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Hawthorn Planning Council
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Learning / Student Resources

Educational Links

Here is a selection of resources that students and families may find helpful. Please note that inclusion on this list is not an endorsement. Further, links sometimes change. As with all internet usage, please use care in visiting sites.


Typing Training:  Keyboarding lessons and practice for Hawthorn students in kindergarten through 8th grade. For assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.

Dance Mat Typing:  Introduction to typing for young children

http://www.freetypinggame.net:  Free typing games, lessons and tests

SuperKids:  Vocabulary word-of-the-day for grades 6th – 9th grade

Free Rice:  Answer vocabulary questions to earn rice for the hungry

Vocabulary Games:  Includes World Language support

Xtra Math:  A free web program for students, teachers and parents to help kids master basic math facts.

Counting Money

A+ Math:  Math games

Math Playground:  Variety of math-related activities

Science Kids: Games, projects, quizzes and information about a variety of basic science concepts
Biology 4 Kids:  Information about cells, microorganisms, plants, animal systems and more
Trivia Plaza/Science:  Online quizzes about elements and abbreviations
Cosmos 4 Kids:  Information about the solar system, galaxies and more

Place the State:  Place the state on the U.S. map

National Geographic GeoBee Quiz:  A daily geography bee challenge

Trivia Plaza: A variety of online geography quizzes. Site also includes quizzes on other subjects.

Kids.gov:  Information and activity site maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Social Studies for Kids:  Facts, glossaries, games and more.
Constitution Study Guide:  Adult education study guide outlining the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Illinois Constitution and more.

Templates and examples of different ways to organize, study and present information.
EduPlace graphic organizers

Ed Helper graphic organizers

Education Oasis graphic Organizers

More K-5 Websites:  A terrific list of learning websites, which was provided as part of the October 19, 2010 Parent University.

Find a Book

Lexile Book Finder:  Parents can use this resource to identify books that will appropriately challenge your child’s skills and spark their interest. For students in grades 1 through 7, your Lexile score will appear on your MAP report, which will be included with your end-of-year report card. Parents can also complete a brief online survey to help identify reading options. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Find a Book” to begin your search. If you have questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

International Reading Association Recommendations:  Lists of books recommended by teachers as well as young readers themselves.

Typing Training (formerly Custom Typing)

Typing Training:  This online website provides keyboarding lessons and practice for Hawthorn students in kindergarten through 8th grade. For assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.

Hawthorn Student Assistance Program - Bully Form

Hawthorn Student Assistance Program:  Hawthorn’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides a comprehensive model for the delivery of K-8 prevention, intervention, and support services.  SAP is designed to reduce student risk factors, promote protective factors and increase asset development. This site includes resources to support parents and students, including the Report a Bully form, which allows students and parents to anonymously report situations.

Learning / Report Cards

Hawthorn families receive a variety of feedback on their students’ achievement, including Trimester Report Cards, Midterm Progress Reports and more. Please consult the following links for more information:

Report Cards at Hawthorn
This describes Hawthorn’s philosophy behind reports cards and how they were designed to communicate with parents.

Midterm Progress Reports
This describes the mid-term reporting process.

For More Information
Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or directly at 847-990-4251

Learning / Curriculum Info

All Hawthorn schools follow the Hawthorn Comprehensive Curriculum, a set of documents which incorporate Illinois and the Common Core Standards for learning. As planning documents, the Hawthorn curriculum guide set includes those key concepts and standards that our teachers feel all students should understand by the end of each grade level. Our teachers use these concepts to plan engaging units of study and lessons, and to design effective assessments which will provide them with reliable information on their students’ progress. It is revised annually based on ongoing feedback and review to assure that the most appropriate learning goals are identified at each grade level, based on established criteria from state and national standards, as well as our district’s specific needs.

We are grateful to the Hawthorn Board of Education for its continued support in our ongoing endeavor to align and improve our curriculum and programs. Everyone responsible for making this a living, breathing, working document has provided a valuable service to our school community.

Curriculum Guides

Hawthorn Language Arts Curriculum
Hawthorn Mathematics Curriculum
Hawthorn Science Curriculum
Hawthorn SEL Curriculum
Hawthorn Social Studies Curriculum
Hawthorn Physical Development and Health Curriculum
Hawthorn Fine Arts Curriculum
Hawthorn Foreign Language Curriculum

ISBE/Illinois PTA Common Core Standards Parent Guides
Fact Sheet: Common Core Standards published in August 2013 by the Illinois State Board of Education


The Learning@Hawthorn newsletter offers information related to student achievement and staff development programs at Hawthorn. It is posted online approximately four times each year. Questions or comments may be directed to Lisa Cerauli, Ed. D. at 847-990-4251 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Parent University

Parent University sessions (formerly Curriculum Coffees) are opportunities for community members and parents to come to the Hawthorn District office and discuss pertinent issues relating to curriculum and instruction at Hawthorn.  These are scheduled right before each monthly Board of Education business meeting, and include short topical presentations on curricular issues, as well as, open discussions with the community.  Although these meetings are not intended as forums to discuss individual parent concerns, this is a great way to get more information on programming and instruction at Hawthorn. Please check the district calendar for the dates and times of these meetings.

Other Documents and Resources

Homework By Design - A brochure compiled to review and clarify the purposes, amount, effectiveness, and grading of homework. Using research and information gathered over the years, the homework plan is intended to address the academic needs of our students.Teachers will strive to make each homework assignment meaningful.

RtI at Hawthorn - A brochure compiled to explain the purpose and process of RtI or Response to Intervention at Hawthorn.

Literacy at Hawthorn - A brochure designed in collaboration with our Hawthorn Reading Specialists to give parents some helpful hints and information to help them in supporting their child’s literacy goals at home.

Curriculum Planning Documents - Hawthorn District #73 believes that all of our children deserve instruction that is tailored to their needs.  We do not spend large amounts of money to adopt any one textbook that will not fit the needs of ALL of our learners.  Instead, we believe in giving students instruction that is designed to help them: gain deep understanding of big concepts in every discipline, address their specific learning goals, and ignite curiosity for further learning.  The following two planning documents are based on Understanding by Design (UbD) and The Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning Model.  Both of these methods of curriculum, assessment and instructional planning support the goals above and help us to get to our goal of Learning for All.