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          TREK                       Minicourses

Wood County Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed,
color, sex, national origin, or handicap in any of its educational programs,
activities, or employment policies.
To the IEP Committee…

Trek Minicourses          are designed to meet the goals and objectives of each
student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) as required by West Virginia
Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Exceptional Students.

Decisions      on the Minicourses that a student takes at the TREK Center must
be made by the IEP Committee and be based on the student’s goals and
objectives. To facilitate this decision-making process, the curricular goals and
programmatic focus for each minicourse are listed to the left of the objectives and
on the checklist at the end of this booklet.

Students are not permitted to choose their own minicourses.       Only those
minicourses selected by the IEP Committee will be included in a student’s TREK
schedule. It the student ‘s preferences and interests are to be considered, the
IEP Committee may collect this information prior to the IEP meeting or the
student may be invited to attend the meeting. To avoid disappointments, parents
and teachers should explain the IEP process to the student before he or she
comes to TREK.

Scheduling Options              To assure a schedule, which meets the IEP goals
and objectives, it is important to identify a minimum of 12 minicourse options
each year. The checklist included may be used to indicate each option. If a
particular minicourse is the only one that matches the IEP or the student has a
special interest in a topic, please explain this in the comment column on the

Taking a class more than once              may be necessary to meet an IEP
goal. Minicourses, which can be repeated, are marked with an asterix (*). Other
minicourses should not be repeated.

If you have questions            about classes and services at the TREK Center,
contact your child’s gifted education teacher or phone Rayon Center, 420-9639.
                 ADVANCED CHEMISRY (Grades 5 & 6)
                 Course Description
                 A fast-paced, in-depth study of chemical reactions, chemical
                 procedures, and the application of the periodic table. Students will
                 conduct experiments using the scientific method and record data and
                 findings in a lab notebook.


Science             To utilize the scientific method to investigate chemical reactions.

                    To develop an awareness of safe laboratory procedures.

                    To understand and apply the periodic table.

Process Skills      To document how chemical compounds interact to give measurable

                 ADVANCED MATH 4A (1st Semester)

                 Course Description

                 Students, with a strength in mathematics, work in groups or
                 individually to enhance performance in problem solving, computation,
                 and math applications at a more advanced level.


                    To increase fluency and accuracy in arithmetical operations.
                    To write equivalent fractions and express fractions in simplest form.

Process Skills      To rename improper fractions as mixed or whole numbers and be
                     able to reverse the process.

                    To compare and order fractions and mixed numbers.

                    To add and subtract complex fractions and mixed numbers
                     involving renaming and grouping.

                    To demonstrate mastery of multiplication facts.
                 ADVANCED MATH 4B (2ND SEMESTER)

                 Course Description

                 Advanced Math 4B is a continuation of Advanced Math 4A. Advanced
                 Math 4A is a prerequisite for the second semester class. See Advanced
                 Math 4A.

Mathematics         To multiply and divide complex fractions by fractions, whole
                     numbers, and/or mixed numbers.
Process Skills
                    To solve word problems that require adding, subtracting,
                     multiplying, and/or dividing fractions.

                    To review multiplication and division of large numbers by two and
                     three digit numbers.

                    To increase fluency and accuracy in arithmetical operations.

                 ADVANCED MATH 5A (1ST SEMESTER)

                 Course Description

                 Students, with a strength in mathematics, work in groups or
                 individually to enhance performance in problem solving, computation,
                 and math applications at a more advanced level.


Mathematics         To apply appropriate problem-solving strategies to specific math

Process Skills      To read, write, and round whole numbers and decimals.

                    To add, subtract, multiply and divide complex decimals.

                    To increase fluency and accuracy in arithmetical operations.

                 ADVANCED MATH 5B                      (2ND SEMESTER)

                 Course Description

                 Advanced Math 5B is NOT a continuation of Advanced Math 5A Math
                 5 Book. Students who did not take Advanced Math 5A MAY take
                 Advanced Math 5B.

                 Students, with a strength in mathematics, work in groups or
                 individually to enhance performance in problem solving, computation,
                 and math applications at a more advanced level.

Mathematics         To write percents for decimals and/or fractions and vice versa.

                    To find what percent one number is of another by division.
Process Skills
                    To find percent of a number by using a fraction or a decimal.

                    To write ratios and proportion for rate and comparison situations.

                    To determine whether ratios form a proportion.

