The Stoughton School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.
Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.
In Kindergarten, units focus on the following:
1. Understanding Numbers 1-10
2. 5-Groups in Numbers 6-10
3. Teen Numbers as Tens and Ones
4. Partners, Problem Drawings, and Tens
5. Consolidation of Concepts
Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary schools science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:
- Asking questions and identifying problems
- Planning and conducting investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing and using models
- Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating and communication information
In Kindergarten, the science standards are broken down into three topical questions taught over the course of the academic year. These questions are characterized by the overarching ideas that weather, sunlight, and the needs of living things affect us daily—ideas that apply to the physical, life, and Earth and space sciences, as well as engineering. These questions are:
- What can we observe about sunlight?
- How do objects move and what happens when they interact?
- What is the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals and the places they live?
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) is the core resource used in grades K-5.
In Kindergarten, Social Studies Alive! Me and My World explores the relationships in students' lives with their families, friends, teachers, and neighbors. Students learn that people live differently in different places and that they can help care for the world. --Teachtci.com
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.
The Kindergarten Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.
1. Elements & Principles (color, line, shape)
2. Drawing (pattern, overlapping, horizon line)
3. Painting (color mixing, primary & secondary, colors, painting tools)
4. Ceramics (pinch)
5. Sculpture (Intro to 3D, Paper sculpture)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (collage, intro weaving)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (stamping)
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our kindergarten students will be able to:
- Explore ways to use the voice
- Demonstrate singing, speaking, whispering and shouting voices
- Play a variety of classroom instruments using a steady beat
- Perform simple rhythm patterns
- Respond to music through physical movement
- Compare different classroom musical instruments
- Compare playing techniques of classroom instruments
- Demonstrate same, similar or different
- Demonstrate an awareness of music as a part of daily life
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that physical activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop students who have the knowledge and skills to develop a health enhancing level of fitness, and the self-confidence and responsibility to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The physical education program in our district reflects the Wisconsin Standards for Physical Education.
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4 : Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.