• Chairperson: Mr. Antonio S.Caruso
    Building: NASH 
    Phone: 724-934-7200, extension 7461

     
    Elementary Curriculum Overview

    Harcourt's StoryTown is our K-5 reading /language arts program. With surprises around every corner and adventure just down the street, you'll find StoryTown is a great place to read. 
     
    StoryTown is filled with a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature. Fiction offerings include narratives, poems, plays, and fantasy while nonfiction features contemporary news articles, biographies, research material, and more.  Program authors Dr. Isabel Beck and Dr. Margaret McKeown create a rich verbal environment through carefully selected words, student-friendly explanations, and meaningful learning activities.
     
    Program Highlights
     
    2+2, Then Review
    Two weeks of instruction focuses on one key skill and strategy + two weeks focusing on an additional skill and strategy, then one week of review to provide a clear instructional path.
    Robust Vocabulary
    Storytown enriches robust vocabulary instruction by having students demonstrate knowledge of word meaning, extend meanings of words in context, and use word relationships to determine meaning.
     
    Kindergarten Focus
     
    Kindergarten students in North Allegheny use the Harcourt Reading Series for Language Arts instruction.  Kindergarten LanguageEnglish Language Arts instruction is centered around reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Lessons in kindergarten focus on phonemic awareness activities, phonics instruction, reading, and writing.  The concepts taught in kindergarten are the foundation for reading and writing that students will use in school and beyond.  Students will learn and practice many important skills such as: letter and sound recognition, sight word recognition, blending, segmenting, reading texts, and journal writing. 
     

    First Grade Focus

    The foundation of the Harcourt Storytown program is high-quality children’s literature and informational texts which expose students to a variety of genres.  The program focuses on explicit, systematic instruction with a spiraled review of key skills.  Skills are areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar.   In addition, a series of leveled activities and resource materials meet the varied needs of learners.    Assessments include both formal and informal tests.  These tests ensure mastery or diagnosis of reading difficulties throughout the year.

    Second Grade Focus
         
     
    The foundation of the program is high-quality children’s literature and informational texts which expose students to a variety of genres.   The program prioritizes and sequences essential skills and strategies into a clear, organized model for instruction.  The program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and spelling.   Following instruction, the second grade program provides ample practice and application of these skills, using a variety of meaningful tools and activities suited to different types of learners and classroom settings to reinforce instruction and learning.

     

    Skills and concepts are introduced, reviewed, tested, and, if need be, retaught to provide students with clear, comprehensive instruction.  The assessment program includes both formal and informal assessments to ensure mastery or diagnosis of reading difficulties throughout the year.
     
    Third Grade Focus
     
    Third Grade Language Arts is based on high-quality children’s literature, as well as informational texts.  Students are exposed to a variety of genres that prioritizes and sequences essential skills and strategies into a clear, organized model for learning.  This program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing. A variety of tools and activities provide ample practice and application of skills for success to meet the needs of a wide range of learners.
     
    Fourth Grade Focus
     
    The program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and spelling.  The fourth grade program provides ample practice and application of these skills, using a variety of meaningful tools and activities suited to different types of learners and classroom settings to reinforce instruction and learning.  The writing component of this program is rich and includes a variety of assignments where students will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their writing skills.   The assessment program includes both formal and informal assessments to ensure mastery or diagnosis of reading difficulties throughout the year.
     
    Fifth Grade Focus
     
    The program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and spelling.  The fifth grade program provides ample practice and application of these skills, using a variety of meaningful tools and activities suited to different types of learners and classroom settings to reinforce instruction and learning.  The writing component of this program is rich and includes a variety of assignments where students will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their writing skills.   The assessment program includes both formal and informal assessments to ensure mastery or diagnosis of reading difficulties throughout the year.