LiteracyMathScienceSocial StudiesDifferentiation

Literacy & English Sequence

2nd Grade SCS
  • William and Mary: Beyond Words
  • Michael Clay Thompson: Level 1: Partial
  • Junior Great Books (2 and 3.1)
  • Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Primary Level 2
  • Teacher Selected Novel
3rd Grade SCS
  • William and Mary: Journey’s and Destinations
  • Michael Clay Thompson: Level 1
  • Junior Great Books (3.2 and 4.1)
  • Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Level 1
  • Teacher Selected Novels
4th Grade SCS
  • William and Mary: Literary Reflections
  • Michael Clay Thompson: Level 2
  • Junior Great Books (4.2 and 5.1)
  • Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Level 2
  • Teacher Selected Novels
5th Grade SCS
  • William and Mary: Patterns of Change
  • Michael Clay Thompson: Level 3
  • Junior Great Books (5.2)
  • Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Level 3
  • Teacher Selected Novels
6th Grade SCS
  • 6th Grade AL – Language Arts
7th Grade SCS
  • 7th Grade AL – Language Arts
8th Grade SCS
  • AL – Composition and Literature (HS Credit)
9th Grade SCS
  • AL – English
10th Grade SCS
  • AL – IB Literature HL 1
11th Grade SCS
  • AL – IB Literature HL 2
12th Grade SCS
  • College Level English

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Math Sequence

Student placement is primarily based on math placement test performance.

2nd Grade SCS
  • 3rd Grade: Math Expressions Common Core or beyond
3rd Grade SCS
  • 4th Grade: Math Expressions Common Core or beyond
4th Grade SCS
  • 5th Grade: Math Expressions Common Core or beyond
5th Grade SCS
  • 6th Grade AL IMT1: Integrated Math Topics 1 CORE FOCUS ON MATH or beyond
6th Grade SCS
  • 7th Grade AL IMT2: Integrated Math Topics 2 CORE FOCUS ON MATH or beyond
7th Grade SCS
  • AL – Algebra 1 or beyond
8th Grade SCS
  • AL – Geometry or beyond
9th Grade SCS
  • AL – Algebra 2; OR
  • AL – Precalculus; OR
  • IB/AP Calculus SL AB
10th Grade SCS
  • AL – Precalculus; OR
  • IB/AP Calculus SL AB; OR
  • IB Calculus HL
11th Grade SCS
  • IB/AP Calculus SL AB; OR
  • IB Calculus HL; OR
  • IB Further Math SL
12th Grade SCS
  • IB Calculus HL; OR
  • IB Further Math SL; OR
  • AP Statistics

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Social Studies & History Sequence

2nd Grade SCS
  • TCI Social Studies Alive! My Community:
    • Social Studies Alive! My Community, 2nd graders learn more about the world in which they live. They begin to learn how important it is for people and groups to work together and to peacefully resolve problems. Children’s expanding sense of place and spatial relationships provides readiness for more in-depth geographical studies.
  • Bellevue Then and Now: Part 1
3rd Grade SCS
  • TCI Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond:
    • Our Community and Beyond encourages student awareness about the local and global communities in which they live. Students learn the fundamentals of geography and explore different cultures and public service roles.
  • Bellevue Then and Now: Part 2
4th Grade SCS
  • Fourth Grade Social Studies focuses on the human experience in the geographic region that became the state of Washington. The year consists of lessons from Washington Our Home and two StoryPath units (Early Northwest Coast People and Oregon Trail).
  • Students will also complete the Washington State Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) entitled People on the Move connected to their study of pioneers traveling to Washington via the Oregon Trail. The fourth grade program is based on the state recommended grade level expectations.
5th Grade SCS
  • TCI Social Studies Alive! America’s Past: 
    • Fifth grade Social Studies presents the development of the United States from colonial beginnings through the founding of our nation.  This study includes European exploration, Colonial development, the face of slavery, the American Revolution and the basic documents of the United States government, especially the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, along with the central concepts embedded in democracy.
    • Students learn about the diverse influences of different people and ethnic groups that shaped early American development. Students will also complete the Washington State Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) entitled You Decide!connected to their study of the stakeholders positions (Loyalist, Patriot, Neutralist, Disenfranchised) held prior to the American Revolution
6th Grade SCS
  • 6th Grade World Studies
7th Grade SCS
  • 7th Grade US History
8th Grade SCS
  • Human Geography
  • Foundations of World History (HS Credit)
9th Grade SCS
  • AP Modern World History
10th Grade SCS
  • IB/AP US History HL 1
11th Grade SCS
  • IB/AP American Government HL 2
12th Grade SCS
  • College Level Social Science

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Science Sequence

2nd Grade SCS
  • FOSS Science Kits
    • Measurement
    • Human Body
    • Rocks and Mineral
3rd Grade SCS
  • FOSS Science Kits
    • Magnetism and Electricity
    • Structures of Life
    • Water
4th Grade SCS
  • FOSS Science Kits
    • Environments
    • Landforms
    • Mixtures and Solutions
5th Grade SCS
  • FOSS Science Kits
    • Diversity of Life Populations
    • Ecosystems
    • Human Body Systems
6th Grade SCS
  • Integrated Science
7th Grade SCS
  • Integrated Science
8th Grade SCS
  • Biology (HS Credit)
9th Grade SCS
  • Chemistry
10th Grade SCS
  • IB Physics SL
11th Grade SCS
  • IB Physics HL/AP Physics B; OR
  • IB/AP Biology SL; OR
  • IB/AP Chemistry SL; OR
  • IB ESS/AP Environmental Science
12th Grade SCS
  • IB Physics HL/AP Physics B; OR
  • IB/AP Biology SL; OR
  • IB/AP Chemistry SL; OR
  • IB ESS/AP Environmental Science

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Differentiation

The following are some examples of differentiation that a teacher may choose to use in all advanced learning models.

Social Emotional

Based upon students’ needs, teachers help them develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Acceleration in the Content Area

It is sometimes necessary to place students in a different course than the student’s grade level peers. This is based upon previous coursework or experiences from which students have gained an in-depth understanding of the content.

Curriculum Compacting

This strategy is used to reduce repetition and review of concepts the student has already learned. This provides more time for rich tasks.

Differentiated Instruction

This strategy involves altering content, process, and/or product in response to student’s needs. This might look like alternative tasks, parallel instruction, and/or changing the pace of instruction.

Extension Activities

This does not mean more work for the student but rather an opportunity for deeper thinking. This might look like project and problem based learning activities, challenge activities, and/or other rich tasks, that emphasize the application of knowledge.


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