Grade Level Events

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Preschool and Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary Grade Level Events

Throughout the year, Sunset Mesa students participate in wonderful unit studies and events that are fun, fulfilling, and a delightful way to expand our core curriculum. The children experience music, art, literature, science, math, and drama through a broad variety of activities, guest speakers, and field trips. We love having parent volunteers help and participate with us! Here are just a few of the unit studies and events that make each grade level an exceptional experience:


Pre-K, 3 Years

  • Marvelous Me, learning about ourselves and our friends
  • Falling for Autumn Unit, enjoying the changing seasons
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Life on the Farm
  • Thanksgiving Unit, complete with a traditional Thanksgiving Feast
  • Winter Celebrations
  • Explorations using children’s literature
  • Gotta Have Heart
  • President’s Day
  • Dino Dynasty
  • Butterflies and Flowers
  • Mother’s Day Tea

 Pre-K, 4 Years 

  • Literature and pre-reading skills through author studies
  • Nursery Rhymes, an introduction to rhyming
  • Celebrate America Unit and American Presidents
  • Desert/Rainforest Units , comparing habitats
  • Polar Animals Units, a chilling experience!
  • Nocturnal Animals/Diurnal Animals
  • New Mexico: our weather, events and traditions
  • 100th Day and 101st Day Celebrations
  • Simple Machines Unit: wedges, levers, inclined planes and wheels
  • Solar System Unit, an out-of-this-world adventure
  • Parent planned theme parties

 Montessori Pre-K

  • Solar System
  • Human Body
  • Continents and Land Forms
  • Plants
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Science Experiments
  • Children’s Birthday Celebrations
  • Thanksgiving Feasts
  • Winter Holiday Program
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Mother’s Day Party

 Kindergarten

  • Field trips to Explora, Natural History Museum, the Zoo, and Popejoy Hall
  • Thanksgiving feast with families
  • ”Polar Express” Day
  • Author studies (e.g. Audrey Wood, Jan Brett, Laura Numeroff, Dr. Seuss)
  • Teddy Bear Math week
  • Star of the Week
  • Weekly show and tell
  • Friday Fun (e.g. thematic based cooking, art, and show and tell activity)
  • Kindergarten graduation and field day

 First Grade

  • The Pumpkin Patch field trip, a farm experience
  • Old Town Scavenger Hunt field trip, New Mexico unit
  • Shady Lakes field trip, Life Cycle unit
  • 50th day of school sock hop
  • Dr. Seuss Week
  • “All About Me” presentations, building classroom community
  • Apple and pumpkin math weeks
  • Storybook character pumpkins
  • New Mexico Fiesta,  a celebration with cooking, music, dance, and more
  • Writer’s Walk to Fame, a week of collaborative writing experiences
  • Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Winter Holidays Around the World, exploring cultural diversity and family traditions
  • “I Have a Dream” Day breakfast
  • Endangered animal powerpoint presentation
  • End of Year Blast

 Second Grade

  • Zoo field trip for animal studies
  • Explora field trip
  • Theatrical production experience field trip
  • Community Farm field trip at whole foods
  • Community Awareness unit
  • Flat Stanley Breakfast with our traveling flat guests
  • Native American unit
  • President Biography project
  • Green Hat Parade (St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)
  • animal research and powerpoint project

 Third Grade

  • Field trips to Explora Museum, Popejoy Hall and Natural History Museum/Planetarium
  • Various writing genres experienced during the year (personal narrative, explanatory, persuasive, and expository)
  • Novel studies and several reading genres throughout the year
  • Science units including Structure and Function, Healthy Science, Space/Our Planet and Scientific Thinking
  • Math games and explorations
  • Poetry unit

 Fourth Grade

  • Field Trips to theatrical productions, Indian Cultural Center, chemistry unit at Explora
  • Fall Retreat to Manzano Mountains
  • Genres of writing and literature infused throughout the curriculum and units of study
  • Yearly Community service project
  • Novel studies with reading extensions highlighting literary genres through projects and celebrations

 Fifth Grade


  • Field trips to the Sandia Mountains to study biomes, Santa Fe legislative unit, theatrical experience
  • Fall Retreat to Manzano Mountains
  • Research projects
  • Revolutionary Tea Party
  • ”Pi Day”…or is that “Pie Day?” students have fun with both
  • Novel studies and culmination activities, projects, and luncheons
  • Government simulations
  • Community service project
  • Colonial Day
  • Graduation events