COURSE CATALOG 2021 2022 - iCademy Middle East

 
COURSE CATALOG 2021 2022 - iCademy Middle East
2021 - 2022
COURSE CATALOG
           KG - 12
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   LOWER SCHOOL K-5
 LANGUAGE ARTS                            3

 MATH                                     4

 SCIENCE                                  6

 SOCIAL STUDIES                           8

 ELECTIVES                                10

 SUMMARY COURSE LIST                      13

   MIDDLE SCHOOL 6-8
 LANGUAGE ARTS                            14

 MATH                                     15

 SCIENCE                                  16

 SOCIAL STUDIES                           16

 WORLD LANGUAGES                          17

 ELECTIVES                                19

 SUMMARY COURSE LIST                      20

     HIGH SCHOOL 9-12
 LANGUAGE ARTS                            21

 MATH                                     23

 SCIENCE                                  25

 HISTORY                                  27

 WORLD LANGUAGES                          30

 ELECTIVES                                34

 CAREER ELECTIVES                         36

 HEALTH AND P.E                           38

 SUMMARY COURSE LIST                      39

             APPENDIX A
 BASIC SCHOOL SUPPLIES                    40
 KG - GRADE 3 MATERIALS                   40
 GRADE 4 - 5 MATERIALS AND READING LIST   45
 GRADE 6-8 SCIENCE LAB MATERIALS          48

 AP MATERIALS AND READING LIST            53
LOWER SCHOOL                                                                   K-5

LANGUAGE ARTS
LANGUAGE ARTS K - A & B                                        Semester B
                                                               During the second semester students will continue to
This Kindergarten Language Arts course will teach              apply phonics and grammar concepts with a focus on
students to identify and write all letters, produce letter     special vowel sounds, prefixes, and suffixes. Students
sounds and also frequently used phonograms. Students           will continue to build writing skills by responding to
will also master weekly sight words and reading and            reading and utilizing a broadened vocabulary in
comprehension strategies to grow as readers.                   authentic writing activities where they compare and
All Common Core K LA standards are met in this                 contrast stories and use process writing to compose
course.                                                        original work. They will read with accuracy and fluency
                                                               to support comprehension as they solidify their under-
Course Requirements                                            standing within context of the stories they read. By the
Grade Level - Kindergarten                                     end of the year, our third-grade student will read and
Duration - 2 Semesters                                         comprehend informational texts, including history/so-
*Materials listed in Appendix A                                cial studies, science, and technical texts independently
                                                               and proficiently. Students will report on a topic using
LANGUAGE ARTS 1 - A & B                                        descriptive details and speaking clearly and in complete
                                                               sentences.
This First Grade Language Arts course will teach
students to identify and write all letters, produce letter     Course Requirements
sounds and also frequently used phonograms.                    Grade Level - 3rd Grade
Students will also master weekly sight words and               Duration - 2 Semesters
reading and comprehension strategies to grow as                *Materials listed in Appendix A
readers. All Common Core 1 LA standards are met in
this course.                                                   LANGUAGE ARTS 4 - A & B
Course Requirements                                            Semester A
Grade Level - Kindergarten - 1st Grade                         The 4th grade Language Arts curriculum integrates
Grade Duration - 2 Semesters                                   reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of
*Materials listed in Appendix A                                vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages
                                                               today’s learners and supports them in building a
LANGUAGE ARTS 2 - A & B                                        broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Students
                                                               study classic literature as well as more contempo-
The Second Grade Language Arts course will teach
students to spell and write vocabulary, read more fluently,    rary forms, including media and multimedia prod-
apply grammar concepts, and participate in handwriting         ucts. Writing assignments in semester A focus on
and writing activities through thematic units. Students will   narrative and persuasive modes and emphasize the
also continue to master weekly sight words and reading         use of reasoning and details to support opinions.
and comprehension strategies to grow as readers. All           Each writing assignment spans several lessons and
Common Core 2 LA standards are met in this course.             guides students through a writing process that
                                                               begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one
Course Requirements                                            or more aspects of conventions of standard written
Grade Level - 2nd Grade
                                                               English. Students also learn how to participate in
Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                               collaborative discussion and peer review sessions. In
*Materials listed in Appendix A
                                                               each lesson, engaging and relevant models and
                                                               step-by-step instruction guide students toward
LANGUAGE ARTS 3 - A & B                                        mastery and appreciation of 21st century communi-
Semester A
                                                               cation in all its forms and functions.
During the first semester students will continue to build
their vocabulary through the study of folktales, fables,
myths, informational text, dramas, poems, and stories.
They will recount stories and ask and answer questions to
demonstrate their knowledge of text. They will compare
and contract themes, setting and plots and distinguish
their own point of view from that of the author of the text.
Students will also gain information from illustrations and
describe logical connections between sentence and
paragraphs. They will also be introduced to writing in
cursive.

