At PS 186, we are dedicated to academic excellence! To provide our students with a quality education, we take pride in implementing the following programs:
English Language Arts - HMH Journeys
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys program is a core reading program designed to meet the diverse needs of all students, from Kindergarten through grade 6. It includes the key elements of reading instruction, from comprehension to decodable readers. The components of the program and the activities and strategies presented throughout are based on current research and best instructional practice advocated by classroom teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and policymakers alike. The Journeys program provides students with the skills they need to succeed, preparing them ultimately for the high literacy demands of college and the workplace. In the program, students develop reading comprehension skills as well as developing their skills as critical thinkers, writers, speakers, listeners, and communicators.
Mathematics - HMH GoMath!
Go Math! is a focused program designed to meet the objectives and intent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Go Math! was specifically written to provide thorough coverage of the CCSS with an emphasis on depth of instruction. Lessons begin with context‐based situations and progress toward more abstract problems. Students and teachers are supported as they advance from concrete to abstract content through the use of models and math talk prompts. The program is designed so that teachers can easily create the environments necessary for teaching the Common Core Standards with depth.
Phonics - Wilson Fundations
Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive asystematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics/ word study
- High frequency word study
- Reading fluency
- Comprehension strategies
Science - HMH Science Fusion
ScienceFusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry and STEM skills and optimized for learning in the classroom or at home, on a laptop, tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs, hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develop important critical-thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace.
Science- Amplify Science
In the Amplify Science curriculum, our teachers will ask students to investigate a problem or phenomenon as a biomedical engineer, marine biologist or food chemist would, to name a few. The breakthrough curriculum inspires students to read, write and argue like scientists to gain a better understanding of the world, as they gain the skills needed to master the NGSS. The NGSS have raised the bar in science education, moving the focus away from memorization and toward active engagement. Amplify Science is a robust, multimodal, hands-on program made to fulfill 100 percent of the NGSS, as well as a substantial number of the Common Core ELA and Math standards.
Our mission is to help educators create the next generation of scientific innovators as well as citizens who are skeptical, curious, and evidence-based thinkers. Our pedagogy invites students to explore phenomena with the purpose of solving authentic problems. Educators who adopt Amplify Science receive a turnkey curriculum complete with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and a variety of effective teacher supports.
Students also receive rigorous, standards-aligned instruction in the following areas:
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Research Technology
- English as a New Language (ENL)
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- Science Lab