The United States  
Music
Elements of Music Elements of Music Elements of Music
Listening and Understanding (Orchestra; Composers) Listening and Understanding (Orchestra; Vocal Ranges; Composers) Listening and Understanding (Composers; Connections)
Songs Songs American Musical Traditions (Spirituals)
    Songs
Mathematics
Numbers and Number Sense Numbers and Number Sense Numbers and Number Sense
Fractions and Decimals Fractions and Decimals Ration and Percent
Money Money Fractions and Decimals
Computation Computation Computation
Measurement Measurement Measurement
Geometry Geometry Geometry
    Probability and Statistics
    Pre-Algebra
Science
Intro to Classifications of Animals Classifying Living Things Chemistry (Atoms; Matter; Elements; Solutions)
Human Body (Muscular, Skeletal, and Nervous Systems; Circulatory and Respiratory Systems) Light and Optics; Sound
Human Body (Vision and Hearing)
Cells: Structures and Processes
Matter Electricity Plant Life Cycles and Reproductions; Structures and Processes
Ecology Geology: Earth and its Changes Human Body
Astronomy Meteorology Chemistry: Matter and Change
Science Biographies Science Biographies Science Biographies

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Overview of Curriculum

Sixth Grade

Language Arts / English

  • Writing, Grammar, and Usage
  • Poetry
  • Fiction and Drama (Stories; Shakespeare; Classical Myths)
  • Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography

World
  • World Geography (Spatial Sense; Deserts)
  • Lasting Ideas from Ancient Civilization (Judaism, Christianity; Greece and Rome)
  • Enlightenment
  • French Revolution
  • Romanticism
  • Industrialism, Capitalism, and Socialism
  • Latin American Independence Movements
  • Immigration, Industrialization, and Urbanization
  • Reform
Visual Arts
  • Art History: Periods and Schools (Classical; Gothic; Renaissance; Baroque; Rococo; Neoclassical; Romantic; Realism)
Music
  • Elements of Music
  • Classical Music from Baroque to Romantic (Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann)
Mathematics
  • Numbers and Number Sense
  • Ratio and Percent
  • Fraction and Decimals
  • Computation
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Pre-Algebra
Science
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Oceans
  • Astronomy: Gravity, Stars, and Galaxies
  • Energy, Heat, and Energy Transfer
  • Human Body (Lymphatic and Immune Systems)
  • Science Biographies

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11661 Pine Drive
Parker, CO 80138

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