Student Chloe presents her research on Colonial America during the Colonial Expo.
The Colonial Expo
Fourth grade's capstone experience begins when each class creates two debates related to their Inquiry Studies. Each student participates in one of these debates, the subjects of which are as follows:
- Native Americans debating how to respond to a new group that has arrived on their land
Colonial tradespeople debating the actions of the British—some debaters are Loyalists, some are Patriots
They then participate in a live debate at the end of the school year.
"The Colonial Expo" helps fourth grade students to refine their skills in the following areas:
Drafting, writing and refining arguments
A Day in the Life...
Fourth-graders are the leaders of the Lower School. They take this "job" seriously—leading by example and showing their younger classmates the importance of the FH Pillars. They receive instruction in traditional subjects each day but also participate in special subjects like Learning & Design, both Spanish and Chinese language and culture, music and visual arts, and physical education.
Below is what a sample day could look like in our Grade 4 classrooms: