Lower School Overview

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The goals of the Lower School are to nurture each child's strengths and sense of competence, to help develop a sensitivity to others, and to encourage each child to take pleasure in being a member of the community.

The curriculum fosters self-reliance and self-esteem; stimulates curiosity, creativity, and a love for learning; and builds enthusiasm for excellence and achievement. Academic areas emphasized in the Lower School include reading, writing, math, and social studies, complemented by instruction in science, Spanish, art, drama, music, computer and library skills, and physical education. By integrating related activities in various fields of study, students begin to make and appreciate valuable cross-disciplinary connections while broadening their knowledge and experience of the world.

The objective is to create responsible, independent students who work well together and are excited about learning.

I love that every day is different and full of surprises. The teachers make everything so much fun.
~ 2nd Grade Student

Kindergarten

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Childhood is full of wonders! In Kindergarten, we explore a variety of themed study units that address their innate curiosity, while developing foundational skills in reading, writing, and math. By allowing Kindergarteners to discover the wonders around them through hands-on activities, we help foster a lifelong desire to learn.

I like how the teachers make me feel comfortable.
-Kindergarten Student

Language Arts

  • Reading: Identification of letters; matching sounds to letters; developing sight word vocabulary; exploring a variety of literary genres; retelling of familiar stories. Small group instruction allows for the development of all reading stages— beginner to fluent.
  • Writing: Use of phonetic spelling and sight word; creation of non-fiction and fiction stories using simple sentences; introduction to handwriting techniques; journal writing; and story publishing.
  • Listening and Speaking: Recognizing and using complete coherent sentences when speaking; recitation of short stories, poems, and rhymes; describing people, places, things, locations, and actions when sharing orally.

Math

  • An emphasis on number sense for numbers up to 100, including counting strategies, grouping, re-combining numbers, addition and subtraction, and the concepts of place value.
  • Observation and classification of patterns.
  • In geometry, classification of 2D and 3D shapes using attributes.
  • Coin identification and application; use of beginning time concepts; use of standard and non-standard measurement; exploration of graphing.

Social Studies

Students have experiences with sharing, taking turns, and respect for individual differences; building a classroom community; support self-determination and character development through daily interactions and literature; putting events in temporal order using a calendar; introduction to maps and globes.

Science

  • Physical science: matter and its properties; states of matter; colors; kitchen chemistry; forces and interactions; pushes and pulls.
  • Earth science: landforms; Earth's resources; weather.
  • Life science: the five senses; animals, plants, and their environment.
  • Engineering: shapes and stability of structures.

Spanish

Developing listening proficiency; basic vocabulary, and expressions for everyday communication; responding to simple questions, using words, and short sentences. Using the Total Physical Response (TPR) technique and integrated curriculum with core classes.

Library

Introduction to the library media center as a special room in the school; responsibility for the care and return of books; arrangement of “easy” books in their special section; library manners; encouraging a love of books and reading.

Studio Art

Procedures for art production and safe handling of tools; increasing awareness of art as a means of communication; experiment with various sources for creating artwork; developing ideas for expression in visual form; introduction to vocabulary; reductive and additive sculpture and collage; concept of mixing colors in different media.

Drama

Introduction to theatre and cooperative games with a focus on physical control and sequential learning; creation and performance of a play incorporating the music curriculum.

Music

Introduction of music pattern recognition, through songs, games, dance, and speech pieces. Use of echo clapping, question–answer, two–part rhythms, reading rhythm; clapping, speaking, and singing in rounds; refined and varied expression of locomotor and non-locomotor movements, movement with props, folk dances, play parties, and gesture songs; exposure and performance on Orff instruments.

Computers

We do not offer computer instruction in Kindergarten. Basic computer skills are introduced to students at developmentally appropriate ages.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM educational components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their grade level curriculum projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities and teachers, students have instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for curriculum projects.

Physical Education

Introduction to developmental movement concepts and body awareness through cooperative and manipulative games; locomotion movements and non-locomotion movements; spatial awareness; keeping a journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Our service learning occurs within the Crane community. Students take the time to interview staffulty members to learn more about their jobs within our school community and spend the year making holiday cards and thank you notes to help show their appreciation and brighten the day of those around them.

Character Development

Identifying emotions; acknowledging the unique qualities of individuals; celebrating families; introduction of the concept of community; introduction of "warm fuzzies" and "cold pricklies".

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.

First Grade

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In First Grade students greatly expand their reading and writing vocabulary. They become adept at recognizing number relationships and patterns, and they apply what they know to problem solving. First Graders take pride in accomplishing tasks with growing independence.

The math is more complex than Kindergarten and I am reading chapter books.
-1st Grade Student

Language Arts

  • Reading: Matching oral words to print; distinguishing sounds and rhyming words; compound words and contractions; reading aloud with fluency; following simple written instructions; identification of plot, setting, and characters.
  • Writing: Writing brief narrative and expository pieces; contractions and singular possessives; punctuation and capitalization; spelling of grade-level sight words; book publication including plot mapping, writing, editing, revision, and illustration.
  • Listening and Speaking: Attentive listening; giving, restating, and following directions; staying on topic when speaking; use of descriptive words; retelling stories using basic story grammar and sequence; providing descriptions with sensory detail.

Math

Operations on whole numbers up to 100, including place value, addition, subtraction, and mental calculation techniques. Basic understanding of multiplication and division concepts, including repeated addition and dividing quantities into equal sized sets. Basic concepts of measurement, to include length, mass, time and money. Developing a basic understanding of geometry, to include description and classification of 2D and 3D shapes, and building and analysis of patterns. Use of picture graphs to represent and analyze data.

Social Studies

Elements of fair play and good sportsmanship; respecting the rights and opinions of others; “The Golden Rule”; locating continents and oceans on a world map; locating California on the map; how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live; learning about sustainable practices and natural resources.

Science

  • Physical science: sound, heat, and light energy; air pressure.
  • Earth science: space systems (earth, sun, moon, and stars), seasonal patterns.
  • Life science: insects; snails; birds; human body; external structure and function of plants and animals.
  • Engineering: shapes and stability of structures in nature.

Spanish

Continued development of listening and speaking skills integrated with classroom curriculum; association between the spoken and written word, reading familiar material with comprehension; basic vocabulary using the TPR technique. Emphasis in conversation through dialogues and oral presentations.

Library

Familiarity with a variety of books; listening to stories; discussion to draw out the meaning of the stories; circulation procedures; an under¬standing of fiction Dewey Decimal System; the function of various parts of a book; encouraging a love of books and reading.

Studio Art

Creation of art based on imagination, reinforcing personal voice and expression; the process of looking at art and its integral role as part of everyday life; perceiving and describing what we see in our own work and the work of others; comparing visual qualities of the world with forms constructed by people; drawing, painting, collage, additive/reductive sculpture, and print making.

Drama

Theatre exercises that focus on group dynamics, voice projection, physical control, sequential learning, and concentration; cooperative games including machines, moving statues, and emotion.

Music

Hearing, naming, understanding, and expressing beat in a variety of ways. Reading and recognition of basic rhythm values; singing in tune, playing and improvising in the petatonic scale, playing and understanding drone bass accompaniment; structures to evoke expressive movement alone and in groups; simple circle line dances; basic technique in a variety of unpitched percussion and mallet technique for barred instruments.

Computers

Familiarity with the keyboard and basic keyboarding; beginning use of computer; logging in and out; opening, closing, and saving; graphic organizers for project mapping; introduction to word processing and slideshow design.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM education components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their Engineering Class projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities students have a class with instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for their engineering projects. Check out recent Design and Engineering projects here.

Physical Education

Learning and applying developmental and fundamental motor skills appropriate for this grade level; keeping a journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Students learn about community responsibility and inclusion through various buddy activities with the Kindergarteners. Service learning is experienced through the curriculum as part of the study of the rain forest, concentrating on students’ roles in conservation and sustainability both locally and globally.

Character Development

Exploring literature-based curriculum that introduces the concepts and values related to leading a positive and productive life; learning to value and respect unique qualities in self and others.

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.

Second Grade

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Second Grade is an exciting year of growth for students as they expand their knowledge base, develop their reading, writing and math skills, and most importantly, become independent learners.

I enjoyed learning about my family and ancestors when we studied immigration.
-2nd Grade Student

Language Arts

  • Reading: Spelling patterns; common abbreviations; regular and irregular plurals; reading aloud with fluency; antonyms and synonyms; prefixes and suffixes; use of titles, table of contents, and chapter headings; rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in poetry.
  • Writing: Grouping related ideas; use of reference materials; revision of original drafts; writing personal narratives; complete and incomplete sentences; parts of speech; capitalization and spelling; proper paragraph writing.
  • Listening and Speaking: Paraphrasing information; giving and following multiple step instructions; organizing presentations in a sequential order; recounting experiences in a logical sequence.

Math

Operations on whole numbers up to 1000, including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mental calculation techniques. Emphasis on learning and applying addition and subtraction algorithms, and using part/whole relationships to model and solve multi-part word problems. Introduction to fractions, with an emphasis on developing understanding of part/whole relationships and fractional parts of sets. Further development of concepts of measurement and 2D and 3D geometry. Designing and analyzing picture graphs with non-unit scales.

Social Studies

Study of communities beginning locally and moving outward to develop global knowledge and understanding; map skills and vocabulary as they relate to family history; a focus on the importance of individual actions and character; identifying heroes and leaders; Inventions Unit highlights creative problem solving in the real world.

Science

  • Physical science: matter, density, volume, gravity, and mass.
  • Earth science: land forms, ecosystems, dinosaurs, Earth's systems.
  • Life science: interrelationships of organisms; plants, and animal needs for survival.
  • Engineering: basic engineering design.

Spanish

Refinement and further development of skills integrated with classroom curriculum; reinforcing and improving reading skills; introducing writing skills; writing familiar words and sentences using correct spelling and punctuation; basic vocabulary using the TPR technique, games, role playing, technology, etc.

Library

Encouraging independent use of the library media center; introduction to online card catalog; listening to stories being read or told; selecting books independently; discussion; recalling, summarizing, and simple research skills; encouraging a love of books and reading.

Studio Art

Sensory awareness and visual recall; creation of original artwork making intentional choices of lines, color, shape, and other visual elements; introduction of non-objective and abstract artists; developing perceptual skills and art vocabulary; building on skills including combining media; 3-D work with puppetry and sculpture.

Drama

Rehearsal and performance of a musical production. Past shows have included 101 Dalmatians and Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood. Daily rehearsals lead up to a lively evening of entertainment for the community, combining music, dancing, singing and acting.

Music

Development of beat sense and pitch through orchestrations and movements. Recognizing, expressing, and reading rhythmic values and melodic patterns, full pentatonic scale-singing/playing/ improvising, basic group choreography and folk dance steps, simple circle and line dances, basic technique in un-pitched percussion and barred instruments, cross mallet melody playing on barred instruments.

Computers

Keyboarding skills to improve speed and accuracy; opening, closing, saving, and editing files; use of graphic organizers, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software; internet navigation. Introduction and integration of iPads in the classroom.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM educational components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their grade level curriculum projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities and teachers, students have instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for curriculum projects.

Physical Education

Practice and application of skill development, perceptual skills, and movement concepts to activities and games; keeping a journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Students experience service learning through the curriculum as part of their unit on Community. Past projects have included helping at Direct Relief International, and cultivating a reciprocal relationship with seniors at the Friendship Center.

Character Development

Identifying personal actions and individual responsibilities that contribute to the well-being of the community; establishing communication guidelines that focus on "I" statements and active listening; identifying appropriate ways to handle uncomfortable situations.

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.

Third Grade

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Third Grade is a transitional year where students practice working independently and have high expectations for their own work. Students learn organization, responsibility, independence, and following directions, both oral and written.

Social studies is my favorite part of Third Grade because the teachers use games and simulations to help us learn.
-3rd Grade Student

Language Arts

Reading: Reading narratives and expository pieces; antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms; prefixes and suffixes; use of titles, tables of contents, chapter headings, glossaries, and indexes; following multi-step written instruction. Writing: Paragraph writing using a topic sentence and supporting details; cursive; revision of drafts; formal and personal letters; subject and verb agreement; parts of speech; punctuation, spelling, and alphabetization. Listening and Speaking: Paraphrasing and retelling; identification of onomatopoeia, rhyme, and repeated sounds; organizing ideas chronologically; reading poetry and prose aloud with expression and fluency; identifying points of view; distinguishing opinion and fact.

