3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Learning
Problem solving is at the center of math learning, and in grades 3-5, the concepts are taught with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. Students first investigate mathematical concepts through the use of hands-on manipulatives. They then move on to the pictorial stage in which pictures are used to model problems. Later, when students are more familiar with the ideas taught, they progress to the abstract stage in which only numbers, notations, and symbols are used. Instruction focuses on mathematical thinking and the application of skills to problem-solving. Students learn to understand the "how" and the "why" so they can tackle both routine and non-routine problems.
Teachers use this flexibility to best meet the needs of all their mathematical learners. In fourth and fifth grade, the teaching of math is departmentalized. Through on-going assessment, teachers are able to differentiate math instruction, adding additional support where required and providing challenges to stretch thinking where needed. Above all, it is important that all students not only see the importance of mathematics, but also see themselves as capable, confident mathematicians who apply what they learn in math to the real-world.
The Georgia Science standards are designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for all students to develop proficiency in science. Students use a hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum that provides them with experiences appropriate to the students' developmental levels. Students often work in collaborative groups as they use the scientific processes to explore a variety of content areas. In grades 3-5, the science content reflects the latest scientific research with a blend of physical, earth and space, and life sciences.
The Social Sciences Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) prepare students to be informed citizens who will live in, engage in, and compete in a global environment and society. Students learn to seek knowledge, to seek understanding, and to use that knowledge and understanding for critical analysis regarding the world around them. Through the study of economics, geography, government/civic responsibilities, and history, students cultivate a working knowledge of United States history, of national and world events, and of the various cultures seen throughout the world. Technology skills are woven throughout the curriculum. Social studies units are integrated with other academic and co-curricular subjects when possible.
The social studies program includes multicultural perspectives, hands-on experiences, field trips, and numerous opportunities to share student learning outside of the classroom.