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    Coe teachers use and believe in teaching student through the practice of a balanced literacy approach. Reading and writing are regarded as a complementary process that promotes higher level thinking skills. During reading students listen to interactive readalouds; participate in shared reading; have small group instruction during reading; and engage in word work to develop phonics skills, spelling, and vocabulary.  Classroom teachers provide students differentiated instruction, usually in small groups.  Many of the intermediate students may also participate in literature circles.  The emphasis on each of these areas changes as students move through the grades.

    During the 2017-18 school year the Seattle Schools will be started to use a new literacy curriculum from The Center For The Collaborative Classrooms.  It is a non-profit organization, and the curriculum was designed and written by teachers. We will be using three of their programs: Being a Reader, Being a Writer, and Making Meaning:  We are excited to learn how best to use these materials with our students.

    Reading assessments, both formal and informal, are an integral part of the teaching and learning of reading.  All of our students, K-5, are assessed formally at the beginning of each school year as well as each trimester. (Kindergarten students are assessed even more frequently.) Continued ongoing assessment in classrooms allows students to read at their just right level where the greatest learning occurs. Parents are notified of their child’s reading progress and level in each trimester report card.

    Having every student be a strong independent read is the goal of the staff at Coe. To this end, students and families have the support of a reading specialist.  Coe’s reading specialist teach small groups of readers each day.


    A new math resource was initiated fall 2014 in the Seattle Public Schools after the School Board approved Math in Focus.

    Math in Focus, uses the Singapore method of teaching math, takes an approach called “bar modeling” as the primary strategy to visually depict problems. Students learn early how to draw these models, and they continue to use them to show their thinking as problems become more complex.

    The District will use Math in Focus as one basis for aligning curriculum with Common Core State Standards, the new statewide benchmarks that also emphasize pictures and graphics to foster “number sense” in learning math.  One commonality with Common Core is the program’s emphasis on skill mastery – providing a deep focus on one skill with repeated exposure, moving from concrete to pictorial to abstract. 

    Anna Box, district math program manager, said the program “gives kids and teachers the right balance between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.”

    The single adoption across the District will help improve equity – maintaining consistency for students who move from school to school and ensuring that students enter middle school equally prepared. The aligned program also helps with teacher collaboration and professional development. In addition to the Math In Focus materials, Coe teachers supplement using other materials to best meet the needs of their students.

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    Our district adopted curriculum designed by the National Science Resources Center, Smithsonian more commonly known as the Inquiry Based Science Program. Modules at each grade level provide hands- on labs for the teaching and practice of scientific concepts beginning in kindergarten. A typical science lesson involves four components through which students access and practice scientific study: 1) engage and encounter known and unknown science concepts, 2) explore and investigate life science, physical science and earth science, 3) reflect and explain their thinking and reasoning & 4) apply and extend new learning.

    Below is a list of the units taught in each grade level:


    • Fabrics

    • Animals

    • Wood

    1st Grade:

    • Balls & Ramps

    • Weather

    • Organisms

    2nd Grade:

    • Liquids

    • Soils

    • Balancing & Weighing

    3rd Grade:

    • Sound

    • Rock & Minerals

    • Plant Growth & Development

    4th Grade:

    • Circuits & Pathways

    • Ecosystems

    • Food Chemistry

    5th Grade:

    • Microworlds

    • Models & Designs

    • Space Science

    • Land & Water

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