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Move Your Body (PE) K-4Sarah McGowanM-Th15 minute blocks of movement in between classes - alternating between yoga, calisthenics, skills development (like catching a ball or balancing), etc.
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Get Moving (PE) 4-8Sarah McGowanM-Th15 minute blocks of movement in between classes - alternating between yoga, calisthenics, skills development (like catching a ball or balancing), etc.
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Drama K-2 K-2Lori BasshamMonday 8:30This class will teach young actors that drama can happen anywhere—even at home. This creative approach to the theatre arts will help the youngest drama students expand self-awareness and cultivate imagination. Students will have an opportunity to think independently, work cooperatively, and improve communication skills as they participate in drama activities and improvisation. The course, based on process drama technique, will integrate literature and other core subjects into the drama classroom. Young actors will learn how to create character through physical movement, gesture, sound and facial expression. The student will be able to identify the character, setting, and essential events in a story. Special attention will be given to high frequency words and early phonics within the setting of the drama lessons. This course helps meet language arts and performing arts standards for these grades.

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Debate6-8Melina LawsonMonday 9:00Debate is one of the best ways to develop critical thinking skills as students learn to examine and try to understand ALL sides of an argument or issue. Students will learn how to formulate, support, research, and defend an argument. We will work on speaking in front of a group and will hold in-class debates on (non-political) topics ranging from superheroes to school uniforms. Some work outside of class will be necessary for debates later in the term. Your child will feel successful in this class if they can read and write simple paragraphs and are willing to speak in front of the class. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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Math Club (Mult. /Div./ $) 3-5Meredith RichMonday 9:00Using online and "live" (during Zoom lessons) games, story problems, recipes, shopping & money and other activities, we will practice multiplication and division, money, decimals and fractions. Helps meet math standards for these grades. Zoom classes will last about 30 minutes each, and students will also be given a website with online activities to practice for an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of each lesson.
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Circle Time Reading & Book ClubK-2Stasey NorstromMonday 9:30Students will be exposed to a variety of reading, arts, crafts, math and movement activities and approaches inspired by the Waldorf pedagogical philosophy. Students will learn poems and songs, have story time with writing and drawing elements, share books they have been reading and enjoying, and learn movement in math. Grades K-2. Zoom lessons of about 40 minutes.
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Animal Adaptations Session 1 Gr 3-5 / Session 2 Gr 1-33-5Kimberly SchreinerMonday 10:00Adaptation is all about survival. When the environment changes dramatically, some animals die, others move to another location, and some develop adaptations over generations that help them survive. Your student will discover the reasons, and types of adaptations that animals incorporate in order to survive. There will be some reading, some writing, and research. This session will culminate with a brief research project about a creature of their choice, that they will present on our last class day. 30 - 40 mins
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Drama 4-8 4-8Lori BasshamMonday 10:00This course is designed to expose drama students to the theatrical arts. We will explore voice projection, movement, blocking concepts, and script work. Special attention will be given to techniques of character development, the audition process, and script work. Throughout the course of the term, students will identify the characters, setting, plot, theme, and conflict of various works to better understand performance and design choices. Students may have the opportunity to hear from individuals who have worked in the industry. Students will feel successful in this class if they are capable of reading and performing in front of their peers (in a video conference lesson). This course helps meet language arts and performing arts standards for these grades.
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World Cultures & Holidays K-2Carol JohnsonMonday 10:30Good stories and picture books are always engaging and help students to learn about and understand others (and other cultures) in ways that facts alone cannot. We will be using some of the best picture books by authors from around the world, art, music, and real-life examples to learn about geography and many aspects of our world's cultures - holidays, dress, shelter, customs, language, and more. The main focus will be on what life is currently like for young students around the world. Books, music, videos, crafts, and games will reinforce learning in this multi-disciplinary social studies and literature class. Students will be able to share their own family traditions (or those of their grandparents or ancestors) and learn about other peoples’ traditions as we read stories, make crafts and do research to learn about holidays, religions, languages, education, and customs from around the world. Helps meet social studies and language arts standards. A different country or culture will be presented each week. Students can attend all 14 weeks or one of the 7 week sessions. There may be some repetition of materials in the second session.

Students will learn about different countries every week focusing on connections as well as differences. Students will build listening, speaking, and collaboration skills.

This class meets social studies and language arts standards for this age group.

Generally, this class will not have any homework, but optional extension activities will be provided. There will be an opportunity for each child to present about a culture (their own, a family member’s, or one of interest) in a show-and-tell manner. This presentation would be prepared outside of class time. Typically, web cameras need to be on to encourage peer interaction. This class may require some basic art or household supplies for activities. Materials, or a list of materials to gather, will be provided.

Your child will feel successful if he/she …
Can focus on a book or activity for about 10 min.
Is able to participate in brief conversations and follow a group song, fingerplay, or activity.

Classes will typically run 30 minutes. A typical class will have a teacher read interactive story, an interactive musical time (singing, dancing, fingerplays), and a multi-media presentation and discussion. If time allows, we may do a craft or activity together.
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Symbols All Around (ML)5-8Melina LawsonMonday 11:00Symbols are all around us! Explore some of the many ways humans use symbols - from ancient hieroglyphics to modern emojis, math to literature, maps to art. Students will make connections between several big ideas and concepts as they become aware of the many ways we have used and continue to use symbols every day. At the end of each class, students will be given a task to complete on their own which will be shared in the following class. Helps meet language arts and math standards for these grades. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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Genius Projects (Research, Present, Take Action) 3-6Stasey NorstromMonday 11:00Students who can choose what they are studying or researching tend to be more engaged in their learning projects and internalize and remember their learning for longer periods of time. We will be providing students with a few themes or concepts: Community, Arts, Ecology, Animals, Friendship, and Learning. They will choose their own topic and guiding question within these concepts, conduct research and first-person interviews, create a presentation, and come up with a plan to take some kind of action relating to their topic, which they may choose to put into action before the end of the term or during the holidays. With a focus on the research and inquiry process, reliable resources, interview techniques, presentation skills, connecting big concepts and ideas, and promoting a "taking action" mentality. Students will feel successful if they can read independently and focus on researching an idea that they feel strongly about. Based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Exhibition model, this class helps meet language arts and social studies standards for these grades.
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Kindergarten Writing KMeredith RichMonday 11:30Getting Kindergarten students to practice writing? Willingly? Yes - that's our goal! Writing letters and words to show other students and the instructor over Zoom, writing command words, silly sentences, alphabet shapes, and doing lots of other writing and drawing games to reinforce letter and word recognition, phonetic awareness, and fine motor skills. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Intermediate Ukulele (KR)3-8Kaitlyn RothMonday 12:00Students must already have some experience playing chords on a ukulele for this intermediate class. We will be working on building up our ukulele playing muscles in this course by learning multiple scales, working on sight-reading, learning and practicing chords, songs, and different strumming patterns and time signatures. We may dabble in some songwriting as the term progresses. Your child will do well in this class if they have a basic knowledge of how to play ukulele (names of the strings, how to hold the instrument, how to read a ukulele chord tab) and are motivated to practice the concepts learned each week. Ukuleles are available to check out from the DCS Curriculum Library if you need one!
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Severe Weather. Full semester.3-7Kimberly SchreinerMonday 12:00This Severe Weather and Natural Disasters class allows students to gain a thorough understanding of these extreme weather conditions:

Thunder & Lightning
Tornadoes
Hurricanes
Winter Storms

Each lesson includes scientific text, vocabulary, reports from weather experts, readiness tips — even experiments that let students simulate an extreme weather condition! They will follow a web quest, and generate a Public Service Announcement. We will also journey through climate change, and how that is affecting severe weather events around the globe. Your student will feel successful if they have strong (at least 4th grade level) reading and writing skills. Some assignments allow students to present their ideas to their peers. There will be minimal / optional homework weekly that reinforces the concepts covered in our class. 30 to 40 mins
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Pioneer Days (MR)1-4Meredith RichMonday 12:30Students will hear stories and excerpts from diaries of pioneers on the Oregon trail, play historic games, help map out a six-week Oregon Trail journey, learn about some realities of life on the trail (roles of children, types of food eaten, entertainment, medicines, encounters with indigenous Americans, forts, homesteading, and more). Helps meet social studies / history and language arts standards for these grades. Zoom lessons will be about 40 minutes each week.
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Google Apps (CJ)6-8Carol JohnsonMonday 1:00Students will learn the basics of using Chromebooks and Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Maps, Gmail (using their DCS student account) and advanced searching skills. A great intro course to get them ready to use technology during the rest of the school year in their learning. This class will be interactive, and we will collaborate on group projects using apps. For example, we might create group surveys or choose your own adventure slides.

Learning outcomes: Students will leave class with a basic understanding of how to use Google education. Students will learn how to integrate the use of Google applications into their schoolwork.


Students will typically spend 15 minutes per week practicing skills learned in class. Students must have access to a Chromebook and Google classroom.

Students will feel successful in this class if they can already read for information (reading paragraphs). Students will feel successful if they can follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes.

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and be a guided tour of the typical use of the Google app. We will complete a task or mini project in a different app each week.
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Phantom Tollbooth (Literature) (SN )4-7Stasey NorstromMonday 1:00This class will read The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster. Students will engage in teacher-led discussions and explore the book's themes and concepts. Students will feel successful in this class if they can read at a 4th grade reading level (we will be reading silently & out loud) and follow along with this complex novel as a group. Students will also be expected to read the book to themselves outside of class to keep up with weekly reading goals. This class helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Writing 4 Fun (ML)1-4Melina LawsonMonday 1:30Comics, instructions, stories, and letters are a few of the ways we will explore how writing can be fun! Each class we will learn about a type of writing, spend time practicing, and have the opportunity to share what we come up with. Students are highly encouraged to continue writing outside of class and will be given weekly prompts to help facilitate that. The main purpose of this class is to promote writing for enjoyment and expression of students’ creativity. Students will feel successful in this class if they are able to write simple sentences independently. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Art & Clay (Karen) (REPEAT of spring term online class)5-8Karen MahoneyMonday 2:00Discovering Art, Paper, & Ceramics is a great class for students who are interested in learning more about the wide world of ceramics. In this 7 week class, each week we will focus on a new topic of ceramics, many of which have not been taught at DCS before! We will learn about various ways to shape clay, different types of kilns, and ways to decorate ceramics. The online learning that classes are using this term gives us a great chance to find out about clay and ceramic things we can’t do in our DCS classroom. Because we are taking this class over the computer, we won’t be making ceramic items. However, we will be making an art project each week using methods and ideas of ceramic work, but using paper instead. Each week students will be assigned a short multiple choice/short answer quiz, and a paper project due the following week.
Students instruction will be taking place through Zoom with a weekly class and materials in Google Classrooms.
The weekly resources in Google Classrooms will include a written introduction to the topic by the instructor, links to educational videos that will require 10-20 minutes of viewing time, and photographs of examples. Weekly class sessions in Zoom will also be uploaded to Google Classrooms to view.
In our weekly Zoom class, we will begin by showing each other and talking about the projects we made. We will discuss the new topic, go over materials supplied in Google Classroom, and demonstrate the new project assignment. Students may complete their assignments during a time that best suits them before the following week when projects are due.
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Earth School/ Healthy Planet (KS) 3-6Kimberly SchreinerMonday 2:00Earth School encourages young people to understand how nature and our ecosystems provide the foundations for a healthy planet, and healthy people. We aim to inspire the awe and wonder of nature, and help them achieve a firm grasp of how deeply intertwined we are with the planet. Covering real world concepts like the t-shirts we wear, the water we drink, the trees in our forests or the food on our plates, each Quest will consist of a discovery video and fun quiz combined with a series of interactive resources – including additional content to watch, read, teach, do, and share, with age-adjusted exercises built into each lesson. Your child will feel successful if they read and write at a minimal 3rd grade level. Minimal, optional homework. Class is 30 to 45 mins
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Dave Ramsey Financial Peace for Middle Schoolers (EB)5-8Emily BlantonMonday 3:00Students will be working through the basic principles of Financial peace, covering debt, savings, definitions of all money related things. This curriculum is designed for middle schoolers. Students will have home work each week as they work through the lessons in their workbook. One continuous Session (13 weeks total). Helps meet math standards for these grades.
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Social Zoom & Kahoot Trivia (ML / rotating staff)1-4Melina LawsonMonday 3:00Come hang out with old friends and meet new ones! We’ll chat, play games, and just have fun. Details of this “class” will be determined by the needs/desires of those who attend.
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Photography (Documentary) (SMor)5-8Sarah MoraceTuesday 3:00Documentary photography for 5-8th graders will briefly review photography basics before diving into documentary style vs. lifestyle images, elements of a powerful photograph, how to use light and shadows to tell a story, etc. Students will learn to capture effective images and share them for discussion with other documentarians. By the end of this course, students will have a collection of Covid-19 era images to tell their unique story of this unprecedented time in history. Homework will be minimal other than capturing 5-10 thoughtful documentary images per week. Images can be delivered to the instructor via Google Drive. Prerequisites and necessities for this class include a functional camera (tablet, point & shoot, DSLR) as well as an understanding of basic photography principles. Your child will be prepared for a successful course if he/she can briefly review photography "rules" prior to class and come prepared with questions, as needed. Classes will be live via Zoom (or similar platform) once per week and enrichment content will be provided between classes. Live lessons will be approximately 30 minutes in duration. During lessons, the instructor will present information and visual examples, answer questions, facilitate group discussions, and highlight student images from the previous week.
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Emotions through Music (KR)K-3Kaitlyn RothTuesday 1:30We will be exploring our emotions through music in this course! Each week, we will focus on one emotion (Examples: happy, sad, anxious, afraid, excited, etc.…), learning songs about it, identifying how this feeling manifests in our bodies, what we can do about this feeling if it’s not a pleasant one, and more! We will be exploring these concepts through learning/writing songs, reading stories, singing, dancing, coloring, drawing, talking, acting, and making/playing instruments! Your child will do well in this class if they enjoy music and being creative! There may be some weeks where you child will need various supplies, such as tape, scissors, paper, crayons, rubber bands, or boxes (tissue, oatmeal, food box) to create and decorate instruments. This will be discussed in advance and will hopefully be common, household items.
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Civil War (AJ)6-8Andy JohnsonTuesday 1;00About the class: Students will study the Civil War and examine the key figures in the war. Much of this class will be looked at through the eyes of primary sources. It will examine topics such as slavery, state’s rights, technology and war strategy, and political parties. We will look at the federal Government’s role in the states, and the state’s role in the federal government.

Goals and outcomes: Students will be able to identify the key people and key events leading up to and during the civil war. We will cover the time period between 1850 and 1865 (Lincoln’s death).

Standards covered:
- Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
- Use primary and secondary sources to formulate historical questions and to examine a historical
account about an issue of the time.
- Evaluate the continuity and change over the course of United States history by analyzing the key
people and events from the 1780s through Reconstruction.

Expectations: Students will need to work some at home toward two projects: (1) a civil war timeline, and (2) a final project that will be outlined in the syllabus. The total amount of outside class time will equal approximately 30 mins – 1 hour a week on top of the class time.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can research on their own and take good notes from their own study
…can participate in online discussion and think critically.
…can look at important historical issues from more than one perspective.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes long.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion, use google classroom, and have a device that has the app “Kahoot!”.
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Cycles (ML)3-6Melina LawsonTuesday 1:00Make important connections learning about cycles of all types! Water cycle, life cycles, waste cycle (recycling), carbon cycle, astronomical cycles, lunar & earth (annual) cycles, wave cycles, economic & business cycles, seasons, weather, and the wheels on the bus all go ‘round and ‘round. Students will learn about several types of cycles and how to keep looking for others in the world around them. No homework required, but some extension activities and resources will be provided in case students want to explore these fun concepts outside of class time. Helps meet science and language arts standards for these grades. Students will feel successful in this class if they can read and write paragraphs. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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Time & Money (MR)1-3Meredith RichTuesday 1:30We will use games, printables and online activities that will help us work on strategies to support identifying coins and money values, and counting mixed coins systematically. Students will learn to tell time to the hour, half-hour, quarter hour and minute as well as word problem applications for both time and money. Helps cover math standards for these grades.
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Spanish (ML)3-8Melina LawsonTuesday 10:00¡Hablemos español! Let’s speak Spanish! In this class students will learn Spanish vocabulary and how to make simple sentences. In part 1 we will practice greetings, school and home vocabulary, describing things, and feelings. We will use Duolingo and Tinycards both in and out of class time. For the best experience, students should spend time practicing and watching provided videos outside of class. Students will feel successful in this class if they are able to write read and write in English and are willing to try new things and speak in class. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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U.S. Gov’t & Elections (SN)3-6Stasey NorstromTuesday 10:00Every U.S. Citizen, even those not yet old enough to vote, should have a basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution and amendments, the election processes, and the system of checks and balances in the U.S. Governmental bodies. We will especially be focusing on the presidential elections and students will role-play a U.S. presidential candidate and learn what it takes to get votes. Helps meet social studies standards for these grades.
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Break the Code Reading (MR)K-1Meredith RichTuesday 10:30Many of our sight words do not follow the phonological rules making them hard to learn for many readers. Most sight words simply have to be memorized verses using our decoding skills to read them. For our younger readers, we must create fun, colorful ways of working on these important words and Break the Code is an alternative to traditional flash cards. In this series of minicourses, we will use picture combinations to reveal these sight words. Zoom lessons of about 30-40 minutes. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Google Apps (CJ)-14 weeks2-5Carol JohnsonTuesday 11:00Students will learn the basics of using Chromebooks and Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Maps, Gmail (using their DCS student account) and advanced searching skills. A great intro course to get them ready to use technology during the rest of the school year in their learning. This class will be interactive, and we will collaborate on group projects using apps. For example, we might create group surveys or choose your own adventure slides. In the 2-5 class we will take a couple weeks to cover each app or skill.

Learning outcomes: Students will leave class with a basic understanding of how to use Google education. Students will learn how to integrate the use of Google applications into their schoolwork.


Students will typically spend 15 minutes per week practicing skills learned in class. Students must have access to a Chromebook and Google classroom.

Students will feel successful in this class if they can already read for information (at a 2nd grade level). Students will feel successful if they can follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 40-45 minutes.

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and be a guided tour of the typical use of the Google app. We will complete a tasks and mini-projects as a group.
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Sign Language 4-84-8Jen TealTuesday 11:00Taught by Jen Teal, an experienced local ASL educator, students will learn and reinforce basic signs to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people in our community. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Art & Clay (Karen)K-3Karen MahoneyTuesday 11:30Make and Bake Clay will let students practice their clay skills and create fun projects while ceramics classes at DCS are on hold.
During this 8 week course, families will mix clay at home using common kitchen ingredients, choosing from a list of ""play dough"" recipes that includes gluten free blends. Students will use their clay to make a new project each week with instruction happening in Zoom and through Google Classrooms.
For each week and project there will be an introduction to the project and ideas written by the teacher, written instructions, photographs of examples, and an uploaded video demonstrating the project. Weekly class sessions in Zoom will also be uploaded to view.
In our weekly Zoom class, we will show each other and talk about the projects we made, and discuss the new project and go over materials supplied in Google Classroom. Students may complete clay projects during a time that best suits them before the following week when projects are due.
Projects will include beads, sculptures, ornaments, and more. Students will be encouraged to use what is around them creatively, searching for items that will leave interesting marks on the clay and exploring different ways to add color to their projects.
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English Language (grammar, spelling, writing) (CJ)6-8Carol JohnsonTuesday 12:00Build academic and writing skills (grammar, spelling, and editing) in this fun and interactive game-based class. We will explore grammar, punctuation, and language in a variety of writing forms including short stories, poetry, notes, letters, paragraphs, songs, mad libs, and more. Writing and editing will be fun in this class as we play games, do collaborative projects, and even create our own choose your own adventure and mad libs. This class meets some language arts standards.

Learning outcomes:
Students will be able to use grade level grammar, punctuation, and editing.
Students will understand the editing and peer review process.
Students will increase spelling ability.
Students will apply grammar, punctuation, writing, and editing skills to real world situations.

Expectations:
This class will not include homework. Extension and practice opportunities will be provided. Students will need access to some Google apps. This class may include printed materials provided by the instructor.

Students will feel successful in this class if they can…
Read and write paragraphs at the 6th grade level.
Participate in group discussions and collaborations.
Have a basic understanding of grammar, punctuation, and editing.
follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes.

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and contain peer discussion and collaboration as we complete a task.
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Writing & Spelling 4 Fun (ML)3-5Melina LawsonTuesday 12:00Comics, instructions, stories, and letters are a few of the ways we will explore how writing can be fun! Each class we will learn about a type of writing, spend time practicing and revising, and have the opportunity to share what we come up with. Students are highly encouraged to continue writing outside of class and will be given weekly prompts to help facilitate that. We will also have a weekly list of Million Dollar Words for students to watch and listen for and practice spelling. The main purpose of this class is to promote writing for enjoyment and expression of students’ creativity. Students will feel successful in this class if they are able to write simple sentences independently. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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Poetry (EB)1-3Emily BlantonTuesday 12:30The 14 week " How to write poetry" covers the basics of rhyming words, couplets, Haiku's, limericks etc. The students will end the term with a fully created poem of their choosing and accompanied art piece to showcase at DCS. Pre- requisites would include knowing the full alphabet and having a good grasp on letter sounds and blends. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Model UN - Middle Ages6-8Andy JohnsonTuesday 2:00Model UN: Simulate what a model UN would have looked like at a different time in world history. Students will think critically about what was important to the world for countries and governments around the world in the Middle Ages. Students will learn about the different civilizations and cultures in a creative and engaging way.

Goals and outcomes: Students will simulate what a "UN" would have looked like between the years of AD 1000-1450. Students will work with the rest of the class to bring about world solutions to social and technical issues in the world during this time period.

Standards covered:
- Interpret maps and other geographic tools to find patterns in human and physical systems.
- Explain how technological developments, societal decisions, and personal practices influence
sustainability in the Eastern Hemisphere.
- Synthesize information and data to construct an account of historical events that includes multiple sources and varied perspectives.

Expectations: Most of this class will need to be done during the class time, as this is a simulation that will be run in teams. Students may need to work on their own between classes periodically. Students will be working together, so attendance to class will be very important.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can work together well with other students.
…utilize technology to accomplish different types of research.
…can read and write on or close to grade level.

Classes will typically run 1 hour: 30-40 minutes in large group, and 20-30 minutes in small groups.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion.
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People Inside & Out (SN)2-5Stasey NorstromTuesday 2:00All about the physical, emotional, cognitive and community / social aspects of being human. Based on stories, fun videos and scientific experiments and information, students will learn about themselves and others. Helps meet science standards for these grades. Zoom lessons of about 40-50 minutes.
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D&D Club (MM/CM)4-8Monica McQueenTuesday 3:00A small Dungeons & Dragons group campaign, run by an experienced 8th grade DM (Dungeon Master). No experience needed! Students will create character sheets and role-play exciting situations together, rolling dice to determine outcomes of situations and choices. Online sessions will last for at least 50 minutes each (if members are able to go longer sometimes, that can be helpful). Students will learn about probability, use their imagination, and collaborate to solve challenges. Students will need to have patience, imagination and collaborations skills to feel successful in the D&D club! The first class will be setting up character sheets, followed by campaign which will run about 5-6 weeks (one campaign the first session and one the second session). Can also inspire writing or art projects as extension activities!
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Beginning Spanish (ML)K-4Melina LawsonTuesday 8:30¡Hola! Hello! In this class students will learn simple vocabulary and phrases using songs, silly videos, and fun activities. In part 1, we will practice greetings, feelings, numbers, and colors. For the best experience, students should spend time practicing and watching provided videos outside of class. Students will feel successful in this class if they are willing to try new things and speak in class. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Math Island (CJ)- 14 wk course, can stop wk 73-5Carol JohnsonTuesday 9:00In this interactive and engaging project-based class, student will imagine, create, and develop their own island. This is a cross curricular class that will primarily focus on real world application and practice of math skills. This project is considered a “create your own adventure” and each student’s overall project will be different depending upon their levels and interests. Students will use math skills to complete tasks related to the setup and running of their island. Online lessons will primarily focus on the completion of tasks and sharing solutions. Initial classes will use math as we create the island. Later classes will focus on using math to solve a challenge on the island.

Learning outcomes: Students will
Increase their ability to apply basic math skills to real world situations
Gain practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, area, perimeter, and volume
Understand how to break down and solve a word problem including showing their work

Students will typically spend at least 30 minutes on homework. Multiple project options, from simple to complex, will be presented in the first class. Families can choose an option that fits their available time and materials, but all options will require some time outside of class. Students must have access to Google classroom. Many extension opportunities will be provided.

Students will feel successful in this class if they can…
Understand basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Have some experience with story problems or real-world math application.
Students will feel successful if they can follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes.

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and contain peer discussion and collaboration as we complete a task or mini project each week. If time allows, we will use games to practice basic math skills.
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Pioneer Days (Repeat) (MR)1-4Meredith RichTuesday 9:30REPEAT of Monday 12:30 class. Students will hear stories and excerpts from diaries of pioneers on the Oregon trail, play historic games, help map out a six-week Oregon Trail journey, learn about some realities of life on the trail (roles of children, types of food eaten, entertainment, medicines, encounters with indigenous Americans, forts, homesteading, and more). Helps meet social studies / history and language arts standards for these grades. Zoom lessons will be about 40 minutes each week.
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Game of Life (finance, jobs, etc.) (AJ)5-8Andy JohnsonWednesday 1:00Game of Life: Students will learn the life skills of personal finance, applying for and interviewing for a job, searching for and applying for a rental / apartment, and social dynamics that are needed in everyday situations.

Goals and outcomes: Students will be able to simulate real life moments such as starting a savings and checking account, buying high price items, going to college, applying for jobs, and other major life events.

Standards covered:
- Describe how marketing and advertising can influence spending and saving decisions.
- Compare and contrast different types of financial institutions and the services they provide (e.g. fees,
services)
- Compare the costs and benefits of buying on credit (e.g., investment, debt, foreclosure, interest).
- Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of checks, stored value cards, debit cards, gift cards and online and mobile payments.

Expectations: There is no homework for this class. This class is a simulation, and will all be done during our weekly class times.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can do financial math.
…can participate in discussions and simulations.
…can read and write at a level where they can fill out a mock job application / credit application.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes long.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion, use google classroom, and have a device that has the app “Kahoot!”.
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Daring Kids (MS)3-5Marian ScaddenWednesday 1:00Part 1: We’ll be trying out activities based on the Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls, along with activities that the books might have missed, such as secret codes, paper airplanes, secret inks, juggling, astronomy, and knot tying.
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Minecraft Writing & Math (MM)1-3Monica McQueenWednesday 1:30Fun writing practice, bring it on! We will be screen casting Minecraft during each lesson and using group discussions and activities while playing the game to inspire writing and math learning. We will use the game to practice writing instructions, short stories, descriptions, and commands, and learning about area, multiplication, addition, randomness and probability, among other writing, language and math skills. Students will preferably have Minecraft on a computer or device at home, but not required. Good for a wide range of writing ability levels, students will feel successful in this class if they already can write full words (spelling not important). Taught by Mrs. McQueen and her Minecraft-expert 8th grade son.
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City X (Design & Invent) (BM)5-8Bill McQueenWednesday 10:00City X teaches basic 3D modeling, printing & design thinking skills to highlight the importance of creativity in problem solving. Each kid in the workshop is presented with an issue faced by a fictional character in City X, and they must invent, design, and prototype something that solves their character’s problem. The issues faced by the citizens of City X are representative of real-world social issues that we face here on Earth. If we can, we will do a real 3D printing or laser engraving project and create them in the OSU Thinker Tinker Trailer by the end of the term. Classes will run for about 40-50 minutes long and students will be expected to do some homework in between lessons each week (coming up with a solution or idea, thinking of a design, creating a prototype, etc.). Lessons will include information from the instructor, group discussions, and possibly some small-group breakout sessions. Students will feel successful in this class if they are interested in inventing and problem-solving. Taught by designer and builder Bill McQueen.
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Beg. IEW (Writing) (CJ)3-7Carol JohnsonWednesday 10:00Students will develop their informational writing skills as they write on a variety of enjoyable, functional, non-fiction topics. Perfect course to start with for the new or reluctant writer. This course is very interactive and strives to make writing fun. The instructor will correct/edit all work and give detailed feedback on each assignment. Helps meet language arts requirements for these grade levels. This is a YEAR-LONG class and students must have taken the class fall term (or have prior approval from the instructor through your Guide). Helps meet language arts standards for these grades. Goals- Students will complete multiple pieces of writing concept to final draft. Students will learn to apply feedback, review, and revise writing. Expectations: Students will need to be prepared for class with paper, pencil, and completed assignments from prior week. This class does involve homework every week. Students will feel successful if they can read and write at the paragraph level. This class will run 40-50 minutes and will include time to write. Typical online lessons will include an instructor presentation, group practice of skills, in-class writing opportunities, peer review, and instructor feedback. Some lessons may end a little early with the expectation that students will use the remaining time to complete writing projects (10-15 minutes).
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Ready Readers & Writers (ML)1-2Melina LawsonWednesday 10:30Using games, stories, and other engaging activities, students will develop their emerging reading and writing skills. Each week will have a different phonics focus which we will practice in class. Outside of the class time, students will be expected to practice their skills on lalilo.com, a fun adaptive online literacy program. Once confirmed for the class, parents will be sent an access code for their child so that the teacher can track their progress. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 10 mins per week on Lalilo, but are welcome to do much more! Helps meet language arts standards for these grades. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Kindergarten Readers (MR)KMeredith RichWednesday 10:30Fun reinforcing reading skills with other Kindergarten students. Phonemic and phonetic awareness, letter and word recognition, phonics, sight words, and learning a lot of the rules that allow early readers to learn to read with fluency and comprehension later on. Zoom lessons of about 30-40 minutes. Helps meet language arts standards for Kindergarten.
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Elections & US Govt (AJ)5-8Andy JohnsonWednesday 11:00Presidential Elections: In this class, we will have TWO elections (each one will take about 5 weeks). The first will simulate the election of 1800 and the second will simulate the election of 1964. In these simulations, students will play presidential candidates, supporters, campaign managers, running mates, and other key figures. While they run and simulate the election, they will learn about the different parties, platforms, and the personal attributes of the presidents they are simulating. We will look at both primary and secondary sources as we prepare for speeches and prepare to take office.

Goals and outcomes: Students will be able to play a role as a key individual in a past presidential campaign. Students will be in a simulation and need to play a role, so attendance to this class is important.

Standards covered:
- Describe the role of citizens in governments.
- Explain specific roles and responsibilities of citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and office-holders).

Expectations: There is no homework for this class. This class is a simulation, and will all be done during our weekly class times.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can play a role in a simulation during class.
…participates in the weekly classes and is present for a majority of the term.
…can read and write on or close to grade level in order to follow simulation instruction.

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes long.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion, use google classroom, and have a device that has the app “Kahoot!”.
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Sign Language 1-5 1-5Jen TealWednesday 11:00Taught by Jen Teal, an experienced local ASL educator, students will learn and reinforce basic signs to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people in our community. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades.
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Toy Store Math (CJ)1-3Carol JohnsonWednesday 11:30Students will have fun learning basic math skills while learning how to run a toy store. We will use pintables, online games, pictures, money, clocks, and schedules as we practice all the activities involved in running the store. Kids will have pretend money to use and we will run simulations such as pricing, buying, and selling to each other via Zoom. Manipulatives will be provided to make activities as “hands on” as possible.

Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to…
Solve money problems involving addition and subtraction.
Work with addition and subtraction equations.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
Tell and write time in hours and half hours

Expectations:
This class will typically not include homework, but students may want to finish work they didn’t complete in class. Extension and practice opportunities will be provided. This class will include printed materials and manipulatives provided by the instructor.

Students will feel successful in this class if they can…
Count to 100 and have a basic understanding of place value.
Can add and subtract.
Are able to identify coins and dollars and have a basic understanding of their value.
Have had a basic introduction to time.
Can follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 30-45 minutes

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and contain peer discussion and collaboration as we complete a task. Typically, students will have their own pintables and manipulatives to use while the teacher guides them through the math task.
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Singing and All the Things (KR)3-8Kaitlyn RothWednesday 12:00In this class, we will be singing! And working on developing our vocal muscles by learning singing exercises, techniques, and body mechanics so we can practice using our voices in a healthy way! Introduction to music theory will also be included so students can become familiar with the basics of note reading. We will then work on applying these skills to singing using popular Disney songs!! (Frozen I and II, Moana, Aladdin, The Lion King, Tarzan, etc.…)
Your child will do well in this class if they love singing!
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Perform It (Theater) (MS)3-8Marian ScaddenWednesday 12:00Part 1: Monologues. Students will learn acting techniques for performing monologues. They will memorize short pieces which will be provided. The last day is a virtual performance.
Part 2: Scenes. Students will practice acting techniques to enhance scenes for 2-3 actors that they will memorize, prepare and perform.
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Oceans (ML)1-4Melina LawsonWednesday 12:30Most of this planet we call home is covered by oceans and 80% of those ocean depths remain unexplored. In this class we will broaden our scientific knowledge of the mysterious ocean habitat as we get to know the plants and animals found in our world’s oceans by studying specific ocean life forms as well as the properties of water. Students will feel successful in this class if they are able to read and write simple sentences independently. This class helps meet science standards for these grades. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Math Mysteries (CJ )6-8Carol JohnsonWednesday 2:00Math mysteries make math fun and engaging while covering a variety of skills. Students will use critical thinking, problem solving, and basic math skills to solve a variety of mysteries Each week students will be presented with a case that needs to be solved. We will work collaboratively in teams, groups, or individually racing against the clock to solve the mystery. Mysteries may involve escape rooms, crime scenes (kid friendly), quests, codes, cyphers, and more!

Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to…
apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a real-world math problem.
Identify how math operations are used to solve everyday problems.
Strengthen their foundation in basic math operations

Expectations:
This class will typically not include homework. Extension and practice opportunities will be provided. This class may include printed materials and manipulatives provided by the instructor.

Students will feel successful in this class if they
Are basically at a 6th grade math level
have an understanding of basic math operations including multiplication, division, and geometry
are able to deconstruct a story problem
Can follow multi-step directions.

Classes will typically run 40 minutes

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and contain peer discussion and collaboration as we solve a mystery. Classes may involve the use of games, websites, and apps.
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Project Adventure - Amazon (MS)3-5Marian ScaddenWednesday 2:00Not only do the students learn about the Amazon Jungle but, oh no, they’re a team of adventurers on a mission of discovery being chased by “the bad guys.” This Jungle class is a simplified RPG (role-playing game). Will the team survive?
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Entrepreneur Kids (Business Planning) (CS)6-8Chris ScaddenWednesday 3:00Students will create their individual businesses from concept to ready-to-launch. We’ll be focusing on product or service ideas, business planning, funding, marketing, and creation of product. We’ll culminate our class with student presentations of their businesses to “potential investors” e.g. parents & family members. Zoom lessons will run about 45-55 minutes each week. Helps cover math and social studies standards for these grades.
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National Math Club (KD)6-8Ellie SchreinerWednesday 3:00Advanced math for middle school students! Using the Math Counts’ National Math Club resources and a variety of games, including pre-algebra and algebra games and activities, geometry and logic puzzles, secret codes and real-life math problems from our community. If you are loving math, problem-solving, or just want to get better at pre-algebra, algebra and geometry, this math club is for you! Your student will feel successful in this class if they are in a 6th, 7th or 8th grade math curriculum, have passed the Let's Go Learn Pre-Algebra assessment, or have otherwise demonstrated an interest in learning more advanced middle-school math skills. Students should be familiar with pre-algebra equations, geometric equations (area, perimeter, radius, circumference, etc.), decimals, and fractions. This class helps meet math standards for these grades.
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Social Zoom & Kahoot Trivia (KS / rotating staff)3-5Kimberly SchreinerWednesday 3:00Just a chance to hang out on Zoom with some other friends from DCS! Chat, share what you've been up to, play funny Kahoot trivia games (if you want) - whatevs! Hosted by Ms. Schreiner or other DCS staff. 30 mins
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STEM through Stories (ML)K-2Melina LawsonWednesday 8:30Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are each an important part of our lives. And they’re fun, too! In this class we will read and discuss a different picture book each week that helps introduce a STEM subject. We will also begin an extension activity that goes along with our topic. These (optional) activities may need to be completed with parental help throughout the week and may be shared with students in the following class time. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Coding / Programming (MM)4-8Monica McQueenWednesday 9:00Students will use Code.org, Scratch.MIT, and other online coding resources to learn the basics of coding and programming. In breakout sessions, students will be able to take their coding further and do more advanced Scratch programming projects. Advanced students may be able to start learning C# programming and game development using Unity. No previous coding or programming necessary. Students may choose to practice or do programming in between class sessions. Online classes will last about 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the exercises being completed. Students may have 20-30 minutes after the online lesson to work on programming and coding challenges.
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Space Race (SN)3-5Stasey NorstromWednesday 9:00As cooperative Space Exploration Teams travel to each Solar Stop, students research the locations (planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors), write about them in their Space Explorer's Log, read stories and complete a variety of interactive activities. With the help of various references, they gather galactic facts and complete activities cooperatively and individually. Independent reading is also encouraged through two Space Race Book Reports. The unit culminates as teams take part in a Press Conference producing an original Space Race Playhouse Presentation. 40-50 minute Zoom classes.
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Fun Math Games (MS)1-3Marian ScaddenWednesday 9:30In this class we’ll be rolling dice, spinning spinners, adding it up, taking it down, and conquering by the numbers. Kids will feel successful if they are already able to read and write numbers and have a basic understanding of basic math functions).
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Kindergarten Math (MR)KMeredith RichWednesday 9:30Reinforcing counting, number recognition, shapes, patterns, simple addition and subtraction, easy "story problems" - using toys, games, real-life simulations and fun online resources. Zoom lesson of about 30-40 minutes. Helps meet math standards for these grades.
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Cycles (ML)K-2Melina LawsonThursday 8:30Make important connections learning about cycles of all types! Water cycle, life cycles, recycling), lunar & earth (annual) cycles, seasons, weather, and the wheels on the bus all go ‘round and ‘round. Students will learn about several types of cycles and how to keep looking for others in the world around them. No homework required, but some extension activities and resources will be provided in case students want to explore these fun concepts outside of class time. Helps meet science and language arts standards for these grades. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Westward Expansion (2 perspectives) (AJ)6-8Andy JohnsonThursday 1:00Westward Expansion – 2 Perspectives: European Settlers: Study the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Corps of Discovery), The Oregon Trail, the California Gold Rush, and the first Transcontinental Railway in this class that covers 100 years of movement from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. Indigenous People: Study the environmental impact and the impact on the indigenous people of North America during the westward expansion of the U.S. We will look at how the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Oregon Trail, the California Gold Rush, and the first Transcontinental Railway changed the lives of so many, and impacted the landscape, wildlife, and homes of 10s of thousands of indigenous people. Students will look at the building of the railway from the view of the Chinese immigrants and the American Indians. Students will see the impact of the buffalo hunting and the implications on the plains Indians as a result. Teaches students to look at BOTH sides of history as they study.****

Goals and outcomes: Students will look at Westward expansion from the points of view of both the European settler society and the Indigenous society. Students will be able to interpret both sides of a historical event.

Standards covered:
- Identify issues related to historical events to recognize power, authority, and governance as it relates to systemic oppression and its impact on ethnic and religious groups, as well as other historically persecuted individuals in the United States in the modern era (bias, injustice, discrimination, and stereotypes).
- Evaluate the influence of the intersections of identity, including but not limited to gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, and class on the experiences of peoples, groups, and events.
- Analyze cause and effect relationships within the living histories of indigenous peoples such as land, technology, and competing economic interests.
- Evaluate the impact of systems of colonial cultures on the indigenous peoples, such as termination, sovereignty, and treaties

Expectations: Students will need to be able to research and work on their own between classes. There will be an expectation of small amounts of homework and research (3 times during the class) where they are expected to bring work they did during the week to class. Students will be expected to work together and participate in class discussion.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can work together well with other students.
…utilize technology to accomplish different types of research.
…can read and write on or close to grade level.

Classes will typically run 40-50 minutes.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion, use google classroom, and have a device that has the app “Kahoot!”.
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Debate (ML)4-6Melina LawsonThursday 1:00Debate is one of the best ways to develop critical thinking skills as students learn to examine and try to understand ALL sides of an argument or issue. Students will learn how to formulate, support, research, and defend an argument. We will work on speaking in front of a group and will hold in-class debates on (non-political) topics ranging from superheroes to school uniforms. Some work outside of class will be necessary for debates later in the term. Your child will feel successful in this class if they can read and write simple paragraphs and are willing to speak in front of the class. Helps meet language arts standards for these grades. Each class will be about 55 minutes long on Zoom.
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Beg. French (MS)1-5Marian ScaddenThursday 1:30Learn basic French through games, activities and memorization. We’ll be Counting, Singing, Listening, and Speaking in French. (Those more experienced in French will have activities and challenges for their level, along with homework.)
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Genius Projects (Research, Present, Take Action) (SN)1-4Stasey NorstromThursday 1:30Students who can choose what they are studying or researching tend to be more engaged in their learning projects and internalize and remember their learning for longer periods of time. We will be providing students with a few themes or concepts: Community, Arts, Ecology, Animals, Friendship, and Learning. They will choose their own topic and guiding question within these concepts, conduct research and first-person interviews, create a presentation, and come up with a plan to take some kind of action relating to their topic, which they may choose to put into action before the end of the term or during the holidays. With a focus on the research and inquiry process, reliable resources, interview techniques, presentation skills, connecting big concepts and ideas, and promoting a "taking action" mentality. Students will feel successful if they can read independently (unless a parent is planning to help them) and do basic research on an idea that they feel strongly about. Based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Exhibition model, this class helps meet language arts and social studies standards for these grades.
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Lego Challenges With Friends2-6Carol JohnsonThursday 10:00Session 1:
A chance to hang out on Zoom with other friends from DCS while discussing Legos and building. We will chat, share what we've been building, and maybe participate in online Lego games and activities. Each week a suggested “challenge” will be issued, it doesn’t have to be followed. Approximately 30 mins.

Session 2:
We will apply the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle to the art process. Each week we will create process art using household recyclables and natural materials. This will be a fun process-oriented art class. Some information about sustainability and the three R’s will be presented. A list of materials will be provided and we will get creative in how to obtain, or substitute for, materials that aren’t available around your house.

Learning outcomes:
Investigate sustainable art practices
Practice responsible use of resources through art
Investigate recycling options for household products

Expectations:
A list of materials will be provided. As this is a class on sustainability and recycling creative substitutions are encouraged. Students do need to come to class prepared with the materials they will use that week.

Students will be successful in this class if they…
Come to class prepared to get a little messy and experiment.

Class will typically run 40 minutes.

Classes will typically consist of a very short teacher presentation of the day’s art project followed by a collaborative art session where each student is creating their own art as we zoom. Class will be very open ended and social. We will discuss art, recycling, and sustainability as we create. Students can share their projects.
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Geology of the PNW (KS) Whole Semester4-8Kimberly SchreinerThursday 10:00The Pacific Northwest is a land of exciting contrasts. It has the largest annual snowfall in the world. It has rainforests, and it has deserts. The PNW also has some of the nation's greatest natural wonders. How did these amazing landscapes form? Why are they so different from other parts of the country? These are some of the questions we will answer in this 14 week class designed for Grades 3-6. There is a required text / project book: Geology of the Pacific Northwest. (Please purchase it yourself, and get reimbursed) Your child will feel successful if they have strong (at least 3rd grade level) reading and writing skills. There will be minimal, optional homework that will support in-class concepts, and integrate their knowledge into real life experiences. 30 to 45 mins
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STEM through Stories (ML) (REPEAT)K-2Melina LawsonThursday 10:30(REPEAT of Wednesday 8:30 Class) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are each an important part of our lives. And they’re fun, too! In this class we will read and discuss a different picture book each week that helps introduce a STEM subject. We will also begin an extension activity that goes along with our topic. These (optional) activities may need to be completed with parental help throughout the week and may be shared with students in the following class time. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Historical Characters (AJ)5-8Andy JohnsonThursday 11:00This is a class about research. Students will learn how to research figures throughout history through different kinds of sources. They will be required to use different web sites that have secondary and primary sources for research, they will learn how to cite their sources and create a document that has in-text citations as well as having a works cited page at the end. Students will learn to do different types of graphs, charts, and tables and input them into the final document. They will also learn how to add pictures and use pictures as a source for their research. The end result will be one of 5 things: 1) a 5-10 page paper based on the character that the student has chosen; 2) an original play (text only) based on their character; 3) a video documentary based on their character; 4) a graphic novel or "scrapbook" based on their character'; or 5) an original website based on their character. For students to get the most out of this class, and for them to feel the most successful, they will need to have the skills to do research on their own as well as strong writing skills. They will have to manage their time and stay on task throughout the term. Each week will be a "check-up" on student progress to see how things are going.

Goals and outcomes: Students will present a biographical paper, video, project, or piece of artwork for a historical character of their choosing (with guidance from Mr. Johnson) citing several different types of sources.

Standards covered:
- Use and interpret relevant primary and secondary sources pertaining to U.S. History from multiple perspectives.
- Compare the political, technological, and cultural achievements of individuals and groups; and transformation of cultures and civilizations.
- Identify and examine the roles and impact of diverse groups of people (e.g. gender roles, social roles, political and economic structures) within the countries of the Western Hemisphere.

Expectations: This class will require students to do research on their own between classes. Students should plan to work between 30 minutes to 1 hour outside of classroom time. Students should follow the timeline that will be given in the syllabus.

Your child will feel successful if he/she…:
…can manage their time as they work toward a project.
…utilize technology to accomplish different types of research.
…can read and write on or close to grade level..

Classes will typically run 45-50 minutes long.

A typical class will: be on zoom and have multi-media aspects. Students will need to participate in class discussion, use google classroom, and have a device that has the app “Kahoot!”.
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Fun Multiplication & Division (MR)3-5Meredith RichThursday 11:00Who doesn't need more practice with math facts and how to use multiplication and division to solve all kinds of real, daily math problems? Using online and "live" (during Zoom lessons) games, story problems, recipes, shopping & money and other activities, we will practice multiplication and division understanding and fluency. Helps meet math standards for these grades. Zoom classes will last about 30 minutes each, and students will also be given a website with online activities to practice for an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of each lesson.
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Ancient History & Crafts (ML )K-2Melina LawsonThursday 11:30Travel through time and across the world with us as we uncover the culture of ancient civilizations, what became of them, and what influence remains today. Each week we will try our hand at a different craft that represents the culture we are studying. All projects will begin during class, but depending on difficulty, may need to be completed outside of class time. If special craft supplies are required, they will be available for pick-up at DCS. Each class will be about 50 minutes long on Zoom.
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Readers’ Theater (MS)4-8Marian ScaddenThursday 12:00Using a variety of plays, poems, and stories--including their own original pieces--students will learn to “act out” a script, using their voices to perform as a group. Students will feel successful if they are able to read comfortably at or above about a 4th grade level.
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Habitats & Ecosystems (KS) Session 1: Gr 1-3, Session 2 Gr 4-61-3Kimberly SchreinerThursday 12:30This habitats & ecosystems unit is designed with high engagement, hands-on science lesson plans. Students learn about land and water habitats and identify ecosystems. Students will learn about communities and populations within ecosystems and ways they depend on each other for survival. We will read, write, conduct research, present to our fellow students, and have hands-on projects you can make at home! Your student will feel successful if they have strong (at least gr 1 for Session 1, and Gr 4 for Session 2) reading and writing skills. There will be minimal / optional homework to extend their learning experience. 30 mins
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Social Zoom & Kahoot Trivia (AJ / rotating staff)6-8Andy JohnsonThursday 2:00Just a chance to hang out on Zoom with some other middle school friends from DCS! Chat, share what you've been up to, play funny Kahoot trivia games (if you want) - whatevs! Hosted by Mr. Johnson or other DCS staff.
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Character Ed (ML)3-5Melina LawsonThursday 2:00Each week we will explore a positive character trait through reading a picture book and comparing our real-world situations to those in the fictional stories. We will also discuss what might make it difficult to have those traits and how we can help ourselves and others improve. Students will have an opportunity to illustrate and plan how they can live out the week's trait and are encouraged to look for other examples of the trait throughout the week so that they can share the ideas with their classmates. In addition, we will begin each class with an emotional check-in, promoting self-awareness and empathy for others. Each class will be about 40 minutes long on Zoom.
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Chess Club3-8Chris ScaddenThursday 3:00Learn & improve chess skills! After meeting together on Zoom and discussing chess rules and tactics each week, the instructor will be having students playing chess with each other on a chess website while on zoom together (students will need to create a login to play with each other). They can also use apps on smartphones or tablets, and will be learning different strategies and tactics to think ahead and outsmart an opponent. Learning chess increases problem-solving skills, improves spatial awareness, analytical and strategic thinking, and memory, and builds confidence and concentration. Parents are encouraged to participate as well. Covers math standards for these grades (logic, patterns, problem-solving).
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Comic books as literature6-8Carol JohnsonThursday 9:00Looking at the world of comics and how they have become a major form of U.S. literature, telling the stories of heroes and becoming our new “folklore” and mythology. We will analyze a variety of comics based off of the principles in McCloud’s book, Understanding Comics. We will look at informational, non-fiction, and fiction texts. This class will require a lot of reading and writing within the confines of high interest content. Writing responses can be done in a variety of formats including making your own comic panel. Some of the texts will include American Born Chinese, Dog Man Fetch 22, Science Comics, The Shark King, and Knights of the Lunch Table. This class covers some ELA standards. Some texts will be presented and read in class together. Longer texts will be read outside of class and discussed as a group.

Learning Outcomes
This class covers some grade level reading, writing, and literature standards.

Students will be able to…
Define what a comic is and the unique contributions of this medium.
Analyze an author’s choices concerning setting, visuals, point of view, characterization, and word choice
Explain the picture plane, symbolism, and time as depicted in comics
Understand the history of comics and their role in current culture


Expectations:
This class will include homework, typically at least an hour per week. Much of this is reading so it will depend on your child’s reading pace. We are reading comics; they tend to go faster than novels. Students will be expected to complete readings outside of class and come to class prepared to discuss. Some writing assignments will need to be completed outside of class. There will be a variety of response options. Extension opportunities will be provided. This class will include printed materials provided by the instructor. Some texts will need to be obtained either digitally or in print. The instructor will either provide texts or work with families to obtain them.

Students will feel successful in this class if they...
Can read and comprehend at a 5th grade level
Can write a strong paragraph

Classes will typically run 55 minutes

A typical class will be on zoom, have multi-media aspects, and contain an instructor presentation, peer discussion, and collaboration. Students will have opportunities for both sharing written responses and in class writing.
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Growth Mindset (DA)3-5Dawn AdamsThursday 9:00Let's look at how the mind works, and how we can CHOOSE to respond to challenges effectively! When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. THAT is "Growth Mindset". We will discuss the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset. We will apply what we learn to real life situations, and will practice using growth mindset skills to problem solve. Some topics we will discuss, through the growth mindset lens are:
Facing challenges
Trying new things
Stepping into new situations
Self-regulation / calming
Self-awareness
Self-appreciation / self-acceptance
Self-talk / kindness
Friendship activities
Anti-bullying
Speaking up when bullying is happening around us.
Students will have minimal work outside of the 40 minute virtual class. They may be asked to try something new, or to interview a family member. Students will be asked to participate verbally in the zoom class, but will not be “put on the spot” if they are uncomfortable talking in the group.
This will be a 7 week course, to be repeated for grades 6-8 for the second 7 weeks of the term.
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Taking Measures (MS)1-3Marian ScaddenThursday 9:30In Taking Measures, students get to experience practical math as they enjoy using all sorts of measuring tools: rulers, scales, measuring cups and spoons, tape measures, temperatures, time, etc.
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Story Elements (MR)KMeredith RichThursday 9:30Students will hear a story every week and learn to recognize story elements like character, plot, setting, conflict, themes, point of view, resolutions, and the moral of each story. Important concepts for budding readers and writers to help them improve comprehension and expression. Zoom lessons of about 30-40 minutes. Helps meet language arts standards for Kindergarten.
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