STUDY KINDERGARTEN-GRADE 12 - Laurel Springs

 
STUDY KINDERGARTEN-GRADE 12 - Laurel Springs
SOCIAL STUDIES   ENGLISH

                                                          WORLD LANGUAGES

                             ELECTIVES
   SCIENCE

FINE ART
                                                                       MATHEMATICS

             HEALTH & P.E.

                                     PROGRAM OF

                                    STUDY  KINDERGARTEN—GRADE 12
STUDY KINDERGARTEN-GRADE 12 - Laurel Springs
Our Mission
Engaging global learners in an education that values them as individuals, integrates their
 passions and pursuits into academic and career pathways, and fosters inquiry, growth,
                         mastery, purpose, and independence.

                                            Table of Contents
      Lower & Middle School
        Kindergarten.................................................................................................................................................4
        Grade 1............................................................................................................................................................5
        Grade 2...........................................................................................................................................................6
        Grade 3............................................................................................................................................................7
        Grade 4............................................................................................................................................................9
        Grade 5..........................................................................................................................................................10
        Grade 6..........................................................................................................................................................12
        Grade 7...........................................................................................................................................................13
        Grade 8..........................................................................................................................................................14
        World Languages......................................................................................................................................17
        Electives......................................................................................................................................................22
        Microcourses.............................................................................................................................................24
        Online Clubs..............................................................................................................................................26

      Upper School
        English...........................................................................................................................................................31
        Social Studies...........................................................................................................................................34
        Mathematics..............................................................................................................................................39
        Science.........................................................................................................................................................43
        World Languages....................................................................................................................................47
        Fine Art.........................................................................................................................................................52
        Health & Physical Education.............................................................................................................57
        Electives......................................................................................................................................................58
        Microcourses..............................................................................................................................................74
        Online Clubs..............................................................................................................................................75

      Academic Programs
        The Academy............................................................................................................................................79
        Dual Enrollment.......................................................................................................................................80
        Postgraduate Program...........................................................................................................................80
        Travel Learning......................................................................................................................................81

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Lower & Middle School
                                      Table of Contents
Lower & Middle School
 Kindergarten.................................................................................................................................................4
 Grade 1............................................................................................................................................................5
 Grade 2...........................................................................................................................................................6
 Grade 3............................................................................................................................................................7
 Grade 4............................................................................................................................................................9
 Grade 5..........................................................................................................................................................10
 Grade 6..........................................................................................................................................................12
 Grade 7...........................................................................................................................................................13
 Grade 8..........................................................................................................................................................14
 World Languages......................................................................................................................................17
 Electives......................................................................................................................................................22
 Microcourses.............................................................................................................................................24
 Online Clubs..............................................................................................................................................26

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STUDY KINDERGARTEN-GRADE 12 - Laurel Springs
Kindergarten
Text-Based Curriculum                                              Online Curriculum
ENGLISH | TEXT                                                     ENGLISH | ONLINE
Students in Kindergarten English will study reading                This Kindergarten English course will teach students to
comprehension, phonics, literature, and handwriting.               identify and write all letters, produce letter sounds and also
Students will learn many sight words throughout the course.        frequently used phonograms. Students will also master
They will also learn to keep a reading journal. Handwriting        weekly sight words and reading and comprehension
skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility and            strategies to grow as readers.
consistency of letter formation and spacing.
                                                                   MATH | ONLINE
MATH | TEXT                                                        During the first semester students will learn foundational
Kindergarten Math is designed to provide students with a           math facts. They will learn to count to 12, how to compare
strong mathematical foundation. Each lesson is created so          sizes, ordinal numbers putting items in order, what a number
that students have multiple opportunities to practice the          line is and its uses, basic measurements such as inches
concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students       and feet, and how to tell time on digital and analog clocks.
will learn how to represent, count, and write numbers.             Students will have many opportunities to practice these new
They will also learn addition and subtraction using models,        concepts by interacting with online confirmation exercises
drawings, and number sentences. Later, they will work with         and filling out worksheets offline. A special emphasis this
both two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. The             semester is for students to have fun with numbers, finding
course will finish off with the students exploring measurement     success with concepts such as bigger and smaller and being
and data. Students will have multiple opportunities to use         comfortable in an online environment.Students learn to count
reasoning, modeling, and problem solving throughout the            to twenty. They work with comparing objects using the terms
entire course.                                                     tall, longer, and shorter as well as comparing two objects
                                                                   using the terms lighter and heavier. They will continue their
SCIENCE | TEXT                                                     exploration of basic geometric shapes such as cones and
Science Fusion promotes a student-centered approach for            spheres. The will work with the concept of first, middle, and
learning science concepts and vocabulary, building inquiry,        last. Arranging and sorting receive special emphasis this
STEM, and 21st Century skills, and incorporating math and          semester. Students will also work on writing numbers with
writing in each science lesson. Students will learn about          3, 4, and 5 given special attention. Students will learn the
animals, plants, and the environments where they live. They        concepts of left and right. Coins are also a focus as students
will learn about day, night, the earth’s resources, weather,       will count pennies, nickels and dimes. Finally, the number 7
and the seasons. The course will finish with a study of matter,    is studied using the colors of the rainbow. Projects include
energy, and motion.                                                making paper fingers and thumbs and creating designs with
                                                                   them. They will also make the numbers 1-10 out of dough.
SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
Kindergarten Social Studies has two components: an inquiry         SCIENCE | ONLINE
journal and a research companion. The Inquiry Journal              In Kindergarten Science, students in this course will use their
provides students with the opportunity to ask questions,           senses to explore their world. Students experience nature
analyze sources, and record information. The Research              walks, gardening, and imitative games by exploring varying
Companion requires the students to read nonfiction and             concepts.
literature selections, examine primary source materials, and
look for answers to questions. The combination of research         SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
and inquiry provides students with a full, well-rounded            This course introduces students to their place in the
experience with the content. This course covers topics such        community and the responsibilities of being a member of
as: being a good citizen, laws, communities, celebrating           society. Great figures of U.S. history such as Pocahontas,
America, the past and present, needs and wants, and jobs.          George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are a focus of
                                                                   learning in this semester. Students will also learn about
                                                                   everyday heroes, the responsibilities of pet ownership,
                                                                   the importance of rules, table manners, and eating well. A
                                                                   skill that students will practice throughout the semester is
                                                                   retelling stories. Students may do this by recording audio,
                                                                   retelling the stories orally, or writing their observations. They
                                                                   will learn how to use details and basics of narratives. Projects
                                                                   will help students think about what pets need and defining

