One of the highlights of 3rd grade is the Inventors Project. After researching a chosen inventor, students become that person, going so far as to create replicas of their famous inventions. Students present to parents in character, portraying people such as Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, and Marie Curie. This curriculum builds design engineering, public speaking, research, and writing skills.
Library: once a week, 30 minutes
Art: twice a week, 1.5-2 hours total
Spanish: twice a week, 1-1.5 hours total
PE: three times a week, 1.5 hours total
Music: two-three times a week, 1-1.5 hours total
Every year as a culminating project, 1st grade students write and illustrate their own books. They get to show off their masterpieces and reinforce their public speaking skills by reading their book aloud during the final presentation.