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K–8 Course Catalog K–8 Course Catalog


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 helping students realize their full potential, using a proven curriculum and expert instructional support systems designed to encourage academic excellence.

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

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.

• Step-by-step daily lesson plans • An easy-to-use online platform that brings lessons to life with multimedia • Guidance and support from highly qualified teachers • Clear academic objectives • An excellent balance of online and off-line learning

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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.

Customized Curriculum We work with you to tailor your child’s course of study. Each child is unique, and with Calvert’s placement services we will determine a custom placement to fit your child’s skills in math and reading. This placement flexibility ensures that your child is positioned for a successful year.

Collaborate with Your Supervising Teacher

Individualizing Your Support

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

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.

your child.

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Calvert Lesson Plans: Your road map for guiding daily learning

Calvert parents will tell you that Calvert’s Lesson Plans are the heart of

Calvert Lesson Plans Contain:

the Calvert curriculum. With complete

• Suggested daily schedules

daily plans for all subjects, these

• Helpful teaching tips and hints

indispensable manuals provide detailed,

• List of daily materials and books

step-by-step instructions to enable you

• Assignment summary

successfully teach your child. The online

• Clear learning objectives

experience contains rich embedded

• Detailed, step-by-step instructions

instructional resources brought to life with multimedia. All courses provide

PLUS

a suggested schedule, clear objectives,

• Learning strategies

and tips for the Learning Guide.

• Online learning resources • Integrated assessments that gauge understanding • Fun projects that build creative thinking

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Calvert Teaching Navigator The Calvert Teaching Navigator guides you through an easy step-by-step digital experience that brings the curriculum to life. View your daily schedule, select which lessons your student is to complete each day, easily track progress and performance, and access teaching and technical support as needed – all conveniently from your computer or tablet.

Structure with Flexibility

You and your student will be able to track work that’s been completed, plan and see next steps, and view lesson goals.

Access Anywhere, Anytime

Schooling on the go? The Calvert Teaching Navigator is accessible anytime from any desktop or tablet.

Progress Tracking

Easily view and track your student’s progress, performance, and pacing.

Interactive Educational Tools and Videos

Access high-quality resources from leading education content providers.

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Calvert Online Resources Interactive learning brings ideas and concepts to life. Interactive learning brings ideas and concepts to life. Calvert has integrated a variety of online resources into our lessons along with e-texts and real-world resources and online tools to provide your child with a dynamic, fun and enriching learning experience.

Britannica® School Grades 7–8

Students have access to a wealth of information through the multimedia resources located in this ad‑free online version of Encyclopedia Britannica. Interactive and engaging graphics, audio, games, and videos accompany many topics, allowing your students to explore content according to their learning level.

Discovery™ Education STREAMING Grades K–8

Calvert presents concept-specific videos from Discovery Education STREAMING. The videos will engage your students and help bring lessons to life.

BrainPOP® Grades K–8

Interactive learning is more than just fun; it increases learning. Calvert presents interactive tools featuring videos, games, and quizzes from BrainPOP.

Gizmos Grades 3–8 Britannica® School

Gizmos interactive math simulations by ExploreLearning are aligned to the latest standards. Gizmos help bring inquiry-based learning experiences to students while building conceptual understanding.

Discovery Education STREAMING Videos

BrainPOP® Online Activities

Gizmos

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PrepMagic Next-Gen Simulations

PrepMagic Next-Gen Simulations MyMath

MyMath Grades K–5

Bring Math to life with a wide variety of fun, interactive resources. Videos, games, and digital tools provide students with engaging practice and opportunities to develop fluency.

Legends of Learning Science Games Grades K–8

NGSS aligned online science games designed for elementary and middle school students builds engagement and boosts comprehension.

Grades 6-8

PrepMagic’s NextGen Science interactives create real-world connections and feature beautiful visuals that develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Science Fusion Grades 6–8

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Science Fusion series includes online activities, videos and virtual labs that can be completed side-by side with hands-on activities. This series promotes important criticalthinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace.

