• English and Mandarin Language Arts

    At Field Elementary, our teachers are trained in Balanced Literacy and to implement workshop model in English and Mandarin/Simplified Chinese. Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn the skills to read and write effectively, become independent, and last but not least to develop a love for reading and writing. We teach the Common Core English Language Arts standards through the structure of Balanced Literacy

    Here are some components of Balanced Literacy and workshop model: 

    Reading Assessments

    Read Aloud

    Reading Workshop

    • Mini-lesson
      • Students are taught specific reading and writing skills through “mini-lessons” where a teacher teaches a skill explicitly and with modeling for no longer than 15 minutes
    • Independent Reading
    • Share

    Small Group Instruction

    Literacy Stations

    Phonics/Word Study

    Writing Workshop

    • Mini-lesson
    • Independent Writing
    • Share

    Below are resources and programs we utilize at Field to teach English Language Arts

    • Lucy Calkin's Units of Study for Phonics, Writing, and Reading
    • Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

    Below are resources and programs we utilize at Field to teach Mandarin Language Arts

    • Better Chinese (Kindergarten)
    • Better Immersion (1st and 2nd grades)
    • Mei Zhou (3rd - 5th grades)
    • Level Chinese (Kindergarten to 5th grade)
    • iChineseReader (Kindergarten to 5th grade)

     

    Math

    From Kindergarten to fourth grade, Math is taught in Mandarin. In fifth grade, Math is taught in English. In the past, we have used Pearson's EnVision. Starting the 20/21 school year, we have transitioned into using Ready Classroom Mathematics as it provides the rigor and aligns with the Math Common Core State Standards that requires students to undertand and explain their thinking rather than to simply compute. 

    Students learn to:

    • Make sense of the problem
    • Show and explain their thinking
    • Persevere through difficult tasks and highlight difficult approaches to solving the same problem
    • Share problem solving strategies even when mistakes are made which provides an opportunity to learn that revision in math is part of the process

     

    Science

    We teach according to the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) through the 5 E Model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Using Stemscopes, an online resource, our teachers are able to guide students through the 5 E Model. The PUSD Science department provides hands-on materials so students can really Engage and Explore what they are learning. Click here to learn how to read NGSS for Parents.