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3rd & 4th Grade
Miss Natalie Pieper
Natalie Pieper
Natalie Pieper hails from the great state of Minnesota but is excited to start a new adventure, teaching at MLS in Oklahoma. She was raised in a Lutheran school and continued that Christian education into her high school years. Now an alumni from Concordia University, St Paul, Natalie graduated with a degree in K-6 Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching in a 3rd and 4th grade combination classroom with time teaching math in the middle school classrooms during the last few weeks of her experience. She has taught preschool music classes, worked as a camp counselor and coordinated the high school volunteer program at Camp Lone Star in Texas for the past 3 summers.

Aside from her faith, Natalie’s family is the most important thing in her life. She has two younger brothers. Christian is attending Concordia University, Chicago, while Noah finishes up his high school years at Heritage Christian Academy. Her parents reside in Plymouth, Minnesota with their two black labs. In her time away from teaching, Natalie enjoys running, singing, drinking coffee, and cheering for Duke Basketball.

 

3rd Grade Overview / Go to 4th Grade Overview

Our curriculum aligns with and often exceeds the Oklahoma PASS Skills (State Standards), and the Integrating the Faith (Concordia Publishing House) curriculum.

Language Arts
The McGraw Hill curriculum is the basis for our reading, grammar, writing, and spelling instruction. Other resources are also utilized.

Reading
Expanding on newly acquired reading skills is a primary objective in third grade. Emphasis is placed on developing efficient decoding strategies, vocabulary, and comprehension. Phonics and structural analysis of words are used to decode unknown words. Students apply comprehension strategies (making connections, formulating questions, visualizing, using context clues, and summarizing) as they read a variety of genres. We use guided reading and selected novel studies as well as the basal reader. The Accelerated Reader program is used to assess individual reading levels and comprehension. Students are given a reading goal to earn each nine weeks. 100 minutes of outside reading time is required each week.

In third grade, the focus of reading shifts from learning to read, to reading to learn.

English
We focus on grammar skills: sentence types, capitalization, punctuation, word usage and expression, the parts of speech, and apply these skills in the writing process.

Students learn to write a well developed paragraph with a main idea and supporting details. Student experiences in writing include poetry, narratives, descriptive, letters, and journal entries.

Spelling
Weekly spelling words focus on different types of word patterns. When appropriate, lists are individualized to accommodate student levels. Spelling practice is given daily, and tests are given weekly.

Handwriting
Cursive handwriting is taught from the very beginning of the year and is practiced throughout the entire school year. Near the end of the year, children will be completing all written assignments in cursive.

Math
We use the Saxon Incremental Math Series to emphasize math concepts, process skills and problem solving. Students focus on whole numbers up to 10,000, fractions, place value, geometry, decimals, money, measurement, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimating, word problems, graphing, and probability. Basic Math skills are practiced daily with timed tests. Students are expected to memorize the multiplication facts.

Social Studies
The McGraw Hill series, Communities, is used. We learn about similarities and differences among some communities of our country and world. An understanding of the importance of natural resources in the development of communities is taught. We examine the purposes of government, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals in and to their communities. Geography and map skills are also taught. Students will know the seven continents, four major oceans, and use the Equator and Prime Meridian to identify the four hemispheres. A study of Oklahoma history is completed near the end of the year.

Science
The Scott-Foresman Series is used to help develop the processes of science including observing, predicting, measuring, experimenting, collecting and interpreting data. Units of Life Science (Plants, Animals, Ecosystems and Environments, Systems of the Human Body), Earth Science (Water Cycle, Weather, Earth’s Surface , Natural Resources), Physical Science (Matter and Heat, Electricity and Magnetism, Sound and Light, Motion and Simple Machines), and Space and Technology are studied.

Bible
Christian education is incorporated into all subject areas. We use the Concordia Publishing House series Voyages: Exploring God’s Word. Students learn through study of the Old and New Testaments. Memory is assigned each week. Students memorize Bible verses, the Books of the Bible, Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed. The importance of our salvation as God’s gift through faith in Jesus Christ is the key element in our Bible studies. We have daily prayer and devotion time and attend chapel once a week. As a ministry outreach we visit the elderly in a local nursing home several times throughout the school year to share God’s love in word and song.

Computer/Technology
Third graders go to the computer lab each week for instruction in keyboarding. We use Type to Learn 3 series. Students also use Easy Tech which is a leveled, self-paced program covering basic computer terminology and skills. Students are taught how to access and use the Internet as a resource.

Other Subject Areas
Students go to Music and Physical Education twice a week. They have Spanish, Art, and Library once a week.

