Lower School (K-5)

The Trident Academy program is guided by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the South Carolina State Standards.  Students receive instruction in traditional subjects such as

  • Language Arts
  • Reading
  • Writing and Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Students will learn the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling through prescriptive, diagnostic, sequential, structures and multi-sensory teaching.  Each student will have individualized learning plans, but most will include basic OG approaches and tools.  See below for an example of an OG approach to a Lower School curriculum:

  • Language Arts
    • The OG approach of sequential, systematic, and multi-sensory incorporated into each lesson
    • Incorporate COPS (Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, Spelling) strategy into each lesson
    • Incorporate APE (Answer, Prove, Extend) strategy into each lesson
  • Reading
    • 20 minutes of Out Loud reading to a parent/guardian required daily
    • Primary
      • Solidify pre-reading skills of phonemic awareness and language skills
      • Explore narrative text and story elements with decoding skills
      • Utilize Project Reads Story Form, Super Kids, New Practice Readers, and Lexia
    • Grade 2/3
      • Focus on narrative text
      • Employ strategies for decoding words accurately, reading fluency and comprehension
      • Utilize Project Reads Story Form, Houghton Mifflin Readers, Reading Counts Chapter Books, New Practice Readers, and Lexia
    • Grade 4/5
      • Focus on narrative and informational text
      • Employ decoding, fluency, and comprehension strategies with more complex text
      • Utilize Project Reads Story Form & Report Form, Houghton Mifflin Readers, Reading Counts Chapter Books, New Practice Readers, and Read Naturally
    • Writing & Grammar
      • Primary
        • Create Barebone sentences
        • Work on basic parts of speech
        • Begin the writing process (list making categorizing, COPS)
        • Utilize Project Reads Framing Your Thoughts, Diana King and WVC Writing Matters
      • Grade 2/3
        • Create Barebone and expanded sentences
        • Work on basic and expanded parts of speech
        • Write 3 sentences on a topic, solid topic sentences, and 5 sentence paragraphs
        • Utilize Project Reads Framing Your Thoughts, Diana King and WVC Writing Matters
      • Grade 4/5
        • Create simple, compound, and complex sentences
        • Work on basic and expanded parts of speech
        • Refine the writing process with 8 sentences on a topic, 3 paragraphs on a topic
        • Utilize Project Reads Framing Your Thoughts, Diana King and WVC Writing Matters
      • Vocabulary
        • Develop and build Word Wizard Walls arranged by parts of speech
        • Understand Tier II words that appear across all subjects
      • Math
        • Primary
          • Number Sense
          • Place Value
          • Part-Whole
          • Addition
          • Subtraction
        • Grade 2/3
          • Addition
          • Subtraction
          • Multiplication
          • Division
          • Fractions
        • Grade 4/5
          • Multiplication
          • Division
          • Fractions
          • Area
          • Perimeter