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Computer Science and Engineering in Elementary?
Without a doubt.
Introducing computer science and engineering to children early develops an understanding of the world around them and how to improve it. Exposure to both in elementary ensures more equity in learning as children start to gain awareness and interest in STEM early on. This early exposure can help put them a STEM learning pathway and lead to future careers that they might not have considered.
Designing Hand Pollinators 1 & 2
Insects pollinate many kinds of plants. What if the right insects aren’t around to do the work? As an agricultural engineer, what would you do to solve this problem? The storybook Mariana Becomes a Butterfly shows how a girl in the Dominican Republic solves a pollination problem in her own garden. Learning along with Mariana, students become agricultural engineers as they solve a real-world challenge. They apply their knowledge of insects, insect life cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials. Students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve their own technologies for pollinating plants by hand.
Creating Animations 1 & 2
Agricultural engineering work often involves understanding the intricate relationships between living systems and technologies. In the story Mariana Shares a Bee Idea, Mariana experiences the challenge of telling a friend about a pollination system. Students use the Scratch Jr app to practice sharing ideas through computer animations. They then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve an animation to communicate about animals and their habitats. Students extend their computational thinking skills to mathematical concepts as they practice determining place value.
Cargo Connect Challenge with Spike Essential
Let's think of ideas for different ways to transport cargo. Students will explore how cargo is transported to places all over the world. We will create team model showing how cargo is sorted and transported to its destination. At the end, students will share their ideas and what their team has learned with others.
Crazy Carnival Games with Spike Essential
Students will learn energy, energy transfer, and collision. They'll explore ways of using observation skills as they anticipate the outcomes of changes in energy during a collision, describe the relationship between energy and speed, and predict how energy moves from place to place. They'll also broaden their understanding of energy conversion (potential and kinetic) by investigating a solution that converts energy from one form to another, testing the solution to improve and refine its function.
An invention is something unique and new that is created to make our life better by solving a specific problem.
As a young inventor, you will go through the 5 stages of Design Process as you invent a new solution for the problem you encounter. We will go through what we do in each stage!
Learn to think mathematically and rely on the depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons
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Enjoy The Singapore math - a highly effective and focused on mastery method , which is achieved through intentional sequencing of concept
To write a book report is a way to tell others about a book you've read. But what makes a good book report? We will learn how to write an effective book report and the elements of Book Report share. We will read several books together and students will choose books to share and write.
Speech and Debate + Writing
Debate: Students will learn the combination of basic impromptu debates and later advanced debate for Congressional, Parliamentary and Public Forum styles, students will grow accustomed to debate basics and will be repeatedly exposed to advanced debate skills.
Writing: Students will be tasked with responding to several different persuasive writing prompts on a weekly basis. They will be exposed to current events in the news, moral/value issues facing society, as well as movies/television and other media in current popular culture via videos, readings, and class discussions. After which they will be asked to share their thoughts/opinions via free writes/responses or reviews, or take a position on an issue and construct arguments. Students submit their writing assignments for feedback/grading through Google Docs & Google Classroom.