During book clubs, students meet in small groups to discuss a book that they have all read or listened to. Through sharing their thinking, they build a richer understanding than any one student could gain from independent reading alone. Students engage with the text on a deeper level and develop their conversational skills.
3rd and 4th Grade Book Clubs include:
Reading for Justice and Power
Using the Lucy Calkins curriculum, students continue to develop their grammar and punctuation skills throughout the year. Students begin learning how to publish their writing on a computer and develop their penmanship through learning the cursive alphabet. Writing units for 3rd and 4th graders include:
Fifth-grade students will demonstrate mature patterns in locomotor skills while also being able to implement and connect them during participation in different games and activities. In different team activities, a larger focus will be placed on teamwork, communication, and strategy development.
Third and fourth-grade musicians learn melodic instruments (ukulele or recorder), practice standard notation, and work on singing independently in rounds, canons, and partner songs.
Students learn how to put away books correctly, find books through the library system, and manage to check out and return books.
Students build their vocabulary by learning words for weather, days of the week, and seasons. They practice brief conversations in class using their knowledge of Spanish. Students also learn about cultural practices and traditions.