Curriculum

The Curriculum

Buena Vista Concordia International School (BCIS)

The links on this page lead to charts that outline the modified American curriculum employed by BCIS. Each grade level chart outlines the topics involved in the various subjects taught at that level.

These chart outlines are the short form of the whole curriculum, which is written out in narrative form and in objective form as a part of the school's overall formal documentation. Teachers in each classroom follow the curriculum for the grades they teach.

KG Grade

KG Grade Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s KG grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development.  Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals. There is a balance between active and quiet activities, indoor and outdoor play and individual and group exercises.  The program provides experiences in art, music, PE, Chinese language and culture and exploration with a computer.

Math Math readiness skills and developing whole number concepts, using patterns, and sorting to explore numbers, data, and shapes. Students will also model addition and subtraction, uses patterns to make predictions, and determine how objects are alike and different.  2D and 3D shapes, time, graphs and problem solving will also be a focus. Everyday Math Series by the University of Chicago, Math, Math Lab Enrichment Activities
Literature KG programs reflects an emergent literacy perspective by providing methodology and materials that create language-rich learning opportunities for exploration and growth.  The development of reading readiness is a primary concern.  Reading print awareness, phonological awareness, reading letter-sound relationships, reading vocabulary development, literary response to reading, reading text structures and reading inquiry. Language Central by Pearson, Learning A-Z, RazKids,Scholastic Leveled  Readers
Composition Penmanship, writing and spelling; writing simple compositions Language Central
Language Arts Daily Skills:  Listening, speaking purposes, culture, audience and communication Language Central, Language Lab
Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Language Central
Science Creating a love of science inquiry through units:  Trees and Weather, Materials in Our World, and Animals Two by Two; Making observations and using tools and measurement to increase ability to describe the natural world. Delta FOSS kits
Social Sciences Self and Families Around the World, Citizenship, Growing and Changing, holidays, maps, and basic economic concepts to home, school and community. Language Central
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Units include:  Who We Are, Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase Teacher Resources
Computers Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, basic computer programming HP Computers
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music history and composers.

Spotlight on Music, Jolly Music
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina.  Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. Sparks
Art Drawing with regular shapes, paper weaving, collages, modeling and sculpting, finger and sponge painting, drawing people, animals and landscapes Arts Attack

Grade 1 

1st Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s first grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals.

 

Math Units include: Establishing routines, Everyday uses of Numbers, Visual Patterns, Number Patterns and Counting, Measurement and Basic Facts, Place value, Number Stories, Developing Fact Power, Geometry and Attributes, Mental Math, Arithmetic, Money and Fractions Area.   More specifically: count, read and write whole numbers to 20; compare sets of objects; compare numbers within 20; read, write in words, standard and expanded notation for numbers within 100; describe and extend number patters; add/subtract within 20; use inverse relationships linear patterns.

My Pals Singapore Primary Math Series by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; enrichment provided by Everyday Mathematics, Singapore Math Word Problems and Math Challenge +  

 

English Language Arts

Daily Skills: Vocabulary, Comprehension, Syntax, Grammar and Writing.

Units include: Animals Tame and Wild, People in Communities, Growing and Changing, Surprising Treasures, Clever Solutions

Journeys Common Core Reading selections, Learning A-Z and Scholastic Leveled Readers
English Literature

Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, simile and metaphors, Author’s Purpose; Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading

Units include: Friendship, Weather, School, Neighborhoods, At The Zoo, Traditional Stories, Animal Communication, Music, Writing, Feelings, Marine Habitats, Jungle Animals, Seasons, Citizenship, Animals, Astronauts, Ways to travel, Agriculture, History, Gardens, Animals, Pets, Life Cycle, Learning About Our Country

Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin; Student workbooks; supplemental classroom library with A-Z readers, Decodable readers; technology integration: RAZKids
Writing and Composition

