Students in our intermediate unit are comprised of third, fourth, and fifth graders. These young scholars experience exciting growth and development. During these years students advance spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally, walking the stepping-stones toward middle school. Our goal is to have students become more responsible for their own work and actions. We encourage them to explore, question, and advocate for themselves. During these years our teaching approach transitions from directed learning to guided learning, thus allowing the student to reach his/her fullest potential. Along with the increased responsibilities come increased opportunities. Students may elect to participate in the athletic program, safety patrol, student government, and band programs.
We believe mathematics is a way to investigate and appreciate order. We give the students the knowledge necessary for conceptual application to real problems, for the study of related subject matter, and for continued study of mathematics. Our students explore mathematical processes, number operations and relationships, geometry, measurement, statistics and probability, and algebraic relationships. We know that in mathematics one skill builds on another; we work to ensure the students master the fundamentals during these years, so they are prepared for more complex applications in the upper grades.
Our mission for science education is to foster in our students knowledge, beliefs, skills, and concepts that further our vision and constitute basic science literacy. We collaborate our science curriculum with Edgewood High School and Edgewood College. Our vision is that science is a way to investigate, celebrate, and care for God's creation. Our teachers seek to instill a respect for the complexity and interdependence of the ecological systems of which humanity is a part and to increase the awareness of responsible stewardship toward the earth. Our faculty envisions three fundamental dimensions to science literacy: science is a process, science is a body of knowledge, and science is a human activity with implications for society.
Areas of study include organisms, personal health, objects in the sky, science and technology, cause and effect, force and motion, evolution (introduced as a process of change over time), weather, human transport systems, minerals, atoms, and cells. Students also explore light, heat, magnetism, and electricity.
We recognize that a mastery of the language arts is critical to all forms of communication; students must know how our language works. The six standards contained in the curriculum include reading/literature, writing, language, media and technology, research and inquiry, and oral language.
We focus on writing through journaling, writing stories, and autobiographies. We instruct students to use each step in the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. We also instruct the students in methods to edit final copies of their work for grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. We use dictionary and thesaurus skills to teach spelling, vocabulary, word interpretation, and word choice. Our intermediate students learn research and inquiry methods using print, non-print, and electronic sources. Teachers introduce note taking and the organization of information to prepare them to move on to middle school.
During our social studies unit we study the social sciences and humanities. At the intermediate level this includes geography, history, political science, economics, psychology, law, anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. We pay particular attention to the connections among the peoples and nations of the world, the effect of science and technology on society, and the ways to practice good citizenship. Beginning areas of study include communities, local climate and geography, map reading, longitude and latitude, timelines, energy, transportation, communication, citizenship, the production and purchase of goods and services, money and banking, and the differences and similarities in cultures.
During fourth grade our students apply these concepts to the study of the four regions of the United States with special emphasis on the state of Wisconsin. In fifth grade the study expands to include the United States of America. Students explore the need for the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They learn about the role of government in national defense, health, safety, environmental protection, and the defense of property rights.
The religious experience includes attendance at daily prayer, Catholic liturgies, and student planned prayer services. We study the Bible, the life and times of Jesus Christ, the Seven Sacraments, the liturgical calendar, the Ten Commandments, the importance of service to others, and prayer. Our older students also study the saints and customs and traditions in the Catholic Church.