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Curriculum Overview

At Mililani Uka, curriculum and instruction is aligned to two sets of standards. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics instruction is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Science, Social Studies, Health, Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Career and Technical Education instruction adheres to the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III).

Information about the standards can be found at:


Embedded within classroom instruction and assessment are opportunities for the students to co-construct criteria, goal set, self-reflect, and assess their learning. The General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are also developed throughout our standards-based instruction for students in all grade levels to support their academic learning as they become engaged, lifelong learners. They are:

  • Self-directed Learner: The ability to be responsible for one’s own learning
  • Community Contributor: The understanding that it is essential to work together
  • Complex Thinker: The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
  • Quality Producer: The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products
  • Effective Communicator: The ability to communicate effectively
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology: The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically

In addition to published curriculum, Mililani Uka Elementary School also utilizes the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework to create multi-disciplinary units to teach for deeper understanding and application of the concepts learned. Students apply their learning through performance assessment tasks.

English Language Arts: Reading Wonders (McGraw-Hill)

Reading Wonders is the Hawaii State adopted English Language Arts (ELA) researched-based curriculum. As the first and only ELA curriculum designed for the Common Core State Standards, it utilizes a range of diverse print and digital media to teach the rigor, intent, and depth of the standards. Daily lessons will allow students to build a strong reading foundation, access complex text, find and use text evidence, and engage in collaborative conversations.

Writing: Lucy Caulkins Units of Study

Units of Study is a researched based writing curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The grade-specific curriculum utilizes the writing workshop model to engage students in meeting and exceeding the CCSS. Throughout the year students will author various types of writing including narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion pieces to address the three major types of writing of the CCSS.

Multisensory Structured Language Approach (MSL)

The Multisensory approach to language instruction provides students with explicit, direct, and focused instruction on the structure of language. It involves the use of visual (what we see), auditory (what we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (symbols we feel) pathways to simultaneously enhance memory and learning to read and spell. MSL instruction focuses on teaching children phonology (sounds), syllabication (division of words into syllables), and morphology (the study of word structure). Instruction begins with the easiest and most basic elements of reading (letter names and sounds) and progresses methodically to word study and vocabulary (studying prefixes, suffixes, and roots to understand word meanings). The MSL approach to teaching reading and spelling is used to support the Reading Wonders program as well as the Lucy Calkins Units of Writing.

Mathematics: Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is an innovative online program that:

  • Fosters students’thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Delivers multiple ways to differentiate classroom instruction.
  • Provides a valuable source of professional learning for the teacher.
  • Presents methods to assess deep understanding and skills.
  • Is rich in online and print resources that engage all students.
  • Offers a cost-effective solution to core math implementation.
  • Assists in the recommended shift to digital instructional materials.

Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a K-5 mathematics curriculum designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas in the areas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement, and early algebra. With the adoption of CCSS, Mililani Uka has also focused on integrating the Standards for Mathematical Practices into Investigations lessons to emphasize the thinking processes students should be engaged in while learning mathematics content.

The CCSS Mathematical Practices are:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Science: Science and Technology for Children (STC) and Teacher Created Understanding by Design (UbD) Units

Mililani Uka’s inquiry based science curriculum captures the interests of students through hands-on learning. Students discover scientific concepts through real world experiences fostering their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The curriculum links science with other subject areas such as reading, writing, and math.


Social Studies: Teacher Created Understanding by Design

Units In grades K-5, students spend the year investigating the five strands of the HCPS III social studies standards, history, political science/civics, geography, cultural anthropology, and economics. Students develop their understanding of grade level social studies standards by exploring various materials such as authentic artifacts, current events, and digital resources.


Mililani Uka is fully networked for voice, video, and data including internet access from all classrooms and offices. The office is equipped for electronic payroll, budgeting, finances, student information, and inventory. All teachers have laptops and printers to plan lessons, take attendance and lunch count, produce report cards, and communicate via email. The library is networked for circulation, on-line catalog, and electronic references. There are four computer labs (2 Mac and 2 Chrome desktops) and student computers are available in most classrooms. Grades 2-5 are now 1:1, which means that there is a device available for each student. Our lower grades also have iPads for use inside the classroom. Students go to a computer lab every two weeks for curriculum integrated lessons using applications from Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, and Google Apps for Education. In addition, students have access to numerous online learning programs such as KidBiz, iXL, Discovery Education, and Typing Agent. Please see the online programs page of our website for more information.


QUEST is Mililani Uka’s Enrichment program for students in grades 1 –5.  QUEST is a once a week 90 minute pull-out program that integrates the areas of science, math, technology and the language arts in project-based learning opportunities.

The Parent Nomination form for QUEST testing will be available in the office from August 6 through August 24.  Read through the packet and, if you feel your child meets the characteristics of a gifted child, complete the form and return it to the office.  QUEST testing will start on September 4.  All nomination forms need to be returned by August 24.  NO LATE NOMINATION FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

QUEST nominations are opened to all students at Mililani Uka Elementary in grades First through Fifth grade.  Students identified and selected will begin the program in October 2018.  If you have any questions please contact Pauline Kishimoto at 627-7303.

Quest Brochure

Fine Arts

The standards based fine arts program provides music and dance instruction for all of our students. The lower grades learn to play rhythm instruments and tone bells. The upper grade students’ instruments include the flutophone, recorder, and ukulele. Students are exposed to and participate in many genres of music and dance as part of their instruction.