Why parents choose SJB
The fourth grade teaching team is made up of two teachers, each with their own homeroom class.
At the beginning of each school year, students are tested using Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) systems to determine the course of curriculum for each individual child for the upcoming year. Using the results from testing, we focus on creating differentiated curriculum and custom learning programs for each child. Testing is done again in the middle and end of the year to assess if we are meeting the needs of each student.
Along with the concept of meeting the student’s individual needs, our curriculum pulls resources from many places depending on the student’s needs. Here is an overview of materials and resources we use during the year:
Math: Our math curriculum is taught using MyMath from McGraw-Hill and supplements with Saxon, Moby Max, XtraMath and Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Math to meet the student’s individual needs. Examples of the standards topics covered include multiple digit multiplication and division, fractions, working with mixed numbers and decimals, working with numbers to seven place values, and geometry.
Language Arts: Our language arts curriculum is taught using the Houghton Mifflin Journeys program and select literature studies. Examples of the standards topics covered include comprehension for factual and inferential information, reading class novels to learn about historical figures and perspectives, learning and expanding vocabulary, using prepositional phrases, and writing with emphasis on ideas, word choice, organization, (multiple paragraph) for creative, research, persuasive topics, and poetry.
Religion: Our religion curriculum is taught using Pearson’s Call to Faith. Examples of the standards topics covered include the Ten Commandments, making good choices, honoring God, Christian vocations, Church structure, the Beatitudes, and the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Social Studies: Our social studies curriculum uses Discovering Arizona. Examples of the standards topics covered include prehistoric natives, ancient and modern Native American tribes, relations with and influence of Mexico, development as a territory and early mining, and development as a state and economy during world wars.
Science: Our science curriculum uses Interactive Science. Examples of the standards topics covered include working with lab teams to do hands-on investigation and lab write-ups, classifying living things in the animal and plant kingdoms, and elements of conservation, natural resources, weather and electricity.
Technology: Our classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards and a minimum of six student computers. Students go to computer lab weekly.
In addition to the curriculum taught in the first grade classrooms, students attend at least one of the various specials classes each day: