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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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Curriculum and Beyond

3rd and 4th grade

theme and Units 

Through an integrated, student-centered curriculum, each class spends up to 16 weeks delving deeply into a theme-based unit. Each unit encompasses all major subject areas, including language arts, science, math, and social studies. With three units covered each academic year, students investigate community connections, keep journals, and experience authentic learning as architects, scientists, reporters, and much more. If not fully incorporated into the thematic unit, essential writing and math skills are taught explicitly.

Theme: Change

3rd grade units: Farm to Table, Human Body, Biomes and Passion Projects

4th grade units: Farm to Table, Colorado History and Passion Projects

Throughout each unit, students will be engaged in the processes of inquiry and investigation within the real world context. They will be working cooperatively and independently to explore topics through problem finding and solving, within authentic learning tasks. We will focus on scientific and cultural traditions, historical content, and current issues. We believe learning tasks are authentic when students use their content skills (what they understand) along with their knowledge skills (what they will be able to do, creating). When our students truly understand, they will be able to explain, interpret, and apply the knowledge that they have gained, developing a deeper understanding of each subject and continuing their journey on becoming life long learners.

 beyond the basics

Students in 3rd and 4th grade will have Spanish, PE, Art and Music.

3rd and 4th grade at Ricks is full of traditions from all class birthday celebrations to Valentine's Day performances at a retirement center and everything in between.