Curriculum

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    Student Achievement

    Student achievement is the number one goal at Thurgood Marshall Elementary/Middle School. Through a tough curriculum, students are challenged to reach their fullest potential and encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

    Our curriculum includes Language Arts (EL Education), Mathematics (Eureka Math), Science (Mystery Science), Social Studies.

    moDEL Detroit Reading

    Supports all K–8 EL Education Lessons including K–2 Foundational Skills

    • Learning targets present for students
    • Protocols at the forefront of lessons
    • Elevates high-yield questions & activities

    Link with information: moDEL Detroit

    Mathematics

    The mathematics curriculum is fully aligned to state standards—what students are expected to learn and be able to do at the end of each grade level.  The Math for K-8 is called Eureka Math and it encourages mathematics-rich classroom environments.  The new math promotes rigor, relevance, and relationships in mathematics classrooms.  Math Link: MATH K-8 Eureka

    Science

    • Curriculum aligned to state and national standards
    • Data-driven differentiated instruction
    • Engaging 3-Dimensional, hands-on, scientific investigations
    • Classroom experiences connected to real-world phenomena
    • Opportunities to engage in science and engineering practices
    • Exposure to STEM-related career pathways 
    • incorporating Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts in each lesson
    • All third-grade classes include the LEGO Robotics incorporating the program from LEGO LEAGUE
    • Links for Science CurriculumIQWST: Grades 6-8CREATE for STEM: Grades 4-5 and 6-8Mystery Science: Grades K-5

    Social Studies

    Our Social Studies curriculum is aligned with the Michigan State Standards. As called for by the standards in the primary grades, the curriculum begins introducing students to disciplines of social studies such as geography, economics, history, civics, and government through familiar, age-appropriate concepts. Concepts become increasingly more complex as students matriculate. In grades five through eight, our courses emphasize the national geography and history standards. Social Studies Link: Michigan K-8 Content Expectations

     Creative Writing for Grade 4 

    Creative Writing is introduced in Grade 4 to help students develop a passion for writing, practice their reading comprehension, build their vocabulary, work on spelling, grammatical or structural skills.  It is also designed to help the child think and dream big. 

    Homework Hotline

    The Detroit Public Schools Community District Homework Hotline is a free resource available for all DPSCD students that encourages outstanding achievement by giving students an additional platform to ask for help and emphasize problem-solving skills. Students and families can call in for help with Literacy and/or Math homework. The Homework Hotline is provided in partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan.  

    The Homework Hotline will be offered during the academic year on Monday – Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Homework Hotline will not operate on days that schools are closed for holidays.

    To Contact The Hotline

    Please call 1-833-466-3978 during operating hours:
    Monday – Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays and school closures)

    Online Learning Tools

    Students, parents, and families are able to access many online learning tools to help them succeed in and out of the classroom. 

    The online tools that students can utilize outside of the classroom are as follows:

    • MyOn
    • I-Ready
    • Khan Academy
    • Newsela

    DPSCD uses a Clever for single sign-on access for many of the tools mention above. Please go to https://clever.com/in.dpscd. Students can use their username and password. They choose one of the applications. If you have any questions about accessing the online learning tools, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

     LEGO Education Wedo 2.0 (Robotics)

    In Grades 3-4, LEGO Education  Wedo 2.0 (Robotics) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math based program to get students involved with engineering and computer programming.  Students learn how to build designs with LEGOs to make a Cooling system, a Robot and many more.    The program introduces our students to coding and engineering concepts at a early age.