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

    • Sings expressively with appropriate dynamics and interpretation in unison or in 2-part rounds
    • Performs simple melodies on the recorder
    • Reads and performs treble clef notes and rhythmic symbols adding whole notes, whole rests, and dotted half notes
    • Identifies the basic elements of form in a song (i.e. verse/refrain, ABA)
    • Uses a tablet to increase understanding of music theory through the use of 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

      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