Cross-Curricular Maps

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As one of the district’s curricular goals, the entire West Babylon teaching community worked on creating K-5 cross-curricular maps related to all the units of study for social studies, reading/writing, math, and science. Cross-curricular mapping is a method of organizing the units taught during an academic year which focuses on tying key ideas and concepts across different academic units of study.

According to Scott Payne, executive director of curriculum and instruction, these maps provide consistency across all five of the district’s elementary schools by grade, encouraging communication, collaborative planning, and pacing of instruction. Cross-curricular maps also allow students to build upon information from grade to grade. The district’s strong curriculum reflects the New York State Standards and the needs of the West Babylon students. 

It is the district’s goal that all teachers use these cross-curricular maps in every subject area. Speech teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers, art, music, library and physical education teacher can use the common language on the maps to plan their own programs, Payne added. Most importantly, parents and students are strongly encouraged to interact with these maps at home and at school. Students are more likely to become lifelong learners when they are taught to transfer knowledge and skills across disciplines.

As the district continues  the school year with the new six-day rotating elementary schedule, K-5 students have increased time in physical education and in specials. The district has refined its intervention services for all children and has created time in the school day for enrichment and extension activities for students all while giving classroom teachers more time to plan and share together. “It is our hope that academic tools, like our K-5 cross-curricular maps, along with our new schedule, allow students, parents and teachers to work together to provide the best possible learning environment in all our schools,” Payne said.