GRADE 4: K to 12 Curriculum Guide – National Connections Academy

National Connections Academy’s (NaCA) full course listing below is a comprehensive look at every course available for the Grade 4 level. The push to get into the K to 12 basic education program was, to be charitable about it, in part because of the proponents’ desire to upgrade our basic education program to improve the quality/skills of our student output/graduates and in part to keep up with the Joneses. Well, the following is posted here to show us what the Joneses are doing.

WARNING!!!!!  THE FOLLOWING GRADE 4 COURSE GUIDE BY NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY – WHICH IS NOT SANCTIONED BY DEPED — IS BEING POSTED HERE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY:

Grade 4 Core Courses

Physical Education 4

Description:Students participate in a variety of activities that are designed to enhance personal fitness. Students choose from a variety of fitness plans including yoga, participating in an individual or team sport, or Connections Academy’s fitness plan. Students track their participation and progress through an the Activity Tracker.

Units:

The Presidential Fitness Challenge: Introduction

In this unit, your student will learn about The Presidential Fitness Challenge. The President’s Challenge is a program created by the United States government that rewards students for being physically active and physically fit. Your student will learn about the events involved, the awards that he can win, and how to keep track of his progress. By the end of this unit, your student will have taken his first step toward earning the Presidential Physical Fitness Award or the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

Learning Locomotor Skills

In this unit, your student will demonstrate age-appropriate proficiency in fundamental sports skills: throwing, catching, kicking, running, and jumping. Your student will learn the eight principal locomotor skills: running, hopping, vertical jumping, horizontal jumping, galloping, sliding, skipping, and leaping. Some of these locomotor skills relate directly to sports skills, while others will assist your student with dance skills and in becoming a more skillful mover. Your student will also begin to participate in daily exercise activities.

Developing A Healthy Exercise Routine

In this unit, your student will learn the four principles of exercise: regularity, overload, specificity, and progression. He will also learn about the four components—warm-up, stretching, exercise, and cool-down—that make up an effective exercise routine. Lastly, he will gain an understanding of why each one is important and then begin the suggested daily exercise activities.

Your Body and Exercise

In this unit, your student will learn about how different factors affect her body during exercise. The unit explores body type and composition, proper diet and nutrition, the importance of fluids during exercise, how the human body maintains a healthy balance, and how exercise-related injuries can be prevented and cared for.

The Presidential Fitness Challenge

In this unit, your student will participate in The Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. The President’s Challenge is a program created by the United States government that rewards students for being physically active and physically fit. Your student will complete various exercises and submit a record of his performance in these exercises to his teacher for verification and recognition.

Games Around The World

In this unit, your student will learn about games played by children in other countries. She will learn games from countries in Asia in the first lesson. Next she will look at games that are played in countries in Europe. The third lesson will concentrate on games that children play in Australia. Finally, in the fourth lesson your student will focus on games from countries in Africa.

CD/DVD

  • Elementary Yoga DVD (set of 2)

Course Sets

  • Physical Education (3, 4, 5)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Get Fit Handbook

Supplies

  • Jump rope

Art 4

Description:Art history and art criticism are introduced, and students study the arts of various cultures. Your child will also use various media to create two- and three-dimensional projects.

Units:

A European Adventure

This unit will acquaint your student with some of the artwork of the European continent. Throughout history, artists have chosen subjects from many sources. Some artists have chosen to express themselves by centering their art on what they see in their home or in the homes of other people. Other artists prefer to express themselves through what they see in the natural world. We can find subjects for art in many places. In order to creatively express impressions and feelings in a visually effective way, artists use the elements of art: line, color, value, texture, form, and space. The elements of art provide a solid foundation that will enable your student to develop his unique creative abilities.

African Travels

Why do we study African art? As your student moves through the lessons in this unit, she will see that African art is different from art in other cultures. Art in Africa is used as an important part of ceremonies, rituals, and dances. Masks, carvings, weavings, and other art forms have special meanings and specific functions for the people who create and use them. The art of Africa has had a strong influence on the art in Europe and America. This unit will explore the elements of art and the unique and fascinating way the elements are used in African artistic expression.

Above and Below: Art in the Americas

This unit will present art forms of North and South America. The unit will begin with lessons that focus on African influences and contributions to society in both North and South America. Lessons will also focus on the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance and Abstract Expressionism, two movements in art that are uniquely American. Other lessons will present the contributions to art by native people in North and South America. Your student will see how the elements of art and the principles of design have been applied using techniques that make art in the Americas a truly unique experience.

The Expressive Art of Asia

Asia is the world’s largest continent and boasts many distinct cultures. In this unit, your student will learn about art forms from China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. The art of Asia represents the great diversity of the people who live there; studying this wealth of creative knowledge will help your student develop an understanding of and appreciation for Asia’s varied cultures.

Course Sets

  • Art (3, 4, 5)

Kit

  • Art 3-5 Kit

Supplies

  • Drawing pad
  • Paintbrushes (set of 5)

Gifted and Talented Language Arts 4 A

Description:Connections Academy’s Gifted and Talented Language Arts 4 course provides students opportunities to work at an accelerated pace, while engaging in more complex and challenging instructional activities. Students are provided opportunities for increased student-teacher interaction and discussion, as well as increased interaction with their peers. Oral language skills are developed with instruction in oral compositions, interviews, and discussion. Writing skills are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Classic and award-winning children’s literature carries students across oceans and through centuries as tales of adventure unfold.

Units:

This Land is Your Land

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of diversity in the United States while learning essential reading and writing skills. The reading selections encompass several genres, including historical fiction, a modern fairy tale, realistic fiction, and articles. Your student will learn and practice reading comprehension skills such as previewing a text, connecting reading to prior knowledge, finding the author’s purpose and main idea, and understanding sequence and story structure. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills such as reading with correct phrasing and volume, and vocabulary development strategies such as understanding word structure, using context clues, and referring to a dictionary. Additionally, your student will learn the steps of the writing process and apply them in weekly writing assignments, which culminate in a narrative that is submitted as the first assignment for his writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support. Finally, your student will receive weekly spelling instruction, which focuses on understanding long and short vowel patterns, as well as grammar instruction in using complete sentences and understanding different sentence types.

Work and Play

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of work and play, while building on the reading and writing skills introduced in Unit 1. This unit provides thorough instruction in reading comprehension skills such as understanding causes and effects, drawing conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, asking questions while reading, and monitoring one’s own understanding. The fluency and vocabulary development strategies taught in Unit 1 are reinforced throughout the unit. Your student will further develop her writing skills by composing in a variety of forms, including a job description submitted as part of her portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses new word patterns and endings, including regular and irregular plurals, and words with r -controlled vowels. Grammar instruction develops your student’s understanding of nouns by addressing topics such as common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, and possessive nouns.

Patterns in Nature

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of patterns in nature. He will read a variety of selections, including a short biography, What Are You Figuring Now?, a fantasy story, a myth, and nonfiction articles. Reading instruction will help your student understand causes and effects, make generalizations, and use graphic sources of information. Throughout the unit, your student will continue to practice fluency skills, as well as vocabulary development strategies such as using context clues and understanding word structure. Your student will gain additional confidence as a writer as he learns to compose longer works, including a friendly letter and a problem-and-solution essay submitted as part of his writing portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses a variety of topics, including homophones, compound words, and possessives. Grammar instruction focuses on verbs, including action and linking verbs, helping verbs, verb tenses, and subject-verb agreement.

Course Sets

  • GT Language Arts (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted Language Arts 4 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of …
  • Into the Sea
  • What Are You Figuring Now?: Benjamin Banneker

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 4
  • Scott Foresman The Grammar & Writing Book 4
  • SF Word Study and Spelling Practice Book 4

Gifted and Talented Language Arts 4 B

Description:Connections Academy’s Gifted and Talented Language Arts 4 course provides students opportunities to work at an accelerated pace, while engaging in more complex and challenging instructional activities. Students are provided opportunities for increased student-teacher interaction and discussion, as well as increased interaction with their peers. Oral language skills are developed with instruction in oral compositions, interviews, and discussion. Writing skills are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Classic and award-winning children’s literature carries students across oceans and through centuries as tales of adventure unfold.

Units:

Puzzles and Mysteries

In this unit, your student will explore puzzles and mysteries while wondering about the question, “Is there an explanation for everything?”  She will be exposed to various works of both fiction and nonfiction including historical fiction, realistic fiction, biographies, a play, and expository nonfiction. In addition, your student will read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, the story of Claudia Kincaid and her younger brother, Jamie, who decide to run away to the Museum of Art in New York City.  Comprehension skills focus on writing traits such as compare and contrast, character and setting, graphic sources, and plot. Your student will also visualize, ask questions, and use prior knowledge to better understand text. Fluency skills will be modeled through the Read Aloud. The grammar skills stressed in this unit are the use of pronouns, contractions and negatives. Your student will also practice the following writing traits, sentences, focus/ideas, voice, conventions, and organization. In addition, your student will study spelling patterns, prefixes, contractions, and the consonant sounds /j/, /ks/, and /kw/. Finally, your student will use the traits and strategies from this unit to create a business letter.

Adventure by Land, Air and Water

In this unit, your student will explore adventures by land, air, and water. Through the readings of both fiction and nonfiction, she will develop her own ideas about what makes an adventure. Focused reading skills include sequence, drawing conclusions, main idea, author’s purpose and compare and contrast. Your student will also review the concept of this unit, which is theme. Throughout the unit, your student will continue to learn vocabulary strategies such as using context clues and analyzing word structure. Fluency skills when reading are also highlighted. Your student will practice the writing traits of voice, word choice and focus/ideas, and she will also use adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions in writing. Spelling instruction addresses multisyllabic words, the V/CV and VC/V pattern, Greek word parts, Latin roots and related words. Finally, your student will use the traits and strategies from this unit to create an opinion essay.

Reaching for Goals

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of reaching for goals. The stories in this unit connect to science and social studies. He will read several biographies and realistic fiction stories, as well as works of nonfiction. Comprehension skills focus on cause and effect, fact and opinion, character and theme, generalizing, and using graphic sources. Vocabulary strategies include analyzing word struture, using context clues, and using resources such as a dictionary or glossary to learn the meaning of new words. Throughout the unit, fluency rules will be modeled. Your student will explore punctuation and capitalization rules and he will practice the writing traits of organization, sentences, conventions, and focus/ideas. Spelling instruction addresses various prefixes and suffixes as well as words with silent consonants and schwa. Finally, your student will use the traits and strategies from this unit to create an informational article.

Course Sets

  • GT Language Arts (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted Language Arts 4 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of …
  • Into the Sea
  • What Are You Figuring Now?: Benjamin Banneker

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 4
  • Scott Foresman The Grammar & Writing Book 4
  • SF Word Study and Spelling Practice Book 4

Gifted and Talented Literature Study 4

Description:The Junior Great Books®  program employs the method of interpretive readings and discussion being known as the Shared Inquiry™ method. This distinctive approach to learning enables leaders—the teachers and Learning Coaches—to foster a vibrant environment in which a student acquires the habits and strategies of a self-reliant thinker, reader, and learner. Through their own curiosity and attentive questioning, leaders serve as partners in inquiry with the student, helping him work with other students to discover meaning in a reading selection and to build interpretations. The process reaches its fullest expression in Shared Inquiry discussion, where leaders and students think and talk about an interpretive question that arises from a particular story. Using LiveLesson® sessions, the student will interact with peers twice during each unit for Shared Inquiry and presentation of personal writing. Junior Great Books includes outstanding works of literature by award-winning authors. Praised for their rich language and international range, and chosen carefully for their ability to support multiple interpretations, the stories in Junior Great Books capture students’ attention and imagination and engage the best of their thinking. Progressing in reading level, conceptual complexity, and length throughout the series, the stories are the foundation for a thoughtful process of reading, discussion, and writing.

Units:

Thank You, M’am

In this unit, your student will read “Thank You, M’am.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he has a question. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share his questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

The Gold Coin

In this unit, your student will read “The Gold Coin.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where she has a question. She will also practice her critical thinking skills by marking passages to indicate places where the main character changes. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share her questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Tuesday of the Other June

In this unit, your student will read “Tuesday of the Other June.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he has a question. He will also practice his critical thinking skills by marking passages to comment on the main character’s behavior. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share his questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Prot and Krot

In this unit, your student will read “Prot and Krot,” a Polish folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate where she is connecting the story to her own experience or knowledge, or to indicate where she has a question. She will also practice her critical thinking skills by marking passages to comment on the main character’s decisions. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share her questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat

In this unit, your student will read “Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is connecting the story to his own experience or knowledge, or to indicate where he has a question. He will also practice his critical thinking skills by marking passages to comment on the main character’s decisions. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share his questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

The Nightingale

In this unit, your student will read “Nightingale.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate where she is connecting the story to her own experience or knowledge, or to indicate where she has a question. She will also practice her critical thinking skills by marking passages to comment on the main character’s emotional transparency. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share her questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Fresh

In this unit, your student will read “Fresh.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is using his senses to visualize the story, or to indicate where he has a question. He will also practice his critical thinking skills by marking passages to comment on the main character’s preferences. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share his questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Thunder, Elephant, and Dorobo

In this unit, your student will read “Thunder, Elephant, and Dorobo,” an African folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate where she is using her senses to visualize the story, or to indicate where she has a question. She will also practice her critical thinking skills by marking passages that may have more than one meaning. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share her questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

All Summer in a Day

In this unit, your student will read “All Summer in a Day.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is using his senses to visualize the story, or to indicate where he has a question. He will also practice his critical thinking skills by marking passages that offer insight into the characters. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share his questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Beauty and the Beast

In this unit, your student will read “Beauty and the Beast.” Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate where she visualize the story, connecting to the story, or to indicate where she has a question. She will also practice her critical thinking skills by marking passages to indicate the main character’s feelings. At the end of the first lesson, your student will share her questions in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Course Sets

  • GT Literature Study 4

Textbook

  • JGB Series 4 Anthology Book One

Workbook

  • JGB Series 4 Reader’s Journal Book One

Language Arts 4 A

Description:Throughout the course, students are exposed to a wide array of fiction and nonfiction as they develop and apply their comprehension skills. They develop the tools to understand vocabulary presented through a variety of reading material and have the opportunity to read independently, as well as to create projects in response to self-selected books. After reviewing the five stages of the writing process, students create well-organized compositions aided by effective planning tools. The basic skills of writing are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Daily spelling activities give students opportunities to use spelling words in context.

Units:

This Land is Your Land

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of diversity in the United States while learning essential reading and writing skills. The reading selections encompass several genres, including historical fiction, a modern fairy tale, realistic fiction, and articles. Your student will learn and practice reading comprehension skills, such as previewing a text, connecting reading to prior knowledge, finding the author’s purpose and main idea, understanding sequence and story structure. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading with correct phrasing and volume, and vocabulary development strategies, such as understanding word structure, using context clues, and referring to a dictionary. Additionally, your student will learn the steps of the writing process and apply them in weekly writing assignments, which culminate in a narrative that is submitted as the first assignment for his writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support. Finally, your student will receive weekly spelling instruction, which focuses on understanding long and short vowel patterns, as well as grammar instruction in using complete sentences and understanding different sentence types.

Work and Play

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of work and play, while building on the reading and writing skills introduced in Unit 1. This unit provides thorough instruction in reading comprehension skills, such as understanding causes and effects, drawing conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, asking questions while reading, and monitoring one’s own understanding. The fluency and vocabulary development strategies taught in Unit 1 are reinforced throughout the unit. Your student will further develop her writing skills by composing in a variety of forms, including a news story and a job description submitted as part of her portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses new word patterns and endings, including regular and irregular plurals, and words with r-controlled vowels. Grammar instruction develops your student’s understanding of nouns by addressing topics such as common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, and possessive nouns.

Patterns in Nature

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of patterns in nature. He will read a variety of selections, including a short fiction book, Into the Sea, a fantasy story and a myth, and nonfiction articles. Reading instruction will help your student understand causes and effects, make generalizations, and use graphic sources of information. Throughout the unit, your student will continue to practice fluency skills, as well as vocabulary development strategies such as using context clues and understanding word structure. Your student will gain additional confidence as a writer as he learns to compose longer works, including a friendly letter and a problem-and-solution essay submitted as part of his writing portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses a variety of topics, including homophones, compound words, and possessives. Grammar instruction focuses on verbs, including action and linking verbs, helping verbs, verb tenses, and subject-verb agreement.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 4 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of …
  • Into the Sea
  • Mieko and the Fifth Treasure

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 4
  • Scott Foresman The Grammar & Writing Book 4
  • SF Word Study and Spelling Practice Book 4

Language Arts 4 B

Description:Throughout the course, students are exposed to a wide array of fiction and nonfiction as they develop and apply their comprehension skills. They develop the tools to understand vocabulary presented through a variety of reading material and have the opportunity to read independently, as well as to create projects in response to self-selected books. After reviewing the five stages of the writing process, students create well-organized compositions aided by effective planning tools. The basic skills of writing are reinforced with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage. Daily spelling activities give students opportunities to use spelling words in context.

Units:

Puzzles and Mysteries

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of puzzles and mysteries, while building on the reading and writing skills introduced in Language Arts 4 A. Your student will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections, including a play, a biography, realistic fiction, and a novel. Reading instruction in the first half of this unit develops comprehension skills such as understanding characters and setting, using graphic sources, asking questions while reading, and monitoring one’s own understanding. In the second half of this unit, your student will read award-winning author E. L. Konigsburg’s novel From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The novel tells the story of a bright but unhappy sixth grader, Claudia Kincaid, who is bored with her life in suburban Connecticut. When Claudia runs away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, she is confronted with an intriguing mystery to solve. This exciting story provides your student with the opportunity to apply previously learned reading skills to longer works while also enhancing her understanding of story elements. As your student follows Claudia’s adventures, she will identify literary elements, analyze characters, and use comprehension strategies to make connections and draw conclusions. Throughout the unit, fluency and vocabulary development strategies are reinforced. Fluency is monitored and evaluated. Your student will further develop her writing skills by composing in a variety of forms, including a travel brochure and a business letter submitted as part of her portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses final sounds, consonant sounds, and words with prefixes. Grammar instruction develops your student’s understanding of pronouns and antecedents, possessive pronouns, contractions, and negatives.

