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Required Courses

Kindergarten students will engage in a fun, hands-on thematic curriculum to explore concepts in math, science, social studies, writing, reading and movement in one complete, integrated course.

In Kindergarten, students will:

  • Explore a variety of nonfiction and fiction literature including: news articles, biographies, poems, narratives, plays, and fantasies
  • Develop phonics skills such as upper and lowercase letter recognition, word blending, and strategies for decoding
  • Develop age-appropriate writing skills
  • Use leveled readers to develop skills
  • Explore concepts in mathematics such as comparing numbers, identifying patterns, sorting and classifying objects, measuring, counting, adding, and subtracting
  • Participate in hands-on, interactive activities
  • Explore plants, animals, weather, senses, matter, and movement
  • Strengthen social skills
  • Engage in activities to develop the ability to manage conflict, reason, accept responsibility, and be good citizens

Electives

In this course, students will:

  • Be introduced to the basic elements and principles of art
  • Explore various art media, processes and techniques
  • Study various artists, styles and periods throughout history
  • Learn to use art materials in a safe and responsible manner
  • Practice decision making and problem solving skills while creating and evaluating their own artwork
  • Build vocabulary by viewing, describing and creating art shared during virtual class and activities
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class
  • Understand that there are no right or wrong answers in art

In this course, students will:

  • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
  • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
  • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
  • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In this course, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In this course, students will:

  • Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Kodable, Scratch Jr, Hopscotch, Hour of Code, and other programming games and activities based on student interest
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Hopscotch, Scratch jr., Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

elementary courses

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Required Courses

In Reader’s Workshop 1, students will:

  • Explore a variety of age appropriate fiction and non-fiction literature
  • Focus on comprehension strategies
  • Use leveled readers to support vocabulary, phonics, and comprehension skills
  • Apply letter sound knowledge to decode appropriately
  • Improve fluency through reading groups and repeated reading of stories
  • Develop comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading
  • Develop their vocabulary with age-appropriate words
  • Focus on reading accuracy and fluency

Physical Education and Health Standards are incorporated into the first grade curriculum. 

In this course, students will:

  • Focus on math facts up to 12
  • Explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes
  • Explore linear measurement
  • Learn how to tell time
  • Learn how to count, add, and subtract money
  • Organize data to solve problems
  • Learn the importance of place value
  • Develop an understanding of Geometry themes
  • Develop math vocabulary, math writing skills and problem solving skills
In Science and Social Studies 1, students will:

  • Learn about rules and laws and understand how these are applied in their communities
  • Build knowledge of how our country began
  • Interact with economic concepts
  • Observe habitats of animals including wetlands, grasslands, etc.
  • Explore food chains and how these affect life
  • Learn about life cycles
  • Study earth science and weather
  • Explore space and technology

 

Electives

In Art 1, students will:

  • Use the elements and principles of art
  • Be introduced to new art media, processes and techniques
  • Study famous artists, styles and periods throughout history, including Pennsylvania artists and world artists
  • Practice decision making and problem solving skills while creating and evaluating their own artwork
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class
  • Learn to use art materials in a safe and responsible manner
  • Build vocabulary by viewing, describing and creating art shared during virtual class and activities
  • Understand that there are no right or wrong answers in art

In Music 1, students will:

  • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
  • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
  • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
  • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In Inventions K-1, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In Coding K-2: Level 1, students will:

  • Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Kodable, Scratch Jr, Hopscotch, Hour of Code, and other programming games and activities based on student interest
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Hopscotch, Scratch jr., Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

grade 1 courses

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Required Courses

In Reader’s Workshop 2, students will:

  • Explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature, including news articles, biographies, research, narratives, plays, poems and fantasy
  • Reinforce phonics skills by connecting letters to sounds, working with word patterns and word building
  • Apply letter-sound knowledge to decode phonetically regular words in isolation and in context
  • Improve fluency with repeated readings of stories
  • Develop comprehension reading strategies before, during and after reading
  • Use graphic organizers to identify important parts of a story
  • Increase high-frequency word recognition by reading and reviewing words weekly
  • Develop tier-two words by building a robust vocabulary

In Exploring Math 2, students will explore, review and practice the following concepts:

  • Numbers and Operations – numbers to 100, tables and graphs, adding and subtracting strategies
  • Two-digit addition and subtraction
  • Geometry and Patterns – plane shapes, solid figures and patterns
  • Measurement and Fractions – customary and metric measurements
  • Greater Numbers and Operations – numbers to 1,000, introduction to multiplication and division

Students will also participate in hands-on and interactive activities that reinforce math concepts and develop math vocabulary, math writing skills, and problem solving skills.