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Kindergarten
emotions. In the second semester students are introduced           SCIENCE | TEXT
to map reading skills. They will be taught to read maps of the     Science Fusion promotes a student-centered approach for
U.S. and the world. From learning about location to how water      learning science concepts and vocabulary, building inquiry,
is represented to floor plans, students are introduced to map      STEM, and 21st Century skills, and incorporating math and
skills that will last a lifetime. Students will also learn about   writing in each science lesson. Students will learn how to
symbols of the U.S. such as the American flag and the eagle.       work like a scientist and how technology is used in our world.
From there students learn about holidays with a particular         They will learn about animals, plants, and the environments
focus on Thanksgiving. Another focus is on currency.               where they live. Not only will students learn about weather
They will be introduced to what money is, how money can            and seasons, but they will also learn about our world and the
be spent, the power of buying locally, and the difference          sky. The course will finish with a study of matter, energy, and
between wants and needs. Projects will include a piece on          forces.
distinguishing facts from fiction, buying locally, and focusing
on the differences between needs and wants.                        SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
                                                                   1st Grade Social Studies has two components: an inquiry
HEALTH & WELLNESS                                                  journal and a research companion. The Inquiry Journal
Health & Wellness offers a balanced approach to health             provides students with the opportunity to ask questions,
instruction that helps students develop a healthy foundation.      analyze sources, and record information. The Research
Students learn important life skills, such as how to manage        Companion requires the students to read nonfiction and
stress, resolve conflicts, set health goals, and make              literature selections, examine primary source materials, and
responsible decisions. The course also focuses on promoting        look for answers to questions. The combination of research
health and preventing disease.                                     and inquiry provides students with a full, well-rounded
                                                                   experience with the content. This course covers topics such

Grade 1
                                                                   as: being a good citizen, maps, communities, celebrating
                                                                   America, the past and present, and goods and services.

                                                                   Online Curriculum
Text-Based Curriculum                                              ENGLISH | ONLINE
                                                                   This 1st Grade English course will teach students to identify
ENGLISH | TEXT                                                     and write all letters, produce letter sounds and also
Students in 1st Grade English will study spelling, reading         frequently used phonograms. Students will also master
comprehension, phonics, literature, and handwriting.               weekly sight words and reading and comprehension
Students will demonstrate audible reading and read choice          strategies to grow as readers.
books throughout the year while keeping a reading journal.
The English program promotes effective oral and written
communication. The program is based on the writing process         MATH | ONLINE
with all grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling skills            During the first semester students will build fluency with basic
introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing.      math facts. They will learn to count to 100, basic addition
Handwriting skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility    and subtraction facts, and how to add double-digit numbers.
and consistency of letter formation and spacing.                   Students will be introduced to such new concepts as word
                                                                   problems, Venn diagrams, and basic geometric concepts.
                                                                   There is an emphasis on learning practical skills such as
MATH | TEXT                                                        reading thermometers, looking at maps, and understanding
1st Grade Math is designed to provide students with a
                                                                   the value of coins.During the second semester students will
pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created
                                                                   begin counting by twos, fives, and tens. They will learn both
so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the
                                                                   vertical addition and subtraction. Students are introduced
concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students
                                                                   to multiplication and division and the signs used in those
will learn operations and algebraic thinking. They will gain an
                                                                   operations. They will also study even and odd numbers.
understanding of numbers and operations in base ten. Later,
                                                                   Students continue their exploration of geometric shapes
they will focus on learning about measurement and data. The
                                                                   through drawing and apply what they learn about shapes by
course will finish off with the students exploring concepts in
                                                                   sorting various figures in Venn diagrams. They will also use a
geometry. Students will have multiple opportunities to use
                                                                   balance beam to understand the concept of weight – lighter
reasoning, modeling, and problem solving throughout the
                                                                   versus heavier.Throughout the course, students will have
entire course.
                                                                   multiple opportunities to practice new skills and knowledge
                                                                   through using integrated online practice problems.

