• • • • • • Grammar and spelling are integrated into the teaching of writing and students learn by editing and revising their own and classmates’ writing. Students practice oral and written communication skills. Emphasis is placed on the revision process. Students publish their writing. Students write in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers keep records of student progress. What Makes a Writer? • • • • • • • Writers need regular chunks of time to write. Writers need meaningful topics. Writers need feedback. Writers need to learn mechanics in the context of writing. Writers need to know other writers. Writers need to feel safe taking risks. Writers need a genuine purpose for writing. Elementary Lessons Math Reading, writing and place value work with numbers into the millions • Wooden Hierarchical Material, Large Bead Frame, Checkerboard Operations • Dynamic Addition, Dynamic Subtraction o o • o o o o o • Division o o o o o • Unit Beads Divisibility Racks and Tubes Stamp Game Abstraction Golden Beads Stamp Game Large Bead Frame Checkerboard Flat Bead Frame Geometrical Form Abstraction Multiplication Memorize Math Facts Commutative and Distributive Laws • Bead Bars Fractions • Equivalence o Circles, rectangles, triangles 46