Penmanship, Writing effective sentences and paragraphs

Sequencing, Brainstorming, Sensory writing

Poetry, acrostic, shape, haiku

Journeys Common Core Workbook and 6+1

Traits in Writing

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Journeys Common Core
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Understanding the scientific process, facts and theories. Units include: Balance and Motion, Solids and Liquids, Air and Weather, Plants and Animals; STEM Unit: Space Science Delta FOSS kits and Evan Moor Read and Understand Science, Leveled Science readers and supplemental resources from Teacher
Social Sciences Geography (US, China, World) and how it relates to culture, history and economy; Foundation for learning the events of American and Chinese History; families, communities, and holidays Journeys Common Core and Teacher Resources
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase Teacher Resources
Computers

Learning games and RAZkids

Ipad integration
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum; selected musical instruments; Rhythm and Orf instruments are used
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. Emphasis on learning American games and sports. Sparks
Art Drawing with regular shapes, paper weaving, collages, modeling and sculpting, finger and sponge painting, drawing people, animals and landscapes. Annual Art exhibition. Arts Attack

Grade 2 

2nd Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s second grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals.

Math Units include: Number of Routines, Addition/Subtraction Facts, Place Value, Expanded notation, Counting backwards, use inverse relationship between addition and subtraction, comparing numbers, Multiplication/Division by 2’s and 3’s, linear patterns, commutative and associative properties, mental calculation, Money and Time, 3D and 2D shapes, Whole Number Operations, Number Stories, Patterns and Rules, Fractions, Measurement, and Decimals My Pals Singapore Primary Math Series by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; enrichment provided by Everyday Mathematics, Singapore Math Word Problems and Math Challenge +  
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Vocabulary and Word Work, comprehension, syntax and grammar will be emphasized. Units include: Animal Traits, Family Time, Getting Along with Others, Places Around Town, Animal Homes, Agriculture, Weather, Traditional Tales, Ocean Life, Music, School Differences, Special Ways to Communicate, Personal Safety, Helping Others, Never Give UP, Reading and Writing, Signs, What Heroes Do Journeys Common Core Reading selections, Learning A-Z and Scholastic Leveled Readers
English Literature

Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, simile and metaphors, and theme through study of short stories, fables, folk tales and novels.

Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading

Poetic Elements such as line, stanza and rhyme scheme and rhythm.

Realistic Fiction, Biography, Humorous Fiction, Fantasy, Informational Text, Traditional Tales will be integrated throughout the year.

Units Include: Animal Traits, Family Time, Getting Along with Others, Places Around Town, Animal Homes, Agriculture, Weather, Traditional Tales, Ocean Life, Animal and Human Interactions, Music, School Differences, Special Ways to Communicate, Personal Safety, Helping Others, Never Give Up, Reading and Writing, Signs, What Heroes Do, Animal Development, Following Directions, Visual Arts, Life Cycles, Fossils, Historical Figures and Documents

Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin; Student workbooks; supplemental classroom library with A-Z readers, Decodable readers; technology integration: RAZKids
Writing and Composition

Penmanship, Writing effective sentences and paragraphs;

Categorizing ideas, writing letters, explanatory and descriptive writing

Poetry, acrostic, diamonte, haiku

Journeys Common Core Workbook and 6+1

Traits in Writing

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Journeys Common Core
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Motion and simple machines, life cycles and adaptations of plants and animals, Pebbles, Sand and Silt. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project is Agricultural Science. Delta FOSS kits and Evan Moor Read and Understand Science, supplemental resources from Teacher
Social Sciences Geography (US, China, World) and how it relates to culture, history and economy. Foundation for learning the events of American History and ideas related to freedom, entrepreneurship, and discovery. Journeys Common Core Our World and Teacher Resources
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase Teacher Resources
Computers

Basic keyboarding skills, learning games

Ipad integration
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum; selected musical instruments; recorders are the main instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. Emphasis on learning American games and sports. Sparks
Art

Drawing with regular shapes, paper weaving, collages, modeling and sculpting, finger and sponge painting, drawing people, animals and landscapes. Primary and secondary colors, tints and shades.

Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. There is an Art show and exhibition each year.

Arts Attack

 

 

Grade 3

3rd Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s third grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals.

