Upper Elementary consists of students in grades three through five.
We are an extension of the Lower Elementary classroom and their curriculum; exploring concepts more in-depth using critical and high-order thinking skills. Students move from concrete representation to a more abstract and creative way of thinking through a variety of learning and teaching techniques. Student work is differentiated based on personal ability and skill strengths while working to maximize each individual student’s potential. Students are supported and encouraged every step of the way, ultimately developing a lifelong love of learning.
Positive life skills play a large role in our classroom; students are continuously learning and practicing a variety of skills such as respect, integrity, responsibility, organization, cooperation, and many more. They learn the importance of being a good citizen and role model through community service projects and assisting with the younger students in our school. It is extremely important that students learn these skills at this developmental age so that they can become habits; something POSITIVE that they will carry with them forever.
Daily, students spend the morning in our classroom learning core subjects such as mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. They are given the freedom of choice to choose their assignments; using decision-making skills and little to some guidance from the teacher, as demonstrated in Montessori Philosophy. With a smaller class size, students spend more one-on-one and small group time with the teacher and other classmates, ultimately strengthening the way they learn. Homework is sent weekly to extend the lessons that take place in the classroom and encourage good study habits. Students also learn research and presentation skills for our yearly Science Fair and other classroom projects and presentations that occur throughout the year. Students also learn about the importance of technology by learning how to type, research, and use the internet safely on our classroom computers.
Our academic subjects include (but are not limited to) the following:
Mathematics- numeration and concepts of numbers, whole number operations , fractions, decimals, percentages, multiples and factors, powers of numbers, measurement, geometry, algebra, problem-solving, timed skill tests (1,5, and 10 minute) and a continuous review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division up ranging from 4-6 digit numbers
Language Arts- written language skills (composition, handwriting, mechanics, word processing), spoken language (dialogues and interviews, oral reports), grammar (word study, parts of speech, sentence analysis, reading and literature (oral and silent reading, literary circles, variety in prose, poetry, drama, etc.), and styles of reading and writing
Science- explorations of astronomy, chemistry, earth science, and physical science through lessons, research, and use of the scientific method through experiments
Social Studies- cartography and reference materials, physical and political geography, economic geography, Michigan geography and other studies of our state, and American History
Specials- music, gym, art, Spanish, cooking, kindergarten buddies and dance