In the intermediate years, 4th and 5th grade, a child experiences a period of tremendous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical change. Intellectual consciousness begins to turn outward and there is an increased demand for students to move away from the “what” and understand the “why” and “how.” School demands increase and friends become as important as family. We recognize that this is also a time when individual differences among children become more apparent and with caring teachers and small class sizes, we address each child’s developmental needs. During these grades, children use imagination and move from concrete representation to abstract thinking as they seek to bring order to the various disconnected facts and ideas they encounter in the world. Having superior curriculum and high expectations, Rivers Academy lends itself to optimizing academic foundations leading to more confidence and discovery of gifts and talents.


In fourth grade math, students learn place value, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying whole numbers, dividing, multiplying and dividing decimals, numerical patterns, adding and subtracting fractions, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers, volume of solids, units of measure and lastly an introduction to plane figures and coordinate geometry.


In fourth grade, students begin the formal study of United States history. In this grade, the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students begin their study of United States history with the development of Native American cultures and conclude with the Antebellum period ending in 1860. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on early U. S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights developed during the formation of our government. The economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understanding of economic concepts.


We take a hands-on approach to science in the 4th grade at Rivers Academy. Most of our learning is done through experiments as well as reading and written assignments. Students are taught how to use the Scientific Method. Then they learn Earth Science, which covers the structure of Earth, weather and climate, and the Solar System. Then, they explore a Life Science unit that focuses on ecosystems, plants and animals, and energy. The final unit is Physical Science, which includes matter, sound, light, electricity, and magnets.


Language arts is the area of our fourth grade curriculum where students are taught a wide range of skills necessary to become proficient using language in a variety of venues. The study of the language arts includes the following components: word study, reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling and grammar. More specifically, in writing the students will explore expressive, informative, persuasive, narrative, research and letter writing as they work on paragraph construction. Grammar will include the study of sentence formation, capitalization, punctuation, pronouns, adverbs, interjections, conjunctions, nouns, verbs, and prepositions. In reading, the students will embark on the study of five novels as well as reading fiction, non-fiction, narratives and prose in their anthology.


In this fifth grade math class, students master the state of Georgia's standards for fifth grade and are introduced to sixth grade math concepts. This class focuses on numbers and operation, measurement, Geometry, Algebra, data analysis and processing skills. Students also continue to build their foundations in quantitative reasoning, patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking, geometry and spatial reasoning, measurement, and probability and statistics.


In fifth grade, students continue their formal study of United States history. As with fourth grade, the strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students study United States history beginning with the Civil War and continue to the present. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on U.S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights as outlined in amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understand economic concepts.


Through hands-on labs and comprehensive reading and writing assignments, students learn a variety of concepts in Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. A few of the concepts covered in Earth Science are landforms of Georgia, effects of constructive forces, and effects of destructive forces. In Physical Science, they learn about conservation of matter, electricity and magnetism, chemical changes, and physical changes. Then, in Life Science, students learn about classification of organisms, inheritance of traits, learned behaviors, cells and microorganisms.


In fifth grade language arts, students refine and master skills in reading and writing. Their reading comprehension is furthered through a multitude of texts. Fifth grade language arts develops skills in reading, analyzing literature, writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar. The course is comprised of four core elements of language arts. Students continue to develop skills in reading and analyzing literature with the textbook and selected novels. Classes are also used for instruction and practice of writing skills, and enhancing grammar and vocabulary skills.

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