                    To increase fluency and accuracy in arithmetical operations.

                 ADVANCED MATH 6 (1ST SEMESTER)
                 Course Description
                 Students practice and master advanced basic concepts needed for
                 success in Pre-Algebra.


Mathematics         To apply appropriate integer rules to solve problems.

                    To add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers.
Process Skills
                    To multiply and divide numbers written in exponential form using

                    To identify and write complex whole numbers in exponential,
                     expanded, and standard forms.

                 ADVANCED READING (GRADES 5 – 6)

                 Course Description

                 A study of critical and analytical reading strategies. Through
                 independent reading and group inquiry, students will explore strategies
                 such as predicting, questioning, skimming, close reading, summarizing,
                 mapping and outlining and metacomprehension. Students will read
                 fiction and nonfiction pieces in all areas of the curriculum.

                    To select appropriate reading strategies for school-assigned and
Lang. Arts           personal reading.
Task                To extend reading comprehension, efficiency, and enjoyment.
                    To recognize subjective and objective information.
Process Skills
                    To interpret figurative meaning; to read ―between the lines‖.
Skills              To make inferences about an author’s attitudes and beliefs.


                 Course Description

                 An investigation of the earth’s relationship to the planets of our solar
                 system and the universe at large. Students will conduct experiments to
                 investigate the characteristics of various cosmic phenomena.


                    To contrast the position, size, and environment of the planets in our
Science              solar system in relation to the sun.

                    To analyze the origin and composition of stars.
Social Studies
                    To contrast the structure and use of the refractor telescope and
                     reflector telescope.
                    To recognize the stellar patterns visible during a particular season
                     of the year.

                 BEGINNING CHEMISTRY (GRADE 4)

                 Course Description

                 An introduction to chemistry in which students will apply the scientific
                 method to observe and test chemical interactions and record data in a
                 lab notebook. Students will construct a chemical battery using nickels
                 and pennies.


                    To recognize the characteristics of different elements as found in
Science              the periodic table of elements.

                    To contrast an electrolytic method of separating water into
                     hydrogen and oxygen with the electrolysis of salt into sodium and

                    To understand how copper sulfate can be used to test the presence
Process Skills
                     of water.

Mathematics         To accurately measure elements and record findings.

                 BIOLOGY (GRADES 5 – 6)

                 Course Description

                 An investigation of the life cycle and physiology of various organisms
                 from single celled animals to grass frogs. Students will observe the
                 structure of organisms through the microscope and physical dissection.

Process Skills      To utilize the scientific method to investigate the physical structure
                     of plant and animal cells through the use of a compound microscope
                    To accurately record data and findings.

                    To acquire and practice techniques used to make drawings of and
                     document information about animal specimens based on direct
                     visual observation.

                    To learn the process of effective dissection of animal specimens.

                 BRIDGE ARCHITECTURE
                 Course Description

                 A study of abstract concepts used in designing and building bridges
                 such as stress, fulcrums, gravity, and geometry. Using graph paper,
                 metric rulers, and math manipulatives, students will design and build a
                 model bridge and participate in simulated bridge construction


Social Studies      To trace, document, and delineate the major developments in the
                     history of bridge building.
Mathematics         To learn to estimate spatial configurations.

                    To keep accounting records of dollar amounts in the thousands.

Science             To apply the abstract concepts of the law of gravity and geometric
                    To create a design model for a bridge.
Process Skills      To develop and apply problem-solving strategies.

                 CHALLENGE GAMES *

                 Course Description
                 Students use critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques to
                 compete in academic challenge games such as Equations, Linquishtik,
                 Onset, and Americard.


Process Skills      To improve & apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in
Mathematics          the areas of mathematics and language arts
Lang. Arts
                    To avoid making assumptions that interfere with problem solving.

Metacognitive       To analyze and rearrange information to generate ingenious and
Skills               unique solutions.

Social Studies      To understand the physical and cultural features of places.

                 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS *

                 Course Description

                 The application of computer technology to word processing,
                 programming, and problem solving. Students will compose and edit
                 writing assignments on the computer and create programs related to
                 mathematics, graphics, music, and topics of student interest.


                    To use function keys to underline, highlight, center, tab, move,
Process Skills       delete, and insert text.
Task                To develop a vocabulary of computer terminology.
                    To create writing assignments on the computer.
Lang. Arts
                    To revise, edit. And proofread text using computer technology.
Mathematics         To use the computer to solve mathematically based problems.

