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Elizabeth Lane Elementary implements the Balanced Literacy approach to reading instruction. Imagine It, is also used as a curriculum support for some areas of instruction. The William and Mary Language Arts Curriculum for High Ability Learners, which is implemented in grades two through five, is designed to expose advanced learners to exemplary works of literature. Writing is also an integral part of the Language Arts Curriculum. We utilize the Lucy Caulkins Writing Program throughout the school. Beginning in the primary grades, students practice their writing skills in daily journals, story responses and across the curriculum to help them become proficient in various modes of writing. The strong reading and writing curriculum supports broad interdisciplinary concepts, which encourage our students to perform at high levels and develop connections within and across disciplines.
Students learn to work with numbers in a variety of ways through their involvement with and manipulation of real objects and games. Math Investigations helps students to develop computation skills and learn to apply them in problem solving situations. They also develop a conceptual foundation for more complex disciplines such as algebra and geometry. Clasroom teachers work closely with teachers in the Talent Development Program utilizing The Problem Solver to help students build a large repertoire of problem solving strategies.
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Using the newly adopted Macmilan-McGraw Hill Science Program students learn to use the scientific method when exploring areas such as plants, animals, energy and more. Big books for primary students and textbooks for intermediate students are combined with hands-on science kits to enhance and extend the scientific focus. An enclosed courtyard houses a beautifully landscaped pond and allows students to investigate plant and animal life. A nature trail and outdoor amphitheater encourage further exploration of the wetlands and wooded areas surrounding the school.
With guidance from the Harcourt Social Studies Program students gain a better understanding of themselves and the world through their study of the family, community, state, country and hemisphere. The use of weekly news magazines at all grade levels exposes students to current events. A diverse student population representing more than thirty different countries helps students gain respect for all people and themselves. Field trips are used to enrich the social studies curriculum throughout the year.
Character Education is an integral part of our students' curriculum. Lesson plans, which focus on the monthly character traits, integrate the North Carolina Standard Course of Study objectives and our desire to foster children's awareness of and involvement in the community. Through children's literature, participation in the democratic process, and service learning projects our students become respectful, responsible and caring citizens.
Students are introduced to the value of art, music and physical education as part of our goal to contribute to the social, academic and cultural growth of each child. Our third grade students work with professionals from Stageworks in writing and performing their own plays based on chosen character traits. Our school resembles a fine arts museum with exemplary student artwork and curriculum based projects displayed throughout. Our choral music program is enriched with a variety of instruments, played by students. Physical education goes beyond exercise and healthful living to include a climbing wall, Jump Rope Club and fundraising endeavors. In the media center students expand their love of reading as well as sharpen their research skills. Technology skills are enhanced using Smartboards, alphasmarts and 180+ networked computers available at the school.
Clubs play a valuable part in the curriculum at Elizabeth Lane. Students can participate before and after school in a variety of club activities. Some clubs that are available to students: Ambassadors of Character Education and Service (ACES) Club, Chess Club, Chorus, Girls on the Run, Math Olympiad, Safety Patrol, Scrabble Club, Student Council, Play Spanish and Yearbook Club.