LOWER SCHOOL | LANGUAGE ARTS                                                                                        PAGE 3
MATH
Semester B
Like semester A, semester B provides an integrated
curriculum. Whereas the first semester focuses on
skills needed to read fiction and other literary prose,    MATH K - A & B
semester B teaches specific skills for reading poetry,     Semester A
drama, informational text. Students learn how informa-     During the first semester students will learn founda-
tional text differs from literary text and how different   tional math facts. They will learn to count to 12, how
forms of information text differ from each other.          to compare sizes, ordinal numbers, what a number
Writing assignments emphasize expository writing and       line is and its uses, basic measurements such as
guide students through research projects. Near the end     inches and feet, and how to tell time on digital and
of the semester, students learn how to present infor-      analog clocks. Students will have many opportunities
mation orally and using multimedia.                        to practice these new concepts by interacting with
Course Requirements                                        online confirmation exercises and filling out work-
Grade Level - 4th Grade                                    sheets offline. A special emphasis this semester is for
Duration - 2 Semesters                                     students to have fun with numbers, finding success
*Materials and Reading list detailed in Appendix A         with concepts such as bigger and smaller and being
                                                           comfortable in an online environment.
LANGUAGE ARTS 5 - A & B                                    Semester B
Semester A                                                 Students learn to count to twenty. They work with
The 5th grade Language Arts curriculum integrates          comparing objects using the terms tall, longer, and
reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of    shorter as well as comparing two objects using the
vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages today’s       terms lighter and heavier. They will continue their
learners and supports them in building a broad and         exploration of basic geometric shapes such as cones
diverse set of literacy skills. Students study classic     and spheres. The will work with the concept of first,
literature as well as more contemporary forms, includ-     middle, and last. Arranging and sorting receive
ing media and multimedia products. Writing assign-         special emphasis this semester. Students will also
ments in semester A focus on narrative and persuasive      work on writing numbers with 3, 4, and 5 given
modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details       special attention. Students will learn the concepts of
to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans         left and right. Coins are also a focus as students will
several lessons and guides students through a writing      count pennies, nickels and dimes. Finally, the number
process that begins with prewriting and ends by            7 is studied using the colors of the rainbow.
emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of
standard written English.                                  Course Requirements
Students also learn how to participate in collaborative    Grade Level - Kindergarten
discussion and peer review sessions. In each lesson,       Duration - 2 Semesters
engaging and relevant models and step-by-step              *Materials listed in Appendix A
instruction guide students toward mastery and appre-
ciation of 21st century communication in all its forms     MATH 1 - A & B
and functions.                                             Semester A
Semester B                                                 During the first semester students will build fluency
Like semester A, semester B provides an integrated         with basic math facts. They will learn to count to 100,
curriculum. Whereas the first semester focuses on          basic addition and subtraction facts, and how to add
skills needed to literary text, semester B focuses on      double-digit numbers. Students will be introduced to
skills for reading and analyzing informational text. In    such new concepts as word problems, Venn
the second semester of the course, students learn how      diagrams, and basic geometric concepts. There is an
informational text differs from literary text and how      emphasis on learning practical skills such as reading
different forms of information text differ from each       thermometers, looking at maps, and understanding
other. Writing assignments emphasize expository            the value of coins. Students will have multiple oppor-
writing and guide students through research projects.      tunities to practice new skills and knowledge through
Near the end of the semester, students learn how to        using integrated online practice problems.
present information orally and using multimedia.
Course Requirements
Grade Level - 5th Grade
Duration - 2 Semesters
*Materials and Reading list detailed in Appendix A

LOWER SCHOOL | LANGUAGE ARTS | MATH                                                                            PAGE 4
Semester B                                                        Semester B
During the second semester students will begin counting           During the second semester, students will explore
by twos, fives, and tens. They will learn both vertical           concepts of measurement including linear measure-
addition and subtraction. Students are introduced to              ment, weight, volume, temperature, and time. They will
multiplication and division and the signs used in those           also recognize, compare, and convert fractions.
operations. They will also study even and odd numbers.            Students will write amounts of money and make
Students continue their exploration of geometric shapes           change using as few coins as possible. Lastly, students
through drawing and apply what they learn about shapes            will examine lines, polygons, and solid figures as they
by sorting various figures in Venn diagrams. They will also       are introduced to basic concepts of geometry.
use a balance beam to understand the concept of weight
– lighter versus heavier. As in semester A, students will
                                                                  Course Requirements
                                                                  Grade Level - 3rd Grade
have multiple opportunities to practice new skills and
                                                                  Duration - 2 Semesters
knowledge through using integrated online practice
                                                                  *Materials listed in Appendix A
problems.
Course Requirements                                               MATH 4 - A & B
Grade Level - Kindergarten - 1st Grade                            Semester A
Duration - 2 Semesters                                            Grade 4 math uses a varied amount of instructional
*Materials listed in Appendix A                                   material to reinforce and teach new math skills to the
                                                                  4th grade learners. Instruction includes creative videos,
MATH 2 - A & B                                                    mathematical storytelling, practical math applications
Semester A                                                        and repetition to reinforce skills throughout the course.
During the first semester students will build fluency with        Three areas are focused on and students will finish the
basic math facts and add and subtract within 100 to solve         course with a strong knowledge in these content areas.
word problems using strategic methods. Students will also         The first is developing an understanding and fluency
manipulate numbers to 1000 using knowledge of                     with multi-digit multiplication and developing the
hundreds, tens, and ones. Lastly, students will demon-            understanding of dividing to find quotients involving
strate arrays with repeated addition.                             multi-digit dividends. The second is developing an
Semester B                                                        understanding of fraction equivalence, addition, and
During the second semester students will use place value          subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and
to add and subtract up to 1000. They will use place value         multiplication of fractions with whole numbers. The
to estimate and solve word problems to demonstrate                third will be addressed in semester B.
skills. Students will measure and compare length and
represent it on a number line. They will work with money          Semester B
and time to compare value. Students will collect data and         Semester B of Grade 4 Math has learners continuing to
represented on graphs to discuss it. They will recognize          work with fractions. They will learn to multiply fractions
common 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes by                  and convert them to decimals. Students will also begin
specific characteristics.                                         to learn to equivalent measurements of length, weight,
                                                                  mass, and capacity. They will also learn helpful skills in
Course Requirements                                               understanding time, distance, and money. Students will
Grade Level - 2nd Grade                                           develop an understanding that geometric figures can
Duration - 2 Semesters                                            be analyzed and classified based on their properties,
*Materials listed in Appendix A                                   such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides,
                                                                  particular angle measures, and symmetry. Lessons on
MATH 3 - A & B                                                    rectangles, line plots, angles, figure drawing, polygons,
Semester A                                                        and symmetry will be taught. Semester B continues to
During the first semester, students will build flexibility with   use varied forms of instruction that allow students to
numbers as they master addition and subtraction facts as          learn these skills in a practical manner.
well as multiplication and division facts. Students will
understand relationships between addition and subtrac-            Course Requirements
tion, multiplication and addition, and multiplication and         Grade Level - 4th Grade
division as they learn to borrow, carry, and regroup in           Duration - 2 Semesters
order to find sums and differences of two whole numbers           *Materials listed in Appendix A
up to 10,000. Students will also comprehend the place
value of base ten numbers up to 1,000,000 in order to
find patterns and make estimations. They will implement a
4-step approach to solving problems and express num-
bers differently including translating them into Roman
Numerals or expressing them as ordinal numbers.

