Learning Explorations at Oakland Park
Reading, writing, math, science, and the arts are all essential skills to develop in children at a young age. The more children learn when they are young, the better they become as adults. We want to teach your children the academic skills they will need to prepare them for their next level of learning.
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The math curriculum Oakland Park Elementary is centered around the new "GO Math comprehensive" for Kindergarten—Grade 5. This program was developed to support State Standards for Mathematics. Go Math emphasizes depth of understanding through interactive lessons, research based instructional approaches, best practices from around the world, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.
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Reading and Writing
We encourage all parents to spend time reading to and with your child. One way to prevent your child from losing any of the skills and knowledge acquired in school is by reading daily.
Provide quiet time for your child to read to him/herself and to listen to you read a story every day. When you or your child has completed a book, take the time to ask your child questions about the story.
Who are the main characters?
What can you tell me about the characters?
Where does the story take place?
If their characters encountered a problem, how did he/she solve it?
What did the story remind you of or make you think about?
What was your favorite part of the story and why?
Anytime provides a wonderful opportunity for you to share the experience with your child.
According to the Florida Department of Education's website, Just Read, Families! "Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By encouraging their children to read daily, parents are playing a critical role in achieving our goal of having every child reading at or above grade level.
READ! READ! READ! READ!
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The science program at Oakland Park Elementary follows the guidelines set forth by Broward County. The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards guide the Curriculum. The bodies of knowledge studied include: The Nature of Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. This year the students of Broward County are using a new science series, Science Fusion.Science Fusion was constructed as a program to engage students with a digital curriculum, hands on activities, and a student book that promotes active learning. The design of this program is not a “sit and get” but a program designed to make students think each step of the way. The goal was that each page turn, each mouse click, each hands on activity would engage students in the inquiry process.
At Oakland Park Elementary the students enjoy science in various ways. The classroom teachers use the interactive book to introduce science and the digital virtual labs to provide meaningful and exciting hand-on experiences. They also include in class hands-on labs and science centers for discovery learning. Science education is completed with visits to the Science Resource Room for more in-depth learning experiences. During science special the students engage in many different types of inquiry activities. Science inquiry is not limited to the classroom. Oakland Park has an active recycling program and participates in the Great American Clean-up every year. We also celebrate Earth Day each April with special activities designed to help students respect the Earth. Finally, we have a beautiful butterfly garden in the courtyard area of the school. The students see the lifecycle of the butterflies in real life. Many butterflies make our school their home, and it is not unusual to see three species of butterflies at one time. Both students and adults marvel at the beauty.
Recommended Math Links
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Museum of Science and Discovery - Ft. Lauderdale
- Smithsonian for Students
- South Florida Science Museum
Spanish Club at Oakland Park Elementary
Our Spanish Club is designated to expose students to various cultures of the Spanish -speaking world. The Club allows them to strengthen vocabulary and speaking skills. Students from first to fifth grade are welcome to be a member of the Spanish Club at Oakland Park Elementary. We meet on Friday's at 12:15 particapating in activities that are related to the Spanish culture.
Students from the Spanish Club participate every year in the District World Languages Competition where they have a great time creating cultural projects, posters, and learn a dance for the talent's category representing our school with grace and enthusiasm. Also, members from the Spanish Club love to perform during our fabulous winter and spring shows in our school.
We are proud of our beautiful Spanish Club.
Social Studies helps our students develop informed and logical decisions for the public good. As citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society, and interdependent world, we teach our students how to be informed citizens. The foundation for Social Studies teaches our students to ask questions and think about topics in areas of American history, geography, economics, civics, and government.