Math

Operations on whole numbers up to 10,000, including place value, addition, subtraction, and mental calculation techniques. Emphasis on learning and applying multiplication and division algorithms, using visual models to solve multi-part word problems, and memorizing multiplication facts to 10. Further exploration of fractions, including ordering fractions, basic equivalency, and fractional parts of sets. Further development of measurement, with emphasis on perimeter and area, and exploring concepts of parallel and perpendicular lines, and angles. Introduction of bar graphs for data representation, with design and analysis of data.

Social Studies

Physical geography using maps, tables, graphs, and charts; compare and contrast Native American tribes; study of early explorers of the New World and their interactions with the tribes of the Americas; simulation of life on the Oregon Trail; study of local Chumash beliefs, customs, and folklore; brief overview of the Rancho period in Santa Barbara.

Science

Physical science: Newton's Laws of Energy; magnetic energy; simple machines. Earth science: meteorology, solar system, and sun. Life science: arthropods; animal classification; life cycles. Engineering: interdependence of science, engineering, and technology.

Spanish

Continued development of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking;introduction to grammatical structure; basic vocabulary using the TPR technique, games, role playing, poetry etc. Formal assessment begins with homework assignments; use of textbook and workbook. Writing and reading become as important as conversational skills. Use of technology is incorporated through projects.

Library

Use of the entire school library media center; basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System; use of the automated card catalog; practicing main idea and summarization; use of digital and print reference materials to complete basic research; encouraging a love of books and reading.

Studio Art

Continued use of imagination, recall,and observation; portraying details; depicting action; use of multiple vantage points; problem-solving to create mood, express ideas, or send a message; increasing vocabulary to allow for critical evaluation of contrasting visual qualities; art from other cultures; sculptures, visual symbols, and native crafts.

Drama

Theatre and cooperative games focusing onenvironment-buildingexercises that allow theyoung actors to apply their knowledge of the five Ws (who, what, where, when, and why).

Music

Precise finger technique, note-reading and the discipline of home practice come with the study of the soprano recorder. Conscious understanding of meter and multiple rhythm textures; singing in multiple parts, transposi¬tion of pentatonic melodies, melodic notation through recorder study and chorus; continued exploration of expressive movement, naming concepts of weight, level, direction, and duration.

Computers

Keyboarding skills using software to improve speed and accuracy; continued word processing and slideshow creation; introduction to Photoshop; iMovie for video production; internet research. Integration of iPads in the classroom.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM education components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their Engineering Class projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities students have a class with instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for their engineering projects. Check out recent Design and Engineering projects here.

Physical Education

Developing and refining movement skills; introduction to team sportsas a focal point for manipulativeskills; practice with both individuals and with groups; participation incoeducational intramural sports; competition with five local schoolsin a track and field contest; keepinga weekly journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Students experience service learning through the curriculum as part of their unit on oceans. Past projects have included studying the impact of plastics on our local marine environment and writing letters to politicians in support of the single-use bag ban.

Character Development

Extending understanding of "I" statements as it relates to owning one's actions; learning to advocate for oneself and others when necessary; understanding prejudice, discrimination, and stereo¬types; standing up to peer pressure and exploring those qualities and characteristics that define social hierarchy within the group.

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.

Fourth Grade

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Fourth Grade is an important year for both academic and emotional development. Students are challenged to think reflectively and make connections to prior knowledge as well as develop new understanding in all subject areas. They build on their individual strengths while contributing positively to a community of learners.

The Gold Rush Unit is my favorite because it is interactive and hands-on.
-4th Grade Student

Language Arts

Reading: Word origins and derivations; root words; distinguishing fact and opinion; following multiple-step instructions; identifying the main events of the plot, causes, and influences on actions; character motivation; figurative language; relating literature to social studies. Writing: Introductory paragraphs, topic sentences, facts, and concluding paragraph; cursive; quoting and paraphrasing; editing and revision; writing narratives, poetry, and informational reports; regular and irregular verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Listening and Speaking: Summarizing of major ideas in oral presentations; effective introductions and conclusions to oral presentations; use of details, examples, and anecdotes to explain.

Math

Operations on whole numbers up to 1,000,000, including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mental calculation techniques. Emphasis on learning and applying fraction and decimal concepts using visual models to represent relationships and solving multi-part word problems. Fractions: emphasis on equivalence, addition and subtraction with denominators, conversion between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and simplest form. Decimals: concep¬tual understanding and basic computation with use of the metric system. Geometry: emphasis on computing perimeter and area of composite shapes.

Social Studies

Study of California history from early exploration to Gold Rush; Native Americans, Spanish exploration, presidios, and missions; ranchos, the Gold Rush, and geography as it relates to the development of California; map skills; research on different aspects of California’s history and natural resources; simulations of historical periods.

Science

Physical science: transfer of energy; electricity. Earth science: geology; rock cycle; plate tectonics; erosion; volcanoes. Life science: botany; plant cell classification; photosynthesis. Completion of a project using the scientific method. Engineering: influence of engineering, technology, and science on society.

Spanish

Using a textbook and workbook with an inductive approach, students gain an understanding of the grammatical structure and use this knowledge to express needs and talk about the world. Students acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to games, role playing, and TPR technique, there is homework, formal testing, and oral presentations using technology

Library

Increasing the ability to use the school library media center independently; locating materials with minimum assistance; research and report on topics related to the curriculum using digital and print materials; independent evaluation and selection of materials for information and enjoyment.

Studio Art

Creation of more complex art work; sustained concentration in sketching, planning, and multiple processes; using color to create mood, diagonal lines to create action, and repetition to create visual rhythm; integration of technology; art history; exploration of how art is made, who the audience is, and what its historical context is; design and development of original ideas through painting, drawing, ceramics, collage, print making, and bookmaking.

Drama

Rehearsal and perfor¬mance of a musical production. Past shows have included Annie, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof. Students are involved in all phases of the show including painting sets and making props to create an evening of entertainment for the community.

Music

Continued development of refined recorder and percussion technique. Melodic work shifts to full diatonic scale and modes. Continued beat competency; reading, writing, and expression of all basic duration values; introduction of notated syncopation; continued development of rhythmic independence and improvisation; hexatonic and modal scales; drones accompanying modes and moving drones and triads; West African percussion ensemble.

Computers

Keyboarding skills to improve speed and accuracy; creating and manipulating images using iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop; continued word processing and slideshow creation; internet research; iPhoto and iMovie. 2:1 laptops in the classroom.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM educational components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their grade level curriculum projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities and teachers, students have instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for curriculum projects. Check out recent Design and Engineering projects here.

Physical Education

Refining skills during games and activities in both competitive games and cooperative activities; skill development focusing on the beginning stages of accuracy and learning strategy in a variety of team sports; participation in coeducational intramural sports; participation in the President’s Fitness Challenge; competition with five local schools in a track and field contest; keeping a weekly journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Students experience service learning through the curriculum. Past project included kiva.org microloans.

Character Development

Engaging in community building activities that focus on cooperation, inclusion, and shared responsibility to the group; identifying characteristics in peer relationships that are challenging and learning how to redirect the conflict to resolution; understanding self-esteem and what impacts it.

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.

Fifth Grade

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Fifth Grade is a bridge between Lower and Upper School at Crane. Students are involved in a curriculum where they analyze powerful, mature themes from history in our literature selections, produce projects in social studies and writing that teaches effective research strategies and creative self-reflection, and establish a solid foundation in math.

The teachers let us participate in the lessons instead of just sitting and listening.
-5th Grade Student

Language Arts

  • Reading: Reading narrative and expository text aloud with fluency; figurative and metaphorical use of words; drawing inferences and conclusions; identifying and analyzing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; identifying the main conflict or plot; literary devices; relating literature to social studies.
  • Writing: Creation of multiple-paragraph narrative compositions; describing setting; creation of multiple-paragraph expository; use of resource materials; editing and revising work; understanding grammar constructs and parts of speech.
  • Listening and Speaking: Delivery of narrative presentations; delivery of an informative presentation; responding orally to literature; using examples from texts to support conclusions.

