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Intermediate School includes Grades 3 through 5

CURRICULUM

Reading and Language Arts

Third grade is the year where students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. They continue to develop comprehension skills: understanding facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, interpreting, giving descriptions, summarizing, and identifying the main idea. They will learn to make inferences and find evidence to support their conclusions. Vocabulary will be explored by using context clues, dictionary skills, and the WordMaster program.

Writing

Lessons in grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, and style reinforce previous knowledge and introduce new skills. Students brainstorm and organize ideas, create rough drafts, revise and edit, and rewrite final copies. Third graders are introduced to  and will begin using topic sentences, supportive details and concluding sentences when writing paragraphs. Students will engage in a writing workshop environment. This environment allows our students to acquire writing skills, fluency, confidence, and the desire to see themselves as writers. Our spelling program, Words Their Way, involves “doing” things with words - examining, manipulating, comparing, and categorizing. Based on an informed interpretation of student’s spelling errors, differentiated tasks are created to focus attention on critical features of words: sound, pattern, and meaning. The students will be held accountable for spelling selected words correctly in all their written work, as well as skills instruction and word studies. Students will review cursive letter formations and connections, and practice cursive writing throughout the year.

Math

Using Everyday Mathematics, hands-on materials, IXL and various other on-line programs, third graders will continue to develop number sense, problem solve, and hone the following skills and areas of mathematics: place value, rounding, basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, estimation, multi- digit addition, subtraction, and multiplication, long division (introduction), fractional parts, equivalent fractions, and decimals.

Social Studies

Students will use the social studies program titled “Social Studies Alive”. It will focus on Earth’s geography, our community and how it compares to other areas of the world. Students will explore the cultural contributions such as food, language, economy, and holidays from around the world. This will also include the study of each student’s heritage, immigrants, Native Americans, and the Amazon rainforest. Mapping physical and political features is part of the study of landforms and waterways. “Scholastic News” provides current event information each week.

Technology in the classroom

Third grade students are assigned their own MacAir laptop and consistently develop skills in browsing, keyboarding, and creating various documents, presentations, and videos using Mac programs, google docs, and google slides. Students also attend tech classes to enhance these skills and learn coding.

Additional Classes

Our students go to Science, Spanish, Technology, Art, Library, Physical Education, Music and Movement.

 

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Reading and Language Arts

Fourth grade readers develop comprehension skills including understanding facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, interpreting, giving descriptions, summarizing, andstatingthemain idea. Students also participate in novel studies to further develop reading comprehension. Spelling lessons are developed using the program Words Their Way, where each student is challenged based on their spelling needs. Word Master a vocabulary program, is used to learn and reinforce new vocabulary words.

Writing

Pre-writing techniques include brainstorming strategies, webbing, and mapping. Students organize ideas, create rough copies, revise, edit, and publish a final copy. Students write in a variety of forms: single paragraphs, multi-paragraph essays, short answers, poetry, research reports, and letters. Narrative, informative, descriptive, and expository writing styles are developed.

Math

EveryDay Math, IXL, an online math practice program, and supplementary materials are used to teach math. Students will participate in fluency fact practice days where games are used tp build fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students also are challenged through problem solving activities where higher-level thinking skill are needed to be successful. Place value, rounding, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-digit multiplication, the mastery of long division, fractions, and date collection are all important skills that fourth grade focuses on throughout the year.

Social Studies

Fourth grade social studies focus on the five main regions of the United States. Through the program Social Studies Alive! students explore how the regions are divided and what common features each region possesses. Students participate in a large research project about the regions of the country. This project combines research within the classroom and robotics programming in science class. Students have the opportunity to present their research and work in programming at the culminating Regions and Robotics Exposition.

Technology in the classroom

Fourth grade students are assigned their own MacAir laptop and consistently develop skills in keyboarding, Internet search and browsing, creating various documents, presentations, websites and videos using Mac progams, google docs, and google slides. Students also attend tech classes to enhance these skills and learn coding.

 

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Language Arts & Reading

The theme for fifth grade is “Language, Stories, and Heroes.” While continuing to build spelling and vocabulary skills, students receive a strong foundation in grammar, focusing on parts of speech and sentence structure. In addition to a poetry unit emphasizing self-expression and creativity, students also work to develop their paragraph-writing skills. Later in the year, we begin a novel study of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, using whole class discussion to explore basic literary concepts. The students’ learning culminates in a five-paragraph persuasive essay based on their interpretation of the novel’s protagonist.

Math

Fifth grade is a year of building on skills that have been learned in lower grades and preparing to apply them to increasingly more complex situations. Students become proficient in multiplying multi-digit numbers and doing long division with multi-digit dividends and divisors. They continue to work with all aspects of fractions, including all four operations. They also learn about decimals and percent and how to convert between fractions, decimals, and percent. Students learn to be problem solvers as well, identifying

important words in story problems and learning the mathematical meaning of common words (for example, of means to multiply). More abstract algebraic thinking is introduced. While they have been using such thinking since early grades to solve problems such as ? + 1 = 5, the problems become more complex and less concrete at this level.

Social Studies

The focus of study in 5th grade is the regions and people of the Western Hemisphere. In looking at North and South America students will learn geography, early history, cultural development and economic changes associated with this region.

Additional Classes

Our students go to science, spanish, technology, art, library, physical education, music and movement