In Science and Social Studies 2, students will:

  • Learn about Life Science topics such as plants, animal characteristics, food chains/food webs and life cycles
  • Explore Earth Science topics such as the water cycle, Earth and Space, fossils and dinosaurs
  • Study Physical Science topics such as matter, energy, and sound
  • Identify and understand the characteristics of the water cycle
  • Observe and describe the growth and development of animals throughout their life cycles
  • Identify characteristics of various forms of energy
  • Examine and classify common physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases
  • Identify natural resources that we use and describe how we use them
  • Ask and answer scientific questions by participating in inquiry activities and experiments while making real-world connections
  • Develop science vocabulary
  • Develop an understanding of geography
  • Identify locations on a map using a map key
  • Learn about government

In Health, Safety & PE 2, students will:

  • Learn about the human body and the importance of caring for it through daily physical activity and good choices
  • Learn about the vital aspects of the body and their importance in movement and healthy living
  • Be exposed to specific developmentally appropriate vocabulary to better understand the whole body, how it functions, and how to stay safe at home and in the community
  • Learn activities promoting lifelong fitness and creativity through various movement concepts and principles
  • Share, critique and evaluate projects in virtual lessons

Electives

In Art 2, students will:

  • Draw, paint, and use clay and other media to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Expand creativity and confidence in art skills
  • Solve art problems common to many artists
  • Learn about and review a variety of artists, styles and periods from countries around the world
  • Be encouraged and challenged to use materials in new and different ways while creating art
  • Connect skills learned in art to other subjects and real-world situations
  • Share artwork and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual class
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class

In Music 2, students will:

    • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
    • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
    • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
    • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
    • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In Inventions 2, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In Coding K-2: Level 1, students will:

  • Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Kodable, Scratch Jr, Hopscotch, Hour of Code, and other programming games and activities based on student interest
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Hopscotch, Scratch jr., Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

Prerequisite: Coding K-2: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

grade 2 courses

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Required Courses

In Reader’s Workshop 3, students will:

  • Explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature, including: news articles, biographies, research, narratives, plays, poems and fantasy
  • Apply phonics skills by identifying spelling patterns in order to decode longer words in a selection of text
  • Focus on comprehension and fluency during repeated readings of stories
  • Utilize skills and strategies that occur during reading
  • Practice and apply grammatical skills for use in writing

In Exploring Math 3, students will:

  • Learn to compare, order and round numbers up through 9,999
  • Add and subtract 2 and 3 digit whole numbers with and without regrouping
  • Compare and round money amounts, and make change for an amount up to $5.00
  • Identify, compare and classify shapes and their attributes
  • Represent and interpret data using tally charts, tables, pictographs, line plots and bar graphs
  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of temperature, liquid volume, mass, length, perimeter and area
  • Identify, compare, order and represent fractions as parts of a whole, parts of a group and whole numbers
  • Multiply and divide with multiples up to 10 with a focus on fluency
  • Participate in hands-on and interactive activities that reinforce grade-level math concepts.
  • Refine writing in math skills

In Science and Social Studies 3, students will:

  • Learn about Life Science topics such as plants, animals and ecosystems
  • Explore Earth Science topics such as water, weather, natural resources, rocks and soil
  • Study Physical Science topics such as matter, forces and motion, energy and sound
  • Learn about constellations and other aspects of space
  • Participate in lab-based investigations and inquiries that link key unit concepts with real world connections
  • Explore life in the past through ancient civilizations
  • Examine and research historical figures
  • Develop the skills to become thoughtful and caring citizens

In Health, Safety & PE 3, students will:

