Course Offerings

Conversation Classes provide students with instruction on the strategies and skills they need to improve reading comprehension, and also become strong and successful readers and conversationalists. Instruction covers the following reading skills and strategies:

Skills

 

  • Theme

  • Character & Setting

  • Main Idea & Details

  • Fact & Opinion

  • Visual Information

  • Author's Purpose

  • Make Predictions

  • Draw Conclusions

  • Cause & Effect

  • Compare & Contrast

Strategies

 

  • Monitor Comprehension

  • Make Connections

  • Visualization

  • Organization

  • Determine Important Information

  • Ask Questions

The 7 Continents Class helps students learn about the world through engaging reading
and writing activities. Five geography units cover the following standards-based topics:world-map.jpg

Section 1: The Continent in the World
Introduces students to the location of the continent in the world.

Section 2: Political Divisions of the Continent
Introduces students to the regions and countries in the continent.

Section 3: Physical Features of the Continent
Students learn about the landforms and bodies of water of the continent.

Section 4: Valuable Resources of the Continent
Students learn about the various natural resources of the continent.

Section 5: Culture
Introduces students to the architecture, arts, beliefs, and traditions of the continent.

Geography Class introduces basic geography skills and over 100 geography terms. The geography skills presented include:

  • Globes

  • Compass roses

  • Map legends

  • Map grids and coordinates

  • Map scales

  • Physical state, region, and country maps

  • Projections

  • Road and tourist maps

  • Historical and cultural landmark maps

  • Population and product maps

  • Climate and time zone maps

  • Land use, product, and resource maps

  • Political country, region, and continent maps

Science Class helps students develop a genuine understanding of standards-based scientific concepts and vocabulary using engaging activities. A variety of rich resources, including vocabulary practice, and comprehension tests in multiple-choice format, help to introduce students to earth, life, and physical science concepts. The science skills presented include, but are not limited to, the following:

Concept 1:   Plants and animals depend on each other and on their environment for survival.flowers.jpg

Concept 2:   Most microorganisms do not cause disease, and many are beneficial.

Concept 3:   Both slow and rapid processes – from erosion to earthquakes – shape and
reshape the Earth's surface.

Concept 4:   The properties of rocks and minerals reflect the process that formed them.

Concept 5:   Electrical energy can be converted into heat, light, sound, and motion.

Concept 6:   People invented machines to make work easier.

Critical & Creative Thinking Class engages students in thinking skills practice with fun, brain.jpgimaginative activities that motivate students as they practice thinking in multiple ways about a variety of curriculum and theme-based topics. 

  • Places

  • Nature in Action

  • People

  • Fantasy

  • Things I Use

  • In My World

Reading Comprehension Class presents students with direct instruction and practice of the comprehension strategies and skills they need to become strong and successful readers.  

Students read original fiction and nonfiction passages, with comprehension items designed to help engage students in reading, thinking about, and responding to a variety of texts. Activities are presented in an exam format. Students practice important test-taking skills, while they also strengthen comprehension.  Instruction in reading comprehension covers the following:

  • Main Idea and Details

  • Who, What, Where, When, and Why

  • Sequence

  • Compare and Contrast

  • Fantasy vs. Reality

  • Make Predictions

  • Phonics

  • Sight Words

  • Word Meanings

In Current Events Class students are given a short, current events news article to read, with different exercises to engage in as follows:

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  • True / False

  • Synonym Match

  • Phrase Match

  • Spelling

  • Role Play

  • Discussion Topics

The student will then engage in conversation with the teacher about the current events article they read.

 

Movie Review Class gives students an opportunity to discuss the latest films that they love. This class encourages students to:

  • Critique a short film and prepare an oral movie review

  • Learn movie review vocabulary in discussing movie plot points

  • Discuss and cite evidence to support their opinions about the movie

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