LOWER SCHOOL | MATH                                                                                                   PAGE 5
MATH 5 - A & B                                               SCIENCE 1 - A & B
Semester A                                                   Semester A
Students will learn math topics outlined in this course      In First Grade Science, students in this course will
drawing from a variety of sources, including hands-on        complete projects that are designed to allow for
activities, interactive lessons, and practical math appli-   exploration and discovery. Students observe their
cations. Students will focus on several critical areas       surroundings and through observations of the natural
including but not limited to developing fluency with         world conduct inquiries into topics related to their
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of       healthy development.
fractions. They will also learn to extend division to        Semester B
2-digit divisors, integrate decimal fractions into the       Students in this course will complete projects that are
place value system, and increase an understanding of         designed to allow for exploration and discovery.
operations with decimals to hundredths. They will            Students observe their surroundings and through
develop a fluency with whole numbers and decimal             observations of the natural world conduct inquiries into
operations. The semester begins with operations and          topics related to their healthy development.
expressions, moves into decimals and money, and ends
with more work on fractions. Learners will gain valuable     Course Requirements
skills as they carry out activities that model real life     Grade Level - 1st Grade
situations like grocery shopping throughout the semes-       Duration - 2 Semesters
ter.                                                         *Materials listed in Appendix A
Semester B
Begins with students continuing to work with fractions.      SCIENCE 2 - A & B
The first lesson focuses on ratios and challenges            Semester A
students to solve word problems using fractions and          Second Grade Science introduces students to the
ratios in practical life situations. Learners continue to    process of observation and how important it is to the
strengthen their math skills by studying mixed and           study of science. Learners will identify their five senses
fraction products, and fraction application, models, and     and why they are critical to observation. Students will
division. Students will develop concepts in measure-         use these observation skills throughout the course as
ment of length, weight, and volume. They will find           they examine many different types of animals and their
perimeter by adding fractions and mixed numbers using        environments. Students begin by observing ants in their
real-life examples. Learners will end the course with a      own environments and continue onto learning the
focus on geometry. Varied types of instruction are used      different types of birds. Students will come to under-
to enhance their learning, including video and real-life     stand plant and animal rhythms and will perform small
applications, activities, and creative projects.             experiments with plants. Stories will be used to teach
Course Requirements                                          the students about nature and interactions that humans
                                                             have with nature. They will continue to learn about
Grade Level - 5th Grade
                                                             animals and their characteristics habitats, and needs.
Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                             Students will learn through video, audio stories,
*Materials listed in Appendix A
                                                             hands-on participation and observation with nature. The
                                                             teachers will conduct live assessments for the topics

SCIENCE                                                      that had been covered throughout the week’s lessons.
                                                             Grade 2 Science provides students with the opportunity
                                                             to expand their minds and see for themselves the way
SCIENCE K - A & B                                            that animals and nature are a part of their everyday
                                                             lives.
Semester A
In Kindergarten Science, students in this course will use    Semester B
their senses to explore their world. Students experience     Semester B of Second Grade Science begins with the
nature walks, gardening, and imitative games by              students learning the characteristics of the Weaverbird
exploring varying concepts.                                  and Swiftlet bird. Learners will come to understand the
                                                             different groupings of animals including those with
Semester B                                                   vertebrates, invertebrates and warm and cold blooded
Students in this course will continue using their senses     animals, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Learn-
to explore their world. Students experience nature           ers will be asked to recall the five senses that they
walks, gardening, and imitative games by exploring           discussed at the beginning of the course and compare
varying concepts.                                            them to the senses of animals. They will also learn how
Course Requirements                                          animals communicate and the relationship between
Grade Level - Kindergarten                                   animals and humans. The course ends with the
Duration - 2 Semesters                                       students taking a closer look at the characteristics of
*Materials listed in Appendix A                              reptiles, insects, birds of prey, and fish. At the close of
                                                             the course students will have a deeper understanding
                                                             and appreciation of animals and their habitats.
                                                             Course Requirements
                                                             Grade Level - 2nd Grade
                                                             Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                             *Materials listed in Appendix A

LOWER SCHOOL | MATH | SCIENCE                                                                                    PAGE 6
Semester B
SCIENCE 3 - A & B                                           Semester B of Grade 4 Science focuses on the relation-
Semester A                                                  ship between heat, light, sound, and electrical energy
Third Grade Science introduces students to experimen-       and the way they can be transferred between each
tation as they journey through the earth and its many       other. Learners distinguish between natural objects and
miracles. They will begin by learning about the earth,      objects made by humans as they examine technology
the sun and the moon. By participating in simple            and the role it plays in science. Students also look at life
experiments students will explore the water cycle,          cycles of animals, plants, and humans and how they
gravity, the weather and its patterns, various types of     interact with each other. The course ends by looking at
terrain, and the role of plants in the production of        the ways that humans interact with the environment.
oxygen and their importance to human survival. Learn-       Students will use research skills, watch videos, and get
ers will expand their knowledge through video, pictures,    their hands dirty in order to learn broader lessons that
short readings, projects, and hands on experiments.         have to do with helping the environment.
Learners will understand that experiments require the
use of instruments, observation, recording, and drawing     Course Requirements
evidence-based conclusions. Grade 3 science provides        Grade Level - 4th Grade
students with the opportunity to expand their minds         Duration - 2 Semesters
and see for themselves the way that science is a part of    *Materials listed in Appendix A
their everyday lives.
Semester B                                                  SCIENCE 5 - A & B
Semester B of Third Grade Science begins with the           Semester A
students writing a poem about the seasonal cycles. The      Grade 5 Science continues to build on the science skills
learners continue with root formation, the interdepend-     that have been obtained in years previous. There will be
ence of plants and humans, biomes of land and sea,          an emphasis on earth and space science, life science,
extreme weather, rocks, vertebrates and invertebrates,      and physical science. Students will begin the course by
as well as extinction. All of these lessons are taught      focusing on earth and space science by looking at the
using video, projects, and experimentation.                 solar system and planets. Students will come to an
Semester B asks learners to look a bit deeper into          understanding of the concept of the earth as a sphere
things they encounter such as the ocean and weather.        and the earth’s place in the solar system. The course
                                                            continues with a focus on physical science and the
Course Requirements                                         different tools that can measure force, time, and
Grade Level - 3rd Grade                                     distance. They will also grow in their understanding of
Duration - 2 Semesters                                      how light and sound travel and interact with each other
*Materials listed in Appendix A                             as well as the different types of energy. The semester
                                                            concludes with a look into life science and the ways that
SCIENCE 4 - A & B                                           organisms are interconnected. Instruction will include
Semester A                                                  real life application, hands-on projects and assessments,
Fourth Grade Science includes the three main domains        and video and short research projects.
of science which are physical, life, and earth and space    Semester B
science. Learners will use various kinds of experiment-     Semester B puts great emphasis on life science and
ing, including field studies, systematic observations,      begins by focusing on the many ecosystems of the
models, and controlled experiences. The course begins       earth and the way that all parts of ecosystems depend
with the explanation of the scientific method which the     on each other. Students will learn the different types of
students continue to use and build upon throughout the      ecosystems that exist. They will learn that ecosystems
course. The big picture of the earth is examined as         change and how the changes affect their ability to
students review the life on planet earth, salt and fresh    support their populations. Learners will examine plants;
water, and fast and slow changes that occur on the          that they have different structures and how those
planet. Students go beyond planet earth, as they study      structures allow them to respond to different needs.
galaxies, the solar system and other planets. Students      Students will also grow in their understanding of the
examine the ways in which forces and motion can be          importance of good nutrition to all living organisms. The
measured and the concept that a single kind of matter       course concludes with a look into the scientific process
can exist as a solid, liquid or gas. Grade 4 Science uses   and the importance of investigations and conclusions in
many modes of instruction including video presenta-         the study of science.
tions, enrichment activities, and hands-on experimenta-     Instruction will include real life application, hands-on
tion.                                                       projects and assessments, and video and short research
                                                            projects.

                                                            Course Requirements
                                                            Grade Level - 5th Grade
                                                            Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                            *Materials listed in Appendix A

LOWER SCHOOL | SCIENCE                                                                                           PAGE 7
SOCIAL STUDIES
SOCIAL STUDIES K - A & B                                       Course Requirements
Semester A                                                     Grade Level - 1st Grade
This course introduces students to their place in the          Duration - 2 Semesters
community and the responsibilities of being a member           *Materials listed in Appendix A
of society. Great figures of U.S. history such as Poca-
hontas, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are a            SOCIAL STUDIES 2 - A & B
focus of learning in this semester. Students will also         Semester A
learn about everyday heroes, the responsibilities of pet       In second grade, students in this course will begin to
ownership, the importance of rules, table manners, and         explore the basic fundamentals of social studies includ-
eating well. Students will practice the skill of retelling     ing culture, geography, and economics. Students will
stories by recording audio, retelling the stories orally, or   explore the Ancient Cultures of China, Africa, and the
writing their observations. They will learn how to use         Celts. Students will explore these cultures through
details and basics of narratives. Projects will help           ancient folk tales and fables. Learners will create a
students think about what pets need and defining               photo book that describes the significant events in their
emotions.                                                      own life. They will also examine the importance of
Semester B                                                     geography and direction. Students will learn how to
In the second semester students are introduced to map          locate boundaries while using a world map. Students
reading skills. They will be taught to read maps of the        will identify the places that were discussed in the
U.S. and the world. From learning about location to how        previous lessons including Africa, China, and the British
water is represented to floor plans, students are intro-       Isles. They will develop a rudimentary understanding of
duced to map skills that will last a lifetime. Students will   map symbols as they locate continents, the equator,
also learn about symbols of the U.S. such as the Ameri-        and oceans. Students will also learn to identify on a
can flag and the eagle. From there students learn about        road map where they live, rivers, mountain ranges and
holiday, with a particular focus on Thanksgiving.              lakes nearby their homes. Learners will follow a
Another focus is on currency. Learners will be intro-          step-by-step approach for successfully completing each
duced to what money is, how money can be spent, the            lesson, which includes storytelling, repetition, projects,
power of buying locally and the difference between             arts and crafts, and videos.
wants and needs.                                               Semester B
                                                               The second semester begins by introducing
Course Requirements                                            learners to economics and the role that money plays in
Grade Level - Kindergarten
                                                               every civilization. They will take a closer look at the
Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                               economy of the Celtic people. Students learn differences
*Materials listed in Appendix A
                                                               between natural, human, and capital resources. Learners
                                                               will begin to understand the exchange of money for
SOCIAL STUDIES 1 - A & B                                       goods and services. They will gain a basic understanding
Semester A                                                     of what scarcity is and why it is good that we do not
In this semester, students begin to explore basic              always get everything that we want. Students will
fundamentals of social studies including map skills,           understand these concepts by drawing upon their
cardinal directions, and will begin to examine maps of         understanding of the desires/wishes in their own lives.
the U.S. and the globe. Students will also be introduced       Students will also learn about desirable human qualities
to important figures from American history.                    through the use of fables such as “The Boy Who Cried
A skill that students will practice throughout the semes-      Wolf.” Learners will look at individuals who have made a
ter is retelling stories. Students may do this by record-      Difference in the greater community such as Rosa Parks
ing audio, retelling the stories orally, or writing their      and Susan B. Anthony. The end of the course asks
observations. They will learn how to use details and           learners to examine the diversity of the community they
basics of narratives. Students will also make maps of          live in. Students should gain an appreciation for the
their homes, neighborhoods, as well as a personal              differences around them, and how having respect for
timeline.                                                      others will contribute to society as a whole.
Semester B
The second semester has a focus on introductory
                                                               Course Requirements
economics. They will study bartering, goods and                Grade Level - 2nd Grade
services, jobs in the community, and how the market-           Duration - 2 Semesters
place works. Another focus is on positive character            *Materials listed in Appendix A
traits such as honesty, what the aspects of personal
responsibility are, and how to help and respect others.
                                                               SOCIAL STUDIES 3 - A & B
Historic figures such as Clara Barton and characters           Semester A
from fiction and folklore are used as models for teach-        In third grade, social studies students will begin to
ing positive traits. Students will continue practicing their   explore the basic fundamentals of social studies includ-
five-finger retelling skill with assignments on Martin         ing geography, civics, and economics. Learners will
Alonso and George Washington.                                  begin by looking at the beginning of civilization and
Projects will help students think about thoughtful             examining the ancient Hebrew civilization, the Phoeni-
words, showing respect, and being honest. Learners will        cians, and the Kush tribe of ancient Africa. They will
write, draw, and perform in these projects.                    then move on to examining the Native American tribes
                                                               of the Cherokee, Sioux, and Hopi.

LOWER SCHOOL | SOCIAL STUDIES                                                                                     PAGE 8
Students will also look at the first explorers of the          They apply knowledge of historical thinking, chronol-
Americas and learn about the beginning of the United           ogy, turning points, individuals, and themes of local
States. In the first semester students will learn impor-       and Unites States history in order to understand how
tant geographical factors in the ancient civilizations,        history has shaped the present and will shape the
Native American tribes and in the developing United            future. They will continue the focus of local history by
States. Students will increase their skills by creating        doing research projects on settlers from their particu-
maps and looking at the landscapes. They will take a           lar states and on how their state became a part of the
close look at their own personal heritage by mapping           Union. The transition from the pony express to the
their ancestry. Learners will follow a step-by-step            transcontinental railroad is a major theme that shows
approach for successfully completing each lesson,              how quickly the United States developed. Students
which includes storytelling, repetition, projects, arts and    end by creating a time capsule that demonstrates
crafts, and videos                                             what was important to early settlers from their
Semester B                                                     particular states.
The second semester begins with introducing learners
to economics and the role that money plays in every
                                                               Course Requirements
                                                               Grade Level - 4th Grade
civilization. Students learn the difference between
                                                               Duration - 2 Semesters
natural, human, and capital resources. They also exam-
                                                               *Materials listed in Appendix A
ine the production of goods, trade, specialization, and
interdependence, and come to understand the impor-
tance that each individual plays in a society’s economy.       SOCIAL STUDIES 5 - A & B
Learners are introduced to Civics by discussing the             Semester A
governmental structure of the Ancient Hebrews and              Grade 5 Social Studies combines the study of United
Phoenicians. The purpose and importance of laws and            States History through the Civil War with a
how they are enacted as well as the establishment of           geographical exploration of the United States and
government are shown through stories of the Ancient            what it has to offer. Students will use their under-
Phoenicians and Native Americans. The course ends by           standing of social studies skills and concepts as they
discussing the purpose and nature of government as it          study the development of the United States. The first
relates to the United States. Students will continue           semester begins with early settlements of North
practicing their five-finger retelling skill with assign-      America and allows learners to take an in-depth look
ments on Martin Alonso and George Washington.                  into what life was like for colonists and Native Ameri-
Projects will help students think about thoughtful             cans. Students will come to understand the causes of
words, showing respect, and being honest. Learners will        the Revolutionary War and the people that played a
write, draw, and perform in these projects.                    significant role in it. The semester ends with students
Course Requirements                                            examining the new nation and what life was like for
Grade Level - 3rd Grade                                        European immigrants and those on the frontier.
Duration - 2 Semesters                                         Students will learn through the use of video, journal-
*Materials listed in Appendix A                                ing, and varied types of creative instruction.
                                                                Semester B
SOCIAL STUDIES 4 - A & B                                       Semester B begins with an exploration of the west
Semester A                                                     and what life was like for those looking to find gold.
In grade 4 Social Studies learners will use their under-       Learners will then look at slavery and what lead to
standing of social studies skills to explore their local       the Civil War. The course then takes a departure from
states and communities. They will begin the course by          American history and takes a more in-depth look into
learning the topography of their particular area.              cultures, people, and the geography of the United
Students will do this by creating a detailed landscape         States from past to present. Learners will have the
model. This project will be hands-on and require               opportunity to explore the country region by region
students to do research of their communities. Learners         and come to appreciate all that it has to offer.
will also research local animals and gain an understand-       Students will conclude the course by planning and
ing of local Native American ground in their part of the       describing a trip they would like to take to a particu-
country. This course walks students through the                lar place within the United States. Students will take a
research and report writing steps that will be vital to        hands-on approach as they get to know the geogra-
their continuation of social studies. They will continue to    phy, climate and culture of their country. Video,
focus on their individual states as they do projects           creative projects involving technology, journaling,
based on local geography, state capitols, as well as           and varied assessments will be used throughout the
nearby natural wonders and landforms. The semester             course.
concludes with an introduction to Colonial history. The
course uses video, enrichment activities, and                  Course Requirements
project-based learning to enhance the student’s social         Grade Level - 5th Grade
studies skills.                                                Duration - 2 Semesters
Semester B                                                     *Materials listed in Appendix A
Semester B of grade 4 Social Studies picks up where
semester A left off by looking further into frontier life of
the early American settlers. Students examine the
difficulties that early settlers faced when reaching Ameri-
ca.

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ELECTIVES
ARTS & CRAFTS K - A & B                                      ARTS & CRAFTS 2 - A & B
Semester A                                                   Semester A
This course provides a foundation for children’s inherent    The student will see the artistic expressions and
artistic imagination and creativity by sharing the basics    inventions from cultures around the world that are
of art and making art. Students are introduced to lines,     part of the history of mankind and development.
circles, recognizing and using shapes, creating a collage    Modern media provides many opportunities to the
and concepts such as symmetry. Young artists will also       student. However, the student has the benefit to
explore a variety of media such as pastels, watercolors,     experience it more closely in art classes.
crayons, tempera, and pencil drawing. A particular           Repetition, important for young children, is evident
emphasis is on creating works of art. In this semester       in these lessons. Repetition is provided at different
students will work with clay, draw with pastels, make        age levels while using various tools and mediums.
fingerprint flowers, draw barns and animals using            Home, family and friends, pets, and toys are the
shapes and recognizing lines using the student’s name.       young student’s world. The student will begin with
Semester B                                                   their personal world as they think they know it, and
Emphasis in the second semester will be placed on            discover so much more about it. These lessons
applying what the students have learned to make more         provide a deeper awareness of the world immedi-
detailed works of art. This semester, students will be       ately around them, and eventually their journey will
creating a bird feeder, making puppets, crafting paper       grow from there.
flowers, making potpourri, a heart collage, constructing     Each student is an individual with unique ideas and
a wind chime, and pressing flowers.                          talents. Our goal is to provide each student an
                                                             opportunity for personal growth for themselves and
Course Requirements                                          the world in which we live.
Grade Level - Kindergarten                                   Semester B
Duration - 2 Semesters                                       In semester B of Arts and Crafts, students will
*Materials listed in Appendix A                              continue to explore their creativity while also
                                                             learning ways that art can be functional and add to
ARTS & CRAFTS 1 - A & B                                      objects and materials that we use on an everyday
Semester A                                                   basis. Students will begin the semester by creating a
This course provides a foundation for children’s’ inher-     12-month calendar. The students will focus on a new
ent artistic imagination and creativity by sharing the       month each week. They will also be able to pick a
basics of art and making art. Students are introduced to     different clay project each week from The Book of
primary colors, the color wheel, shapes such as lines        Nature Crafts and/or Clay Fun. Once students have
and circles, and concepts such as symmetry. Young            completed the calendar project they will begin to
artists will also explore a variety of media such as         work on form drawing and make a seasonal chart
pastels, watercolors, crayons, tempera, and pencil           using objects familiar with each of the four seasons.
drawing. A particular emphasis on this course is on          The course concludes with students working with
creating works of art. In this semester students will        wet crayons and wet paper. This course will provide
create a water color tree, use a printing block, produce     students with opportunities to experience many
weather painting, and produce a watercolor painting.         different forms of arts and to express their imagina-
                                                             tion while learning valuable skills.
Semester B                                                   Course Requirements
Emphasis in the second semester will be placed on            Grade Level - 2nd Grade
applying what the students have learned to make more         Duration - 2 Semesters
detailed works of art. In this semester students will be     *Materials listed in Appendix A
creating colorful calendars, stenciling, fashioning
intricate flower drawings, revisiting symmetrical objects,   ART LEVEL 3*
and mixing colors. This course will provide students         Semester A
with opportunities to experience many different forms        The Art program provides an opportunity for
of arts and to express their imagination while learning      children to develop the use of their senses directly
valuable skills.                                             and encourages the student to further develop their
Course Requirements                                          personal source of knowledge and creativity. Art
                                                             offers the student the opportunity to experience a
Grade Level - 1st Grade
                                                             connection between the verbal and visual; logic and
Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                             emotions; imagination and reality. The student is
*Materials listed in Appendix A
                                                             guided and encouraged to express feelings and
                                                             emotions in their drawings and with color while
                                                             promoting self-esteem and self-awareness in

