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    The Kindergarten through 5th Grade math curriculum is called "Math In Focus."

    We also provide students with differentiated instruction during our "Walk To Math" block for Grades 2 - 5. "Walk to Math" provides students with small class sizes and allows some students to receive instruction at the next level up from their grade level.  Some 5th grade students are receiving instruction in 6th grade math, using the District Scope and Sequence and the middle school Connected Math Project curriculum. 

    Social Studies

    All grade levels incorporate the school's Yearly Geographic Focus into the social studies curriculum.  The geographic focus for the 2016/2017 school year was Africa.

    Kindergarten:  Heroes, Ourselves and Our Families

    First Grade:  Families and Neighborhoods Story Path Unit.  The focus is on building communities and relationships both in the classroom and in the world, as well as problem solving and being good citizens.  Students learn the difference between needs and wants, about timelines, and about maps and globes.

    Second Grade:  The focus is on Communities and how goods and services are exchanged and used in different communities.  We use The Second Step curriculum to develop students' social skills.  There is also a unit on the history of slavery and segregation.

    Multi-age, 2nd & 3rd Grade:  Identity and Differences, Perseverance and Investigation, Justice and My History.

    Fourth Grade:  History and Geography of Washington State.

    Fifth Grade:  Early American History from the European Explorers to Colonial America; events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Grades 4 & 5:  Family Life and Sexual Health or FLASH, a combination of health and social studies.


    The Seattle School District provides a hands-on, minds-on Science curriculum that changes with each trimester.

    Kindergarten:  Wood, Fabric, Animals 2 X 2

    First Grade:  Balls & Ramps, Organisms, Weather

    Second Grade:  Liquids & Solids, Soils, Balancing & Weighing

    Third Grade:  Plant Growth, Sound, Rocks & Minerals

    Fourth Grade:  Circuits & Pathways, Food Chemistry, Ecosystems

    Fifth Grade:  Microworlds, Land & Water, Models & Designs

    The Grades 4 & 5 yearly camping trip to IslandWood Environmental Learning Center on Bainbridge Island is also part of the yearly science curriculum for those grades.

    Students at all grade levels are able to explore science individually and present their knowledge to the school community at the yearly Sacajawea Math and Science Fair (February 25 at 6 PM). 


    Sarting in Kindergarten, the foundation of Technology Education at Sacajawea is laid by learning the components of a computer, how to click and drag, and how to use the equipment safely.

    In Grades 1 and 2, students use websites to boost their math and literacy skills, while continuing to work on basic computing skills.

    Students in Grades 3 through 5 work on word processing, keyboarding, and research skills, as well as creating Power Point presentations. 

    All students participate in coding activities and projects based on the Yearly Geographic Focus throughout the school year. 

    Instrumental Music

    Grades 4 and 5 students have the option to learn a musical instrument!  Instrumental Music Lessons take place every Monday throughout the day with Mr. Yarr. 

    Arts and Culture

    Arts and Culture Committee Mission Statement

    The mission of the Sacajawea Arts and Culture Committee is to create an environment of arts education and appreciation that comes from many different sources, strengthening student skills in the fine arts, crafts, visual and performing arts.

    At Sacajawea Elementary, there is a rich commitment to arts and culture.  The school's Arts and Culture Committee is made up of parents and staff members who organize learning opportunities for the student community which support growth in these areas.  A six-year cycle of a yearly continental focus provides a theme which helps integrate these different programs and school-wide events into various curricula throughout the school year.  The intention of this cultural focus is to promote cultureal understanding, celebrate diversity and prepare our students for participation in the global family. This year's Continental Focus is South America.  Yours, Sharon Rings and Web Peirce

    Advanced Learning

    Sacajawea teachers provide the following Advanced Learning Plans for qualified students:  
    Advanced Learning Plans - Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Multi-age Classrooms.

    All information and applications for Advanced Learning is now online.  Please refer to the Advanced Learning Information on the district website.

    English Language Arts

    At Sacajawea, we teach English Language Arts using the following components:

    • Spelling
    • Reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension
    • Writing for a variety of purposes:  narrative, informational and opinion
    • Differentiated instruction:  teaching students at their current level as well as working to help them progress
    • Student choice in writing topics
    • Student choice in reading interests
    • "Words Their Way" curriculum supports phonemic awareness and spelling proficiency
    • The Daily Five:  small group instruction, individual instruction and student choice
    • Readers/Writers Workshop
    • Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th grade students

    Health and Fitness

    At Sacajawea Elementary, we work toward creating an inclusive environment that nurtures and enhances the educational experience of all our students.

    In Health and Fitness class, I maintain these social and emotional standards in adapting our academic health curriculum and designing physical activities to develop physical abilities and health and also to help students gain a solid foundation of understanding of their bodies and how they work. This allows our students to take this knowledge with them to make their own choices moving forward in their lives. I firmly believe that Physical Education class should be a place where all students feel they belong and are happy to participate, and I thoroughly enjoy creating and maintaining this environment for our students.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our program. If you have any concerns about your child's health or ability to participate at any point during the school year, please let me know by emailing me at