Curriculum

Integrated learning is a critical element in all classrooms at BCS.  The ability to understand big themes common to human experience, past and present, provides students with a framework for thinking about themselves and their world.  The themes and essential questions for this year were carefully chosen to connect and link all curriculum areas.

For an overview of the elementary and middle school curriculum in the Birmingham Public Schools visit: Birmingham Public School Teaching and Learning Department. 

Common Core State Standards

Interdisciplinary curriculum themes unique to BCS rotate on a two-year cycle. The 2016-2017 school year is Cycle 2. Odd Year start is Cycle 1, and Even Year start is Cycle 2.

CYCLE 2

3-4: SYSTEMS

 

What is a system?

What systems are you a part of and what systems are a part of you ?

What makes a system break down ?

Challenenge: How can systems changef and adapt?

3-4: PATTERNS

What is a pattern?

How do patterns help (you) to make predictions?

How do patterns influence behavior?

Challenge: How can patterns change and adapt?

5-6:  INDEPENDENCE

 

What forces in society and the world encourage independence: What forces operate against it; undermine it?

Is anything ever truly independent? What would happen if living things were completely independent?

How is the concept and understanding of independence used to improve our world? Has it been used to harm the earth?

5-6:  INTERDEPENDENCE

 

What is interdependence?

How does interdependence play a role in my life at school, at home and with friends?

In what ways can a person be interdependent and also be an individual?  Is one more important than the other?  Why or why not?

 

7-8: INDIVIDUALITY

 

What does being an individual mean in one's own life? How does one express individuality and also participate in groups and activities?

How much does one have the right to be an individual and express one's individuality? How much does one have the responsibility to accept societal rules and norms?

How have past cultures valued the individual? How do we value the indivudal in our multicultural society today?              

 

 

7-8: DIVERSITY: A Matter of Perspective

 

SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES

How does a culture in which a person lives affect that person’s understanding of the world?

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

What obstacles (physical, social and mental) does an individual encounter and how does one resolve them?

QUEST FOR IDENTITY

What are ways individuals react when faced with challenges to their culture/customs/beliefs?