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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 for individualized learning • An excellent balance of online and off-line learning • The Verticy Learning option, a specialized curriculum designed to help children who are struggling with reading, spelling, or writing for a variety of reasons including dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

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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.

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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 Learning made fun with interactive multimedia resources 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 K–8

Your child has 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 child to explore content according to their learning level.

Britannica® World Atlas Grades K–8

The World Atlas allows your child to explore regions of the world through interactive Google Maps. Each country and major city contains additional resources where your child can read a summary, profile, or related historical highlights.

Britannica® School

Discovery™ Education STREAMING Grades K–8

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

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HMH Science Dimensions® You Solve It Simulations

BrainPOP® Online Activity

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.

Math In Focus Digi + Grades 1–5

Bring Math to life with fun, interactive online tutorials, activities, and quizzes. Math in Focus Digi + combines multimedia technology with instructional strategies to offer an engaging learning experience.

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.

HMH Science Dimensions® You Solve It Simulations Grades K–5

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

e-Textbooks

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

Science Fusion

Math In Focus Digi +

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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

Math In Focus K e-text

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 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

Physical Education

- Making Music

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

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 HMH Science Dimensions K e-text

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

HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities

Course content subject to change.

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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.

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

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

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

Watch your child develop into an independent reader and writer. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G1 e-text Math In Focus Digi + Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - Stellaluna - Time to Sleep - The Winner's Choice - Hunter's Money Jar - Arbor Day Square - Far From Home - King Kafu and the Moon - The Sun

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.

- One Classroom, Many Cultures

Health

Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G1 e-text

- Whose Is This? - How a Seed Grows - Going to School

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.

Pearson ReadyGen Reading Collection G1 e-text

Course content subject to change.

HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations

HMH Science Dimensions 1 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs

McGraw-Hill – Networks Social Studies: Our Community e-book Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

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Grade 2 Students become fully immersed in the world of independent reading and build a strong Math foundation.

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.

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.

Grade 2 builds on acquired skills and engages students with their community.

Social Studies

LESSON RESOURCES

Science

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.

Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G2 e-text Math In Focus Digi +

Math

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 -A  lexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday - Friends Around the World -6  8 Ways To Save The Planet Before Bedtime.

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

Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G2 e-texts

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.

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 Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

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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.

Reading, writing, and fundamental skills are intertwined so students learn them organically and with purpose.

English Language Arts

Students read cross-curricular texts to increase subject knowledge and practice complex phonics concepts. They write daily and compose an advertisement about an extreme place to live.

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.

LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G3 e-text Math In Focus Digi +

Social Studies

Pearson ReadyGen Library e-texts: - About Earth - Below Deck: A Titanic Story -B  rave Girl: Clara & The Shirtwaist Makers Strike Of 1909 -D  eep Down & Other Extreme Places To Live - Iopeners Living Through A Natural Disaster - Iopeners What Is Government Storm In The Night - T he Case Of The Gasping Garbage - T he Song Of Sky & Sand - T he Year Of Miss Agnes - T reasure In The Trees -W  eather Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G3 e-texts

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.

Pearson ReadyGen Reading Collection G3 e-texts HMH Science Dimensions 3 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs

Art & Picture Study

HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations

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

McGraw-Hill – Networks Social Studies: The United States: Communities and Neighbors e-book

Course content subject to change.

Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Jr. Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

OPTIONAL RESOURCES



Verticy ELA course option for struggling readers - See page 17 for details

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Grade 4 The curriculum includes tips on differentiation 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.

Social Studies

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.

Math

Fourth Grade courses are exciting and flexible. 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: - A Tale Of Two Poggles - A Tsunami Unfolds - Anatomy Of A Volcanic Eruption - Earthquakes - Iopeners Skeletons, Inside And Out - Lunch Money -M  ary Anning: The Girl Who Cracked Open The World

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.

- Science Squad: Porpoises In Peril

Physical Education

Pearson ReadyGen Text 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.

- The Longest Night - T hree Native Nations: Of The Woodlands - Plains & Desert - Using Money - Why The Sea Is Salty Pearson ReadyGen Sleuth Reading 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 Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

OPTIONAL RESOURCES  erticy ELA course option for struggling readers - V See page 17 for details

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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.

Science

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

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.

Quick Checks – auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding

Social Studies

Math In Focus Digi +

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

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.

Physical Education

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.

Art & Picture Study

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

Math In Focus G5 e-text Pearson ReadyGen 5 Library e-texts: - Night of the Spadefoot Toads - Washed Up! - George's Secret Key to the Universe - The Road to Freedom - Real Life Superheroes - Rain Forest Food Chains - Explorers of North America - Jess and Layla's Astronomical Assignment - Explorers: Triumphs and Troubles - Our Mysterious Universe - Beyond the Horizon - The Great Migration Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G5 e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Sleuth Reading Collection G5 e-texts HMH Science Dimensions 5 e-text HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs HMH Science Dimensions You Solve It Simulations McGraw-Hill - Networks The United States Modern Times e-book Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

OPTIONAL RESOURCES Verticy ELA course option for struggling readers - See page 17 for details

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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. 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

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

Math

Electives

Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 18 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions.

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 HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs

McGraw-Hill – Discovering World Geography e-text Britannica® School World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

OPTIONAL RESOURCES Verticy ELA course option for struggling readers - See page 17 for details

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

Research is at the core of learning this year. LESSON RESOURCES Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding

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.

Math In Focus G7 e-texts

Social Studies

Hatchet

Math In Focus Digi + Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G7 e-texts The Outsiders

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.

HMH Science Fusion e-texts: - Cells and Heredity - The Diversity of Living Things - The Human Body - Ecology and the Environment

Math

Britannica® School

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.

Electives

HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs McGraw-Hill - Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States e-text World Atlas BrainPOP Interactive Activities Discovery Education STREAMING

OPTIONAL RESOURCES Verticy ELA course option for struggling readers - See page 17 for details

Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 18 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

Learners prepare for high school.

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 Nobel-PeacePrize-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.

LESSON RESOURCES

Science

Math In Focus Digi +

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

How can today’s students relate to events of the past? Grade 8 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 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.

Electives

Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding Math In Focus G8 e-texts Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-texts Pearson ReadyGen Text Collection G8 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

OPTIONAL RESOURCES Verticy ELA course option for struggling readers - See page 17 for details

Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 18 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions. Course content subject to change.

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Help for students who struggle with reading, writing, or spelling in Grades 3 through 8 Built on the simple premise that children who learn differently should be taught differently, the Verticy Learning Language Arts Course was created specifically for students who are struggling with reading, spelling, or writing for a variety of reasons including dyslexia or other learning disabilities.

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The Verticy Learning program helps students develop academic confidence and re-kindle their love of learning. Verticy features concentrated phonics and spelling instruction allowing your child to overcome reading challenges along with writing tools that foster confidence. Verticy Learning availability depends on your school’s offering. Contact your school’s enrollment department for details.

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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...