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
- 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.