GIFTED MIXED-LEVEL SELF-CONTAINED

Description of Mixed Level Self-Contained Tier

  • This self-contained tier has multi-leveled classes. Service in the Self-Contained tier consists of one self-contained combined 3rd/4th grade class, one self-contained combined 5th/6th grade class, and one self-contained combined 7th/8th grade class. Each of these classes has no more than thirteen students from either grade level (class maximum of 26). These students are drawn from those identified by screening for the gifted program and are the top students at each grade level. Both mixed-level self-contained elementary classrooms are housed at Kennedy Middle Grade School while the seventh/eighth grade classroom is housed at the Kankakee Junior High School. Parents of the mixed-level identified students have the option of placing their student in the mixed-level self-contained tier of the program or the grade-level self-contained or having him/her remain in the with-in class cluster group tier.

  • Students qualify for this program at the close of their second grade year, enter in their third grade year, and remain in the program through eighth grade, unless leaving by parent/teacher/student choice. Students, new to the district during the school year, are tested and considered for placement if all qualifications are met and space is available. New students who qualify for the self-contained class will be placed in the with-in class cluster group until space comes available. If an opening should become available, the next student on the matrix is offered a position.

  • Curriculum is accelerated, at least 1- 2 years, in all subject areas. This instruction is multi-disciplinary and is given by their classroom teacher. Projects and tasks involving higher order thinking skills are built in all units of study. Students also participate in PE, Music and Art. Band, Orchestra and choir are available starting at 5th grade.


Curriculum

Curriculum is in a two-year revolving cycle.

EVEN YEAR (even to odd year)

 

3RD & 4TH GRADE

5TH & 6TH GRADE

7TH & 8TH GRADE

READING

A collection of 9 novels from a variety of genres. A collection of 10 novels from a variety of genres. A collection of 9 novels from a variety of genres.

ENGLISH

Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing, Research Paper(s)

SOCIAL STUDIES

Early Civilization to Civil War World History
 (Stone Age - Current)
US HISTORY 
Ancient Civ. and The Discovery of America (up to 1600)/Three Worlds Meet to Civil War & Reconstruction (1850-1905)

MATH

3rd grade
EveryDay Math 
(4th gr. lv.)
4th grade
EveryDay Math 
(5th gr. lv.)
5th grade
EveryDay Math 
(6th gr. lv.)
6th grade
Pre-Algebra
Geometry
(High School Geometry Honors)

SCIENCE

Properties of Matter, Magnets, Electricity, Earth's Land Resources, Recycling, Animals (Adaptations/ Classification), Light & Sound, Scientific Method Invertebrates, Land & Water Biomes, Simple Machines, Natural Disasters, Light & Sound, Energy Sources & Recycling Earth & Life Sciences

 

ODD YEAR (odd to even year) 

 

3RD & 4TH GRADE

5TH & 6TH GRADE

7TH & 8TH GRADE

READING

A collection of 9 novels from a variety of genres. A collection of 10 novels from a variety of genres. A collection of 9 novels from a variety of genres.

ENGLISH

Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing Grammar, Persuasive, Expository, & Narrative Writing, 
Research Paper(s)

SOCIAL STUDIES

United States Regions,
Pioneers to Depression
US History
(Civil War Era - Current)
US HISTORY
Civil War Reconstruction,
Constitution to Present

MATH

3rd grade
 EveryDay Math 
(4th gr. lv.)
4th grade
EveryDay Math
 5th gr. lv.)
5th grade 
EveryDay Math
(6th gr. lv.)
6th grade
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
(High School 
Algebra 1 Honors)

SCIENCE

Plants, Biomes, Simple Machines/Forces, Weather/ Climate, Solar System, Body Systems (Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous, Digestive), Scientific Method, Science Fair Vertebrates, Space, Pre-Chemistry, Inventions/ Inventors, Body Systems, Earth Science, Energy Conservation, Scientific Method, Science Fair Chemistry & Physics
 
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