Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Lake View Elementary
Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum is becoming a common term in the educational community.  It is commonly referred to as a GVC.  It’s a good acronym and definitely easier to say.  So, what is a GVC?
A GVC is a set of critical student skills that have been identified by a group of educators.  In the Box Elder District, this has been a long process.  We began with the state standards for both language arts and math.  The state standards basically mandate what shall be taught in each subject area during each year of school.  These standards are very long and go into a lot of detail using academic jargon.  They are fairly difficult to understand. 
We took those state standards and simplified them.  The result was the Box Elder Learning Standards, or BELS.  These are available on the district web-site.  Simply follow this link:     http://www.besd.net/Curriculum/BELS/default.php
We then studied the BELS and as a school, we created the Lake View GVC.  Our Lake View GVC does not replace the BELS, it is merely an indication of priority.  If a skill is part of our GVC, we have determined that it is critical and essential for a student to master that skill prior to the completion of that grade level.  
Because these skills are so critical, we are committing to do all we can to assure that each student in our school will master the skills listed in the math and Language arts GVC.  We will focus on these skills and they will be our priority.  We will assess our students on these skills regularly.  When we plan and implement intervention efforts, those efforts will focus only on GVC skills. 
In a sense, we are “guaranteeing” that each of our students will master the GVC skills, regardless of which teacher they have.  Our teachers will collaborate and support one another in this effort.  
The teachers at Lake View worked cooperatively and across grade levels to determine which skills were most crucial for the coming year and for their future as a student in general.  We invite you to read our GVC document.  If you have questions, please talk to your child’s teacher or the principal.
*ELA denotes English and Language Arts 

  1. Foundational Skills Phonological Awareness: I can . . .
    1. Blend and segment onset and rime
    2. Blend and segment syllables
    3. Isolate and pronounce the sounds in CVC words
    4. Substitute or add sounds to create new words in one-syllable words

  1. Foundational sounds print concepts: I can . . .
a.       Understand print concepts; track words
b.      Recognize and name all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet
  1. Foundational skill phonics and word recognition: I can . . .
a.       Read and produce consonant sounds
b.      Understand that each vowel makes two sounds
c.       Read sight/high frequency words in text
d.      Read and understand emergent-reader and decodable texts
  1. Writing: I can . . .
a.       Use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to compose opinion, informative, and narrative writing.

  1. Identify and write numerals 0-20
  2. Count to 100 by ones and tens
  3. Count to tell the number of objects 0-20
  4. Understand Addition as putting together and adding to
  5. Understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
  6. Understand that teen numbers are a set of tens and some additional ones

First Grade

  1. Foundation Skills Phonics and Word Recognition: I can…
a.       Read and recognize alphabet letter names and sounds.
b.      Read CVC words.
c.       Read and recognize Blends in words.
d.      Read and recognize Digraphs in words. (sh, wh, ch, th, ng)
e.       Read and Recognize Silent E in words.
  1. Reading Literature and Informational Texts: I can…
a.       Read sight/high frequency words in text.
b.      Read grade level text fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression to support comprehension.
  1. Speaking and Listening: I can…
a.       Retell Fiction and Informative texts by recounting key details, main idea, character, setting major events

  1. Add and Subtract   
a.       Fluently to 10
b.      With strategies to 20
c.       Understand strategies for adding to 100
d.      Story Problems
  1. Understand Place Value
a.       Tens and Ones place
  1. Use Comparison Symbols
a.       Greater than, less than and equal to <,>, =

Second Grade
  1. Foundational Skills
a.       Recognize and apply grade level phonics in 1-2 syllable words
b.      Read grade level text fluency with accuracy, appropriate rate and expression, to support comprehension.
  1. Reading Literature and Informational text
a.       Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding
  1. Speaking and Listening
a.       Tell/retell a story or experience by recounting key ideas or details in an audible voice using correct English grammar to a variety of audience.


  1. Add and Subtract within 1,000 using strategies
  2. Place Value, comparing numbers, writing numbers
  3. Skip counting by fives, tens, and hundreds to 1,000
  4. Telling time (Analog and digital) to the nearest 5 minutes

Third Grade

  1. Read grade level text fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate and expression, to support comprehension.
  2. Read and comprehend grade-level literature, informational and complex text, using text features and structure

  1. Understand and represent multiplication within 100
  2. Understand and represent division within 100
  3. Solve two step real world problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  4. Add within 1,000
  5. Subtract within 1,000
  6. Understand a unit fraction is one part of a whole

Fourth Grade

  1. Read and comprehend grade level text and support their responses and summaries with details from the text
  2. Read fluently on grade level
  3. Identify the meaning of unknown or unfamiliar words using context clues

  1. Multiply (1 digit by 4 digits, 2 digits by 2 digits) and divide (4 digits by 1 digit) at grade level  
  2. Solve multistep word problems with all operations
  3. Compare fractions with unlike denominators by creating common denominators using equivalent fractions strategies.

Fifth Grade

  1. Read grade level text fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression to support comprehension.
  2. Read and comprehend grade level literature, informational and complex, using text features and structures
  3. Using context clues, affixes, and roots to determine the meaning of vocabulary words and phrases

  1. Add and Subtract fractions with unlike denominators and solve real world problems
  2. Multiply fractions and solve real world problems
  3. Divide fractions (whole by whole, unit by whole, whole by unit) and solve real world problems.

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