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Grade 1
SCIENCE | ONLINE                                                       MATH | TEXT
In First Grade Science, students in this course will complete          2nd Grade Math is designed to provide students with a
projects that are designed to allow for exploration and                pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created
discovery. Students observe their surroundings and through             so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the
observations of the natural world conduct inquiries into               concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students
topics related to their healthy development.Students in                will learn number sense and place value. They will gain
this course will complete projects that are designed to                an understanding of addition and subtraction. Later, they
allow for exploration and discovery. Students observe                  will focus on learning about measurement and data. The
their surroundings and through observations of the natural             course will finish off with the students exploring concepts
world conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy           in geometry and fractions. Students will have multiple
development.                                                           opportunities to use reasoning, modeling, and problem
                                                                       solving throughout the entire course.
SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
Students will explore basic fundamentals of social studies             SCIENCE | TEXT
including map skills, cardinal directions, and will begin to           Science Fusion promotes a student-centered approach for
examine maps of the U.S. and the globe. They will also be              learning science concepts and vocabulary, building inquiry,
introduced to important figures from American history such             STEM, and 21st Century skills, and incorporating math and
as Pocahontas, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and                 writing in each science lesson. Students will learn how to
Clara Barton. A skill that students will practice throughout the       work like a scientist and how technology is used in our
course is retelling stories. Students will also make maps of           world. They will learn all about animals, plants, and the
their homes, neighborhoods, as well as a personal timeline.            environments where they live. Not only will students learn
The second semester has a focus on introductory economics.             about weather, they will also learn about our world and the
They will study bartering, goods and services, jobs in the             other planets in the solar system. The course will finish with a
community, and how the marketplace works. Another focus is             study of matter, energy, and magnets.
on positive character traits such as honesty, what the aspects
of personal responsibility are, and how to help and respect            SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
others.                                                                2nd Grade Social Studies has two components: an inquiry
                                                                       journal and a research companion. The Inquiry Journal
HEALTH & WELLNESS                                                      provides students with the opportunity to ask questions,
Health & Wellness offers a balanced approach to health                 analyze sources, and record information. The Research
instruction that helps students develop a healthy foundation.          Companion requires the students to read nonfiction and
Students learn important life skills, such as how to manage            literature selections, examine primary source materials, and
stress, resolve conflicts, set health goals, and make                  look for answers to questions. The combination of research
responsible decisions. The course also focuses on promoting            and inquiry provides students with a full, well-rounded
health and preventing disease.                                         experience with the content. This course covers topics such
                                                                       as: people of the past and present, geography, economics,

Grade 2
                                                                       governments, and people who make a difference in the
                                                                       world.

                                                                       Online Curriculum
Text-Based Curriculum                                                  ENGLISH | ONLINE
                                                                       The second grade English course will teach students to spell
ENGLISH | TEXT                                                         and write vocabulary, read more fluently, apply grammar
Students in 2nd Grade English will study spelling, reading             concepts, and participate in handwriting and writing activities
comprehension, writing, literature, and handwriting. Students          through thematic units. Students will also continue to
will demonstrate audible reading and read choice books                 master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension
throughout the year while keeping a reading journal.                   strategies to grow as readers.
The English program promotes effective oral and written
communication. The program is based on the writing process             SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
with all grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling skills                Students in this course will begin to explore the basic
introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing.          fundamentals of social studies including culture, geography,
Handwriting skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility        and economics. They will explore the Ancient Cultures of
and consistency of letter formation and spacing.                       China, Africa, and the Celts. Students will learn how to locate
                                                                       boundaries while using a world map. They will develop a

