Grades 3 and 4

The Beaches Episcopal School third and fourth grade programs provide a wholesome environment for learning by providing a variety of experiences to develop the whole child. Through an integrated, hands-on curriculum (including a commitment to enrichment programs), students are encouraged to develop inquisitive, creative minds, and a joy of learning. Technology is integrated into our daily curriculum to give students a more diverse learning experience incorporating iPads, SMARTBoards, a 3D printer, and a laser cutter.

Enrichment classes are a vital part of Beaches Episcopal School curriculum. Art, physical education, music, library, computer science, Spanish, and Christian education provide avenues for self-expression and enhanced learning. Students actively participate in chapel services on a weekly basis and share classroom prayers. Opportunities are provided to allow students to develop responsibility and leadership skills. Classroom iPads support learning as students take advantage of digital applications to make subject content come alive.
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3rd Grade

Core Academic Subjects

Language Arts

  • Read many different genres and develop the skill of age-appropriate selection
  • Practice comprehension skills and strategies through different types of reading selections
  • Develop and practice the writing process using a variety of styles
  • Develop higher order thinking skills through literature
  • Develop and practice listening, study, and organizational skills
  • Develop and practice word building skills through spelling, vocabulary, and sight words

Math

  • Understand number sense
  • Practice strategies to understand and solve real-world word problems
  • Mastery of addition and subtraction skills using multi-digit numbers
  • Learn multiplication and division facts (0-10)
  • Develop skills with multiplication and division skills, whole numbers, place value, fractional understanding, and measurement
  • Communicate mathematical ideas, terms, and skillful thinking by working in cooperative learning groups

Science

  • Participate in project based learning
  • Engage in a study of the water cycle and extreme weather through reading resources and experimentation
  • Introduce and develop scientific vocabulary
  • Use tools to collect data on animal behaviors, adaptations, and the role in ecosystems
  • Learn through discovery, such as plants growing and changing
  • Encourage and develop verbal and written communication of scientific findings

Social Studies

  • Explore Jacksonville history
  • Encourage and engage in discussions about geography, manufacturing, and US. Government
  • Develop map reading skills along with learning the 50 states and abbreviations for each state
  • Engage in current event discussions
  • Learn about the founding of the New World
  • Invite guest speakers to enhance classroom curriculum

Enrichments

Art

  • Develop confidence and express joy through creative expression in various art mediums
  • Elements of art are developed while creating works of art
  • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art

Christian Education

  • Continue developing a strong understanding of how to use the Bible
  • Help students see that Bible truths have application in our lives today
  • Use Old and New Testament Bible stories to help students understand God’s involvement in our lives

Media/Technology

  • Continue to review computer basics and keyboarding skills
  • Identify and locate collection of materials
  • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
  • Locate information using OPAC
  • Use parts of a book to locate information, use appropriate reference sources and identify numerical arrangement of library materials
  • Continue word processing, drawing, and internet
  • Introduction to Google Apps for Education
  • Continue coding
• Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration. • 1 to 1 iPads • Continue digital citizenship • Understand the importance of internet safety

Physical Education

  • Teach and reinforce good sportsmanship and team work in all games and activities, with a Christian mind set
  • Develop a strong core of flexibility, strength, endurance, and agility
  • To teach and introduce team sports games and team activities
  • To teach students to maintain their own space while traveling
  • To enhance students loco-motor skills
  • To develop the concept of the relationship of body parts and teach a healthy lifestyle

Music

Music is taught by a full-time teacher who currently holds a teaching certificate in K-12 Music Education and K-6 Elementary Education. Third and fourth grades have music class twice a week for fifty minutes. 

  The curriculum is designed to include playing instruments, singing, composing a variety of music, movement, listening, evaluating, preparing for chapel songs, and learning various components of music theory. The curriculum is supported by Music K8 by Plank Road Publishing, Recorder Karate by Barb Philipek, Music Play, Grades 1& 2 by Denise Gagne, the Singing Games and Action Songs series by Denise Gagne, Tradition of Excellence Band Method by Bruce Pearson, and a library of additional resources. Students have access to a large variety of nonpitched rhythm instruments, African drums, xylophones, glockenspiels, and Boomwhackers to accompany songs or to create rhythms or melodies. Recorders, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments for band are provided by the students’ families.

  Technology in the form of Smartboard activities, AppleTV, and an iPod for music playback/projection supplements the lessons. Students in grades 3-6 have one-to-one iPad access which enables them to increase understanding of music theory through the use of apps, to do research for class projects, to view a variety of performances, and to create original compositions using software such as GarageBand. Classroom teachers, parents, and community volunteers support the music program by accompanying chapel services, creating and assisting with props or costumes for performances, and attending student performances.

  Whenever possible, music is integrated with academic themes. Classroom teachers provide curriculum maps and themes for the school year. Special themes or performances in the classroom are supported by the music program. Music is taught in a large classroom, providing ample space for a variety of movement activities and playing larger instruments. Students have opportunities to perform during the year such as: Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, BES Sunday, Lessons & Carols, band concerts, a spring concert, and performances in the regular classroom to support academic themes. Students also serve as singing leaders during chapel services. Students in this age group are refining their performance and leadership skills and are preparing for potential participation in music ensembles both outside of school and in subsequent years in an upper school setting.

Spanish

  • Greetings
  • Colors
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Calendar
  • Seasons
  • Months of the year
  • Giving basic information
  • Body parts
  • Numbers 1-100, and 1-1,000,000
  • Top 30 (high frequency) phrases
  • Likes and dislikes with adjectives
  • Culture

4th Grade

Core Academic Subjects

Language Arts

  • Read selections of age-appropriate literature from a variety of genres
  • Practice higher order thinking skills in novel discussions
  • Develop comprehension skills and strategies through literature-based activities and discussions
  • Establish a mastery of age-appropriate vocabulary and reiterate the use of context clues to develop an understanding of other challenging vocabulary
  • Master spelling words and address spelling rules
  • Learn and engage in steps of the writing process to produce various styles of writing
  • Build on basic understanding of parts of speech with emphasis on types of pronouns, prepositions, various types of sentences, use of quotation marks, and more
  • Develop a love for reading by allowing for independent reading time during most class periods
  • Reinforce study skills, strategies for success, and use of time with study hall periods each day

Math

  • Fluently recall basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills
  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Develop familiarity with factors and multiples
  • Generate and analyze patterns
  • Integrate place value understanding with the properties of operation to solve multi-digit (up to four-digits) problems
  • Continue to develop understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
  • Convert and compare basic fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
  • Use conversion strategies to solve problems involving measurement from a larger unit to a smaller unit
  • Represent and analyze given data
  • Introductory understanding of concepts of angle and lines
  • Communicate mathematical practices that involve: making sense of problems, constructing viable arguments, self-assessing, finding errors throughout pre-completed problems, using varied strategies to solve, working in cooperative learning groups, and accurately use and comprehend mathematical terminology

Science

  • Plan and carry out investigations to answer scientific-based questions or test solutions by using the scientific model
  • Communicate findings from self-driven investigations both orally and in written expressions
  • Comprehend and accurately use scientific terminology when appropriate
  • Use evidence to construct explanations
  • Make observations and measurements to provide evidence and data
  • Ask scientific questions and make predictions of the outcome
  • Develop two- or three-dimensional models to represent an investigation
  • Construct and defend viable arguments to defend scientific findings

Social Studies

  • Learn about the state of Florida and its history
  • Develop an understanding for Florida native groups, colonization efforts in the 16th Century, gaining statehood, various wars in Florida, and critical elements to the Florida economy
  • Study the geography and geology of Florida with a focus on the Six Great Regions, waterways, flora and fauna of the state, and more
  • Reinforce map skills with weekly county studies and corresponding activities
  • Develop nonfiction reading skills with weekly Florida newspapers and the corresponding comprehension questions.
  • Engage in multi-sensory activities and presentations
  • Learn to collaborate with others through various group activities and tasks

Enrichments

Art

  • Develop confidence and express joy through creative expression in various art mediums
  • Elements of art are developed while creating works of art
  • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art

Christian Education

  • Continue developing a strong understanding of how to use the Bible
  • Help students see that Bible truths have application in our lives today
  • Use Old and New Testament Bible stories to help students understand God’s involvement in our lives

Media/Technology

  • Continue to review computer basics and keyboarding skills
  • Identify and locate collection of materials
  • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
  • Locate information using OPAC
  • Use parts of a book to locate information, use appropriate reference sources and identify numerical arrangement of library materials
  • Continue coding
  • Continue to develop knowledge in Google Apps for Education
  • 1 to 1 iPads
  • Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration
  • Continue digital citizenship
  • Understand the importance of internet safety

Physical Education

  • Teach and reinforce good sportsmanship and team work in all games and activities, with a Christian mind set
  • Develop a strong core of flexibility, strength, endurance, and agility
  • To teach and introduce team sports games and team activities
  • To teach students to maintain their own space while traveling
  • To enhance students loco-motor skills
  • To develop the concept of the relationship of body parts and teach a healthy lifestyle

Music

  • Recognizes timbre of specific orchestral instruments and voices
  • Sings 2-part rounds and partner songs
  • Composes melodies and ostinato for barred instruments
  • Performs in groups on the recorder with appropriate dynamics and phrasing
  • Uses a tablet to enhance learning through conducting research, creating simple compositions, and utilizing music theory apps

Spanish

  • Greetings
  • Colors
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Calendar
  • Seasons
  • Months of the year
  • Giving basic information
  • Body parts
  • Numbers 1-100 and 1-1,000,000
  • Top 30 (high frequency) phrases
  • Likes and dislikes with adjectives
  • Culture