3rd - 5th Grade
Teachers build on basic skills students learned in earlier grades to help students apply higher-level thinking to all subjects. Improved reading comprehension opens doors to a deeper understanding of ideas, topics and events. Socially, children begin to internalize values like respect and cooperation, and learn more personal responsibility. Most importantly, students build the skills they need to succeed in middle school.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts
During the upper-elementary years, there’s a comprehension switch that happens in your child’s brain. They move from learning to read to reading to learn. As fluency improves, students learn to apply a variety of comprehension skills to texts, including making inferences and drawing conclusions. They write more complex stories, essays, and poetry, while learning important grammar skills that will contribute to their writing style. Our teachers use tools in line with state standards and ELA best practices to support instruction.
In third through fifth grade, students build on their understanding of addition, subtraction, and place value to extend their thinking to multiplication, division, and fraction concepts. Our curriculum actively engages students in learning experiences that foster critical thinking and a deep understanding of mathematics through the use of visual models and real-world problem solving.
A child’s love of science and engineering can really bloom between third and fifth grades as they have an opportunity to dig deeper into life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Children will have the ability to apply their learning to the real-life applications of technology and engineering, while continuing to develop key practices such as communication and collaboration that will support them throughout their education.
A child’s awareness and interest in the world around them begins to expand in the years before middle school. They study the values and principles of American democracy, and their responsibilities as citizens. They learn about the structures and functions of government, economics, human systems and the birth of our nation by exploring their state’s history from settlement to the modern world and American History from indigenous communities to the Revolutionary War. They also explore the world’s countries and continents by examining the past and making connections to our present, learning how we are both similar and different to those in our own communities and around the world.
Students study art, music, physical education and technology.
The curriculum for younger students includes units based upon school, food, what they like to do (hobbies), learning adjectives and family that align with the Michigan Department of Education Language standard.
We're More Than Academics
Strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. Virtues such as respect, perseverance, compassion, and courage are essential to what kids need to succeed and an essential part of what we teach. We make them part of every school day. This helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Moral Focus is so integrated into everything we do:
- We created a curriculum specifically around Moral Focus.
- We celebrate a “virtue of the month” every month.
- Our students create a class contract where students agree how to treat their teacher and each other.
- Students are recognized and celebrated for how they live out Moral Focus every day.
I love the emphasis on moral focus each month. Not only is my child receiving an education, but you are also teaching her qualities to be a good person.
Use good judgment to make decisions
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Appreciate the kindness and generosity of others
Manage your emotions and behavior to stay calm
Persist through difficulties until you reach your goal
Despite fear, do what you believe is right
Motivate others to have confidence in themselves
Help and care for others during times of need
Do what is right, honorable, and good
A Deeper Dive Into Moral Focus
Over the years National Heritage Academies has seen how our moral focus emphasis in the classroom makes our schools safer, more caring places. We trust these important personal skills spill out into our students’ homes, communities, and futures. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits that come from developing a strong moral backbone and why NHA takes them to heart.More on Moral Focus