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Grade 2                                                                                               Grade 3
rudimentary understanding of map symbols as they locate
continents, the equator, and oceans. Students will also learn
                                                                 Text-Based Curriculum
to identify on a road map where they live, rivers, mountain
ranges and lakes nearby their homes. The second semester
                                                                 ENGLISH | TEXT
begins by introducing learners to economics and the role         Students in 3rd grade English will study spelling, writing,
that money plays in every civilization. Students learn the       reading, grammar, literature, and cursive handwriting.
difference between natural, human, and capital resources.        Students will demonstrate audible reading and read choice
The end of the course asks learners to examine the diversity     books throughout the year while keeping a reading journal.
of the community they live in. They will be asked to recognize   The English program promotes effective oral and written
the different types of people around them. Students should       communication. The program is based on the writing process
gain an appreciation for the differences around them and how     with all grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling skills
having respect for others and being honest will contribute to    introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing.
society as a whole.                                              Handwriting skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility
                                                                 and consistency of letter formation and spacing. Students
MATH | ONLINE                                                    continue the transition from manuscript (printing) to cursive
In this class, students will learn all about math through        writing.
illustrated, step-by-step lessons that take their skills to
surprising new levels. They will see numbers from a whole        SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
new point of view, and learn how to use measurements,            This year, students will learn about different communities.
patterns, shapes and sizes in all parts of their lives. During   Students will read about what it was like to live in a different
the first semester, students will build fluency with basic       time. They will meet people from communities in other states
math facts, and add and subtract within 100 to solve word        and countries. They will visit many places to find out how
problems using strategic methods. Students will also             people in different communities live. Students will study
manipulate numbers to 1000 using knowledge of hundreds,          history, artifacts, biographies, and maps in their study of
tens, and ones. They will also demonstrate arrays with           communities. Students will learn to think like a historian as
repeated addition. During the second semester, students will     they study the history of their community.
use place value to add and subtract within 1000. Students
will measure and compare length and represent it on a
number line. They will work with money and time to compare
                                                                 MATH | TEXT
value. Lastly, they will recognize common 2-dimensional and      Students will review the various mathematical operations of
3-dimensional shapes by specific characteristics.                addition and subtraction, then continue with more advanced
                                                                 operations. The topics covered include most of the strands
SCIENCE | ONLINE                                                 of mathematics: geometry, algebra, fractions, measurement,
Second Grade Science introduces students to the process of       data and graphs, and probability. Each chapter begins with a
observation and how important it is to the study of science.     Show What You Know section, contains a series of sequential
Learners will identify their five senses and why they are        lessons on the topic including a Mid-Chapter Checkpoint,
critical to observation. Students will use these observation     and concludes with a review/test section. Each chapter is
skills throughout the course as they examine many different      also interspersed with problem-solving activities for real-life
types of animals and their environments. Students will come      application.
to understand plant and animal rhythms and will perform
small experiments with plants. During second semester,           SCIENCE | TEXT
students will come to understand the different groupings         The performance expectations in third grade help students
of animals including those with vertebrates, invertebrates,      formulate answers to questions such as: “What is typical
warm- and cold-blooded animals, carnivores, herbivores and       weather in different parts of the world and during different times
omnivores. They will also learn how animals communicate          of the year? How can the impact of weather-related hazards be
and the relationship between animals and humans. The             reduced? How do organisms vary in their traits? How are plants,
course ends with the students taking a closer look at the        animals, and environments of the past similar or different from
characteristics of reptiles, insects, birds of prey, and fish.   current plants, animals, and environments? What happens to
                                                                 organisms when their environment changes? How do equal
HEALTH & WELLNESS                                                and unequal forces on an object affect the object? How can
2nd Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners               magnets be used?” The crosscutting concepts of patterns;
establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health.        cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and
Students focus on the various aspects of their health and        system models; interdependence of science, engineering,
how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include       and technology; and influence of engineering, technology,
mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and         and science on society and the natural world are called out as
nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease         organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas. In the
prevention; and community and environmental health.
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Grade 3
SCIENCE | TEXT (CONT.)                                                  MATH | ONLINE
third grade performance expectations, students are expected to          This research-based course focuses on computational
demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions           fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving.
and defining problems; developing and using models, planning            Students will review addition and subtraction with models,
and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data,       and then will learn what multiplication and division means
constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging             before practice finding products and quotients with single
in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and               digit multipliers and divisors. Students will learn about
communicating information. Students are expected to use these           volume, weight, and time as well as finding the area and
practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.               perimeter of common shapes. Students will end the course
                                                                        learning basic elementary statistical ideas within a financial
Online Curriculum                                                       lesson.

ENGLISH | ONLINE                                                        SCIENCE | ONLINE
This course provides structured lessons on reading, spelling,           This research-based course provides structured lessons
writing, vocabulary, grammar, and cursive handwriting.                  designed to introduce students to general science principles
Students study parts of speech including nouns, verbs,                  in a variety of science disciplines. Student study topics in
and adverbs. Students will go through the writing process               earth/space science including our solar system, the water
creating a variety of genres, such as narratives, cause/effect,         cycle, and volcanoes. In environmental science, students look
compare/contrast, biographies, and much more. In addition,              at food chains. Students study plants and animals, and their
appropriate spelling words will be studied throughout the               differences, as part of the biology topics. Students finish up
course.                                                                 looking at the physical science topics of matter, force, energy,
                                                                        sound, and light.

SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
                                                                        HEALTH & WELLNESS
In this course learners will begin to explore the fundamentals          3rd Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners
of social studies including geography, civics, and economics.           establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health.
Learners will begin by looking at the beginning of civilization         Students focus on the various aspects of their health and
and examining the ancient Hebrew civilization, the                      how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include
Phoenicians, and the Kush tribe of ancient Africa. They will            mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and
then move on to examining the Native American tribes of the             nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease
Cherokee, Sioux, and Hopi. Students will also look at the first         prevention; and community and environmental health.
explorers of the Americas and learn about the beginning of
the United States.

