Welcome to 3rd and 4th grade, where we travel through time from the purchase of the Louisiana Territory to exploring the many wonders of our solar system!
Through Scottish Storyline, our students are the owner of their learning, as the teacher facilitates key questions and promotes imaginative problem solving. Characters are created and the setting is developed with a large frieze that is hung in the classroom. Collaboration is a must as they come together to make this large painted paper collage to create a setting for our learning. With the integration of visual art, drama, music and dance, we are able to create culminating events that are sure to leave lasting memories.
Storyline is used to enhance student interest in all subjects:
Social Studies - History comes alive as students become characters from history during our Storyline and Focused Investigation. We study a timeline of events that happen through history using many resources including books, websites, and film during our yearly Social Studies Focus.
Science - Curiosity about our world and beyond are fueled by Science Focus Investigations. Using websites, apps, and texts to explore our world and universe makes students engaged in everyday learning.
Reading- A class novel and other non-fiction writing with the Focused Investigation theme are explored through many activities.
Writing- Research is done for an expository writing piece, opinion papers are written when a controversial subject is discovered, and narratives are always fun when we get to play the role of an astronaut, an American Indian, a pioneer, or an explorer on the Corps of Discovery!
Math- Instruction consists of Engage NY, Khan, and Mathematical Thinking Instruction.
Our Storyline approach is used with all 3 of our Focused Investigations that we teach each year. The following is a list of Focused Investigations in 3rd and 4th grade:
#1 Idaho Forests
#2 Author study of Laura Ingalls Wilder
#3 Oregon Trail and Gold Rush
#1 Solar System
#2 Lewis and Clark and Native Americans
#3 Author study of Beverly Cleary
Our team believes in character building with each individual student and creating an overall atmosphere of respect! Accepting each child for who they are builds trust that is necessary for a learning partnership with our students. Strong communication and support between home and school is also necessary for student success. We look forward to journeying through the year with you!