Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades continue to received academically challenging instruction as well as increasing responsibilities for class projects, public speaking, and study skills.
In 3rd grade, students begin to receive instruction in health as well as enhanced emphasis in multiplication, division, and cursive writing. Students are taught introductory skills to research, draft, and finalize major projects and continue to explore public speaking both in the classroom and at Mass. It is also the first year students participate in standardized testing and is the transition year as they prepare to receive letter grades in 4th grade.
Students in 4th grade continue to master different reading strategies, math focuses on multiplication, division, decimals, area, and perimeter, and they develop as independent learners. They learn about the states and capitals, Oregon, and the Oregon Trail, culminating on an overnight trip to the Oregon Trail Overnight Camp where the students live as pioneers. Fourth and 5th grades are marked by the growing responsibility the students assume for homework and assignments as well as the development of strong study skills.
Fifth grade begins multi-level mathematics classes, greater emphasis in research, reports, and verbal presentations in class, and concentration on new topics in life science and US geography/history. Students in 5th grade learn about local history and art through a guided walking tour of downtown Portland and visit an Intel site to explore technology first hand.