Science Dimensions® You Solve It Simulations Grades K–5

Science Dimensions provides rich opportunities for students to conduct hands-on investigations, solve problems, and present their findings.

Legends of Learning Science Games

Science Dimensions® You Solve It Simulations

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Kindergarten Students will refine reading skills with readaloud books and a phonics-based approach. Reading materials are integrated with Science and Social Studies for an interdisciplinary education. Math introduces students to numbers, shapes, problem solving, and ordering numbers.

English Language Arts

Kindergartners learn to print and use their new skill to write about animals, their community, and create a book about weather. Children read engaging texts that introduce phonics skills and develop critical thinking.

Calvert’s full day Kindergarten program offers hands-on, interactive learning.

Science

Students observe patterns in the natural world to answer scientific questions, construct arguments with evidence to support claims, develop and use models, and communicate solutions to provide detail about scientific ideas. They learn about weather and create a weather forecast.

LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum introduces America’s historical figures, symbols, and holidays. Students learn about globes and maps by making their very own treasure map. Kids are introduced to jobs and money and learn how to write a resumé that highlights their special talents.

Math In Focus K e-text Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - Where's Home Little Pip? - Farming Then and Now

Math

- What Will the Weather Be?

The focus is on counting up to 100, addition, subtraction, measuring, and shapes. Students engage in projects like making a number book to teach younger students, and measuring and weighing an item to ship it to a family in need. Students write in the colorful Math in Focus workbook and learn how to access grade-appropriate digital interactives.

- I love Saturdays y domingos - Neighborhood Walk: City - Tiny Seed - While I Was Sleeping - Weather Words and What They Mean - The Old Things

Physical Education

- Making Music

Lessons help young learners establish a basic understanding of health and fitness.

- Plant Patterns

Health

Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection e-texts

- Life in a Pond

Students are introduced to the concepts of personal safety, healthy behaviors, nutrition, communication, disease prevention, basic anatomy, and physiology.

HMH Science Dimensions K e-text

Course content subject to change.

BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities

HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations Discovery Education STREAMING Videos MyMath Digital Resources Legends of Learning Games 

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Grade 1 First graders build on what they learned in Kindergarten to develop phonemic awareness, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students build a strong foundation in Math skills and concepts in ways that are fun and engaging.

English Language Arts

Students gain independence in reading, learn more sight words, and become more adept at distinguishing vowel sounds. They write a narrative about their favorite day and create a persuasive poster about their favorite treat.

Science

First graders investigate, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations and design solutions to demonstrate gradelevel proficiency. Students learn to predict movement pattern of objects in the sky and then compare the sky where they live to that of students around the world.

Social Studies

Students develop into independent readers and writers. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G1 e-text

This course introduces beginning economics and good citizenship. By interviewing a family member, students come to understand how our country has changed over time. They learn about the many uses of maps by making a “Personal Atlas to My Life.”

Math In Focus Digi +

Math

- The Winner's Choice

Students continue learning addition and subtraction—now with two digit numbers. They explore measurement, charts, graphs, time, money, and solid shapes. Students learn concepts by writing the biography of a number and creating a 3D cake design.

Physical Education Young learners focus on ways to be more active. Topics of study include exercise safety, nutrition, and the values of cooperation and teamwork. Students learn age-appropriate motor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills.

Health First graders develop a basic understanding of the aspects of health. Topics of study include personal safety, nutrition, communication, disease prevention, basic anatomy, and physiology. Course content subject to change.

Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - Stellaluna - Time to Sleep - Hunter's Money Jar - Arbor Day Square - Far From Home - King Kafu and the Moon - The Sun - One Classroom, Many Cultures - Whose Is This? - How a Seed Grows - Going to School Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G1 e-text Pearson ReadyGen Reading Collection G1 e-text HMH Science Dimensions 1 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations McGraw-Hill – Networks Social Studies: Our Community e-book BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos MyMath Digital Resources Legends of Learning Games

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Grade 2 Students become fully immersed in the world of independent reading and build a strong Math foundation through projects that mirror real-world applications.

