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Parkside in the Community
Parkside School follows the educational objectives set forth by the Boise Public School District. Students from Parkside enter their elementary years with a strong foundation, confidence and an enthusiasm for learning that is unmatched by their peers.

 Over the course of the year students will explore each of the following educational objectives.

Reading and Phonemic Awareness 
  • Auditory Discrimination: rhyme, generate rhyme, sound segments, sound blending, letter-sound relationships, beginning sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds and syllable.
  • Visual Discrimination: first name, colors, shapes, numbers, letters/upper/lower, last name, letter/word/sentence and sight words. Introduction of chapter classic books utilizing costumes and props.
  • Primers, Library books and programs
  • Monthly all school commonality learning excursions

Physical Science
  • Sort object based on size, shape, color, weight, texture.
  • Identify solids, liquids, gas.
  • Recognize solids have a definite shape and liquids and gases take the shape of their container.

Earth Science
  • Observe and record weather changes day to day and over seasons.
  • Identify characteristics of the earth’s surface (water, soil, rocks).
  • Understand the sun supplies heat and light and is necessary for life.
  • Air is all around us. Wind is moving air and is a mixture of gases.
  • Identify the repeated patterns of events around us (seasons, day and night).
  • Explore the concept of recycling and conservation of natural resources.

Life Science
  • Life cycle of plants
  • Recognize plants look like their parents.
  • Fossils
  • Seasonal changes in plants
  • Identify plant needs
  • Life cycle of an animal
  • Animals look like their parents
  • Animal habitats provides basic needs
  • Identify animal needs.
  • Describe ways animal habitats provide basic needs.
Be Able To:
  • Group living and non-living things.
  • Explain and explore using the five senses.
  • Recognize  that humans are living things that need food, air, water  and shelter.

Social Studies
  • Identify calendar time: days, weeks, months.
  • Different means of transportation- today and in the past.
  • Explore why we celebrate patriotic and national holidays
  • Explore stories, pictures, celebrations and music of other cultures.
  • Explore the family, school neighborhood, state, country.
  • Know that people in the U.S. vote for their leaders.
  • Identify careers that are helpful for family, school and community.
  • Describe and show respect for rules at home, school and community.
  • Recognize that all people have needs and wants that they meet by sharing, trading and using money to buy goods and services.
  • Explore the globe as a model for the earth.
  • Recognize a map of the U.S.
  • Recognize that many kinds of plants and animals live on the earth.


The Ability To:
  • Move to a steady beat
  • high and low sounds
  • sing same
  • Between talking and singing-calling-speaking and whispering.
  • Perform a dance to a musical selection
  • Use of movement in playing games.
  • Tempo changes in movement with steady beat
  • Play non-pitched instruments loudly and softly
  • Teach singing the scale


  • Verbal, symbolic and physical representations of a number.
  • Orally
  • One to one 
  • Identify Quarter, nickel, penny.
  • Add and subtract concrete objects.
  • Estimation
  • Calculator
  • Time
  • Length 
  • Volume
  • Weight
  • Temperature
  • Greater than- Less than-Same as.
  • Circle
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Line graph- Bar graph
  • Sorting
  • Predicting
  • Tally
  • Patterns and extending them.
  • Sort and classify objects
  • Technology

  • Describe and explore:
  • Benefits of play and exercise
  • Germs- in spreading disease
  • Safety signs
  • Feelings and moods
  • Helpful drugs
  • Medicines belong in safe places.
  • Healthy and unhealthy foods
  • Body Parts
  • Family- likenesses and differences
  • Healthy products- soap, shampoo, toothpaste
  • Acceptable and unacceptable behavior
  • Risky behavior- guns, needles, fire, gangs, poisons, seat belts, helmets, body fluids
  • Demonstrate appropriate ways to say “NO”
  • Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Identify - nurse, doctor, dentist

  • Demonstrate appropriate use of painting tools and supplies
  • Sculpturing with clay-coil-slab
  • Primary colors and secondary colors
  • Elements of design-for-line-pattern
  • Language of texture-concept.
  • Have art supplies handy to create original art work
  • Awareness of: Sculpture, paint, photography, collage, pottery, weaving-
  • Wood working
  • Art appreciation -“Masters.”

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