Elementary instruction is based on the US Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts, and AERO standards for Art, Social Studies, and Science.

Elementary teachers vary learning experiences based on the principles of active learning, student centered learning, and real world problem solving. Our lessons are planned with the child’s development and understanding in mind. We believe that the best learning happens with personal discovery and experimentation, with the child leading in his/her own learning.

Our goal is to nurture the whole child and thus we do not stop at teaching to standards. We also integrate teaching and learning focused on developing behaviors and attitudes that lead to success in daily work. Our Expected Student Learner Outcomes (ESLRs) based on the IB Learner Profile are embedded in the day-to-day experiences of students. Our teaching approach is aligned with IB PYP principles.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats


Curriculum Resources include –

Language Arts

Literacy by Design, Spelling Connections, online RAZ Kids, and teacher chosen supplementary resources

Mathematics

Everyday Math, Common Core based supplementary resources, and online web-based math practice

Science

Harcourt HSP, and supplementary texts and learning resources that includes experiments, videos, cooking, nature walks, field trips, and animals and their care in the classroom.

Social Studies

Teachers use a variety of text and web-based resources that match with grade level content standards focusing on family life, community, host country, and the world.

Kindergarten and first grade establish the foundation for every  child’s learning adventure.  

 

Our program is founded on American education standards and designed to help students develop the skills and habits which will lead them to success throughout their academic careers. The homeroom is the place to learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Lessons are designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners, and students have the opportunity to access and share knowledge in a variety of ways to ensure that they fully understand the material. Students also learn the social skills and expectations which are necessary to live, play and work in harmony with those around them.

With specialist Music, Art and PE teachers, weekly visits to the library and computer lab and regular field trips to explore the community around them GIFS Kindergarten students are valued and productive members of the school community.

Grade 2
In Second grade, students study four core subjects in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Language Arts, both reading and writing, are taught through the Literacy By Design series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Spelling is explored through the Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connection. Students are engaged through student driven projects, personal interests and a reading/writing workshop approach. Math is studied through Everyday Mathematics by McGraw Hill, and Science through Hartcourt HSP Science. Each of the textbooks is full of hands on activities so students experience what they are learning.

Core subject competencies are measured both in the Fall and Spring through the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) standardized test. Competencies are also measured through DIBELS for reading comprehension, and Everyday Math cumulative exams. The exam data is used to drive teaching and learning. Our focus is to assure that each student meets the common core standards in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies while becoming critical thinkers and achieving at higher levels.

Student learning is balanced in all areas as the children also enjoy electives and extracurricular activities. The Second graders enjoy Art, Physical education, Music, and Drama. Weekly computer lab and library visits enhance student learning. Furthermore, sports, music training, and various clubs are offered after school. Field trips add extra fun and exposure to the Korean culture and to make real life connections to the curriculum.

Our students learn in a warm expeditionary learning environment with frequent trips outside of the classroom. Without any doubt, learning is fun. Throughout GIFS, students and staff comprise a diverse learning community currently from many nations including Norway, U.S.A, The U.K, The Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and of course South Korea! We hope you join us and help grow our learning community!

Grade 3
In Third grade, students study four core subjects in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Language Arts, both reading and writing, are taught through the Literacy By Design series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Spelling is explored through the Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connection. Students are engaged through student driven projects, personal interests and a reading/writing workshop approach. Math is studied through Everyday Mathematics by McGraw Hill, and Science through Harcourt HSP Science. Each of the textbooks is full of hands on activities so students experience what they are learning.

Core subject competencies are measured both in the Fall and Spring through the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) standardized test. Competencies are also measured through DIBELS for reading comprehension, and Everyday Math cumulative exams. The exam data is used to drive teaching and learning. Our focus is to assure that each student meets the common core standards in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies while becoming critical thinkers and achieving at higher levels.

Student learning is balanced in all areas as the children also enjoy electives and extracurricular activities. The Third graders enjoy Art, Physical education, Music, and Drama. Weekly computer lab and library visits enhance student learning. Furthermore, sports, music training, and various clubs are offered after school. Field trips add extra fun and exposure to the Korean culture and to make real life connections to the curriculum.

As in other elementary classrooms, our students learn in a warm expeditionary learning environment with frequent trips outside of the classroom. Without any doubt, learning is fun. Throughout GIFS, students and staff comprise a diverse learning community currently from many nations including Norway, U.S.A, The U.K, The Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and of course South Korea! We hope you join us and help grow our learning community!

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