Common Core Meets Waldorf Curriculum To Satisfy The Utah State Core Standards in Education

 

 

Comparison chart for each grade’s curriculum

Kindergarten Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Fairy tales from around the world; singing; poetry recitation with emphasis on the oral tradition; upper case alphabet is introduced Cooking; baking; nature stories; nature walks; observations about weather; gardening; understanding of basic needs vs wants Multicultural stories; festivals; foods; understand rules and safety; community formations: school, family, neighborhood; develop social interaction skills with peers The qualities of numbers; sorting and ordering; rhythm counting with movement and song; measuring in baking and cooking; woodworking
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Literary comprehension; vocabulary; naming letters & characteristics of print; rhyming, syllabic and phonemic awareness; use of descriptive language Integration of prior knowledge; classification of objects; identify geographic terms to describe surroundings; observe using senses; sort and record observations from nature; discuss daily weather conditions; observation of different properties of objects; notice and describe how things are built from parts; notice changes in living things Participation in collaborative conversations; asking and answering questions about details in text and classroom; understand responsible behaviors for health and safety; express differences between communities and individuals; follow rules and safe practices in varying settings Counting; quality of numbers related to quantities; matching strategies; representational addition and subtraction; classification; recognition of shapes and relational properties
Assessment Measures First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Finger crocheting; sewing; cutting; pasting; drawing; seasonal crafts; woodworking Introduction to Spanish, through songs and rhymes Drawing; painting; beeswax modeling; drama; singing; percussion instruments; puppetry Circle games; finger games; Eurythmy; jumping rope; climbing; outdoor imaginative play
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Fine motor skills; foundation for concentration, speech and thinking Rhyming; phonemic and syllabic awareness Understanding the role of illustrations in stories; retelling texts; demonstration of comprehension and opinions about texts and experiences; fine motor skills; understanding of unity created through symbols and songs Brain integration; deepening of learning in language arts and mathematics; balance; motor coordination; gross motor skills; observations about different types of movement
Assessment Measures First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment First Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment
Utah Core Competency Example: Kindergarten Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events and the order in which they occurred and provide a reaction to what happened.

    In the Waldorf Kindergarten, a significant part of the curriculum includes the retelling of fairy tales. Teachers will tell stories to the students over many days. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the events in the stories through discussing and reacting to the story’s events as a class, creating artistic representations of elements and characters from the stories, re-enacting the story’s events and the order in which they occur. While students will not likely write their own response to the story, they will dictate a summary or response to the teacher to be transcribed with their artistic work. In addition, regular class discussions will occur around events in the children’s lives, happenings in the classroom, seasons and holidays. For all of these, similar processes of discussion, reaction, retelling, reenacting, dictation, and artistic representations will be used.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, Evaluation of student work, and the First Grade Readiness Assessment.

First Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Pictorial and phonetic introduction to letters; writing; fairy tales from around the world; singing; poetry recitation; form drawing Nature stories; nature walks; observations; gardening; investigation of the natural world Multicultural stories and class and school community building; understanding of responsible behaviors for health and safety Qualities of numbers; introduction of the four operations in arithmetic; mental math processes
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Phonemic awareness; ability to form letter shapes accurately; reading of basic texts; comprehend and answer questions about texts; compose (orally or in writing) opinions, explanations and narratives based on stories told and read; understand sequence and temporal language Forming ecological awareness, developing keen observation skills, attention to detail; understand healthy behaviors; predict possible consequences for actions; observe using senses; sort natural objects; compare and contrast seasonal weather changes Participation in collaborative conversations; ability to ask and answer questions about information; ability to describe with details; follow rules and engage in safe behaviors; understand differences and attributes of schools and neighborhoods and roles of people Understanding of quality of numbers – value, form, representation of tens and ones; ability to solve basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems; determine unknown numbers; counting and sequencing to 120 by 1’s – 12’s
Assessment Measures Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of Student Work Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of Student Work Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of Student Work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Knitting Introduction to Spanish through songs, stories and rhymes, imitation and gesture Form drawing; painting; beeswax modeling; crayon illustrations, drama; singing; pentatonic flute Eurythmy; circle games; imaginative games; movement combined with music and singing; throwing and catching; rhythmic stepping, balancing
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Fine motor skills, concentration, sense of form Phonemic Awareness Utilize drawing and other media to clarify ideas, thoughts and feelings; interpret and analyze stories and topics through art forms, recognition of shapes, ability to draw and reproduce simples shapes; sing a melody independently with accuracy; create simple rhythm Brain integration, deepening of learning in language arts and mathematics; development of manipulative skills; personal and spatial awareness
Assessment Measures Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of Student Work Second Grade Readiness; WWCS Formative Assessment
Utah Core Competency Example: Grade 1 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

