Flour Bluff Elementary follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as mandated by the state of Texas and describe what students will learn at each grade level. Our challenging, comprehensive standards provide each student with the knowledge and skills needed to meet grade level standards and reach his or her full potential.
Language Arts is taught in a three-block framework which includes daily Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Language and Word Study.
Reading Workshop is approximately 60 minutes where students read a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts for extended periods of time. They construct meaning and make personal and textual connections as they learn from and about reading. Students learn effective comprehension strategies that they apply to fiction and nonfiction texts. Components of Reading Workshop include a teacher directed mini-lesson, shared reading, interactive read aloud, independent reading, reader's response, guided reading groups, literature study groups and share time.
Writing Workshop is approximately 60 minutes. Students develop writing strategies and skills, learn about the writer's craft, and use writing as a tool for learning and communication. This is accomplished through a teacher mini-lesson which may include modeling and interactive writing. Students spend the majority of the writing block writing independently in their writers' notebooks as they draft, revise, edit, or publish writing projects with continuous teacher support and guidance.
Language and Word Study gives students a chance to explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres. They investigate the meaning and structure of words and the conventions of forms of written language. Spelling words are generated from the weekly spelling principal and customized to meet the needs of each individual. This block is about 15-20 minutes each day.
At Flour Bluff Elementary, students build a math foundation by using manipulative materials to develop math concepts and solve meaningful problems. Within a well-balanced mathematics curriculum, the primary focal points at third grade are multiplying and dividing whole numbers, connecting fraction symbols to fractional quantities, and standardizing language and procedures in geometry and measurement. The fourth grade curriculum focuses on comparing and ordering fractions and decimals, applying multiplication and division, and developing ideas related to congruence and symmetry. Students in both grades work to achieve fluency and accuracy in computation, especially as applied in problem solving situations.
Scientific concepts and processes are explored through experiments, web casts, video streaming, power point presentations, and class activities. Students use the scientific inquiry method to plan and implement investigations. Information is then collected, analyzed, and interpreted. Students communicate their conclusions by organizing data and constructing simple graphs, tables, maps and charts.
Students use a variety of rich resources such as biographies, novels, letters, songs, videos of museum articles, and virtual field trips to study the eight strands of the social studies Essential Knowledge and Skills. History, geography, and social studies skills are woven throughout the study of economics, citizenship, government, culture, and the impact of science and technology. Third grade social studies focuses on how individuals have changed their communities and world. Fourth grade focuses on Texas and the Western Hemisphere.