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Grade 4
Text-Based Curriculum                                                concepts for these disciplinary core ideas. In the fourth
                                                                     grade performance expectations, students are expected
                                                                     to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking
ENGLISH | TEXT                                                       questions, developing and using models, planning and
Students in 4th grade English will study spelling, writing,
                                                                     carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data,
reading, grammar, literature, and cursive handwriting.
                                                                     constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging
Students will demonstrate audible reading and read choice
                                                                     in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and
books throughout the year while keeping a reading journal.
                                                                     communicating information. Students are expected to use
The English program promotes effective oral and written
                                                                     these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core
communication. The program is based on the writing process
                                                                     ideas.
with all grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling skills
introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing.
Handwriting skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility      Online Curriculum
and consistency of letter formation and spacing. Students
complete transition from manuscript (printing) to cursive            ENGLISH | ONLINE
writing.
                                                                     This course provides structured lessons on reading,
                                                                     writing, grammar, and research. Students study parts of
SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT                                                speech including verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, and
Fourth Grade History is based upon the Houghton Mifflin              prepositional phrases. The course spends time focusing on
Social Studies Series. It covers the various regions of our          plot, setting, themes, and points of view. In addition, students
country from their early beginnings through their most               will be able to identify different text structures: chronological,
important contributions to our shared history. The course            comparison, cause/effect, and problem solution. Students
covers our land and its resources, the economy, the people,          will go through the research process of planning, gathering
and the biographies of significant individuals, as well as           information, analyzing information, and then presenting
our place in the world. Students will learn to think critically,     information in a multimedia format.
analyze and compare events, and apply these skills in written
evaluations and timelines.
                                                                     SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
MATH | TEXT                                                          In this course learners will use their understanding of social
Students will review the various mathematical operations of          studies skills to explore their local states and communities.
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, then continue   Learners will also research local animals and gain an
with more advanced operations. The topics covered include            understanding of local Native American ground in their
all the strands of mathematics: geometry, algebra, fractions,        part of the country. This course walks students through the
decimals, measurement, data and graphs, and probability. Each        research and report writing steps that will be vital to their
chapter begins with a Show What You Know section, contains           continuation of social studies. They will continue to focus
a series of sequential lessons on the topic including a Mid-         on their individual states as they do projects based on local
Chapter Checkpoint, and concludes with a review/test section.        geography, state capitals, as well as nearby natural wonders
Each chapter is also interspersed with problem-solving activities    and landforms. The course uses video, enrichments activities,
for real-life application.                                           and project-based learning to enhance the student’s social
                                                                     studies skills.
SCIENCE | TEXT
The performance expectations in fourth grade help students           MATH | ONLINE
formulate answers to questions such as: “What are waves              This research-based course focuses on computational
and what are some things they can do? How can water, ice,            fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving.
wind and vegetation change the land? What patterns of                Students will learn addition and subtraction with fractions
Earth’s features can be determined with the use of maps?             and decimals, and then will use multiplication and division
How do internal and external structures support the survival,        to solve problems involving numbers up to the thousands
growth, behavior, and reproduction of plants and animals?            place. Students will learn the names of various addition
What is energy and how is it related to motion? How is               and multiplication properties. Students will be introduced
energy transferred? How can energy be used to solve a                to formal geometry by learning various terms and how to
problem?” The crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause               measure an angle. Students will also start to learn algebraic
and effect; energy and matter; systems and system models;            ideas including the idea of a variable and how to use it to
interdependence of science, engineering, and technology;             solve problems.
and influence of engineering, technology, and science on
society and the natural world are called out as organizing

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Grade 4
SCIENCE | ONLINE                                                       fractions, decimals, measurement, data and graphs, and
This research-based course provides structured lessons                 probability. Each chapter begins with a Show What You Know
designed to introduce students to general science principles           section, contains a series of sequential lessons on the topic
in a variety of science disciplines. Student study topics              including a Mid-Chapter Checkpoint, and concludes with a
in biology including types of plants and types of animals.             review/test section. Each chapter is also interspersed with
In environmental science, students look at ecosystems.                 problem-solving activities for real-life application.
Students study weather, rocks, and the moon as part of
earth/space science topics. Students finish up looking at the          SCIENCE | TEXT
physical science topics of machines, electricity, and waves.           5th Grade Science uses Harcourt’s Science Fusion textbook
                                                                       to introduce a wide array of topics from cell structures to
HEALTH & WELLNESS                                                      planets. Throughout the year, students will learn to think and
4th Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners                     act like scientists. Not only will students learn about many of
establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health.              life’s wonders, but they will also get the chance to learn about
Students focus on the various aspects of their health and              some influential scientists of today. This course is driven
how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include             by investigation, and students will have many opportunities
mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and               to design and implement their own experiments. These
nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease               investigations will aid in comprehension and will give
prevention; and community and environmental health.                    students the chance to explore science as opposed to
                                                                       only reading about the concepts. Weekly assignments may

