In fourth and fifth grades, students move physically to the second floor environment where they must step up to meet the greater academic demands and higher expectations of character integrity. Expedition content increases in complexity and challenges students, both in their comprehension and social interactions.
Increasingly, they are guided by their own questions during expeditions. Students at this level show more sophistication in their ability to conduct independent investigations. As researchers they draw on multiple fiction and nonfiction sources, and examine issues and events from multiple perspectives. Reading and writing is devoted almost exclusively to expedition work. Fieldwork becomes more rigorous and multi-day field studies provide in-depth experience.
Fourth and fifth graders continue to develop their ability to work independently, in small groups, and as a whole class. At this age, social relationships grow in their importance. Activities are designed to guide students to further develop empathy towards one another, and better understand viewpoints from multiple perspectives. By debriefing their thoughts and experiences, students learn to be inclusive. They also begin to take on leadership roles and offer service to members of our school, the museum, and Rochester communities.
Our fourth and fifth grade mathematicians strive for mastery in number sense and continue to apply mathematics to everyday life with in-depth experiences in number, data, geometry, and probability. Students take on long-term problems and develop their own strategies and approaches to solving them.