Advanced Learning

Grades 4, 5, & Multi-age Classrooms

Advanced Learning Plans – 4th and 5th Grades, Multi-Age Classrooms

Sacajawea follows the philosophy of Lynn Stoddard’s Educating for Human Greatness which includes recognizing individual talents and gifts in each student. For those with talents in reading or math, our class provides enrichment opportunities outlined below (and in accordance with our school plan,) in alignment with the Seattle School District policy and consistent with current child development research. Sacajawea follows the district recommendation for an inclusion model, whereby differentiated instruction is offered within the classroom through a variety of strategies.

4th and 5th Grades will participate in a Walk to Math (W2M) program, allowing some students to work in smaller groups and all students to focus on their strengths and needs. Within each W2M class, Math ALO Differentiation Strategies will include at various times:

  • Parallel Tasks
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Centers and/or Games
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Tiered Assignments
  • Targeted Questioning

Reading ALO Differentiation Strategies includes at various times:

  • Flexible Reading Groups
  • Leveled Reading Groups
  • Individualized Independent Reading
  • Reading Logs
  • Shared Inquiry (such as Junior Great Books)
  • Classroom and School Libraries
  • Content Area Reading
  • Parallel-Topic Books

Other Academic Areas:

  • Math & Science Fair
  • Environmental Education
  • Arts Festival

Additional Enrichment Opportunities (happening both during and after the school day) your child might participate in (and which offer significant academic enrichment in non-traditional ways):

  • Global Reading Challenge
  • Instrumental Music
  • Family Partnership Evenings
  • After School Programs
  • Great Brain Projects
  • Shining Stars Project
  • Dramatic Performances

University of Washington Science Partnership

Educating for Human Greatness by Lynn Stoddard

Research references and strategy definitions can be found inTeaching Gifted Kids in the Regular – Classroom by Susan Winebrenner.

Additional information regarding the recent audit of the highly capable programs can be found on the Seattle School District website.