Math

  • Operations on whole numbers up to 1,000,000,000, including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mental calculation techniques.
  • Emphasis on more complex concepts and applications of fractions and decimals, using visual models to represent relationships and solving multi-part word problems.
  • Fractions: developing an understanding of the relationship with division, addition and subtraction with unlike denominators, multiplica¬tion of fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Decimals, percentages, ratios: emphasis on conceptual understanding and computational methods.

Social Studies

Human adaptation and change in U.S. history from colonization to the Civil War; relationships between Native Americans and the first settlers; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of the U.S. Constitution; research on historical figures for oral presentations; simulations of the challenges faced during specific periods of history.

Science

  • Physical science: chemistry; chemical reactions, conservation of matter.
  • Earth science: Earth's systems; atmosphere; geosphere; hydrosphere; human's impact on Earth's systems.
  • Life science: human body; comparative anatomy; genetics. Completion of a project using scientific method.
  • Engineering: engineering design.

Spanish

Through continued use of a textbook and workbook, students focus on grammatical structure and use this knowledge to express needs and talk about the world around them. Students acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to games, role playing, projects, and presentations, there is homework, formal testing, and oral presentations using technology.

Library

Making full use of materials for information and enjoyment; more advanced researching and reporting using digital and print references; introduction to in-depth report writing and citing sources; lessons in preparation for culminating trip to Boston.

Studio Art

Intensive foundation year designed to engage and empower as preparation for entrance into Upper School art; skill building in multiple media including printmaking, acrylic and watercolor painting, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics. Growing confidence through perseverance and rigor; introduction to critique and self-evaluation of artwork; aware¬ness of contemporary art practices.

Drama

Theatre games with a strong emphasis on improvisation for performance; finding a thru-line and a beginning-middle-end of an improvised skit.

Music

Combined enthusiasm, understanding, and skills allow for high-level performance and participation. Reading 6/8 meter, mixed meters, notated syncopations, clave rhythm; improvisation in diatonic modes; paraphony, improvisation over I–V chords; group choreography in challenging folk dance of various meters and styles; continued recorder and hand drum proficiency; 3-mallet xylophone technique; participation in guitar ensemble.

Computers

Keyboarding skills to improve speed and accuracy; creating and manipulating images using iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop; advanced word processing and slideshows; continued use of iPhoto and iMovie; multimedia presentations; internet research. 2:1 laptops in the classroom.

Design and Engineering

Physical making of projects incorporating the STEAM education components (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into their Engineering Class projects with an eye on design. Utilizing the Design and Engineering Center facilities students have a class with instructed and age appropriate access to wood and metal working tools, computer design technology, and electronic and robotic building components for their engineering projects. Check out recent Design and Engineering projects here.

Physical Education

Beginning to master advanced movement patterns while participating in a variety of team sports, cooperative games, and individualized activities; skills necessary for participation in Upper School physical education classes; participation in coeducational intramural sports; participation inthe President’s Fitness Challenge; competition with five local schoolsin a track and field contest; keepinga weekly journal reflecting on health and sportsmanship.

Service Learning

Students experience service learning through the curriculum. Past projects have included an exploration of hunger – locally, globally and in history. Students made ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowl Project, which raised funds for the Santa Barbara Food Bank, and gave an assembly presentation on hunger to the school community. Responsible for the collection and removal of recyclable materials for the entire school campus.

Character Development

Refining skills of communication; effects of advertising on image and self-esteem; role playing; identifying positive things in life and individual strengths; validation of others; discussing labeling of personalities; challenge individuals to change perspectives of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination.

After School Programs

  • Enrichment Classes: Crane offers multiple after-school enrichment classes each day after school proving art, science, music, and sporting opportunities. Students can select classes from three sessions per year. Students may sign up for as many classes as they like and classes typically meet once a week for an hour after school. An additional fee is required.
  • Intramural Sports:Fifth Grade students can also participate in our seasonal intramural Fifth Grade co-ed sport teams after school including soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Trip Week

Week long trip to the Boston area in the spring to explore historic sites related to early colonization and the American Revolution.