Math

Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School uses enVisionmath2.0 as its mathematics curriculum. Two key steps to the core instructional model in enVisionmath2.0 are as follows:

STEP 1   PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING

Introduce concepts and procedures with a problem-solving experience.

STEP 2   VISUAL LEARNING

Make the important mathematics explicit with enhanced direct instruction connected to Step 1.

COMMON CORE STANDARDS

The standards identify three aspects of a rigorous program: conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and applications. enVisionmath2.0 has a core instructional model that facilitates conceptual understanding. To begin, concepts emerge as students solve a problem in which new concepts ae embedded (problem-based learning). Then, those concepts are made explicit through direct instruction (visual learning) that is supported by high-level, question-driven classroom conversations.

Procedural skills are taught with understanding using concrete and pictorial representations, place-value concepts, and properties. Resources ae provided to help all students achieve fluency.

Applications include rich, cognitively demanding tasks and a variety of problem situations, as well as infused instruction and reinforcement of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Science

The Core Knowledge Curriculum is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge.  The science content reflects the fact that knowledge, comprehension and vocabulary are intimately related.  The materials are designed to provide children sustained time on a variety of domains (bodies of knowledge) through shared read-alouds and discussions. This coherent organization of content is critical to building knowledge, inferring new vocabulary, and enabling comprehension.  After that read-alouds, children engage in activities that extend the ideas of the read-aloud.  In this way, the lessons create rich, academically oriented, oral language experiences that promote both receptive and expressive language skills.

Kindergarten

The Five Senses

Plants

Farms

Seasons & Weather

Taking Care of the Earth

Grade 1

The Human Body

Astronomy

Animals & Habitats

Grade 2

Cycles of Nature

Insects

The Human Body

Fighting for a Cause

Grade 3

Classification of Animals

The Human Body: Systems and Senses

Light and Sound

Astronomy: Our Solar System and Beyond

Ecology

Grade 4

The Human Body

Chemistry: Basic Terms and Concepts

Electricity

Geology: The Earth & Its Changes

Meteorology

Grade 5

Classifying Living Things

Cell Structure

Plant Structures & Processes

Life cycles and Reproduction

Human Body

Chemistry