Courses for Students Completing Fourth Grade

Title Total cost Available sections
The Artists’ Studio $650 0
The Invisible Living World $700 0
The Art and Science of Math $650 0
Fluid Physics $700 0
Egyptology $650 0

 

The Artists’ Studio
Using creativity and imagination, we will delve into the world of lines, colors, shapes, and textures, crafting our own works of art and learning to think critically about the art we see. We will explore and build upon the basic concepts for each artistic element, gradually progressing to 3D models by the end of each week. Daily projects and artist workshops will foster both individual creativity and more structured learning. We will also study several famous artists, who will help us understand how to use basic elements to create masterpieces.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3440
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Anne Kaffka
Closed

 

The Invisible Living World
In this course, students will become scientists exploring the amazing diversity and complexity of the invisible living world, using microscopes to make discoveries that are impossible with the human eye alone. The course will parallel the evolutionary development of living things, with the first week focusing on the most ancient single-celled organisms, such as bacteria; the second on organisms such as amoeba, algae and fungi; and the third on specialized cells of macroscopic multicellular organisms, such as humans. Students will learn about the intricate organization within seemingly simple life forms through direct observation, labeled pictures and diagrams, and readings. They will create their own microbe samplers on Petri plates by swiping doorknobs, the soles of shoes, floors and other microbe-rich habitats. They will explore the anti-biotic properties of spices and harness the power of yeast by making soft pretzels. Students will keep a lab notebook with information on vision, traits of life and cell structures, as well as sketches of what they observed. Also, they will research and make models of a microbe of their choosing for the grand Microbe Zoo finale.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3441
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Barbara Stebbins
Closed
ED3442
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Barbara Stebbins
Closed

 

The Art and Science of Math
Mathematicians aren’t the only ones to solve problems in their work. All sorts of people like architects, artists, scientists, business people, and engineers are problem solvers, too, who need math to do their jobs. In this class, we will explore a variety of exciting problem solving opportunities that come up in the real world where math is a useful tool. We’ll build stable structures out of unusual materials, design a water supply system, product test different slime formulas, and create beautifully elaborate, mathematically precise patterns. Students will work both collaboratively and independently to exercise their mental muscles and design solutions to complicated problems. Who knows what fascinating problem is just around the corner?
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3443
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Elizabeth Swerling
Closed
ED3444
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Elizabeth Swerling
Closed

 

Fluid Physics
In this class, we will discover the amazing world of liquids and gases. By studying density and Archimedes’ Principle, we will then find out how and why concrete boats and hot air balloons float. We will design and build our own model concrete boats and compete in The Great Concrete Boat Race. We will also make our own hot-air balloons. By studying surface tension, we will learn how water spiders can live on the surface of a pond and why bubbles act bubbly. We will investigate the shapes of bubbles and produce waves on a bubble. Also, we will study Bernoulli’s Principle and investigate how air flows around objects like cars and airplane wings.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3447
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Jennifer Che
Closed
ED3448
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jennifer Che
Closed

 

Egyptology
The Valley of the Kings and Beyond
Let’s travel back in time and enter the exciting world of Ancient Egypt. Our exploration will include mummies, pyramids, the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and many other facets of Ancient Egyptian civilization. We will unearth Egyptian culture through their architecture, art, food, games, and daily life, as well as their reliance on the Nile River and their mysterious fascination with death and the afterlife. Activities will include creating our own personal cartouche using hieroglyphs and learning about Egyptian myths and historic individuals. We will transform our classroom with our projects, designing an exhibition and visitor walk-through for our open house. Come join the adventure, build your own museum-like exhibit, and unlock the mysteries of Ancient Egypt!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3449
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Vanessa Sinai
Closed

 

Exceptionally well-prepared fourth graders may also apply for course ED3451 or 3452 The Art of Persuasion.