Grade 5
                                                                       include reading from the textbook, answering questions,
                                                                       conducting an experiment, or completing a quick Insta-Lab.
                                                                       Additional materials will be necessary for some of the labs,
                                                                       but most materials are readily available in your home or in a
                                                                       local store for minimal cost.
Text-Based Curriculum
                                                                       Online Curriculum
ENGLISH | TEXT
Students in 5th grade English will study spelling, writing,            ENGLISH | ONLINE
reading, grammar, and literature. Students will demonstrate            This course provides structured lessons on reading,
audible reading and read choice books throughout the                   writing, grammar, and research. Students study parts of
year while keeping a reading journal. The English program              speech including verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, and
promotes effective oral and written communication. The                 prepositional phrases. The course spends time focusing on
program is based on the writing process with all grammar,              plot, setting, themes, and points of view. In addition, students
usage, mechanics, and spelling skills introduced, practiced            will compare different types of drama and various forms of
and reviewed in the context of writing.                                poetry. They will learn how to read and gather information
                                                                       from scientific articles and historical accounts. Students
SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT                                                  will go through the research process of planning, gathering
Fifth Grade History is based upon the Houghton Mifflin Social          information, analyzing information, and then presenting
Studies Series. It covers the history of the United States             information in a multimedia format.
from the early beginnings through our interaction with other
nations around the globe. The course covers our land and               SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
its earliest inhabitants, the exploration and settlement of this       This course combines the study of United States History
land by the Europeans, wars that shaped our history, and the           through the Civil War with a geographical exploration of
biographies of significant individuals, as well as our place in        the United States and what it has to offer. Students will use
the world. Students will learn to think critically, analyze and        their understanding of social studies skills and concepts as
compare events, and apply these skills in written evaluations          they study the development of the United States. Video,
and timelines.                                                         creative projects involving technology, journaling, and varied
                                                                       assessments will be used throughout the course.
MATH | TEXT
Students will review and show their fluency with whole
numbers and decimals. Students will continue learning
                                                                       MATH | ONLINE
                                                                       This research-based course focuses on computational
operations with fractions before moving on to the last critical
                                                                       fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving.
area, geometry and measurement. The topics covered
                                                                       This interactive course features new graphics, learning tools,
include all the strands of mathematics: geometry, algebra,
                                                                       and games; adaptive activities that help struggling students

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master concepts and skills before moving on. This course
builds on student understanding of numbers and operations
by making connections between place value, decimals,
and fractions; introducing multiplication and division of
decimal numbers; and extending understanding of fraction
operations. The course enhances fluency of operations with
whole numbers, fractions, and decimals through application
in the solving of measurement, geometry, and data-analysis
problems using mathematical problem-solving techniques.
Students continue to develop algebraic thinking as they work
with variables and formulas to solve multistep word problems;
they further study patterns and rules; and they are introduced
to representing problems graphically using the coordinate
plane.

SCIENCE | ONLINE
This research-based course provides structured lessons
designed to introduce students to general science principles
in physical science including topics in energy, force and
motion as well as energy resources. Students study topics in
earth science related to the structure of the earth and rocks
and minerals. Basic chemistry lessons include the periodic
table and compounds and mixtures. Students explore
astronomy with units in outer space and space exploration.
Students learn biology topics such as cells and kingdoms.
Lastly, students are introduced to the study of ecology and
ecosystems.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
5th Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners
establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health.
Students focus on the various aspects of their health and
how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include
mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and
nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease
prevention; and community and environmental health.

