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Curriculum

Royal Palm utilizes a variety of programs to maximize student success including STEM and Core Knowledge.

Core Knowledge Sequence

The foundation of our curriculum is Core Knowledge Sequence. The Core Knowledge Curriculum allows teachers to customize learning to meet the needs of each individual student while offering exciting learning opportunities.

Educational excellence and equity require a coherent, cumulative, knowledge-based curriculum. This basic principle inspired the Core Knowledge Foundation to undertake the long process of research and consensus-building that led to the development of the Core Knowledge Sequence, the blueprint for knowledge-based schooling.

The Core Knowledge Sequence represents our best effort to identify and describe the specific core of shared knowledge that all children should learn in U.S. schools. The Sequence is intended to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge grade by grade from preschool through grade eight.

For Grades K-8, the Core Knowledge Sequence provides a detailed outline of specific content and skills to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, visual arts, and music.

For children from 3 to 5 years of age, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence describes fundamental competencies and specific knowledge that provide coherent foundations for later learning in kindergarten and beyond.

– Click for more information: http://www.coreknowledge.org/

STEM Program

STEM is designed to develop the deep mathematical and scientific foundation students need to be competitive in today’s workforce. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all vocations and in all areas of their lives. Spelled out, STEM is:

Science: The study of the natural world.

Technology: This includes any product made by humans to meet a want or need. Any product used to solve a problem can be regarded as technology.

Engineering: The design process used to solve problems.

Math: The language of numbers, shapes, and quantities that seem so irrelevant to many students.

STEM supports broadening the study of engineering within each of the other subjects, and beginning engineering at younger grades, including elementary school. It also brings STEM education to all students rather than only the gifted programs.

STEM lessons focus on real-world issues and problems. In STEM lessons, students address real social, economic, and environmental problems and seek solutions. STEM lessons are guided by the engineering design process. The EDP provides a flexible process that takes students from identifying a problem—or a design challenge—to creating and developing a solution.

STEM lessons involve students in hands-on, productive teamwork. STEM lessons apply rigorous math and science content to students helping them see that science and math are not isolated subjects, but work together to solve problems. The STEM environment offers rich possibilities for creative solutions and opportunities to learn from mistakes.

Programs are aligned with the Florida Standards - Information can be found at: http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/florida-standards/

Common Core State Standards -http://www.corestandards.org/

Reading: SRA Imagine It

Math: Go Math K-8

Science: Core Knowledge/Discovery Education/National Geographic

History: Core Knowledge/McGraw Hill Civics and US History

Art/Music: Core Knowledge