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4th & 5th Grade Curriculum

Lower School students

4th & 5th grade Curriculum

In fourth and fifth grades, students learn through a dynamic, collaborative curriculum that nurtures and challenges children to learn and grow as individuals and community members.
Students take classes in language arts, math, social studies, science, Spanish, physical education, art, theater, music, library, media arts, and woodshop. Students begin and end each day with their cluster teacher, who supports the child's intellectual, social and emotional growth.
Lower School students

Curriculum Highlights

Language Arts

Students strengthen their critical thinking and writing skills, engage in studies of poetry and novels, and exercise their creativity through the writing of books and stories.

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In math, teachers emphasize the conceptual understanding of mathematical principles and the importance of growth mindset.

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Media & Technology

Students build a strong foundation in essential media literacy and technology skills through their explorations in Media Arts and Computer Technology.

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Physical Education & Health

The goal in P.E. and health is to encourage kids to be physically active, develop an enjoyment for exercise, stimulate their minds, and start healthy habits from a young age.

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In science, students spend a lot of time conducting experiments and exploring through hands-on investigations.

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Social Studies

Topics in social studies include community, geography, early government and history of America, democracy and more.

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Spanish in LS-Elementary is interdisciplinary, with frequent collaborations with subjects such as math and art that help bring the language to life.

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The Arts

Students take a variety of arts classes that provide an important outlet for creative expression: visual art, music, woodshop/design and theater.

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Student Support

Relationships are the core of everything we do at Calhoun, and the student support team provides resources that are tailored to the challenges and needs of each student. Through individual student and family consultations, or tailored activities such as “Cub Care” classes focused on social-emotional competences, the student support team provides essential resources to boost the development of key skills and enable each student to thrive. 

After School Program

Calhoun’s After School Program (ASP) offers a wide range of choices for after-school activities. Early drop-off care is also available.

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