Curriculum » Curriculum

Curriculum

English Language Arts (ELA)

McGraw-Hill Education: Wonders 
Grades K-5

Wonders (2014 edition) is a comprehensive ELA program designed specifically for the Common Core State Standards. Combining research-based instruction with new tools to meet todayʻs challenges, every component and every lesson is designed for effective and efficient instruction.  A wealth of print and digital resources provide unmatched support for:
  • Building a strong literacy foundation
  • Accessing complex text
  • Finding and using text evidence
  • Engaging in collaborative conversations
  • Writing to sources
Grade 6

SpringBoard (2018 edition) English Language Arts students develop and refine skills in critical thinking, close reading, writing in various genres, and doing research.  Over the course of the program, they read and analyze a wide range of texts in genres including poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and films.  They also learn to write in forms including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts such as editorials, and research papers.  This course is structured around the theme, "Change."

Write From the Beginning and Beyond
Grades K-6

Write From the Beginning and Beyond (WFBB) is a comprehensive, systemically structured, writing curriculum designed to assist educators and students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for age-appropriate and domain-specific writing achievement.  It builds on the power of Thinking Maps to establish a school-wide focus on effective writing across all grade levels and content areas. Each of the domains of writing utilizes a combination of modeling, analytic rubrics, and mini-lessons that focus on the essential elements of effective writing.  Areas of focus include:
  • Narrative
  • Opinion (Gr 6 - Argument)
  • Informative/Explanatory (Gr 6 - Expository)
  • Response to text​​

Mathematics

ORIGO: Stepping Stones 2.0
Grades K-5

Stepping Stones 2.0 (2017 edition) is an innovative and comprehensive mathematics curriculum that integrates print and digital technology. It builds conceptual understanding through rigorous problem-solving activities and supports computational fluency with strategies and practice. Students work in an engaging, interactive learning environment that encourages the use of language and mathematical discourse, and fosters critical thinking skills. 

Houghton-Mifflin: Go Math
Grade 6

HMH GO Math! series (2014 edition) was written specifically to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with a focus on depth of instruction, equal emphasis on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, the integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice with every lesson, and a coherent articulation across grade levels. The HMH GO Math! series’ organization emphasizes the Critical Areas of the Common Core Standards and depth of understanding through interactive lessons, research based instructional approaches, best practices, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students. With an emphasis on developing 21st century skills, the program includes comprehensive digital resources to support students, teachers, administrators, and parents. 

Science

Harcourt School Publishers: Science
Grades K-6

HSP Science (2006 edition) provides opportunities for students to develop and maintain essential skills that form the basis for scientific inquiry.  It addresses the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards in the areas of Scientific Process, Life and Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science.  This comprehensive K-6 program is based on the principles of scientific literacy. Six reading skills that are practiced and applied throughout this series are: identifying the main ideas and supporting details, comparing and contrasting, cause and effect, sequencing, drawing conclusions, and summarizing.

Social Studies

At Pearl Ridge, Social Studies is the integrated study of history, geography, economics, government, and civics. More importantly, it is the study of humanity--people and events that have individually and collectively affected and shaped our world today.  Lessons and units of study prepare our youngsters to grow as active and informed citizens who maintain the ideals of our democratic society. The major strands in Social Studies for students in grades K-6 include:  Historical Understanding, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, and Economics.  Grade level themes or topics are as follows:
Kindergarten Grade 1
  • ​Timelines
  • Rules
  • Relative location & cardinality/Geography
  • Basic needs
  • Celebrations in American History
  • Citizenship
  • American Symbols
  • Rules
  • Native Americans & Pilgrims
  • Power & Authority
  • Maps
  • Important People in History
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Goods & Services
Grade 2 Grade 3
  • Map skills
  • Family History & Culture
  • Types of Communities
  • Economics

Grade 4
  • Geography of the Hawaiian Islands
  • The First Hawaiians
  • Early Hawaiian Society and Culture
  • Western Influence and Impact
Grade 6
  • World Religions
  • Rulers
  • Global Exchanges
  • Crusade Wars
  • Saharan Caravan & Silk Route
  • River Valleys
  • ​Ancient Civilizations
  • How do people from different cultures contribute to a community?
  • How is each event in history unique?
  • How can you use what you know to help others?  
  • How can others inspire us?
  • How can we reuse what we already have?  
  • What do good citizens do?
Grade 5
  • Early American History: Explorers
  • Colonial American Society
  • Systems of Beliefs and Change
  • Road to the Revolutionary War
  • Limited Resources
  • Role of Government
  • Governance
  • Democracy
  • Interactions