Each series of hands-on learning activities corresponds to an online course and covers four core subjects: English language arts, math, science, and social science. T. Under every project, there is an authentic and cross-disciplinary challenge. A good project solves a problem! Learners have the opportunity to express creativity, use problem-solving skills, and apply learned content to real-world problems.
Both the learner and parent partner with a credentialed teacher to dive deep into the weekly content, which culminates with a project related to real-world skills. Our facilitator does the hard work for you: from supporting growth opportunities to providing feedback and assessing your child’s strengths, parents can partner as little or as much as desired.
Weekly live sessions allow for engagement with other students and parents, conversation with the facilitator (teacher), and live learning activities and support.
Learning Experience 1: The Story of Me (Quarter 1)August 30- October 15
Learners embark on an adventure to answer the question, “What do stories teach us about Identity?” In this course, learners will explore identity through science, language arts, social science and music. As 5th graders explore how identity is formed and influenced in many different ways, they will get a chance to write a story of their own about their own identity and uniqueness.
This quarter the following courses are incorporated:
- Math 5a: That’s Intenths
- Discover the Story of You
- Notes From Around the World
- Up and Atom
Learning Experience 2: Selling Colonial America (Quarter 2) October 18-December 17
5th graders will “go back in time” and gain knowledge about Colonial America and the 13 colonies. Learners will investigate the economic attractiveness, religious attributes, demographics, geography, educational, and housing lure of colonial America. For language arts, 5th graders will read informational text and learn how to craft a persuasive essay. Learners will get an opportunity to become engineers and build their own colonial tools through science challenges (STEM). At the end of the adventure, learners will create a commercial to attract immigrants and inform others about your colony including its resources, relations with Native Americans, economy, religion, and individuals’ reasons for settling. 5th grader will learn equivalent fractions, converting improper fractions into proper fractions, estimating the sums and differences that include fractions, and relating the concept of division to fractions. The course is intended for students to develop a good number sense when it comes to dividing 2-3 digit numbers and dealing with fractions.
Learning Experience 3: Voices of the Revolution (Quarter 3) January 24-March 18
Learners will become historians by Investigating the causes and outcome of the American Revolutionary War by looking at it from different perspectives. Learners will not only have the opportunity to step into the shoes of the American colonial leaders and the British but also the French, indigenous people, enslaved Africans, and members of various social classes in the colonies. At the end of this adventure, learners will plan and create engaging podcasts to share about the revolutionary war. Along with learning about the revolution learners will engage with math by learning about volume and dividing and multiplying fractions. The 5th grade science adventure consists of a journey about space and various planets in our solar system. This learning adventure is full of hands-on activities, critical thinking and exciting live campfire sessions.
Learning Experience 4: Body Systems Investigators (Quarter 4) March 21 -May 20
Science and ELA In this adventure, learners become scientists by investigating the different body systems of the human body and how they work together to keep our body going. Learners will then get a chance to solve a “medical mystery” by applying their knowledge of the body systems.
Social Science Learners will continue exploring systems by looking at the early American government system. This adventure will guide students into understanding how the constitution was created and why there is a Bill of Rights. Learners will finish up the quarter by analyzing the impact of western expansion on early America.
Math This math adventure introduces learners to coordinate planes. Learners will learn how to plot a point, line and identify the different coordinates and quadrants. Along with understanding the coordinate plane, learners will get a chance to explore shape attributions.