SPIRAL Curriculum Overview

Stephanie Chambers ~ Code, Create, Collaborate – Program On! (3CPO) ~ Have you ever wanted to create your own game, app, or invention? Coding will help us learn how to take an idea and program it using a computer. To do this, we will need to learn how to read and write code in both Scratch, Blockly, C programming, and Python. So, let’s code, create, collaborate and program on!

Susan de Conceicao ~ Adventures in Wild Weather ~ In SPIRAL Adventures in Wild Weather, we focus on the science of meteorology, specifically weather and weather conditions. We investigate the phenomenon of our Earth’s weather and discover why things happen the way they do! Hold on to your hats!

Ashley Kopczynski ~ Ancient Civilizations ~ In our class, we will learn about the rise of ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, the Maya, Egypt, Greece, and Rome! You’ll investigate the geography, economics, inventions, and history of each region, as well as, explore the famous monuments and ancient number systems from around the world. Prepare to board the SPIRAL time machine!

Molly Nipper ~ Exciting Explorations in Engineering ~ You will discover and apply physics principles as you study engineering in elementary school! We’ll have an Egg Drop Contest, design a Rube Goldberg machine, and enjoy a mousetrap car race along with other activities. The exploration of space including the Moon and Mars will also be discovered. Prepare to blast off!

Polly Osei ~ Our Energetic Earth ~ What do the words fuel, fossils, frac, fish, fusion and FUN have in common? Energize your learning in this unit about energy with an emphasis on Petroleum. We are diving deep into the history, chemistry, extraction, geology, uses, geography and economic impact of what has been said to be –next to water – the worlds’ most important resource. This unit is full of learning experiences that will keep minds and hands busy. Renewable sources like wind, geothermal, biomass, solar energy and alternative energy choices are also explored. Let’s get pumped for petroleum!

Iain Pace ~ The Atoms Family ~ Have you ever wondered why water is such an important part of our world, or why an apple turns brown after you cut it? Questions like these will be answered when you begin to explore the bonds that make our physical world. In the beginning students will learn about the humble atom and by the end of the semester they will have a basic understanding of chemical reactions and compounds. All the while learning the history of chemistry with lots of hands on activities.

Sandra Ramirez ~ From Rocks to Robotics ~ Take a journey through time and technology! We will pick apart how different gadgets function and how technology has changed over the years, while also connecting these technologies to exciting historical eras – such as the Renaissance and the World Wars! Get ready for exciting learning adventures!

Mary Walker ~ Mysteries in Medical Science ~ Refine your sleuthing skills as you solve mysteries in life sciences! We will explore mysteries in medical science and go on adventures through the human body, forensics and chemistry. You’ll practice your surgical skills, learn to save lives and expand your career opportunities all while enhancing your artistic abilities! Get your scalpel ready!