Humanities (English Language Arts & Social Studies)
ELA and Social Studies are taught by the same teacher and frequently during a long block of instruction. There are regular cross-curricular connections and fluid movement between the two subjects. ELA curriculum includes novel studies, reading groups, and a writer's workshop. Social Studies curriculum includes geography (sixth grade), ancient civilizations (seventh grade), U.S. history (eighth grade).
Classes balance skill building, concept development, modeling and problem solving. Lessons incorporate a variety of structures and activities: stations, math journals, collaborative problem-solving, use of manipulatives, games, simulations and projects. When it makes sense, math instruction is integrated into Learning Expeditions, especially opportunities to engage with authentic data collection and analysis opportunities. Read More...
Curriculum is organized into teacher-created case studies and units. Teachers incorporate labs, simulations, games, writing assignments, projects, and a wide variety of other learning activities into the lessons. There is also a focus on non-fiction reading and writing aligned with the Common Core standards. Science topics per grade include:
- Sixth: bridges, engineering and design, introduction to chemistry & cells
- Seventh: physics, geology, evolution and biodiversity
- Eighth: body systems, cells, chemical reactions, environmental science, space