Fifth & Sixth Grade
Fifth and sixth grade children work diligently on projects and tasks that require them to rely on a multiple skill base and divergent thinking and problem-solving strategies that have been continually honed since the beginning of their academic career. Built upon a solid foundation of literacy, mathematics, social studies and science, Level 4 students are encouraged to observe and make connections based on past experiences, as well as form their own future hypothesis. Recognizing the needs of the multiple intelligences, Level 4 offers many opportunities for children to thrive in an independent environment designed for broader application of reading and writing abilities, as well as a variety of self-chosen methods for students to assess their own educational process. Integrated curriculum engages students in a joyful atmosphere, allowing them to establish their own methods of self-expression while continuing to learn to reliably communicate their thoughts and feelings with others.
Social studies and literacy continue as an integrated part of classroom activities. Students are encouraged to express themselves through the written language, and oral communication skills are cultivated in preparation for public speaking opportunities. (See Level 5) Daily opportunities for developing problem-solving and divergent thinking skills are part of the integrated curriculum found within the Level 4 classrooms. Students are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process, and many activities are created to establish self-directed learning abilities, such as forming research strategies, extracting information and applying found knowledge.
In addition to traveling bi-weekly to the art studio, Spanish, music, and physical education classrooms, students now rotate through additional math and science classes. Grouped by how they learn, students excel in higher-level math courses, such as algebra and beginning geometry. Science classes provide excellent opportunities for students to participate in hands-on experiments, chart data and discover elements in the natural world, as well as participate in the Detroit Science Fair held yearly at Cobo Arena.
Level 4 provides a unique opportunity for students to teach and learn from one another in a multi-age classroom. Students stay within the same level for two consecutive years, allowing them to create deep and meaningful relationships with their teachers and one another. With small class sizes of 2:24, students are encouraged to become leaders within the classroom in roles they find most comfortable. Community agreements such as mutual respect, attentive listening, and group participation are fostered and cultivated, allowing each student to develop skills at their own pace in a comfortable and friendly environment.