Franklin Curriculum



Literature and Phonics   - Literature and phonics are a daily part of the curriculum. The literature program has a strong phonics base emphasized by daily written and oral drill. Literature selections include classics and literature sets with wholesome ideals. Each room has its own library, and teachers read to their classes daily. The "Open Court Series" is the foundation text for the reading program. "The Writing Road to Reading" is the text used for phonics.

Mathematics  - Mathematics is taught daily and receives a great deal of emphasis. The program uses oral drill and written practice sheets and stress memorization of math facts. Metric and modern math terms are included. The textbooks used are from Houghton Mifflin Mathematics.

Recitations   - Each student memorizes and recites for the teacher, one selection of either prose or poetry at least once every six weeks. Students may also enter poetry recitation contests.

Penmanship  - The Spalding handwriting program is taught in grades K-6, with cursive writing introduced no later than third grade. Neatness, precision, and legibility in penmanship are stressed through daily drill. In the upper grades an annual review of printing is conducted.

Spelling  - The Spalding spelling program, which teaches the consistent application of spelling rules through a knowledge of phonics, is part of the language arts curriculum. The correct spelling of words is expected in all writing.

Language  - The language program includes daily practice and drill in fundamental English grammar, rules, and usage. The Language text used is from "Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich " publishers.

Composition   - Each Franklin student is expected to develop the skill to express himself in written form in a grammatically correct manner that emphasizes clarity of thought and preciseness in spelling and penmanship. A variety of writing experiences are provided at each grade level, including participation in writing competitions.

History and Geography  - This program emphasizes the study of history and geography. Memorization of important geographical and historical data is required. Current events are also presented. The textbooks used are from the "Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich" and "MacMillan" publishers.

Science  - The science program includes concepts in physical, chemical, earth, and biological sciences. It is centered around the Scott-Forseman science series and the Mesa Unified School District's science kits.

Library   - Library services are available to all Benjamin Franklin students. Children have an opportunity to check out books each week.  It is important that students understand that they are responsible for books until they are returned.

Music   - A structured general music and music appreciation program is taught in all grades. Band, chorus, and orchestra are offered as extracurricular activities before and after school and have occasional evening performances.

Physical Education   - Each child at Benjamin Franklin School participates in a structured physical education program twice a week unless excused for medical reasons. The physical education program is designed to teach your child important physical skill development that will carry over into day-to-day life and help promote good health.

Art  - Art is a part of the basic curriculum.  Art is used to emphasize holidays and seasons and is incorporated into other areas of study.  Art activities are kept to a minimum and emphasize traditional art concept. The school also participates in the Art Masterpiece Program.

Computers   - Franklin's computer curriculum supports our school principles and emphasizes the use of computers as tools to enhance classroom learning. Computer usage is aligned with Franklin's educational curriculum and goals.

Health/Safety  - Emphasis on good health habits, nutrition, general safety rules, first aid, and life saving techniques.



Prevention Education  -Franklin students are taught skills that help them know of the harmful effects of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.  The use of these substance are harmful and inappropriate.  Parental example is the primary determiner of student behavior, therefore, we expect all Franklin families to support the school in its instructional responsibilities to the greatest extent possible.  For further information, please feel free to contact the principal.

Citizenship   - Standards of courtesy, respect, honesty, and the meaning of citizenship are taught and modeled as school expectations by teachers. Personal responsibility and respect are at the core of this instruction.