605A – Curriculum–Elementary

Prekindergarten Program. The prekindergarten program shall be designed to help children to work and play with others, to express themselves, to learn to use and manage their bodies, and to extend their interests and understanding of the world about them. The prekindergarten program shall relate the role of the family to the child’s developing sense of self and perception of others and shall be designed to encourage cooperative efforts between home and school and shall focus on community resources.

Kindergarten Program. The kindergarten program shall be designed to provide a variety of experiences in language arts, communication skills, number concepts, group living and play. The kindergarten program shall be designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits, to assist students to learn to use and manage their bodies, to complete tasks, and to protect and increase their physical well-being with attention given to experiences relating to the development of life skills and human growth and development. The kindergarten program shall extend students’ interests and understanding of the world about them.

Elementary Curriculum. The curricular areas of the elementary level (grades l-5) shall include as a minimum:

  • English/ Language Arts – communication processes and skills of listening, speaking
    reading, writing, viewing, visual expression and nonverbal communication; spelling; handwriting; literature; composition; creative dramatics.
  • Social Studies – geography; history of the United States and Iowa; cultures; citizenship; government; democratic beliefs and values; social and political participation skills; social sciences.
  • Mathematics – number sense and numeration; computational and problem solving skills; geometry; measurement; reasonableness of results; reading, interpreting and constructing tables, charts and graphs; estimation; mental arithmetic; statistics and probabilities, patterns and relationships; use of calculators and computers; language and symbolism to communicate mathematical ideas.
  • Science – life, earth, and physical science; conservation of natural resources; environmental awareness; scientific knowledge; application of knowledge and skills; hands-on process skills.
  • Health – shall be integrated into the curriculum and include: food and nutrition; safety and survival skills; family life; substance abuse and nonuse; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; inter-personal relationships; prevention and control of disease, including characteristics of communicable diseases; personal, social, emotional, environmental and consumer health; health resources.
  • Physical Education – movement and rhythmic activities; body mechanics; fitness activities; stunts and tumbling; games and relays; sports skills; water safety.
  • Music – singing, listening to, playing and using of music; reading and writing music; study of musical heritage; preparing for consuming, performing or composing music.
  • Visual Arts – perceiving, comprehending, and evaluating the visual world; viewing; communicating imaginative and inventive ideas; making art.
  • Traffic Safety – Pedestrian, bicycle, auto passenger and school bus passenger safety; seat belt use; substance education; and application of legal responsibility and risk management.
  • Pre-Career Education – shall be integrated into the curriculum.

The elementary curriculum shall be designed to foster desirable personal traits of honesty, reliability, responsibility, fairness, sensitivity, self discipline, respect and care for the person and property of others, understanding of, respect for, and obedience to law and citizenship, courage, initiative, commitment, perseverance, kindness, compassion, service, loyalty, moderation and patience, a positive self-concept and leadership. The benefits of work and study, recreation, safety, contributions of the individual, family and groups, and cooperation shall be emphasized. The curriculum shall include activities and instructional approaches for developing learning, study, and social skills and higher order thinking skills.

Date of Revision: April 15, 2013

Legal References: 256.11, 256.18, 256.37, 279.50, 280.3, 280.9, 280.9B, 280.12, 280.14, 280.19, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, 12.5, 16.3, 59.5, Chapter 65


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