SPIRAL Curriculum Overview

Code, Create, Collaborate – Program On! (3CPO), Stephanie Chambers - 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!

Adventures in Wild Weather, Susan de Conceicao - 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!

Ancient Civilizations, Ashley Kopczynski - 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 famous monuments and ancient number systems from around the world. Prepare to board the SPIRAL time machine!

Exciting Explorations in Engineering, Molly Nipper - 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. We will also investigate the exploration of space including the Moon and Mars. Prepare to blast off!

Our Energetic Earth, Polly Osei - 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 world's most important resource. This unit is full of learning experiences that will keep minds and hands busy. Renewable resources like wind, geothermal, biomass, solar energy and alternative energy sources are also examined. Let’s get pumped for petroleum!

The Atoms Family, Iain Pace - 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.

From Rocks to Robotics, Sandra Ramirez  - 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!

Mysteries in Medical Science, Mary Walker - 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!