English Language Arts

Grade 2 students add more sight words and increase fluency by studying additional vowel sounds, blends, and suffixes. Learners use their skills when interviewing a community leader and then writing a biography about him or her.

Science

Second graders identify and perform guided investigations about the properties of matter to create a matter scavenger hunt and use engineering principles to design a solution to prevent or slow natural erosive processes that changes the shape of the land.

Social Studies

Students study Native Americans and how the United States transitioned to a land of immigrants. Students will also learn about the U.S. government, economics and trade concepts. Learning is made fun by creating a travel guide of favorite places and making a plan to earn and save money.

Math

Second graders study 3-digit numbers, addition and subtraction to 1000, mental Math, data collection, money, time, and shapes. Engaging projects include conducting a plant growth experiment and organizing a fundraising event.

Physical Education

Physical Education focuses on how to become more fit and healthy. Children learn about warm-up and cool down, water safety, goal setting, nutrition, muscle strength, and flexibility, and are required to participate in regular physical activity.

Art & Picture Study

This course explores drawing techniques, perspective, and color theory and includes the discussion and analysis of famous works of art. Course content subject to change.

Grade 2 builds on acquired skills and engages students with their community. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G2 e-text Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - Trouble at the Sandbox - Disaster Alert! - John Chapman: Planter & Pioneer - Pioneers to the West - On Meadowview Street - The Earth Dragon Awakes - Change Makers - Money Matters - Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday - Friends Around the World - 68 Ways To Save The Planet Before Bedtime. Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G2 e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Reading Collection G2 e-texts HMH Science Dimensions 2 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations McGraw-Hill - Networks Social Studies: Who We are as Americans e-book BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos MyMath Digital Resources Legends of Learning Games

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Grade 3 In Grade 3, collaboration is integrated into lessons and projects. Learning will take place on a personal level cultivating a deeper understanding of subjects. The Singapore Math Method continues to build on concepts taught in Grade 2.

English Language Arts

Students read cross-curricular texts to increase subject knowledge and practice complex phonics concepts. Lessons include daily writing and fun projects like composing an advertisement about living in an extreme environment.

Science

Virtual labs provide an opportunity for students to practice gathering evidence and defending their claims. The Grade 3 curriculum weaves S.T.E.M. skills into lessons to spark a child’s curiosity about these fields. Students learn about plant and animal reproduction, inheritance, and life cycles by devising a plan to save the bee population.

Social Studies

This year, students develop ideas for helping their communities and starting their own business. Project-based learning helps students grasp the concepts of economics. Students learn about civics by developing and implementing a community service project.

Math

Lessons employ active digital resources such as a digital placevalue chart, used with base-ten blocks to model addition and subtraction, and a digital beam balance to practice mental Math and estimation. Students learn about angles and lines, polygons, and area and perimeter by designing a wildlife sanctuary.

Physical Education

Children learn about warm-up and cool down, water safety, goal setting, nutrition, muscle strength and flexibility and are required to participate in regular physical activity.

Art & Picture Study

Budding artists learn drawing skills using lines, light sources, and motion while discussing and analyzing famous works of art. Course content subject to change.

Reading, writing, and fundamental skills are intertwined so students learn them organically and with purpose. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G3 e-text Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - About Earth - Below Deck: A Titanic Story - Brave Girl: Clara & The Shirtwaist Makers Strike Of 1909 - Deep Down & Other Extreme Places To Live - Iopeners Living Through A Natural Disaster - Iopeners What Is Government Storm In The Night - The Case Of The Gasping Garbage - The Song Of Sky & Sand - The Year Of Miss Agnes - Treasure In The Trees - Weather Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G3 e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Reading Collection G3 e-texts HMH Science Dimensions 3 e-text H  MH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations McGraw-Hill – Networks Social Studies: The United States: Communities and Neighbors e-book BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations Legends of Learning Games

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Grade 4 Lessons guide students in applying concepts learned in fun and meaningful ways. Tips on differentiation are included so Learning Guides can adjust the lessons to accommodate students of different ability levels.

