Spring 2017 Schedule and Course Descriptions

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Below is the Spring Schedule and Room Assignments.  Course descriptions are below.

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Time Grade OVA TITLE Group Title Teacher Room
10:00 AM K-8th KARATE Karate Nathan Perry/BlackBelt Academy 43
10:00 AM K-2nd MULTIMEDIA Multimedia Art Tina Hotchkiss 34
10:00 AM K-3rd SOLAR SYSTEMS Our Amazing Planet! Seta Keon 61
10:00 AM 3-5th SHAKESPEARE Shakespeare for Kids Alex Moore 45
10:00 AM 5-12th LITERATURE DISC Harry Potter Book Club Cristal Moyer 65
10:00 AM 6-12th DESIGN Modular Origami Katie Tilton 30
10:00 AM 6-12th DEBATE Debate Jamison Lundy 38
11:00 AM K-2nd STRATEGIES Thematic Stations: Reading Detectives Cristal Moyer 65
11:00 AM K-5th HEALTHY LIVING Yoga Meaghan Zeoli 43
11:00 AM K-3rd AMERICAN CULTURES Civics/Government Cortney Labbe 61
11:00 AM 4-8th MUSIC Beat Masters Bonnie Lyn Paige 30
11:00 AM 6-12th JAPANESE CULTURES Japanese Culture Through Manga Jamison Lundy 38
11:00 AM 6-12th ART TECHNIQUES Scribbling Is Not Just For Kindergarten Tina Hotchkiss 34
12:00 PM K-12th Lunch 43/45
12:00 PM 4-12th Student Council 38
12:30 PM K-3rd MUSIC Suzuki Meets Opera Bonnie Lyn Paige 43
12:30 PM K-3rd LIVING SCIENCE Science of Motion Meaghan Zeoli 45
12:30 PM 3-5th ART TECHNIQUES Pastels Tina Hotchkiss 34
12:30 PM 3-5th CLIMATE Extreme Weather Seta Keon 61
12:30 PM 4-12th HEALTHY LIVING P.E. for the Middle Grades Gym America Fellowship
12:30 PM 6-12th HISTORICAL CULTURES Hands-On History Jamison Lundy 38
12:30 PM 6-12th SPANISH Spanish Miriam Del Valle 65
GameStart Set up 30
1:30 PM K-3rd GYMNASTICS Gymnastics Gym America Fellowship
1:30 PM K-3rd TECH WEB Minecraft GameStart 30
1:30 PM 3-5th ENGINEERING DESIGN Junkyard Wars Katie Tilton 43
1:30 PM 6-12th REASONING Ethics:Human Rights and Human Behavior Alex Moore 34
1:30 PM 6-12th LIVING SCIENCE Current Event Science Meaghan Zeoli 45
2:30 PM K-2nd BEG ROBOTICS WeDo Robotics Katie Tilton 43
2:30 PM K-5th CULINARY ARTS Cooking For Kids Lillian Anderson Kitchen
2:30 PM 3-6th SPANISH CULTURES Spanish Miriam Del Valle 65
2:30 PM 3-12th CRAFTS Fabric and Textile Crafts Melodee Bourdeau 61
2:30 PM 4-8th TECH WEB Minecraft GameStart 30
2:30 PM 6-12th LITERATURE The Drama of Edgar Allen Poe Alex Moore 45
In The Great Debate class students will learn the art of debate. The topics will range from tough hard hitting topics such as should the United States close down military bases around the world, to the more playful, what game console is the best? In the process kids will learn how to formulate well thought out opinions and also learn how to present them in a polite and intelligent manner. Students will be given a topic and will be responsible for researching the topic and formulating their opinion. The students will gain many skills such as using the internet as a top research tool. Also, learning to resolve conflicts using their words as well as learning to respect people with different opinions.