    In the Waldorf First Grade, fairy tales and folk talks from around the world are used to teach the language arts curriculum. Stories will be told by teachers, and then students will be asked to recall the events of the stories, details, meaning. Early on in first grade, this recall and retelling will primarily be oral and involve the creation of art work and reenactment, much like in kindergarten. Throughout the year, as reading and writing skills are developed, students will begin to construct simple sentences and write these in their main lesson books. Teachers will guide this work in the earlier months, and by the end of the year, students should be able to compose simple sentences that summarize key events from stories that they have illustrated in their main lesson books. Students will learn and recognize key words that help to signal transitions and sequencing, and be able to use them in their writing.

Second Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Elements of grammar (naming, describing words); beginning cursive; animal fables and legends from around the world; decoding and sight word recognition; building fluency through regular practice (oral and silent reading); comprehension through story recall Gardening and nature studies; weather; day and night; telling time Multicultural stories; lives of inspiring people who affected history; sense of community through expanded and service learning Continue with four operations of arithmetic; story problems; counting by 2, 3, 4, and 5; beginning multiplication tables
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to read and comprehend texts; interpretation of meaning; structure of stories; points of view; comparison and contrast; recognition of vowel sounds and spelling patterns; reading fluency; revision of writing and use of correct grammatical structure Comparison and contrast; ability to recount events and write informatively; understanding of how to tell time and the value of days and weeks; ability to make observations of natural phenomena using senses Relation of historical concepts; collaboration with peers; retelling of stories and facts with clarity; understanding of various cultural heritages and customs; describe characteristics of good citizenship through the example of historic figures; participate in a local civic activity Solve multi-step word problems; mastery of skip counting by 1-12; understanding and mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; understanding of place value to 1000
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Knitting patterns of knit and purl Introduction to Spanish, through songs and rhymes Form drawing; painting; beeswax modeling; singing; pentatonic flute, drama Eurythmy; circle games; imaginative games; fine and gross motor activities; activities with props (balls, hoops, etc.) and exploration of the dynamics of objects
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Pattern recognition and perpetuation; concentration; fine motor skill development Rhyming; phonemic awareness Use of images to clarify texts; recognition and drawing of shapes; create works of art using secondary and tertiary colors; develop consistency and rhythmic accuracy of body percussion and instrument playing Balance; coordination; integration of learning; ability for physical exertions; demonstrate movements that expand physical skills while demonstrating personal and spatial awareness
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Utah Core Competency Example: Grade 2 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order and provide a sense of closure.

      In the Waldorf Second Grade, fables, legends, and stories of inspiring people are told in the language arts and social studies curriculum. Students continue to work with these stories through discussion , re-telling, re-enacting, and artistic expressions. These stories provide an excellent means to examine the thoughts, actions, and feelings of various characters, and for students to begin to express their own thoughts and feelings in relation to the material. In the second grade, students continue to compose and illustrate these stories in their main lesson books. Teachers encourage the use of details to demonstrate a deep understanding of the material. Teachers begin to introduce parts of speech and grammar by discussing “describing” and “naming” words. Students are encouraged to use and identify these types of words in their own writing. Story recall (both oral and in writing) is used to test comprehension.
    Similarly, students continue to deepen these detailed writing recounting skills as they write about their scientific observations about weather and day and night. They also write in their main lesson books about mathematics-based stories of increasing complexity and utilizing multiple processes. The presentation of math story problems in practice periods and through mental math each morning, provides a reinforcement for skills related to sequencing and attention to detail.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment and Evaluation of student work.