                 CREATIVE WRITING *

                 Course Description

                 A creative writing workshop in which students study idea generation,
                 narrative and descriptive writing, story plotting, the elements of
                 composition, and the components of creativity. Students may submit
                 their writing for publication.

Understanding       To express imaginative and personal experiences and ideas in
Self & Society       writing.

Lang. Arts          To enrich active speaking and writing vocabulary.

                    To stimulate and improve skills and fluency in writing.
Process Skills      To stimulate creativity and self-expression.

                 CRITICAL VIEWING

                 Course Description
                 A critical and historical study of film as literature. Students will view a
                 comedy, a musical, and a drama and will compare cinematic narratives
                 to literary narratives.


Arts                To gain insights into the aesthetic enjoyment of film.
Social Studies
Understanding       To become knowledgeable and critical viewers of film.
Self & Society
                    To acquire knowledge about the history and technology of
Reading             To identify trends and variations in film.

Lang. Arts          To compare and contrast literary and cinematic narratives.

                 DEBATE (Grades 5 – 6)
                 Course Description

                 A study of debate as an organized procedure for speaking on opposing
                 sides of an issue. Students conduct research on selected topics and
                 participate in modified Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Lang. Arts
                    To improve reading and research skills.

                    To improve communication skills.

Social Studies      To understand the role of debate in a democratic society.

                    To evaluate information and evidence to support a position on an
Understanding        issue.
Self & Society
Metacognitive       To improve reflective thinking by considering opposing viewpoints.


                 Course Description

                 An introduction to scientific phenomena. Students will utilize common
                 household materials to conduct experiments using the scientific
                 method. Students will record data and conclusions in a lab notebook.

Process Skills      To apply the scientific method to hands-on experiments.

Science             To accurately record data and findings.

                    To investigate Newton’s laws of motion.

                    To investigate the first law of electromagnetism.

                    To investigate the properties of fluids.

                    To investigate the properties of light, sound, heat, and force.

                 FACING THE ISSUES

                 Course Description

                 An investigation of contemporary and historical issues in science and social studies.
                 Students will participate in mock legislatures, focus groups, newspaper editorial
                 boards, radio and television programs, and scientific research to consider creative and
                 critical solutions to community, national, and world issues.

Social Studies      To conduct research into facts and opinions related to various issues

Science             To apply knowledge of scientific facts and social and political
                     events to real world situations.
Self & Society      To understand the role of group problem solving and decision
                     making in a democratic society.

Reading             To improve reading and research skills.
Lang. Arts
                    To develop self-confidence in group activities.

                 EXPLORING LITERATURE*

                 Course Description

                 An exploration of literary genres such as short story, novel, drama,
                 poetry, folk tale, and essay. Students will read and analyze excerpts
                 from classical and contemporary literature and participate in a literary


Reading             To extend interest in reading different kinds of literature.

                    To increase reading vocabulary and comprehension.
Lang. Arts
                    To identify the elements of fiction and poetry.

Understanding       To study various authors and how their lives affected their works.
Self & Society
                    To explore themes in literature.
Social Studies
                    To become familiar with historical traditions and cultures through
                     the study of literature.


                 Course Description

                 A study of adapting to change and anticipating the future. The
                 classroom becomes Technoplolis, a city whose citizens research the
                 future and live through future time periods. Students will explore the
                 extent to which a Utopia can be achieved in today’s world.


                    To develop an understanding of problems of future time.
Social Studies
                    To explore how future technology may affect future occupations
Science              and lifestyles.

Understanding       To apply decision-making skills in a simulated social, economic,
Self & Society       and governmental future society.


                 Course Description

                 A class designed to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding
                 of geographical facts. Students will use maps, timelines, and graphs to
                 compare and contrast geographical information.

Social Studies    To describe the changing patterns of places in words, maps, and

                  To understand the physical and cultural features of places and their
                     natural settings.
                    To use maps, timelines,and graphs to compare and contrast
Self & Society       information.

                    To develop an understanding of regional differences and the
Process Skills       relationship of environment to human experience.

                 GEOMETRY (GRADES 4 – 5)

                 Course Description

                 A study of the properties of line segments, planes, angles, closed
                 figures, area, and volume. Students will use a protractor and a compass
                 to construct various angles and closed geometric figures.


Mathematics         To use a protractor and/or compass to construct angles, to bisect
Science              line segments and angles, and to construct two-dimensional
                     geometric figures.

