Academics
Grades

Grades 4-6

4th Grade Curriculum

At Jacksonville Country Day School, a passion for learning is sparked through engaging, inquiry-based instruction, state-of-the-art science and technology labs, and highly qualified teachers. Students’ academic, social-emotional, and physical growth is enhanced through flexible grouping and differentiated instruction.

Each student is issued and iPad to use at school and home to create, collaborate, and research.

Academic and Personal Enhancement classes are offered to 5th and 6th graders in order to strengthen interpersonal and executive functioning skills, to promote healthy habits, build positive relationships, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, problem solve, empathize with others, and to instill confidence to excel in middle school and beyond.

The curriculum promotes higher order thinking skills and lays the foundation for students to excel in the middle school of their choice and beyond. Students engage in hands-on projects, Socratic discussions, and prototype solutions to real world issues. They become innovative problem solvers and responsible students as they develop study habits and a mindset for success.

List of 10 items.

  • Art

    The personal growth of each student as an artist is encouraged through observation, reflection, interpretation, and expression of ideas. Students are exposed to a plethora of creative possibilities, including the artistic styles of individuals and cultures. In 4th grade, students apply the elements of art with increased skill and organization as they identify and explore the principles of 2D and 3D art, composition, variety, balance, perspective, texture, brush strokes, and color hues. They also refine their technical skills while sculpting with slabs of clay, applying texture to paintings, printmaking, creating functional woven works of art, and drawing.
  • Character Education

    Character Education is an important aspect in every classroom as students acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve goals, maintain positive relationships, make decisions, and lead by example. Students are encouraged to dream big, focus on their own and each others’ strengths, develop an attitude of gratitude, and make a difference as they create their JCDS legacy. Positive mindsets, virtues of the month, service learning, collaborative activities, and character assemblies enhance the Character Education program.
  • Global Studies

    The 4th grade Global Studies curriculum engages students as geographers, historians, anthropologists, and economists as they study American history through the lens of “liberty and justice for all”. They begin the year examining the Bill of Rights and America’s constitution. They then re-examine those concepts as they study emancipation, the suffragist movement, the industrial revolution, World War II and the Civil Rights movement. 
  • Language Arts

    In writing, students begin the year by creating characters that have struggles and motivations and learn to stretch out the “heart” of their stories. After this, they write personal, persuasive, and literary essays. The reading program compliments students’ writing as they participate in student-led discussions to analyze a genre’s structure and craft. Students’ comprehension skills are enhanced through comparing, contrasting, annotating, and analyzing character development, themes, and an author’s purpose. Grammatical concepts such as parts of a sentence, capitalization, and punctuation are reviewed and applied as students revise and edit their work during Writing Workshop. The study of Greek and Latin roots further enhance the language arts program. 
  • Math

    Fourth grade students explore increasingly complex concepts in math through hands-on investigations, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. Students learn place value of numbers to 100,000,000, estimation and operations of whole numbers, factors, multiples, order of operations, negative numbers, mental calculation strategies, math facts, adding and subtracting fractions, mixed and improper fractions, measuring angles, perpendicular and parallel lines, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles, composite figures, tables, bar and line graphs, area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and composite figures, decimals to the thousandths place, the four operations of measurement with compound units, data analysis, probability, and finding volume of a solid.
  • Music

    In 4th grade, students learn to play the soprano recorder, read simple songs on treble clef, time signatures, and add “ti” to their repertoire. They also combine Orff with recorders, play simple guitar chords, and explore the symphonic form while being exposed to Baroque music, Bach, and Beethoven. Fourth grade students also learn terms like motif, rondo, toccata and fugue and how to play choir chimes, notes, and spaces on bass clef. During the winter, all students participate in a holiday performance.
  • Physical Education

    Students review swimming and pool safety skills as they participate in centers and group water activities. Emphasis is placed on advanced stroke development and aerobic conditioning. Later, students hone their team organization, collaboration, and sport specific skills during units on basketball, hockey, golf, volleyball, and soccer. Students also participate in circuit training and learn a variety of large group games.
  • Science

    Through hands-on laboratories, students develop a hypothesis, control variables, measure, observe, and predict as they investigate and experiment. Units of study integrate science, technology, engineering, math and utilize the Makerspace to enable students to ideate and prototype solutions to real issues. During the course of the year, the students will learn about micro-worlds, microscopes, food chemistry, the solar system and space exploration, rocks and minerals, and the Floridan Aquifer.
  • Spanish

    Fourth grade students develop their vocabulary and understanding of the world as they research Spanish speaking countries and learn new vocabulary relating to home, families, numbers, and food. Students also participate in simulations to practice conversational skills during cooperative learning activities.Throughout the year, they expand on their knowledge of adjective/noun agreement, gender and number of nouns, and simple verb conjugation through, games, puzzles, and skits.
  • Technology

    Students learn internet safety techniques, internet research skills, TinkerCAD (3D design and printing), iMovie, Google Slides, Google Docs, Notability, Showbie, various iPad apps, EV3 Lego Robotics (building and programming on a computer), Little Bits circuits, and video production complete with a green screen. Lessons build on concepts learned in social studies, science, Spanish and art courses as students utilize technology to extend learning.

4th Grade Highlights

  • Specialized teachers for each subject area
  • 1 to 1 iPad program 
  • Community and team building activities at Camp Montgomery
  • Ecological Service Learning
  • STEM Science and Technology Lab
  • The STEM Exposition
  • Grade level theatrical performance
  • Field trips to Fort Mose and the Kennedy Space Center

5th Grade Curriculum

At Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) a passion for learning is sparked through engaging, inquiry-based instruction, state-of-the-art science and technology labs, and highly qualified teachers. Students’ academic, social-emotional, and physical growth is enhanced through flexible grouping and differentiated instruction.

The curriculum promotes higher order thinking skills and lays the foundation for students to excel in the middle school of their choice and beyond. Students engage in hands-on projects, Socratic discussions, and prototype solutions to real world issues. They become innovative problem solvers and responsible students as they develop study habits and a mindset for success.

In fifth grade, each student is provided with their own personal iPad for use during the academic year, and technology is integrated across the curriculum to extend learning. Character education, service learning, collaborative activities, and homeroom advisories contribute to a sense of community and belonging, and there are many opportunities for parents to volunteer in school activities and events.

List of 12 items.

  • Art

    The personal growth of each student as an artist is encouraged through observation, reflection, interpretation, and expression of ideas. Students are exposed to a plethora of creative possibilities, including the artistic styles of individuals and cultures. In 5th grade students expand their understanding of the elements and principles of design in art and acquire new vocabulary and skills that enable them to analyze and critique artistic pieces. Students work with foil, mat board, India ink, acrylic paint, clay, underglazes, recycled materials, tempera, and watercolor. 
  • Character Education

    Character Education is an important aspect in every classroom as students acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve goals, maintain positive relationships, make decisions, and lead by example. Students are encouraged to dream big, focus on their own and each others’ strengths, develop an attitude of gratitude, and make a difference as they create their JCDS legacy. Positive mindsets, virtues of the month, service learning, collaborative activities, and character assemblies enhance the program. 
  • Enhancement

    Life skills provide the foundation for adaptability and positivity in dealing effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Students gain self awareness and confidence in this extraordinary journey to prepare them for academic and personal growth successes. Core skill sets include organizational skills, study strategies, communication skills, time management, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, interpersonal relationship skills, empathy, creative thinking, identifying personality types, presentation skills, the importance of a positive attitude, and so much more!  The time is now to enhance their potential and lead by example!
  • Global Studies

    Students investigate ancient Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and African societies, religions, cultures, governments, geography, and contributions to contemporary life.  Each of these engaging units culminates with a cultural celebration. Activities may include celebrating a country’s food, music, and art along with guest visitors from the region studied. Twenty-first century skills such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, technology, public speaking, innovation and evaluation are the fuel that propel the global studies program. Projects are assigned regularly in relation to the country being studied, and students work individually and in groups to prepare presentations. 



  • Language Arts

    Students in 5th grade spend the year developing and strengthening their writing and reading skills within the Writing and Reading Workshops. Students also learn grammar and vocabulary to deepen their understanding in reading and writing. In addition, students learn about the morphology of words through studies of classical roots.

    In Writing Workshop, students become authors of personal narratives, realistic fiction narratives, opinion/argument essays, and informational/research essays. They study mentor texts, which allow them to learn to write like real authors do. Students learn specific skills of writing development, structure, craft, and conventions of the genre, and then practice these skills writing multiple drafts and choosing their best work for final publication. The workshop structure is energetic, engaging and collaborative, giving students time to learn, practice, revise, edit, and share their writing daily.  

    In Reading Workshop, students read works of strong literature across several genres. They begin with the narrative genre in which students form interpretation book clubs to analyze themes. Next, 5th grade readers learn strategies to help them tackle increasing levels of text complexity in nonfiction reading. They then move into researching debatable issues, as they learn to read with argument and advocacy. Finally, students end the year in fantasy book clubs where they explore the magic of themes and symbols. In Reading Workshop, students choose their own books within a genre, meet with partnerships and book clubs, and engage in strategy lessons, which promote active reading.
  • Library

    The library is a place of guided inquiry and discovery as students hone their research skills using a variety of resources including school-approved databases. Emphasis is placed on paraphrasing versus plagiarism, identifying facts versus opinions, and organizing and using research for a purpose. Fifth grade students learn strategies to evaluate websites, conduct Boolean searches, and write bibliographies. They also learn to utilize resources in the library to gather information for language arts, science and social studies projects.
  • Math

    Fifth grade students continue to explore increasingly complex concepts in math through hands-on investigations, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. Skills learned include estimation; finding factors and multiples; prime factorization; comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; solving word problems using model drawing; converting measurements expressed as fractions; ratios; combining three quantities using model drawing; identifying formulas for calculating perimeter; area and surface area; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals; problem solving, converting fractions to percents; calculating percentages of a quantity; analyzing data; identifying unknown angles with and without a protractor; utilizing a variety of models when calculating the average or rate between quantities; geometry; and pre-algebra concepts.
  • Music

    5th grade students delve into units that complement their Global Studies program. They begin the year learning about Indian instruments, then explore middle eastern, and Greek traditional music. They end the year delving into African percussion instruments, create a percussion ensemble, review choir chimes, and learn to follow a musical score. They also explore major and minor scales, composers, and Greek, Indian, and African dance.
  • Physical Education

    Students review swimming and pool safety skills as they participate in centers and group water activities. During this unit, emphasis is placed on advanced stroke development and aerobic conditioning. Later, students hone their team organization, collaboration, and sport specific skills during units on basketball, hockey, track and field, golf, volleyball, and soccer. Students also participate in circuit training, learn a variety of games, and study human growth and development.
  • Science

    Through hands-on laboratories students develop hypotheses, control variables, measure, observe and predict as they investigate and experiment. Units of study integrate science, technology, engineering and math and utilize the Makerspace to enable students to ideate and prototype solutions to real issues. During the course of the year, students study health and fitness, electricity, matter, chemical and physical reactions, structure of atoms, periodic table of elements, atomic theory, electrical engineering, natural resources and conservation, and endangered animals with a focus on sea turtles.
  • Spanish

    Students develop Spanish verbal and aural skills through conversations, cultural activities, and games. Emphasis is placed on strategies to manipulate lexical and grammatical structures, cognates, pronouns, gender/number agreement, and adjective/verb agreement. Students also learn to read and translate simple texts and utilize Pages, FINDS, Glogster, Google Slides and Maps to research and present their work. Indigenous people from Central and South America and the regions of Spain are explored.
  • Technology

    Students learn internet safety techniques, internet research skills, Tinkercad (3D design and printing), iMovie, Google Slides, Google Docs, Notability, Showbie, various iPad apps, EV3 Lego Robotics (building and programming on computer), green screen, and video production. Lessons build on concepts learned in social studies, science, Spanish, and art courses as students utilize technology to extend learning.

5th Grade Highlights

  • Specialized teachers for each subject area
  • 1 to 1 iPad program 
  • Community and team building overnight trip to Camp Montgomery
  • Ecological Service Learning
  • STEM Science and Technology Lab
  • The STEM Exposition
  • Spelling and geography bees 
  • Grade level theatrical performance
  • Storytelling competition
  • Field trips to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Medieval Times Castle in Orlando 

6th Grade Curriculum

At Jacksonville Country Day School, a passion for learning is sparked through engaging, inquiry-based instruction, state-of-the-art science and technology labs, and highly qualified teachers. Students’ academic, social-emotional, and physical growth is enhanced through flexible grouping and differentiated instruction.

The curriculum promotes higher order thinking skills and lays the foundation for students to excel in the middle school of their choice and beyond. Students engage in hands-on projects, Socratic discussions, and prototype solutions to real world issues. They become innovative problem solvers and responsible students as they develop study habits and a mindset for success.

In sixth grade, each student is provided with their own personal iPad for use during the academic year, and technology is integrated across the curriculum to extend learning. Character education, service learning, and collaborative activities contribute to a sense of community and belonging.

List of 12 items.

  • Art

    The personal growth of each student as an artist is encouraged through observation, reflection, interpretation, and expression of ideas. Students are exposed to a plethora of creative possibilities, including the art from ancient cultures. Sixth grade students expand on concepts learned in prior grades as they explore balance, harmony, variety, movement, and unity to create 2D and 3D art. During the course of the year, they learn to compare and contrast art periods, create art reproductions, and develop their own work using printmaking, pastels, tempera, acrylics, watercolors, ink, clay, and underglazes.
  • Character Education

    Character Education is an important aspect in every classroom as students acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve goals, maintain positive relationships, make decisions, and lead by example. Students are encouraged to dream big, focus on their own and each others’ strengths, develop an attitude of gratitude, and make a difference as they create their JCDS legacy. Positive mindsets, virtues of the month, service learning, collaborative activities, and character assemblies enhance the program. In addition, 6th grade students participate in the Leadership Corps where they further refine their skills as JCDS leaders.
  • Enhancement

    During this course, students continue to gain self-awareness and confidence as they dive deeper to develop foundational skills for academic growth and personal success. Students study and apply strategic SMART goal setting, organizational and time management strategies, interpersonal relationship skills, digital citizenship, interviewing skills, decision making, problem-solving, and how to effectively embrace change. As students apply concepts learned, they enhance their interpersonal and executive functioning skills, enabling them to excel in middle school and beyond.
  • Global Studies

    Students embark on a journey into medieval and renaissance history. They begin the year by exploring the Roman Empire and its fall, and then travel into the medieval period in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. During the last trimester, students discover Renaissance innovations. Throughout the year, geography, history, world religions, architecture, music, art, and scientific concepts are highlighted as students participate in simulations, debates, research, and theatrical performances.
  • Language Arts

    Students learn the craft of narrative, informational, and argument genres by studying mentor texts and then writing their own pieces in each of these genres, utilizing the writing process. Throughout the year they explore strategies to capture an audience with an intriguing introduction and conclusion, expand upon their ability to use transitions, and learn to incorporate increasingly complex vocabulary into their work. In reading, they analyze novels for craft, structure, point of view, and author’s purpose while making connections to self, to other text, and to the world in which they live. Emphasis is placed on analysis of character development, theme, symbolism, cause and effect, and synthesizing information. Global Studies topics are often integrated into reading and writing assignments. Vocabulary is taught in context of the curriculum, and students use classical Greek morphemes (e.g., roots and affixes) to decode unfamiliar words. In Grammar students use appropriate verb tense to convey time, sequence and state; conjunctions; prepositions; and develop the complexity in which they utilize commas to convey meaning in their own work.
  • Library

    Students apply library skills learned in previous grades with increasing independence as they continue to hone their website evaluation techniques and develop research and note-taking skills. Students review how to write bibliographies to avoid plagiarism as they conduct research for a specific purpose and audience. Throughout the year, they refine their teamwork and public speaking skills while utilizing the library to delve deeper into concepts introduced in their Global Studies and science programs.
  • Math

    Sixth grade students balance conceptual understanding with procedural fluency as they learn algebraic expressions, equations, graphing functions, multiplication and division of fractions and decimals, percentages, ratios, rate, proportion, speed, area and perimeter of polygons and composite figures, nets of pyramids and prisms, circumference and area of circles, data analysis, probability, negative numbers, squares and square roots, cubes and cube roots, and multi-step word problems with mixed operations.
  • Music

    The 6th grade students delve into units that complement their Global Studies program. They begin the year learning about African drums and percussion instruments, creating a percussion ensemble, reviewing choir chimes, following parts in a musical score, and playing simple chords on the guitar. They then present a musical show relating to Broadway with a middle school theme. After this, they explore major and minor scales, composers from 1970-present, Greek dance, instruments of India, and Bollywood music.
  • Physical Education

    Students review swimming and pool safety skills as they participate in centers and group water activities. During this unit, emphasis is placed on advanced stroke development and aerobic conditioning. Later, students refine their team organization, collaboration, and sport specific skills during units on basketball, hockey, track and field, golf, volleyball, and soccer. Students also participate in circuit training, learn a variety of aerobic and large group games, and study human growth and development.
  • Science

    Students are guided through scientific inquiry in the STEM Shark Lab and Tech Studio, a multi-purpose learning environment that provides not only science and technology instruction but also a makerspace. Students prototype, and solve problems using 3D printing, NXT and/or EV3 Robotics, mathematics and engineering skills.  Units of study in the classroom include NXT Robotics, forces and motion, weather, and marine biology. The 6th grade culminating science trip is to attend a four day field study at Marine Lab in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Spanish

    Students writing increases in importance as students continue to develop their Spanish verbal and aural skills through conversations, cultural activities, and games. Emphasis is placed on strategies to manipulate lexical and grammatical structures, cognates, pronouns, gender/number agreement, and adjective/verb agreement. Students also learn to read and translate simple texts and utilize Pages, FINDS, Glogster, Google Slides and Maps to research and present their work. Indigenous people from Central and South America and the regions and cultures of Spanish speaking countries are explored. The Wax Museum is a culminating event that showcases students’ Spanish speaking, research, and presentation skills. 
  • Technology

    Students learn internet safety techniques, internet research skills, Tinkercad (3D design and printing), iMovie, Google Slides, Google Docs, Notability, Showbie, various iPad apps, NXT/EV3 Lego Robotics (building and programming on a computer), Little Bits circuits, green screen and video production. Lessons build on concepts learned in social studies, science, Spanish and art courses as students utilize technology to extend learning.

6th Grade Highlights

  • Specialized teachers for each subject area
  • 1 to 1 iPad program 
  • Shark News anchors
  • Ecological service learning
  • Science and Technology Lab
  • The STEM Exposition
  • Spelling and geography bees
  • Grade level performances
  • Greek Olympics and Banquet 
  • African drumming presentation
  • India unit culminating luncheon
  • The Valentine’s Day dance
  • The Leadership Corps 
  • Middle School visits to Bolles and ESJ Schools
  • Washington D.C. and the Marine Lab in Key Largo field trips
  • Senior privileges 
  • Participation as “JCDS Ambassadors”