Adventures by Land, Air, and Water

This unit focuses on the theme of adventure while continuing to build on the reading and writing skills introduced in earlier units. Your student will revisit core reading comprehension skills such as understanding the author’s purpose, visualizing, identifying the main idea of a selection, and drawing conclusions. Additionally, this unit provides instruction in understanding story structure and text structures. Fluency and vocabulary development strategies taught in previous units are reinforced throughout the unit. Writing instruction in this unit will develop your student’s ability to write persuasively as she composes in various forms, including a story review and an opinion essay submitted as part of her writing portfolio. Spelling instruction addresses new word study concepts, including Greek and Latin word parts. Grammar instruction develops your student’s understanding of modifiers, including adjectives and adverbs, comparative and superlative forms, and prepositional phrases.

Reaching for Goals

In this unit, your student will read various selections that focus on the theme of reaching a goal, including a trade book, Mieko and the Fifth Treasure. He will also continue to build on the reading skills introduced in earlier units, such as understanding cause-effect relationships, distinguishing between fact and opinion, generalizing, using graphic sources of information, and understanding character development and theme. This unit focuses primarily on nonfiction selections, particularly biographies. Fluency and vocabulary development strategies taught in previous units are reinforced throughout the unit. Writing instruction in this unit will develop your student’s ability to understand and create informational texts. In addition to learning how to take notes and create an outline, your student will write a character sketch and an informational article submitted as part of his writing portfolio. Spelling instruction focuses on prefixes and suffixes as well as words that include silent consonants and the schwa sound. Grammar instruction develops your student’s understanding of writing conventions, including conventions for capitalization, comma usage, quotation marks, and titles.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 4 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of …
  • Into the Sea
  • Mieko and the Fifth Treasure

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 4

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 4
  • Scott Foresman The Grammar & Writing Book 4
  • SF Word Study and Spelling Practice Book 4

Gifted and Talented Math 4 A

Description: This course further refines students’ skills of the four mathematical operations while students are introduced to more complex activities, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, fractions, and fractions with mixed numbers. Students are introduced to the order of operations and learn how to solve and write equations and inequalities. The study of geometry becomes more involved as students learn about polygons and solid figures. Students also extend their knowledge of graphing and probability to include circle graphs and using statistics to make prediction. Solving problems with multiple steps, increased emphasis on Algebra skills, and appropriate pacing keep gifted math students engaged in this above level content. Objectives derived from Pearson Education programs © Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Units:

Numeration

This unit reinforces a solid comprehension of the base ten numeration system. As your student delves deeper into place value throughout this course, he will extend his ability to read, order, compare, round, and represent numbers to the billions and the thousandths place values. Proficiency of the concepts presented in this unit will provide your student with the foundation to grasp more complex math concepts. This unit’s problem solving strategy is “look for a pattern.”

Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals

In this unit, your student will apply her knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve addition and subtraction problems involving whole numbers through millions and decimals through thousandths. As your student learns to estimate and compute whole number and decimal sums, she will use her background knowledge of place value to model the process of adding and subtracting with and without regrouping. Several properties of addition and the Compatible numbers strategy are used to further develop your student’s addition skills. This unit will provide your student with meaningful computational practice through word problems that are presented in authentic contexts. The problem-solving strategies that will be introduced to your student is “draw a picture and write an equation” and “multiple-step problems.”

Multiplying Whole Numbers

In this unit, your student will use place-value patterns and four properties of multiplication to multiply whole numbers of greater value. Your student will learn to simplify multiplication, especially when multiplying with multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000. Your student’s prior mastery of basic multiplication facts will allow him to focus on new concepts, such as partial products and the traditional algorithm, to solve multi–digit multiplication problems. The problem solving strategy in this unit is “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors

In this unit, your student will estimate and divide up to four–digit dividends by single–digit divisors. Your student will learn to simplify division, especially when dividing with a dividend that is a multiple of 10 and 100. Since relating multiplication to division serves as an efficient strategy for solving division problems, your student should be fluent with her multiplication facts. In doing so, your student will be able to concentrate on learning new skills, such as dividing within the context of money, dividing with zeros in the quotient, and dividing to find factors of whole numbers. Your student will also study the concepts of prime and composite numbers. The problem-solving strategies in this unit are “reasonableness” and “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Dividing by 2-Digit Divisors

In this unit, your student estimates quotients and divides up to five–digit dividends with two–digit divisors. The solutions to these division problems include one–digit and two–digit quotients, as well as quotients with a remainder. Basic multiplication facts will help your student find the quotient to division problems whose dividends and divisors are multiples of 10. This unit’s problem–solving strategies are “multiple–step problems” and “missing or extra information.”

Variables and Expressions

In this unit, your student will estimate quotients and divide up to five–digit dividends with two–digit divisors. The solutions to these division problems include one–digit and two–digit quotients, as well as quotients with a remainder. Basic multiplication facts will help your student find the quotient to division problems whose dividends and divisors are multiples of 10. This unit’s problem–solving strategies are “multiple–step problems” and “missing or extra information.”

Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this unit, your student will use mental math strategies to estimate products and quotients of problems involving decimals. Your student will apply the standard algorithm to multiply a decimal by a whole number and to multiply a decimal by another decimal. The steps for dividing decimals, using the standard algorithm, will also be taught to divide a decimal by a whole number and to divide a decimal by another decimal. This unit’s problem–solving strategy is “multiple–step problems.”

Shapes

In this unit, your student will learn about points, lines, and planes, the building blocks used to describe other geometric figures. Your student will recognize the appropriate labels that are needed in drawings of lines and rays. Also, your student will examine how to say specific lines and rays and how to write them with proper notation. Using a protractor, your student will measure and draw angles of varying degrees. Polygons are named by the number of sides and angles they possess, and your student will learn to identify and describe different polygons based on such attributes. While taking a closer look at triangles, your student will find that triangles fall into classifications according to the length of their sides or by the size of their angles. Your student will also investigate the classification system of quadrilaterals. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “make and test generalizations.”

Fractions and Decimals

In this unit, your student will identify fractional parts of a whole region and whole set. Your student will learn how division relates to fractions through the process of dividing a whole into equal parts. This unit will explain how to show equivalent fractions, express fractions in simplest form, and write mixed numbers and improper fractions interchangeably. Your student will also learn how to write tenths, hundredths, and thousandths as decimals and fractions interchangeably. Determining greatest common factor and comparing and ordering on a number line are other concepts and skills included in this unit. The problem–solving strategy in this unit is “writing to explain.”

Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

In this unit, your student will use fraction models and computation skills to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators. Your student will study the process of finding the least common multiple of two numbers in order to change unlike denominators into like denominators for addition and subtraction purposes. The problem–solving strategy in this unit is “try, check, and revise.”

Course Sets

  • GT Math (4)

Kit

  • Math 3-5 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted and Talented Math 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman enVisionMATH 5

Supplies

  • Base-ten flats, green (1 set)
  • Base-ten rods, green (10)
  • Base-ten units, green (20 cubes)
  • Coins (44)
  • Counters, 2-color (20)
  • Dollar bills (40)
  • Game spinner, blank (1)
  • Number cubes, blank with 50 labels (2)
  • Tiles, color (20)
  • Tiles, fraction (51)

Workbook

  • SF enVisionMATH 5 Interactive Homework Workbook

Gifted and Talented Math 4 B

Description: This course further refines students’ skills of the four mathematical operations while students are introduced to more complex activities, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, fractions, and fractions with mixed numbers. Students are introduced to the order of operations and learn how to solve and write equations and inequalities. The study of geometry becomes more involved as students learn about polygons and solid figures. Students also extend their knowledge of graphing and probability to include circle graphs and using statistics to make prediction. Solving problems with multiple steps, increased emphasis on Algebra skills, and appropriate pacing keep gifted math students engaged in this above level content. Objectives derived from Pearson Education programs © Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Units:

Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

In this unit, your student will learn to multiply a fraction by a whole number and by another fraction. Multiplication of mixed numbers is another concept that is presented in this unit. Several methods, such as using repeated addition, drawing a picture, and computing products, are used to develop the concepts of multiplying with fractions and multiplying with mixed numbers. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “draw a picture and write a number sentence.”

Perimeter and Area

In this unit, your student will learn to select appropriate tools and units to measure length in the customary and metric systems. Your student will measure with greater precision by finding length to the nearest inch, half inch, quarter inch, and eighth inch in the customary system and to the nearest centimeter and millimeter in the metric system. Using formulas, your student will find the perimeter of polygons, area of squares, rectangles, and triangles, and circumference of circles. Additionally, your student will use a formula to find the area of a parallelogram and to determine the side-lengths of a parallelogram, given the area and the length of one side. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “draw a picture and make an organized list.”

Solids

This unit allows your student to examine solids in greater detail. To begin, your student will name the attributes of solid figures by their faces, edges, and vertices. Your student will identify two-dimensional shapes that constitute solid figures, as he examines nets that form solid figures upon folding. Also, your student will explore the views of solids from the various perspectives of looking from the top, front, and side. Determining surface area in square units and volume in cubic units are concepts that are studied in this unit. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “use objects and solve a simpler problem.”

Measurement Units, Time, and Temperature

In this unit, your student will learn to select appropriate tools and units to measure capacity and weight in the customary system and volume and mass in the metric system. Using multiplication and division, your student will convert units of measure within the same system. Next your student will study elapsed time, start time, and end time, and use models and computations to solve problems involving minutes, hours, days, and weeks. Your student will also study temperature changes in both degrees Fahrenheit and degrees Celsius. The use of real measuring tools, such as thermometers, scales, and clocks, as well as real items, such as cups and daily schedules, will add meaning to your student’s study of measurement. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “make a table.”

Solving and Writing Equations and Inequalities

This unit provides your student further practice with variables. The variables in this unit are used in equations that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Your student will learn to isolate the variable in an equation in order to solve for the unknown number. Variables will also be used in inequalities. Your student will learn to solve for the variable and represent the solutions on a number line. Finally, your student will identify and write an equation for the pattern or relationship that exists between pairs of numbers that are recorded within a table. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Ratio and Percent

In this unit, your student will learn how to read and write ratios and percents. Your student may recall her work with equivalent fractions as she studies equal ratios. The study of percents will acquaint your student with various real-world contexts that involve percentages. Additionally, your student will develop understanding and skill in writing fractions, decimals, and percents interchangeably and in determining a given percent of a whole number. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “make a table and look for a pattern.”

Equations and Graphs

In this unit, your student will study integers. A number line will give your student a visual of the sequence of positive and negative numbers and develop his understanding of integer values. Your student will use number lines on a coordinate plane to graph ordered pairs of integers. The study of integers will also include determining the distance between two integers and generating a list of ordered pairs, given the values of one variable in a given equation. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “work backward.”

Graphs and Data

In this unit, your student will encounter real-world problems that require collecting, organizing, displaying, analyzing, and interpreting data. Your student will learn how to collect data in an organized way by using frequency tables. She will learn how to display the different types of data, using bar graphs, picture graphs, line graphs, stem–and–leaf plots, histograms, and circle graphs. Next, your student will interpret the data that is displayed and describe the data by finding the mean, median, mode, and range. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “make a graph.”

Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry

This unit will allow your student to explore translations, reflections, and rotations of figures on a coordinate plane. By drawing and describing the movements on a coordinate plane, your student will see how the ordered pairs of the original figure change, depending on the type of movement that occurs. Your student will also examine congruent figures that have translated, reflected, and/or rotated. Symmetry is another concept that is studied in this unit. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “use objects.”

Probability

In this unit, your student will encounter various experiments as she studies probability. Your student will use a tree diagram or multiplication to list possible outcomes for an event. Theoretical and experimental probabilities will be represented in fractional form, from which your student will make predictions about an event. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “solve a simpler problem.”

Course Sets

  • GT Math (4)

Kit

  • Math 3-5 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted and Talented Math 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman enVisionMATH 5

Supplies

  • Base-ten flats, green (1 set)
  • Base-ten rods, green (10)
  • Base-ten units, green (20 cubes)
  • Coins (44)
  • Counters, 2-color (20)
  • Dollar bills (40)
  • Game spinner, blank (1)
  • Number cubes, blank with 50 labels (2)
  • Tiles, color (20)
  • Tiles, fraction (51)

Workbook

  • SF enVisionMATH 5 Interactive Homework Workbook

Math 4 A

Description:Students expand their math skills in all four operations. They practice their addition and subtraction skills with six-digit numbers, multiplication skills with two-digit numbers, and division facts with one-digit numbers. With these skills in hand, students perform operations with fractions and decimals. Measurement is a hands-on unit that covers both customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Students have the opportunity to study geometry concepts, including lines, angles, shapes, perimeter, area, congruence, and similarity. Students are also introduced to equations, statistics using data and graphing techniques, and probability concepts.

Units:

Numeration

This unit reinforces a solid comprehension of the base ten numeration system. Previously, your student used his understanding of place value to read and write numbers in the hundreds and thousands. As your student delves deeper into place value throughout this course, he will extend his ability to read, order, compare, round, and represent larger numbers in a variety of ways. Manipulatives will play a key role in developing your student’s understanding of numbers in the thousands and millions place values. Proficiency of the concepts presented in this unit will provide your student with the foundation to grasp more complex math concepts. Finally, your student will read, write, and compare decimal values as he counts money and makes change to solve problems using real-world scenarios. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “make an organized list.”

Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

In this unit, your student will apply her knowledge and skills of basic addition and subtraction facts to solve addition and subtraction problems involving whole numbers of greater value. As your student learns to estimate and compute sums of numbers less than 100,000, she will use her background knowledge of place value to model the process of adding and subtracting numbers in the thousands period, with and without regrouping. Several properties of addition and the breaking-apart strategy are introduced to further develop your student’s addition strategies. This unit will provide your student with meaningful computational practice through word problems that are presented in authentic contexts. The problem-solving strategies that will be introduced to your student are “missing or extra information” and “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Multiplication Meanings and Facts

In this unit, your student will revisit the concepts of equal groups and skip counting as he equates multiplication to repeated addition. Your student will use arrays and counters to model how multiplication works. In addition, your student will use patterns and apply properties of multiplication to multiply with the numbers 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, and 12. By mastering these basic multiplication facts, you student will develop his ability to solve multi-digit multiplication problems and division problems. The problem solving strategy in this unit is “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers

In this unit, your student’s knowledge of basic facts and number patterns will support her as she learns to multiply single-digit numbers by multiples of 10 and 100. Your student will use strategies, such as compatible numbers and rounding, to estimate products. This unit will also engage your student in 2-digit by 1-digit and 3-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems. The standard algorithm, expanded algorithm, and break apart strategies are some strategies that your student will employ to solve these multiplication problems. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers

In this unit, your student will multiply with multiples of 10 and 100, round factors, and use compatible numbers to estimate products. Your student will use several strategies, including arrays, tables, the traditional algorithm, and the expanded algorithm, to solve 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication problems. Your student will practice his mental math skills by multiplying greater numbers. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “two-question problems.”

Division Meanings and Facts

In this unit, your student will explore two interpretations of division: division as sharing and division as repeated subtraction. Your student will use arrays, counters, number lines, and pictures to model division. She will investigate special division rules that involve dividing by the numbers 0 and 1. Finally, your student will practice her skills to relate a multiplication fact to a division fact. She will learn that, like addition and subtraction, multiplication and division have an inverse relationship; this means that their operations undo each other. Subsequently, your student will be able to produce related multiplication and division facts, or fact families. A strong knowledge of basic multiplication facts will lend the use of fact families as an efficient strategy for solving division facts. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “draw a picture and write an equation.”

Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors

In this unit, your student will estimate quotients and divide 2- and 3-digit dividends by single-digit divisors. Your student will encounter remainders in some of the division problems presented in this unit. He will use arrays and counters to visualize remainders. Your student will also analyze word problems to determine how to interpret and use remainders. Your student’s knowledge of place-value, related multiplication and division facts, and estimation will allow him to understand and use a standard algorithm when dividing with larger numbers. The standard algorithm will help your student to split the calculation into simpler steps. Finally, your student will learn how to factor a whole number. He will find that prime numbers have only two factors, while composite numbers have more than two factors. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “multiple-step problems.”

Lines, Angles, and Shapes

In this unit, your student will learn about points, lines, and planes, which are the building blocks to other geometric figures. Your student will study how the relationships between these building blocks result in the formation of several types of lines, angles, and polygons. Using a protractor, your student will measure and draw angles of varying degrees. Polygons are named by the number of sides and angles they possess, and your student will learn to identify and describe different polygons based on such attributes. While taking a closer look at triangles, your student will find that triangles are classified based on the length of their sides and by the size of their angles. Your student will also investigate the classification system of quadrilaterals. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “make and test generalizations.”

Understanding Fractions

In this unit, your student will use fraction circles, fraction strips, and other models to represent, compare, order, and estimate fractions. Your student will identify fractional parts of a whole region, whole object, and whole set. Throughout this unit, your student will explore equivalent fractions, express fractions in simplest form, and write mixed numbers and improper fractions interchangeably. Your student will use the skills that he learns in this unit in future math courses as well as in everyday tasks. Relating fractions to as many real-life examples as possible will help your student gain familiarity with the concepts presented in this unit. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “writing to explain.”

Course Sets

  • Math (4)

Kit

  • Math 3-5 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Math 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman enVisionMATH 4

Supplies

  • Base-ten flats, green (1 set)
  • Base-ten rods, green (10)
  • Base-ten units, green (20 cubes)
  • Coins (44)
  • Counters, 2-color (20)
  • Dollar bills (40)
  • Game spinner, blank (1)
  • Number cubes, blank with 50 labels (2)
  • Tiles, color (20)
  • Tiles, fraction (51)

Workbook

  • SF enVisionMATH 4 Interactive Homework Workbook

Math 4 B

Description:Students expand their math skills in all four operations. They practice their addition and subtraction skills with six-digit numbers, multiplication skills with two-digit numbers, and division facts with one-digit numbers. With these skills in hand, students perform operations with fractions and decimals. Measurement is a hands-on unit that covers both customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Students have the opportunity to study geometry concepts, including lines, angles, shapes, perimeter, area, congruence, and similarity. Students are also introduced to equations, statistics using data and graphing techniques, and probability concepts.

Units:

Understanding Decimals

In this unit, your student will read and write decimals to the hundredths place in expanded, standard, and word form. Models of hundredths and place-value charts will help your student to understand the value that is represented by a decimal, which will allow him to compare and order decimals. Your student will learn to write decimals and fractions interchangeably and graph them on a number line. Additionally, your student will learn to write decimals and mixed numbers interchangeably and graph them on a number line. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “draw a picture.”

Operations with Decimals

In this unit, your student will use models of tenths and hundredths and her knowledge of addition and subtraction basic facts to estimate and compute decimal sums and differences involving decimals through hundredths. Your student will also learn to multiply and divide a decimal by a whole number. Using standard algorithms for multiplication and division, your student will find that computing products and quotients of decimals is very similar to that of whole numbers. Your student will find that the main difference is in placing the decimal when computing products and quotients with decimal numbers. The problem-solving strategy is “try, check, and revise.”

Area and Perimeter

In this unit, your student will explore strategies for finding area and perimeter. Using centimeter grid paper, your student will determine the area of regular and irregular figures by counting the number of square units that cover the interior of the figure. Your student will also use formulas to find the area of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles and to find the perimeter of polygons. Additionally, your student will explore concepts that relate area and perimeter, such as whether or not rectangles can have the same perimeter but different areas or if it is possible for rectangles to have the same area but different perimeters. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “solve a simpler problem and make a table.”

Solids

This unit provides your student with opportunities to examine solids. Your student will learn to describe and classify solids based on the number of faces, edges, and vertices that comprise the solid figures. The shape of a solid’s face is another attribute that your student will investigate. Your student will recognize that the two-dimensional shape, forming the faces on a solid figure, is used to represent the three-dimensional solid when the solid is opened up as a net. Next your student will view solid figures from top, front, and side perspectives to discover that the number of unit blocks that are shown can differ, depending on the view that is taken. Volume is another concept that is included in this unit. Your student will learn to find volume of a solid figure by counting the number of cubic units that are used to fill the figure and by using a formula for volume. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “look for a pattern.”

Measurement, Time, and Temperature

In this unit, your student will learn to select appropriate tools and units to estimate and measure length, capacity, and weight in the customary system; and length, capacity, and mass in the metric system. Using a table of units, multiplication, and division, your student will convert units of measure within the same system. Next your student will study elapsed time, start time, and end time, and use computations to solve problems involving several different units of time. Your student will also learn to measure temperature and calculate changes in temperature in both degrees Fahrenheit and degrees Celsius. The use of real measuring tools, such as thermometers, scales, and clocks, as well as real items, such as cups and daily schedules, will add meaning to your student’s study of measurement. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “work backward.”

Data and Graphs

In this unit, your student will encounter real-world problems that require collecting, organizing, displaying, analyzing, and interpreting data. Your student will learn how to collect data in an organized way by using a tally chart. She will learn how to use different displays for different types of data, including bar graphs, line plots, line graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, and circle graphs. Your student will interpret the data that is displayed and calculate the mean, median, mode, and range. Another concept that is covered in this unit is ordered pairs. Your student will identify the ordered pair for a given point on a coordinate plane. She will also name the point, given an ordered pair. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “make a graph.”

Equations

In this unit, your student will study equations. He will determine if two equations are equal or not equal to each other. The equations presented in this unit also include variables. Your student will solve for the variable in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations by using the inverse operation to undo the operation of the equation. Finally, your student will develop his understanding of inequalities as he learns to find all the solutions to an inequality and to graph the solutions on a number line. The problem-solving strategy in this unit is “work backward.”

Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry

This unit will allow your student to explore how a figure can undergo three types of transformations: translation, reflection, and rotation. Your student will also examine translations, reflections, and rotations to determine the congruency of two figures. Line symmetry and rotational symmetry are also concepts that are studied in this unit. This unit’s problem-solving strategy is “draw a picture.”

Probability

In this unit, your student will focus on probability. Using objects and pictures, your student will learn to find all the possible combinations of data in a problem. Your student will use a tree diagram or multiplication to determine all the possible outcomes for a given situation. Next your student will describe the probability of an event using such terms as certain, likely, unlikely, and impossible. He will learn that the probability of an event is written as a fraction.

Course Sets

  • Math (4)

Kit

  • Math 3-5 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Math 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman enVisionMATH 4

Supplies

  • Base-ten flats, green (1 set)
  • Base-ten rods, green (10)
  • Base-ten units, green (20 cubes)
  • Coins (44)
  • Counters, 2-color (20)
  • Dollar bills (40)
  • Game spinner, blank (1)
  • Number cubes, blank with 50 labels (2)
  • Tiles, color (20)
  • Tiles, fraction (51)

Workbook

  • SF enVisionMATH 4 Interactive Homework Workbook

Gifted and Talented Science 4 A

Description:This course deepens the student’s understanding of the life and Earth sciences through observation, research, and experimentation. Our life science unit explores the differences and commonalities between organisms. The Earth science unit investigates the Earth’s different land features and how to care for the Earth in the 21st century. Students become engaged while observing seed growth, exploring the effects of flooding on a riverbank, and conducting a variety of experiments.

Units:

Be a Scientist

In this introductory unit, your student will learn about the scientific method through the actions of two scientists who are studying volcanoes in Indonesia. Your student will learn how geologists Jim and Francesca use the steps of the scientific method to explore the nature of volcanic eruptions. He will read how this process helps them study the relationship between explosive volcanic eruptions and the element chlorine. Your student will also be introduced to the many inquiry-based skills that he will use throughout this course. He will learn how to form a hypothesis, make observations, analyze data, draw conclusions, and communicate results. Before your student begins the next unit, he will learn about science safety and why it’s important for scientists to be safe when conducting scientific research.

Kingdoms of Life

In this unit, your student will investigate living things. She will learn that living things have specific needs, including food, water, shelter, and oxygen. Your student will compare and contrast plant and animal cells; and she will learn how cells combine to form tissues, organs, and organ systems within organisms. During the unit, your student will conduct an observation-based experiment with plants, which will help her understand that, like animals, plants have special organ systems that perform certain jobs. She will learn how scientists classify living things into six kingdoms and will take an in-depth look into the plant kingdom. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of plant parts and how different plants reproduce.

The Animal Kingdom

In this unit, your student will explore the animal kingdom. He will identify vertebrates and invertebrates and will study seven organ systems in animals. Your student will use the scientific method to form and test a hypothesis related to animal adaptations. During the unit, your student will define the terms life cycle, life span, and metamorphosis. He will study animal reproduction and will learn how traits are passed on from parents to offspring. Lesson 6 is a student-selected project. Your student will be able to choose from three options relating to the unit. A rubric is included and will be used for scoring purposes. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of the different ways in which animals reproduce.

Exploring Ecosystems

In this unit, your student will study ecosystems, communities, and populations, and she will learn how to identify biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem. In addition, your student will be introduced to Earth’s six major biomes: deciduous forest, tropical rain forest, grassland, desert, tundra, and taiga. The latter part of the unit focuses on relationships among organisms in an ecosystem. Your student will define the terms producer, consumer, and decomposer; she will learn where these different types of organisms can be found in a food chain and in a food web. Your student will discover how organisms compete for vital resources in their ecosystems and how all organisms seek energy from food. Lesson 5 is a student-selected project. Your student will be able to choose from three options relating to the unit. A rubric is included and will be used for scoring purposes.

Surviving in Ecosystems

In this unit, your student will learn how organisms adapt to their surroundings. He will complete a reading assignment that provides examples of how certain animal species survive in desert ecosystems. Your student will also learn how some animals have body parts that are adaptations, such as a porcupine’s sharp quills. During the unit, your student will also study plant adaptations, such as a cactus’s ability to store water. He will learn how an environmental change, such as a drought, can have a dramatic effect on plants in an ecosystem. Lesson 5 is a student-selected project. Your student will be able to choose from three options relating to the unit. A rubric is included and will be used for scoring purposes.By the end of the unit, your student will be able to provide examples of species that are endangered or extinct.

Shaping Earth

In this unit, your student will explore Earth’s structure, along with the processes that change the shape of Earth’s surface. She will learn how to identify landforms on Earth’s continents as well as physical structures on the ocean floor. Your student will conduct an experiment that will help her understand how landslides can dramatically change landscapes. Towards the end of the unit, your student will discover how mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes form. She will define folds and faults and will learn what people can do to protect themselves in case of an earthquake. Finally, your student will study how weather-related phenomena, such as floods, forest fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, can cause dramatic changes to Earth’s surface.

Saving Earth’s Resources

In this unit, your student will complete reading assignments on minerals, rocks, soil, and fossils. Your student’s knowledge of natural resources will increase as he explores how fossil fuels are used and as he identifies renewable resources and nonrenewable resources. Your student will also study Earth’s supply of saltwater and freshwater. He will explore how water is used and how water can become polluted. The unit will introduce your student to conservation. Your student will read about ways he can conserve resources at home. Lesson 9 is a student-selected project. Your student will be able to choose from three options relating to the unit. A rubric is included and will be used for scoring purposes.

Course Sets

  • GT Science (4)

Kit

  • Science 4 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted and Talented Science 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look 4

Supplies

  • Goggles, safety
  • Graduated Cylinder (100 mL)
  • Hand lens
  • Magnet, bar (set of 2)
  • Modeling clay
  • Thermometer

Workbook

  • McGraw-Hill Science: Activity Lab Book 4
  • McGraw-Hill Science: Reading and Writing 4

Gifted and Talented Science 4 B

Description:Students become investigators in this course where they use a variety of techniques to collect information about the world around them. In Earth science, our investigators study the effects of different climates on Earth and begin exploring the solar system. In our physical science unit, they study the composition and use of different forms of energy. Through a range of hands-on experiments and observation, they analyze the effect of warmed air on weather, explore chemical reactions, and create a compound machine. Students deepen their understanding of the material through a long-term science project chosen from an approved list and shared at the semester’s end with fellow students.

Units:

Weather and Climate

In the beginning of this unit, your student will be introduced to different types of weather. By studying the water cycle, your student will be able to explain how water moves on Earth’s surface and through its atmosphere. He will read about various forms of precipitation and will learn how different types of weather, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, form. In the latter part of the unit, your student will explore climate. He will learn that climates differ on Earth; for example, some regions have cold and dry climates, while others have warm, humid, and rainy climates. Your student will complete the unit by conducting an experiment to investigate how large masses of warm air can affect regional climates. The final lesson in this unit introduces the long-term project. In this lesson, your student will be given the project guidelines as well as the project rubric and a list of possible topics. Your student will be given opportunities to work on the long-term project during each remaining unit.

The Solar System and Beyond

In this unit, your student will explore the many wonders of the universe. She will complete reading assignments that focus on Earth, the moon and sun, the inner and outer planets, and stars and constellations. Your student will practice the inquiry skill of data interpretation as she investigates a record of the moon’s phases. During the unit, your student will learn that gravity is the force of attraction between the sun and planets in the solar system. She will learn how scientists use telescopes to study the rocky planets and the gas giants. By the end of the unit, your student will have a greater understanding of the universe and its phenomena, including constellations. During this unit, your student will select the topic for her long-term science project and submit the project proposal to her teacher for approval. She will also be given the opportunity to complete any research on her topic.

Properties of Matter

In this unit, your student will investigate matter and how it can be measured and classified. His reading assignments will cover the states of matter, properties of matter, and the system of measurement that scientists use to measure matter—the metric system. Your student will focus on length, width, area, volume, mass, and density. In addition to measurement, your student will study classification. He will define the terms element, atom, metal, nonmetal, and metalloid; and he will learn how the elements are organized in the periodic table. By the end of the unit, your student will be prepared to study how matter can change states. During this unit, your student will begin the experiment or investigation for his long-term project. He will make daily observations and record data on the lab report sheet.

Matter and Its Changes

In this unit, your student will continue to learn about different types of matter. She will learn how to differentiate between a physical change and a chemical change and will discover that mixtures are simply combinations of matter. In the beginning of the unit, your student will conduct an experiment that will allow her to practice using variables. She will determine how heat affects a liquid’s evaporation rate. Towards the end of the unit, your student will conduct another experiment to determine if lemon juice can prevent fruit from turning brown. Your student will continue to observe the experiment for her long-term science project. She will complete the experiment by the end of this unit and begin to focus on her project presentation.

Forces

Throughout this unit, your student will study forces and motion. She will define motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration, and she will learn how they are all related. Your student will watch movies that explain work, energy, and simple machines. She will discover how simple machines are used in everyday life. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of how balanced forces and unbalanced forces affect an object’s motion. She will be able to explain potential energy and kinetic energy, and she will also be able to describe the following forms of energy: chemical, electrical, light, mechanical, thermal, and nuclear. Your student will read how energy can be transferred and transformed. The long-term science project will be completed and submitted to the teacher during this unit.

Energy

In this final unit, your student’s knowledge of energy will increase as she studies heat, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. The first reading assignment in the unit will help your student understand the following terms: conduction, convection, radiation, insulator, and conductor. Your student will go on to learn how sound is produced and how sound can travel through a medium such as air or water. Finally, your student will explore light, electricity, and magnetism. She will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and will discover that although light is made up of waves, it travels in a straight line. Your student will investigate positive and negative particles and how they cause an object to become electrically charged. She will end the unit by studying magnetic particles, poles, and fields. The graded long-term science project will be returned to your student. Lesson time will be given for suggested revisions. Completed projects will be shared with other students during a sharing session.

Course Sets

  • GT Science (4)

Kit

  • Science 4 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Gifted and Talented Science 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look 4

Supplies

  • Goggles, safety
  • Graduated Cylinder (100 mL)
  • Hand lens
  • Magnet, bar (set of 2)
  • Modeling clay
  • Thermometer

Workbook

  • McGraw-Hill Science: Activity Lab Book 4
  • McGraw-Hill Science: Reading and Writing 4

Science 4 A

Description: Science is an adventure in which everyone can take part! In this first semester course, the student will be participating in scientific investigations of many different forms including simple observations and experiments. Results from these investigations will provide information about the surrounding world. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The opening unit examines volcano exploration and reviews the scientific method. The life science units examine the commonalities and differences among organisms. The Earth Science units provide an opportunity for the student to investigate the different land features on Earth, as well as how to care for Earth. In this course the student will observe seed growth, explore the effects of flooding on a riverbank, and much, much more! The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts he encounters through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.

Units:

Be a Scientist

In this introductory unit, your student will learn about the scientific method through the actions of two scientists who are studying volcanoes in Indonesia. Your student will learn how geologists Jim and Francesca use the steps of the scientific method to explore the nature of volcanic eruptions. He will read how this process helps them study the relationship between explosive volcanic eruptions and the element chlorine. Your student will also be introduced to the many inquiry-based skills that he will use throughout this course. He will learn how to form a hypothesis, make observations, analyze data, draw conclusions, and communicate results. Before your student begins the next unit, he will learn about science safety and why it’s important for scientists to be safe when conducting scientific research.

Kingdoms of Life

In this unit, your student will investigate living things. She will learn that living things have specific needs, including food, water, shelter, and oxygen. Your student will compare and contrast plant and animal cells; and she will learn how cells combine to form tissues, organs, and organ systems within organisms. During the unit, your student will conduct an observation-based experiment with plants, which will help her understand that, like animals, plants have special organ systems that perform certain jobs. She will learn how scientists classify living things into six kingdoms and will take an in-depth look into the plant kingdom. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of plant parts and how different plants reproduce.

The Animal Kingdom

In this unit, your student will explore the animal kingdom. He will identify vertebrates and invertebrates and will study seven organ systems in animals. Your student will use the scientific method to form and test a hypothesis related to animal adaptations. During the unit, your student will define the terms life cycle, life span, and metamorphosis. He will study animal reproduction and will learn how traits are passed on from parents to offspring. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of the different ways in which animals reproduce.

Exploring Ecosystems

In this unit, your student will study ecosystems, communities, and populations, and she will learn how to identify biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem. In addition, your student will be introduced to Earth’s six major biomes: deciduous forest, tropical rain forest, grassland, desert, tundra, and taiga. The latter part of the unit focuses on relationships among organisms in an ecosystem. Your student will define the terms producer, consumer, and decomposer; she will learn where these different types of organisms can be found in a food chain and in a food web. Your student will discover how organisms compete for vital resources in their ecosystems and how all organisms seek energy from food.

Surviving in Ecosystems

In this unit, your student will learn how organisms adapt to their surroundings. He will complete a reading assignment that provides examples of how certain animal species survive in desert ecosystems. Your student will also learn how some animals have body parts that are adaptations, such as a porcupine’s sharp quills. During the unit, your student will also study plant adaptations, such as a cactus’ ability to store water. He will learn how an environmental change, such as a drought, can have a dramatic effect on plants in an ecosystem. By the end of the unit, your student will be able to provide examples of species that are endangered or extinct.