Modular Origami: Modular origami or unit origami is a paper folding technique which uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure than would not be possible using single-piece origami techniques. In this class, we will start by learning how to fold a Sonobe Module which is one of the many units used to build modular origami. Once this module is perfected it can be used to build Sonobe Cubes, Pyramids and for the ambitious, a 30 unit augmented Icosahedron. You will have so much fun that you won’t even realize you are also learning some basic geometry!
Karate: This class is designed to teach self-defense, improve self-confidence, teach non-violent problem solving, and be a physical workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. This form of martial arts is unique in the sense that it uses basic principles from biomechanics, sports medicine, and kinesiology. These sciences are applied to make sure that students are learning effective techniques that are not telegraphed, and regardless of how often or long and individual is practicing, it won’t cause joint damage (which is commonly associated with traditional styles of martial arts).
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – In this book club, we will continue to venture deeper into J.K. Rowling’s amazing adventure. We will read the novel in class, but students will be expected to read at home as well. Students will make crafts related to the book. We will explore character development and story elements. Students will write ideas, answer discussion questions, and complete other activities in a journal. Students will be expected to purchase the book to bring to class every day, complete reading and homework assignments at home in order to contribute to classroom discussions.
Multi Media: (same as fall semester with all new projects) This fun filled class will focus on giving students an opportunity to experiment with various media including watercolor, oil pastel, color pencil, tempera, and markers…
Shakespeare for Kids! You read it correctly. We will learn a little about Shakespeare, his works, and his life and times as well as performing a very kid-friendly, 10-minute modernized version of Julius Caesar. Each week, students will be exposed to some knowledge about Shakespeare or Elizabethan England, then use drama to convey what they learned through short skits, commercials, mime, etc. The second half of each class period will be devoted to working on our mini-production of Julius Caesar, which we will perform at the end of the semester. No homework. Students may use scripts for the final performance. (Students should feel comfortable reading aloud in class)
Our Amazing Planet! In this class, students will take a trip around our amazing planet and also make a stop in the Milky Way! We will learn basic earth science terms, facts about the Earth and our solar system, and have a beginning understanding about how to care for our planet. We will do activities, learn songs, play games and create models to support the learning process!
Civics for U.S: We’ve elected a new president in our country, but what is their job, really? And who hangs out an old cabinet with a bunch of people anyway? Why can’t a president just make all the rules and tell people what to do? And who is in charge of balancing all these checks? These are just some of the questions that we will be asking in this class along with learning how to talk and work with people that may have different ideas than we do. And how this is one of the greatest lessons we can learn. There will be some required work outside of class. Expect to spend 15 minutes a week on Haiku.
Reading Detectives: Get your magnifying glass as we search engaging picture books! We will look for literary elements using story maps, completing author profiles, learning about synonyms, antonyms, homophones, similes, metaphors, personification. This class will provide students will a good foundation for how good readers read.
Yoga is for everyone! The breathing, the concentration and the poses, lead to constant self-discovery. A child’s yoga practice is an opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong.Yoga is an option for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities and it helps athletic children excel in other physical activities and sports.
Scribbling is not just for kindergarten: If one is looking for a new art form that is different and very expressive, here it is! Students will learn how to add excitement to each line in their color pencil artwork by developing their own scribble. Scribble art is full of energy and created quickly. To add even more to this excitement color will be applied.
Japanese Culture: In this class students will learn about Japanese history and culture, from the days of the Samurai, to the dark days of World War II, to the modern days of hi-tech Japan. We will watch classic anime and live action films by legendary directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Akira Kurosawa. This semester there will be an added emphasis on manga or Japanese Graphic novels! Manga is an important part of Japan’s culture. The history of Manga can be traced back to the wood block prints or “(木版画, moku-hanga)” of old Japan. Students will have to supply their own copy of the Manga we we read. This semester we will be reading Message to Adolf, a historical fiction book written by the legendary animator and manga artist “Managua ” Osamu Tezuka. There will be about 30 minutes of homework a week.
Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales: The largest and most intelligent ocean animals include dolphins, porpoises, and whales. These large powerful animals are found in all of the oceans and in five of the largest rivers of the world. In this class we will explore each species and take a look at the environment in which they live.