Third Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Elements of grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives); continuing cursive; punctuation; spelling; compositions; stories from ancient history; decoding and sight word recognition; building fluency through regular practice (oral and silent reading); comprehension
through story recall
Continuation of garden and nature studies; study of textiles; effects of various forces on objects through shelter-building; healthy
lifestyles in conjunction with Cooperative Campus
Study of practical life (farming, housing, clothing); stories from ancient history; sense of community through extended learning opportunities and service learning; relation between early human settlements and geography features; beginning of discussion of ecosystems and environmental modifications within the context of ancient stories Higher multiplication tables; division; weight, measure, money and time; review of all four processes; multiplication; problem solving; place value to 10,000s; estimating; mental math; word problems
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to fluently read and comprehend a variety of texts (including poems) and interpret meaning; spelling and vocabulary development; distinction between literal and nonliteral language; parts of stories and poems; revision of writing and use of correct grammatical structure; identification of prefixes and suffixes Classification of living and non-living things; sources of various natural products; understanding of effects of forces – gravity, wind; experience with sun and heat; descriptions of relationships of events with time sequence and cause and effect Distinguishing own point of view from author or teller of story; ability to write clearly with reasoning for opinions; use of context to determine meaning of words; beginning of understanding of ecosystems and human settlement; understanding of elements of culture, including stories, music, art, celebrations Representation of and mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division concepts; ability to interpret products and quotients as representations of groups of objects; ability to solve for unknown values in number sentences; identification of arithmetic patterns; demonstrate understanding of weight, measurement, money and time; draw and read scaled graphs
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; DIEBLS; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Crocheting (mathematical patterns, working in the round) Continuing foreign language study with oral dialogue, dramatization, songs, games and simple written work Form drawing; painting; beeswax modeling; singing; drama; introduction to the recorder and violin Balance, running and chasing games, song and movement
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Pattern recognition and perpetuation; concentration; fine motor skill development Rhyming; phonemic awareness Use of images to clarify texts and convey meaning; appreciation of arts related to cultures studied Balance; coordination; following rules; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance; integration of learning
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Utah Core Competency Example: Grade 3 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences: (a) establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally (b) use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use temporal words and phrases to signal event order and (d) provide a sense of closure.

    In the Waldorf Third Grade, students study and write compositions on a variety of topics. Teachers continue to present grammar including parts of speech and punctuation and other conventions. Students are encouraged to begin utilizing these conventions in their writing. In addition, students write from a variety of perspectives, both as narrators, as first-person characters, and as analytic observers of events. The third grade story curriculum involves ancient Hebrew stories. The increasing complexity of the relationships and events provides excellent material for students to develop their ability to write in a way that organizes the event sequence in a naturally unfolding manner. Students begin to write these stories using dialogue and more complicated accounts of events. Further, the students have the opportunity to write many original stories and compositions based on their other studies. Students study practical life, such as farming, textiles, shelter building, and gardening. Students will write essays, first-person stories placing themselves in a historic time period or situation, and instructions on how-to do various tasks, all of which further develop these writing competencies. In relation to the practical life studies, students also study the history and practical use of weights and measurements in mathematics. They will write stories in their main lesson books about how and why standards for measurement were developed utilizing various narrative techniques.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, and the Utah SAGE tests.

