The third and fourth grade programs contain the rigor of the AZ College and Career Ready Standards across the curriculum. Students in mathematics participate in Eureka Math, which is a manipulative-based instruction to ensure that basic skills are solidified, practiced, and applied and that concepts are further expressed through our “Number Talk” training. When students are able to verbally express the steps and reasoning behind computation, they are able to transfer mathematics skills across curriculum. Students learn not only the process of mathematics but why and when varying strategies are engaged. EDUPRIZE mathematicians are true problem solvers.
The Language Arts program at EDUPRIZE is rich in literature studies featuring Harcourt Brace, Great Books, and genre studies along with the Working with Words program in Grade 3. Writing skills are developed through the Lucy Calkins’ units of study across all elementary grades. Writers Workshop and the 6 traits of writing offer opportunities for our students to write across the curriculum. Each child is pretested and appropriately placed in each curriculum. Our benchmark testing keeps parents and teachers informed as to student progress and is used prescriptively for student instruction.
Eureka Math, math fact timings, and computer-based diagnostics are used to benchmark and instruct large and breakout groups, depending on student need. Strategies are taught and used wherein students put into their own words the numeric operation and processes they are computing.
Students are provided a technology-rich learning environment at EDUPRIZE. Students become competent in the use of Chromebooks, desktop applications, and iPads in select programs. Our science-based cottages focus on a different type of science every quarter. Students apply basic skills in language arts, math, social studies, and the arts through the creation of projects and products which are displayed and shared at each quarterly Cottage Fair. The cottages (thematic focus) include:
Exploration Station (Social Science)
Aquarium (Earth Science)
Plant Nursery (Life Science)
Desert Lab (Physical Science)
Grand Canyon Market Place (Social Science)
Reptile Ranch (Life Science)
Conservation Plantation (Physical Science)
Arizona Highways (Earth Science / Social Science)