Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
District 41 began transitioning to the NGSS in the 2014/2015 school year. Each year we continue to introduce new NGSS units. Our goal is to be fully implementing the NGSS units in the 2016/2017 school year. CLICK FOR THE PARENT GUIDE
NGSS Scope and Sequence for 2016/17
SOCIAL SCIENCEDistrict 41 social science goal is to produce students who are civically engaged, socially responsible, culturally aware and financially literate. The Illinois Social Science standards are designed to ensure that students across Illinois focus on a common set of standards and have teh opportunity to develop the knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary for success in college, career, and civic life in the 21st century. Here is a link to the Illinois Social Science standards
VISUAL ARTS - ELEMENTARY
The mission of District 41 Visual Arts program is to provide children with skills, guidance and support in a respectful and creative environment, while optimizing potential for self-expression and broadening their understanding of the world.
Through a myriad of media, processes, and techniques, students discover and explore elements of art and principles of design in artwork to develop essential knowledge and skills that will empower them now and into the future.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION - ELEMENTARY
District 41 Physical Education is a fitness based program. This approach to Physical Education gives students an understanding of how to live a healthy, active lifestyle. We emphasize three components of fitness: Cardio/respiratory fitness, Muscular Strength and Endurance, and Flexibility. We strive to help students understand how these components relate to their everyday activities and how to improve in these areas of fitness. Our goal is that students will be able to recognize these components of fitness in each activity they participate in and hope that one day they will be able to create their own fitness plan, incorporating all the components of fitness.
MUSIC - ELEMENTARYThe D41 Elementary general music department strives to instill a love of music for your child. We use various methods to ensure a well rounded music experience. We meld Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze styles to provide variety for students. We offer a 4th and 5th grade combined extra curricular chorus, which performs at various venues throughout the year. Our goal is to build a strong musical foundation for students, which can prepare your child for further musical study. Students will experience a variety of musical opportunities, including introductory guitar, recorder, pitched and unpitched percussion; in addition to developing vocal abilities.