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2018-2019 Course offerings

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Course name

Course description

Algebra 1a

The purpose of this course is to develop the algebraic concepts and processes that can be used to analyze and solve a variety of routine and non-routine real-world and mathematical problems. This course is designed to teach the students to using numbers to understand the relationship between relative quantities or characteristics. The students will be able to accurately problem solve and predict future outcomes of quantifiable events. This course will teach algebraic concepts through life’s typical activities that require competency using numbers, operations, and algebraic thinking (e.g., counting, measuring, comparison shopping). The students will apply numeric principles using concrete materials in real-life activities.

Algebra 1b

The purpose of this course is to continue to develop the algebraic concepts and processes that can be used to analyze and solve a variety of routine and non-routine real-world and mathematical problems. This course is the second part to a full Algebra 1 course.  Students learn to use mathematics effectively through problem-solving experiences that include use of higher-order thinking skills in daily assignments, a wide variety of problem types in the questions, and open-ended problems. They also learn to read and understand mathematics on their own, and to express this understanding both orally and in writing.  

Biology

The objective of this course is to impart basic biological principles to the student connecting them with daily living skills to broaden student’s understanding of the world around them. This course will provide students with access to the concepts and content of Biology I. Understanding the dynamic relationship and diverse characteristics of life forms, processes, and the environment improves the ability to predict how we develop, maintain health, and impact our surroundings.

Career Education

The purpose of this course is to enable students with disabilities to further develop knowledge and skills to select career options, access community resources, and apply work related behaviors through guided practice and experiences in school and community settings. This curriculum is designed to promote independence and productivity in students, to foster individual strengths and to help students develop into productive adults. It will improve understanding of the workplace, as well as give students the opportunity to learn and practice necessary skills to succeed at a typical worksite.

Ceramics

Students will be introduced to the elements of art and the principles of design, applying them to the study of ceramics through hands on activities. Students will learn hand building and wheel throwing techniques as well as methods for surface decoration with paints and glazes. Students will be provided instruction in skills such as: following directions, task completion, and attention to detail through a completely project based curriculum. Students will be introduced to ceramic art, art vocabulary, ceramic artists, ceramic techniques and methods. Students will develop learned skills through hands on activities and teacher demonstration. Students will also expand their awareness, appreciation and understanding of ceramic art by learning to discuss and write about art.

Craft Studio Art

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an entirely project based curriculum. Depending on the project, students may be given the opportunity to work independently or with a group to complete assigned projects. While completing projects, students will be working on skills such as: following directions given in various formats (e.g. pictures, written, or verbal), self-advocacy (asking for help if needed), attention to detail, and working collaboratively. Students will also develop skills to discuss and write about art.

Current Affairs

The objective of this course is to engage students in local, national, and global current events, increasing the student’s ability to engage as a part of the local, national, and global community. Students will use the Unique Curriculum: New2You as well as supplemental materials to learn about current events. The class will participate in small group, large group, and individual projects; community experiences; writing; discussion; and research. Students will work on specific skills that include, but are not limited to: identifying credible sources; using facts to formulate an opinion; politely conveying opinions to others; listening; finding, preparing, and presenting information; summarizing; and tolerance. Families are encouraged to communicate with their child about the events in this class. This communication will help reinforce the social goals of the classroom, and encourage the student to increase their comfort level using current events in daily communications.

Earth Science

The objective of this course is to impart basic principles of Earth Science to the student connecting them with daily living skills to broaden the student’s understanding of, and participation in, the world around them. This course will cover the topics of: Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Oceanography. Students will explore Earth’s natural resources, Earth’s development, Earth’s processes, and how they are interrelated. The course will have a strong focus on connecting how the Earth works and how individual everyday choices can impact the Earth.

Economics

This course was designed to give students a functional knowledge of economics and personal finances through hands on experience. To achieve this objective the students will work together to explore topics such as: supply and demand, opportunity cost, profit margin, inflation, product marketing, importing/exporting goods and services, and market value. Students will also explore financial literacy topics such as: completing cash transactions, budgeting, savings and checking accounts, and book keeping. The course curriculum is based on the Sunshine State Standards and modified in accordance with the Florida state access points.

