In these intermediate grades, it is essential to strike the optimum balance between instructor guidance and self-management. Classroom projects provide opportunities for working with others as well as managing one’s own tasks and daily routine. These years are also a prime time for identifying and exploring one’s own beliefs and values, as well as finding methods of self-expression. Other key skills include learning methods for researching and writing, assimilating and understanding factual and numerical data, resolving group conflicts and requesting help as appropriate.
Reading and literature – a variety of classic and contemporary works, vocabulary, decoding techniques and comprehension strategies, and frequent listening opportunities.
Language arts – spelling, grammar, sentence construction and usage, writing, gathering and organizing information for reports.
Mathematics – advanced addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, decimals, and word problems.
Science – life, physical, and earth sciences, with emphasis on weather, planetary movement, matter, force, energy, electricity, animal life; observation, classification, prediction, measurement, and inference.
Social Studies – world and communities, map skills, land forms, current events, geography, New York State history, and local
Technology – learning to use technology and multimedia to work on group projects, work well collaboratively and communicate effectively, and improve problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Religion – growing in faith, holiness and trust and learning to be one in a faith with others; Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments.