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Our K-5 Core Knowledge Curriculum continues at the 4th and 5th grade levels. Students continue their educational journey with many real life application opportunities, and hands on activities! Each students' education will be elevated through a challenging and rigorous curriculum that engages students. Students will explore, discover, develop, and grow as they become immersed in the rich Core Knowledge curriculum which is integrated into all subjects. We hold our students to a high academic standards and are always evaluating our practices to ensure that we are staying up to date on research based trends and best practices.
In 4–5, students are focused on building reading and writing skills as well as knowledge and vocabulary. Across the year students study 8 to 9 content-focused units (including The Middle Ages, Geology, Treasure Island, and Native Americans). Taking 90 minutes per day, the various lessons in each unit include read-alouds; whole-group, small-group, and partner reading; close reading; literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension questions; vocabulary; grammar; writing; morphology and spelling (10–15 words per week); and unit assessments.
~Core Knowledge Foundation
Through the use of Eureka Math we teach units that build upon each other and focus on foundational skills. Even as new concepts are introduced, the overarching theme remains: defining the basic building blocks of mathematical practices. Studying, relating, manipulating, and converting the unit allows students to add, subtract, complete word problems, multiply, divide, and understand concepts like place value, fractions, measurements, area, and volume. Students learn that unit-based procedures are transferable and can thus build upon their knowledge in new ways.
~ Eureka Math
The K–5 Science Sequence (2020), embodies Core Knowledge’s vision of best practices in science instruction and knowledge-based schooling, such as the following: building students’ knowledge of cumulative and coherent core ideas in life, physical, and earth/space sciences, as well as engineering design; developing scientific practices that give students firsthand experience in scientific inquiry, engineering, and technology; and, connecting scientific learning to concepts across various disciplines, such as mathematics and literacy.
~Core Knowledge Foundation
The 4-5 Social Studies curriculum focuses on important national and world events. The focused topics 4th graders learn about include:
My Colorado Story
Medieval Islamic Empires
Early and Medieval African Kingdoms
Dynasties of China
The American Revolution
The United States Constitution
The 4-5 Social Studies curriculum focuses on important national and world events. The focused topics 5th graders learn about include:
Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations
The Age of Exploration
England and the Golden Age
The Geography of the United States
Westward Expansion Before the Civil War
The Civil War
Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts