Anvil City Science Academy Nome, Alaska

 

Art Art class will be driven by the thematic approach to learning. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves in several different ways, depending on the medium being used or studied. Concepts such as balance and texture and well as technique are taught repeatedly throughout the year on all projects. Students are expected to give their best effort to learn these things and work towards achieving true "mastery" of the selected medium. History / Social Studies Much of the curriculum for the year will be designed around themes. These themes are interdisciplinary and are usually driven by history or science concepts. As such, the projects and assignments for history vary depending on the unit we study. Research and study techniques are focused through technology projects, outlines, independent research projects, group projects, and tests. These are a few examples of the work that students might be expected to complete. As often as possible, a student is given a choice of topics and methods for demonstrating proficiency. Students will research daily geography or current event warm ups to continually increase their awareness of the world. Language Arts Language Arts class is designed to provide a writing experience every day. It involves note-taking, creative writing, study of non-fiction, practice in grammar, and reflection on student work. We will build writing skills through both short and long-term assignments. Math ACSA uses My Math & Glencoe Math texts. Math is also integrated into science and most projects. The students will complete math journals to explain the process and logic of solving word problems. Fifth through eighth grade students have a wide range of abilities, so we have students in many different levels of math. Because of this, we ask parents to help with the grading of daily lessons to help teachers provide more direct instruction within the math period. Physical Fitness The primary means of achieving physical fitness is through parent/ community volunteers and teacher led activities such as swimming, basketball, sledding etc. If scheduling of gym time permits, other sports training will be utilized. If time is limited, students may simply be allowed to have free time or “open” gym. Project-Based / Hands-On Learning Project-Based / Hands-on learning is a part of our program that is continually being refined. This type of curriculum delivery provides students with the opportunity to utilize cross-curricular hands-on projects as a means to synthesize what they have learned and to demonstrate how they can use it. Although some curricular skills are taught separately, for the most part, students acquire knowledge and skills through learning that cuts across and make connections among varying disciplines. Each unit of study has specific and well-defined academic, service, and /or physical goals. All project-based studies culminate with exhibitions or final products that must meet high standards. These products are the vehicles for students to synthesize what they have learned and to demonstrate how they can use it. Reading The reading program is literature based. Students have continual choice in reading for fiction and non-fiction literature. Students are directed to select materials that focus on the themes that are being studied school-wide. The Accelerated Reader computer program addresses the diverse reading abilities of ACSA students. Along with thirty minutes of sustained silent reading each day, we ask parents to monitor additional reading at home. Students will also learn to answer interpretive questions, analyze text and look for meaning in word choice. All of these skills are reinforced during literature discussions. Skills in reading and writing are essential for students to excel in math, science, and social studies. Science A.C.S.A. uses hands-on experimentation to help students develop problem-solving skills. Through the steps of the Scientific Method, students will increase their critical thinking skills and become better problem solvers in everyday life. Students will conduct scientific research inside the classroom as well as in an outdoor setting throughout the school year. They will also be sharing their data with scientists and other students from around the world. Technology Technology is used throughout the A.C.S.A. program and is the primary means of communicating with parents and students. Those families with e-mail will get daily updates on homework, class work, and special information. The teachers also use a web-based grading program so that students and their parents can be regularly updated on academic progress. Students will have the opportunity to use the computers in a wide variety of ways across the curriculum. Word processing, keyboarding, podcasts, spreadsheets, Power Point presentations, scanning, video editing, and Internet resources will all be used over the course of the school year. Supplemental programs offering students extra assistance in language arts skills and reading comprehension are also available for use.