The Think Tank Academy combines explicit teaching methods with innovative strategies to cultivate confidence, develop competency, and encourage students to trust in their own ability.
K-5 Curriculum Guide
We strive to instill a love of literature. Language Arts classes consist of instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Growth in one area supports growth in the other skills. Reading instruction at the Think Thank is primarily literature-based. Vocabulary, phonics, and comprehension are developed within contextual reading activities.
The K-5 teachers use The Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading. Teachers create an environment that encourages inquiry and collaboration around text.
The reading workshop model includes explicit instruction during mini lessons followed by extended time to practice the skill independently, confer with teachers, and reflect or share with peers. Teachers monitor independent reading growth in small guided reading groups. In addition, the Language Arts curriculum incorporates word study, read alouds, and shared reading.
In writing, teachers explicitly model multiple types of writing: informational, narrative, opinion, and response to literature. All aspects of reading and writing are taught individually, with partners, in small groups, and with the whole classroom.
The overall philosophy is for children to love math and see the relevance of math in everyday life. Math provides experiences to explore, learn and practice mathematics in a variety of settings, including whole class, small groups, partners, and individually.
Our program provides students with multiple exposures to math concepts before mastery is expected. Through interactive games, inquiries, and open-ended questions, students learn the processes involved in solving mathematical problems with creativity, flexibility, and passion. Class discussions and written reflections in mathematics are encouraged because this is when students clarify and solidify their learning.
Our science classroom is truly a place where each child’s inquisitive spirit soars. The children are immersed in hands-on experiences, enabling them to investigate a variety of scientific concepts. These experiences strategically build from year to year and children work as scientists by observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations. From exploring with magnets and observing the life cycle of the butterflies, our science program actively nurtures students’ natural curiosity.
The social studies program curriculum encourages curiosity and helps students develop an understanding of our rapidly changing world. Students become aware of their personal and cultural identities, and they acquire the skills and knowledge needed to actively participate in their classroom, school, community, and world. There is a focus on the study of countries and cultures in relation to their past, present, and future; their environment, and their society.