 

Math

Strengthening basic mathematics facts and operations is a major emphasis. Math Strands include: Numbers and Numeration, Operations and Computation, Data and Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra

Topics include: Adding and Subtracting Numbers to 10,000, Solving word problems, Money, Length, Mass and Volume, Bar graphs and data, fractions, multiplication, division, Time, Angles, Perpendicular and Parallel Lines, Area and Perimeter

My Pals Singapore Primary Math Series by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; technology integration: Ten Marks, Prodigy and Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Everyday Mathematics, Singapore Math Word Problems and Math Challenge +  
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Grade 3 uses more complex understanding of grammar and sentence structure. Integrated units include: Living and Learning, Smart Solutions, People and Nature, One of a Kind, Cultures and Freedom Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin; Student workbooks; supplemental classroom library with A-Z readers; technology integration: RAZKids
English Literature

Grade 3 builds a more sophisticated vocabulary through novel studies and fictional literary elements: character, plot, setting, conflict, genre, and narrator through study of short stories, fables, and folk tales.

Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading

Poetic Elements such as imagery, rhyme scheme, rhythm, tone and theme

Journeys Common Core Reading selections, Learning A-Z and Scholastic Leveled Readers
Writing and Composition

Penmanship, paragraph structure, writing multi paragraph compositions, proofreading and revising, poetry (haiku, couplet, free verse) and songs.

Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice.

Journeys Common Core Workbook and 6+1

Traits in Writing

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Journeys Common Core
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Science knowledge and skills develop through hands-on and group work and students explore the themes of physics, life, earth space and science & technology, human body. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project is focused on Ocean Science. Delta FOSS kits and Evan Moor Read and Understand Science, supplemental resources from Teacher
Social Sciences Focus is on community and its geography, culture within and outside of our community, local and international consumption, and production and trade. Cause and effect, discovery, geography, invention, citizenship, government and industry will be emphasized. Major project includes money and banking teaching real life skills through the “classroom store”. Language Central and Supplemental Resources from Teacher
Computers

Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, basic computer programming;

Logic (creative thinking, deductive reasoning, analogies, predicting, problem solving and patterns)

Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students may participate in the Sunshine Choir offered through their homeroom time. There are 2 major school wide performances each year.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum; selected musical instruments; recorders are the main instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. Emphasis on learning American games and sports. Sparks
Art

Drawing with regular shapes, paper weaving, collages, modeling and sculpting, finger and sponge painting, drawing people, animals and landscapes. Primary and secondary colors, tints and shades.

Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. There is an Art show and exhibition each year.

Arts Attack

Grade 4 

4th Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s fourth grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals.

 

Math Math Strands include: Numbers and Numeration, Operations and Computation, Data and Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra. Students continue master basic facts and operations, moving into fractions and decimals and problem solving skills; Geometric Figures, Data, Number Sentences and Algebra, Map Reference Frames, Reflections and Symmetry, 3D shapes, weight, volume, rates, probability, perimeter and area; Singapore strategies are reinforced-Word problems, number bonding, mental math, and model drawing. My Pals Math Series by Houghton Mifflin; Student Math Journal; technology integration: Ten Marks, Prodigy and Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Singapore Math Word Problems and Math Challenge +  
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Vocabulary and Word Work, comprehension, syntax and grammar will be emphasized. Units include: Helping Others, Civil Rights, Media, Raising Money, Traditional Tales, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Research, Hurricanes, Forces of Nature, Interdependence, Insects, The Environment, Individual Contributions, Service Animals, Traditional Tales, Agriculture, Native American History, Citizen’s Rights, Life Cycles, Animal Behavior, Inventions Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin with Student workbooks; supplemental classroom library with A-Z readers; technology integration: RAZKids
English Literature Grade 4 students read a variety of story genres including exposition and poetry. Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, conflict, genre, and narrator through study of short stories, fables, folk tales and novels. Literature selections include Informational Text, Narrative Nonfiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Science fiction, Autobiography, Realistic fiction, and Interviews. Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, and Home Reading Program will be used. Journeys Reading Selections, Learning A-Z and Scholastic Leveled Readers
Writing and Composition Exposure to a wide variety of writing skills focuses on narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive. Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice. 6+1 Traits in Writing
Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Journeys
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Science emphasizes the development of scientific thinking using the FOSS Science themes of magnetism and electricity, solid earth materials, the environments, food chains, living and non-living factors, animal functions and structures. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project is focused on Electrical Science. Delta FOSS kits, Scholastic Science Readers and supplemental resources from Teacher
Social Sciences Focus is on history instruction and significant world historical events. Social Studies themes explored include a changing world, migration and exploration, and world cultures and map skills. US/China are the main countries of focus. Journeys and Supplemental On-line Resources from Teacher
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Inquiry Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, and the Year End Showcase Teacher and on-line Resources
Computers

Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, basic computer programming;

Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students have the option to join the Performance Choir through the After School Activities Program. There are 2 concerts: Winter and Spring.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly Curriculum, selected musical instruments; ukulele is the main instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. American sports/games are a main focus of the PE program. Sparks
Art Drawing, painting, sculpting and 3D projects. Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. Art showcase and exhibition annually. Arts Attack

Grade 5 

5th Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s fifth grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop the whole child and help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals so that they are prepared for Middle School.

Math

Math Strands: Numbers and Numeration, Operations & Computation, Data & Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra

Units include: Number Theory, Estimation and Computation, Geometry Exploration, Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percent, Using data; addition and subtraction of fractions, exponents and negative numbers, fractions and rates, coordinates, area, volume, and capacity, using data, algebra concepts and skills, volume, probability/ratios, measurements, angles, properties of triangles and 4-sided figures, and geometrical construction

My Pals Math Series by Houghton Mifflin; Student Math Journal; technology integration: Ten Marks, Prodigy and Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Singapore Math Word Problems and Singapore Math Challenge +    
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Vocabulary and Word Work, comprehension, syntax and grammar will be emphasized. Units include: Experiments, Performance and Visual Arts, Politics, Physical Fitness, Language and Expression, Wild Animals, Responsibility, Conservation, Courage, Animal Behaviors, Early American Government, Independence, Life on the Battlefield, African American History, Patriotism, Creative Inventions, Creative Writing, Community Involvement, Human-animal Interaction, Extreme Environments, Traditions, The West, Pioneers, Exploration Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin; Student workbooks; supplemental classroom library with A-Z readers; technology integration: RAZKids
English Literature Grade 5 students read a variety of story genres including exposition and poetry. Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, conflict, genre, and narrator through study of short stories, fables, folk tales and novels. Literature selections include Informational Text, Narrative Nonfiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Science fiction, Autobiography, Realistic fiction, and Interviews. Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading and Home Reading program will be used. Journeys Common Core Reading selections, Learning A-Z and Scholastic Leveled Readers
Writing and Composition Exposure to a wide variety of writing skills focuses on narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive and I-Search Papers. Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice.

Journeys Common Core Workbook and 6+1

Traits in Writing

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. Journeys Common Core
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Science emphasizes the development of scientific thinking using the FOSS Science themes of Levers and Pulleys, Solar Energy, Food and Nutrition, and Daily Weather Monitoring. There is a focus on experimental design and the scientific method for preparation in middle school. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project will be focused on Food Science. Delta FOSS kits, Science Vocabulary Readers from Scholastic and supplemental on-line resources from Teacher; Tech integration: Khan Academy, Science RazKids
Social Sciences Focus is on geography, political and social institutions, tracing key developments in US/China History and impact on land, people and nations, decision making and allocation of resources. A survey of American history, symbols, explorers, and major events are covered. Journeys and My World Social Studies: Building Our Country; Supplemental On-line Resources from Teacher
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Inquiry Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase Teacher and on-line Resources
Technology Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, more complex computer programming; Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students have the option to join the Performance Choir during the After School Activities Program.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum, selected musical instruments with piano as key instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. American sports/games are the main focus. Sparks
Art Drawing, painting, sculpting and 3D projects. Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted Arts Attack

Grade 6 

6th Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s sixth grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Students can further develop communication and project management skills through our Leadership Academy and participate in numerous Service Learning Projects in the school and community. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals so that they are prepared for International High Schools or study abroad.

