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Academic Standards 2020-21

Wisconsin Statute 120.12(13) requires that annually, on the first school board meeting of the school year, the Board of Education identify the academic standards adopted by the Board under section 118.30(1g)(a)1 of the statutes which will be in effect for the upcoming school year. Listed below are the overarching learning targets for each of the curricular areas required under the notice. Copies of all learning targets and curriculum documents for each content area adopted by the Board of Education are available in the district office. Additionally, parent guides for 4K-8 and course catalogs for Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School are available on the district website.

English language arts

  • Reading: Students will read and comprehend a variety of complex literary and informational texts for many purposes (including enjoyment), including texts that reflect one’s experiences and experiences of others. This includes independently and proficiently understanding grade-level text.
  • Writing: Students will write routinely for a range of culturally-sustaining and rhetorically authentic tasks, purposes, and audiences over extended time frames (time for inquiry, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames.
  • Speaking and Listening: Students will listen to understand and adapt speech to a variety of purposes, audiences, and situations in order to meet communicative goals. Be able to justify intentional language choices and how those choices differ for culture and context.
  • Language: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how language functions in different cultures and contexts. Apply this knowledge to meet communicative goals when composing, creating, and speaking, and to comprehend more fully when reading and listening. Be able to justify intentional language and convention choices and explain how those choices differ for culture and context.

Mathematics content

  • Algebraic thinking: Students will use the language of algebra to represent relationships and justify appropriate solutions.
  • Numbers and operations: Students will develop number sense by identifying, describing, and evaluating the representation of numbers in various ways.
  • Measurement and data: Students will understand and apply measurement tools, formulas, and techniques.
  • Geometry: Students will use spatial and logical reasoning to interpret, represent, and solve problems.
  • Probability and statistics: Students will select, organize, compare, and analyze data in problem solving situations.

Mathematics processes

  • Students will make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Students will make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations.
  • Students will construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Students will apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and in the workplace.
  • Students will consider the available tool when solving a mathematical problem and make appropriate choices.
  • Students will attend to precision such as specifying symbols or units of measure, examining claims and making explicit use of definitions.
  • Students will look for and make sense of patterns and structure.
  • Students will look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning, evaluating the reasonableness of their results.

Science practices

Students will understand the nature of science and engineering by:

  • asking questions and defining problems;
  • developing and using models;
  • planning and carrying out investigations;
  • analyzing and interpreting data;
  • using mathematics and computational thinking;
  • constructing explanations and designing solutions;
  • engaging in argument from evidence; and
  • obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Science cross-cutting concepts

Students will understand the following organizational structures that connect core ideas:

  • patterns;
  • cause and effect;
  • scale, proportion and quantity;
  • systems and system models;
  • energy and matter in systems;
  • structure and function; and
  • stability and change of systems.

Science content


  • Forces and interactions: Pushes and pulls
    • What happens if you push or pull an object harder?
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems: animals, plants and their environment
    • Where do animals live and why do they live there?
  • Weather and climate
    • What is the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface?
    • What is the weather like today and how is it different from yesterday?

Grade 1

  • Waves: Light and sound
  • What happens when materials vibrate? What happens when there is no light?
  • Structure, function and information processing
  • What are some ways plants and animals meet their needs so that they can survive and grow?
  • How are parents and their children similar and different?
  • Space systems: Patterns and cycles
  • What objects are in the sky and how do they seem to move?

Grade 2

  • Structure and properties of matter
  • How are materials similar and different from one another, and how do the properties of materials relate to their use?
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • What do plants need to grow?
  • How many types of living things live in a place?
  • Earth’s systems: Processes that shape the Earth
  • How does land change and what are some things that cause it to change?
  • What are the different kinds of land and bodies of water?

Grade 3

  • Forces and interactions
  • How do equal and unequal forces on an object affect the object?
  • How can magnets be used?
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • How do organisms vary in their traits?
  • How are plants, animals, and environments of the past similar or different from current plants, animals and environments?
  • Inheritance and variation of traits: Life cycles and traits
  • How are organisms’ life cycles similar and different?
  • How do organisms vary in their traits?
  • How do variations in traits help organisms to survive and reproduce?
  • Weather and climate
  • What is typical weather in different parts of the world and during different times of the year?
  • How can the impact of weather-related hazards be reduced?

