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Third & Fourth Grade

In grades 3 and 4, students advance their reading, writing, and math skills and study more complex topics in science and social studies.

  • Instructional grade-level reading groups continue in grades 3 and 4, but more emphasis is placed on “reading to learn.”
  • Students engage in narrative and expository writing and teachers encourage students to use reading to explore their personal interests.
  • Goals in social studies are for students to begin to understand history as a continuum of past, present, and future; to understand that they are a part of history; to experience historical events and activities through projects and reenactments; to learn how to use time-lines and maps; and to begin learning the formal research process – formulating questions, gathering information, and outlining and reporting.
  • The other year of the two-year cycle focuses on the River curriculum. Teachers in each classroom assemble a “River Table,” a large working model of a river and children study the history of the Charles River, Native American and European communities in Massachusetts and science topics related to river ecology.
  • Science units from the “Habits of Mind” curricula include rocks and minerals, “Our Changing Earth,” electricity, and animal habitats.
  • One goal is for students to know their arithmetic facts by the end of 3rd grade and the multiplication tables by the end of 4th grade.
  • In both years of the 3rd and 4th grade, students take an overnight trip to Cape Cod Sea Camps, where they record natural science observations, play games, sleep in cabins, and spend time with one another outside of the school environment. Parents are invited to join the overnight.