TK-8 Class Descriptions 2020-2021

All Classes are 50 EU’s unless noted in description

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

Mondays 11-12:30

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

Mondays 11-12:30

The reading of books in class will be the launch pad to propel us to outdoor exploration of birds, clouds, and the world around us.   We will get messy with hands-on science activities, while learning important science vocabulary. We will also explore food and its relationship to our bodies and environment.   As this is an Outdoor Class, students should always be ready to go outside and be dressed for the appropriate weather of the day. Please let us know if your child has food sensitivities or allergies.   When virtual, this class will try to bring the outdoors in, focusing on science books and providing simple assignments to encourage students to engage with the nature around them.  

TK/K/1st ~ Adventures in Learning

Mondays 9-10:30

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!

TK/K/1st ~ Adventures in Learning

Wednesday 9-10:30

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!

TK/K/1st ~ Adventures in Learning

Wednesdays 11-12:30

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!

2nd/3rd ~ STEM Science

Mondays 9-10:30

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

Mondays 11-12:30

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), learn to use digital art (including WordArt, clipart, paint, shapes, text boxes, and colors) and practice keyboarding skills. This is a beginning computer science class.

2nd/3rd ~ Math Explorations

Mondays 9-10:30

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 ~ Around the World

Wednesdays 11-12:30

Let's go explore the world together!  We will sail the oceans, wander through deserts, climb tall mountains and explore wild jungles together as we explore the different countries around the world.  This class will include mapping, learning other cultures, languages, music, games, and art.  It will be a great adventure!

2nd/3rd ~ STEM Science

Wednesdays 11-12:30

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 ~ Interactive Writing

Wednesdays 9-10:30

4th/5th ~ Once Upon a Book

Mondays 9-10:30

Climbing mountains, chasing down dragons, sailing the high seas, fancy dinners in the castle on the hill, talking with animals. If these things call your name, then this class is for you!  We will be reading books as a group and individually, discussing them and completing creative and engaging projects.  The projects may include art, cooking, writing, crafting, and more!

4th/5th ~ Creative Writing & Storytelling

Mondays 11-12:30

Armed with a ''seed'' notebook, students will collect phrases and tidbits of ideas to practice the art of story-telling. The class will focus on plot progression, character development, and vocabulary enhancement to craft a series of projects, ultimately culminating in a hardcover edition of one of the student's preferred, ''fully germinated'' seed ideas!

5th/6th ~ Shady Creek

Mondays 1-2:30 (Dec/Jan)

Fee: 262 EU’s per student.

The purpose of this seasonal class is to prepare students for the Shady Creek Outdoor School experience and provide a platform for reflecting on their experience. The class will run once weekly at the Chico Center and end one week after our camp time at Shady Creek Outdoor School. It will have a dual focus of environmental science activities and team building development designed to prepare students for and to enhance their week at Shady Creek. We will use the Shady Creek activity book along with hikes, research, games, a field trip, and team-building activities. In addition to learning what to expect, students will complete paperwork for Shady Creek, select nature names, participate in a field trip, hike, meet and get to know other students and staff who will be accompanying them. All communication about Shady Creek will funnel through the class and e-mails once students are enrolled. We will hold a parent meeting 2-4 weeks before camp to answer questions and tie up loose ends. After attending Shady Creek Outdoor School, students will meet one last time to bring closure by reflecting on classes and activities at Shady Creek. This class is required to attend Shady Creek Outdoor School.

There will be one scheduled field, to be announced later. Parents will provide student transportation to and from the field trip and are encouraged to join in.

Parents are responsible for all transportation. This is a seasonal class, usually held during December and January, but that will be confirmed later. Class is limited to 16 students.

4th/5th ~ US & California History Projects

Wednesdays 9-10:30

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 and invitation to join a culminating field trip to Sacramento.

4th/5th ~ Exploration into C-STEM

Wednesday 11-12:30

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 is 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 ~ Arts and Crafts

Wednesdays 11-12:30

4th and 5th graders will work on a number of DIY projects throughout the year that involve sewing and quilting, woodworking, paper crafting and more. Teachers will rotate through teaching various projects and each may take several weeks to complete. This is not just an art class; this class will take commitment from students who really want a challenge of learning intricate techniques paired with their best tools -- their hands! It will take patience and dedication from all students who enroll to persevere through learning new skills and crafting mediums while completing these fun projects. Some skills students will learn include: operating a sewing machine, painting, sanding and staining techniques, elegant card making and upcycling.

Middle School

6th ~ Math

Tuesdays 9-10:30

This class will meet twice per week 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 9-10:30

Students will meet twice a week 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 9-10:30

Or

Tuesdays 10:45-12:15

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 Glencoe Course 3 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

Thursdays 9-10:30

OR

Thursdays 10:45-12:15

This supplementary English class will be using Common Core standards to prepare students for high school English. It will meet twice a week. 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 ~ Life Science

Tuesdays 9-10:30

This 6th-8th grade science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school life science standards. Students will work cooperatively to create edible cell models using healthy foods. We will build models of mitosis, DNA and the skeletal system. The students will get the opportunity to participate in dissecting sheep eyes, hearts and brains. We will also be examining squid and worm anatomy. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.

7th/8th ~ Writers Workshop

Tuesdays 12:30-2:00

In the reading/writing workshop students will read engaging texts from a variety of genres that spark discussion and further exploration. Students will learn that writing is not merely something we do after we’ve done our thinking, but that through writing and rewriting we learn how to think critically and refine our understanding of ideas. Many students are all too familiar with feelings of self-doubt and discouragement when faced with reading a difficult text or completing a writing assignment. This class will help students understand that these feelings are natural, but with persistence they can grow in courage and self-confidence! Students will have the time they need to explore, make mistakes, and try again. This course will take students through the steps of the writing process (inquiry, brainstorm, organize & outline, draft, revise, edit, publish & share) in four different genres: narrative, expository, argument, and poetry.

6th/7th/8th ~ Money $marts

Thursdays 9-10:30

Dollars & sense… gain a general exposure to the world of money! within the context of projects, simulations, digital education, and games. Students will gain the confidence and skills to make sound financial decisions for their own future. Money (and economic) concepts are everywhere you turn! What makes someone on the other side of the world poor? What would you do with $100,000 in the stock market? How would you save enough money for college? Can you sell a product and donate your profits? Join Money $marts to find out and earn a paycheck in your first weeks of class!

7th/8th ~ Health Class (Spring only)

Tuesdays 10:45-12:15

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.

6th/7th/8th ~ Making History (Fall Only)

Tuesdays 10:45-12:15

Students will get to pick their own topics of interest and dive deep into learning how to do research that will prepare them for high school and beyond.  They will learn about the importance of different types of sources and how to cite them, brainstorming questions for investigation, how to organize research to build a cohesive "story,” writing bibliographies, as well as computer skills.  Students will use their research to create a project from one of 5 categories:  historical paper, museum exhibit, website, documentary, or dramatic performance.  The project can then be submitted in the Butte County History Day competition on March 6th.  This class meets only for the fall semester.  In January and February students will finish building projects at home with the help of one-on-one coaching from Mrs. Sawley.  For more information about History Day visit www.nhdca.org.  Are you ready to make history?!

6th/7th/8th ~  American Heroes and Heroines

Thursdays 10:45-12:15

A personalized overview of American History through the lives of heroic men, women, boys and girls from the colonial period to modern times. Each week students will explore the life of one person who positively impacted the development of our country. In the process students will learn the many exceptional qualities of our nation and its history through the people whose positive influence shaped it. Language Arts and critical thinking skills, along with artistic expression will be emphasized. Hands-on activities and projects will be utilized in class. No outside research or homework required.

6th/7th/8th ~ Speech & Debate

Tuesdays 12:30-2:00

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

Thursday 9-10:30

This 6th-8th grade science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school earth science standards. Students will work cooperatively to create earthquake models, volcano simulations and models of the layers of the earth. We will test samples of rocks and minerals for hardness, streak, color and luster. 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 12:30-2:00

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 ~ C-STEM Robotics

Tuesdays 10:45-12:15

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 is 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 12:30-2:00

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 12:30-2:00

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 12:30-2:00

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.

6th/7th/8th ~ Ancient & Medieval History

Thursdays 12:30-2:00

In this class, students will get to experience history in a new way as they complete projects and participate in collaborative learning. Students will delve deeper into the customs, art, and famous figures of the time periods and cultures we study together. History is so much more than dates and facts! By exploring the food, artwork, and practices of people in ancient times and during the Middle Ages, students will be able to make contemporary connections to past times.  

6th/7th/8th ~ Computer Applications

Tuesdays 10:45-12:15

Gain valuable skills that will help you now, in high school, and beyond!  In this class, students will have fun learning various programs through project-based activities.   Some activities include:

  • Excel/Sheets by creating a budget

  • PowerPoint/Slides by creating a researched presentation

  • Word/Google Docs - learning to write a business letter and creating a resume

  • Google Forms

  • Google Classroom and sending emails