Curriculum

PS 154 has established a curriculum for its students that strives to help each student reach his/her full learning potential.

English Language Arts

PS 154 teachers use a balanced literary approach to teach the English language arts. The components of this approach include reading aloud with accountable talk, shared reading, reading workshop (with independent/paired reading, book clubs, guided reading and reading strategy groups), and teacher/student writing conferences. The minilessons taught as part of the reading and writing workshops follow a sequence of monthly units of study developed by Teacher’s College, Columbia University. The balanced literary approach supports the uniform citywide literacy program, and is being implemented during a daily 120 minute literacy block for grades K-5. Classroom libraries, small class sizes, academic support personnel (including paraprofessionals), and the assignment of a literacy consultant further support the instruction.

Click here for the Reading Level Index to find appropriate books for your child’s reading levels.  More information is available on the DOE website where they have an overview of English Language Arts.

Mathematics

Grades K-5 are using GoMath, which has been selected as the uniform citywide program for mathematics. This program is being implemented for 60 minutes a day for grades K-2 and 75 minutes a day for grades 3-5. Exemplars is being used as a supplement to GoMath.

We are providing you with a user name and password to access NYC Go Math materials available at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Think Central Web site.  Think Central is an all-in-one learning site that provides you access to both the student workbook that your child uses in class and the homework workbook.

Go to  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do

You have to go through the drop-down menus to find:
State – New York
District– NYC Dept of Education, 10007
School – P.S. 154  (It is at the top of the Ps.)

Your Username is grade specific:
GradeK
Grade1
Grade2
Grade3
Grade4
Grade5

Passwords are all password.

Once you are in the site, you can click on My Library.  My Library gives you access to the online version of the workbook text as well as games & videos to support what your child learned in the classroom. Please feel free to reach out to your teachers with any questions.

Even more information is available on the DOE website where they have an overview of Mathematics.

Social Studies

Elementary social studies is made up of inquiry-based, in-depth studies of history, geography, economics, government, and culture. Units of study are planned around essential questions of large, over arching concepts. Students are engaged in active learning through independent inquiry and cooperative group work in order to make the concepts of social studies meaningful. Students explore inquiries through authentic research and an integration of reading, writing, observation, discussion, and debate. They are guided through an examination of multiple perspectives using primary and secondary resources, interviews, and field trips.

Art

The Arts are a valued part of PS 154′s curriculum. We have a full-time visual arts teacher who provides our Pre-K-5 classes with an enriched art program in which our students explore painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture.

Theater

The theater arts curriculum at PS 154 is designed to give students a broad understanding of the world of theater as well as performance opportunities to put their learning into action. Students begin their study with story drama and theater games in grades K and 1, learning the rules and culture of the stage. Second graders begin performance work with physical theater and devise an original performance at the end of the year. Third grade students study world drama and theater forms from Japanese Kabuki to Elizabethan Drama. Fourth graders begin their year with a production of a Shakespearean play, and end with a wide-ranging unit on technical theater. Forth graders study play-writing, and as a capstone to their six year curriculum, write and produce their own five-minute plays.

Science

The purpose and focus of the PS 154 science program is to offer all students ways to understand, make predictions about, and adapt to an increasingly complex scientific and technological world. Students are given opportunities to model scientists’ methods of investigation through a “hands-on” inquiry-based approach that incorporates scientific thinking processes. In order to improve students’ knowledge of science concepts and instruction, we have aligned our program with state and city standards, and are using FOSS, GEMS, STC, and other National Science Foundation supported science kits for instruction in Grades K-5. The school has a full-time science cluster that serves grades K to 5.

Technology

Technology is infused into all curricular areas through the use of in-classroom computers, mobile laptop labs, and an upgraded computer lab. Students have multiple opportunities to use technology to demonstrate and support their learning. The school has a full-time technology cluster, taught by Mr. Do Tran, that serves grades K to 5.

Physical Education

The physical education classes in grades K through 5th grade are using the Physical Best curriculum. This comprehensive health-related fitness program enables students to learn why activity is important, and how it benefits them today and for a lifetime. Emphasizing participation in a wide variety of enjoyable physical activities (traditional sports, non-traditional sports, and various fitness activities). Physical Best promotes individual choice and making connections to real opportunities to remain active for lifelong health and wellness.

Homework

Homework is intended to reinforce instruction and provide additional practice in skills and strategies learned in class. It gives students the opportunity to gather information and solve problems independently and at their own pace, and to develop organizational skills and good work habits. Students are expected to do their best and complete their assignments on time. Parents should supervise and review their children’s assignments nightly. Please discuss any homework questions or concerns with your child’s teacher.

IN-CLASS ENRICHMENTS

Each of our 21 classes at PS 154 receives more than $1500 in funding for in-class enrichments—like dance, chess, and capoeira—from the PTA that change with every grade. Learn more.

Caring School Community

Caring School Community (CSC), is our social and emotional growth curriculum. The program consists of four components. Our children participate in class meetings designed to foster tolerance, cooperation, and kindness. As part of this curriculum, we also have a Buddy program where upper and lower grade classrooms are paired with one another to participate in a variety of fun, community-building activities. Our buddies get to know each other through cooking, art projects, and games. This year, we are launching the Homeside Activities and Schoolwide Community-Building Activities. Homeside Activities will provide an opportunity for parents and other family members to get involved with the values and themes we are focusing on here at school. Schoolwide Community-Building Activities are schoolwide efforts that will develop deeper relationships with each other and the world around us.

The curriculum for CSC comes from the Developmental Studies Center. More information about this program is available on their website.

The DOE Website lists a number of Homework Resources.

Other Core Curriculum Online Resources:

Early Childhood Academics

NYS Learning Standards