Shaping Earth

In this unit, your student will explore Earth’s structure, along with the processes that change the shape of Earth’s surface. She will learn how to identify landforms on Earth’s continents as well as physical structures on the ocean floor. Your student will conduct an experiment that will help her understand how landslides can dramatically change landscapes. Towards the end of the unit, your student will discover how mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes form. She will define folds and faults and will learn what people can do to protect themselves in case of an earthquake. Finally, your student will study how weather-related phenomena, such as floods, forest fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, can cause dramatic changes to Earth’s surface.

Saving Earth’s Resources

In this unit, your student will complete reading assignments on minerals, rocks, soil, and fossils. Your student’s knowledge of natural resources will increase as he explores how fossil fuels are used and as he identifies renewable resources and nonrenewable resources. Your student will also study Earth’s supply of saltwater and freshwater. He will explore how water is used and how water can become polluted. The unit will introduce your student to conservation. Your student will read about ways he can conserve resources at home.

Course Sets

  • Science (4)

Kit

  • Science 4 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Science 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look 4

Supplies

  • Goggles, safety
  • Graduated Cylinder (100 mL)
  • Hand lens
  • Magnet, bar (set of 2)
  • Modeling clay
  • Thermometer

Workbook

  • McGraw-Hill Science: Reading and Writing 4

Science 4 B

Description: Science is an adventure in which everyone can take part! In this second semester course, the student will be participating in scientific investigations of many different forms including simple observations and experiments. Results from these investigations will provide information about the surrounding world. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The Earth Science units provide an opportunity for the student to investigate the solar system and the effects of different climates on Earth. The Physical Science units enable the student to explore the composition and use of different forms of energy. In this course the student will analyze the effect of warmed air on weather, explore chemical reactions, create a compound machine, and much, much more! The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts he encounters through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.

Units:

Weather and Climate

In the beginning of this unit, your student will be introduced to different types of weather. By studying the water cycle, your student will be able to explain how water moves on Earth’s surface and through its atmosphere. She will read about various forms of precipitation and will learn how different types of weather, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, form. In the latter part of the unit, your student will explore climate. She will learn that climates differ on Earth; some regions have cold and dry climates, while others have warm, humid, and rainy climates. Your student will complete the unit by conducting an experiment to investigate how large masses of warm air can affect regional climates.

The Solar System and Beyond

In this unit, your student will explore the many wonders of the universe. He will complete reading assignments that focus on Earth, the moon and sun, the inner and outer planets, and stars and constellations. Your student will practice the inquiry skill of data interpretation as he investigates a record of the moon’s phases. During the unit, your student will learn that gravity is the force of attraction between the sun and planets in the solar system. He will learn how scientists use telescopes to study the rocky planets and the gas giants. By the end of the unit, your student will have a greater understanding of the universe and its phenomena, including constellations.

Properties of Matter

In this unit, your student will investigate matter and how it can be measured and classified. Her reading assignments will cover the states of matter, properties of matter, and the system of measurement that scientists use to measure matter—the metric system. Your student will focus on length, width, area, volume, mass, and density. In addition to measurement, your student will study classification. She will define the terms element, atom, metal, nonmetal, and metalloid; and she will learn how the elements are organized in the periodic table. By the end of the unit, your student will be prepared to study how matter can change states.

Matter and Its Changes

In this unit, your student will continue to learn about different types of matter. He will learn how to differentiate between a physical change and a chemical change and will discover that mixtures are simply combinations of matter. In the beginning of the unit, your student will conduct an experiment that will allow him to practice using variables. He will determine how heat affects a liquid’s evaporation rate. Towards the end of the unit, your student will conduct another experiment to determine if lemon juice can prevent fruit from turning brown.

Forces

Throughout this unit, your student will study forces and motion. She will define motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration, and she will learn how they are all related. Your student will watch movies that explain work, energy, and simple machines. She will discover how simple machines are used in every day life. By the end of the unit, your student will have a better understanding of how balanced forces and unbalanced forces affect an object’s motion. She will be able to explain potential energy and kinetic energy, and she will also be able to describe the following forms of energy: chemical, electrical, light, mechanical, thermal, and nuclear. Your student will read how energy can be transferred and transformed.

Energy

In this final unit, your student’s knowledge of energy will increase as he studies heat, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. The first reading assignment in the unit will help your student understand the following terms: conduction, convection, radiation, insulator, and conductor. Your student will go on to learn how sound is produced and how sound can travel through a medium such as air or water. Finally, your student will explore light, electricity, and magnetism. He will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and will discover that although light is made up of waves, it travels in a straight line. Your student will investigate positive and negative particles and how they cause an object to become electrically charged. He will end the unit by studying magnetic particles, poles, and fields.

Course Sets

  • Science (4)

Kit

  • Science 4 Kit

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Science 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText McGraw-Hill Science: A Closer Look 4

Supplies

  • Goggles, safety
  • Graduated Cylinder (100 mL)
  • Hand lens
  • Magnet, bar (set of 2)
  • Modeling clay
  • Thermometer

Workbook

  • McGraw-Hill Science: Reading and Writing 4

Social Studies 4 A

Description:In this course, students are introduced to state history and use a regional approach to examine the geography and history of the United States. The course also looks at the state’s people, economy, resources, and geography, and students study the structure and functions of local and state governments. In addition to learning state history, students learn how to integrate different types and uses of maps and apply geographic skills and concepts.

Units:

Living in the United States

In this unit, your student will learn about the diversity and variety of the regions, climates, landforms, resources, and people who settled the land throughout the United States. He will understand how the Constitution of the United States outlines democratic principles and the rights of its citizens. Your student will also learn how the United States’ economy provides opportunities for people to earn a living.

The Northeast

In this unit, your student will learn about the natural beauty of the Northeast region of the United States. Your student will examine Niagara Falls, various mountain ranges, rich resources, and important bodies of water. She will learn about past settlements and interactions of the Native Americans and immigrants in the Northeast. At the end of the unit, your student will learn how women and industrialization brought great social and economic change to the area.

The Southeast

In this unit, your student will learn about the valuable and rich geographic features of the Southeast region of the United States. This region offers a warm climate, fertile land, and an abundance of rich natural resources. He will learn how the area appealed to the Cherokees and many European settlers, and it continues to be a desired destination for many people today. Finally, he will learn how this region played an important part in the nation’s Civil War.

CD/DVD

  • SF Digital Learning CD-ROM: Regions

Course Sets

  • Social Studies (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Social Studies 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman Social Studies: Regions

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Regions Quick Study

Social Studies 4 B

Description:In this course, students are introduced to state history and use a regional approach to examine the geography and history of the United States. The course also looks at the state’s people, economy, resources, and geography, and students study the structure and functions of local and state governments. In addition to learning state history, students learn how to integrate different types and uses of maps and apply geographic skills and concepts.

Units:

The Midwest

In this unit, your student will learn about the valuable geographic features that the Midwest region of the United States offers, such as rich natural resources, fertile farmlands, and key waterways. She will learn about the experiences of past and present-day groups of people who settled in this region. She will also learn how the diversity of the population has led to a rich culture in the region.

The Southwest

In this unit, your student will learn about the diversity of natural beauty that the Southwest region of the United States offers by taking a look at deserts, canyons, oil fields, and land features associated with different climate regions. He will learn how many of these geographic features have attracted many people of the past and present to the region. He will also understand how the Southwest region of the United States continues to grow today.

The West

In this unit, your student will learn about the geographic features of the Western region of the United States by taking a close look at its various mountain chains, diverse climates, and variety of rich resources. She will learn about Native Americans who settled in the region. She will also learn how the area appealed to many people, which led to later migration and settlement by explorers, missionaries, farmers, business people, and tourists.

CD/DVD

  • SF Digital Learning CD-ROM: Regions

Course Sets

  • Social Studies (4)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Social Studies 4 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman Social Studies: Regions

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Regions Quick Study

Educational Technology and Online Learning 4

Description:This course introduces students to different technology-focused occupations and provides a comprehensive look into word processing and spreadsheet programs, computer network basics, search engines, databases, and basic troubleshooting principles. Internet safety skills are extended to include recognizing spam, handling inappropriate emails, and finding and citing the appropriate resources for research projects.

Units:

Introduction

In this unit, your student will be presented with tutorials that are designed to help him understand the content and structure of this course. Your student will learn that each lesson in this course presents or develops a technology skill using academic content. Your student will also become familiar with how the lessons are organized and how to navigate through them. Finally, your student will explore basic keyboarding concepts and skills.

Internet Safety

In this unit, your student will learn about Internet safety. The goal of the lessons in this unit is to educate your student on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. Your student will become aware of the dangers associated with the Internet by reading stories and scenarios, learning safety tips, and completing related activities.National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) Performance Indicators: All students should have opportunities to demonstrate the following performances. Prior to completion of Grade 5, students will:1. Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. 2. Discuss common uses of technology in daily life and the advantages and disadvantages those uses provide. 3. Discuss basic issues related to responsible use of technology and information and describe personal consequences of inappropriate use. 6. Use telecommunications efficiently and effectively to access remote information, communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning, and pursue personal interests. NETS-S were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Keyboarding

In this course, the student will review the keyboarding skills that may have been learned in a previous course. The focus of the lessons in this course will be to increase speed and accuracy while copying provided text. Finally, the student will complete a typing speed test.

