A COUNTRY FAR AWAY
During this time, students develop their information processing, communication, creative, and critical thinking skills. During the first part of this unit, students learn research skills as they explore a variety of countries. Each student applies these skills as he/she chooses a country to investigate. Throughout the research, students explore what it would be like to live in that country for a year.
PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
The teacher will lead discussions and activities to help students function in groups, effectively interact with others, and strengthen their personal problem solving skills.
Topic study time gives each child a chance to explore subjects of interest. Students choose from a wide variety of subjects in the arts, sciences, and literature. After reading about the topic, the student uses the information to complete activities at the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The students develop their problem solving skills through a series of problems called Math Matters. Each set of problems focuses on one problem solving strategy such as guess and check, make an organized list, look for a pattern, etc. After completing the initial problems and a wrap-up for the strategy, students use the strategy to solve a more challenging problem. Options are available for students who need more support or more challenge.
The students use technical reading and scientific method skills as they explore electricity.