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Parent Guide: Curriculum & Student Learning

The Elementary Progress Report is based on Salem-Keizer Standards. For a full description please go
to and click on the standards link or contact your child’s teacher.

Students will read a variety of grade level texts (e.g., fiction, non-fiction, poetry) with accuracy, fluency, and
READING comprehension. As the year progresses, so does the complexity of the text.
• Accuracy – students are able to read grade level text accurately • Comprehension – students listen to, read, and understand a wide
by recognizing some words by sight, and using clues to decode variety of informational and narrative text across the subject
unfamiliar words (e.g., text clues, picture clues and context areas at school and on own, applying comprehension strategies
clues). (e.g., visualizing, connecting, asking questions), skills (e.g.,
• Fluency – students read grade-level text with expression that is retell, identify main idea and supporting details) and vocabulary
beginning to sound conversational. as needed.

Students will experience writing in authentic ways, writing for real audiences in a variety of genres (e.g. fictional narratives,
WRITING research reports, summaries and responses to literature). Students will create writing by studying real authors and applying
strategies good writers use:
• The Writing Process – students generate ideas, create drafts, • Conventions – students use correct spelling, grammar,
revise/confer, edit & publish. punctuation, capitalization, usage, and paragraphing as
• Ideas and Content – students communicate knowledge of the appropriate to grade level standards.
topic, write relevant examples, and convey clear main ideas, • Sentence Fluency – students use varied sentence structures to
facts, anecdotes, and detail appropriate to the topic, audience, and enhance flow, rhythm, length and meaning.
purpose. • Voice – Personal style comes through in words.
• Organization – students structure information in a clear sequence • Word Choice – students use accurate, colorful and descriptive
including beginning, middle, and end. They make connections words to express ideas.
and transition among ideas, sentences, and paragraphs.


Students will listen critically and respond appropriately across all subject areas, formally and informally. Students will comprehend, express, and
exchange ideas for a variety of authentic purposes. This includes communicating in clear sequence, making connections and transitions, using
language appropriate to topic, context, audience and purpose.
Students will develop math skills that promote problem solving, reasoning, communication, and making
MATHEMATICS connections. Students will solve mathematical situations using a variety of methods and strategies to
communicate learning. Experiences in math include the following:

• Number and Operations – students develop an understanding of • Measurement – students develop and relate two-dimensional
and fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and shapes to three-dimensional shapes and analyze their properties
decimals. including volume and surface area.
• Numbers, Operations, Algebra, Data Analysis – students develop • Uses mathematical representations and communicates reasoning –
fluency with division of whole numbers. students use manipulatives and models (e.g., connecting cubes,
charts, various fraction and decimal models, base-ten pieces,
number lines, arrays) to communicate understanding of
mathematical concepts and operations.

Students will experience science in contexts that promote the scientific inquiry approach. Learning will
SCIENCE incorporate engineering and design and the scientific method through the use of evidence, critical thinking,
making connections and communications. Areas of study will include:

• Friction, gravity, and magnetism • Organisms and their systems

• Sun/Earth/Moon systems • Interdependence of plants and animals
• Weather and climate • Adaptations
Students will be given multiple experiences in these content areas throughout their literacy block and/or content block.


Second language learners can correctly use language to listen and share their ideas orally and in writing.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Students should begin to:

• Demonstrate motor skills in a variety of activities

• Provide evidence of a physically active lifestyle
• Demonstrate ways to maintain physical fitness
• Demonstrate respect for others during activities

LIBRARY MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY Students should begin to:

• Understand and apply technology to solve instructional problems

• Demonstrate growth in research skills
• Demonstrate understanding and respect for a wide range of literary materials

MUSIC Students should begin to:

• Sing in 2-3 part harmony

• Apply music skills
• Identify form and expression
• Demonstrate an understanding and respect for diverse musical genre


Scores for all subjects are based on class work, teacher observations and various assessments. Each academic
area receives a score of 1-6 showing the level the student is performing. A score of 4 is proficient and shows that
the student is meeting grade-level expectations. The full scoring scale is on each progress report. Each academic
area also receives an effort score of E, S+, S, S-, or N and indicates the student’s participation and attentiveness.
Students also receive a score for Characteristics of Successful Learners (e.g. returns homework on time, focuses
attention or demonstrates respect). These are skills all students should develop to be successful in and out of

Sandy Husk, Superintendent

Salem-Keizer Public Schools promotes equal opportunity for all individuals
without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race,
religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, or veteran status.