Math

Math Strands: Numbers and Numeration, Operations & Computation, Data & Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra

Units include: Algebra [simplifying algebraic expressions, word problem]; Angles in Geometric Figures [Finding unknown angles]; Nets [Solid figures, nets of solids]; Fractions [Four operations with fractions, dividing by a proper fraction; Ratios and Fractions, Percentages and Word Problems, Speed, Circles [Radius and Diameter, Circumference, Perimeter, Area], Pie Charts, Area and Perimeter of Composite Figures, Volume of Solids and Liquids

My Pals Math Series by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; technology integration: IXL Math, Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Singapore Math Word Problems and Singapore Math Challenge +    
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Grammar and sentence mechanics are the main focus: Parts of Speech, Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Interjections, Prepositions, and Verbs. Grammar: Side by Side Chinese and English by McGraw Hill
English Literature Grade 6 students read a variety of story genres including exposition and poetry. Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, conflict, genre, and narrator through study of short stories, fables, folk tales and novels. Literature selections include Informational Text, Narrative Nonfiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Science fiction, Autobiography, Realistic fiction, and Interviews. Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading and Home Reading program will be used. A series of Novels are introduced through literature circles: The Call of the Wild, The Children of the New Forest, The Mystery of Allegra, Dracula and many others (based on student reading levels). Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin, Student workbooks; Selected American Novels; technology integration: RAZKids, Kid News
Writing and Composition Exposure to a wide variety of writing skills focuses on narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive and I-Search Papers. Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice.

6+1

Traits in Writing

The Write Source

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. An emphasis on debate and bilingual presentations. Journeys Common Core and 6+1 Traits
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science 6th Grade emphasizes the development of scientific thinking using the Next Generation Science Standards and hands-on lab investigations. Semester 1: Earth & Space Science. Topics include Earth’s Surface, History, Biomes and Ecosystems; Physical Science: States of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. Semester 2: Life Science. Plant and Animal cells (structure and function) and Cellular Organization. STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math project will be focused on Human’s Impact on the Environment. Annual Science/STEM Fair. Science Fusion Series by Houghton Mifflin; Delta FOSS kits, Science Vocabulary Readers from Scholastic and supplemental on-line resources from Teacher; Tech integration: Khan Academy
Social Sciences Semester 1 focus is on the US Constitution and understanding the US/China political and economic systems. Semester 2 focus is on political and economic systems of Ancient Civilizations – e.g. Ancient Rome and Greece. Origins of law and current law are central ideas. Students are expected to complete quarterly projects, conduct research, discern quality primary and secondary sources, and present in small and large groups. Social Studies by Harcourt, American History video series on-line, My World Social Studies: Building Our Country; Supplemental On-line Resources from Teacher
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Inquiry Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase Teacher and on-line Resources
Technology Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, more complex computer programming offered through the Elective Program. Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students have the option to join the Performance Choir or Glee Club during the Elective period in the afternoon.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum, selected musical instruments with piano as key instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. American sports/games are the main focus. Sparks
Art Drawing, painting, sculpting and 3D projects. Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. Annual Art Exhibitions. Arts Attack

 

Grade 7 

7th Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s seventh grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Students can further develop communication and project management skills through our Leadership Academy and participate in numerous Service Learning Projects in the school and community. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals so that they are prepared for International High Schools or study abroad.

Math

Math Strands: Numbers and Numeration, Operations & Computation, Data & Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra

Topics Include: System of Numeration, The Four Operation, Factors and Multiples, Prime Numbers and Prime Factorization, Highest Common Factor, Least Common Factor, Number Patterns, Variables, Basic Number Laws, Fractions, Decimals, and Approximations, Conversions between Fractions and Decimals, Units of Measure, Estimation in Daily Life, Simple and Multi-word Problems, Real Numbers, Simple Algebraic Expressions, Open Sentences an Equations, Rate, Ratio, and Percentage, Solving Problems involving financial transactions, introducing geometry, polygons, symmetries, area and perimeter, volume, similarity and congruence