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Grade 6
Text-Based Curriculum                                                Online Curriculum
ENGLISH | TEXT                                                       ENGLISH | ONLINE
In this course, students explore, analyze and interpret              This research-based course provides structured lessons
literature in a thematic-based collection ranging from the           on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis,
classics of ancient literature to modern works. The thematic         composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics.
topics of the course include: Facing Fear, Animal Intelligence,      Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone
Dealing with Disaster, Making Your Voice Heard, Decisions            critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students
that Matter and What Tales Tell. The students will work with         evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their
a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry,          reading. Students practice writing throughout the course
drama and essays both in analysis, history and science. The          using analysis and critical thinking skills.
course introduces and reinforces close reading, vocabulary
and language skills as well as a variety of essay writing
forms and project-based assignments that range with
                                                                     SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE
the readings to include a variety of cultures, styles and            Ancient Civilizations
perspectives reflecting both ancient and modern populations.         Students in grade six expand their understanding of History,
This foundational course prepares students for continued             Civics and Government, Geography, Economics, and
analysis of literature and writing skills at the middle school or    Individuals, Society, and Culture by studying the people and
traditional junior high level, with ongoing practice in writing,     events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and
reading strategies and speaking skills.                              non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special
                                                                     significance in the development of the human story. Students
SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT                                                will have the opportunity to explore civilizations by learning
                                                                     about the history, culture, citizenship, economy, religions, and
Ancient Civilizations                                                government of the different cultures present at that time. In
Ancient Civilization focuses on many places around the world.        doing so, the students will utilize math, science, technology,
Students will discover the places where ancient civilizations        and critical thinking skills in daily learning. Students analyze
began, how geography influenced early cultures, and how              the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing
early cultures have helped shape the world today. Some of            their enduring contributions and the link between our World
the main places students will study are Mesoamerica, Rome,           today and these ancient worlds.
Greece, China, India, Eastern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia,
Egypt and Kush. These are key places where ancient peoples
created the first complex societies, cities, governments, and
                                                                     MATH 6 | ONLINE
                                                                     6th Grade Math is designed to provide students with a
empires.
                                                                     pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created
                                                                     so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the
MATH | TEXT                                                          concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students
6th Grade Math is designed to provide students with a                will connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication
pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created             and division and use concepts of ratio and rate to solve
so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the         problems. They will gain an understanding of division of
concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students         fractions and extend the concept to the system of rational
will connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication           numbers, which includes negative numbers and mixed
and division and use concepts of ratio and rate to solve             numbers. Students will write, interpret, and use expressions
problems. They will gain an understanding of division of             and equations throughout the course. Last, they will develop
fractions and extend the concept to the system of rational
                                                                     an understanding of statistical thinking.
numbers, which includes negative numbers and mixed
numbers. Students will write, interpret, and use expressions
and equations throughout the course. Last, they will develop
an understanding of statistical thinking.

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Earth Science
Earth Science explores how the Earth’s systems function as
an integrated whole. Topics include rocks, minerals, and soil;
erosion; earthquakes and volcanoes; weather and climate;
ecosystems; and energy. The course contains a combination
of reading, review questions, research, experiments, projects,
and tests.
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6th Grade Science is the first in a series of three consecutive      SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
science classes. It introduces middle school students to             World History
the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-        World History focuses on many places around the world.
space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and             Students will discover the history of places all around the
mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the            world. They will learn about geography, religions, cultures,
course. The lessons make real-world connections and require          and much more. Throughout the course, students will get to
students to apply STEM skills like analysis, problem solving,        travel all over the globe from Europe to Asia to Africa and
science knowledge, and engineering practices. Hands-on               more.
and laboratory investigations are included throughout the
course to provide students opportunities for exploration
                                                                     PRE-ALGEBRA | TEXT
through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem
solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the              The Pre-Algebra program provides students with a solid
course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking,        preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build
and talking like a scientist!                                        on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their
                                                                     algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                          solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and
                                                                     decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking,
Portfolio | Text or Online                                           finding area and volume of geometric figures, and right
The Health/Physical Education course for 6th grade                   triangles. The course also provides numerous opportunities
combines the examination of important health-related topics          to assess basic skills along with abundant remediation and
with the practice of physical activities of the student’s choice.    intervention activities found throughout the course. In all, this
Students investigate a wide range of health topics including         is a comprehensive program that will provide students with a
physical health, puberty, disease prevention, exercise,              solid foundation for higher level math courses.
diet, dental hygiene, injuries and wounds, ear and skin
protection, bites and stings, safety, poisons, and evaluating        SCIENCE | TEXT
health resources on the Internet. To fulfill physical education
requirements, students choose one or more fitness activities         Life Science
to learn and practice during the year. Students are offered          Students study the scientific method; properties of light; cell
many creative and interesting ways to enjoy and report on            structure, function, processes, and energy; genetics and
their chosen fitness activities.                                     heredity; agricultural technology and genetic engineering;
                                                                     evolution and classification of organisms; geology, plate

Grade 7
                                                                     tectonics, seismology and geotechnical engineering; viruses,
                                                                     bacteria, protists and fungi; the structure and function
                                                                     of plants; fossil fuels; invertebrates; vertebrates; and the
                                                                     structure and function of the human body, including the
                                                                     skeletal and muscular systems, circulation and respiration, the
Text-Based Curriculum                                                nervous system, the endocrine system, human reproduction,
                                                                     and the long-term effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
ENGLISH | TEXT
In this course, students explore, analyze and interpret              Online Curriculum
literature ranging from the classics of ancient literature to
modern works. This course introduces and reinforces close            ENGLISH | ONLINE
reading, vocabulary, and language skills. Students complete a        This research-based course provides structured lessons
variety of essay writing forms and project-based assignments         on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis,
that include a variety of cultures, styles and perspectives,         composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics.
reflecting both ancient and modern populations worldwide.            Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone
The topics of this course include: Bold Actions, Perception          critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students
and Reality, Nature at Work, Risk and Exploration, The Stuff         evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their
of Consumer Culture and Guided By-A-Cause. Students                  reading. Students practice writing throughout the course
also work with a variety of genres including fiction, non-           using analysis and critical thinking skills.
fiction, poetry, drama and essays both in analysis, history
and science. This foundational course prepares students for
continued analysis of literature and writing skills with ongoing
practice in writing, reading strategies, and speaking skills.