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personal fulfillment. The imagination in children is         HEALTH K-1 - A & B
encouraged in art. However, it will assist them in their     Elementary Health K-1 helps young learners establish a
other studies as well. This program provides an oppor-       basic understanding of the aspects of health. Students
tunity for self-discipline through instruction and cooper-   focus on the various aspects of their health and how
ation while providing the student with an opportunity        they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include
for self-expression by using imaginative thinking for        personal safety, healthy behaviors, nutrition, communi-
creative solutions. The student is introduced to some of     cation, disease prevention, basic anatomy and physiolo-
the artistic expressions and techniques from cultures        gy, and values of cooperation and teamwork.
around the world. Modern technology provides oppor-
tunities for the student to observe this history. The art    Course Requirements
student will use some of these elements themselves in        Grade Level - Kindergarten - 1st Grade
their own artwork. Repetition, important for children, is    Duration - 2 Semesters
provided at different age levels while using various tools   *Materials listed in Appendix A
and mediums. Home, family, traditions, friends, pets,
and toys are the young student’s world. The student will     HEALTH 2-3 - A & B
explore what they know of their world. These lessons         Elementary Health 2-3 helps young learners establish a
provide a deeper awareness of the world immediately          basic understanding of the aspects of health. Students
around them where their journey is just beginning.           focus on the various aspects of their health and how
Course Requirements                                          they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include
Grade Level - 3rd Grade                                      personal safety, healthy behaviors, nutrition, disease
Duration - 1 Semester                                        prevention, conflict resolution, basic anatomy and
*Materials listed in Appendix A                              physiology, and the values of respect and cooperation.
                                                             Course Requirements
ART LEVEL 4*                                                 Grade Level - 2nd - 3rd Grade
                                                             Duration - 2 Semesters
The Art program provides an opportunity for children
                                                             *Materials listed in Appendix A
to develop the use of their senses directly and encour-
ages the student to further develop their personal           KEYBOARDING*
source of knowledge and creativity. Art offers the
student the opportunity to experience a connection           The Keyboarding curriculum introduces new keys by
between the verbal and visual; logic and emotions;           rows, whereby students first learn the middle row, then
imagination and reality. The student is guided and           the top row and the bottom row of the keyboard. The
encouraged to express feelings and emotions in their         content is designed with a strong focus on sight and
drawings and with color while promoting self-esteem          high frequency words. This course assumes no
and self-awareness in personal fulfillment. The imagina-     keyboarding experience and will guide students
tion in children is encouraged in art. However, it will      through efficiently using keyboard.
assist them in their other studies as well. This program     Course Requirements
provides an opportunity for self-discipline through          Grade Level - 3rd – 5th Grade
instruction and cooperation while providing the student      Duration - 1 Semester
with an opportunity for self-expression by using imagi-      Materials - None
native thinking for creative solutions. The student is       Tech Requirements - Students will need a Computer or
introduced to some of the artistic expressions and           Laptop for this course. Tablets are not sufficient.
techniques from cultures around the world. Modern
technology provides opportunities for the student to         RECORDERS LEVEL 1*
observe this history. The art student will use some of
                                                             This course combines music and performing arts.
these elements themselves in their own artwork. Repeti-
                                                             Students will experience and learn new songs and
tion, important for children, is provided at different age
                                                             perform them using self-expression and physical
levels while using various tools and mediums. Home,
                                                             movement. In addition, the student will begin learning
family, traditions, friends, pets, and toys are the young
                                                             how to play the recorder.
student’s world. The student will explore what they
know of their world. These lessons provide a deeper          Course Requirements
awareness of the world immediately around them               Grade Level - Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
where their journey is just beginning.                       Duration - 1 Semester
Course Requirements                                          Materials – Recorder
Grade Level - 4th Grade
Duration - 1 Semester
*Materials listed in Appendix A

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SCRATCH CODING*                                               SPANISH LEVEL 3 - A & B
Scratch coding is a program developed by MIT teaching         The Elementary Spanish Level Three course dives
students the basics of how computers think. This course       deeper into the Spanish language. Students will explore
will introduce students to real coding programs and           the culture of the Caribbean Islands. They will begin to
allow them to drag and drop coding blocks creating a          learn about letter combinations/blends and their
fully functional program. The simple user interface and       syllables as well as new vocabulary. Students will be
tutorials allow students to quickly create and run their      introduced to basic Spanish grammar rules. They will
code to see its results. This course assumes no prior         also be focusing on asking and answering questions in
computer coding knowledge and includes self-graded            the target language. They will be able to participate in
multiple-choice tests and quizzes.                            interactives games and activities.
Course Requirements                                           Course Requirements
Grade Level - 3rd – 5th Grade                                 Grade Level - 3rd Grade
Duration - 1 Semester                                         Duration - 2 Semesters
Materials - None                                              Materials – None
Tech Requirements - Students will need a Computer
or Laptop for this course. Tablets are not sufficient.        SPANISH LEVEL 4 - A & B
                                                              The Elementary Spanish Level Four course goes deeper