Beat Masters: We’re gonna STOMP. We’re gonna CLAP. We’re gonna SING. Get ready to have rhythm rock your world. Get the blood pumping and the oxygen to your brain! We’ll be CREATING and READING music in a simple and fun way. Running shoes and sweatbands required. 😉  There will be minimal work outside of class required.
P.E. For the Middle Grades: Does your student need to get up and get moving more? In this class students will participate in strengthening their body through fun physical fitness activities and cooperative games. Throughout the semester physical fitness will be monitored and periodically evaluated. Students will be taught basic fitness drills they can use at home and tumbling skills such as: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. Come join in the fun while getting into shape!
Exploration with Soft and Oil Pastels: This class is full of fun creativity with color. Student will learn how quickly pastel drawings can turn into paintings when mixing colors. These works of art will be still life and landscape representations.
Hands On History: This is a semester course in which we will take a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. domestic policy, and the global economy. This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe.The course will be flexible in nature to accommodate significant current events, but the general direction of the class will be to study how the world developed to what it is today and where it is going next. Your teacher will be Jamison “Ech0” Lundy and is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to history and can make learning history so fun you may want to become an avid historian yourself! * We will be covering subjects such as war and politics in a non-bias way. ** Videos might be viewed but will be pre-screened for content.
Science of Motion: Everything moves. Even when we are still as a stone, we are still moving. In fact, so is that stone. But why? In this class we are going to look at all different kinds of movement in our universe and learn about what makes everything go. We will delve into the sciences of physics and chemistry to see not only how hummingbirds can flap their wings 15 times a second, but how a tree can walk and a waterbear can be dormant for years before getting moving again. This will be a non-stop journey.
Suzuki Meets Opera: Using the music of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, students will put on a musical production with singing, set creation, and stage-handing! Join us for a production of “Harry Potter and the Magical Violin” this spring.
Spanish: Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous!
Writing with the six traits – In this class, students will use the Four Blocks writing model to learn to write paragraphs, working up to full stories. We will refine our writing by using the Six-Traits of writing (Ideas, Organization, Word choice, Voice, Conventions, Sentence Fluency)
Extreme Weather: There are many different types of weather and some am be wild and dangerous! In this class we will learn about each type, explore how it affects the environment and the people who live in the areas they take place.
Junkyard Wars: Do you like to build? Want to build your own bridges, super slingers and mousetrap-powered cars.  In this course, students will be given materials and a challenge to build an object such as a bridge or a slinger.  Bend the rules but don’t break them! Each challenge has guidelines, for example, students must build a bridge that is able to span the entire width of a canyon (the space between two tables) and it may be attached to the sides of the canyon but must have a roadbed and enough room to allow the vehicle to move freely.  Children are natural builders and are guided to discover engineering principles like compression and tension for themselves. They are also taught basic building skills and teamwork as they work together to accomplish a given challenge.
Gymnastics: Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Students will gain focus, fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, and self-esteem. Join us for the fun. Grades accepted: K-3 (4 year old students are welcome if Mom stays) Attire: shorts or warm-up pants and a t-shirt. A leotard is optional. Bare feet—no socks or tights
Book Club: We will read E. B. White’s well-loved Charlotte’s Web. This book is a beautiful expression of friendship. While reading, we will build readers’ vocabulary and comprehension skills. The lessons in this book club will challenge students to create comic strips based on the characters, setting, and plot of the story; analyze words and their meanings, and answer discussion questions in their reading journals. Students will be expected to purchase the book to bring to class every day, complete reading and homework assignments at home in order to contribute to classroom discussions.
Current Events Science: It seems like we hear of new scientific discoveries almost daily. Our world is changing at a rapid rate, and science is leading the way. In this class we will explore the long held principles of science and see how their application with today’s technology is changing our world. There will be some reading required outside of class.
Spanish: Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous!
