• Recognize fact vs. opinion, logic
  • Predict outcomes
  • Recognize journalistic writing: editorials, cartoons, reviews, factual reports
  • Recognize author’s attitude and purpose: mood, figure of speech, exaggeration, and personification
  • Recognize and interpret idioms, story plot
  • Vary reading technique: reread, skim, preview, adjust rate
  • Locate and interpret standard book features: head notes, footnotes, graphic aids, maps, entry words, section heading, cross reference
  • Read for pleasure on a regular basis
  • Monthly book reports
  • Read newspapers, periodicals, and listen to news on a regular basis
  • Effectively report information learned from media sources
  • Give orderly oral reports
  • Construct research paper from researched material
  • Develop topic sentences for paragraphs
  • Take notes from a variety of sources: complete rough draft
  • Demonstrate independence producing report on assigned topic
  • Poetry in free verse form
  • Write differentiating face from opinion
  • Write in style of fable, folk tale, fairy tale


  • Use appropriate form of irregular pronouns
  • Capitalize proper nouns, historical, and calendar events, geographical names
  • Capitalize and punctuate direct and broken quotations
  • Identify and use prepositions, conjunctions, interjections in writing
  • Identify linking verbs
  • Identify adjectives and adverbs in noun phrases
  • Identify pronoun and antecedent
  • Identify and use compound and complex sentence structure


  • Saxon 4
  • Divide by 2 and 3 digit divisors and with 0 in quotient
  • Use Roman numerals through 499
  • Multiply to multiples of 1000
  • Add, subtract minutes and seconds with borrowing
  • Find earnings on an hourly basis
  • Graph and write ordered parts for points on graph
  • Write fractions for ratios
  • Calculate fractions with deferent denominators and mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • Multiply decimals
  • List prime factorization
  • Find multiples, least common multiple, find greatest common factor
  • Use equivalent forms: fraction, decimal, percent
  • Solve multiple step word problems
  • Solve problems using averages, fractions, mixed numbers, time, distance
  • Use deduction to explain relationships
  • Calculate percentages
  • Order of operations
  • Identify Prime numbers
  • Square roots
  • Demonstrate understanding of probability
  • Recognize prime and composite numbers
  • Identify parallelogram, rhombus, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, decagon
  • Identify isosceles, equilateral, and scalene triangles
  • Use formulas to determine area of square, rectangle, triangle
  • Math journals
  • Stanford University distance learning is available as a supplement for advanced students


  • Interpret information about our country from charts, maps, graphs
  • Identify states and capitals
  • Current events
  • Explore the colonization of America
  • Understand the causes and effects of the American Revolution
  • Recognize significance of the constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Study and write about American Presidents
  • Develop knowledge of our court system
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the value and meaning of money
  • Current events and world situations
  • State report


  • Reading, experiments, note-taking, demonstrations, in individual and small group activities
  • General science topics: plants, animals, matter, oceans, energy, motion
  • A short human sexuality unit will also be included
  • Expert Museum Participation
  • Practice scientific method
  • Explore matter: identify, composition, behavior
  • Nervous system
  • Learn about the use and misuse of substances: drug awareness
  • Invention Unit –Prepare a display to present at school wide event


  • Develop stamina for running during cardiovascular workout
  • Refine throwing, catching, punting, dribbling, kicking, ball skills
  • Develop skills in track and field, 50 yard dash, long jump, and softball throw
  • Extend skills and confidence in basketball, soccer, and volleyball
  • Demonstrate sportsmanship
  • Use of Lakeridge Tennis Club for training in tennis, swimming, weights, basketball


  • Extend knowledge of IBM environment including loading, and running software, retrieving personal writing, graphic enhancements
  • Extend keyboarding skills
  • Power Point projects
  • Knowledge and use of E-mail
  • Essential computer terms
  • Utilize increasingly complex programs at teacher direction, including some writing and editing using spell check, and other functions
  • Maintain individual disk with personal writing


  • Project Discovery field trip to Sky Tavern for team building ropes course
  • Field trips
  • Accelerated Reading (rewards program)
  • Invention Convention
  • French and/or Spanish and Latin
  • Spectra Art (art appreciation curriculum)
  • Handwriting carefully supervised
  • Friendship classes
  • Daily hot lunch
  • Skiing, martial arts, chess, tennis, Spanish, and clay class available
  • Music for musical presentations
  • Science camp, west coast and east coast, or Europe travel experience