Grade Level Experiences
Grade Level Experiences
Throughout the year, discussion of the continents is interwoven through literature, science, and cultural sciences. Junior kindergarten students have the opportunity to visit the pumpkin patch, visit with firefighters, and witness the incubation and hatching of eggs.
Kindergarten students begin the year learning about one another and sharing information. They expand their awareness of others by learning about their school and local communities. A favorite field trip experience is taking a “bus scavenger hunt” where students look for designated businesses and meet local community leaders. Their perspective of their world continues to expand during the second half of the year. We have adopted the continent of Asia and examine how we are the same and different from people who live there.
First graders participate in a yearlong study of the continent of Australia. They partake in a theme-based performance of “Michael Recycle.” First graders also go on many field trips, like the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in St. Louis, the KMIZ Weather Station, and the habitats of Missouri at the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City.
Second graders participate in a yearlong study of South America. They participate in several theme-based performances, such as “Friends around the World” and “Star Tunes.” Second graders also experience off-campus learning opportunities, like observing the night sky at MU’s Observatory during a night-time field trip, and exploring science at Kansas City’s Science City at Union Station.
Europe is the continent of study for third grade. Third graders spend their school year immersed in various hands-on and creative projects and activities. A sampling of the enriching third grade experience includes “globe trotting” to England to study and perform the works of William Shakespeare, creating puppets and writing scripts, creating board games, and building box communities. Third graders also travel to a variety of places like the City of Columbia’s Materials Recovery Center, the St. Louis Zoo, and they also spend a day in Jefferson City touring the Capital Building and the Governor’s Mansion.
Fourth graders study the continent of North America. They focus on the regions, geography, natural resources, and features. Fourth grade classes take two Social Studies related fieldtrips. Students visit the Mark Twain Home in Hannibal, Missouri, and they also visit The Candy Factory and the Tribune,
Fifth grader students participate in an in depth, yearlong study of Africa. They also are involved in a representation of the Tower of London based on the novel The Raven Master’s Secret. In the spring students put on a Revolutionary War simulation to experience a more in-depth understanding of what life is like during war times. Students anticipate these special events with eagerness.