ELECTIVES - WORLD LANGUAGES                                   into learning the Spanish language. Students will build
                                                              their Spanish vocabulary and learn grammar rules that
                                                              apply to the target language. They will explore coun-
INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH - A & B                               tries in South America, along with their cultures and
The Elementary Spanish Introductory Level allows              traditions. Students will learn about seasons and how
students to explore the basics of the Spanish language.       seasons are opposite in Patagonia. They will be
Students will learn about the culture of Mexico. They         engaged in learning the Spanish culture and language
will also learn basic vocabulary through interactive          through interactive games and activities.
games, videos, and different forms of practice activities.
                                                              Course Requirements
Course Requirements                                           Grade Level – 4th Grade
Grade Level – Kindergarten                                    Duration - 2 Semesters
Grade Duration - 2 Semesters                                  Materials - None
Materials - None
                                                              SPANISH LEVEL 5 - A & B
SPANISH LEVEL 1 - A & B                                       The Elementary Spanish Level Five course takes
In Spanish 1, students will continue to learn the basics of   students on a journey to countries in Central America.
Spanish including greetings and introductions, numbers        Students will be immersed in the Central American
11-20, days of the week, clothing, Spanish culture,           culture and language. Students will dive deeper into
flamenco, and weather. They will expand basic vocabu-         grammar rules that apply in the target language. They
lary and learn common phrases and questions.                  will learn to write simple sentences in Spanish. Students
                                                              will enjoy learning the language through interactive
Course Requirements                                           games and activities.
Grade Level – 1st Grade
                                                              Course Requirements
Duration - 2 Semesters
                                                              Grade Level - 5th Grade
Materials – None
                                                              Duration - 2 Semesters
-                                                             Materials - None
SPANISH LEVEL 2 - A & B
The Elementary Spanish Level Two course allows
students to learn new Spanish vocabulary. The course
also begins to teach letter sounds and syllables in the
target language. Students will explore the culture and
traditions of Peru. They will also learn new vocabulary
and more about the Peruvian culture through interac-
tive games and different forms of practice activities.
Course Requirements
Grade Level – 2nd Grade
Duration - 2 Semesters
Materials - None

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COURSE LIST LOWER SCHOOL

       LANGUAGE ARTS                   ELECTIVES
       Language Arts K - A & B         Arts & Crafts K - A & B
       Language Arts 1 - A & B         Arts & Crafts 1 - A & B
       Language Arts 2 - A & B         Arts & Crafts 2 - A & B
       Language Arts 3 - A & B         Art Level - 3*
       Language Arts 4 - A & B         Art Level - 4*
       Language Arts 5 - A & B         Health K - 1 - A & B
       MATH                            Health 2 - 3 - A & B
       Math K - A & B                  Keyboarding*
       Math 1 - A & B                  Recorders Level 1*
       Math 2 - A & B                  Scratch Coding*
       Math 3 - A & B
       Math 4 - A & B
       Math 5 - A & B
       SCIENCE                         ELECTIVES - WORLD LANGUAGES
       Science K - A & B               Introduction to Spanish - A & B
       Science 1 - A & B               Spanish Level 1 - A & B
       Science 2 - A & B               Spanish Level 2 - A & B

       Science 3 - A & B               Spanish Level 3 - A & B
       Science 4 - A & B               Spanish Level 4 - A & B

       Science 5 - A & B               Spanish Level 5 - A & B
       SOCIAL STUDIES                  KHDA COURSES (UAE STUDENTS ONLY)
       Social Studies K - A & B        UAE Social Studies
       Social Studies 1 - A & B        UAE Moral Education
       Social Studies 2 - A & B        Non-Native/ Native Islamic Studies
       Social Studies 3 - A & B        Non-Native/ Native Arabic
       Social Studies 4 - A & B
       Social Studies 5 - A & B

LOWER SCHOOL | COURSE LIST                                                  PAGE 13
MIDDLE SCHOOL                                                                  6-8

LANGUAGE ARTS
LANGUAGE ARTS 6 - A & B                                       LANGUAGE ARTS 8 - A & B
Semester A                                                    Semester A
English 6 is divided into two main categories: Storytelling   In this exciting course, students will master the subtle
and Heroes. Assignments include writing a narrative           and complex art of the Standard American English
essay and completing a book report.                           writing style, allowing them to express their ideas more
Semester B                                                    clearly and effectively than ever before. As students
Semester B of English 6 covers the main topics of Myth        become experts on sentence structure, verb tenses and
and Poetry. Student assignments include writing an            punctuation, they’ll learn not only what the grammar
original fairy tale and composing a poem.                     rules are, but the logic behind them. Alongside this
                                                              rigorous language instruction, students will analyze the
Course Requirements                                           poetry of legendary writers such as Seamus Heaney,
Grade Level - 6th Grade                                       Robert Frost, and Jane Kenyon. In addition, they will
Duration - 2 Semesters                                        practice effective research techniques and prepare
Materials - None                                              complete and polished reports and essays. Their work
                                                              will also cover formal letter writing, biographical essays,
LANGUAGE ARTS 7 - A & B                                       and creating a bibliography. Students will use strategies
Semester A                                                    such as the Sign and Design Mind and Clustering to help
Students explore informational texts, including biogra-       form their ideas and develop stories and arguments.
phies, personal accounts of events, presidential speech-      Entertaining videos and diverse reading selections
es, persuasive letters, and differences between types of      provide a wealth of information. Peer discussions and
musical genres. Readings include texts about historical       teacher feedback also contribute to help students learn
figures, such as The Story of My Life by Helen Keller,        the processes needed to become more effective
Jane Goodall, and Zora Neale Hurston to demonstrate           writers.
concepts such as explicit and implicit information,           Semester B
central ideas and key details, and claims and arguments.      Students explore literary and informational texts, includ-
Semester B                                                    ing novels, short stories, poems, articles, and political
                                                              speeches. Readings include excerpts from the novels
Students analyze literary texts from novels, short stories,
                                                              Fahrenheit 451, Hatchet, and Black Beauty, informational
fairy tales, poems, and plays. Readings include Alice’s
                                                              texts about topics such as global warming, fast food, the
Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, excerpts
                                                              widespread presence of corn in food, and how sleep
from Black Beauty, and poetry by Emily Dickinson,
                                                              affects learning ability, infographics, and videos to
Robert Frost, William Wordsworth to demonstrate
                                                              demonstrate concepts such as explicit and implicit
concepts such as comparing how written texts are
                                                              information, theme, central idea, figurative language,
portrayed in film or audio and ways to understand
                                                              grammar, usage, punctuation. Writings include informa-
explicit and implicit information, theme, characters, plot,
                                                              tional and argument.
poetic and dramatic techniques, and figurative
language.
                                                              Course Requirements
Course Requirements                                           Grade Level - 8th Grade
                                                              Duration - 2 Semesters
Grade Level - 7th Grade
                                                              Materials - None
Duration - 2 Semesters
Materials - None
                                                              INTENSIVE READING*
                                                              This course explores foundational reading skills for
                                                              middle-school students to remediate gaps in reading
                                                              fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and vocabulary skills,
                                                              grammar skills, and writing fluency through responses to
                                                              a variety of literary and informational texts.
                                                              Course Requirements
                                                              Grade Level - 6 - 8
                                                              Duration - 1 Semester
                                                              Materials - None

