1st Grade: Patterns
2nd Grade: Changes
The curriculum for each grade level is multidisciplinary--i.e. students will study the theme through all four core subjects, as well as technology and the arts.
Students will also learn and use Sandra Kaplan's 11 icons of Depth and Complexity as they apply to various lessons throughout 1st and 2nd grades.
In 1st grade, students study patterns in various units such as literature, abstract art, the body, cycles, graphs, economics, government, patriotic symbols, citizenship, biographies, science, nature, habitats, and animals (TPSP).
In 2nd grade, units of study on changes include: the self; art and architecture; mythology, folktales, and fairy tales; honesty and courage through literature; civilization; civil and human rights; inventions and technological progress; communication; exploration; science; and biographies (TPSP).
Texas Performance Standards Project
The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented (G/T) students. The TPSP provides a coherent package of standards, curriculum, and assessments for use in G/T programs from kindergarten through high school.
The goal of the TPSP is to provide the opportunity for G/T students to create professional quality work in alignment with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
At each grade level, the TPSP provides guidelines for independent learning experiences and research projects. The projects, or “tasks,” are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and focus on the foundation content areas of English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies with interdisciplinary connections. More information can be found at www.texaspsp.org.
In 2nd grade, we do the project entitled "Who's Who: A Study of Biography" in mid-Spring. First graders will complete "Animal Nation" in late Spring.