Innovators Fourth Grade class

Mrs. Criss-Harvey

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We will be a class of 22 students this year! Through hands-on studies, we will learn about the geography and historical events that have shaped California into the place we live today. As an arts school, we will use different mediums to explore social studies, language arts, history, science, and math. Our students are fortunate to receive additional instruction from our art specialists each week:


In Science, we are excited to be in our fourth year of our  "Watershed Academy" with both the 4th and 5th grade classes. We follow the local Yuba River watershed from its source in the Sierras to the estuary before it flows into the bay. We learn about water and the challenges our society faces in keeping our water clean and sustainable. Some of the larger science units include raising salmon in the classroom before releasing them in the river. Nature journaling is an intricate part of our science studies.


Language Arts supports into our social studies and science units focusing on paragraph and narrative writing skills. Literature includes Island of the Blue Dolphin, Frindle, Historical Fiction and many more... We love to read and later in the year challenge the students to read books from different genres.


Math is explored daily in group settings using YouCubed and Estimation of 180 activities. We encourage looking at math in different ways and encouraging a growth mindset. We use the Math In Focus curriculum.


We love exploring our world in person, so we average 8 field trips a year. Trips include both day trips and overnight trips. Past trips have been to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Salmon Walks or Float, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, the Sacramento Capitol Building, CA State Museum, Esquire IMAX, and more... This year, our overnight field trip will be to the Pigeon Point State Park.


Keep your eyes open to the discoveries we make as we explore our world.


Due to COVID 19 NCSA will not be taking field trips for the 2021-22 school year.

No Field study payment is necessary at this time.

Field Studies/Events for this class:


Amazing Race $ 5
Pigeon Point $ 307
Imax $ 20
Film Festival $ 3

Total= $335.00


Field Study Payment Plan Selection:

One payment in full of $335.

Plan A

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Four payments of: $84.

Plan B

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Eight payments of: $42.

Plan C

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