Welcome to fourth grade at Valley Crossing Elementary!
SoWashCo Schools is required to put state standards in place and determines how their students will meet the standards and benchmarks by developing courses and curriculum and choosing teaching methods.
What Content Areas have State Academic Standards in Minnesota?
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- The Arts
SoWashCo Schools must develop its own academic standards for:
- World Languages, using current world languages standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Career and Technical Education
fourth grade teachers and specialists
Literacy is so much more than the ability to read and write. Students are active creators of information and ideas. English language arts courses in SoWashCo Schools help students develop the skills they need for success in post-secondary education and in life. These skills include critical thinking, listening and the ability to communicate effectively. Further, English language arts in SoWashCo Schools provides students with the opportunity to gain new perspectives and value the experiences of others. Students engage in a wide variety of texts, participate in rich discussions, and collaborate with, and learn from others.
Humans are social beings who interact with each other and the world. The social studies courses in SoWashCo help prepare students to be active and engaged participants in their society and the world around them. Students will be empowered to ask questions, have thoughtful discussions and learn from current and past events to make the world better for future generations. We embrace diversity and culture so students are prepared to navigate an increasingly global society.
- College and career readiness
- STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
- CTE (career and technical education)
Creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking are vital to learning. College and career readiness, career and technical education, STEM and other technology courses provide students with an opportunity to build and refine skills for college and career. Active hands-on learning gets students excited about possibilities after high school.
Math is a universal language across the world. It is everywhere - from the patterns on the wings of butterflies to our favorite family recipe. We help students develop mathematical thinking as well as the skills necessary to be successful in math. Even more importantly, math builds essential life skills such as problem-solving, analysis and spatial skills. Math also provides students with a deeper understanding of the world around them through science and the arts. Students will be prepared to design solutions for the jobs that haven’t even been created yet.
The arts are a vital celebration of personal creativity. Students are encouraged to find their artistic passion, whether it be in music, theatre, dance, food or the visual arts. Research shows that participating in the arts boosts academic achievement, collaboration, and social-emotional growth and well-being.
Physical education and health are part of each student’s education in SoWashCo Schools. Physical education helps build student motor skills, heart and muscle strength. But most importantly, it provides opportunities for team building, collaboration and cooperation with others. Health education helps students better understand physical, emotional, and mental health and its impact on our bodies. Students learn how to maintain healthy habits and where to go for support.
Science in SoWashCo Schools provides students with the opportunity to see how things work - from ecosystems to human-designed machines. We embrace critical thinking and opportunities for students to study scientific mysteries and to design solutions. The future is in the hands of our students and we want them ready for it.
Library media learning at the elementary school level is the gateway to a lifelong passion for exploration and education, enriched by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathmatics) principles. Guided by skilled media specialists, students immerse themselves in an array of books, digital resources, and interactive technologies, nurturing literacy, critical thinking, and digital proficiency. These dynamic spaces foster hands-on discovery, igniting creativity and honing problem-solving acumen.
By curating diverse collections, the library transports students across cultures and eras, nurturing empathy and expanding worldviews, all while weaving in the interdisciplinary aspects of STEAM. The ability to discern credible sources and navigate the digital realm responsibly becomes second nature, empowering students in the digital age. Collaborative projects and discussions refine communication skills.
In the elementary school library, tradition seamlessly merges with technology, equipping students with essential skills to excel in our modern world. This comprehensive approach nurtures inquisitive minds, empowering young learners to evolve into enthusiastic readers, adept thinkers, and conscientious digital citizens, all grounded in the principles of STEAM.