                    To compare and contrast the characteristics dimensions of three-
                     dimensional geometric figures.

Process Skills      To solve problems relating to the area and volume of geometric

                 GREEK MYTHOLOGY

                 Course Description
                 A study of Greek myths focusing on the Olympian gods and goddesses
                 and ancient Greek civilization. Students research gods and goddesses
                 and role-play their personalities and powers.


Reading             To become familiar with various Greek myths.

Lang. Arts          To interpret the meanings and moral lessons of the myths.

                    To compare and contrast the status and powers of Greek gods and
Social Studies       goddesses.
                    To compare and contrast the ancient Greek life-style to today’s
Self & Society       lifestyle.

                 HANDS ON MATH

                 Course Description

                 Students will make constructions of three- dimensional configurations
                 while applying symmetry to create original and unique geometric


                    To create geometric patterns including art designs, tesselations, or
Mathematics          scaling using transformations

Process Skills      To classify polyhedrons by components (faces, edges)

                    To describe and build models of three -dimensional figures,
                     including prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones.

                    To locate, count, and record the faces, edges, and vertices of prisms
                     and angles.

                    To recognize and apply line, symmetry, and rotational symmetry in


                 Course Description
                 An interdisciplinary, collaborative study of the research process which goes beyond
                 the encyclopedia. Working in groups, students will design research projects which
                 focus on genuine inquiry using a variety of primary and secondary sources—
                 interviews, surveys, and questionnaires, electronic encyclopedias and data bases.


                    To use real world research strategies and tools to gather, synthesize, and
Process Skills       communicate information.
Skills              To identify and document primary and secondary sources.
Commitment          To locate and share information using new technologies.

                    To improve reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Lang. Arts          To use the research process as a tool for learning in all areas of the academic
Science              curriculum.
Social Studies
Mathematics         To work collaboratively as a member of a research team.


                 Course Description

                 An introduction to computer technology. Students will learn the parts of the
                 computer, computer functions and terminology, and basic keyboarding. Academic
                 software and computer games will be used to develop coordination, dexterity, and


Understanding       To investigate the role of computer technology in education, business, and
Self & Society
                    To develop healthy computer habits (posture, eye fatigue) and proper care.
Process Skills
                    To identify and operate the parts and functions of a computer.

                    To develop a vocabulary of computer terminology.

                    To become familiar with a word processing program.

                    To use function keys to underline, highlight, center, tab, move, delete, and insert

                    To complete and demonstrate a computer program.


                 Course Description

                 A study of famous inventors and their inventions. Students will
                 research the lives of ten inventors, compile a list of characteristics that
                 most inventors share, and use this information to create their own
                 unique inventions. Students may participate in the ―Invent America‖


Social Studies      To acquire knowledge about the characteristics of famous inventors
                     and inventions.

                    To gain insights into the creative world of inventions.
Science             To determine the steps in the invention process and how to secure

Process Skills      To ―invent‖ a product and market the product.

                 IT’S A MYSTERY TO ME*

                 Course Description

                 A creative approach to problem solving in which students research an
                 unsolved mystery using the eight steps of creative problem solving.
                 Students consider possible solutions, eliminate all but one, and defend
                 their solutions based on their data collection.


                    To become proficient in using creative problem solving to solve
Process Skills       problems.

Reading             To sharpen critical thinking skills by considering opposing
Lang. Arts          To improve reading and research skills.

                    To evaluate information and evidence in order to make decisions.
Social Studies
                    To acquire knowledge of historical places, times and events.

                 LEFT BRAIN, RIGHT BRAIN

                 Course Description

                 An introduction to logical (left brain) and creative (right brain) thinking. Students
                 will identify examples of different kinds of thinking in real and simulated situations;
                 use creative and logical reasoning to solve problems; and use the strategies of logical
                 and creative thinking to appreciate and make sense of things.


                    To compare and contrast the characteristics of logical and creative
Process Skills       thinking.

                     To differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning.
Lang. Arts
                     To differentiate between convergent and divergent thinking
Skills               To develop fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.

                     To apply rational and creative problem solving and decision
                      making strategies.
                     To determine personal strengths and weakness in left and right
                      brain activities.

                 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION*

                 Course Description

                 An exploration of creative dramatics. Students will develop acting
                 skills, develop their imaginations and participate in staging a short play.


