AL HAMMAD ACADEMY CURRICULUM GUIDE


Following should be applied within the content area of each discipline, for each grade level:

  1. Learn and apply rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content.
  2. Integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content.
  3. Interpret and communicate information from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  4. Engage in inquiry
    1. Interpret and communicate information from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
    2. Engage in logical reasoning.
    3. Collaborate as a stem team.
    4. Apply technology strategically.
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  • Based on Common Core Standards, our English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum offers content area with an integrated approach. Using the skills from reading, writing, speaking and listening from various resources, the students will become independent learners. The program outcomes provide broad standards and the grade –specific standards provide additional specificity. Combining the two would help define skills and understandings for all the students to demonstrate by the end of that grade level. It focuses on the transition from learning to read (in grades K-5) to reading to learn (in grades 6-12). Having been integrated with STEM subjects (more in grade 6 and above), it will prepare students to be proficient in reading and interpreting a variety of informational text across the disciplines independently. Each grade level outcome is a standard and an expectation, not a curriculum.

ELA PRACTICES Demonstrate independence(S) (T) (E) (M) Build strong content knowledge(S) (T) (E) (M) Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose and discipline Comprehend as well as critique(S) (T) (E) (M) Value evidence(S) (T) (E) (M) Use technology and digital media strategically and capably(S) (T) (E) (M) Come to understanding of other perspectives and cultures

(S) (T) (E) (M) mentioned where applicable

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Based on Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCSSM), our Mathematics curriculum offers content area with an integrated approach. Using the National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) processes of “problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections, coupled with adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding, procedural, and productive disposition” would help define the essential skills and understandings for all the students to demonstrate by the end of that grade level. The outcomes have a sound correlation with Common Core Standards of English Language Arts and Literacy and Science, Technology and Engineering ensuring a sound knowledge and skill based instruction. Each grade level outcome is a standard and an expectation, not a curriculum.

(S) (T) (E) mentioned where applicable.

    MATHEMATICAL PRACTICES

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively (S) (E)
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
    4. Model with mathematics (S) (E)
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically (S) (T) (E)
    6. Attend to precision
    7. Look for and make use of structure
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • COUNTING AND CARDINALITY
  • OPERATIONS AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING
  • MEASUREMENT AND DATA
  • GEOMETRY
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SCIENCE


Our SCIENCE curriculum

is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) where students develop an understanding in four content areas: Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences; and Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science. Beginning by recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about world around them, to being able to exhibit proficiency in gathering, describing, and using the information thus gathered is the focus of our SCIENCE curriculum. The performance expectations would then help to explain more complex phenomena as they progress to middle and high school.

The NGSS correlate with the Common Core State Standards of English Language Arts and Mathematics (CCSSM) thus allowing the opportunity for science to be an integral part of student’s education. At the same time, it aligns with the pace of learning in all content areas in a consistent manner without outpacing or misaligning the grade-by-grade standards in the CCSS for literacy and the grade-by-grade standards in the CCSSM. Each grade level outcome is a standard and an expectation, not a curriculum.

  • (T) (E) (M) mentioned where applicable
  • SCIENCE (contd.)
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SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES

NGSS has incorporated engagement of students in science and engineering practices and strengthened their understanding of core ideas and interrelationships across grade levels. It will not be taught in isolation. It should be taught within the content area of each discipline, for each grade level.

Following are the 8 practices:

  • 1. Ask questions and define problems
  • 2. Develop and use models
  • 3. Plan and conduct investigations
  • 4. Analyze and interpret data
  • 5. Use mathematical and computational thinking
  • 6. Construct explanations and design solutions
  • 7. Engage in scientific argument from evidence
  • 8. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information

CROSS CUTTING CONCEPTS

The purpose is to help students deepen their understanding of core ideas in following content areas:

  • 1. Physical Sciences
  • 2. Life Sciences
  • 3. Earth and Space Sciences
  • 4. Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science
  • STRANDS OF PROFICIENCY

    Following are the four strands of proficiency that would support students’ learning:

  • 1. Knowing, using, and interpreting scientific explanations of the natural world
  • 2. Generating and evaluating scientific evidence and explanations
  • 3. Understanding the nature and development of scientific knowledge
  • 4. Participating productively in scientific practices and discourse
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PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

At each grade level students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas: (T) (E) (M)

- Demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models

- Planning and carrying out investigations analyzing and interpreting data

- Constructing explanations and designing solutions

- Engaging in argument from evidence

- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

    CONTENT AREAS

  • 1. Physical Sciences
  • 2. Life Sciences
  • 3. Earth and Space Sciences
  • 4. Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science
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