Denver Campus

Lincolnton Campus

Elementary (K-5)

Core Knowledge

Lincoln Charter School complements the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards with the Core Knowledge curriculum. The Core Knowledge Foundation, founded by Dr. E.D. Hirsch Jr., is a non-profit organization that is built on the philosophy that in order to achieve academic excellence, greater equity amongst all people, and higher literacy rates; grades kindergarten through eighth grade need to teach a coherent, cumulative, and content-specific curriculum.

“Our Society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equity and fairness demand a strong foundation of a knowledge for all learners.”   -Dr. E.D. Hirsch Jr.

Core Knowledge Links

Math in Focus

During the 2013-2014 school year the Curriculum Committee Math Team, a team of teachers and the Curriculum Coordinator from Lincoln Charter School, completed research to look for a new math program. After many hours of research and school visits, the team chose the Math in Focus Series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Math in Focus is based on the fundamental strategies used in Singapore math classrooms. Lincoln Charter feels that, through this program, we will be able to help our students not only complete math problems but understand why they complete each step.

One of the aspects that was greatly scrutinized during the selection process was successes of other school districts using the Math in Focus program. The team was astonished by the sheer number of schools that have successfully implemented the Math in Focus program and seen growth from their students.

You will notice that the work your student brings home may look different from the way you learned how to do math in school. Math in Focus takes a slightly different mathematical approach than what you may be used to. It revolves around several key number‐sense strategies:

1.  C-P-A (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) approach
2.  Building number sense through part‐whole thinking
3.  Understanding place value
4.  Breaking numbers into decomposed parts, ones that are easier to work with in the four mathematical operations, (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) using bar modeling

With the use of these four distinct strategies, teachers and students work together in order to enable students to visualize why the typical math algorithms work.

A typical Math in Focus lesson laid out:

  • Mental math – 10 min.
  • Teacher-directed lesson – 20 min.
  • Activity – 20 min.
  • Problem-solving – 15 min.
  • Independent practice – 15 min.

* Times vary somewhat by grade and developmental level

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Helpful Hints

Math in Focus Websites:

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Assessments

In order to ensure that all students are reaching their individual achievement levels, our school implements several assessments that allow us to look at their growth in specific areas. This enables teachers to see areas that may need to be retaught as a whole group or targeted with specific children. These are not the assessments that are completed in order to qualify a student for Specialized Instruction through our Exceptional Children’s Department.

Reading:

Math:

  • Math in Focus Benchmarking Tests
  • MCAP