                     To extend language and communication skills.
                     To learn the techniques of group imagery, pantomime speech
Arts                  variation, and improvisation.
                     To demonstrate dramatic techniques in a live production.

Understanding        To become aware of how others feel about the events and
Self & Society        circumstances going on around them.

                 MADISON AVENUE
                 Course Description

                 A study of advertising. Students will analyze the relationship between
                 print advertising and the electronic media and evaluate the effect of
                 advertising on individuals, government and politics, and the economy.
                 Students will use critical and creative thinking skills to create an
                 advertising campaign.

Social Studies
                    To identify, define, and classify advertising techniques.
Science             To use the scientific method to judge the accuracy and truth of
Process Skills       advertising.
                    To describe the components of creative and critical thinking.

Lang. Arts          To apply critical and creative thinking to real life situations.

                    To improve writing, speaking, and research skills.

                 MAPPING AND GRAPHING

                 Course Description

                 An overview of basic geographical and graphing skills. Students will
                 determine geographical locations and create maps to scale by
                 interpreting information from charts and graphs.

Social Studies      To recognize map symbols.

Mathematics         To use a compass to determine direction.

                    To use grids to determine locations on maps.

                    To measure distance using bar scales.
Process Skills
                    To understand and interpret information from charts.

                    To analyze data to arrive at a conclusion.

                 MATH QUEST

                 Course Description

                 A role-playing simulation which acquaints students with the strategies
                 used to solve process problems in mathematics. Students will work
                 independently and cooperatively to create and solve process problems
                 and present oral explanations of these problems.


                     To review and reinforce basic mathematics computational skills.
                     To make charts, graphs, diagrams, tables, and pictures as part of
                      the problem solving process.
Process Skills       To understand the six process problem solving skills.

                     To learn when and how each strategy can be used.

                     To understand that there can be several ways to solve a problem.

                     To reverse the problem solving process to create problems.

                 MONEY MATH

                 Course Description
                 A simulation of budgeting processes for personal spending based on real world money
                 situations. Students will choose a potential income and determine expenditures for a
                 personal or family budget. Mathematics applications involve decimals, percentages
                 and basic accounting.


                    To apply terminology used in the study of economics to real and
Social Studies       simulated situations.

                    To apply math computations skills to calculate expenditures.

Mathematics         To apply math computation skills to calculate sales tax and interest.

                    To acquire basic accounting skills.

Process Skills      To analyze real world situations.

                 NATURAL HISTORY

                 Course Description

                 An investigative study of ―things or doings of the natural world around
                 us.‖ Students will conduct scientific studies of natural history topics
                 such as the rain forest, oceanography, rocks and minerals, and

Science             To acquire a vocabulary of scientific terms associated with topics of
                     natural history.

Social Studies      To accurately and thoroughly record observations.

Understanding       To understand and appreciate the contributions of scientists in one
Self & Society       or more natural history topics.

                    To explain how and why topics of study might be organized in a
                     museum of natural history.

                 PRE-ALGEBRA (GRADE 6 – 2ND SEMESTER)
                 Prerequisite-Advanced Math 6

                 Course Description

                 Higher level of math in the area of pre-algebra. Students use algebraic
                 equations to solve abstract and concrete problems.


Mathematics         To write, multiply and divide large and small numbers in
                     exponential, expanded and standard form.
Process Skills      To write large and small numbers in scientific notation.
                    To translate word phrases and sentences into algebraic equations.
                    To use order of operations to simplify and evaluate complex
                    To solve one and two-step equations involving integers.
                    To apply appropriate problem-solving strategies to specific math
                    To increase fluency and accuracy in arithmetical operations.

                 PSYCHOLOGY FOR KIDS

                 Course Description
                 Are you an introvert or extrovert? Psychology is the study of mental
                 and emotional processes: our attitudes, actions, and personality traits.
                 Students will investigate the traits of real and fictional personalities and
                 explore their own personas.


Social Studies      To acquire a vocabulary of psychological terminology.

Metacognitive       To become aware of strengths, weaknesses, and personal potential.
Process Skills
                    To inventory and define personality styles and characteristics.
                    To apply knowledge of individual personality traits to relationships
Self & Society       with others.

                 READ AND DISCUSS *

                 Course Description

                 Reading and interpretation of an award winning novel in which a pre-
                 teen or teenager is the main character. Students will participate in class
                 discussions dealing with the topics of being responsible, developing
                 personal relationships, setting goals, and overcoming adversities.


