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Figure 6. Cesar Chavez Academy Monthly Syllabus for Grades 3, 4, and 5 (Example)
Cesar Chavez Academy: October
Elementary Academy
  Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Reading Reading SFA—Reading comprehension and response, writing, spelling, grammar, usage, vocabulary SFA—Reading comprehension, response, writing, research, grammar, usage, spelling, vocabulary SFA—Reading comprehension, response, writing and research, grammar, usage, spelling, vocabulary
Language Arts Norse Mythology - Asgard, Valhalla, Hel, Odin, Thor, trolls, gods/names of week - Tyr, Odin, Woodin, Thor, Freya Concord Hymn, George Washington, Paul Revere’s Ride, Stanza, line, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Patrick Henry "Give me liberty" speech, Don’t put all eggs in basket, Etc. Half loaf Tales of Sherlock Holmes - The Red-Headed League, A Poison Tree, Some Opposites, The Tiger, pseudonym, imagery, metaphor, simile, symbol, personification, Chip on shoulder,
History & Geography Spanish Exploration cont. - St. Augustine, Geography - Caribbean, West Indies, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi, Exploration of Southwest - Spanish explorers, Coronado, Grand Canyon, Rio Grande, Pueblo Indians, Vikings - Scandinavia, Norseman, Eric the Red, Leif Erickson, Early Europeans American Revolution - Paul Revere’s Ride, Concord/Lexington, Bunker Hill, Second Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence - ‘All men created equal’, ‘unalienable rights’, natural rights, ‘right of the people’, Revolutionary women, Loyalists, Victory at Saratoga, European helpers, Valley Forge, Benedict Arnold, John Paul Jones, Nathan Hale, Cornwallis, government - republican government, Articles of Confed, Founding Fathers, Constitutional Convention, Spirit of 76 European Exploration - Trade and Cultures, background, European motivations, Spice European exploration, colonization, Portugal, Spain, England and France, Trade and sugar trade, Transatlantic slave trade
Science Ecology—habitats, balance of nature, food chain, ecosystems, pollution, environmentalism, John Muir Geology—crust, mantle, core, crustal plates, pangaea, continental drift, earthquakes, San Andreas fault, seismograph, tsunamis, volcanoes, magma, lava, active, dormant, extinct, hot springs, Old Faithful, Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Mount St. Helens, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary rock, Benjamin Banneker, Elizabeth Blackwell Chemistry - Elements, Periodic Table, well- elements and symbols, metals and non-metals
Visual Arts Light, shadow, Chapin - Ruby Green Singing, Vermeer - Milkmaid Copley—Paul Revere, Washington’s Crossing of Delaware, Spirit of ‘76 painting Elements of art - shape, form, space, color, light, design, symmetry
Music Timbre, Orchestra - trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, Mozart—Horn Concertos, Copland—Fanfare for Common Man, Sousa— Stars/Stripes, You’re a Grand Old Flag Melody, Harmony, timbre, form, rhythm, Hayden—Symphony No 94, Blow the Man Down, Waltzing Matilda Dona Nobis Pacem, Havah Nagilah
Mathematics Program Story problems, place value, base 10, skip count, high/low temperatures, multidigit subtraction/addition, addends, area, addends, polygons, line segments, measuring length Using numbers and organizing data—many names for numbers, place value in whole numbers, organizing and displaying data, the median, addition of multidigit numbers, displaying data on a bar graph, subtraction multidigit numbers Fractions, decimals, and percents - fraction mixed numbers ordering fractions, two finding equivalent fractions, fractions decimals part 1,2, and 3, using a calculator convert fractions to percents, bar and circle
Physical Education Basic exercise, Kinesthetic study of skeletal and muscular body systems Basic exercise, Kinesthetic study of skeletal and muscular body systems Basic exercise, Research elements used body from the periodic table
Spanish Vocabulary - Ecology Vocabulary - Earth Vocabulary - Elements
Computer Power Point projects - Ecology Power Point projects - Earth Power Point - Elements/Periodic Table