MIDDLE SCHOOL | LANGUAGE ARTS                                                                                    PAGE 14
MATH
MATH 6 - A & B                                               MATH 8 - A & B
Semester A                                                   Semester A
Students build on previously learned concepts such as        Students explore rational and irrational numbers,
adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing and           solving linear equations from contextual situations, and
deepening knowledge of arithmetic with fractions,            analyzing properties of functions with a focus on linear
decimals, and negative numbers to solve real-world           functions, and scientific notation. Geometric topics
problems. Topics include: statistics, ratios, unit conver-   include rigid transformations on figures and proving
sions, geometry, writing and evaluating expressions          congruence of figures through a series of rigid transfor-
with variables and exponents, and working with equa-         mations.
tions.                                                       Semester B
Semester B                                                   Students explore multi-step equations and proportions,
Students build on concepts such as positive and              applies knowledge of proportional relationships to
negative integers and fractions to learn about rational      geometry to perform transformations on figures, and
numbers and how to compare them. Topics include:             prove similarity of figures through a series of transfor-
finding the distance between points on the number line       mations. Topics included: analyzing linear relationships
and in the coordinate plane, solving geometry prob-          and functions, solving systems of linear equations using
lems, relationships between variables and how to             different methods, application of algebraic skills to
represent them, ratios and unit rates, solving real-world    statistics, analyze and interpret patterns in bivariate
problems, data and how to display and mathematically         data, and finding volumes of circular three-dimensional
describe data.                                               objects.
Course Requirements                                          Course Requirements
Grade Level - 6                                              Grade Level – 8
Duration - 2 Semesters                                       Duration - 2 Semesters
Materials - None                                             Materials – None

MATH 7 - A & B                                               PRE-ALGEBRA*
                                                             Pre-Algebra is a one-semester math course to build an
Semester A
                                                             algebraic foundation to prepare students for Algebra I.
Students explore adding and multiplying rational
                                                             Topics included: reviewing integers and rational num-
numbers by using number lines, rules, and properties.
                                                             bers, properties of numbers and working with expo-
Topics include how to solve problems by finding and
                                                             nents and roots, mastering the order of operations,
comparing unit rates, writing expressions using proper-
                                                             variables, how to simplify expressions and solve
ties, writing and solving simple linear equations using
                                                             multi-step equations, lines and linear equations, ordered
different methods, probability and statistics to interpret
                                                             pairs, the coordinate plane, and graphs.
and calculate simple probabilities and learn about
populations and samples. Geometry topics include             Course Requirements
solving problems involving scale drawings, circles, and      Grade Level - 8
angle relationships.                                         Duration - 1 Semester
                                                             Materials - None
Semester B
Students explore subtracting and dividing rational
numbers by using different methods to perform four
operations. Topics include: interpreting proportional
relationships and equivalent expressions, writing and
solving linear equations and inequalities to solve
real-world problems, comparing two data sets of
random samples using center values and variability
measures to make conclusions about populations.
Geometry topics include solving problems that involve
the area, surface area, volume, and cross-sections of
two- or three-dimensional objects.

Course Requirements
Grade Level - 7
Duration - 2 Semesters
Materials - None

MIDDLE SCHOOL | MATH                                                                                            PAGE 15
SCIENCE                                                     SOCIAL STUDIES
SCIENCE 6 - A & B                                           SOCIAL STUDIES 6 - A & B
Semester A                                                  Semester A
Students investigate the interaction between systems        Students explore the geographical, social, economic,
and what factors affect their growth, and the life cycles   and political foundations of early civilizations in Meso-
of plants and animals to find out how they reproduce        potamia, Egypt, Ancient Israel, and India as they shift
plants and animals. Topics include: cells, the hierarchy    from nomadic societies to agricultural societies. The
of organization, covering tissues, organs, and organ        study of these civilizations includes the impact of
systems.                                                    geography, early history, cultural development, and
Semester B                                                  economic change. The geographic focus includes the
Students explore topics through many creative and           study of physical and political features, economic
interactive assets, including virtual labs and review       development and resources, and migration patterns.
games to immerse themselves in 21st-century online          Semester B
learning. Topics include: energy and its transformation,    Students explore the geographic, political, economic,
matter, natural cycles, the effect of the sun on ocean      and cultural development of ancient Greece, Rome, and
and air currents, different types of pollution, and the     China and applies historical thinking skills to understand
effects of greenhouse gases on the Earth's climate.         implications of ancient literature, art, and philosophy on
Course Requirements                                         later Western culture. The course examines the birth
Grade Level - 6                                             and spread of Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, and
Duration - 2 Semesters                                      Confucianism
*Materials listed in Appendix A                             Course Requirements
                                                            Grade Level - 6
SCIENCE 7 - A & B                                           Duration - 2 Semesters
Semester A                                                  Materials – None
Students examine concepts from the fields of chemis-
try, biology, and ecology. The relationship between         SOCIAL STUDIES 7 - A & B
matter, energy, and chemical reactions is explored to       Semester A
understand cellular respiration and photosynthesis,         Students explore the social, cultural, and technological
while synthetic materials are analyzed to see how they      developments occurring concurrently in Europe, Africa,
impact society.                                             and Asia in the years AD 500–1789. They also examine
Semester B                                                  how archaeologists and historians uncover the past.
Students investigate concepts from ecology and              Semester B
geology to explore the interactions between and             Students explore the growing economic interaction
among organisms in an ecosystem. Topics include types       among civilizations during the Renaissance, Reforma-
of rocks, the rock cycle, and Earth’s resources to          tion, the Age of Exploration, and how the Enlighten-
explore how Earth’s processes can lead to natural           ment gave rise to democratic ideas that still resonate
hazard events and severe weather, and then discover         today. Topics include: the exchange of ideas, beliefs,
how technology can help during disasters, as well as        technologies, and commodities inspire the Enlighten-
other benefits of technology.                               ment philosophy and the interest in reason and authori-
Course Requirements                                         ty, natural rights of human beings, the divine right of
                                                            kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of
Grade Level - 7
                                                            belief.
Duration - 2 Semesters
*Materials listed in Appendix A                             Course Requirements
                                                            Grade Level - 7
SCIENCE 8 - A & B                                           Duration - 2 Semesters
Semester A                                                  Materials – None
Students examine life science concepts from biology,
ecology, environmental sciences, and explores scientific
process to investigate the questions of ecology and
genetic technology.
Semester B
Students examine physical science, such as physics and
space science, and the history of science to highlight
influential scientists.
Course Requirements
Grade Level - 8
Duration - 2 Semesters
*Materials listed in Appendix A

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