Reading             To complete the reading of the book selected.

                    To analyze characters and compare individual situations and
Lang. Arts
                     problems to those of the characters.
                    To develop and respond to intuitive, introspective discussion
Self & Society       questions.

                 SCIENTIFIC MATH (GRADE 6)

                 Course Description

                 An investigation of scientific and mathematical principles and how they
                 pertain to modern technology. Emphasis is on experimentation, design,
                 and construction; testing and manipulation of equipment.


Mathematics         To analyze the applications of scientific math to problem solving
Science              and scientific investigation.

                    To apply creative and critical thinking to problem solving in
                     mathematics, science and technology.

                    To investigate the methods and strategies used by well-known
                     scientists and mathematicians.

Process Skills      To utilize scientific and mathematical principles and technology in
                     experiments, problem solving, and design projects.

                    To match problem solving strategies to everyday problems and
                     individual learning styles.

                 SPACE EXPLORATION

                 Course Description

                 An introduction to the future in space. Students will participate in
                 simulated experiences similar to those experienced by potential
                 astronauts and investigate the dimensions of living and working on
                 Space Station Freedom.


Social Studies      To compare past and present space vehicles.

Science             To compare g to microgravity through experiences and
Understanding       To hypothesize our future in space.
Self & Society
                    To recognize and analyze problems related to living on a space

                 STAND UP AND BE HEARD
                 Course Description
                 An introductory study of public speaking. Students will receive
                 instruction and present various types of speeches ranging from
                 introductions to persuasive talks.


Lang. Arts          To improve oral language skills.

                    To acquire basic techniques of public speaking.
Self & Society      To develop self- confidence in group settings.

Process Skills      To improve critical and logical thinking skills.

                 STEP BACK IN TIME

                 Course Description

                 Students will complete an in-depth study of a historical period in
                 American or World History, as well as participate in activities that
                 allow them to compare and contrast their contemporary lifestyles with
                 historical lifestyles.

                 A different Step Back in Time course is offered each semester. The
                 TREK and SAIL teacher will announce the course being offered the
                 following school year when the minicourse selection checklist is being
                 completed for the upcoming year.

                 Step Back in Time courses include: Civil War, Egypt, the 50’s,
                 Knights of the Middle Ages, and Pioneers.

                 Course Descriptions and Objectives for each Step Back in Time class
                 are included on the following pages.

                 STEP BACK IN TIME: Civil War

                 Course Description

                 An investigation of critical issues and causes pertaining to the Civil
                 War. Students participate in simulated decision-making situations.

Social Studies      To compare and contrast different cycles of the Civil War period
                     from 1861-1865.
Process Skills
                    To function in cooperative groups and develop skills in
Understanding        understanding self and society.
Self & Society
                    To develop skills in leadership, critical thinking, and problem

                    To compare and contrast historic lifestyles to contemporary
                     American life.

                 STEP BACK IN TIME: EGYPT

                 Course Description

                 A simulation of the daily life of ancient Egypt. Students will be
                 involved first hand in the life and culture of the Egyptian people.


Social Studies      To acquire knowledge of the life and culture of the ancient Egyptian

Process Skills      To apply creative thinking skills to simulated social, economic and
                     governmental situations.

Understanding       To compare and contrast life in ancient Egypt to today’s life-styles.
Self & Society

                 Social Studies

                 Process Skills
                 Self & Society

                 STEP BACK IN TIME: The FIFTIES

                 Course Description

                 A simulation of the events, personalities, life-styles, and culture of the
                 1950’s. Students work as historians listening to news flashes of major
                 events and interviewing someone who grew up in the 1950’s.
                 Activities include writing commercials and task cards, drawing
                 doodles, and role-playing.


Social Studies      To acquire knowledge of the ushering in of the atomic age, cold
                     war, and civil rights eras.
Self & Society      To evaluate the positive and negative sides of the decade.

                    To acquire skills in composing brief messages.

                    To develop speaking and interviewing skills.
Process Skills
                    To improve planning and decision-making skills.