Fourth Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Elements of grammar; parts of speech; continuing cursive; punctuation; writing well structured paragraphs; book reports; expository writing, creative writing, narratives; class play; building fluency through regular reading practice; sight word recognition, high frequency words; prefixes and suffixes; spelling and vocabulary development; Norse mythology Zoology; continuation of garden and nature studies; water cycle, geology and weather in connection with local geography; Utah ecosystems, including common animals and their adaptations State and local history; state and local geography and map making; understanding of symbols and landmarks; sense of community through extended learning opportunities and service learning Review four processes; advanced multiplication; long division; place value to millions, simple graphs; averaging; perimeter, area and volume; factoring; estimating; rounding; word problems; mental math; introduction to fractions
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to fluently read and comprehend and summarize a variety of texts (including poems) and interpret meaning; spelling and vocabulary development; discern themes and inferences from details in texts; understand differences between genres of text and points of view; plan, revise, and edit writing over time; identification of prefixes and suffixes; compare and contrast thematic elements of texts from varying cultures Determine the meaning of academic or scientific terms in a text; write informative and explanatory texts to examine a topic; conduct short research projects; draw from informational texts for research; understanding of local weather patterns and water resources; knowledge about classifications and attributes of animals, including local animals and their adaptation to the environment Be able to compare and contrast first and second hand accounts of the same event; interpret information presented visually and explain how it relates to the text in which appears; ability to write and orally deliver narratives with clear context and insight into a sequence of events; recognize different features of maps Mastery of advanced multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to work with fractions in number and multi-step word problems; ability to find factor pairs for numbers up to 100; working understanding of relationship between place and value; identification of arithmetic patterns; demonstrate ability to solve word problems involving time, distance, volume mass, and money; understanding of conversion of measurement units; area and perimeter formulas; draw and read scaled graphs
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Cross-stitch, mirror image/symmetry Continuing foreign language instruction with workbooks, writing/recording orally-learned material, basic grammatical principles, tongue twisters Form drawing; painting; singing; drama; recorder; violin; introduction to reading and writing music Field games, balance, games involving trickery and strategy; games exploring movement of animals
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Pattern recognition and perpetuation; concentration; fine motor skill development Ability for basic communication in foreign language and emerging capacity to write in the language Appreciation of various art forms and ability to reflect on elements; ability for self-expression in art; use of varied and new art materials and techniques Balance; coordination; following rules; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance; integration of learning; practice of appropriate risk taking
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Utah Core Competency Example: Grade 4 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences: (a) orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally (b) use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events (d) use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely and (e) provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences and events.

    In the Waldorf Fourth Grade, students continue to build on their writing skills through learning and writing about Norse mythology, state and local history, and regularly composing book reports. Teachers present more grammatical concepts, the essential elements in constructing paragraphs and essays, and increasing vocabulary. These skills further the students’ ability to utilize a variety of transitional words and techniques to orient the readers of their compositions. Students will continue to write from a variety of perspectives, as both the narrator and in the first-person. In mathematics, students are beginning to study fractions, and will often write problem solving stories using fractions that require significant details and the use of concrete words. Students also begin a regular study of creative writing, which is reinforced by the assignment of extra-curricular reading and book reports. Through creative writing assignments, students hone their skills in description, dialogue, creating a natural progression of events, and cuing the reader to place, time and characters.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, and the Utah SAGE tests.

Fifth Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Elements of grammar; spelling; punctuation; compositions; Greek myths Botany; introduction to inductive method; continuation of gardening and nature studies Ancient civilizations through Greek times; American geography as related to vegetation, agriculture, culture and economics Decimals; fractions; percentages; metric system; negative numbers; introduction to geometry; free-hand geometric drawing
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to identify themes and accurately quote from a text; structure of writing (including Greek plays); influence of point of view in description of events in text; comparison and contrasting of stories in a genre; read and comprehend literature; identify “domain-specific” word in text; ability to use narrative techniques such a dialogue; editing and implementing correct grammar, such as appropriate verb tense and punctuation Determine the meaning of academic or scientific terms in a text; write informative and explanatory texts to examine a topic; conduct short research projects; draw from informational texts for research; observation of chemical and physical changes in botany; study of plant characteristics that lead to survival in various environments Understanding of cultural and ecological differences between parts of the United States as related to early settlers; contributions and culture of Native Americans; varying degrees of freedom held by different groups in American culture; understand how ancient civilizations developed and how they contributed to the current state of the world; understand how ancient civilizations created technology, tools, and adapted to meet needs Express whole numbers as product of prime factors; form ordered pairs and graph; identify patterns in multiplication and in the placement of decimal points; work with decimals to the thousandths; fluent multiplication of whole multi-digit numbers; add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators; word problems with fractions and decimals; find area and perimeter of shapes; ability to interpret multiplication as scaling; solve real world problems using all four processes, fractions and decimals; measurement conversion
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Knitting socks using four needles; Woodworking with convex Surfaces: carved egg, buttons and beads, chopsticks, animal cut-outs Continuing instruction in a foreign language with further bookwork and grammar, cultural appreciation, poetry, beginning reading Calligraphy; painting; clay modeling; woodworking; drama, singing; recorder; choir; instrumental ensemble Games exploring strength and strategy; games with multiple props; games with team goals
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to use basic woodworking tools with accuracy and safety; concentration; fine motor skill development; creation of useful objects; perseverance and grit Ability for basic communication in foreign language and emerging capacity to write in the language; ability to read basic texts in foreign language Ability to predict the process and techniques needed to create works of art; appreciation of various art forms and ability to reflect on elements; ability for self-expression in art; use of varied and new art materials and techniques Teamwork, cooperation and leadership skills; ability to use tactics and strategies in games; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Utah Core Competency Example: Grade 5 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences: (a) orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally (b) use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description and pacing to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events (d) use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely and (e) provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences and events.

