TK-8 Class Descriptions 2021-2022

All Classes are 50 EU’s unless noted in description

TK/K/1st Adventures in Learning Art and Music

Mondays 1:30- 3:15

Or

Wednesdays 11:30-1:15

In this Tk-1st Adventures in Art and Music center class, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of creative art projects based on a theme for each class session. The theme will center around a story that corresponds with the time of year, season, holiday or event throughout the year. To go along with the theme there will usually be a song, movement activity, math and/or language arts page. Students will not only get the chance to interact with their peers, they will also experience what it’s like to be in a classroom setting. 


TK/K/1st ~ Science and Outdoor Nature Year (SONY Class)

Mondays 9:30-11:15

Or 

Mondays 11:30-1:15

Put on your exploring shoes and get ready to have fun outside!  We will explore our own amazing campus and beyond.  Using stories and songs, we will leap into topics such as animal habitats, weather patterns, and plant identification.   We will play games, make things out of found objects, go on scavenger hunts and so much more!  As this is an Outdoor Class, students should always be ready to be outside and should be dressed appropriately for the day's weather.

TK/K/1st ~ Adventures in Learning

Wednesdays 9:30-11:15

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!


KINDER Math and Writing

Mondays 10:30-11:15

Welcome to kinder writing and math! Your child will spend the year learning to be a writer and get to experience mathematical concepts in a group! The year will encompass proper letter formation, sight word songs and beginning journaling. Along with this will be math games and stories!


1st Math and Writing

Mondays 11:30-12:15 

Welcome to first grade writing and math! Your child will spend the year learning to be a writer and get to experience mathematical concepts in a group! The year will get them transitioning from sentences to longer pieces through journaling and partner writing. Along with this will be math games using number lines and hundreds charts! 


2nd/3rd ~ STEAM Science

Wednesdays 11:30-1:15

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Your child will be exploring, problem solving, and creating using these five branches of knowledge in two-week units. We will begin each unit reading literature that inspires us to grow deeper in understanding how things work, and how engineers and scientists work together to forward technology. We will become scientists, engineers, and artists as we approach investigations and projects.


2nd/3rd ~ Exploration into C-STEM (Robotics)

Mondays 1:30-3:15

This class will provide your student with fun and creative ways to use computers! It will teach them skills they will use for years to come. They will grow in the areas of computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (C-STEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to have digital citizenship, basic computer operating skills, coding (using websites and apps) and practice keyboarding skills. This is a beginning computer science class. 


2nd/3rd ~ Science and Outdoor Nature Year

Mondays 9:30-11:15

Books are the launch pad which propels us to outdoor exploration of birds, clouds, and the world around us. We could get messy with hands-on activities. Students learn important applicable vocabulary. We explore food and its relationship to our bodies and environment. This is a 100% Outdoor Class, no matter what the weather, so students should always be geared-up and ready for outside, dressed for the appropriate weather of that day. 

(Please let us know if your child has food sensitivities or allergies.) 

You will sign a field trip form since we frequently walk to the amazing tree farm behind the CORE K8 Center. Send light snacks with your child.


2nd/3rd ~ Spanish

Mondays 11:30-1:15 

Through songs, crafts, and games, students will collaboratively explore projects and activities that encourage creativity and expand language abilities. Children of any linguistic background are welcome!


2nd/3rd ~ Gardening

Mondays 1:30-3:15 

The garden provides a dynamic environment in which students can observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. It is a living laboratory where lessons are drawn from real-life experiences rather than textbook examples, allowing students to become active participants in the learning process. Students will gain an understanding of ecosystems, an appreciation for food origins and nutrition, and knowledge of plant and animal life cycles, all while learning practical gardening skills that will last a lifetime!


2nd ~ Math Explorations

Wednesdays 11:30-12:15

Through various games, activities, and number puzzles, students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills amidst the problem-solving process. Small group and partner work will lay the foundation for many of the investigations, as students engage with questions that challenge their thinking and cause them to justify their reasoning!


2nd/3rd ~ Math Explorations

Mondays 11:30-12:15 

OR

Mondays 12:30-1:15

OR 

Wednesdays 11:30-12:15

Through various games, activities, and number puzzles, students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills amidst the problem-solving process. Small group and partner work will lay the foundation for many of the investigations, as students engage with questions that challenge their thinking and cause them to justify their reasoning!


2nd/3rd ~ Interactive Writing

Wednesdays 9:30-11:15

Calling all passionate writers! Come join me in a class that will build your writing skills through the art of interactive notebooks. Students will receive weekly mini lessons on grade-level grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and sentence variety. They will reinforce these skills through interactive notebook activities, graphic organizers and mini writing projects. This will be a great supplement to any writing program you’re currently using.  


4th/5th ~ Hands- On Science

Mondays 9:30-11:15

​​Does your student love science, but you find it difficult to squeeze in labs and explorations to your school week? Then this class is for your student! We will be tackling hands-on science, which will help to reinforce the major themes and topics of life, earth and physical sciences. We will utilize the scientific method, use science vocabulary, and move from just designing and ''doing'' experiments/demonstrations to collecting data and then articulating results. This is sure to be a fun, lively class and your student is bound to come home ready to share what they learned!


4th/5th ~ Math Strategies

Mondays 11:30-12:15

OR

Mondays 12:30-1:15

Making Math Fun!

Through songs, art projects, stories, games, and puzzles, students will explore foundational 4th/5th grade math concepts and practice their mathematical skills in engaging and creative ways.  Designed to supplement what is being taught at home, this class will give students an extra boost in math, provide them with opportunities to work with their peers, and help them see that math is both fun and meaningful! 


4th/5th ~ Creative Writing & Storytelling

Mondays 1:30-3:15

Armed with a ''seed'' notebook, students will collect snippets of ideas to begin cultivating potential plots. The class will focus on character development through a series of events, as well as word choice and fluency, to create an engaging story. Selecting a preferred “seed” idea, writers will culminate the year by crafting a hardcover edition of a “fully germinated” thought!


4th/5th ~ US & California History Projects

Wednesdays 9:30-11:15

Experience US and California history coming alive through hands-on projects, group activities, and simulations. From discovery and exploration of the geography of the new world to the westward expansion, gold rush, and civil war, this class will meet many 4th and 5th grade social studies standards through a rich experiential method. The class includes an invitation to join a culminating field trip to Sacramento.


4th/5th ~ Exploration into C-STEM (Robotics)

Mondays 11:30-1:15

With the use of robotics (Lego WeDo) this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (CSTEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from CSTEM.   Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve.  Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution.  Desired outcomes for students are to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.


4th/5th ~ Handicrafts

Wednesdays 11:30-1:15

In this class, 4th and 5th graders will take a unique journey through art that will expand their knowledge in different art and craft mediums through literature and hands-on projects. In these mini-units, they will engage in weekly exploration of original art pieces and artists, follow teacher-led art instruction, and build their foundational knowledge through art vocabulary and techniques.


5th/6th ~ Shady Creek 

Mondays 1:30-3:15  December -January  (Dates to be determined)

Fee: 241 EU’s per student 

The purpose of this seasonal class is to prepare students for the Shady Creek week and provide a platform for reflecting on their experience. The class will run once weekly on Mondays, 1:30-3:15, at the Chico Center. We do not yet know if Shady Creek will be open for us to attend in-person. If we cannot go up to Shady Creek itself, we will still get a Shady Creek naturalist to run one daily nature class for us via Zoom during our camp week. If it is virtual, there will also be one nighttime Shady Creek campfire/music night and a closing ceremony, via Zoom! 

This Shady Creek class will have a dual focus of environmental science activities and, if in-person, team building development designed to prepare students for and to enhance their week at Shady Creek. We will use the Shady Creek EcoQuest activity book along with exploration, research, and games. In addition to learning what to expect, students will complete paperwork for Shady Creek, select nature names, meet and get to know other students and staff who will be accompanying them, if in-person happens. All communication about Shady Creek will funnel through the class and e-mails once students are enrolled. If needed, we will hold a parent meeting 2-3 weeks before camp to answer questions and tie up loose ends. After attending Shady Creek, students will meet one last time to bring closure by reflecting on classes and activities. This class is required to attend the week-long Shady Creek Outdoor School, or to take part in the Shady Creek virtual experience week.

This Monday class might be held virtually, via Zoom. It could be held in person. We do not know at this point. Parents will provide student transportation to and from Shady Creek, if we are able to meet in person. If we cannot stay overnight, we may have the opportunity for a one-day trip up to Shady Creek!

Class is limited to 16 students in grades 5 & 6.

241 EU's


Middle School

6th ~ Math

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:15

This class will meet weekly to explore foundational 6th grade math concepts. Two-week pacing schedules will be provided by the teacher and emailed to parents. While parents are still the primary math teacher for their student, responsible for grading, daily monitoring and teaching lessons at home, class instruction will support the learning at home by reviewing examples and important concepts and answering any homework questions students may have. Parents are welcome to attend class. The class requires students to use the Glencoe Course 1 curriculum, and regular attendance is a must.


7th ~ Math

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:15

Students will meet weekly to receive direct instruction for 7th grade math. The teacher will set expectations for work completion using a 2-week schedule that will be emailed to parents. Parents are still the primary math teacher for their student and are responsible for grading, daily monitoring and teaching lessons at home. The classroom teacher is supporting the learning at home by going over examples, reviewing important concepts, and answering questions from the book during class. Parents are welcome to attend class. The class requires students to use the Glencoe Course 2 curriculum, and regular attendance is a must.


8th ~ High School Prep Math

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:25

Or

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:15

This class is designed to prepare students for high school math courses by providing structure, expectations, and assessment that are prevalent in a high school environment. The class requires students to use the Big Ideas curriculum, and regular attendance is a must. The teacher will regularly communicate with PLTs and parents about grades, attendance and assignments.


8th ~ High School Prep English

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:25

OR

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:25

This supplementary English class will be using Common Core standards to prepare students for high school English. It will meet weekly. It will encompass critical reading and responding to literature, writing, speaking, collaborating, and technology. The class will involve a variety of classroom learning styles and projects. As a class, we will be reading 5-6 novels throughout the year and completing writing projects each learning period. The classroom teacher will communicate weekly with parents and PLT's and grade written and specific classroom assignments, providing a suggested grade each learning period for each student. Parents will ensure that students attend class regularly and help students complete assignments in writing, reading, and vocabulary at home. Parents will grade work from Grammar and vocabulary books. The PLT will assist the parent in choosing a spelling/vocabulary curriculum. The PLT will issue assignments and a grade for Language Arts including writing, with input from classroom teacher and parent.


6th/7th/8th ~ Math Strategies

Tuesdays ONLY 12:30-1:25

When it comes to middle school math, is your student struggling with speed, fluency, or asking the age old question of “When will I ever use this?!”? 

Come and join in as we focus on tackling math in a new way, which we hope will prepare students for success in their day-to-day math curriculum! We will meet once a week for fast paced math games, challenges and engaging activities all focused around building stronger and more confident middle-school mathletes. Students will grow as they compete and work through their personal math goals. No pre-requisites or specific math curriculum is required. 



6th/7th/8th ~ Life Science

Tuesdays ONLY 11:30-1:25

Exploring Life Science with intriguing discussions, demonstrations and activities! Our students come from a variety of science backgrounds and experiences, therefore our “next steps” goal is to help them articulate and formalize their understanding of the world around them. Students and their families will delve into the world of defining life, chemistry of living things, the basic structure and functions of cells, DNA, cellular reproduction, heredity, the kingdoms of life, human anatomy and physiology, and lastly, nutrition. We are hoping to get an opportunity for some hands-on activities. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.


6th/7th/8th ~ Music Appreciation

Tuesdays and Thursdays  9:30-10:25

​​Anyone can be a ukulele player! This class is an introduction to the ukulele instrument and will provide students with instant access to making music in a collaborative group setting. No prior music experience necessary for this class.  We will focus on the basics of music from tuning, strumming and rhythms, reading music to play songs, improvising, and beginning songwriting. 



6th/7th/8th ~ Writers Workshop

Tuesdays and Thursdays  10:30-11:25

In this writing class, we will be using IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) and other resources to build student writing and comprehension skills. IEW uses a systematic approach that allows students to continually grow as student writers, while reinforcing what they have already learned. In this class, students will: 

  • outline and summarize

  • generate cohesive paragraphs

  • create stories

  • produce reports and critiques

  • develop essays

  • translate their thoughts and ideas into writing

  • vary sentence structure

  • use interesting vocabulary

  • add literary devices

Please be aware, this class will require some work at home, outside of the classroom, and will be communicated via google classroom.


7th/8th ~ Health Class (Spring only)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:25

This class is designed to promote awareness of social-emotional and physical developmental needs so students can make educated and responsible personal health decisions. Areas of study will include alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, nutrition and exercise, and sexual health. This class can be done completely virtual under the guidance of the instructor.


6th/7th/8th ~ Speech & Debate

Tuesdays and Thursdays  11:30-12:25

This class will develop and improve public speaking skills. Students will be asked to prepare (during class time) and deliver speeches in the following genres: informative, demonstrative, and impromptu.  Students will also participate in class debates. Speech anxiety solutions and active listening skills will be covered as well. Join us as we tackle the fear of public speaking in this fun and interactive class.


6th/7th/8th ~ Earth Science

Thursdays ONLY  9:30--11:25

This 6th-8th grade science class will participate in hands-on science experiments that support the middle school earth science topics. Students will complete assignments in google classroom and will practice taking notes. Students will work cooperatively to engineer earthquakes models, models of the layers of the earth, and examine human impact on the earth. Students will study ecology and examine pond water samples under a microscope. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.


6th/7th/8th ~ Digital Media, Journalism, & Yearbook

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:25

This class will focus on a number of different digital projects that include graphics and writing, as well as working to complete the yearbook. This year’s yearbook could possibly have very different features from previous years; however, we look forward to filling it up with the unique learning experiences that this year will bring. In addition to completing the yearbook, we will design various forms of digital media, highlight how to navigate google suite, and be a well informed digital citizen in our current culture.


6th/7th/8th ~ Art

Thursdays ONLY 1:30-3:25

This class will teach students about the elements of art and design. Students will study various artists and use their work as inspiration to create their own pieces. Students will also be exposed to various techniques and mediums. Join us as we explore our creative side. 


6th/7th/8th ~ C-STEM Robotics

Tuesdays ONLY  1:30-3:25

OR

Thursdays ONLY 1:30-3:25

With the use of robotics (Mindstorm EV3 Education), this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (C-STEM).  The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from C-STEM.   Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve.  Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution.  Desired outcomes for students are to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.


8th ~ Physical Science

Tuesdays ONLY  1:30-3:25

This 6th-8th grade Physical Science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school physical science standards. Students will work cooperatively to do laboratory investigations testing the concepts of density, forces and motion, and the laws of motion. An exploration of chemistry will include a general understanding of the periodic table and atomic modeling. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.


6th/7th/8th ~ Moving & Cartooning

Thursdays ONLY 1:30-3:25

Part of the time the class will teach kids foreshadowing, sketching techniques, visual perspective, and creative cartoon-style drawing.  The other part of the class will include fun traditional classroom PE games and sports activities. Non-competitive.


6th/7th/8th ~ EPIC

Thursdays ONLY 1:30-3:25

EPIC helps to develop leadership skills, builds healthy relationships, works on building character traits, and focuses on community outreach and creating a positive school culture.  This year we will be creative and think outside of the box in building community within our school.  EPIC will be up for the challenge.  EPIC teachers have high expectations for our students.  We are looking for students who will be able to set an example for their peers and who will be able to participate outside of class time when the opportunity arises.