Hamilton uses curriculum programs specified by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) for use at all of its elementary schools in language arts, math, science, social studies, music, and art. Hamilton provides additional offerings in physical education, instrumental music, a hands-on art program in conjunction with the Armory Center for the Arts, and the My Masterpieces art program, which—through projects and field trips—connects the rich arts resources in Pasadena to student learning. Math, science, and technology are given additional emphasis through our Math/Science/Technology Academy. Our goal is to create critical thinkers who will be ready to enter the digital world of the 21st century.
English/Language Arts Curriculum
Grades K-5: Open Court
Open Court is a fundamental language arts program for Grades K-5. It maintains strong instruction in the areas of learning how to read (decoding), understanding what you read (comprehension), learning how to apply what you have read (inquiry and investigation), and how to communicate with others in print (writing). It also includes spelling, vocabulary, grammar usage and mechanics, penmanship, and listening and speaking skills. (From www.sraonline.com.)
The Open Court Reading Program includes themes by grade level that are incorporated into reading and other curriculum modules.
Grades K-5: Houghton Mifflin California Math
Houghton Mifflin California Math offers teachers, students, and parents research-based approaches in an accessible format so all students can reach grade-level success – and beyond. This program includes high-interest activities which engage students right from the start and differentiated instruction that addresses the needs of all learners. At each grade level the program focuses on basic skills development, problem solving, and vocabulary expansion to help students master key math concepts. The program incorporates assessments – including lesson-level interventions to meet the needs of all learners – to monitor students’ progress.
Grades K-5: Harcourt Science
The science curriculum, provided through Harcourt, is designed to stimulate curiosity and student inquiry. It integrates support for reading and science literacy, reaches all learners through numerous components and strategies for differentiated instruction, reinforces learning through exciting visuals and electronic components, and provides inquiry-based hands-on learning to make science real.
Grades K-5 Standards cover the following themes: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Earth Sciences. Each unit is accompanied by an “Investigation and Experimentation” component.
Grades K-5: Project SEED (Science for Early Education Development)
Project SEED is based on the principal that the way to learn science is by doing science.
Using a series of science experiment kits, children expand their knowledge of various topics and experience the scientific process by “posing questions, making observations and recording data, organizing the information, looking for patterns, discussing ideas, developing claims (supported by data) about how the world works, and communicating their findings to others.” (from www.capsi.caltech.edu/frameSeed.html)
Social Studies Curriculum
Grades K-5: Pearson Scott Foresman
The Pearson Scott Foresman program blends printed text, digital, and actitives-based instructional methods. It provides a complete digital curriculum with online books, video, assessment and interactive learning tools –allowing teachers to easily build a lesson, teach the whole class or assign work to an individual child. It allows teachers to accommodate students’ learning styles, as well as their own teaching preferences and needs. (www.pearson.com)
The Social Studies curriculum covers the following statewide curriculum grade level topics:
Grade K: Here We Go
Grade 1: All Together
Grade 2: People and Places
Grade 3: Communities
Grade 4: California History
Grade 5: History of the United States
Movement Education (ME) (Physical Education)
All students participate in movement education (ME) several times a week. During ME instruction, students learn about a variety
of different sports and also learn about nutrition, making healthy choices, and general physical