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. 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: Face to Face (Quarter 1)
Social Science, Language Arts & Science:During this adventure 7th graders will explore the use of masks in various ancient and current world cultures. Masks can have different origins, meanings and purposes. Learners will get a chance to infer how masks have been used in different rituals, fashion and occupations around the world. 7th graders will consider how masks function as objects that enhance beauty and appearance, provide protection or concealment, display power, or indicate change and transformation. Along with learning about ancient and modern cultures, learners will embark on a self reflection journey to answer the course driving question of “What masks do I wear in my daily life?”. Learners will artistically create different masks, write poetry and craft a personal narrative in this adventure.
Along with learning about different ancient civilizations and cultures. 7th graders will look at diversity and how DNA and genes influence what we look like on the outside. Does it influence the “mask” they wear? At the end of the adventure, learners will gain knowledge on what genes are, how they work, how we use them to predict offspring, and effects of changes to their DNA.
Math: Learners will explore rational and irrational numbers. They will begin with positive and negative whole numbers (integers) and move on to positive and negative fractions and decimals (rational numbers). 7th graders will complete assignments (drills), activities (real-world applications), and class discussions.
Learning Experience 2: Building Rome (Quarter 2)
The driving question “What makes a lasting empire?”
Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, & Math:
During this adventure, 7th graders will explore the course and ultimate fall of the Roman empire, and other European kingdoms during the Middle Ages in their Social Studies. They will learn about the different cultures and styles of governments unique to each area and then infer whether a particular empire will be successful based on its qualities. 7th graders will use this information to plan out their own empire, including descriptions of the government structure, city design, and argue why their government will be successful.
In Language Arts, Learners will develop the written and verbal skills to effectively win an argument. They will create an argument that is strong, decisive, and eloquent. Along the way, they will discover other great orators as well as practice a variety of “argumentative” styles. Learners will use this skill to argue for the success of their empire.
In Science, learners will explore cells. You will observe different types of cells, see how they function and work together to create tissues, organs, and organ systems — and determine what happens when they don’t function correctly. Learners will create models of their empire and think of the details that will make their empire function smoothly like a cell does.
Math: Learners will explore inequalities, equations, proportional relationships, and graphing linear functions. 7th graders will complete assignments (drills), activities (real-world applications), and class discussions. The main goal of this quarter is for you to be able to use division to compare numbers and interpret your results.
Learning Experience 3: TBA (Quarter 3)
Learning Experience 4: TBA (Quarter 4)