Curriculum Updates

Grade 3:

In reading and language arts classes, students are working on many skills.  

  • Describe characters in stories and how their actions affect the story.
  • Understand what an author means by the works he/she uses.
  • Identify and understand the importance of non-fiction text features
  • Similes, metaphors, and idioms
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Weekly practice of reading fluency

Some students have started the Simple Machines unit, with activities including building with Legos, playing The Bicycle Race game, and accessing the website.  EDHeads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.  Other students are studying nutrition and completing activities on the website.  In math, students are learning about area and perimeter while figuring out how to design a rabbit pen!

Grade 4:

In reading, students are working on monthly book reports, designing board games to demonstrate their understanding of setting, plot, and character development.  Many classes are also enjoying using Edmodo to “discuss” Fish in a Tree with their teacher and classmates.  They are answering higher-level thinking questions and learning how to offer constructive responses to peer posts.  Other students are working on research skills in science and social studies classes.  They are completing geology projects using multiple texts and online sources and drafting informational essays.  Many students are also completing various writing assignments designed to support their study of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grade 5:

Many students are studying chemistry in science right now.  They have recently completed the HYG chemical reaction experiment. Prior to completing the experiment they worked through the steps of the scientific method and made hypotheses.  During the experiment they were able to observe a chemical reaction producing heat, gas, and a color change! Students were very excited by what they observed.   In social studies, they continue their studies of the early colonies of the New World.  

In reading, students are working in literature circles while practicing I Can statements such as, I can accurately quote from a text, I can identify how a narrator’s point of view influences a story, and I can compare and contrast stories from the same genre.  

In math, fifth grade students have been working on developing their fraction sense, and adding and subtracting fractions.