New Elementary Mathematics Syllabus D (1,2) by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; technology integration: IXL Math, Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Singapore Math Word Problems and Singapore Math Challenge +    
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Grammar and Sentence Mechanics are the main focus: (Appositives, Independent and Dependent Clauses, compound sentences, transitive and intransitive verbs, reflective nouns, dangling modifiers). Grammar: Chinese and English bilingual student workbook
English Literature Grade 7 students read a variety of story genres including exposition and poetry. Fictional Literary elements: character, plot, setting, conflict, genre, and narrator through study of short stories, fables, folk tales and novels. Literature selections include Informational Text, Narrative Nonfiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Science fiction, Autobiography, Realistic fiction, and Interviews. Topics include: Bold Actions, Perception and Reality, Nature at Work, Risk and Exploration, The Stuff of Consumer Culture, Guided by a Cause. A series of Novels are introduced through literature circles based on students’ reading level. These novels are typical of the 7th grade American series. Collections: Close Reader by Houghton Mifflin, Student workbooks; Selected 7th grade Novels; technology integration: RAZKids, Kidnews
Writing and Composition Exposure to a wide variety of writing skills focuses on narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive and I-Search Papers. Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice. Students develop their own writer’s portfolio containing a collection of their most developed writing compositions.

6+1

Traits in Writing

The Write Source

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. An emphasis on debate and bilingual presentations. Collections Series and 6+1 Traits
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Emphasis on the development of scientific thinking using the Next Generation Science Standards. Semester 1 Physical science including Matter & Energy, Chemistry of Life (Atoms and the Periodic Table, Chemical reactions) and Physics (Motion, Forces, Work, Energy, Power). Semester 2 Life Science - Meiosis, mitosis, cellular respiration, and DNA structure). STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math project will be focused on the Engineering Process. Annual Science/STEM Fair. Science Fusion Series by Houghton Mifflin; Delta FOSS kits, Science Vocabulary Readers from Scholastic and supplemental on-line resources from Teacher; Tech integration: Khan Academy
Social Sciences Semester 1 focus is on the Geography of World Regions: Eastern Europe, US and Canada. Continued understanding about the impact of geography on the people and communities in these regions. Semester 2 focus is on the Geography of South America, Latin America and Asia. Students are expected to complete quarterly projects, conduct research, discern quality primary and secondary sources, and present in small and large groups. Social Studies by Harcourt; Supplemental On-line Resources from Teacher
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Inquiry Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase of Learning Teacher and on-line Resources
Technology Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, more complex computer programming offered through the Elective Program. Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students have the option to join the Performance Choir or Glee Club during the Elective period in the afternoon.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum, selected musical instruments with guitar as key instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. American sports/games are the main focus. Sparks
Art Drawing, painting, sculpting and 3D projects. Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. Annual Art Exhibitions. Arts Attack

Grade 8 

8th Grade Common Core Curriculum Overview

BCIS’s eighth grade curriculum continues to challenge and develop our students’ mental faculties. BCIS embodies the principle that the purpose of education is to teach a child how to think, not what to think and to encourage a desire for lifelong learning. We maintain our emphasis on independent reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and character development. Students can further develop communication and project management skills through our Leadership Academy and participate in numerous Service Learning Projects in the school and community. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to help students become competent, confident thinkers and self-reliant individuals so that they are prepared for International High Schools or study abroad.

