|Distance Learning - Spring Term ('19-'20) Course Descriptions|
|Day||Time||Grades||Instructor||Name of Course||Course Description|
|(1) Mon.||8:30 AM||K-3||Lori Bassham||Drama||Our drama instructor, Lori Bassham, will be offering K-3 drama learning online through Zoom and Google Classroom for the month of April. (And beyond, if necessary.) If your student would like to participate on Mondays, here's what we're going to be doing:|
The young actor will participate in an improvisational activity and experiment with the importance of emotions in acting. Be prepared to show everyone your best emoji faces!
We will meet on Zoom from 8:45-9:15 on Monday, April 6 (and every Monday at 8:45 am). Meeting ID 853-980-2803 Password: 22251
The video can also be found on Google Classroom.
|(1) Mon.||9:00 AM||4-8||Mrs. Scadden||French (M&W)||During this term, we’re going to concentrate on conversational French, learning common phrases and increasing vocabulary. We’ll practice listening and speaking, through memorizing, games and activities. Note that this class will be two days a week. It’s for those who have some French speaking skills and for those who are new. Expect to do extra practice between lessons.|
|(1) Mon.||10:00 AM||K-8||Mrs. Scadden||Mime Troupe||Mime Troupe, Mondays (weekly), 10:00-11:00 with Mrs. Scadden - live Video Conference|
Ages: Only for those who WANT to, including whole families.
Have you ever seen the incredible magic of mime? Be a part of the enchantment. You’ll learn and practice mime techniques and create mime routines. Families can work together to create group mimes. At the end of the term, we’ll have a show in front of a live audience, or if that’s not possible, we’ll create a virtual one.
|(1) Mon.||10:00 AM||4-8||Lori Bassham||Drama||Students will meet together on Zoom for 30 minutes. We will be dramatizing the children's book "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub".|
Students are welcome to participate in this class from their own (unfilled) bathtub if possible. (No worries if they're using a desktop and can't be in the tub.) They are also welcome to wear ANY kind of costume if they would like to.
|(1) Mon.||10:30 AM||K-3||Anna Landgren||Outside Art||Through this class we will explore the definition of art and ask the question, does art have to be permanent? Every week will be an art project you can do outside (and sometimes leave there). For the first half of class we will discuss the next week’s assignment. For the second half, we will share pictures of our art from the previous week’s assignment.|
|(1) Mon.||11:00 AM||5-8||Andy Johnson||Westward Expansion||Looking at Westward Expansion from the eyes of European Settlers, and through the eyes of the indegenious people who already populated North America. For weeks 1-4 we will be looking at the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with weeks one and two being a focuson "adaptation" and "communication". In weeks 5-6, We will be looking at The California Gold Rush. Weeks 7-8 will be focused on the Trancontinental railway, with the last two weeks of class being on the Oregon Trail. We will be looking more at the concpets that made this possible (such as the influece of enlightenment, the necessity of adapation, and the problem with communication that was a part of that particular movement.|
|(1) Mon.||11:30 AM||K-3||Ann Landgren||Magic School Bus Science||Each week we will explore a different topic in science while watching Magic School Bus. Afterwards we will have discussion and small activities.|
|(1) Mon.||12:30 PM||3-6||Stasey Norstrom||Once Upon a Writing Prompt||Get out your favorite pen, pencil or keyboard! Time to sharpen those writing skills and share your writing and ideas with a group. Students will be presented with a writing prompt and will create a creative writing piece or essay using the Six Traits of Writing.|
|(1) Mon.||1:30 PM||4-8||Kaitlyn Stowell||Quilting Squares||Students will learn the basics of measuring, cutting, and piecing fabric to create different squares (friendship star, log cabin, rail fence, etc...) that can be made into a small quilt. At the end of class, students will have enough squares to make into a small blanket.|
|(1) Mon.||1:30 PM||K-2||Emily Blanton||How to Write Poetry||How to Write a Sentence is a simple, no-prep, 9-week writing program that will have your students writing poems in record time. Students with little to no knowledge of writing will flourish with our step-by-step writing guides.|
|(1) Mon.||2:30 PM||K-8||Kaitlyn Stowell||Sing Along Songs||Students will do well if they enjoy singing. Since this is live (on zoom), students will not be able to hear everyone singing at once due to lag time, but students may take turns soloing if desired.|
|(2) Tues.||8:30 AM||3-7||Linda Connolly||Continuing IEW (Writing)||This class will focus on writing stories and narratives paragraphs while incorporating IEW structure and style. I will walk students through each assignment, and writing will be done after class and shared the following class period|
|(2) Tues.||9:00 AM||5-8||Anna Landgren||Covid Math||We will be utilizing Brain Pop videos and combining them with news articles. Through this class we will cover statistics, supply and demand, probability, coodinate planes, and graphs. We will also talk about confirmation bias and how to recognize biase|
|(2) Tues.||9:00 AM||K-2||Stasey Norstrom||Words and Art By...||Start your morning with a 5-minute story! After discussing the story, students will spend time writing and drawing based on the story they just heard. Students will feel successful if they can write basic sentences and words.|
|(2) Tues.||10:00 AM||3-6||Anna Landgren||Color Theory (Art & Science)||Using crayons, markers, and other commom coloring utensils, we will make our own color wheel and explore relationships between different colors.|
|(2) Tues.||10:00 AM||K-4||Jen Teal||Sign Language||In this class, we will be learning the ABC and 123 as well as learning to sign words correctly that they will be able to put into sentences.|
|(2) Tues.||10:30 AM||6-8||Andy Johnson||Zombie Geography||Geography taught through the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse. We will be looking at what makes a settlement possible, from the ideas of the physical geography around a location, to the resources, and how humans can adapt to and engage in the environment. This next several weeks will be focused on settling and what it takes to be a part of actually settlement. We will be looking at laws, and community, and everything it takes to have a society.|
|(2) Tues.||10:30 AM||5-8||Linda Connolly||U.S. History through Literature||We will continue writing paragraphs and essays based on periods of American History, using IEW techniques. Lessons will be exactly Maine’s in class and written during the week.|
|(2) Tues.||11:00 AM||3-5||Anna Landgren||Magic School Bus Science||Each week we will explore a different topic in science while watching Magic School Bus and taking notes. Afterwards we will have discussion and small activities.|
|(2) Tues.||11:00 AM||K-2||Meredith Rich||Break the Code Practice (T/Th.)||Many 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.|
|(2) Tues.||11:30 AM||K-5||Sarah McGowan||Kids Dance Cardio||Dance Cardio is a fun upbeat workout. Dance moves that everyone can do!|
|(2) Tues.||11:30 AM||5-8||Jen Teal||Sign Language||We will continue learning signs and putting them into sentences. I have the book I use as a file I can send or you can get it from the other platform.|
|(2) Tues.||12:30 PM||K-2||Meredith Rich||Money, Time & Management (T/Th.)||We will 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. We will also explore the basics of measuring height, width, length and weight.|
|(2) Tues.||12:30 PM||4-6||Dawn Adams||Math Games||Students will play interactive games covering various math concepts. We will connect virtually. Please download and print any board games needed. A list of household objects will be included in each day's plan.|
|(2) Tues.||1:30 PM||2-4||Kimberly Schreiner||Weather and Climate||This semester we will discover water cycle terminology, and processes, as seen in our physical world as Weather. CC Planner has items that will need to be printed ahead of time. Students will communicate with the instructor and fellow students via Zoom meeting. During that time we will watch videos, learn terminology, and discuss the processes that formulate our weather. Homework assignments are also available which uniquely support learning for the day’s concept.|
|(2) Tues.||1:30 PM||4-8||Karen Mahoney||Discovering Art, Paper, & Ceramics||Discovering 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.
|(2) Tues.||2:30 PM||4-8||Mr. Scadden||Chess||Long distance chess has been around for a long time, so come and learn how to play this centuries old game with those who are staying home like you. We will learn the "secret code" that can be used in email, chat, or via video chats. We will also try connecting by online programs that allow you to play in real time with your classmates and see it all on your computer, tablet, Chromebook, etc. Come "CHECK" it out.|
45 minutes via Zoom video conference and / or online, multiplayer chess programs.
Will repeat every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:15.
|(3) Wed||9:00 AM||4-8||Mrs. Scadden||French (M&W)||During this term, we’re going to concentrate on conversational French, learning common phrases and increasing vocabulary. We’ll practice listening and speaking, through memorizing, games and activities. Note that this class will be two days a week. It’s for those who have some French speaking skills and for those who are new. Expect to do extra practice between lessons.|
|(3) Wed||9:00 AM||K-2||Melina Lawson||Seuss & Phonics||For beginning and emerging readers! We will meet as a class using Zoom for live video lessons of 30 mins each week. During the class time we will practice a few sight words, read and discuss a Dr. Seuss book, and practice a phonics word family.
Outside of the class time, students will be expected to practice their skills on lalilo.com. 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!
*Note - There will be some overlap of content from the fall Seuss-ucation class.*
|(3) Wed||10:00 AM||K-8||Veronica Williams||Dance with DBAD||Dance with DBAD K-2.|
This online dance class an intro to dance at a beginning level. We will rotate through Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. There will be a lesson with videos to follow along with each week.
Dance with DBAD 2-4.
This online dance class an intro to dance at a beginning level. We will rotate through Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. There will be a lesson with videos to follow along with each week.
|(3) Wed||10:00 AM||3-5||Meredith Rich||Math Tips and Tricks||When the basic math instructions aren't sticking, we can't just choose to not learn the skill. In this class we will explore alternative ways of doing basic needed math skills.|
|(3) Wed||10:00 AM||5-8||Kimberly Schreiner||Wild Classroom||This class is based on World Wildlife Fund's Wild Classroom. Following their provided curriculum, we will investigate a different animal each week. There will be artices to pre-read, or videos to watch ahead of time. |
At the assigned time, your student will join the Zoom Meeting. We will discuss what we learned, how we feel about the information, and brainstorm as a group what we can do to help. Homework assignments are available to build on the concept.
This class speaks frankly about genuine environmental issues, human actions, and the detrimental effects they have on the lives of these animals. Because of that, please, be sure your child is ready for this knowledge.
|(3) Wed||10:30 AM||K-3||Mrs. Scadden||French||For this group of young language learners, we’re going to work on basic French vocabulary, numbers and simple phrases. The children will listen to French stories and songs.|
|(3) Wed||11:00 AM||5-8||Andy Johnson||Social Awareness & 80's Pop||We'll be looking at the importance of citizenship and being an active and enaged citizen in today's culture by tackling some important issues that face us today. How do we extend kindness? How do we help people less fortunate than we are? How do we make this world better? Those are some of the questions we'll ask in this class. As we ask those questions, we'll look at 80s pop music and see how some of those artist forced us to think about what type of citizen we are, and helped us to see that we should start with the person "in the mirror" (Michael Jackson) to make the world better! |
|(3) Wed||11:00 AM||3-5||Kimberly Schreiner||Art of Nature - Spring||Each week a new science topic related to Spring will be introduced. Please print the materials on CC Planner ahead of time. |
The Instructor will meet with your student via Zoom at the assigned time. During the meeting your student will receive instruction on the day's concept, and set the stage for the project that will occur at home.
The links for the items needed, as well as samples are included in CC Planner.
|(3) Wed||11:30 AM||K-8||Sarah McGowan||Kids Fit||This is a body weight no equipment needed workout class! We will focus on functional movements in different variations. High intensity/low impact!|
|(3) Wed||12:00 PM||4-8||Mrs. Scadden||Road Trip USA||Where in the United States have you always wanted to go? Let’s plan that trip. Will it be one long trip? Several jaunts to nearby spots? Or just a thorough exploration of Oregon? Maybe all three. We’ll be using math as it applies to travel, as we also learn about our country’s geography.|
|(3) Wed||12:30 PM||5-8||Kaitlyn Stowell||Ukulele||Students will continue learning ukulele skills, including chords, songs, notes and scales to become more independent in their ukulele playing. |
Students will do well if they are willing to make time to practice at least 10 minutes 4-5 days a week, if not more.
|(3) Wed||12:30 PM||K-8||Melina Lawson||Spanish||We will meet as a class using Zoom for 30 mins each week. The first week will introduce Duolingo, Tinycards, and how the class will work. In a typical class we will practice some vocabulary together and then break into mixed-age groups to work on Duolingo Stories. Students will listen to and practice the dialogues in their groups, then present them for the whole group. They may also have a chance to create flashcards on Tinycards to help their classmates. Students will have weekly assignments on Duolingo that should be completed outside of the class time. Other links to online games, videos and learning resources for Spanish will also be provided. Students will need to create a Duolingo account (or use an existing one) then go to Settings > Progress Sharing, and enter class code: KSUJGU.
|(3) Wed||1:30 PM||K-3||Melina Lawson||Stories & STEAM||We will meet as a class using Zoom live video conference for 30-40 mins each week. |
The first class will serve as an introduction. For following classes, students will need to watch a BrainPopJr video before our meeting time to gain an introduction to the topic.
www.brainpopjr.com - you will be provided with the exact link, user name and password each week.
During our class time we will take a class quiz on the video, read and discuss a picture book that supports the topic, and start an extension activity. The (optional) activities may need to be completed with parental help throughout the week and may be shared / showed to other students in the following class time.
|(3) Wed||1:30 PM||5-8||Kimberly Schreiner||Our Planet||The Netflix original documentary series “Our Planet” tells the story of the one place we all call home, because if we understand our planet, we can create a future where we all thrive. This class will watch and do the assigned exercise before the zoom meeting.
During the zoom meeting we will discuss what we learned, share our thoughts, and have conversations about how we can help. The emphasis of this class is on the specific, scientific information given in the video as well as human impact on our precious planet.
Your student will feel successful if they can read and write at a minimal 5rd grade level as well as use a chromebook to research and write.
|(3) Wed||2:30 PM||K-3||Karen Mahoney||Make and Bake Clay||Make 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.
|(4) Thurs.||9:00 AM||4-8||Mrs. Scadden||Daring Kids||A mish mash of subjects; a mish mash of undertakings. We’re going to try out some of the activities in the Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls. Be brave; be game and let’s see what happens!|
|(4) Thurs.||9:00 AM||K-3||Melina Lawson||Characters with Character||We will meet as a class using Zoom live video conferencing for 30 minutes each week. During that class time we will explore a Character trait (like kindness, perseverance, courage, honesty, persistence, etc.) through reading a picture book and discussing real-life examples. Students will have an opportunity to illustrate and plan how they can live out the week's trait.
They are also encouraged to look for other examples of the trait throughout the week so that they can share the ideas with their classmates.
Ideas for writing and drawing projects will be given for extension activities between class sessions (but not required).
|(4) Thurs.||10:00 AM||2-5||Melina Lawson||Exploring Symbols||Exploring Symbols Grades 2-5 - with Melina Lawson|
We will meet as a class using Zoom live video conference for 30 mins each week.
During class we will explore some of the many ways humans use symbols - from ancient hieroglyphics and secret codes, to logos and modern emojis, from math to literature. At the end of each class, students will be given an optional task to complete on their own which will be shared with students in the following class.
|(4) Thurs.||10:00 AM||6-8||Kaitlyn Stowell||Creative Writing Lyrics||Students will study 1-2 songs each week, looking at the meaning of the lyrics and discussing the meanings/implications and construction of the song. Students will also attempt to write their own poems/songs in different styles.|
|(4) Thurs.||11:00 AM||6-8||Andy Johnson||The Constitution||A study on the constitution and the different ammendments that make up the laws of the United States. We will also be looking at the history that surrounds the adoption of an amendment. As an example, we will look at the ammendment that gives women the right to vote, and we will also look at the history of the women's sufferage movement and the importance of the different people who made this movement possible. As we study the different laws, there is so much rich history behind every single ammendment. This is more than just memorizing the different sections of the constitution, but it is also about seeing how citizenship involvement creates movements in the United States.|
|(4) Thurs.||11:00 AM||3-5||Stasey Norstrom||Math Poetry||Using classic poetry conventions and art, students will explore the world of writing and drawing through the lens of mathematics. Students will have writing supports in order to create original poems. Students will be successful if they understand the four math processes, grammar, and spelling.|
|(4) Thurs.||11:00 AM||K-2||Meredith Rich||Break the Code Practice (T/Th.)||Many 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.|
|(4) Thurs.||11:30 AM||K-8||Sarah McGowan||Guided Meditation||Guided meditation and visualization exercises. Each class we will work focus on breath work and dive into many different topics. Peacefulness, mindfulness, gratitude, forgiveness. This course is great for all ages, it's important when taking this class you are in a setting that is calm and peaceful with no distractions.|
|(4) Thurs.||12:00 PM||3-8||Mrs. Scadden||Oregon Trail Theater||We’re going to mix History with Theater. In this class, we’re going to research life on the Oregon Trail. We’re going to practice theater techniques as we create “newscasts,” tell stories as if we’re around the campfire, and create a brief radio theater. We’re going to also work on “instant challenges,” in which the students will have a set time to complete a task.|
|(4) Thurs.||12:30 PM||2-4||Dawn Adams||Math Games||Students will play interactive games covering various math concepts. We will connect virtually. Please download and print any board games needed. A list of household objects will be included in each day's plan.|
|(4) Thurs.||12:30 PM||K-2||Meredith Rich||Money, Time & Management (T/Th.)||We will 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. We will also explore the basics of measuring height, width, length and weight.|
|(4) Thurs.||1:30 PM||3-5||Mr. Norstrom||Because of Winn Dixie - Literature Study||Students will join Mr. Norstrom via Zoom and read the novel Because of Winn-Dixie. After each chapter, questions will be asked for comprehension of the story. Students will feel successful if they can read at the 4th grade level.|
|(4) Thurs.||2:30 PM||3-5||Stasey Norstrom||Math Snippets||We will be learning about different math examples and processes including long division, area and perimeter, fractions, and others. Class will be held in conjunction with watching videos from Khan Academy. To be successful, students must have a basic understanding of the four math processes.|