The Elementary Science courses will spark curiosity in students and build a solid foundation in concepts across many types of sciences, including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Through on- and off-screen activities, students work through a framework of active student learning that supports and allows students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate throughout all courses. This dynamic format will help students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas to facilitate a better understanding of the world around them.
The Social Studies suite utilizes a personal approach to introduce students to community and citizenship. By providing scaffolded instruction from Kindergarten through Grade 5, students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, civics, and economics. The integration of recurring characters and challenges to overcome keeps students engaged and progressing. Finally, students will analyze grade-appropriate passages including primary sources to reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills.
Elementary Spanish is an exploratory introduction to the Spanish culture and language. Students learn the target language in a story-based framework, providing a fun and positive learning experience. Each lesson is taught through an engaging, authentic story that gives students an opportunity to see and hear the language in context. Students will learn foundational skills in listening and speaking along with the introduction of Spanish literacy skills. The courses provide audio and visual stimuli for all learning types and ample opportunity to hear, speak, read, write, and record the language. The courses also provide strategically-based reviews of past learning. The courses are built on connections to an authentic culture of a specific Spanish-speaking region through the arts, celebrations, and traditions of the culture, leading students on the path to becoming global citizens. The courses provide a natural progression of learning through the following language acquisition stages: Preproduction, Early Production, Speech Emergence, and Novice Proficiency.
Elementary Intro to Technology courses enable students to develop basic skills in computer science through engaging and age-appropriate content. The courses will expose students, within developmentally appropriate stages, to concepts such as problem solving and algorithms, security, privacy, copyright, computer programming basics, and keyboarding skills. Students will learn block-based coding in offline environments in Kindergarten through Grade 2 and will build upon those skills in online coding environments in Grades 3-5. In addition to the computer skills, the Technology suite integrates standards from Social Studies, Health, and Language Arts with topics in each grade about safety and health (online and offline), bullying/cyberbullying, and being a responsible citizen/digital citizen. The upper grades will complete research projects focused on adaptive technology, social media, and/or robotics. The research projects require students to evaluate reliable and relevant websites, organize research, receive and implement feedback, and produce a final product. Collaboration and communication are also focused on in each grade level as integrated language arts standards. Math practice standards can be found throughout the courses