Third and fourth graders take Humanities, an interdisciplinary course combining language arts and social studies that allows students to strengthen essential skills while delving deeper into the subjects.
Both reading and writing are used as a lens through which to explore the human experience. An important goal in third grade is to build students’ reading stamina and independence. Students engage in a word study to gain an understanding of the structures and patterns that are essential to reading and writing. They begin to write more independently, gradually taking on longer writing projects including note taking, opinion writing, personal narrative and nonfiction.
By the time they reach fourth grade, students are transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn. There is an increased focus on nonfiction writing and writing conventions, with assignments covering persuasive writing, informative writing, poetry and more.
In fifth grade, students are introduced to a wide variety of genres and authors and encouraged to read with depth. Fifth graders strengthen their critical thinking skills and writing conventions, engage in studies of poetry and novels, and exercise their creativity through the writing of books and stories.