                 STEP BACK IN TIME: PIONEERS

                 Course description

                 A simulation of daily life of early frontier settlers. Students will take
                 an in-depth look at the United States from 1840 t0 1870 and evaluate

the westward
movement by
role playing         Social Studies
situations related
to crops, roads      Process Skills
and government.
Objectives           Self & Society
   To appreciate
    the frontier
    period of

   To apply
    making skills
    to simulated
    governmental     Mathematics

   To compare       Social Studies
    and contrast
    the lives of
    pioneers to
                     Process Skills
    their own

                     STEP BACK IN TIME: KNIGHTS OF THE
                     MIDDLE AGES

                     Course Description

                     A simulation of medieval European society. Taking the roles of lords,
                     ladies, knights, monks, serfs, and craftsmen, students participate in the
                     color and pageantry of the Middle Ages. Activities include building
                     castles and fortresses, deciphering feudal contracts, and using art and
                     calligraphy to create ―authentic‖ documents.

Objectives          a real product intended to return a dividend to stockholders. Students
                    create imaginary portfolios by investing in various companies and
   To acquire      periodically analyzing their portfolios.
    knowledge of
    knighthood,     Objectives
    guilds, and        To learn to interpret the stock market page in the newspaper and to
    crafts of the       perform necessary mathematical calculations.
    Middle Ages.
                       To apply terminology used in the study of economics and the stock
   To apply            market to real and simulated situations.
    thinking           To evaluate companies to determine criteria for sound investments.
    skills to

   To compare
    and contrast
    life in the
    Middle Ages
    to today’s
                    Process Skills
BONDS               Understanding
(GRADES             Self & Society


Students develop
understanding of
how a company
operates by

                        To investigate the characteristics of prominent leaders.

                        To develop problem solving and decision making skills.

                        To function effectively in cooperative groups
Process Skills
                        To evaluate participation in group activities.

                        To develop competencies essential for informed, responsible civic
Self & Society       TREK ORIENTATION (GRADE 4)
                     Course Description

                     An introduction to TREK for fourth graders. Students develop creative
                     thinking, problem solving and research skills – all important
TEAM                 components of TREK minicourses.
IP                   Objectives
5-6)                    To develop skills in using the four components of creative thinking:
                         fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.

Course                  To develop and apply problem solving strategies.
                        To become aware of individual learning styles, strengths,
An overview of           weaknesses, and personal potential.
characteristics of      To develop research skills.
leadership.             To acquire knowledge of TREK: the IEP process, minicourse
Students will            selections, and evaluations.
investigate the
traits of
leaders and share
leadership roles
in cooperative
learning groups.


                 Welcome to the exciting world of amateur radio! You are about to be introduced to
Mathematics      the more than 2 million people in every corner of the globe who call themselves
Science          ―hams‖. You will be introduced to how hams have earned the special privilege of
                 being able to communicate directly with one another, by radio, across geographic &
                 political boundaries that can interfere with our understanding of the world. Hams are
                 always looking for new friends.

Process Skills
                    To identify parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

                    To explore circuit components and practical circuits.

                    To understand equipment and antenna selection.

                    To recognize the Morse codes and understand basic radio theory.

                 VISUAL ARTS AND MUSIC*

                 Course Description
                 A journey through the history of art and music from classical Greek architecture to
                 contemporary jazz. Students will view art prints and transparencies, listen to recorded
                 music, and take video tours of museums.
Social Studies
                     To gain insights into aesthetic enjoyment of art and music.
Self & Society
                     To develop a vocabulary of art and music.
                     To acquire knowledge about famous artists and composers and
                      their work.

TUNE IN              To appreciate art and music as a means of self-expression.
                     To appreciate the role of art and music as a means of self-
WORLD                 expression.
– 6)                 To appreciate the role of art and music in defining multicultural

                 S (GRADES 5-6)

                 Course Description

                 A study of the process of negotiation among nations. Students create
                 an imaginary country and become involved in development of historical
                 data and timelines, map making, constitution writing, resource and
                 manufacturing, and negotiations for peace.
Social Studies

                    To analyze world situations and apply real world situations to
                     imaginary situations.

Understanding       To predict consequences of military, trade, and economic alliances.
Self & Society
                    To practice the process of negotiation.

                    To analyze their own assets and alliances.

                 YOU BE THE JUDGE

                 Course Description
                 An introduction to the judicial system. Students will simulate a
                 courtroom, role play key roles in the courtroom, and consider cases of
                 interest to students.
Social Studies

                    To discover how laws are developed and why they are necessary.
Lang. Arts
                    To acquire an understanding of one’s legal and constitutional rights.

                    To develop a basic vocabulary of legal terminology.

                    To weigh evidence.

                    To reflect upon how laws and rules effect thinking.



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