Reading/ Language Arts

01    Use a variety of strategies to read unfamiliar words.
02    Read grade-level materials fluently.
03    Use a variety of strategies to develop vocabulary.
04    Read and comprehend fiction to demonstrate understanding.
05    Read and comprehend nonfiction to demonstrate understanding.
06    Use resources to locate appropriate information.
07    Self-select and independently read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
08    Present information orally demonstrating consideration of audience and purpose.
09    Apply the rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling in various forms of writing.
10    Use the writing process (pre-write, write, revise/edit, rewrite, publish) to communicate.
11    Produce a narrative writing sample on demand.
12    Use note taking, outlining, and summarizing strategies to record and present information.
13    Apply listening skills for a variety of purposes.
14    Participate and contribute to group discussions to acquire new knowledge.
15    Recognize and compare people from varied backgrounds and cultures.


01 Read, write (in digits and words), round, order, and compare whole numbers, decimals, fractions; compare positive and negative numbers.
02 Utilize estimation and the four main operations to solve problems with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.
03 Estimate and measure using standard and metric units, and compute elapsed time.
04 Describe, create, analyze, and compare two- and three-dimensional figures using congruency, symmetry, similarity, and simple transformations.
05 Identify and draw points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles.
06 Collect, organize, display, and interpret numerical and categorical data and clearly communicate findings.
07 Use and interpret variables, mathematical symbols, and properties to write and simplify expressions and sentences.
08 Identify, develop, and apply strategies to solve problems using real-life situations.


01    Examine problems using scientific inquiry.
02    Integrate unifying concepts and processes in science experiences.
03    Observe and investigate properties of electricity.
04    Investigate and describe the relationship between living things and the environment.
05    Observe and identify characteristics of earth materials.

The Six Traits: Writing Across the Curriculum

•Clarity  •Focus–a small, easy-to-manage topic  •Good information–from experience, imagination or research
•A snappy lead that gets the reader’s attention  •Order and logic  •Clear connections to a main idea  •A graceful ending–doesn’t just STOP
•Sounds human–not like technospeak  •Has the mark of this particular writer  •Brings the topic to life  •Is appropriate for the audience, topic, purpose
Word Choice
•Moments that stick with you  •Relies on strong verbs and precise nouns–not on modifiers  •Creates word pictures
Sentence Fluency
•Rhythmic  •Easy to read aloud–inviting  •Varied sentence length–some long, some short
•Spelling correct on simple words, correct or close on difficult words  •Terminal punctuation correct, internal punctuation not misleading  •Paragraphs for new topics, new speakers  •Quotation marks to set off dialogue  •Capitals on all proper nouns and to begin all sentences  •Noun-verb agreement  •No arbitrary shifts in tense  •Layout has eye appeal

Social Studies

Focus - Nebraska Studies and U.S. Geography

Describe the elements of culture found in Nebraska.

Explain major events in Nebraska history.
Compare and contrast geographical regions of the U. S. with Nebraska.
Interpret and use information from maps and globes.

Compare the relationship between the use of natural resources and the economy of Nebraska.

Describe how people work together in Nebraska.
Identify leaders in Nebraska government.