Third and Fourth Grade
“What makes a great book?” is the essential question we ask students as they uncover the many different genres of literature in Third and Fourth Grade reading curriculums. Students read new literature as well as timeless classics as avenues to answer this essential question. Third and Fourth Grade students are able to use their self-confidence to hone their presentation skills in projects that require both writing and speaking about the literature they are reading.
Fourth Graders study the State of Missouri in the Social Studies curriculum that asks questions like, “Are modern civilizations here now more civilized than ancient ones?” and, “Is bartering still a valuable way to obtain goods?” During the process of learning about these cultures and historical periods, as well as modern-day government, students create their own unique classroom city. Making decisions involved in creating a city enables them to discover how specific decisions by government and businesses affect everyone in the community.
The Mathematics curriculum used in Fourth Grade further stimulates problem solving and increases mental math ability. Different algorithms are used to solve multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Geometry is introduced and elementary algebraic concepts are presented on a regular basis using a variety of hands-on activities.
Being a part of the upper school allows Fourth Graders to take on a more advanced leadership role. Students guide their younger buddies in classroom activities and lessons.
So here at Rohan Woods we are focused on Project-Based Learning. Each grade comes up with a topic of interest and will go on a journey of exploration and creation over the course of 6-8 weeks. Third and Fourth Grade will be exploring "Games" as their topic of interest, and that includes types of games, the history of games, preparation, and also rules and instructions among other things. Before we start, however, there are certain skills that we need to hone and refine. Last week, the students worked on taking clear pictures that were relevant to their topic, and then how to upload them to their Google accounts. It's an important skill, and I was impressed to see that they took to it very quickly!
Up next is working on visual presentations. The class will be making posters that contain information all about themselves, including (but not limited to) their favorite Movie/TV Show, their family, their favorite subject, and what they want to do when they get older. Through this, they gain the skills of how to draw people's attention with big, bright writing, planning ahead by sketching out a design, and adding other features to their posters to catch their audience's eye.
After the posters have been made, Third and Fourth Grade will give a presentation so that they can hone their public speaking skills. It's a lot to put together, but it's great practice for when our Project culminates later in the Fall. This is such an eager group, and there is no doubt they'll have lots of fun with it!