INTRODUCTION TO CODING
• Course Overview: Introduction to Coding course, students are taught how to program using the Blockly coding language. With Blockly, everything is done with little building blocks that snap together in an intuitive way. Each block represents a small piece of code that together make an entire program. Coding with blocks allows students to focus on the fundamental principles of coding without the challenging initial learning curve required for traditional programming languages. Students will be led through activities with incrementally more advanced building blocks. Each block is similar in structure to the syntax and style of real world programming languages. As students learn to program by snapping blocks together, they are laying a foundation for more advanced programming languages. Students will learn about conditional statements, loops, and functions.
• Unit 1 - Introduction to Coding In the first unit of the Introduction to Coding course, students are introduced to the power of coding, what programs are, how to think like a computer, hardware and software, inputs and outputs, and the historical significance of the abacus.
• Unit 2 - Basics of Coding The Basics of Coding unit delves into the concepts of a command, an algorithm, and a program. Additionally, students will learn about an event and its related cause, coding with blocks, and the historical significance of the Jacquard Loom.
• Unit 3 - Command Sequencing In the Command Sequencing unit, students are introduced to the concepts of movement blocks, an ordered sequence, sequencing, drawing blocks, debugging, and debugging simple sequences. Additionally, students will delve into turn and move forward blocks, drawing simple shapes, debugging draw sequences, and the historical significance of difference engines.
• Unit 4 - Coding Methodology In the Coding Methodology unit, students learn about the concept of program design. Specifically, students will delve into the development, planning draw sequences, and debugging program designs. Students will also learn the historical significance of analytical engine.
• Unit 5 - Conditional Statements The Conditional Statements unit introduces the conditionals, if statements, using if statements, if/else statements, stacking conditionals, and debugging conditionals. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of the first generation vacuum tubes and second generation transistors.
• Unit 6 - Repeat Loops In the Repeat Loops unit, students are introduced to the importance of loops, using repeat loops, drawing shapes with loops, debugging repeat loops, nesting loops, nested repeat loops, and nested repeat loops drawings, and debugging nested repeat loops. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of integrated circuits and microprocessors.
• Unit 7 - While Loops The While Loops unit builds on concepts from previous units by introducing while loops and delving into using while loops, nested while loops, break statements, using break blocks, break with nested loops, continue statements, using continue blocks, and debugging while loops. Additionally, this unit covers artificial intelligence.
• Unit 8 - Conditional Logic In the Conditional Logic unit, students delve into the concepts of conditional logic in coding, including the generic If block, the logical OR, the logical AND, the logical NOT, and the debugging of conditional logic. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of Charles Babbage, and Ada Lovelace.
• Unit 9 - Logical Comparisons The Logical Comparisons unit builds on the concepts from previous units while introducing logical comparisons, combining logical comparisons, and debugging logical comparisons. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of Herman Hollerith and Alan Turing.
• Unit 10 - Variables In the Variables unit, students begin with an introduction to variables and then delve into the concepts of variable blocks, using variables, and debugging variables. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of Grace Hopper.
• Unit 11 - Functions The Functions unit introduces function blocks, and guides students through learning concepts including using functions, drawing with functions, organizing with functions, function return value, using function return value, function parameters, using function parameters, and debugging functions. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of Steve Wozniak.
• Unit 12 - Powered Lander Exercise In the Powered Lander Exercise unit, students must apply all their newly acquired coding knowledge to successfully complete various Powered Landing Missions. This enables students to practice and master their coding and coding etiquette skills.
• Unit 13 - Cellus BOT The exciting Cellus Bot unit introduces the Cellus BOT to students, allowing them to apply the concepts they have previously mastered in a whole new way. Concepts covered include light sequences, talking robot, manual control, automated control, sensing orientation, dancing robot, and creative robot programs.
• Unit 14 - Binary In the Binary unit, students are introduced to binary numbers and learn the significance of binary code and binary coding, as well as the uses of binary. Additionally, this unit covers the historical significance of Tim Berners-Lee.
• Unit 15 - Coding in the Real World The Coding in the Real World unit introduces concepts including crowdsourcing, your digital footprint, encrypting code, making apps, and bad programs.
• Course Overview: The Elementary Ecology course, targeted for Grades 2-4 engages students by teaching them the food chain in the context of specific ecosystems. She explores changes to ecosystems and how these changes affect the organisms living there. Exciting virtual field trips help deepen students' understanding of the concepts presented.
• Unit 1: Ecology Basics This unit introduces the field of Ecology and what the role of an Ecologist is. Students learn about living and nonliving things, species, populations, communities, the balance of an ecosystem and interdependency. Also included are environments and habitats as will as several virtual field trips.
• Unit 2: Environments This unit covers environments found on Earth including the desert, tropical rainforest, tropical savanna, grassland, and the temperate deciduous forest. Additionally, students learn about temperate boreal forest, arctic tundra, the ocean, freshwater, and chaparral. This unit concludes with a virtual field trip identifying a habitat.
• Unit 3: Food Chains and Food Webs The Food Chains and Food Webs unit delves into the Sun's energy, producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers. Also included are the concepts of food chains, detritus food chains, food webs, predator and prey, and energy flow in a food chain.
• Unit 4: Food Chains in Environments Building on the previous unit, this unit analyzes food chains within specific environments - including rainforest food chains, freshwater food chains, desert food chains, ocean food chains, savanna food chains, and grassland food chains. Also covered in this unit are temperate boreal forest food chains, temperate deciduous forest food chains, arctic tundra food chains, chaparral food chains, and a virtual field trip on find a food chain.
• Unit 5: Changes to Environments This unit introduces changes to environments including changes affect food chains and force the choice of “thrive, perish, or move?”. Human influences on a food chain, environments changed for food resources, and environments changed for buildings and transportation are also addressed. Additionally, human vs natural changes to ecosystems, predicting effects of changes, and how changes affect food chains are introduced in this unit.
• Unit 6: Animal Structures and Functions In this unit, students are introduced to animals’ need for living and nonliving things, animal structures, animal adaptations, functions of animal adaptations, limb adaptations, mouth adaptations, and defense adaptations. Also covered in this unit are temperature adaptations, feet adaptations, a virtual field trip on identifying an animal adaptation, desert animal adaptations, rainforest animal adaptations, arctic animal adaptations, and ocean animal adaptations.
• Unit 7: Plant Structures and Functions Extending on the knowledge gained in the previous unit, this unit delves into plants’ need for living and nonliving things, as well as plant structures, functions of plant adaptations, plant adaptations, rainforest plant adaptions, arctic plant adaptations, and deciduous forest plant adaptation. Additionally, students will experience a virtual field trip wherein they will identify and analyze a plant adaptation.
• Unit 8: Environmental Factors that Change Ecosystem This unit covers migration, hibernation, degrees of inactivity, physical characteristics of environment, weather and precipitation, and earth's forces. Also covered in this unit are slow natural changes, such as drought, weathering, and erosion, as well as rapid natural changes such as volcano, floods, and fires.
• Unit 9: Natural Resources This unit covers natural resources, renewable natural resources, nonrenewable natural resources and how we use natural resources. Also included in this unit are natural or manmade resources, conservation of natural resources by reducing, recycling, and reusing, as well as eco-friendly practices, composting, and landfills.
• Course Overview: This Elementary Engineering course introduces students to the basics of engineering and analyzes the major impact engineers have had on the world as we know it. Students will study each step of the engineering design process, and then put these steps into action. They will practice problem-solving and brainstorming through different design challenges, and will also learn about several fields of engineering that exist today.
• Unit 1 In the introductory engineering unit, students are introduced to what engineering really is and the differences of science and engineering. Students learn about the benefits of engineering and it’s importance in the ancient era, middle era, renaissance era, and the modern era.
• Unit 2 The Design Process unit delves into the Engineering Design Process. Specifically, the steps of Asking to Identify the Need and Constraints, researching the problem, imagining to develop possible solutions, planning and selecting the promising solution, sketching/drawing the design, and building a prototype. Additionally, the steps are testing and evaluating the prototype, redesigning as needed, and sharing solutions are also covered.
• Unit 3 In this unit students learn about the engineering feat of the Panama Canal and then launch into their first engineering project, building a zipline. Through the course of this project the design process is reinforced. Additionally, this unit introduces chemical engineering and common chemical engineering scenarios.
• Unit 4 This unit introduces the famous engineer Thomas Edison and inspects the design process of test, evaluate, and redesign. Students begin their next engineering project to create carrier solutions. Additionally, students learn about electrical engineering and common electrical engineering scenarios.
• Unit 5 In this unit students learn about Leonardo da Vinci and the benefits of sketching or drawing designs as well as the historical significance of Leonardo da Vinci to the field of engineering. A new project is undertaken to use the design process to engineer a spacecraft landing. Aerospace engineering and common scenarios found within aerospace engineering are also covered.
• Unit 6 This unit introduces the story and process of the invention of the trampoline. A new project is initiated targeting designing and making boats. Software engineering and common scenarios found in the software engineering field are also covered.
• Unit 7 In this unit Alexander Graham Bell’s research, impact, and sharing solution are covered. An additional engineering project is introduced in which students use the design process for to design, construct, and test a rocket. The field of automotive engineering and common scenarios found therein are also covered.
• Unit 8 This unit investigates the research work of the Wright Brothers and their impact, with a specific focus on their build of a prototype. A new project focusing on zoo structures is also introduces. This unit also introduces students to the field of biomedical engineering and common scenarios found within biomedical engineering.
• Unit 9 Students begin this unit by analyzing the problem that led to the engineering of the Hoover Dam and the important step that the building of a prototype had in the design process. Students then delve into a new project of building simple bridges utilizing the design concepts they have learned. Civil engineering and common scenarios encountered in the field of civil engineering are also covered.
• Unit 10 In this unit, the Titanic and the failures in its design process are explored. Students are guided through a new project geared toward constructing boats. The field of marine engineering and common scenarios found therein are also introduced.
• Unit 11 Students begin this unit by analyzing the problem that led to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge followed by an analysis of the design process of the Golden Gate Bride. Students then begin a paper columns project designed to employ the new concepts they’ve learned Environment engineering and the common scenarios encountered in the field of environmental engineering are introduced.
• Unit 12 In this unit students learn about the invention of earmuffs and the story of the design process that brought this invention to reality. Student then undertake a new balloon launcher engineering project. Additionally, the field of nuclear engineering and common scenarios encountered therein are introduced.
• Unit 13 This unit begins with the analysis of The Eiffel Tower and its design process. Specific focus is placed of the sketching that took place early in the design. Student’s then delve into the flying marshmallows design challenge. Architectural engineering and common scenarios found therein are also addressed.
• Unti 14 This unit begins by looking at the work of kid inventor Abbey Fleck. An emphasis is placed on the steps of identifying the problem, testing, evaluating, and redesigning to find success in the engineering process. Students then delve into the What’s in a Dome engineering challenge. Lastly, the field of mechanical engineering is introduced and common scenarios found therein are examined.
• Unit 15 In this unit, Henry Ford and his important engineering accomplishments are analyzed. Specifically, how Ford used the design process to clearly identify a problem, set a goal, and then design and redesign as needed to accomplish his goal. Student’s then launch into the paddling around engineering challenge. Industrial engineering and the common scenarios found therein are explored.
• Unit 16 This unit begins by analyzing Benjamin Franklin and some of his important engineering work. Particular focus is placed on the research step of the design process. The Building Bucket Towers challenge is then undertaken. Computer engineering and the common scenarios found therein are introduced.
FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC
• The Foundations of Music course develops a foundation for students of what music is, the different instruments in the various families of musical instruments, musical periods, select composers, and musical genres and styles. Course topics include: What is Music? Music Basics; String Family; Percussion Family; Brass Family; Woodwind Family; The Human Voice; Music Ensembles; Musical Periods of Western Music; Musical Styles and Genres; Fundamentals of Music Sound;
• Unit 1: What is Music? In the first unit of Foundations of Music, students are asked to consider what music really is. They then begin to delve into the concepts of high or low, loud or soft, slow or fast, what a chord is, and melody & harmony. Additionally, this unit includes a special focus on the composer Frédéric Chopin.
• Unit 2: Music Basics In the Music Basics unit, student learn about the musical alphabet, the musical staff, staff note names, basic musical notation, and the piano. This unit also includes a special focus on the composer Claude Debussy.
• Unit 3: The String Family The String Family unit delves into the concepts of instrument families, beginning with a focus on the members of the string family, including the violin, the viola, the cello, the string bass, and the guitar. Additionally, this unit includes a special focus on the composer Antonio Vivaldi.
• Unit 4: The Percussion Family The Percussion Family unit focuses on the members of the percussion family including the snare drum, the xylophone, the cymbals, the tambourine, and the tympani. This unit also includes a special focus on the composer John Phillip Sousa.
• Unit 5: The Brass Family The Brass Family unit focuses on the trumpet, the french horn, the trombone, the tuba, the euphonium, and the composer Gustav Mahler.
• Unit 6: The Woodwind Family The Woodwind Family unit introduces students to the piccolo, the flute, the oboe, the bassoon, the clarinet, and the saxophone. A special focus on the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is also included.
• Unit 7: The Human Voice In this unit students learn about the human voice as an instrument. The concepts of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass are introduced. A special focus on the composer George Frideric Handel is included.
• Unit 8: Musical Ensembles In the Musical Ensembles unit, students are introduced to the concept of a musical ensemble and learn about a string orchestra, a marching band, a cappella, a jazz band, a night at the symphony, and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
• Unit 9: Musical Periods of Western Music Through the course of the Musical Periods of Western Music unit, students learn about the renaissance, baroque period, the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the classical period, the composer Joseph Haydn, and the romantic period. Additionally, this unit includes a special focus on the composer Hector Berlioz, the 20th Century period of music, and the composer George Gershwin.
• Unit 10: Musical Genres & Styles This Musical Genres & Styles unit introduces American Music, including blues, big band jazz, rock and roll, country, pop, and the composer Robert Schumann.
• Unit 11: Fundamentals of Musical Sound In the final unit, students focus on the Fundamentals of Musical Sound, beginning with the sound & tradition of world music. A focus is placed on the music and culture of China, India, Australia, Ireland, Japan, and Russia. This unit also includes a special focus on the composer Aaron Copland.
DISCOVER ENGLISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PART 1 - ESL
This course is designed specifically for Elementary-aged students who need to master English as a second language. Taught by the Discover Method, this course is effective for students of any native tongue whether or not they have any background in English. Discover English incorporates the syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation needed to comprehend English in an everyday environment. Students learning English for the first time will find it a perfect fit, as will ESL students needing extra practice and help. Discover English is ideal in a stand-alone environment or as a supplement for teacher instruction in the classroom in a blended learning environment.
DISCOVER SPANISH - PART l
This course is designed for students seeking a mastery of Spanish as a second language. The course is taught by the Discover Method, making it the right choice for students of any native tongue having little or no Spanish background. Discover Spanish incorporates the syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation needed to comprehend Spanish in an everyday environment. This course is ideal for students learning Spanish for the first time, or for a student needing extra practice and help improving their understanding of the Spanish language. Discover Spanish can be used in a stand-alone environment or to supplement teacher instruction in the classroom in a blended learning environment.
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