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Marcus Garvey School

To the Parents of Camp Participants:


It’s that time again! Summer is here and we’re looking forward to enhancing your children’s mathematical and reading skills! We are elated about our new Math & Reading Camp! Our camp is designed to build math esteem. In doing so, students will be exposed to a wealth math techniques and awesome reading prep. A great deal of attention will be given to “WORD PROBLEMS.”  This concentration of daily word problems will expose our students to critical thinking skills, reading skills and writing skills. Students will be shown how to use occurrences in everyday life to create their own word problems! We’re excited and we are sure your children will be just as excited to see and learn how far, great math, reading, and writing skills can take them in life. Our math curriculum is based on the Spectrum Series, Prentice Hall, and M.G. S. Teacher Created Materials. Students will receive an abundance of fun math activities which will make their camp days enriching and exiting! Learning will be taken outside of the classroom also, in that two math related field trips will be taken per session.







Integrated Math Concepts: Problem Solving and Math Vocabulary is combined with each concept.


Grades Kindergarten – 4th  


Mental Math: Number Theory (Counting & Writing Numbers-Working with Numbers - Addition (mental math) - Subtraction (mental math) - Place Value – Measurement and Data-Geometry:  Multiplication (mental math), Rounding Numbers, Operations with Fractions – Changing Units in the Customary System – Percents – Decimals Geometry Concepts, Pre- Algebra


Integrated and Advanced Math Concepts: Problem Solving and Math Vocabulary is combined with each concept.


Grades 5th – 8th  


Basic Operations: Problem Solving and Math Vocabulary is combined with each concept.


Mental Math: Addition (mental math) - Subtraction (mental math) - Place Value – Multiplication (mental math),

Rounding Numbers, Operations with Fractions – Changing Units in the Customary System – Percents – Decimals

Ratios, Proportions, and Probability – Pre-Algebra


Beyond Basic Operations:  Problem solving and Math Vocabulary is combined with each concept.


Advanced: Grades 5th – 8th                    


Calculating Interest – Calculating Compound Interest – Other Formulas – Measurement – Problem Solving

Geometry – Organizing and Graphing Data - Algebra 1 & 2





Since the basis of reading comes from an adequate foundation in phonics, an emphasis is placed in this area of learning as early as pre-k. By age five, students are expected to be well on their way to reading from 1st/2nd grade books. The Marcus Garvey School’s phonics program is fun filled and gives students the confidence needed to accomplish fluency in reading and spelling. The pre-k and kindergarten phonics program is based on 40 spelling patterns. Students in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade receive an abundance of phonetic related materials on a daily basis. Students who are 5 years of age, and have not been exposed to the fundamentals in phonics, receive the same level of instruction as students  who are 4 years /9months old, with the difference being a larger quantity of work and higher expectations from the teacher.


KINDERGARTEN – 2ND What Students Learn


New students are taught the 40 spelling patterns (often called rhymes or rimes).▪ (23) short vowel patterns  ▪ (3) long vowel combinations that have just one sound ▪ (4) r-controlled patterns  ▪ (1) special sound of the vowel /a/ when it is follow by ▪ The (5) different sounds of the vowel O  ▪ (19) single consonants ▪ (4) Digraphs (two letters, one sound)  ▪ (2) other two-letter, one sound combinations ▪ (25) blends (beginning letters blended together, also called clusters.                                                            


Students complete worksheets reinforce the usage of single consonants, consonant blends, short and long vowels, digraphs, special blends and more. Students identify the special sounds in spelling words by matching and writing words that: begin with the same beginnings and endings and have the same special sounds. Teacher and students use oral vocabulary with pictures as a means of stimulating and capturing the attention of students.


Students learn to read by using information learned from previous phonic lessons. Students focus on high frequency words that are introduced in the beginning of stories. Students participate in readers response activities at the end of each story to help them think, share, retell the stories in their own words, and answer questions. Students are introduced to the authors and illustrators at the end of stories and encouraged to read more books by the same authors.


The different genre of stories covered in the series of books that are read cover fiction, fantasy, animal fantasy, narrative fiction, realistic fiction, expository fiction, plays, and poetry, and biography. The stories that are read also connect the students to lessons in social studies and science. Our reading sources provide paired selections to the stories such as sing-a-longs, photo essays, how to articles, poetry, maps, newspaper articles, email, and online reference source. Students learn how to use the table of contents for finding stories out of sequence and the glossary for vocabulary enhancement.


3RD – 4TH What Students Learn………….


Students are exposed to realistic fiction, stories that have characters and events that are like people and events in real life. In a section titled reader response, students are encouraged to have a discussion and to think like an author, give the sequence of the story, and summarize the story (comprehension).


Students gain exposure to science in reading while exploring expository nonfiction. Students learn that the author’s purpose for writing is to persuade, to inform, to entertain, or to express ideas and feelings. Vocabulary strategies are at the end of many stories and students gain knowledge about using word endings, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes, unfamiliar words, homonyms and homographs as clues to a word’s meaning.


Students learn how to create a graphic organizer to help them remember the main ideas and details of a story. Students learn about cause and effect and the strategy of having and using prior knowledge to help them understand what they read. The genre of poetry is explained to students by revealing its appeal, its diversity, and its author’s intention.


Students learn the skill of drawing conclusions by checking the facts and logical choices. Students learn how to write a news story. Students learn the skill of determining fact from fiction.




Your child will have a very busy and fun filled summer while participating in swimming, tennis, performing arts,

arts & crafts, sports, skating, and other physical activities. Students will also participate in activities at Angeles Mesa Library

and become members of our Readers’ Circle. Field trips will be taken on Fridays (TBA).











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