As an integral part of Goal 1, an “active faith in God,” the students research and portray a saint of their choosing. Throughout this project, the students engage in research skills, writing, and public speaking. During our All Saints’ Celebration, students take part in our Sistine Chapel exercise where their saints come alive!
Our Missouri Day includes a variety of activities that enhance Missouri history and culture. Students enjoy an old-fashioned Missouri hoedown, ice cream cones from the 1904 fair, and create edible maps of Missouri depicting major cities, rivers, and landforms. Guest speakers highlight important information in St. Louis and Missouri history.
Old Courthouse Field Trip
The students have the opportunity to reenact the Dred Scott Trial in the historic courthouse where the actual trial took place. This enhances our learning of the judicial system and brings to the forefront our goal of social awareness and the action that it impels.
Book clubs “bring students together for an in-depth discussion of a work of fiction or nonfiction.” The discussion emerges from the students’ own personal responses to the text and may focus on any aspect—characters, events, genre, or author’s writing style and literary techniques. Students share their questions, their insights, and their emotional responses. As they participate in literature study, students develop new understandings as readers. By sharing meanings and listening to multiple perspectives, they come to understand texts in a deeper, more fully developed way than they can on their own.
Technology is integrated into all areas of the curriculum through the use of programs such as Power Point and Inspiration. Fourth grade is equipped with a class set of laptops which students use for research and interactive learning. Teachers utilize mimio and smartboard devices to augment the curriculum and make learning more hands-on and interaction. Recently, several sets of i-clickers have been donated to our school, which further engage the students in their daily lessons.