ENGLISH: close reading in small groups and discussion of short stories, novels and essays; reading, writing, memorization of poetry and of selected portions from sacred texts studied in history; spelling, handwriting and grammar; public speaking and debate; skits and class plays.
WRITING: small group classes focusing on writing and discussion; parts of speech; sentence structure, simple and expanded paragraph writing across several genres, expository and creative writing; mimetic stories; strategies for planning, writing and editing.
MATHEMATICS: continued development of computational and problem-solving skills through work on real-world problems; geometry and spatial relationships; extensive investigation of whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to strengthen number sense and computational fluency.
HISTORY: a study of immigration; close comparative study of basic tenets of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, using sacred texts; topics in the Middle Ages, including the structure of society, the heroic ideal and the role of religion; research reports with bibliography.
SCIENCE: properties of magnets; simple machines including levers, gears and mechanical advantage; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of selected insects and their relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom; structure, uses and prevention of mold and its ecological role as a decomposer; phases of the moon.
MANDARIN: continued speaking, writing and listening, with a focus on consolidation of previously learned materials; an exploration of urban modernity and traditional rural life.
LIBRARY: along with continuing activities, further study of the Dewey Decimal System and exploration of works of non-fiction.
TECHNOLOGY: continued development of touch-typing skills and computer programming; creation of slideshow presentations; introduction to desktop publishing; digital citizenship.
ART: rotating twelve-week courses in ceramics, carpentry and photography.
CERAMICS: basic skills associated with working in clay to make a functional ceramic object, including wedging, hand building, throwing and glazing.
CARPENTRY: design, planning and construction of a finished wooden object.
PHOTOGRAPHY: an introduction to the art and practice of photography through age-appropriate projects.
MUSIC: continued vocal and instrumental study of strings or the alto recorder; English handbells for performance at the Winter and Last Day Assemblies.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: positioning and movement strategy and their application in cooperative games; focus on strength, exibility and overall tness; running club; class dance; gymnastics routines.
SERVICE LEARNING: See Class III.