    In the Waldorf Fifth Grade, students continue to develop writing skills as they study the dawn of western civilization. Through these stories the students being to see and appreciate how different cultures viewed themselves in relation to the world. They continue these studies though examining Greek mythology and epic stories. The teacher’s vivid retelling of these accounts provides an example and demonstration of pacing and other more advanced narrative techniques that students then employ in their own writing about these events. In addition, to the many types of writing students have previously practiced, fifth grade students can begin to explore the use of dialogue and pacing through helping write and act out a class play based on these epic stories. Student work in art and music furthers their expression and deepens their understanding of the time periods and cultures studied.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, DWA, and the Utah SAGE tests.

Sixth Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Dictation; composition; spelling; Latin and Greek roots, etymology; biographies; mythological literature; drama Mineralogy; introduction to physics: acoustics, electricity, magnetism, optics, heat; geocentric astronomy Roman and Medieval history; projects and reports; European, Middle Eastern, and Asian geography Introduction to Algebra; ratios; proportions; geometric formula and drawing with instruments; continuation of fractions, percentages, decimals; Business math
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Provide summaries of text which are distinct from personal opinions; identify ways of creating point of view; read and comprehend literature at appropriate proficiency level; compare and contrast different authors’ presentations of events; read literary non-fiction; write arguments to support claims with clear evidence; establish and maintain formal writing style; use or thesis statement; use of precise details to convey events; use of common grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to word meaning; distinguish the connotation of words with similar denotations Understanding of Earth rotation, moon phases, and other components of the solar system; understanding of tilt of Earth and orbit and relation to seasons; understanding of heat, light and optics, acoustics, magnetism, and electricity; understanding of rock formation and types of rocks and minerals; erosions, weathering, fossils, volcanoes and other geologic processes Understand the role religion has played in human history throughout time; explain the ways that modern governmental structures are reflected in ancient civilization’s systems of power; understand the transformation of culture through middle ages, including the importance of religion and art; identify movements towards governmental self-rule Understand the concept of ratios and use ratio language to describe relationships; ability to divide and multiply fractions and multi-digit decimals; understanding of positive and negative numbers; basic accounting terms and functions; understanding of absolute value; ability to solve real world mathematical problems; use of graphing points and coordinates; ability to solve one variable equations; ability to find the area of triangles and other special quadrilaterals and polygons
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Hand sewing three-dimensional animals with gussets, pattern making; Concavity and Construction: spoon, letter opener, jointed toy Continuing foreign language study with grammar work, historical and cultural studies, poetry, music, plays; Introduction of Second foreign language Calligraphy; painting; clay modeling; mosaics; drama; choir; recorder; instrumental ensemble Introduction to competitive games; more formal movement skills; complex strategy; calisthenics
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to use basic woodworking tools with accuracy and safety; concentration; fine motor skill development; creation of useful objects; perseverance and grit; spatial awareness in the creation of patterns Ability for communication in foreign language and emerging capacity to write in the language; ability to read texts in foreign language; Beginning auditory comprehension of second foreign language Ability to perform music and hold one’s part in tune; sight-reading of short melodic patterns; precision in art work; ability to use shading and shadow in art work; beginning of dimensional and perspective drawing; use of varied and new art materials and techniques Teamwork, cooperation and leadership skills; ability to use tactics and strategies in games; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance; ability to follow and respect game rules
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Grade 6 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences: (a) engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically (b) use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing and description to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one timeframe or setting to another (d) use precise words and phrases and relevant descriptive details and sensory language to convey experiences and events and (e) provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences and events.

