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Third & Fourth Grade

Using the knowledge and skills learned in K-2, students deepen and expand upon their understanding by engaging in a variety of learning opportunities that involve inquiry, research, independence, and time management. Students are asked to approach and solve problems in more than one way to stretch their developing skills. Meaningful homework assignments and broader use of technology are introduced to help students build routines, study habits, and practice using a variety of learning tools. Students utilize these strategies to further explore topics in literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science.


Language Arts

  Third Grade        
  • Reading and writing fluency and stamina
  • Interpreting implied meaning and/or information
  • Exclamatory, declarative, and imperative sentences
  • Punctuation, capitalization, and grammar
  • Writing to communicate ideas clearly - narrative and expository writing
  Fourth Grade        
  • Comprehension strategies for reading fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Exploring mood, pace, and tension in texts
  • Narrative, persuasive, and expository writing
  • Responding to literature and other writing prompts
  • Simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation conventions
  • Writing process - prewriting, revision, and editing strategies
  • Organizing writing appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience




  Third Grade       
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Data investigations and analysis
  • Geometry - polygons and angles
  • Using graphs and tables
  • Measurement - perimeter and area, temperature, and time
  Fourth Grade       
  • Fluency with multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Factors and multiples
  • Place value up to 100,000 and rounding numbers
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Summarizing, comparing, and interpreting data
  • Specific geometric terms, measuring angles, and polygons
  • Measurements using standard units



Social Studies

  Third Grade
  • Impact of location and demographics on society 
  • Indigenous Southern California culture study - Tongva People
  • How communities change over time
  • Impact of cultural identities on perspectives and experiences in the world
  • Environmental factors that impact migration/immigration
  Fourth Grade        
  • Justice - what is just, who decides, and the social and economic impacts that exist 
  • Forms of government and how they work
  • How to be an active citizen in the community
  • Migration and immigration to California and how diverse cultural groups have shaped the state



Science and STEM/Maker

  Third Grade    
  • Ecosystems - interactions, cause and effect, and animal life cycles
  • Weather and climate
  • Climate change - effect on ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
  • Forces and interactions
  Fourth Grade       
  • Structure and function - plant and animal systems and biomes (flora, fauna, weather conditions, etc.)
  • Human impact on the environment
  • Solar System - characteristics and connections 
  • Matter and energy - electric currents



Anti-Bias Education 

  Third Grade
  • Socio-economic status 
  • Race & ethnicity 
  • Privilege
  • Gender identity & expression
  Fourth Grade
  • Community and cultural traditions
  • Oppression and segregation
  • Affectional and romantic orientation