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Curriculum Overview

Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.   

When students learn to use language in the elementary grades, they do more than master the basic skills. They learn to value the power of language and to use it responsibly. They learn to express feelings and opinions and as they mature, to support their opinions with sound arguments and research. They become aware of the many purposes for which language is used and the diverse forms it can take. Language is the basis for thinking, communicating, and learning. Students need language skills in order to comprehend ideas and information and to interact socially as this will help students to thrive in the world beyond the classroom. 

The language curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Media Literacy

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Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

after

again

an

any

as

ask

by

could

every

fly

from

give

going

had

has

her

him

his

how

just

know

let

live

may

of

old

once

open

over

put

round

some

stop

take

thank

them

then

think

walk

were

when 

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Suggested Activities

Complete these activities to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • Imagine reading a story, where a boy said to his friend, “You broke my airplane!” What helps you understand how he might be feeling? What do you think the boy might do next?

  • Think about your favourite fairy tale. Role-play or dramatize the story using puppets or props by retelling the fairy tale including the main idea and important events. Make sure you do this in the right order.

  • Think of a story you recently read or someone read to you. “Who was your favourite character and why?” “How did the ending of the story make you feel?”

  • Would your friends or parents like the same songs, movies, stories, games that you like? Why? Why not?

  • How can we use photographs to tell the story of a trip? What could we use in addition to the photographs to help visitors understand what we did on the trip?

  • Your doll has become the main character on your favourite TVO Kids show. What would be your doll’s name and what would they be like on the show? Would they be the hero or the villain? Why?

  • Write a sentence or two about something you have done and would like to share with your family or friends, remember to include pictures. For example, a recent experience at home, school or at the park.

  • Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list.

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