In second grade there is a strong emphasis on children becoming independent thinkers, learners and problem solvers. We do a great deal of modeling the expected behaviors and procedures that help foster respect for one another as we teach and learn together within our classroom community.
The writing process is reinforced and valued greatly as an integral part of the language arts curriculum. We dedicate blocks of time practicing, developing, and expanding our skills as writers. Our writing curriculum is supported by reinforcement of high frequency words used in reading and spelling.
Our math curriculum is a hands on approach to thinking and solving problems. Children are taught to use mathematical language to explain solutions.
The major components of our science curriculum are balancing and weight, weather, and the life cycle of a butterfly. Throughout these units we use the scientific approach to observing, experimenting and predicting.
Second grade is a time for experiencing growth and excitement about learning.
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Third grade is a transitional year from primary to intermediate levels with the addition of more academic responsibilities. Children build on the skills learned in the primary grades, solving multi-step problems in math and learning additional arithmetic operations. Students will gain a greater understanding of character and story structure, and individual comprehension skills will be enhanced in reading. Students develop more complex writing skills by incorporating beginning, middle, and end of stories. Descriptive vocabulary is being developed and used within student writing as well. Writing script is another skill to which third graders are exposed.
In science, third graders will study buoyancy, phases of the moon, water cycle, rocks and minerals, and plants.
At the beginning of the year, social studies introduces all that is necessary for the students to read maps and create their own. The remainder of the year is spent studying global themes centered on examining aspects of culture and comparing specific world cultures.
Third grade is a challenging year. NY State testing in math and language arts occurs. The focus is on developing organizational skills so the children can be successful in becoming independent learners
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Fourth grade at Blue Point Elementary is a year packed with learning, discovery, and beginning independence.
Fourth graders will be immersed in a literate environment where reading is utilized in a variety of meaningful activities throughout the curriculum. Through the implementation of a Balanced Literacy philosophy, along with the shift to the Common Core Standards, students will further learn how they can use language effectively and have a deeper understanding of text. We hope that students discover the power and beauty of reading.
The language arts curriculum strives to develop better writers. Children learn how to use graphic organizers to help structure and develop their writing. We use the Writers' Workshop approach, which coincides with the Balanced Literacy philosophy. The spelling program is individualized based on each child’s needs.
Fourth grade mathematics is about developing understanding and fluency
with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of
dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit numbers; developing an
understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of
fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by
whole numbers; and understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed
and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides,
perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.
The social studies program builds on the understanding of history, government, culture, geography, and the world. Historical eras studied include Native American lifestyles prior to colonization, the European encounter, the establishment of the colonies, the Revolutionary war, and the birth of a new nation.
The Elementary Science Program provides Blue Point students with the materials for a hands-on approach that encourages the exploration of the scientific method. Topics covered include crayfish, plant responses, electrical circuits, and simple machines.
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Fifth grade in Blue Point School is a year filled with a variety of learning activities and experiences that will encourage students to become independent, responsible learners while developing academic skills necessary for the transition into middle school. Our goal is for students to become life-long learners and thinkers. We encourage students to take responsibility for their performance and while providing the guidance and support fifth-graders need to become successful, independent learners. We encourage students to be organized, self-reliant, and active in their own education.
We hope to instill in children a love of literature through wonderful read alouds, shared reading novels, classroom libraries, and our own enthusiasm. The two main components of English Language Arts are reading and writing. The fifth grade reading and writing program builds on the foundation of the children’s experiences. The students will be immersed in an environment where reading and writing will be taught through a variety of meaningful activities within the curriculum.
The English Language Arts block is integrated with Social Studies as students develop the understanding that the rights of citizens in the United States are similar to and different from the right of citizens in other nations of the Western Hemisphere.
The fifth grade math program provides students the opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills. The focus is on operations with decimals and fractions, and reinforcing multiplication and division facts. The fifth grade science program includes the study of electromagnetism, light, the human body, and the scientific method. We incorporate the use of iPads into our science curriculum daily as well as during small group instruction.
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