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Start Your Child on a Rewarding Learning Journey When we decided to add a distance learning option to our school system, we searched for the best we could find, and are pleased to have chosen Calvert Education. Calvert began providing distance learning over 100 years ago, and today their curriculum is used worldwide in virtual schools, charter schools, and homes. Calvert is dedicated to inspiring students to realize their full potential, using a proven curriculum and expert instructional support systems designed to encourage academic excellence.

Why We Chose the Calvert Curriculum

We chose Calvert because of their reputation for academic excellence, and the exceptional support they provide. Calvert partners with our faculty, staff and you to create a learning environment that empowers your student to achieve academic success.

The Benefits You Will See from Calvert

• A balance between flexibility and structure for your family • Tuition-free access to the accredited Calvert program and support network • Step-by-step daily lesson plans • Instruction supported by highly qualified teachers • Clear academic objectives for individualized learning • An excellent balance of online and off-line learning • The Verticy Learning option, a specialized curriculum designed to help struggling readers • A curriculum that will prepare your child for future schooling

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Support for Your Success Our team of professional educators helps you and your child every step of the way We are dedicated to helping your child get the best education possible. When you enroll in our school, you become part of an academic team that includes your child’s Supervising Teacher, our school system and the Calvert Academic Services Team, all sharing a commitment to your child’s academic success.

Collaborate with Your Supervising Teacher Customized Curriculum

We work with you to tailor your child’s course of study. Each child is unique, and with Calvert’s placement services and specially developed placement test, we will determine a custom placement to fit your child’s skills in math and grammar/composition/spelling. This placement flexibility ensures that your child is positioned for a successful year.

Your Supervising Teacher develops a personal relationship with you and your child to establish goals for the academic year and plot achievement milestones. Throughout the year, the Supervising Teacher evaluates progress against established goals and offers suggestions and strategies. This ongoing academic planning is a fundamental ingredient of a positive academic outcome for your child.

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Individualizing Your Support

Cultivating a nurturing learning environment encourages your child’s love of learning, and helps your child receive the best education possible. This is achieved through the ongoing partnership of your Supervising Teacher, Calvert’s Academic Services Team, and you. Your Supervising Teacher guides you through the school year and collaborates with curriculum experts to provide you and your child with individualized support.

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The Calvert Lesson Manual Your road map for guiding daily learning

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Whether you choose to work from the print or online version, Lesson Manuals are the heart of the Calvert curriculum. They provide complete, step-by-step daily plans for all subjects to facilitate an efficient school day. Online manuals contain rich embedded instructional resources and links. Each Lesson Manual contains a course outline for every subject, a suggested daily schedule and tips for the Learning Guide.

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Online features Parent’s Online Features

The Learning Management System is your online tool to oversee, support and enhance your child’s academic journey. In this password-protected site, you will find: • Gradebook • Tracking for your student’s progress • Answer keys for daily work

Student Portal

Each student receives access to an online portal containing links to instructional support, online resources, and practice tests. These resources are customized to support your child’s course and are designed to enhance and reinforce lessons. Icons in the Lesson Manual direct you to online and multimedia resources that correspond to the lesson.

Types of Online Resources Include: Web Visit a website to learn more. Activity Engage in an online interactive activity. Video Watch an instructional video online. Audio Listen to an audio file. Photo Look at a still image online. e-Textbook Textbook available online Checkpoint Brief daily auto-graded online assessments to gauge understanding Rate This Lesson Rate the lesson using a Five-Star Rating System.

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Calvert Online Resources Learning made fun with interactive and multimedia resources Interactive learning takes less time, is enjoyed more, and increases comprehension. Calvert has integrated technology with textbooks and traditional resources to provide your child with a dynamic, fun and enriching learning experience. The best part is that all students using Calvert or Verticy have access to these engaging online resources.

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Calvert i-Library All Grades

Calvert i-Library contains interactive resources, tools, and supplemental activities including website reviews, ageappropriate activities, and even an astronomy portal. Online versions of Encyclopedia Britannica®, World Atlas, and Multimedia Library are also included. Calvert i-Library

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Discovery Education STREAMING Videos

Game-Based Math Practice

Discovery Education STREAMING Grades K–8

Interactive Computer Skills Grades K–8

Calvert presents concept-specific videos from Discovery Education STREAMING. The videos will engage your child and help bring lessons alive.

BrainPOP Grades K–8

Interactive multimedia learning is more than just fun; it increases learning. Calvert presents interactive tools featuring videos, games, and quizzes from BrainPOP. Your child will love using the online activities that are an integrated part of the Calvert experience. BrainPOP Online Activity

Computer aptitude is a vital skill. Calvert Computer Skills are subject-integrated, animated and child-friendly to help children develop word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, HTML basic programming, desktop publishing, and web research skills.

Game-Based Math Practice Grades K–5

Learning math is fun with web-delivered supplemental math activities. This gamebased program uses rich, multisensory activities designed to improve learning while developing higher level problemsolving and reasoning skills.

Calvert Mastery Series: Spelling Grades 3–7

Incorporating dynamic activities while using “smart” technology to create individualized learning, Calvert’s Online Spelling program encourages the mastery of spelling skills.

e-Textbooks

Publisher-provided electronic versions of selected textbooks contain additional resources, such as video clips, autograded practice tests, quizzes, and valuable support material.

Calvert Instructional Videos Grades 5–8

Calvert’s math, grammar, composition, and history instructional videos are engaging and interactive. These tutorial videos are aligned to lesson objectives and help with retention.

Curriculum Checkpoints Grades K–8

Online, concise, objective assessments at the end of every lesson are automatically graded to give you instant feedback regarding your child’s mastery of the lesson’s concepts.

Instructional Composition Video

Calvert Online Spelling Program

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Measuring your child's progress Results Monitoring helps ensure academic success One of the most important keys to academic success is regularly monitoring your child’s performance and progress. A virtual education using the Calvert curriculum includes tools to help ensure that your child is meeting or exceeding performance expectations and mastering gradelevel content. Your Supervising Teacher uses these assessment tools throughout the year to address concerns and adjust the academic program as needed. Additionally, your school district may require standardized achievement tests.

Daily Checkpoints

After finishing a lesson, your child will complete concise, objective online questions that give you instant feedback on retention of the lesson’s main ideas. Responses are automatically graded and recorded in the online Learning Management System (LMS).

Daily attendance tracking

Daily attendance plays a vital role in a student’s academic achievement and success. Online features allow our school to track your child’s attendance to ensure state regulatory compliance is met.

Weekly or biweekly check-ins

Some Supervising Teachers may conduct oneon-one phone or webcam sessions with you and your child, helping to build a solid relationship and provide personal interaction, guidance, and feedback.

Monthly performance evaluations

A portfolio of your child’s tests will be evaluated, offering personalized feedback and guidance.

District and state assessments

As a public school student, your school district and state may require your child to participate in the quarterly benchmark assessments and the annual state assessment program. The results of these assessments not only provide you information about your child’s progress, but they also serve as indicators about the school’s overall effectiveness.

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Kindergarten Math

Students explore Math by learning about fractions, money, shapes, time, and simple addition and subtraction.

Language Arts

This phonics-based approach uses colorful, read-aloud phonics storybooks and poetry to introduce and reinforce short vowel and consonant sounds, sequencing, auditory and visual discrimination, classifying and rhyming.

Science

Students study topics such as the seasons, weather, the human body, plants and space.

Hands-on, active learning

Social Studies

Students discuss community, transportation, and significant people and events.

Technology

Word processing and graphics applications are introduced.

Music

Students learn traditional children’s songs and finger plays.

Art

Students paint, draw with crayons and chalk, and complete craft activities to foster creativity and develop fine-motor skills.

INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Lesson Manual • Teacher Aids • Letters & Words • 19 Early Phonics Storybooks • The Music Break CDs (2) • Calvert Math Lesson Manual • Calvert Math Textbook • Calvert Math Workbook • Activity Pages • Poems & Prose • Little Big Books – Set of 20 • Read Aloud Books – Set of 10 • Word and Picture Book • Phonics Library • Practice Book, Volume 1 & 2 • Supplies 

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Calvert Parent Community  Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

Children enjoy a full-day program featuring a phonics-based learning approach that gives them a solid foundation for reading. Hands-on, interactive activities make learning fun as students are introduced to Technology, Science, handwriting and the fundamentals of music.


Grade 1

The joy of reading and writing

INSIDE YOUR BOX

Manual • Lesson Here We Go! • Let’s Be Friends • Surprises • Treasures • Wonders • Red Robin, Fly Up! • Reading Work Pages • Reading Word Cards • Calvert Speller • Phonics Library • Explore Your World I • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level A • Stories and Longer Verses • Writing Fun • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Math in Focus Workbook (A+B) • Science: A Closer Look • Activity Pages • Tests • Science Kit • Supplies • 

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Calvert Parent Community • e-Textbooks • Answer Keys for Daily Work 

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Calvert’s spelling and reading are integrated with each other so your child learns and retains phonics basics and the building blocks of language.

Math

Students work with two- and three-digit numbers, skipcounting, measurements, addition and subtraction, telling time, and graphs.

Language Arts

Through activities that develop phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency skills, students build on printing skills and begin to use the distinctive Calvert script. The formal spelling program overlaps with phonics instruction in reading. Students learn to compose sentences on a given topic, lines of poetry, and thank-you notes.

Science

An exploration of living things, Earth, weather, matter, motion, and energy excites the imagination.

Social Studies

Students are inspired by biographies of famous explorers, political figures, inventors, and American leaders. They explore the five themes of geography and learn basic map skills.

Technology

Computer studies include word processing, computer navigation, graphics skills, and visual mapping basics. Course

content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

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Grade 2 Math

Students perform complex addition and subtraction, manipulate and measure geometric figures, develop skills with money and measurement, represent data, and work with numbers through the thousands.

Language Arts

Phonics storybooks and reading anthologies reinforce word analysis techniques and develop comprehension skills. Simultaneously, students begin writing dictated words and sentences, learn punctuation and spelling rules, and start to express ideas in original compositions.

Science

Integration and application across content areas

Social Studies

Biographies of old-world figures, inventors, and leaders in American life expand an understanding of the world.

Geography

Students learn about exact and relative location, boundaries, and regions while continuing to build basic map skills.

Technology

Typing, spreadsheets, internet, and e-mail skills are used.

Art

Students develop skills in drawing and studying famous paintings. Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

Students study heat, light, forces, the properties of rocks, the heart and lungs, plants, animals, and habitats.

Students create a postcard from a character in one story to send to a character in another story. They illustrate the postcard and include flora and fauna seen in the setting. This connects to the studies of plants and animals in the Science lessons.

INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Lesson Manual • Adventures • Delights • Phonics Library • Reading Workbook • Rhymes and Verses • Explore Your World II • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level B • Calvert Writer with Spelling • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Math in Focus Workbook (A+B) • Science: A Closer Look • Activity Pages • Art Pictures • Tests • Science Kit • Supplies 

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Answer Keys for Daily Work


Grade 3 INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Lesson Manual • Smiling Hill Farm • Tales from Far and Near, Tales of Long Ago • Rewards • Horizons • A Child’s Study of Famous Americans Gods of Greece • Let’s Read a Poem • Everyday Spelling • Reading Work Pages • Reading Word Cards • Phonics: Level C • Writing and Grammar Workbook • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level C • Scott Foresman Communities • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Math in Focus Workbook (A+B) • Science: A Closer Look • Art Cards • Tests • Activity Pages • Science Kit • Supplies •

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • e-Textbooks • Calvert Mastery Series: Online Spelling Program • Answer Keys for Daily Work OPTIONAL RESOURCES

• Verticy program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

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In-depth exposure to social studies and literature Students are exposed to fairy tales and folk tales. They explore how these tales reflect the culture of origin. Students then write their own fairy tale.

Math

Students use problem-solving and visual representations to interpret data, create tables and graphing, add and subtract like and unlike fractions and mixed numbers, express decimals as fractions and mixed numbers, measure angles, and find area and perimeter.

Language Arts

Composition lessons help students further develop writing and reinforce spelling skills. Students are introduced to ancient mythology to foster literature appreciation. Smiling Hill Farm, a classic, but rare, children’s book reprinted exclusively for Calvert, is the first novel students read on their own. It is supplemented by story anthologies. Students are introduced to a more structured interactive, webbased spelling program.

Science

Life cycles, ecosystems, matter, force, motion, and astronomy, health, and mineralogy are studied.

Social Studies

Students begin a more formal study of social studies, focusing on communities.

Geography

Students learn to identify hemispheres, continents, and oceans. They gain an understanding of longitude, latitude and symbols on maps and graphs.

Technology

Spreadsheets, graphing, and presentation skills are employed throughout subjects.

Art

Students learn techniques in drawing, perspective, and color.

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Grade 4 Math

Students use problem-solving and visual representations to interpret data, create tables and graphs, add and subtract like and unlike fractions and mixed numbers, express decimals as fractions and mixed numbers, measure angles, and find area and perimeter.

Language Arts

A focus on reading strategies helps students become better readers and connect more deeply with both fiction and nonfiction. Students use the writing process to develop original compositions.

Idea expression and scientific discovery Science

Students study life science, physical science, and earth science.

Social Studies

Students study regions of the United States and basic geography using maps, globes and graphs.

Technology

Spreadsheets, tables, charts, and graphs are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Art

Students improve skills using lines, light sources, and motion.

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• Lesson Manual • Phonics: Level D • Everyday Spelling • Grammar & Usage • Famous Legends • Identities: An Anthology • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson • Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH • Thomas Edison: The Great Inventor • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Math in Focus Workbook (A+B) • Science: A Closer Look • Maps, Globes, Graphs: Level D • Regions • Social Studies Workbook • Tests • Activity Pages • State History Courses • Art Cards and Art Pictures • Science Kit • Supplies  ONLINE RESOURCES

 ncourage your young scientist E through hands-on experiments. Calvert includes science materials with each grade, providing hard-to-find materials needed to conduct science activities. Online resources show real-world application.

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • e-Textbooks • Calvert Mastery Series: Online Spelling Program • Answer Keys for Daily Work

OPTIONAL RESOURCES

• Verticy program for struggling readers

Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

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Grade 5

In-depth review of history and classic literature

INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Core Lesson Manual • Grammar/Composition/Spelling Manual – Includes Activities and Tests • The Secret Garden • Sing Down the Moon • Number the Stars • Shiloh • The Sign of the Beaver • Call It Courage • Reading Comprehension: Level E • Critical Thinking: Level E • Everyday Spelling • Grammar & Usage • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Math in Focus Workbook (A+B) • Science: A Closer Look • American Tall Tales • Build Our Nation • Student Atlas • A Child’s History of Art: Painting • Painting Art Cards • Core Tests • Core Activity Pages • Science Kit • Supplies 

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Game-based Math Practice • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • e-Textbooks • Calvert Instructional Videos • Calvert Mastery Series: Online Spelling Program • Answer Keys for Daily Work

OPTIONAL RESOURCES

• Verticy program for struggling readers Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

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Your child learns and processes information, then uses presentation software to share newfound knowledge. Calvert students develop age‑appropriate computer skills and apply those skills in various subjects.

Math

Students use problem-solving and visual representations to multiply and divide fractions, simplify algebraic expressions, represent ratios in fraction form, multiply and divide decimals, and classify polygons.

Language Arts

Students explore connections among American history, literature, and geography by reading classic historical novels such as Sing Down the Moon and Sign of the Beaver. Students also continue their studies in grammar and learn how to write different kinds of compositions.

Science

Animal and plant kingdoms, weather, ecosystems, physics of matter, forces, and energy are explored.

History

Students continue to learn about American history, from colonial times through the twenty-first century.

Geography

Students study the regions of the United States, the countries of Latin America, and Canada.

Technology

Research and basic HTML skills are introduced.

Art

Students learn different art techniques including contour, naturalism, and linear perspectives.

Art History

Using A Child’s History of Art: Painting by Virgil Hillyer, students study paintings from ancient Egypt through the modern art movement.

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Grade 6 Math

Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of ratios and proportions, summarize data distributions, compare numbers with percents and ratios, write and evaluate algebraic expressions, and express and compute rates.

Language Arts

Students develop skills of literary analysis while enjoying poetry, drama, novels, and nonfiction. Grammar study is intensified as students learn how to diagram sentences. Composition skills are honed through various assignments, including a research report.

Science

Earth science, the environment, weather and climate, and chemical properties and interactions are studied.

An emphasis on independent learning

History

From the birth of Western civilization through the fall of Rome, students are awed by the past.

Geography

Students study the Eastern Hemisphere.

Technology

Web research and creating digital presentations are critical skills used for study across subjects.

Art

Students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture, and symmetry design. Lessons are coordinated with Art History study.

Art History

A Child’s History of Art: Sculpture offers the study of great sculpture from ancient times to the present. Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

• Core Lesson Manual • Grammar/Composition/Spelling – Includes Activities and Tests • Theras and His Town • The Phantom Tollbooth • Explorations: An Anthology • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction • The Master Puppeteer • One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story • Esperanza Rising • Everyday Spelling • Elements of Language • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Inside Earth • Chemical Building Blocks • Chemical Interactions • Earth’s Waters • Weather and Climate • A Message of Ancient Days • Geography - The World and Its People, Eastern Hemisphere • A Child’s History of Art: Sculpture • Sculpture Art Cards • Core Tests • Core Activity Pages • Science Kit • Supplies 

When students study Russia, they are introduced to Leo Tolstoy and how his writing reflects not only the culture of Russia but explores universal qualities such as helpfulness, compassion, mercy, and justice.

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ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Calvert Instructional Videos • Calvert Mastery Series: Online Spelling Program • Answer Keys for Daily Work • e-Textbooks • Learning Strategies • How to Diagram a Sentence

OPTIONAL RESOURCES

• Verticy program for struggling readers

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Grade 7

INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Core Lesson Manual • Grammar/Composition/Spelling Manual – Includes Activities and Tests • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • The Door in the Wall • Out of the Dust • Across America on an Emigrant Train • A Single Shard • Classic Poems to Read Aloud • Everyday Spelling • Elements of Language • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • From Bacteria to Plants • Animals • Human Biology and Health • Motion, Forces, and Energy • Sound and Light • Across the Centuries • Geography - The World and Its People, Western Hemisphere • A Child’s History of Art: Architecture • Architecture Art Cards • Core Tests • Core Activity Pages • Science Kit • Supplies 

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System • Calvert Parent Community • BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education STREAMING • Calvert Instructional Videos • Calvert Mastery Series: Online Spelling Program • Answer Keys for Daily Work • e-Textbooks • Learning Strategies • How to Diagram a Sentence

Inspired and integrated art and history

OPTIONAL RESOURCES

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Students are immersed in a world of art and architecture as history and art converge. A rich palette of resources including picture cards, online resources, and handson art activities combine for a whirlwind virtual tour of the world’s most impressive structures.

Math

Students develop an understanding of proportional relationships, add and subtract integers, perform operations with rational and irrational numbers, simplify algebraic expression, approximate probability and relative frequency, and construct different geometric figures.

Language Arts

Students continue to build strong grammar and composition skills through descriptive narrative, expository writing, and poetry. Students enjoy novels, poems, and works of nonfiction.

Science

Life and physical sciences, characteristics of living things, and sound, light, motion, forces, and energy provide understanding of how things work.

History

Students are captivated by the past as they study the fall of Rome through the Enlightenment.

Geography

A study of thematic maps and the Western Hemisphere expands world knowledge.

Technology

More sophisticated topics such as networks, web research and validation, desktop publishing, and databases are introduced.

Art

Students apply concepts from Art History, including creating trilithons and step pyramids and designing various buildings.

Art History

A Child’s History of Art: Architecture is explored with applied lessons designing structures. Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

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Grade 8 Math

History

Students develop a deep understanding of algebra through statistical applications and representing and comparing functions. Students will also add and subtract using scientific notation, use exponential notation, graph linear equations, analyze data, and apply geometric transformations.

Students study American History from the discovery of America to modern America.

Geography

Students review geographic themes, such as spatial growth, demographic patterns, and climatic issues, in the historical context of the U.S.

Technology

Language Arts

Narrative poetry and prose correspond to American History. Students are immersed in the country’s intellectual, physical, and political identities. Vocabulary, grammar skills, and reading comprehension are built through poetry reading, speeches, sonnets, plays, and award-winning novels.

Science

High school preparation and confidence building

Physical, life, and earth sciences such as electricity, magnetism, the structure of plant and animal cells, genetics, space, topography, and erosion are studied.

Students master presentation skills, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and HTML.

Learning Strategies

Students also master study skills, organizing, test taking, note‑taking, and research needed for high school. Course content subject to change based on state standards and curriculum updates.

Students study American History and read American historical novels as well as speeches by historically significant American figures. For a History assignment, students use writing skills to write a speech to address a constitutional problem.

INSIDE YOUR BOX

• Core Lesson Manual Grammar/Composition/Spelling • Manual – Includes Activities and Tests The True • The PearlConfessions of Charlotte Doyle • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman • Reflections: An Anthology • Stories in Verse • Elements of Language • The Growing Vocabulary • Math Lesson Manual • Math in Focus Textbook (A+B) • Cells and Heredity • Earth’s Changing Surface • Astronomy • Electricity and Magnetism • Environmental Science • America: History of Our Nation • History and Geography Workbook • Atlas of United States History • Core Activity Pages • Core Tests • Learning Strategies • Science Kit • Supplies •

ONLINE RESOURCES

• Online Lesson Manual • Interactive Computer Lessons • Curriculum Checkpoints • Calvert i-Library • Learning Management System Parent Community • Calvert BrainPOP Online Interactive Activities • Discovery Education • Calvert InstructionalSTREAMING • Answer Keys for DailyVideos Work • e-Textbooks • Learning Strategies • How to Diagram a Sentence •

OPTIONAL RESOURCES

• Verticy Learning program for struggling readers

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Help for students who struggle with reading, writing, spelling, and math Children learn in different ways. For children with dyslexia or other language-based learning difficulties, conventional teaching strategies often do not work, causing children to lag behind. This results in frustration and unhappiness for both parents and children. Verticy Learning is Calvert’s solution for meeting the needs of not only dyslexic students, but those who learn differently.

Reading improved by 2–3 grade levels

A curriculum personalized for your child

Research shows that Verticy works to significantly improve reading levels, and a student’s ability to read independently, by as much as 2–3 grade levels.

The level of each Verticy course matches where your child is now, builds on existing skills and challenges your child to progress and excel. Courses can be customized in four areas:

Customized courses designed for the child who: • Struggles with reading, writing or spelling • Experiences issues with memory and retention • Performs below grade level in reading and writing • Has difficulty decoding words (sounding out)

• Grammar/Composition • Phonics/Spelling • Math (Grades 3–8) • Core Subjects (Grades 3–8) (Social Studies/History, Science, Literature, Geography, Technology and Art)

• Benefits from a variety of instructional techniques: visual, auditory, tactile (touch), kinesthetic (movement) • Exhibits frustration and may resist learning

Learn more about Verticy. Go to VerticyLearning.org

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High School

Calvert offers High School in an online, digital format. Printed course guides and off-line learning opportunities enrich and expand the student experience.

Key Characteristics Calvert High School provides a college preparatory curriculum. It is academically rigorous and reflective of the highest standards, preparing students to successfully attend any college in the world. The foundation of our instructional design is the Learn-Use-Teach model. Students Learn subject content. Next, they Use what they have learned to analyze, apply, and solve. Then they demonstrate Teach by synthesizing, creating, evaluating, or teaching content to others.

GRADE 9

GRADE 10

• English 1

• English 2

Core Courses

Core Courses

• Algebra 1 or Geometry

• Algebra 2

• Biology

• Chemistry

• U.S. Government/Civics (one semester each) or World History

• World History

Elective Courses

Elective Courses

• Spanish 1 • Spanish 2

• Advanced Placement Human Geography

• Pre-Calculus

• Advanced Placement World History • French 1 • Spanish 3

• Health/Personal Fitness (one semester each)

• Creative Photography

• Digital Arts/ Music Appreciation (one semester each)

• Business Essentials

• Business Communications • Web Design

• Introduction to Information Technology

These are available courses. Grades 11 and 12 will be added in the 2016 and 2017 academic years, respectively. Check with your school for their grade level requirements.

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Your Child’s Learning Experience A successful, enriching educational path Educating your child outside of a traditional classroom gives you more choices and the opportunity to be directly involved in your child’s education. Your child’s academic year begins with the delivery of the Big Box. For many children, this is like a holiday present coming in the mail. Parents and children are excited to unpack all the books and materials they need for a full year of study.

The Curriculum

Accreditation and Alignment to Educational Standards Calvert Curriculum is accredited and approved by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The instructional program is based on the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL) standards for online programs. Calvert regularly reviews all courses and introduces new materials after considering state standards and the standards established by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Teachers of Social Studies, and National Science Teachers Association, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education. ZMSCHOOLFAM0415

The Calvert curriculum is a research-based, standards-aligned program designed to prepare your child for success in school and in life. Developed by curriculum specialists and distance learning experts, the Calvert curriculum provides your child with a challenging and integrated educational experience emphasizing grammar, composition, and critical thinking. Daily instruction is easy to follow and reinforced by multimedia experiences to engage children with different learning styles.

It All Works Together

To reinforce key concepts, skills and information are integrated within topics and across subjects. For example, composition skills are applied when writing essays and reports in Reading and History. Computation, data analysis, and graphing skills that are learned in Math are applied when students develop spreadsheets to display results from a science investigation.

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