Students will engage in the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Units of Study for reading. It is an authentic literature based program designed to build reading fluency, comprehension, and text to life connections where characters come alive and life lessons taught. Students will use shared texts to learn specific reading strategies /skills and will have the opportunity to practice new knowledge in their own leveled texts. Assessments will be used to help students target individual reading goals, as well as help students in need of review or enrichment.   We strongly believe in student voice and choice as well as in our children’s independence and leadership.  Using the TCRWP workshop model we provide multiple opportunities for students to present their perspectives based in data and debate the ideas that seminars and Socratic Inquiry circles provide to lift the level of thinking to higher order thinking levels – synthesis, comparative analysis, and evaluation 

Social Studies

Our Social studies and Science curricula is taught through the New York City Scope and Sequence, Next Generation National Standards and Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project.  

In Social Studies our students use PASSPORT and Civics for All.  Both program provide multiple opportunities for students to explore cultures, traditions, and the bonds that tie people together. We believe in participating in our Global community. Our Fifth Grade students research the Aztec, Mayan and Inca civilizations and using MINECRAFT and student led seminars create the villages, customs, traditions, governments for these ancient societies.  We look for the impact in our student’s conversations as they share ideas in comparative analysis of past, present and future themes 


We are a high- tech Title 1 Elementary School serving 1150 student, Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.  All classrooms have Smartboards, document cameras, ipads and laptops that students access each and every day.  We use technology to enrich our teaching and learning knowing that 21st Century jobs require a different type of application and thinking….it’s all about the impact of the job.  It’s the same here at our school, it’s about impact.  The questions we ask are simple;  “How does what our student have learned make our lives and community richer?”   “Why do we think this….where is the evidence?”

We work with students around the world on global issues, researching, sharing ideas, and information on how we can sustain our planet and feed our families. 

We were selected to pilot INTEL’s new program SKILLS FOR INNOVATION.  We developed cross-graded student groups, knowing that personalized learning is key to differentiation and that students are motivated by their passions. What do they like?  What do they want to explore?  

Well, it has taught a powerful lesson that when given a problem to solve and new software that they had no exposure to our students were able to collaborate, problem solve, create, and design using the program, PYTHON. 

As all of this was taking place in our classrooms, our teachers discovered some hiccups with the Python program and reached out to share the information with the program design team.   You might wonder, what were the students working on?  They had to build a ‘bot’ that could talk….our Fourth and Fifth pilot cross-graded students were able to do this.

We have hosted Teacher teams from Holland, South Africa, the USA as part of our mentor program for the Division of Instructional and Informational Technology (DITT) and Teachers College Reading and Writing program. 

Suzanne Kelly is a DITT Teacher Leaders and works with Stephen Amachee, our tech hardware/software in house expert to provide multiple support for our students, colleagues, and families.  Check out our OTTER LAB as it teaches both students and parents the” How To’s” for Near Pod, FlipGrid and Jamboards as well as how to upload your homework for your teacher to review each night. 

Kerry Hynes is our Maker Lab specialist and also a National Geographic Teaching Fellow.  It is here in our Maker Lab that our students think about real issues and begin to wonder about solutions. 

We have a Jamboard in our Maker Lab which provides the ability for our children to talk to multiple groups of students via a global platform. 

Each year, we host a MAKER FAIRE, part country fair and part science fair, this day is a day of celebration as our Makers put on a terrific show sharing their projects and learning new ideas along the way.  

Technology, interwoven into all aspects of our professional learning community to enrich and enhance the deeper thinking dives that we elicit from our students – 21st Century teaching and learning.   When asked what do we do best?, ” I often share that we teach our children to think.”

Next Generation Learning Standards

All P.S. 176 lessons are NGSS aligned moving into Next Generation. For more information, please visit: