ENGLISH: small group classes focusing on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, analytical and creative writing, and spelling; guided reading strategies such as character mapping, self-questioning, note-taking, use of textual evidence to draw conclusions, and summarizing; reading of novels and poetry, including those that connect to History.
WRITING: small group classes focusing on expository writing, grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure, expanded paragraphs; strategies for planning, writing and editing.
MATHEMATICS: whole number operations; geometry and spatial relationships; area and perimeter; fractions and decimals.
HISTORY: yearlong study of immigration and migration in the USA; comparison of the major waves of migration from the 1840s to the present day; Chinese, Irish and German immigration in the 1800s; Angel and Ellis Islands; The Great Black Migration. Students consider the pushes and pulls of migration, the enrichment of culture through the contributions of migrant communities, and issues of social justice.
SCIENCE: factors affecting mold growth; mold structure, uses and prevention; properties of magnets; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of selected insects; phases of the moon; simple machines including levers, gears and mechanical advantage.
MANDARIN: continued speaking, writing and listening, with a focus on consolidation of previously learned materials; students perform a short play in Mandarin.
LIBRARY: further study of the Dewey Decimal System and exploration of works of nonfiction; reading aloud of historical fiction; using appeal terms to identify qualities of a book and developing deeper understanding of personal reading interests.
RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: topics include sexuality and values, images in popular culture, body image, and the changes of puberty.
SERVICE LEARNING: students work as servers at All Souls Soup Kitchen in order to better understand hunger in the community. For the MLK Day of Service, students make placemats and other needed items in the classroom for All Souls.
TECHNOLOGY: continued development of touch-typing skills and computer programming; creation of slideshow presentations; digital citizenship.
ART (rotating ten-week courses):
CERAMICS: working in clay to make a functional object, including wedding, handbuilding, throwing and glazing.
CARPENTRY: designing and constructing a wooden object.
PHOTOGRAPHY: working with traditional and non-traditional cameras and darkroom techniques in the practice of basic photography.
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: with a focus on strength, flexibility and overall fitness, positioning and movement strategy and its application in cooperative games; dance; FunFit.