Teachers at Sandpiper School use a Balanced Approach to Literacy which includes Reading and Writing Workshop, Word Study, Interactive Read-a-Loud and Small Group Instruction. An integral component of a Balanced Approach to Literacy is assuring that children are reading and writing at their individual levels. Therefore, children receive reading instruction through books that are at their instructional reading levels and practice reading at home at their independent reading levels. Small Group Instruction assures that children receive the level of teaching they require in order to advance their academics. In addition to Reading and Writing Workshop, children also have on-line access to books at their reading level through Please see your child's teacher for log-in information.

Reading and Writing Workshop

Teachers at Sandpiper School follow the Units of Study published by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. This genre based instructional format moves children through a series of units designed to increase their capacity to read and write effectively across all genres. Each Workshop begins with a whole class, explicit and directed "mini-lesson." These mini-lessons are designed to provide children with a repertoire of strategies they can use as readers and writers. After the mini-lesson, children then move into Independent Work where they build their skills as readers and writers. During this time, the teacher confers with children in either small group or individual sessions in order to build skills of specific learners not properly addressed during a mini-lesson. A Mid-Workshop teach to the entire class is often provided to the children based upon what the teacher notices in the readers and writers during the Independent Work session. Children then transition to Partner Share. The workshop model recognizes that children's work as readers and writers is enhanced when they are required to share their reading and writing with others. This act of "sharing" becomes, in effect, a way for children to further build and cement their understanding of reading and writing strategies. The workshop concludes with a celebration of the work that was accomplished during the workshop period.


K-5 math curriculum is published by Math Expressions and Connected Mathematics in middle school. All K-5 classrooms have access to online materials for the Math Expressions curriculum. Students can login at this link: Students in grade 6 and 7 can access CMP3 by logging in at this link: Please see classroom teacher for login information.

Parent Resources for Helping Children


Science—and therefore science education—is central to the lives of all Americans. A high-quality science education means that students will develop an in-depth understanding of content and develop key skills—communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving, and flexibility—that will serve them throughout their educational and professional lives. The State of California is in the process of shifting to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Although the district will be adopting a new curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year, the current science curriculum adoption at is published through FOSS. We also use Mystery Science, which is an online-based science curriculum, to supplement our science instruction with hands-on activities.


TeachTCI online is the brand new social studies curriculum that will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year.


We use Second Step as our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. This program gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom as they make progress in the areas of emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement. The Second Step Program has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Department of Education, for the quality of their research, training, and teacher and family support.