Communication/Parent Involvement
A vital part of a successful school year is open and consistent communication between home and school. A weekly newsletter is sent home containing information on the week’s activities and any test/project assignments. Agendas are used daily. Student progress is formally discussed over report cards at parent/teacher conferences held at the end of the first and third quarters. Mid-quarter grade reports are also sent home for all students each quarter. Parents are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning throughout the year by phone, meetings, or e-mail. Taking an active role in your child’s Christian education is an important part of the home/school relationship. We are an “educational team” for your child. There are a variety of ways you can help. A volunteer request form is sent home at the beginning of each school year. Volunteer duties include: running copies, making learning activities, reading time, field trip drivers, assisting with a class project, etc. Homeroom Mom(s) and Dad(s) plan and implement our class parties.


4th Grade Overview / Go to TOP

Our curriculum aligns with and often exceeds the Oklahoma PASS Skills (State Standards), and the Integrating the Faith (Concordia Publishing House) curriculum.

Language Arts includes Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Spelling.

Reading
We use McGraw Hill. Students experience a variety of classic and contemporary works of literature. Vocabulary is stressed. We also focus on comprehension strategies such as making predictions, self-questioning, context clues, summarizing and paraphrasing. We continue to work on word identification, applying decoding skills when necessary to improve reading fluency. Other skills taught are narrative elements, prefixes and suffixes, point of view, figurative language, cause and effect, note taking, drawing conclusions, sequencing, main idea and details, fact and opinion, author’s purpose, and graphic sources. We use the Accelerated Reader Program to assess individual reading levels and comprehension. Students are given a reading goal to earn each nine weeks. 100 minutes of outside reading time is required each week.

Spelling
We use Houghton Mifflin texts which also cover vocabulary. Weekly spelling words focus on different types of word patterns. When appropriate, lists are individualized to accommodate student levels. Tests are given weekly. Spelling is stressed in all content areas.

English
We use the Harcourt Language Series. We focus on the grammar skills: parts of speech, sentence types, mechanics of capitalization and punctuation, word usage. We apply these skills in the writing process. We do expressive, expository, and persuasive writing. We work on speaking and listening skills. We write letters, poetry, and journal entries.

Science
The Scott-Foresman Series is used to develop the scientific processes of observing, predicting, measuring, experimenting, collecting and interpreting data. Units of study include: Life Science (Plants, Animals, Ecosystems, Environment); Physical Science (Measuring Matter, Force and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Sound); Earth Science (Measuring Weather, Earth and Other Planets, Oceans) and the Human Body (Digestive, Circulatory, and Nervous Systems, Keeping Healthy).

Social Studies
The McGraw-Hill Series, Regions, is used to develop geography and map skills and learn about the land and people of the United States. We study the environment, people, and heritage of each of the regions of the United States: The Northeast, The Southeast, The Middle West, The Southwest, and The West. Students complete a state project for each region and identify states, capitals, and major metropolitan areas.

Math
We use the Harcourt Series. Lessons focus on whole numbers up to one million, place value, number patterns, algebraic operations, data, graphing, time, multiplying and dividing by 2-digit numbers, geometry, fractions, mixed numbers, probability, decimals, measurement, estimation, problem solving, and mental math. Students are expected to have instant recall of the multiplication and division facts. Basic math skills are practiced daily with timed tests.

Bible
We use Voyages: Exploring God’s Word, from Concordia Publishing House as well as the Holy Bible. Students are taught the key concepts of faith such as Law, Gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and grace while focusing specifically on the actions of our God on behalf of His people. We study selected Bible stories from Genesis through the formation of the early church and the beginning ministry of the apostle Paul. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and is grounded in the Word of God, through which the Holy Spirit works to create, strengthen, and sustain saving faith. We also memorize Bible verses and parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. We have daily prayer and devotion time and attend chapel once a week. As a ministry outreach we visit the elderly in a local nursing home several times throughout the school year to share God’s love in word and song. Christianity and moral values are incorporated in our everyday teaching.

Computer/Technology
Fourth graders go to the computer lab each week for instruction in keyboarding. We use Type to Learn series. Students also use Easy Tech which is a leveled, self-paced program covering basic computer terminology and skills. Students learn how to access and use the Internet as a resource.

Other Subject Areas
Students have Music and Physical Education classes each twice a week. They have Art, Spanish, and Library once a week. Fourth graders also have the option of taking Band.

Communication/Parent Involvement
A vital part of a successful school year is open and consistent communication between home and school. A weekly newsletter is sent home containing information on the week’s activities and any test/project assignments. Agendas are used daily. Student progress is formally discussed over report cards at parent/teacher conferences held at the end of the first and third quarters. Mid-quarter grade reports are also sent home for all students each quarter. Parents are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning throughout the year by phone, meetings, or email. Taking an active role in your child’s Christian education is an important part of the home/school relationship. We are an “educational team” for your child. There are a variety of ways you can help. A volunteer request form is sent home at the beginning of each school year. Volunteer duties include: running copies, making learning activities, reading time, field trip drivers, assisting with a class project, etc. Homeroom Mom(s) and Dad(s) plan and implement our class parties.

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