Welcome to Third & Fourth Grade!

Third and fourth grade is a time for great growth when it comes to executive functioning.  Students develop increased independence over the course of these years. By the end of their fourth grade year, they are expected to know how to utilize the classroom materials and the resources they have for completing their own independent research projects.  

 

Curriculum Areas

 
 

SCHOOL DAY

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Before and After-School Programs are available from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Literacy

The Literacy curriculum emphasizes the need for integration of literacy across the content areas.  Reading and writing are therefore integrated into Social Studies and Science whenever possible.  Students are engaged in the following literacy activities throughout the year:

  • Read Aloud

  • Handwriting

  • Keyboarding

  • Writing Conventions

  • Spelling

  • Reading

  • Composition

  • Speaking

Science

Willowwind School uses a project-based learning approach. Project-based learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-engaging skills through an inquiry process structured around authentic questions and carefully designed projects.

  • Structures of Life and Food Chain

  • Magnets

  • Energy

  • Earth Systems and Cycles

  • Space

Social Studies

Students will compare and contrast the history, geography, government, and economy of Iowa with other states in the Midwest Region of the United States. Students will learn about the major geographic features of Iowa and how the geography has influenced the history and economy of Iowa. Students will be introduced to the major eras and historical events in Iowa history and issues of social justice related to those events, such as the displacement of Native Americans as a result of European settlement across the United States. 

Mathematics

Willowwind uses Math in Focus, a Singapore-based approach to teaching math.  This curriculum engages students with topics while allowing them to gain a deep understanding of math concepts.  The program provides for differentiation within each grade level. It will help ensure that our students are engaged with mastery level experiences, improving computational and problem-solving skills, and are prepared for Algebra upon graduating from Willowwind.

 
 

Featured Project

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READY TO VISIT?

We encourage families to stop by to investigate, explore, and enjoy the spirit of learning that takes place at Willowwind!

 

Unique Events:

  • Puppet Show

  • Class Plays

  • School of the Wild

  • Owl Cafe

  • Class Newspaper

  • Invention Convention