P-3 (THIRD & FOURTH GRADE)

Third and Fourth graders demonstrate more highly-developed thinking skills, as well as the ability to solve problems with creative strategies.

Positive Independence

Positive independence is a key goal of the third and fourth graders. Third and fourth graders enjoy having the opportunity to solve problems independently.

Concentration & Peers

Students are able to concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time and begin to use their own resources or seek out peers, rather than adults for assistance.

Focusing on the Process

By the end of fourth grade children often shift their emphasis from focusing almost entirely on the process to giving equal focus to the end result.

Mathematics

In mathematics, students are able to apply a host of strategies when solving problems with three-digit numbers or less. In addition, they are building multiplication skills, are able to recognize a wide variety of shapes and can readily identify patterns. They can also translate simple word problems into number sentences and begin to apply more algebraic thinking and logic to solving problems with addition and subtraction.

Science

Science classes are focused on hands on science explorations and experimentation. Topics covered include: Animals and Plants: classification and characteristics, The solar system, earth’s structures: basic layers, surface, soil, water cycles and natural resources, technology and inventions; properties and structures of matter. Many project-based, hands on activities take students outside to investigate our woods, nature trail, two ponds, green house, gardens, chickens and goats on our 43-acre campus.

Language & Literacy

The curriculum focuses on the ability of students to select and combine skills and strategies to read fluently with meaning and purpose, apply comprehension competency and vocabulary to a wider variety of texts and check on and improve their comprehension as needed. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of text structures, vocabulary and the world to understand and communicate. Students create engaging and detailed stories, as well as reports that are increasingly persuasive, informative or entertaining.

Social Studies

The social studies focus is on geography, history, civics and economics. Students learn about map reading, interpretation, climate types, and cultures. Children study important people, dates and events from the following time periods: Native American early civilizations, early European settlements, early European settlements in Delaware, Revolutionary Way and Constitutional period and early expansion to 1850.

With respect to Civics, students study the purpose of government and the U.S. and Delaware Constitution, branches of government, different types of government, elected positions and the rule of law. Students study banking services and the banking system, as well as foundation economic concepts and structures, including international trade.