English 1

The purpose of this class is to improve student's reading and writing skills, as well as provide them with word knowledge.  Students will be provided with opportunities to read, communicate, reflect, and create. Students will practice skills including but not limited to: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary acquisition, composition, grammar, and editing. This class is designed to be multimodal, allowing all students to engage, participate and learn. The readings in this class will include cross curricular topics, such as science or social studies with an emphasis on practical knowledge and daily living. Topics will be sent home monthly for families to review with the student. 

English 2

The objective of this course is to provide the student with reading strategies to engage in daily, meaningful reading tasks. Students will be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in areas including, but not limited to: speaking and listening, comprehension, and composition. Activities will include novel studies, research projects, and an assortment of written assignments in various styles.

Geometry

The purpose of this course is to develop geometrical and general mathematical concepts and processes that can be used to analyze and solve a variety of routine and non-routine real-world and mathematical problems. This course will provide the student with experiences and activities that relate to the value of geometry in life. Emphasis is placed on the use of reasoning skills, and two and three-dimensional modeling to solve problems, both mathematical and real-world.

Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE)

This course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about keeping a healthy lifestyle through a combination of classroom instruction and physical exercise. This course is designed to give students information they need to make healthy life style choices and stay healthy. To achieve this goal, the course is designed to allow for classroom teaching time for topics such as nutrition, hygiene, and basic first aid. This course also provides a physical component for the student to explore physical activities they may enjoy as well as learning about safety when exercising.

Instrumental Techniques

The students have the opportunity to explore piano, string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and world instruments as well as the human voice.  Students will learn fundamental playing techniques, including hand positions, posture, fingering systems and characteristic embouchure, breathing and tone production where applicable.  In this course, students will explore the fundamentals of music. Students will develop foundational music techniques, music literacy, listening skills and aesthetic awareness.  Students will also explore the role that each instrumental family played in history and culture. They will also be exposed to music composing software and techniques

Life Skills

The objective of this course is to provide students with tools and information to increase their independence across settings. This course is project based and designed to give students the opportunity to learn about and practice daily living skills through hands-on activities. The course will cover topics including Daily Life, Community, and Personal Relationships

Painting

Students will be introduced to color vocabulary and color theory, painting techniques and methods as well as painting styles throughout art history. Students will explore a variety of painting techniques and develop skills through hands on activities and teacher demonstration. Students will also expand their awareness, appreciation and understanding of painting by learning to discuss and write about art as well as identify paintings in terms of style.

Technology

This course will provide the student with an introduction to technology software (Microsoft Word and Excel), and hardware commonly used in work place and school settings. The purpose of this course is to enable students to apply knowledge and skills regarding the safe and appropriate use of technology in the school, workplace, and community. Students will investigate careers in technology. This course outline was transcribed from the CPALMS website. The course will utilize various resources to present new skills including but not limited to: APEX, GCF life skills presentations, and software tutorials. The students will be provided with hands on practice of the skills provided weekly.

Theater

This course will provide the opportunity to learn and understand the elements and principles of drama; to work collaboratively to create a final product; and to be free and creative. Students will receive an overview of theatre history, vocabulary, and techniques. Students will work collaboratively to create a finish product in the form of a drama performance. Students will be focusing on skills such as listening, collaborating, attention to detail, taking direction, and personal responsibly.

US History 

The objective of this course is to connect historical events in the United States to current events and daily living activities, therefore, increasing the student’s cultural and social awareness. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the economic, geographical, political and social changes as well as the events and people of the United States from approximately 1750 to the present. In accordance with the Sunshine State Standards, students will learn concepts, dates, locations and cause and effect relationships that have shaped the history of the United States from its beginnings to today.

US Government

The objective of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge about the US government to support the student in identifying their personal rights and responsibilities as an American Citizen and a participating member in the community. Students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Florida and various local governments. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States Government standards.

World History

The objective of this course is to connect worldwide historical events to current events and daily living activities, therefore, increasing the student’s cultural and social awareness. This course is a study of both ancient and modern world history, including the foundation of civilizations, belief systems, commerce, exploration, enlightenment, political revolutions, the industrial revolution, nationalism, imperialism through the world wars, the cold war, the quest of countries seeking independence, and changes in current global patterns.   

 

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