Minecraft K-3:Using Blockly, a visual programming interface developed at Google, students will assemble colorful puzzle pieces to write code that then comes alive in the world of Minecraft. We’ll advance through programming your own house, your own army of golems, and more, learning logic, arithmetic, and 3D coordinates.
Advanced Toastmasters: In this class, students will learn tips, insights, and strategies which will help them become a confident and effective speaker. We will explore 10 different speech styles over the course of the semester. Each speech style will help the student learn a new skill for public speaking. This class is also a great way for kids to come out of their shells and create new comfort zones while speaking in groups of any size! Students will need to research and prepare speeches for class as homework.
Ethics: Human Rights and Human Behavior: Why do we have a hard time standing up to a group? Why don’t we always make the right moral decision? What influences our choices? How do we know what’s good and what’s bad? When should we stand up to authority and when shouldn’t we? Through a study of our own behavior, philosophy, history, and current events, we will address these questions and many more as we try to gain a better understanding of such topics as intolerance and morality. This is a discussion-based class. Most weeks, students will be expected to do a couple of short readings (1-3 pages each) at home, and then come to class prepared to discuss them. Student interest will determine where the discussion leads but expect topics to range from personal experiences to the Holocaust to war to philosophical beliefs and ethical conundrums. This class will not use the same material as the Ethics class of last year, so students who took that class will have new fodder for discussion this time around.
The Drama of Edgar Allan Poe: Get ready to explore the master of creepy, Gothic tales and poems: Edgar Allan Poe! We will read both original stories and poems as well as dramatized versions of them. Students will get a sense of the techniques that Poe used to scare us, how his word choice added to the mood he created, and just what it means to be “Gothic.” In addition, there will be a lot of time spent in creating our own final presentation for the end of the semester which may include any of the following: pre-scripted parodies of Poe and his life and works, a student-created dramatic version of “The Raven,” a radio broadcast and/or dramatization of one or more stories, student-written introductions and transition pieces to weave all the parts of the presentation together, and any other ideas students come up with. Students will have a lot of control in creating the finished Poe Presentation. Homework includes doing some short readings as well as memorizing lines for the performance. (Be aware, this is Poe and it is dark, so be sure your student is ready for the content before signing up)
WeDo Robotics: This course introduces young students to robotics and at an early age students will learn to process and develop their higher level thinking skills. Using an easy-to-use set, students build LEGO models, which feature working motors and sensors. They will program their models just like other robotics curriculums. Through hands-on activities students will explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.
Fabric and Textiles: In this class students will learn about textiles and fibers. They will learn to work with fabrics and yarns to create fun, creative, and useful items for everyday use. They will learn basic sewing skills and learn how to do simple sewing with a sewing machine and hand sewing with needle and thread. A lesson on the basics of knitting and crochet will also be introduced. The class will be taught in a relaxed skill building environment and no previous experience will be expected. This is a multi-gendered course and activities will be selected to include all students. Sewing is not just for girls! While supplies will be provided it is encouraged and welcome for students to bring in items from home to use in personalizing their creativity. A list of suggested helpful supplies will be available at the first class.
Cooking for Kids:Have fun in the kitchen in this hands-on class for kids! In 14 sessions, you will not only learn important life skills, but also would gain knowledge in nutrition, food safety and food science. In combination with the cooking classes we will also be integrating use of the Project Grow vegetable garden plot right across the street and discuss the importance of the farm/garden-to-plate movement.
History of Rock: Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about how music got to where it is today?. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. We will select one musical genre and explore its roots and growing pains and see how its elements filter across all types of other music and cultures. In this class there will be weekly homework required that will involved research and answering a few thought provoking questions to prepare for each week.
Spanish: Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous!
Minecraft 4-8: Let’s get hands on with Python syntax inside the world of Minecraft! Students will become familiar with the fundamental building blocks of code including functions, loops, variables, and conditional statements. After that, they’ll use them to create “magic wands” – unique Minecraft items that run their code at the press of a button – and duel in the CodeMage Arena!