English Language Arts A shift toward explanatory/argumentative writing is marked by an increase in non-fiction reading. Students conduct research for an op-ed and then create an investigative journalism report for a news show.

Science

Students apply their knowledge of natural earth processes to generate and compare solutions to determine the impacts of renewable and nonrenewable resources. Students employ the engineering design process to design, test, and refine a device to stay safe during a collision.

Digital resources and simulations promote active learning and a deeper understanding of concepts. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G4 e-text Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen 4 Library e-texts:

Social Studies

- A Tale Of Two Poggles

This year’s focus is on the geography and history of early North America, the Age of Exploration, Colonial America, the American Revolution, and westward expansion up until the Civil War. Students create virtual museum exhibits to showcase the history of their state.

- Anatomy Of A Volcanic Eruption

Math

- A Tsunami Unfolds - Earthquakes - Iopeners Skeletons, Inside And Out - Lunch Money - Mary Anning: The Girl Who Cracked Open The World - Science Squad: Porpoises In Peril

Math dives deeper into addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, data, and graphing; measuring angles and symmetry; and calculating perimeter and area of square and rectangles. Students build a travel itinerary, budget for a trip, and use geometry to design a dream neighborhood.

- The Longest Night

Physical Education

Pearson ReadyGen Sleuth Reading Collection G4 e-texts

Students learn age-appropriate motor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills, and are required to participate in regular physical activity.

Art & Picture Study This course explores drawing skills such as perspective and color theory. Picture study includes the discussion and analysis of famous works of art. Course content subject to change.

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- Three Native Nations: Of The Woodlands - Plains & Desert - Using Money - Why The Sea Is Salty Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G4 e-texts

HMH Science Dimensions 4 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations McGraw-Hill – Networks Social Studies: United States History e-book BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations Legends of Learning Games

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Grade 5 Essential writing skills continue to be developed, including paragraph structure, outlining, and summarizing. In Social Studies, students investigate the history of the United States and their home state, from the Reconstruction Era through modern times.

English Language Arts Students prepare for the rigor of middle school by studying complex sentence structure and reading challenging non-fiction. They write their own sci-fi narrative, and choose a topic for an opinion piece about issues that impact their community.

Students learn to make connections between American history, literature, and geography. LESSON RESOURCES

Science

Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding

Students carry out investigations, design solutions, and generate fact-based opinions using observation and data analysis. This year, learners develop a plan to decrease air pollution.

Math In Focus G5 e-text

Social Studies

- Night of the Spadefoot Toads

This year’s focus is on our nation’s growth after the Civil War—through World War I, World War II, and the Cold War and into the Modern Era. Students create interactive virtual exhibits to show their state’s history.

Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen 5 Library e-texts: - Washed Up! - George's Secret Key to the Universe - The Road to Freedom - Real Life Superheroes - Rain Forest Food Chains

Math

- Explorers of North America

The Singapore Math Method introduces students to multiplying two-digit numbers by two digit numbers, practicing long division with and without remainders, adding subtracting and multiplying unlike fractions and mixed numbers, working with decimals, graphing on a coordinate plane, and calculating the volume of solid figures.

- Explorers: Triumphs and Troubles

Physical Education

- Jess and Layla's Astronomical Assignment - Our Mysterious Universe - Beyond the Horizon - The Great Migration Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G5 e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Sleuth Reading Collection G5 e-texts

Students are required to participate in regular physical activities. The focus is on warm-up and cool down, water safety, goal setting, nutrition, muscle strength, and flexibility.

HMH Science Dimensions 5 e-text

Art & Picture Study

McGraw-Hill - Networks The United States Modern Times e-book

Fifth grade artists explore contour, naturalism, and linear perspectives. In Art History, students study paintings from ancient Egypt through the modern art movement.

BrainPOP Interactive Activities

Course content subject to change.

Legends of Learning Games

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Discovery Education STREAMING Videos ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations

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Grade 6 Students build their autonomy and explore topics through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities.

English Language Arts

Texts from different genres and periods are introduced. After reading Bud, Not Buddy, students reflect on their life experiences and write their own set of rules to live by. They will also study editorials and how they convey opinions, culminating in writing not only their own editorial, but also an opposing editorial. This exercise introduces them to the art of creating a sound argument.

Science In Grade 6, the focus is on Earth Sciences. Students study the nature of Science, measurement, data collection and analysis, and engineering design principles as a foundation for conducting scientific investigations. Earth Science topics such as astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology are explored through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities that encourage scientific thought.

Social Studies

Project-based learning brings subject matter to life and encourages creative thinking. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G6 e-texts Math In Focus Digi + Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-texts

Students are captivated by the past as they study ancient civilizations that include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire, as well as early Asian, American, and African Empires; Europe’s Dark Ages through the Renaissance and Reformation; and on into the Age of Enlightenment. Students create an interactive exhibit comparing and contrasting the ways knowledge and opinions were disseminated during the Renaissance/Reformation as compared to modern day.

Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G6 e-texts

Math

HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs

Anything but Typical Bud, not Buddy HMH Science Fusion e-texts: - The Dynamic Earth - Earth’s Water and Atmosphere - Space Science - Introduction to Science and Technology

Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of numbers and operations, compare numbers with percents and ratios, write and evaluate algebraic expressions, study the area of triangles and other polygons, and summarize data distributions. Students learn by planning an event where they must create a menu, determine quantities based on the number of attendees, and then calculate pay rate, sales tax, and gratuity.

McGraw-Hill - Discovering Our Past: A History of the World e-text

Electives

Legends of Learning Games

McGraw-Hill – Discovering World Geography e-text BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING PrepMagic Simulations ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations

Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 17 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions. Course content subject to change.

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Grade 7 Grade 7 students learn how to conduct research to form their own opinions. They then take what they have learned and apply it to projects that encourage community engagement.

English Language Arts Projects emphasize gathering information from texts and conducting research to form opinions which students present through a variety of methods. Learners increase their skills by interpreting the ubiquitous information available in our digital age and presenting their analysis through digital means. They are tasked with creating a presentation to the leaders of world nations regarding human colonization of space and writing an art critique by taking virtual tours of the world’s most famous museums.

Science Engaging in virtual labs and diverse instructional materials creates a rich learning experience. Grade 7 students explore life Science through inquiry and scientific thought. Topics include cell function, processes of plants, animal behavior, the systems of the human body, and ecology.

Social Studies How can today’s students relate to events of the past? Grade 7 students study U.S. History from the first Americans through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Then they develop a social media campaign to convince colonists to either declare independence or stay loyal to England.

Math Students develop a strong conceptual understanding of Math skills and concepts. They draw on problemsolving skills and prior knowledge to simplify and solve algebraic expressions, approximate probability and relative frequency, and construct different geometric figures. Students learn to identify the plane shapes, and then use those skills to assemble a three-dimensional object. Designing a bird feeder is one of the project options.

Research is at the core of learning this year. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G7 e-texts Math In Focus Digi + Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G7 e-texts The Outsiders Hatchet HMH Science Fusion e-texts: - Cells and Heredity - The Diversity of Living Things - The Human Body - Ecology and the Environment HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs McGraw-Hill - Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States e-text Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos PrepMagic Simulations ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations Legends of Learning Games

Electives Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 17 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions. Course content subject to change.

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Grade 8 Can you imagine how the American Revolution would have been led if Samuel Adams had social media? How many people would have shown up for the Boston Tea Party? Grade 8 students consider the implications of communications technology and learn about the persuasive power of speech.

English Language Arts

Students increase ownership of their reading growth by forming opinions through research and tackling social issues. Students research rites of passage in cultures throughout the world and compose an article in which they use journalism techniques to illuminate various rites. After reading Elie Wiesel’s NobelPeace-Prize-winning book, Night, students will research a current global issue and write a speech modeled after Wiesel’s Nobel acceptance speech, calling the audience to action.

Science

Grade 8 students use prerequisite knowledge of physical Science to deepen their understanding of topics such as the properties of matter, chemical bonding and reactions, motion, forces, energy, and the properties of sound and light waves. Virtual labs and digital simulations create an engaging experience for middle-school learners.

History

Students explore the essential elements, themes, and branches of the geography of the Eastern and Western hemispheres. They delve into the founding principles and practices of U.S. government and explore topics in economics. Students learn by completing projects such as drafting public policy on an issue they care about and taking steps to effect positive change in their community.

Math

Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop a deep understanding of algebraic equations through data analysis and statistical applications and through an exploration of functions including graphing linear equations. Students will also learn about exponential and scientific notation, the Pythagorean Theorem, and how to apply geometric transformations. Learners are challenged to use equations to compare fitness center membership options.

Learners prepare for high school. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G8 e-texts Math In Focus Digi + Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-text Night Ender’s Game 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea HMH Science Fusion e-texts: - Matter and Energy - Motion, Forces, and Energy - Sound and Light HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs McGraw-Hill – Discovering World Geography e-text McGraw-Hill – Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics e-text Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING Videos PrepMagic Simulations ExploreLearning Gizmos Online Simulations Legends of Learning Games

Electives

Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 17 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions. Course content subject to change.

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Middle School Electives Calvert offers a range of electives to keep middle-schoolers curious and engaged. Students learn about other cultures and other times through the study of world languages, art, and art history. They have the opportunity to explore careers and acquire new skills. Then, kids get the chance to step away from the computer and practice the health and fitness strategies they’ve learned.

Art and Art History 6: Sculpture

In this course, students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture and symmetry. Lessons are coordinated with Art History – in which students learn about the sculpture of ancient times all the way through present day.

Art and Art History 7: Architecture

Students apply concepts from Art History, to incorporate what they have learned about trilithons and step pyramids to design various buildings and structures.

Spanish A

Middle School Journalism

Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions about the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.

Middle School Photography: Drawing with Light

Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, and comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns.

This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn how to take wellcomposed photographs and improve upon them using photo-editing software. Young photographers will engage their creativity by shooting a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their camera.

Spanish B

Middle School Health

Spanish B students participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts. They will analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries. Students take frequent assessments to monitor their language progression.

French A

Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class discussions provide an opportunity for discourse using newly acquired French speaking skills. The Audio Recording Tool enables students to learn a critical skill for French: listening and speaking.

French B

In French B, students learn personal greetings and continuing through practical communications exchanges. French B introduces students to the skills necessary to make the most of traveling to French-speaking countries.

Middle School Career Explorations

In this course, students explore career options in many different fields including business, health science, public administration, the arts, and information technology.

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Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.

Fitness Basics 1

Students will gain a basic understanding of fitness and nutrition. In this course, they will learn about exercise technique and proper posture, warm up and cool down. Students conduct fitness assessments, set goals, develop their own fitness program, and participate in weekly physical activity.

Fitness Basics 2

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the importance of staying active throughout their lifetime. Students will learn about exercise safety, team and individual sports, nutrition and myths and misperceptions about nutrition and drugs.

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Calvert Curriculum Catalog  

Calvert's K–8 curriculum catalog for schools offering the Calvert curriculum to their families. Grade levels and courses may vary. Check wit...

Calvert Curriculum Catalog  

Calvert's K–8 curriculum catalog for schools offering the Calvert curriculum to their families. Grade levels and courses may vary. Check wit...