Third / Fourth Grade

This class is a combination of Third & Fourth Grade students. 


A combination class is formed when students from two consecutive grades are placed in one classroom under the supervision of one teacher.  Students in combination classes receive their respective grade-level assignments and all appropriate grade-specific curricula. Combination classes are formed in order to equalize class size and to avoid overcrowding. 
How are students selected for placement in a combination class?
Teachers and administrators carefully select the students to be assigned to a combination class. They review the student’s academic success, ability to work responsibly and independently, as well as, the child’s ability to work cooperatively with other students. 
How are students taught in a combination class?
The core curriculum for all students is based on State, Common Core State Standards and District Standards. Grade level standards are the foundation of all instruction.  In the basic skill areas of reading, language, spelling, and mathematics, students are grouped according to skill levels using grade-appropriate materials and textbooks. 
In the social sciences, concepts are often introduced to the entire class with follow-up activities assigned in grade level texts. Students in combination classes always have access to books, materials, technology and other resources regularly designated for both grade levels. 
Do students progress well in combination classes?
Throughout the years, combination classes have become necessary in schools. Students’ achievement in these classrooms, as measured by standardized tests, equals the achievement in single-grade classrooms.
In addition, research has established that:
  • Combination classes are particularly effective when the participating students are carefully selected.
  • Combination classes may have a more positive impact on social growth and the development of independent learning skills than single grade classes. 
How can parents help their child?
In order to facilitate a successful and rewarding school year, as a parent you can:
  • Encourage your child to take pride in his/her classroom and take advantage of the unique opportunities available in a combination class.
  • Visit your child’s classroom to learn about the instructional program, the teacher and the other students in the class.
  • Encourage your child to develop friendships and a positive attitude, just as she/he would when assigned to a single-grade classroom.
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