In the intermediate grades, students begin preparing for the rigor of advanced grade levels. They grow in their Catholic identity as our Catholic faith guides our coursework. Third and fourth grade focuses on curriculum that allows students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students work on executive functioning skills to be organized and prepared for the school day to ensure their individual accountability in all areas of life.
Using various methods of reading instruction, students develop as readers through a guided reading framework, student-led literature circles, and skill instruction using both literary and informational text. Students receive instruction in word study using the Words Their Program, and they learn to write a variety of different genres through the Lucy Calkins framework.
Third and fourth grade students use Everyday Math, a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago, to learn math concepts. Students learn various problem solving skills and strategies, as well as build upon fact fluency, with a focus in multiplication and division. Math becomes a collaborative experience as students learn to problem solve and discuss their thinking and reasoning with peers. Students engage in real life mathematical situations to better understand more challenging mathematical concepts, such as fractions, decimals, and much more.
Students in the intermediate grades delve deeper into their study of science and social studies. Science incorporates the study physical, life, and Earth science. In social studies, students develop an understanding of colonization, present day government, and the regions of the United States.
Intermediate Grade Highlights
- Third grade: Students celebrate the month of rosary by participating in a project with their 7th grade buddies.
- Third grade: Students participate in a year-long current event project.
- Fourth grade: Students participate in the State Fair and learn the 50 states and capitals.
- Fourth grade: Students create an animal adaptation project focusing on behavioral and structural adaptations.