    In the Waldorf Sixth Grade, students transition from the world of mythology into history. They begin with Roman mythology and move into Roman history and medieval history. This transition provides an opportunity to hone their skills in signaling shifts in timeframe and setting as they write about these stories and events. The poems and literature studied further emulate these various narrative techniques as students begin to read the prose of Shakespeare, the writings of Aristotle, and the legends of King Arthur. Students are introduced in this year to more advanced research skills and conventions, such as citations and bibliographies, and begin to use them in drafting essays, compositions, and creative works. Students study physics, astronomy and mineralogy in the sixth grade. These scientific studies provide an avenue for introducing the conventions of scientific writing and allow for practice in the use of precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details and sensory language to convey their personal observations and experiences with scientific experiments and phenomena.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, DWA, and the Utah SAGE tests.

Seventh Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Creative writing; grammatical mechanics; critical thinking through study of literature and informational texts Physics: mechanics; physiology: circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems; helio-centric astronomy; introduction to chemistry End of Middle Ages; Age of exploration; the Renaissance; Projects and oral reports; Geography of North and South America & Africa Algebra; mathematical thinking/theory; geometry proofs; introduction to mathematical uses of technology (using technology to analyze and present mathematical information)
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Determine a theme of a text, analyze its development in the text and provide summaries of text; read literary non-fiction; cite textual evidence to support analysis of text’s explicit and inferred meaning; establish and maintain formal writing style; analyze the use of rhyme, repetition of sound, form and structure and other devices contribute to meaning in poetry and other literature; ability to write arguments with supportive evidence and acknowledge other points of view / claims Understanding structure of matter and characteristics of matter in different states; observe and describe cellular functions, organ and tissues and systems within the body; ability to classify and categorize; basic understanding of human physiology; deepened understanding of physics, including electricity and mechanics Understand the culture through middle ages and renaissance, including the importance of religion and art; identify movements towards governmental self-rule; explain the renaissance as a rebirth of cultural and intellectual pursuits and how they were enabled by technological and scientific development; identify leading renaissance artists and thinkers and their contributions; articulate the reasons for and effects of the age of exploration, colonization, and the beginnings of global trade Compute unit rates using ratios; represent addition and subtraction using graphs and diagrams; ability to solve algebraic equations; convert rational numbers to decimals; ability to solve real-world mathematical problems using positive and negative rational numbers; solve problems involving scale drawing of geometric figures; construction of geometric shapes; solve geometric problems using area and circumference of circle; solve geometric proofs; beginning understanding of statistical data
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Hand sewing, embroidery; May include bowl, metal-working, tool- making Continuing foreign language with reading and writing, grammatical study and language structure, and historical and cultural study; beginning writing in second foreign language Continuing music and drama; visual arts may include art history; calligraphy; clay modeling; perspective drawing; principles of drawing (negative space, texture, etc.); painting; soapstone carving Team games and team building, trust building games, complex strategy
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to use metal working tools with accuracy and safety; concentration; fine motor skill development; creation of useful objects; Initiation and Precision; perseverance and grit Ability for communication in foreign language and capacity to write in the language; ability to read texts in foreign language; Comprehension and ability for basic speech in second foreign language Ability to perform music and hold one’s part in tune; sight-reading music; precision in art work; ability to use shading and shadow in art work; beginning of dimensional and perspective drawing; understanding and appreciation of art history Teamwork, cooperation and leadership skills; ability to use tactics and strategies in games; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance; ability to follow and respect game rules
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Grade 7 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences: (a) engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view ad introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically (b) use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing and description to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one timeframe or setting to another (d) use precise words and phrases and relevant descriptive details and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events and (e) provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences and events.

