Level 1 – Grades 1 & 2
Level 1 Suggested Prerequisite Understanding – Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge:
- Follow one- or two-step instructions
- Write their name
- Comfortable writing and identifying numbers and letters
- Go to the bathroom without assistance
- Comfortable with the concepts of addition and subtraction
- Able to record some notes, either written or drawn
Level 1 Math
Relate and Equate
In this course students explore equations and inequalities to investigate how mathematics can describe comparisons. Using ratios, proportions, variables, and arithmetic operations, students will use mathematics to compare quantities and qualities.
In this class, students will explore the power of base 10 systems and how they impact the way we do arithmetic. Students will explore our own base 10 system and contrast it with other famous base 10 systems, such as Roman and Chinese numerals.
Data is Dynamite
Through experiments and surveys students will collect data from the world around them and analyze the information to measure and interpret their findings. Students will learn about graphing and analytic ideas like extrema, mean, median, and mode.
This geometry course acquaints students with geometric ideas where students will learn how to identify and create polygons and become acquainted with their properties by constructing the polygons through materials and drawings.
This course investigates patterns in nature, geometry, and arithmetic. Students investigate patterns and learn to define them using mathematical terms and equations. Students learn to analyze and classify existing patterns as well as how to make their own.
Where Do Numbers Go?
The number line is home to all of the different kinds of numbers that a student might experience in their lifetime. In this course, students will learn different strategies of number identification and learn to manipulate positive and negative numbers.
Level 1 Science
Microcosmos is the story of all the little critters on our Earth and how these little creatures have a big impact on the large world around them. Students will determine the characteristics that are unique to animals or plants, such as movement or photosynthesis, and use these traits to help investigate unknown organism. Microscopes and magnifying glasses will be daily fixtures in this class as students try to create a picture of the microcosmos around them.
From rivers to oceans, Waterworlds is the exploration of the different bodies of water. Students will experiment with some of the unique properties of water, while at the same time exploring aquatic ecosystems and the organisms that call it home.
(Course syllabus coming soon)
Pre-Historic Worlds will take your students on a journey back in time to the formation of the earth. This class will explore the first lifeforms with an emphasis on dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals such as woolly mammoths and saber tooth cats. Students will also learn about the lifestyle of early humans. Students will transform into paleontologists to study the last through fossils.
Anatomy and Me
A physiology and anatomy class that explores the different systems of the human body. The class focuses on cells as the basic building blocks of our bodies, and our goal is to understand how each system helps the cells in our body live and grow. Through hands-on projects, students will get a better understanding of what's going on in their own bodies!
The story of the evolution how people move around. From the invention of the wheel to cars, trains, and airplanes, students will study the makeup of various modes of transportation, how they are build, and their functions.
Students will experience the outdoors first-hand by studying the rich natural landscape of the Bay Area. This course will introduce students to the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation. By growing our own garden, students will examine differences between native and non-native species.