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
This geometry course acquaints students with geometric ideas! Students will learn how to identify and create a variety of shapes, including polygons, quadrilaterals, and triangles. Students will become acquainted with their properties by constructing these shapes through a variety of 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.
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, as well as discover the basic ideas behind decimals and fractions.
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 various graphing models and analytic ideas such as mean, median, and mode.
Relate and Equate
In this course, students explore basic 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.
This course explores the concepts and various components of measurement at a 1st and 2nd grade level. Students will explore how to measure length, estimation, how to read clocks, as well as how to count money. Students will also use concepts such as addition and subtraction to further build on the essentials of measurement.
Level 1 Science
Students will be immersed in an investigation through the story of light. We will will journey through the composition of light, its properties, and how light affects our perception of our day to day to lives. Topics include the spectrum of light, its medium, and also how light alters their perception of the world around them. Whether the lights are on or off our surroundings are a composite of the available light sources that surround us.
Students dive into how living organisms interact with unique properties of water. Throughout the course students are introduced to a new property of water, then challenged to design and engineer an organism that adapts to this property of water each week. In completing this course students gain an understanding and appreciation for the foundations of chemistry, biology and engineering.
Prehistoric 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 latter through fossils.
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.
In this course, students will study various types of land, water, and air transportation. They will explore how simple machines make moving easier, as well as factors such as gravity, friction, and air resistance affect the movement of vehicles. Students will create many different types of transportation, and as the quarter progresses, they will learn new ways to make them move, turn, float, glide, and stop. By the end of the quarter, students will have the knowledge they need to design their own vehicle!
In this course, students will examine the world around them and the non-living components of the earth’s system. Students will learn about how interactions between land, water, and air shape the world around us. We’ll consider cycles like weather, water, and rocks. As we learn how non-living components of ecosystems interact with on each other, we will begin to consider what how humans are impacted by natural processes, and how earth processes are impacted by humans.