Department of Defense Education Activity

DeLalio ES: Curriculum & Instruction

To create a world-class education system, DoDEA has developed rigorous and demanding curriculum standards. The curriculum standards specify what students should know and be able to do.  DoDEA curriculum standards are based on the content standards produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council for Teachers of English/the International Reading Association, the National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards and the National Council for Teachers of Social Studies. Standards are important because they set high levels of learning and performance for all students. The standards also serve as a basis for assessments across the curriculum. They focus on what is important in each curriculum area. In keeping with DoDEA's mission to educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world the DoDEA Curriculum Content Standards and the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) provide the framework for academic excellence. 

We believe it is our responsibility to ensure that all students are prepared for the 21st Century. To meet this responsibility, learning activities are individualized through differentiated instruction to support achievement of expectations and to prepare students for success at the next level.  Our instructional practices intentionally integrate content areas and support the national STEM Initiative (Science Technology Engineering Math) to ensure that our students are problem solvers,innovators, self-reliant, logical thinkers, and are technologically literate. We have a full-time STEAM teacher utilizing the latest in robotics and other technology to teach children these very skills. Our interdisciplinary approach o learning supports a College to Career Curriculum with real-world project-based learning using the Engineering Design Process to develop students' skills and abilities to be successful, academically and socially. Additionally, we honor the humanities in our STEM instructional opportunities and include the integration all subjects such as language arts, social studies and the arts.


At DeLalio Elementary School we recognize the importance of developing a strong foundation in reading. Teachers use a balanced literacy approach in teaching reading and writing. Aligned with national standards, such an approach includes reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, word study, modeled/shared writing, interactive writing, and independent writing. Teachers systematically teach children the skills necessary to become good readers and writers.

Children need opportunities to develop their reading and writing skills every day. Please capitalize upon every opportunity to read at home with your child. Read to your child, read aloud together, and have your child read aloud to you. Discuss the stories prior to reading them, while they are being read, and after reading them.  At school, children write every day within a clearly identified framework or structure. Writing is taught as a process and students learn to gather ideas, write a rough draft, revise, edit, and create a finished product.  At home, invite your child to create authentic text through such activities as making grocery lists, writing notes and letters, using diaries and journals, authoring stories on their own, and emailing relatives.

As children develop skills in the mechanics of language, they learn to revise for punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Spelling is a developmental skill that becomes most meaningful when students learn spelling strategies and patterns in the context of writing and word study.

While it is important to teach handwriting directly to most students, more time is spent on allowing students opportunities to apply what they are learning about handwriting. Our goal in teaching handwriting is to help students develop a consistent, legible style.

College & Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics (CCRSM)

The mathematics program is designed to develop students who can think logically and solve problems in their everyday lives.  The language of math and the operations taught should enable students to communicate effectively and productively in today's technical society.  The curriculum encourages exploration in a variety of mathematical ideas in a way that retains the children's enjoyment and curiosity about math.  It incorporates concept understandings through real-world contexts. 


The science program provides opportunities for students to study life science, physical science, and earth and space science at all grade levels.  Students are offered a variety of experiences to develop problem solving skills and knowledge.

Social Studies

Social Studies instruction develops the knowledge and skills necessary for students to become responsible, participating citizens.

Healthful Living

CLDS uses a comprehensive health education program that promotes decision-making skills to enable students to adopt healthy attitudes and engage in healthy, responsible behavior. 

Special Area Classes

ArtMedia CenterGifted Education
Music ProgramComputers/Digital Learning

English as a Second Language

Physical EducationSTEAMRead 180 Reading Program
Math ResourceLeveled Literacy Intervention