- Research and evidence based
- Clear, understandable and consistent
- Aligned with college and career expectations
- Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
- Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
- Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
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District 34 believes that children communicate ideas through the art they create, which is influenced by the art that they see, cultural traditions, and the environment. The Visual Arts curriculum helps us to understand different world views including traditions, values, and history. Through their visual arts experiences, students explore the arts of various cultures.
Children have different learning styles. To meet the needs of the individual and address a variety of learning styles, the delivery methods of our Visual Arts program consider and activate the Multiple Intelligences of our students. Visual Art addresses a variety of learning styles simultaneously. Through project-based learning, hands-on discovery, and self-reflection, students make vital aesthetic and academic connections.
Considering that students learn in a variety of ways, a student’s visual art experience is essential for their cognitive, social, and emotional growth. By building upon students’ prior knowledge to solve new problems, and making relevant connections with other subject areas, students develop higher order thinking skills. These opportunities to work individually and collaboratively in both student and teacher- directed activities, help promote a child’s social skills on a personalized level.
All Pleasant Ridge students receive an hour of drama per week. The District 34 drama curriculum was developed based on state and national standards. In drama class, students work on the skills of:
Students work on these skills all while using the three tools of drama which include the mind, body and voice. One of the most exciting experiences students have in drama is creating performances in small groups and sharing them with their classmates. All students also have the opportunity to participate in a grade-level performance which they will present for the school and community. Third grade recreates stories and composes music to accompany their performance. In fourth grade students perform a musical as the culminating project for their study of theater jobs and the elements of a musical. Finally, in fifth grade they incorporate all of their acting, scriptwriting and composing skills as they create movies based on stories the students wrote in drama class.
The District 34 Music Curriculum is based on the nine National Standards for Arts Education, and reflects the three Illinois State Goals for Music. Singing, playing instruments, moving to music and creating music enable students to acquire musical skills, knowledge and concepts. Brain research shows these skills enhance learning in other curricular areas. The General Music Program in District 34 is an integral part of the curriculum at every school. The study of music provides students with the skills necessary to use their minds creatively as well as intellectually. As advocates for the Arts, the District 34 Music Staff is committed to instill within each student an understanding, appreciation and love for music.
In Glenview School District 34, students begin their Instrumental Music opportunities formally in third grade through instruction for playing a recorder. All students participate in this process. In fourth grade and fifth grade, children have the opportunity to participate in Band and Orchestra, both at the beginning and advanced levels. Students participate in one group rehearsal per week and one individual lesson per week. Beginning Band and Orchestra rehearsals currently occur during the lunch period. Advanced Band rehearsals currently occur before the school day. Lessons occur on an individual basis throughout the school days. Band and Orchestra are graded contents and attendance is required.
The District 34 Life Skills program provides an instructional base for students to explore issues related to the Human Body, Basic Health, and Social-Emotional Growth. As part of this program, the District has adopted the Harcourt Health and Fitness series as a resource. Instruction in these areas is facilitated by a variety of service providers including the classroom teacher, PE teacher, Drama teacher, Social Worker, and the Fire Department.
Children are selected on a criterion basis, and may be identified as early as the end of their 3rd grade school year. District 34 begins the Advanced Program during the 4th grade school year. Participation in the program is done on an annual basis.
Students at Pleasant Ridge enjoy 30 minutes of physical education everyday. During PE classes, students work in three main areas. The first is their overall physical fitness, which includes muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. The second area of focus has to do with skill development and the ability to fully participate in all activities. Finally, students problem solve and learn to work together in order to achieve common goals and grow as responsible leaders.
The Common Core Standards establish guidelines for English Language Arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. The District utilizes a comprehensive reading approach to build children’s capacity to read, develop critical thinking skills, and build comprehension techniques. Teachers utilize a range of novels, short stories, and basal-based reading materials to build these skills. Instruction is designed to weave Independent Reading, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Word Study strategies into a mosaic of learning activities.
The goal of the District 34 Science curriculum was developed to assure that all students are scientifically literate and have a unique personalized understanding of the scientific method. The District 34 curriculum will:
- Allow students to develop inquiry skills and view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society.
- Closely align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS website
- Allow students to use various methods of investigation, such as: observation, comparison, experimentation, and mathematical manipulation of data.
- Teach science content through inquiry and experiences.
- Allow students to demonstrate an application of their knowledge.
- Allow the students to analyze the world using scientific concepts, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.
- Provide a balance between earth, life, and physical sciences.
- Apply the scientific laws, processes, and technology to real-world problems.
- Provide the skills to critically read and analyze scientific documents (literature, data laboratories, etc.)
- Provide students with a working vocabulary of the natural and physical sciences.
- Continue to adjust and modify the curriculum according to District needs.
- Become more involved with community resources
Our overall goal is to implement an instructional program which enhances scientific literacy among students and provide teachers with appropriate materials and understanding.
Glenview School District integrates Social Studies into each child’s learning experience. In general, 3rd grade students study Native Americans and Cities. Our 4th grade students investigate the regions of the United States. Fifth grade students learn about the history of the United States. At the 4th and 5th grade level, the District has a common resource, the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Series.