    In the Waldorf Seventh Grade, creative writing figures prominently. Students spend an entire main lesson block on writing, entitled “Wish, Wonder and Surprise.” This is an opportunity to engage in significantly more first person writing as students use various formats and styles to convey their thoughts and feelings and reflections on various topics. In addition, students are regularly asked to reflect on the material they are studying about the Age of Exploration and the Renaissance through reading literature and biographies and writing about them from various points of view. Students begin to engage in more critical and analytical evaluation of the historical events and contexts that they are studying and writing about. As in earlier grades, these studies are deepened through musical, dramatic, and artistic explorations of the various time periods and events. Students continue to refine their writing skills in writing about scientific topics, including physics, mechanics, physiology, and chemistry.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, and the Utah SAGE tests.

Eighth Grade Curriculum: Content, Objectives, Skills & Assessments

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Subject Content Language Arts Science History and Social Studies Math
Description of Waldorf Content Composition: essays, research reports, short stories, poetry; short stories, poetry, Shakespearean drama Physics; organic chemistry; human anatomy (muscles, bones, ears, eyes) The Age of Revolutions; American History; The Twentieth Century Liberation Movements throughout the World; research reports; Asian geography including India, Indonesia, Australia Continue Algebra; geometry; practical. technological, and scientific applications of mathematics
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Determine a theme of a text, analyze its development in the text and provide summaries of text; read literary non-fiction; cite textual evidence to support analysis of text’s explicit and inferred meaning; establish and maintain formal writing style; analyze the use of rhyme, repetition of sound, form and structure and other devices contribute to meaning in poetry and other literature; ability to write arguments with supportive evidence and acknowledge other points of view / claims Understanding structure of matter and characteristics of matter in different states; observe and describe cellular functions, organ and tissues and systems within the body; ability to classify and categorize; basic understanding of human anatomy; deepened understanding of physics; understanding of organic chemistry Understanding of modern history including the freedoms experienced by different groups over time; understanding of US political system and its origins; understand events that led to the American and other revolutions around the world; understand the contributions of various social groups throughout modern history Understanding of binary system; construction of five platonic solids; ability to solve complex algebraic equations; ability to prove complex geometric theorems; ability to solve real world mathematical problems involving volume
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; SAGE; Evaluation of student work
Subject Content Handwork Foreign Language Visual and Performing Arts Movement / Physical Education
Description of Waldorf Content Developing authority and mastery of skills in woodworking: may include creating a bench, chair or stool, relief carving, a box, dug-out canoe, and/or a gift to the school; machine sewing Continuing foreign language instruction with review and consolidation, re-telling stories, acting out dramas and plays, music and poetry, modern culture Drawing; clay modeling; painting; portraiture; choir; recorder; instrumental ensemble, Shakespearean drama Team games and team building, trust building games, complex strategy
Utah Core Skills Taught / Objectives Ability to use tools with accuracy and safety; concentration; fine motor skill development; creation of useful objects; Initiation and Precision; perseverance and grit Ability for communication in foreign language and capacity to write in the language; ability to read texts in foreign language Ability to perform music and hold one’s part in tune; sight-reading music; precision in art work; ability to use shading and shadow in art work; beginning of dimensional and perspective drawing; understanding and appreciation of art history Teamwork, cooperation and leadership skills; ability to use tactics and strategies in games; cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance; ability to follow and respect game rules
Assessment Measures WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work WWCS Formative Assessment; Evaluation of student work
Grade 8 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Grade 8 Utah Core Writing Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences: (a) engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view ad introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically (b) use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing and description to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations (c) use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one timeframe or setting to another and show the relationships among experiences and events (d) use precise words and phrases and relevant descriptive details and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events and (e) provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences and events.

    In the Waldorf Eighth Grade, students begin to compare similar historic events and circumstances in history, including the study of revolutions and current events. This provides a context for more comparative writing and for creative writing that connects various events with a common theme. These skills which have built over the years, now coalesce into more advanced and fuller expression as students study and write short stories, poetry, research reports, and essays. By the eighth grade, students will have a profound and rich understanding of language and the formats and conventions of various genres and styles of writing. They will be able to call upon a depth of stories and historical experiences to inform their own writing, and be able to effectively convey meaning, tone, and themes in their written works.

Assessment of writing skills being developed will occur through the WWCS Formative Assessment, evaluation of student work, DWA, and the Utah SAGE tests.