  • Learn about the human body and the importance of caring for it through daily physical activity and good choices
  • Learn about the vital aspects of the body and their importance in movement and healthy living
  • Reflect on course content to promote higher order thinking skills and relate topics to their own experiences
  • Be exposed to specific developmentally appropriate vocabulary to better understand the whole body, how it functions, and how to stay safe at home and in the community
  • Learn activities promoting lifelong fitness and creativity through various movement concepts and principles
  • Share, critique and evaluate projects in virtual lessons

Electives

In Art 3, students will:

  • Draw, paint, and use clay and other media to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Expand creativity and confidence in art skills
  • Solve art problems common to many artists
  • Learn about and review a variety of artists, styles and periods from countries around the world
  • Understand that artists are leaders who help shape the world around us and record events in history
  • Be encouraged and challenged to use materials in new and different ways while creating art
  • Connect skills learned in art to other subjects and real-world situations
  • Share artwork and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual class
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class

In Music 3, students will:

  • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
  • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
  • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
  • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In Inventions 3, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In this Coding 3-5: Level 1, students will:

  • Explore coding through using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code
  • Examine the steps to solving problems and strengthen analytical skills
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

grade 3 courses

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Required Courses

In Reader’s Workshop 4, students will:

  • Make connections with reading: connections between two texts, connections between the world and texts, and connections between the student and the texts directly
  • Use high-quality texts to do close reading
  • Dig deeper in the text, answering questions and engaging in classroom discussion
  • Master their foundational skills
  • Develop skills in comprehension using before reading, during reading, and after reading strategies
  • Focus on fluency
  • Identify various literary elements in fiction and non-fiction writing
  • Use leveled readers to individualize instruction for the student

In Exploring Math 4, students will:

  • Build upon many previously learned skills and be introduced to new concepts that will help students develop mathematical proficiency
  • Reinforce and explore making math a habit of the mind
  • Engage in discovery learning and model their work
  • Be asked to think critically and make real world decisions that demonstrate cognitive growth
  • Focus on concepts such as multiplication and division, fractions and probability, algebra and geometry, measurement, and data analysis

In Science and Social Studies 4, students will:

  • Expand their understanding of the key questions relating to Life and Physical Science in preparation for the content of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) fourth grade science test
  • Develop a foundational understanding of concepts relating to Earth Science and Space and Technology
  • Participate in experiments using the Scientific Method to develop skills in processing science and to test and illustrate scientific principles
  • Engage in scientific inquiry related to making real world connections to science content
  • Investigate Pennsylvania and its history
  • Develop a greater understanding of geography in the United States

In Health, Safety & PE 4, students will:

  • Be challenged to develop an understanding of the human body and the importance of caring for it through daily physical activity and good choices
  • Learn about the vital aspects of the body and their importance in movement and healthy living
  • Reflect on course content to promote higher order thinking skills and relate topics to their own experiences
  • Be exposed to specific developmentally appropriate vocabulary to better understand the whole body, how it functions, and how to stay safe at home and in the community
  • Learn activities promoting lifelong fitness and creativity through various movement concepts and principles
  • Share, critique and evaluate projects in virtual lessons

Electives

In Art 4, students will:

  • Draw, paint, and use clay and other media to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Expand creativity and confidence in art skills
  • Solve art problems common to many artists
  • Develop a definition of art by exploring aesthetics in famous and personal works
  • Learn about and review a variety of artists, styles and periods from countries around the world
  • Be encouraged and challenged to use materials in new and different ways while creating art
  • Connect skills learned in art to other subjects and real-world situations
  • Share artwork and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual class
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class

In Music 4, students will:

  • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
  • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
  • Learn proper playing skills on the recorder
  • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
  • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In Inventions 4, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In this Coding 3-5: Level 1, students will:

  • Explore coding through using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code
  • Examine the steps to solving problems and strengthen analytical skills
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

grade 4 courses

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Required Courses

In Reader’s Workshop 5, students will:

  • Read and respond to works from a variety of literary genres
  • Make connections, compare and contrast a variety of writing, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Reinforce skills and strategies that happen before, during, and after reading
  • Dig deep and engage in critical thinking, classroom discussion, and review of reading
  • Read and comprehend non-fiction writing
  • Use leveled readers to individualize instruction for the student

In Exploring Math 5, students will:

  • Solve problems in computation and estimation involving, but not limited to, place value, decimals, mixed numbers and whole numbers, measurement and fractions
  • Choose the correct method to solve a given problem
  • Analyze and reinforce topics covered in interactive classrooms
  • Draw conclusions based on graphs, measurement and probability
  • Identify algebraic concepts and interpret number theory

In Science and Social Studies 5, students will:

  • Identify how living things are classified
  • Determine what cells have to do with our lives
  • Explain how the systems in the human body keep us alive
  • Describe how plants stay alive and produce offspring
  • Recall how the parts of an ecosystem interact and demonstrating an understanding of how changes in habitats affect living things
  • Summarize how water moves through the environment
  • Explain why the weather changes
  • Identify the types of processes that change Earth’s surfaces
  • Discover the importance of conservation of Earth’s resources
  • Determine what makes up everything around us
  • Explore how chemistry forces and motion are used in our daily lives
  • Identify how many types of energy we use each day
  • Model an electric current and how it works
  • Explain how the study of stars has expanded our knowledge of the universe
  • Analyze how the motion of objects in space creates cycles
  • Discuss how technology affects our lives
  • Conduct directed and guided experiments to test and illustrate scientific principles that help create real world connections to the Science content
  • Continue to develop geography skills
  • Examine the Civil War
  • Discover how the United States became a world leader

In Health, Safety & PE 5, students will:

  • Be challenged to develop an understanding of the human body and the importance of caring for it through daily physical activity and good choices
  • Learn about the vital aspects of the body and their importance in movement and healthy living
  • Reflect on course content to promote higher order thinking skills and relate topics to their own experiences
  • Be exposed to specific developmentally appropriate vocabulary to better understand the whole body, how it functions, and how to stay safe at home and in the community
  • Learn activities promoting lifelong fitness and creativity through various movement concepts and principles
  • Share, critique and evaluate projects in virtual lessons

Electives

In Art 5, students will:

  • Draw, paint, and use clay and other media to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Expand creativity and confidence in art skills
  • Solve art problems common to many artists
  • Develop a definition of art by exploring aesthetics in famous and personal works
  • Learn and review a variety of artists, styles and periods from countries around the world
  • Be encouraged and challenged to use materials in new and different ways while creating art
  • Connect skills learned in art to other subjects and real-world situations
  • Share artwork and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual class
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class

In Music 5, students will:

  • Practice the basics of music such as: listening, reading, writing, performing and analyzing
  • Explore various musical genres, composers and performances from around the world in English and foreign languages
  • Learn proper playing skills on the recorder
  • Use educational videos, games, websites and apps to reinforce concepts
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a unit through various image, audio or video submissions of rhythms, songs, dances and musical instruments
  • Join their teacher and classmates in weekly virtual lessons to learn, collaborate and share

Curriculum is adapted from Spotlight on Music and Dr. John Feierabend, as well as methods from Delacroze, Gordon, Kodaly and Orff.

In Inventions 5, students will:

  • Grow and refine some of their “habits of mind” as they explore a variety of inventors and inventions that have affected our world
  • Explore and apply the invention process
  • Encourage and develop questioning, exploring, creating, imagining, innovating, collaborating, working with persistence and inventive thinking
  • Share and critique work in virtual lessons

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.

In this Coding 3-5: Level 1, students will:

  • Explore coding through using sites like Scratch and Hour of Code
  • Examine the steps to solving problems and strengthen analytical skills
  • Design programs to accomplish goals
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance and creativity
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing discoveries in forums and helping each other troubleshoot problems or coding challenges
  • Learn to recognize coding in the daily world around us

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 1 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

Prerequisite: Coding 3-5: Level 2 or prior experience with Scratch.

Further explore coding using sites like Scratch, Hour of Code, and Google Computer Science.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Some of the most frequently selected include: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages.

Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers.

Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson.

The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

grade 5 courses

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