Third and Fourth Grades

The Intermediate Level at The Weiss School is comprised of the 3rd and 4th grades. Our intermediate level classes offer an alternative academic option to The Palm Beach County elementary school’s gifted program.

At the intermediate level, we focus on each student's ability to grow as independent thinkers. We encourage the development of their individual abilities and aspirations as they learn new creative ways to absorb, synthesize, and then apply their knowledge in hands-on projects and real-world experiences.

Our curriculum encourages creativity, exploration, and interactivity, as part of the development of these students' bright minds.

Our extra-curricular subjects allow our gifted fifth through eighth graders to develop their skills and follow interests in such areas as:

  • Art studies: visual arts, including two and three dimensional art studies encompassing art history, along with a variety of styles and methods.
  • Foreign language studies: Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, including oral fluency, writing, art projects, native speakers.
  • Music: performing arts, including learning to play instruments, write music, perform compositions, and participation in band and chorus.
  • Taekwondo: The Weiss School holds the distinction of being the first school in the nation to include academic Taekwondo in the curriculum.
  • Physical education: combination of activities and sports; facilities include our two fully equipped playgrounds, three tennis courts and an outdoor basketball court, a 1/8th mile track, and a full size soccer field.
  • Technology: one-to-one technology program equips each student with a wireless Macbook Air and online textbooks to develop 21st century technology skills.

Third Grade

Gr-3

Our third grade curriculum includes core academic subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies through hands-on application of their learning. Students draw conclusions and develop practical projects incorporating their knowledge.

Third grade students also develop abilities and pursue interests in art, foreign languages, music, Taekwondo, physical education, and technology.

Third Grade Curriculum

  • Focuses on the continuous development of students' oral and written communication skills.
  • Develops students' skills in written expression through expository style and narrative writing. Additionally, students conduct research projects involving a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  • Builds students' vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills.
  • Provides students opportunities to present in front of groups of their peers with confidence and style.
  • Encourages students to use a variety of reading comprehension strategies and apply these strategies to fictional short stories and novels as well as non-fiction works.
  • Facilitates critical response to fiction and non-fiction works.
  • Cultivates fluency and expression.
  • Incorporates various math series as the foundation for introducing math concepts, with various supplements depending on the course and student.
  • Accommodates students’ varied thinking by adapting our curriculum and teaching strategies and providing a myriad of opportunities for growth in mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
  • Allows students to show what they have learned through a variety of assessment opportunities.
  • Covers a wide variety of topics at various levels to accommodate each student’s needs, including but not limited to the following:
  • Quick recall of multiplication facts, related division facts, and fluency with whole number multiplication.
  • Understanding of decimals, including the connections between fractions and decimals.
  • Understanding of area and determining the area of two-dimensional objects.
  • Continuation of identifying, describing, and extending numeric patterns involving all operations and non-numeric growing or repeating patterns.
  • Explores four areas of concentration: physical science, life science, earth/space science, and chemistry in a specialized curriculum approach for gifted student scientists.
  • Involves students in laboratory work, concentrated on developing their upper level thinking skills, communication, and creativity.
  • Provides the foundation for numerous scientific experiences and exploration across areas such as Electricity, Magnetism, Simple Machines, Classification of Living Things, Plant Growth and Reproduction, Human Anatomy, Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Natural Disasters, Energy, and Chemical Reactions.
  • Encourages integration across disciplines and creates positive attitudes in students towards science.
  • Emphasizes technology and research skills as essential tools for scientific reasoning and discovery.
  • Focuses on the history, culture and government of North and South America.
  • Introduces the history of Canada, Mexico, Central, and South America.
  • Explores events leading up to and surrounding the American Revolution and how this event shaped the United States. Understands basic map skills and develops knowledge of the different types of landforms.

Fourth Grade

Gr-4

Our fourth grade curriculum includes the following core academic subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Our fourth grade students also continue to fine tune their abilities and pursue their passions in art, foreign languages, music, Taekwondo, physical education, and technology. Our fourth grade curriculum engages our gifted students in real-world experiences as they draw their own conclusions and apply their accumulated knowledge to practical projects. They also make use of educational technology, such as laptops and iPads.

Fourth Grade Curriculum

  • Students continue to develop their skills in written expression, through expository styles, opinion pieces, narratives, conducting research projects, and writing formal letters.
  • Encourages students to apply spoken and written vocabulary to everyday life situations.
  • Helps students to expand spelling and grammar skills for the purpose of improving their writing.
  • Facilitates students' ability to speak fluently and confidently in front of their peers.
  • Develops students' ability to critically read and respond to a variety of literary works.
  • Facilitates students' ability to read passages aloud from stories, with fluency and expression.
  • Incorporates a combination of math series as the foundation for introducing math concepts with supplements varying, depending on the course and each student's needs and abilities.
  • Adapts curriculum and teaching strategies to accommodate students’ varied thinking processes, through a myriad of opportunities for growth in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving.
  • Uses varied assessment opportunities to allow students to demonstrate what they have learned.
  • Covers a wide range of topics at various levels to accommodate each student’s needs
  • Explores the nature and practice of science as it relates to real world experiences, with an emphasis on Earth and Space Science.
  • Involves students in studying the Nature of Science Practices, as they take a virtual journey to the center of the Earth, and discuss plate tectonics, weathering and soil formation, and erosion and deposition.
  • Encourages in-depth study of geology and discovery of the rock cycle, as well as properties of rocks and minerals.
  • Explores the Earth’s weather and the Earth’s waters.
  • Focuses on a journey through Florida state history and explores the role that our great state has had in the United States and in the world.
  • Encourages students to demonstrate knowledge of the curriculum through engaging projects and exciting hands-on activities to enhance their learning.
  • Students will have a better understanding of Florida as well as its history and place in the world.