Grade 4

  • Energy
  • What is energy and how is it related to motion?
  • How is energy transferred?
  • How can energy be used to solve a problem?
  • Waves: Waves and information
  • What are waves and what are some things they can do?
  • Structure, function and information processing
  • How do internal and external structures support the survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction of plants and animals?
  • Earth’s systems: Processes that shape the Earth
  • How can water, ice, wind and vegetation change the land? What patterns of Earth’s features can be determined with the use of maps?

Grade 5

  • Structure and properties of matter
  • When matter changes, does its weight change?
  • Can new substances be created by combining other substances?
  • Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
  • Where does energy in food come from and what is it used for?
  • How does matter cycle through ecosystems?
  • Space systems: Stars and the solar system
  • How do lengths and directions of shadows or relative lengths of day and night change from day to day, and how does the appearance of some stars change in different seasons?
  • Earth’s systems
  • How much water can be found in different places on Earth?

Grade 6 – Earth and space sciences

  • Space systems
  • What is Earth’s place in the universe?
  • What makes up our solar system and how can the motion of Earth explain seasons and eclipses?
  • History of Earth
  • How do people figure out that the Earth and life on Earth have changed over time?
  • How does the movement of tectonic plates impact the surface of Earth?
  • Earth’s systems
  • How do the materials in and on Earth’s crust change over time?”
  • How does water influence weather, circulate in the oceans, and shape Earth’s surface?
  • Weather and climate
  • What factors interact and influence weather and climate?
  • Human impacts
  • How can natural hazards be predicted?
  • How do human activities affect Earth systems?

Grade 7 – Life sciences

  • Structure, function, and information processing
  • How do the structures of organisms contribute to life’s functions?
  • Growth, development, and oeproduction of organisms
  • How do organisms grow, develop, and reproduce?
  • Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
  • How do organisms obtain and use matter and energy?
  • How do matter and energy move through an ecosystem?
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • How do organisms interact with other organisms in the physical environment to obtain matter and energy?
  • Natural selection and adaptations
  • How does genetic variation among organisms in a species affect survival and reproduction?
  • How does the environment influence genetic traits in populations over multiple generations?

Grade 8 – Physical sciences

  • Structure and properties of matter
  • How can particles combine to produce a substance with different properties?
  • How does thermal energy affect particles?
  • Chemical reactions
  • What happens when new materials are formed? What stays the same and what changes?
  • Forces and Interactions
  • How can one describe physical interactions between objects and within systems of objects?
  • Energy
  • How can energy be transferred from one object or system to another?
  • Waves and electromagnetic radiation
  • What are the characteristic properties of waves and how can they be used?

Grades 9-12

  • Systems, order and organization
  • Students will understand that all things are part of an orderly interactive system.
  • Constancy, change and measurement
  • Students will understand that scientific measurement can describe constancy and change in nature.
    form and function
  • Students will understand which characteristics help an object function and how changing these characteristics influence an object’s function.
  • Evidence, models and explanations
  • Students will use appropriate models to explain science themes.
  • Equilibrium and evolution
  • Students will understand that all living and nonliving things have interdependence and balance that can change over time

Social studies content


  • Students will gain perspectives on the world by studying the earth and the interactions of people with places where they live, work and play.


  • Students will examine change and continuity over time to develop historical perspectives and analyze contemporary issues.

Political science and citizenship

  • Students will examine and critique the historical and contemporary uses of power, authority and governance.
  • Students will develop a sense of citizenship by analyzing the rights and responsibilities within a global community.


  • Students will understand and apply production, distribution, exchange and consumption concepts to make informed economic decisions.

Behavioral sciences

  • Students will explore the factors (ie: behavioral, psychological, emotional, social) factors that contribute to an individual’s uniqueness an their influences on self and others.

Social studies processes

Students will:

  • form an opinion and use textual evidence to support their argument;
  •  identify and use various text features to locate and use information efficiently;
  •  develop skills to effectively compare, contrast and draw conclusions;
  • be able to collect, analyze and interpret data;
  • read, write, and communicate concepts related to the social sciences;
  • be able to analyze and interpret multiple perspectives; and
  • integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media.