Academics

Reading
Math
Writing
Science
Social Studies
Dance
Health and Physical Education
Social Skills and Anti-Bullying
Technology
Instrumental Music
Advanced Learning/Spectrum

Reading


Wing Luke uses the Readers Workshop model in classrooms at all grade levels. Students learn how to pick books that are 'Just Right' for their independent reading level – books that keep them growing and learning while they enjoy the reading process. Students learn and practice a specific reading skill during mini-lessons, spend approximately 30 minutes reading their 'Just Right' books, and share how they applied the mini-lesson to their reading. Students are exposed to a wide variety of children’s literature and nonfiction writing at the appropriate level. Phonics instruction, fluency, comprehension, and higher level thinking skills are built into our literacy program at all grades. Students keep reading logs in order to track their own progress, and teachers target specific comprehension skills during Read-Aloud.  Reading skills are supported with online programs such as Starfall, Headsprout, Read Naturally, and Study Island.

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Math


Ensuring that all students attain math proficiency is a high priority at Wing Luke. Students receive a balanced program of instruction in computation skills and problem solving. Wing Luke uses the Everyday Mathematics curriculum, which includes computation and number sense, place value, problem-solving, geometry, probability, and algebra / numeric patterns. Progress is monitored frequently through classroom observation and written tests as well as the MAP test. Math instruction is supported by engaging math games to reinforce skills, with enriched math experiences available after school through Math and Chess Clubs. Mathematic skills are supported with online programs such as Xtramath, Dreambox, Study Island, and Khanacademy.

 

Science


Wing Luke teachers use science units from the National Science Foundation. This inquiry-based science education emphasizes hands-on experiences, observation, collection of data through experimental methods, and writing conclusions. Our students explore a wide variety of topics from organisms, weather, sound, electrical circuitry, and food chemistry to ecosystems. Find your students' grade level science kit.

Writing


Wing Luke uses the Writers Workshop model in classrooms at all grade levels. Writers Workshop focuses on providing time for students to write. Students learn specific writing strategies during a mini-lesson, write independently for at least 20 minutes, and then have time to share their writing. Students learn the five steps of the writing process: idea gathering, writing a first draft, revising, editing, and publishing. Teachers guide students to an understanding of writing in different genres and for various purposes, and classrooms make time to appreciate students’ published writing with classroom celebrations and the school-wide Young Authors Celebration held each May.

Dance


Wing Luke Elementary School offers a Dance program for all students, kindergarten through 5th grade. Students develop movement skills, practice collaborative problem-solving, learn dances from many cultures, and choreograph dances to express ideas from the classroom. The curriculum meets all state standards for Dance and the arts. At the end of each year, students present an all-school, end-of-year performance. For more information, check out the Dance Program video, with excerpts from our 2010-11 End-of-Year Performance.

Health & Physical Education


Wing Luke is committed to providing a quality Physical Education program that builds knowledge, fitness, movement skills, social well-being, and confidence, so all students can enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.

Social Studies


Social Studies are integrated into classrooms in a variety of ways:  Kindergarten teachers use Guided Language Acquisition Design (G.L.A.D.) units to foster oral language and vocabulary development on topics such as farm life, holidays, and beaches; 1st and 2nd grade classrooms focus on social skills introduced through the Steps to Success curriculum; 3rd grade classrooms study Native Peoples and the history of the city of Seattle; 4th grade classrooms investigate Native Peoples and Washington State history; and, 5th grade classrooms focus on “Building a Nation” from many different states to create the United States.

Social Skills/Anti-Bullying


Classroom teachers use the “Second Steps” and “Steps to Respect” curriculums to explicitly teach social skills and anti-bullying techniques. Included in the curriculum are lessons appropriate at each grade level to develop students’ skills in empathizing, recognizing feelings, recognizing and responding to bullying, and building community, as well as protecting themselves from danger among strangers.

Integrated Technology


Wing Luke students have access to 135 computers located in two computer labs and in each classroom. Students learn keyboarding and word processing skills, practice math strands, improve reading strategies, research social and science studies, and integrate a variety of technology tools such as PowerPoint, PhotoStory, and Publisher to support their academic progress. Students learn online safety and the effects of cyberbullying. Teachers integrate technology through all subject areas, utilizing many online resources to improve teaching and learning.  An increasing number of staff members utilize wireless technology to enhance instruction. 

Instrumental Music


4th & 5th graders may elect to learn how to play an instrument in preparation for experiences with orchestra and band at the middle and high school levels. Our instrumental music specialist works with small groups each Wednesday, teaching the basics of playing an instrument, reading music, practicing to improve, and playing in an ensemble.

                                                       

Advanced Learning/Spectrum


Wing Luke is a district-identified Spectrum school for the southeast region. This means that students who are designated as gifted by the district participate in an accelerated, rigorous, and enriched curriculum in our blended inclusion-model classrooms. Our model serves all high-performing students, who participate in advanced learning opportunities whether or not they are identified by the district as gifted. The acceleration is one grade level for math, reading, and writing. The teachers are highly trained in Reading and Writers Workshop models, as well as Everyday Math curriculum for all grade levels. We believe in differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, enrichment activities, and school-wide programs to meet all of our students needs.

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