The other teachers have been so impressed with the leadership roles their 4th graders take on with the 3rd graders and how beneficial it is for all students! The older students LOVE teaching the 3rd graders and the 3rd graders get a different learning experience being able to constantly learn from their older peers!
The only subject that will be taught separately for the two grade levels is math. Their core math instruction is taught in either a 3rd grade or 4th grade math class. Each day there is short math block for math centers time. The students get to work on math concepts that they need individually. This is done with mixed grade levels and allows the students to get the extra practice they need on skills they are struggling with or get extension activities.
Responsive Classroom is a big part of the multiage classrooms and every Wednesday they have a whole group (all 3 classes) morning meeting so the students are able to build relationships with the other students and create an even bigger positive community!