Math Math Strands: Numbers and Numeration, Operations & Computation, Data & Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Geometry, Patterns and Functions in Algebra. Continuation of learning from the NEM Syllabus D Part 1. Topics Include: Indices, Algebraic Manipulations, Literal and Quadratic Equations, Word Problems [Rate, Ratio, Percentage, Financial Transactions], Graphs [Coordinate Plane, Linear Equations, Quadratic], Simultaneous Linear Equations, Inequalities, Congruent and Similar Triangles, Mensuration [Sectors, cones, pyramids, sphere, area, volume], Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry, Motion Geometry, Statistics I, II New Elementary Mathematics Syllabus D (1,2) by Marshall Cavendish; Student Math Journal; technology integration: IXL Math, Khan Academy; enrichment provided by Singapore Math Word Problems and Singapore Math Challenge +    
English Language Arts Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) method of instruction is used to reinforce Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing across all content areas. Grammar and Sentence Mechanics are the main focus: (Appositives, Independent and Dependent Clauses, compound sentences, transitive and intransitive verbs, reflective nouns, dangling modifiers). Grammar: Chinese and English bilingual student workbook
English Literature Grade 8 students read a variety of story genres including exposition and poetry as they become a “close reader”. Focus is on understanding demanding texts, reading, and rereading slowly and deliberately. Topics include: Culture and Belonging, The Thrill of Horror Stories, The Move Towards Freedom, Approaching Adulthood, Anne Frank’s Legacy, The Value of Work. Literature selections include Informational Text, Narrative Nonfiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Science fiction, Autobiography, Realistic fiction, and Interviews. Literature Centers, Guided Reading, Independent Reading and Home Reading program will be used. A series of Novels are introduced through literature circles. These novels are based on the 8th grade American series. Collections Series: Close Reader by Houghton Mifflin, Student workbooks; Selected Novels; technology integration: RAZKids, Kidnews
Writing and Composition Exposure to a wide variety of writing skills focuses on narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive and I-Search Papers. Six traits in writing include: ideas, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, organization, and voice. Students develop their own writer’s portfolio containing a collection of their most developed writing compositions.

6+1

Traits in Writing

Speech Public speaking techniques: memorization, poise, posture, articulation, inflection, and pitch. An emphasis on debate and bilingual presentations. Collections Series and 6+1 Traits
Chinese Language

As an International school with emphasis on dual language instruction, the Chinese language and culture course is a compulsory at BCIS in every grade level.  The instructors are certified Chinese teachers, and classes are designed to meet the national curriculum and assessment requirements issued by the National Education Committee. The BCIS Chinese department is currently aligning and implementing updates; this process will continue into 2017-18. Please refer to this link for information regarding our Chinese as a Foreign Language curriculum:

http://www.bcis.net.cn/index.php/academic/chinese-b-curriculum

Science Science emphasizes the development of scientific thinking using the Next Generation Science Standards. Semester 1: Physical Science including Chemistry (Chemical bonding, chemical equations, solutions, acids and bases). Semester 2 Life Science Human Biology (cells, organs, systems), sexual and asexual reproduction. STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) project will be focused on the Engineering Process – Programming Robotics. Annual Science/STEM Fair. Science Fusion Series by Houghton Mifflin; Delta FOSS kits, Science Vocabulary Readers from Scholastic and supplemental on-line resources from Teacher; Tech integration: Khan Academy
Social Sciences Continuation of the 7th grade SS topics with more in-depth study on Conflict and Resolution. Semester 1 focus is on Conflict and Resolution in World Regions: Eastern Europe, US and Canada. Continued understanding about geography and the political and economic systems in these world regions and how they lead to conflict. Semester 2 South America, Latin America and Asia. Students are expected to complete quarterly projects, conduct research, discern quality primary and secondary sources, and present in small and large groups. Teacher provides current, on-line resources; Supplemental On-line Resources from Teacher
Inquiry Units Cross Curricular Enrichment- Project Based Inquiry Units include: Who We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How Things Work, Sharing the Planet, Year End Showcase of Learning Teacher and on-line Resources
Technology Basic keyboarding skills, learning games, more complex computer programming offered through the Elective Program. Computer lab
Music

Music appreciation and understanding through singing, rhythm, note and tone recognition, mood interpretation and movement.

Music theory, history and composers. Students have the option to join the Performance Choir or Glee Club during the Elective period in the afternoon.

Spotlight on Music, Kodaly curriculum, selected musical instruments with guitar as key instrument
Physical Education Students achieve physical fitness through exercise, coordination, strength, speed and stamina. Activities correspond with students’ growing and changing bodies. American sports/games are the main focus. Sparks
Art Drawing, painting, sculpting and 3D projects. Major artists and their works will be compared and contrasted. Annual Art Exhibitions. Arts Attack


 

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