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Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary
UPPER ELEMENTARY
Grades 3 - 6

Students in Grades 3-6 benefit from departmentalized instruction. Students rotate to different classes throughout the day, which promotes age appropriate responsibility. Extracurricular activities include school choir, The Dallas Morning News Stock Market Game, math club, and geography club. Students participate in the National Geographic GeoBee and other PSIA sponsored academic competition. Our science resources include laboratory facilities that are advanced and promote students identity as true scientists.

Students attend All-School and Upper Elementary Chapel each week to further enhance the morals and values-based education Canterbury stands for. Participation in service projects are hands-on experiences for all students to grow both spiritually and socially. Our teachers are degreed and demonstrate a passion for teaching, with a respect of different learning styles and intelligences. They also work to create relationships with parents that facilitate the exchange of information necessary to ensure the child’s progress.

Canterbury provides a safe and secure environment in which students grow in both autonomy and the ability to work and play together. Our diverse student population reflects our world. Come and grow with us!
 
Upper Elementary Spanish
The course focuses upon basic communicative skills and the cultural study of the Hispanic world. An emphasis upon vocabulary and pronunciation is evidenced through daily discussions in Spanish. Increased importance is given to the development of reading and writing skills as the year progresses.

Upper Elementary Physical Education
The course is a positive growth experience that emphasizes individual growth within a group process. Students will be challenged by various activities on a daily basis. Tasks include, but are not limited to athletic training, rules and regulations, strategy, fitness enhancement, cooperative behavior, and a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Upper Elementary Fine Arts
Students study two-dimensional art and experience an introductory study of music and dramatic arts. The visual arts present the student with the technical, expressive, and imaginative opportunities to create from a variety of materials and ideas. The skills of a performing artist are taught via a curriculum, vocal and performance training. Music theory and appreciation are staples of the course as well. Students are provided with ample opportunities to demonstrate both visual and performance talents throughout the year.
 
Upper Elementary Technology
This course provides students with hands-on experience that focuses on the development of skills in applied technology.  The skills are taught through keyboarding drills, video tutorials, and projects in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  Cross curriculum collaboration allows for skills to be applied to core subjects such as Language Arts, Science, History, and Math.  Focus is also given to computer fundamentals such as computer components, internet browsing, and computer navagation such as operating systems and networks.

Fourth Grade Course Descriptions
Language Arts 4
Fourth grade students spend significant blocks of time engaged in reading and writing independently. They are critical listeners and analyze a speaker’s intent. When speaking, they adapt their language to audience, purpose and occasion. Students continue to read a variety of genres with a growing interest in a wide variety of topics. Students expand their vocabulary, read for meaning, and can paraphrase texts. They produce summaries of texts and engage in more sophisticated analysis of characters, plots, and settings. Fourth grade students are able to select and use different forms of writing for specific purposes, and their writing takes on style and voice. Students write in complete sentences and vary sentence structures. They edit their writing based on their knowledge of grammar and usage, spelling, punctuation, and other conventions of written language.

Math 4
The focal points in fourth grade are comparing and contrasting lengths, area, and volume of geometric shapes and solids; representing and interpreting data in graphs, charts, and tables; and applying whole number operations in a variety of contexts. They continue to build a foundation of basic understandings in number operation, and quantitative reasoning; patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking; geometry and spatial reasoning; measurement; and probability and statistics.

Science 4
In fourth grade, the study of science explores an integrated approach exploring earth, life, and physical sciences.  The course includes planning and implementing field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, analyzing information, making informed decisions, and using tools such as nets and cameras to collect and record information. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations.

Social Studies 4
Students study the five distinct regions of the United States and their varied geography and cultures. Students analyze the themes of commonality and diversity, conflict and cooperation, continuity and change, individualism, and interdependence and interaction within different environments. Geography is a focal point in fourth grade as students explore the five regions. Students learn to locate places, compare and contrast regions, analyze human-environment interactions, and trace and interpret movements of people, goods, and ideas.

Fifth Grade Course Descriptions
Language Arts 5
In fifth grade, students build upon and master previously learned knowledge and skills in increasingly complex presentations, reading selections, and written compositions. They read from and analyze classic and contemporary selections and informational texts. Fifth grade students are able to select and use different forms of writing for specific purposes. Their writing becomes increasingly varied incorporating more literary devices such as suspense, dialogue, and figurative language. They become more adept at editing their writing based on their knowledge of grammar and usage, spelling, punctuation, and other conventions of written language. Students produce final, error-free pieces of written composition on a regular basis. They also learn to conduct research and complete a five-paragraph research project.

Math 5
The focal points in fifth grade are using ratios to describe proportional relationships involving number, geometry, measurement, and probability and adding and subtracting decimals and fractions. Students continue to build a foundation of basic understandings in number operation and quantitative reasoning; patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking; geometry and spatial reasoning; measurement; and probability and statistics.

Science 5
In grade 5, the study of science takes an integrated approach to exploring earth, life, and physical sciences.  The course includes conducting field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, making informed decisions, and using tools such as beakers, test tubes, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations.

American History 5
Students learn about the history of the United States from its early beginnings to the present with a focus on colonial times through the 20th century. Historical content includes the colonial and revolutionary periods, the establishment of the United States, and issues that led to the Civil War. An overview of major events and significant individuals of the late-19th century and the 20th century is provided. Students explain the characteristics and benefits of the free enterprise system and describe economic activities in the United States.

Sixth Grade Course Descriptions
Language Arts 6
The course emphasizes the acquisition of language arts skills designed to improve reading comprehension, formal writing, and active vocabulary. Students are challenged daily through traditional grammar instruction, quick-write (journal) assignments, and formal assignments. Areas of concentration include myth writing, hero stories, poetry, historical research, and the creation of a fictional diary.

Math 6
The course is designed to solidify mathematical concepts and skills. Students are challenged to acquire and apply mathematical concepts such as number theory, operations, whole numbers, fractions, ratio, proportion, and percentage. Measurement and formulaic expressions are included as well. The course gradually introduces pre-algebraic concepts such as variables and equalities in preparation for the seventh grade. Problem solving skills are pervasive throughout the course.

Science 6 Integrated Science II
During the sixth grade, the students will explore earth, biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental concerns. Laboratory safety, use of equipment, and the scientific method are practiced with heavy emphasis on lab experience. Reporting data results in a variety of mediums is required.

World History 6
The course examines the major civilizations of world history. Students analyze the political, historic, religious, and economic aspects of a variety of cultures. The study of geography is also incorporated into class content and geopolitical factors are discussed as well. The use of primary sources, time-period, and thematic literature is a crucial component of the curriculum. The inclusion of current events both supplements and compliments course content.