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SOCIAL STUDIES | ONLINE                                              Text-Based Curriculum
World Cultures
This course is an exploration into the exciting world we live        ENGLISH | TEXT
in. Students will explore the various cultures and geographic        In this course, students explore, analyze and interpret
regions, and analyze how they affect the people who live             literature ranging from the classics of ancient literature to
around the world. The goal in World Cultures is to broaden           modern works. This course introduces and reinforces close
our knowledge; and, gain better understanding of our                 reading, vocabulary, and language skills. Students complete a
neighbors wherever they may live on this place called Earth.         variety of essay writing forms and project-based assignments
                                                                     that include a variety of cultures, styles and perspectives,
MATH | ONLINE                                                        reflecting both ancient and modern populations worldwide.
                                                                     The thematic topics of the course include: Culture and
Pre-Algebra                                                          Belonging, The Thrill of Horror, The Move Toward Freedom,
The Pre-Algebra program provides students with a solid               Approaching Adulthood, Anne Frank’s Legacy. Students
preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build            also work with a variety of genres including fiction, non-
on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their            fiction, poetry, drama and essays both in analysis, history
algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including      and science. This foundational course prepares students for
solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and          continued analysis of literature and writing skills with ongoing
decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking,      practice in writing, reading strategies, and speaking skills.
finding area and volume of geometric figures, and right
triangles. The course also provides numerous opportunities
to assess basic skills along with abundant remediation and           SOCIAL STUDIES | TEXT
intervention activities found throughout the course. In all, this    U.S. History
is a comprehensive program that will provide students with a         8th grade United States history focuses on the political,
solid foundation for higher level math courses.                      cultural, and social development of the United States. The
                                                                     course begins with a brief review of early exploration and
SCIENCE | ONLINE                                                     settlement and concluding with the arrival of European
                                                                     settlers. The English colonies are investigated through their
7th Grade Science is a comprehensive science including
                                                                     interactions with Native Americans, their English rulers, and
the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth
                                                                     other economic trading partners. Conflicts with Britain and
space science in addition to, technology, engineering and
                                                                     Enlightenment ideas lead to the American Revolution, and
mathematics (STEM) concepts. The course is designed for
                                                                     the course examines both the broader implications of the
middle school students. The lessons provide real world
                                                                     war on the United States and the pivotal events and people
connections through the application of STEM problem
                                                                     involved. Independence leads to an examination of the U.S.
solving, science knowledge and engineering practices.
                                                                     Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Western expansion is
Laboratory investigations are included throughout the course
                                                                     examined with a clear portrayal of the positive economic
and provide students opportunities for exploration through
                                                                     results it had on the country and the negative impact it
scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving,
                                                                     had on Native American people and the environment. The
and experimental procedures.
                                                                     course continues with the causes and results of the Civil War,
                                                                     immigration, industrialization, progressive reform, civil rights,
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                          and much more.
Portfolio | Text or Online
7th Grade Health/P.E. combines the study of various aspects          MATH | TEXT
of human health with the practice of physical activities to          Students select either Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1.
promote physical well-being and health. Students learn
about various body parts and systems, diet, social-emotional
                                                                     Pre-Algebra
health issues, and the human senses. Students select one or
                                                                     The Pre-Algebra program provides students with a solid
more physical activities to focus on for the year. Students set
                                                                     preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build
personal fitness and skill attainment goals for their chosen
                                                                     on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their
activities and report on those goals as they progress through
                                                                     algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including
the year.
                                                                     solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and
                                                                     decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking,
                                                                     finding area and volume of geometric figures, and right
                                                                     triangles. The course also provides numerous opportunities
                                                                     to assess basic skills along with abundant remediation and
                                                                     intervention activities found throughout the course. In all, this

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is a comprehensive program that will provide students with a       SCIENCE | TEXT
solid foundation for higher level math courses.
                                                                   Physical Science
                                                                   Physical Science is a study of the relationship of matter
Algebra 1                                                          to energy. Beginning with the basic building blocks of
Algebra I is the foundation of upper school math. The skills
                                                                   matter, lessons describe how matter and energy interact
acquired in this course contain the basic knowledge needed
                                                                   and investigate the physical laws that govern our universe.
for all future math courses. The content in this course is tied
                                                                   Students explore examples of how physical laws affect our
to real-world applications like sports, travel, business, and
                                                                   world in lessons dealing with chemistry, motion, energy,
health. This course is designed to give students the basic
                                                                   states of matter, friction, gravity, pressure, fire, atoms, and
skills and problem solving strategies to work through many
                                                                   outer space. This course includes exploratory labs that
types of mathematical problems using critical thinking skills.
                                                                   demonstrate the various concepts addressed in the lessons.
Topics include: basic operations, modeling, algebraic
properties, functions, expressions, equations and
inequalities, polynomials, factoring, exponents, radicals,
linear, exponential and quadratic functions, systems, intro
to statistics and word problems. Students are assessed
throughout each module to demonstrate their mastery of the
course content.
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

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