Study Skills

The Study Skills unit will introduce your student to basic study skills. The lessons in this unit include listening skills, organizational skills, and other skills to help your student become a successful learner. Your student will learn how to set realistic goals and will have the opportunity to create his own goals for this course. The important skills taught in this unit apply not only to Educational Technology and Online Learning but to all academic areas, as well as to the real world.

Microsoft® Word

In this unit, your student will continue to explore the features of Microsoft® Word. She will be able to select, copy, and paste prewritten questions from an activity into a Microsoft Word document. Your student will also have the ability to type the answers into the document and be able to save her work. She will be able to check the spelling of words in Microsoft Word. Your student will also learn how to copy and paste math story problems into a Microsoft Word document and use the highlighter tool to highlight the solution for each math story problem. Finally, your student will be able to copy and paste pictures into a Microsoft Word document and be able to enter text as captions under each picture.

Microsoft® Excel

In this unit, your student will explore the features of Microsoft® Excel. Your student will be able to copy and paste a table of information into a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Then he will type new or additional data in a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Your student will learn how to use the highlight function and how to save and print a Microsoft Excel worksheet. By the end of the unit, your student will create a new worksheet, identify and select cells, and use the fill-right and fill-color functions.

Microsoft® PowerPoint

In this unit, your student will explore the capabilities of Microsoft® PowerPoint. Your student will create a new presentation, create title slides, insert new slides, and create bulleted lists. Your student will learn how to save a presentation and use the menu to view the final presentation as a slideshow. Your student will also be introduced to the copy and paste functions, and he will learn how to move text and text boxes on a slide and between slides. Then your student will copy, paste, insert new slides, and open a new Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Finally, your student will learn how to view the Drawing Toolbar, and he will explore the basic functions of WordArt including how to modify the color and size of words using this tool.

Elective Courses

Elementary Chinese I

Description:Chinese I is an introductory-level course that will introduce the student to Mandarin Chinese. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities, including LiveLesson® sessions with a native Mandarin speaker! The units are designed to introduce the student to Chinese language and culture through familiar topics such as my family, my week, and food. Culture is presented throughout the course to help the student make connections between his culture and the culture of people in the Mandarin-speaking world.

Units:

My World

In this unit, you will begin to study Mandarin, the official language of China and many other countries. Millions of people around the world speak Mandarin. This unit will teach you about Mandarin’s importance in the world. You will also learn Mandarin words that describe your family. By the end of the unit, you will know how to introduce yourself and your family to others.

My Time

How is your life different from the life of a student who speaks Mandarin? In this unit, you will learn how students spend their time in countries where Mandarin is spoken. You will look for ways their activities are alike and different from yours. This unit will also introduce you to the Mandarin words that describe your everyday activities and time at school.

My Food

All cultures have different traditional foods, these are foods that are eaten for special occasions or have been eaten since a long time ago. Just like you have your own food traditions, other cultures have their own food traditions, too. In this unit, you will learn about food customs in Mandarin-speaking countries. You will also learn words that describe food in Mandarin.

Elementary Chinese II

Description:In this course, the student will further develop communication skills as he listens, speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese at a more advanced level. The student will continue to learn about Chinese culture by exploring historic places in China and other Mandarin-speaking countries, and by learning about holidays and special traditions celebrated there. In addition, the student will practice Mandarin Chinese skills by continuing to converse with a native Mandarin speaker.

Units:

My Travels

In this unit, you will take a trip through historical places in China and other Mandarin-speaking countries. During this experience, you will learn to describe people, yourself, places, and types of transportation.

My Holidays

What holidays do you celebrate? The people in the Mandarin-speaking world may celebrate some of your favorite holidays. They also have their own special holidays, too. In this unit, you will learn about the important holidays celebrated in China and other Mandarin-speaking countries. You will learn about why the holiday is celebrated, its history, and its importance to students your age in the Mandarin-speaking world. You will compare what you learn about the Mandarin-speaking world with your own country.

My Home

What are homes like in the Mandarin-speaking world? How are they different from homes in the United States? In this unit, you will learn about a typical home in some Mandarin-speaking countries, including the uses for different rooms of the home. You will find out how the activities that happen in the rooms are alike and different from yours. In this unit, you will also learn the names of some objects that can be found in a home, like furniture, clothes, flowers, and pets.

Elementary Sign Language

Description:In this course, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of American Sign Language. Students explore vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills using basic signing and fingerspelling techniques.

Units:

Intro

In this unit, your student will be introduced to American Sign Language, or ASL. He will study the history of ASL and learn how it became the standard language for deaf and hard of hearing people in North America. He will also learn about some of the accepted rules of etiquette in Deaf culture. This introductory unit also teaches your student how to sign the letters of the alphabet and the mechanics of fingerspelling.

Numbers

This unit introduces the signing of numbers. Your student will learn how to sign numbers 1–100, as well as the signs for dollars and cents. A variety of fun activities give your student a chance to practice using ASL to discuss counting and using money.

Time

In this unit, your student will study various aspects of time. Not only will he learn how to communicate time using ASL, he will also learn the signs for the 7 days of the week and the 12 months of the year. The signs for various holidays as well as the four seasons are also taught in this unit.

Nouns

Your student will learn the signs for some commonly used nouns. The categories of family, places, food, colors, and animals are explored as your student practices these signs to add to her growing library of American Sign Language knowledge.

Descriptions

The lessons in this unit will teach your student how to sign various descriptions using American Sign Language. He will learn how to sign descriptive words that express feelings, sizes, possessions, and locations. In addition, he will combine some previously taught signs for numbers, time, and nouns, with descriptive signs taught in this unit.

Elementary Spanish I

Description: Elementary Spanish I is an introductory-level course that will introduce the student to Spanish. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities, including LiveLesson® sessions with a native Spanish speaker! The units are designed to introduce the student to Spanish language and culture through familiar topics such as my family, my week, and food. Culture is presented throughout the course to help the student make connections between his culture and the culture of people in the Spanish-speaking world.

Elementary Spanish II

Description: Children’s Spanish II employs a unique approach to building Spanish fluency quickly and effortlessly. The stories are first introduced in English and then retold a number of times with progressively more Spanish. Although the course focuses on the oral aspect of the language, there is more exposure to reading and writing than in the previous level. Fascinating information on Hispanic culture is gracefully interwoven into the captivating adventure stories.

Music III

Description:The Music courses, with content developed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, focus on teaching basic music concepts through traditional children’s songs and classical music examples. Students develop fine and gross motor skills that will enable them to keep a steady beat and learn rhythm instruments. Music III extends the student’s music reading skills.

Units:

The Basics: Beat, Rhythm, and Melody

In this unit your student will learn basic music concepts of beat, rhythm, melody, and pitch. Traditional children’s songs will be used to teach and reinforce these concepts. Your student will be encouraged to move to music in different ways to keep the steady heartbeat and learn basic rhythmic patterns. Listening activities and voice play will be used to help your student use a singing voice and learn basic melodic patterns.

Beat, Rhythm, and Meter

In this unit your student will further explore rhythmic concepts. She will keep a steady heartbeat though movement and by playing a drum. She will learn and read new rhythmic patterns. Then, investigate the difference between the steady heartbeat and a rhythm pattern. Your student will also discover meter, or how beats are grouped.

Melodic Patterns

In this unit traditional children’s songs will be used to teach melodic patterns. Your student will be introduced to the music staff and other music symbols. Your students will also begin to learn about harmony, singing partner songs, and in canon.

The Orchestra

In this unit, your student will examine the sections of the orchestra. She will listen to a variety of musical examples, including symphonies, concertos, solo pieces, and chamber music. The student will take a closer look at the string and woodwind sections; examining how sounds are produced, how instruments in one group are similar, and look at a small ensemble from each family. Finally, she will investigate the life of one of the most important composers, Ludwig van Beethoven.

More With Rhythm and Meter

In this unit your student will further develop his music reading skills. Using known rhythm values, he will discover new and more complex rhythmic patterns. Meter will be further explored. He will perform ostinatos with songs. Finally, he will compose and perform an ostinato.

More Melodic Patterns

In this unit your student will further explore melodic patterns and pitch relationships. Through singing and listening examples she will investigate music based on both the Do-pentatonic scale and the La-pentatonic scale. She will also sing in parts by singing in canon and a melodic ostinato.

Home Life

Description:Here, students select from a number of projects that develop skills through fun, experiential learning projects. Activities include cooking, crafts, sewing, home maintenance, family outings, and genealogy. Recently added projects include Lemonade Stand and Backyard Ecosystems.

Units:

In the Kitchen In the Garage In the Store In the Garden In the Family

WebQuest

Description: Students help scientists monitor frog and toad populations across the country using FrogWatch USA™. Managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, FrogWatch USA uses data collected by students to develop new ways to protect amphibians, which are extremely sensitive to ecological changes. Students visit a local wetland site once a week, make careful observations, and submit their data online. This online project joins Connections Academy students and scientists around the country as they gather and analyze data.

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