Fourth Grade

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Course Descriptions

List of 39 items.

  • All Hands on Deck - Critical Thinking and Surviving Skills 3-4

    Faculty: Julia Penido 
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am OR 3pm - 4pm (2 sections available)
    Cost: $355
    Did you know that you can make a compass using a paperclip and a magnet? Or an oven out of cardboard and foil? Do you like searching for treasure? All Hands on Deck is a class that helps young learners hone critical thinking and survival skills. Each day, students will learn about a different facet of surviving in the outdoors. Along the way, they will develop self-confidence, independence, and an increased awareness of their surroundings while learning how to engage with the world in new, exciting, and practical ways.
    Among other activities, students will be building, braiding, fixing, identifying, measuring, and navigating, all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to traverse life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
    Each day, students will spend an hour with their teacher learning new concepts, working on projects, and synthesizing what has been covered in the class. A box of supplies will be sent to the household of each student, with each day’s activity individually labeled.
  • Animal Research 3-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen 
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
    Cost: $310
    Animals are fascinating and children love them. In this captivating research/writing class, students will investigate their favorite animals and write multi-paragraph essays about the creatures of highest interest to them. The instructor(s) will scaffold the student learning with research tools and writing guides to make the tasks accessible. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to create their own animal encyclopedia for keepsake. This popular class is perfect for computer savvy nine, ten, and eleven-year-old interested in delving deeper into the intriguing animal kingdom.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructor(s) will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in their summer learning. The instructor(s) will offer edit/revision notes to students corresponding through these platforms.
    We will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 45-60 minutes of direct instruction. Then, the students will be divided into break out sessions, or complete individual tasks, for the remaining 30-45 minutes. The instructor(s) will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entire 1.5 hours of class time.
  • Beginning Ukulele 3-6

    Faculty: Alan Wellman
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M - F
    Time: 9 am - 9:45 am
    Cost: $265
    Learn to play the Ukulele. This class will cover tuning, holding the instrument, strumming, and how to read basic notation. From breezy island jams to all the way to Somewhere over the Rainbow, the students will learn how to play basic melodies and chords for a variety of tunes.
    This class will use synchronous lessons for the students who want to learn the basics of ukulele playing and technique. Breakout rooms will be utilized to create more individualized instruction.
    Materials: You will need to provide your own Ukulele.
  • Big Art! One Square at a Time 1-4

    Faculty: Veerle Govaerts
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 10am-11am
    Cost: $150
    Students will complete a Big Art poster by the end of the session, worthy of framing! Each class time we will complete one square of our work using different simple techniques. Students will see their work grow and grow and will be proud of their accomplishment! The class structure will be a class meeting, lesson time, craft/activity instruction, guided work time for the activity or craft, and a closing circle to wrap up the day. Students are expected to have basic motor skills in order to complete tactile activities. Ms.Veerle will be online with the students the entire class time.
     
  • Blastoff into Outer Space K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time:12:30pm-1:30pm
    Cost: $355
    If your child is one who is attracted to or loves the study of outer space, consider signing him or her up for this fun in the galaxy course. Students will identify the planets in the Earth's solar system, learn about astronauts, and apply science technology and engineering skills in project based learning. This unique course will provide students in grades K-4 with an educational opportunity to explore and learn about Space. They will participate in projects that foster curiosity and confidence while exploring Outer Space. We will inspire and encourage kids to ask questions about the world around them and point them toward the tools they’ll need to investigate. Hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and projects bring new concepts to life as students work collaboratively to solve problems. During this course, we strive to support children to think creatively and critically about their developing understanding of their world. This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home or yard with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of projects and/or activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class assignments. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A rocket ship of materials will arrive at your home to support you in your mission.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute roll call game/fun facts
    15-20 minutes of instruction (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    1-10 minutes closure/lesson review
     
  • Books vs Movie Magic 4-5

    Faculty: Vaneza Parades
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time:1 pm - 2 pm 
    Cost: $205
    No matter how your child feels about reading, if your child enjoys watching movies-this is the class for them. “Book vs. Movie Magic” will examine similarities and differences between admired books and their movie adaptations. Students will be exposed to the unique magic of each form and will become the ultimate judge to determine which is “better.”
    This course will require a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. While the majority of the work will be delivered online during class meetings, students may need to spend additional time reading independently, depending on time.
    Students will need access to a Netflix account, and Microsoft Word/or Pages.
  • Build a Sports Franchise 4-7

    Faculty: Daniel Frazer 
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1 - MWF, Section 2 - MWF, Section 3 - Tues/Thurs
    Time: Section 1: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Section 2: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Section 3: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
    Cost: $205
    Sports fans always have opinions for their favorite teams! You ever desire to be a general manager or an owner of your favorite team? In this class you will create a business plan of where you plan to build your stadium, salary cap for players and how the sports world can continue to provide entertainment for the world!
    This class will be a blend of Synchronous and Asynchronous classes. We will always meet live via zoom at the beginning of class to answer any questions or give advice! The first week will consist of breaking down operational cost, TV deals, and real estate cost in big or small city markets.
  • Chess 1-8

    Faculty: Daniel Frazer 
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1 - MWF, Section 2 - MWF, Section 3 - Tues/Thurs
    Time: Section 1: 1pm - 2pm, Section 2: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm, Section 3: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
    Cost: $205
    This class will teach beginner players how to play chess and to better acquaint them with this great game. Students will learn about the pieces, their movements, and basic strategies. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players. As their knowledge of chess improves, they will learn more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be explored.
    This will be a Synchronous Classes. The first week we will be learning the basic pieces and moves of chess. The class will have fun games leading up to the last couple weeks where students will be able to compete in tournaments.
  • Cooking & Baking 4-6

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $410
    Have you always wanted to cook, but weren’t sure how to start or were too nervous? Join us on our tour around the world from the convenience of our kitchens. We’ll explore different parts of the world as we cook up a storm – quesadillas, guacamole, tortilla chips, English muffin pizzas, chocolate chip cookies, macaroni and cheese, fajitas, guava & cheese pies, just to name a few! Plus learn some essential kitchen skills – like how to scramble eggs and how to boil pasta water! After taking this class, you’ll be able to help feed your family! So join us and learn to cook & bake with us this summer!
    This class will be held synchronously. In lieu of a materials fee, students will be provided a materials list for each project and will be expected to have the required materials at home for our class. Consequently, if students would like to watch the projects being conducted - they are welcome to watch the live demonstrations.
  • Creative Deconstruction 4-6

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
    Cost: $205
    This class provides students hands-on opportunities to explore the way things work. Students will use real tools to deconstruct common items, learn about the parts that make up these items up, and reconstruct those items to working condition. Items examined in this class will include, but not be limited to, staplers, solar calculators, simple circuits, flashlights, etcetera. So, if you’ve ever been curious about what’s inside something and how it works, then join us in Creative Deconstruction.
    This class will run synchronously. Students will get a short introduction and demonstration, then students will have the opportunity to participate using the materials at home. In lieu of a materials fee, students will be provided a materials list for each project and will be expected to have the required materials at home for our class. Consequently, if students would like to watch the projects being conducted - they are welcome to watch the live demonstrations.

    Students will be expected to be on Zoom on-time every day and be prepared with their materials.
  • Creative Writing 4-6

    Faculty: Daniela Barrero
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF (Section 1) or Tues/Thurs (Section 2)
    Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am (Section 1), 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Section 2)
    Cost: $205 (Section 1) $225 (Section 2)
    Explore the world of the unknown through your imagination in this creative writing class. Students will gain knowledge of three fictional genres. After an introduction of writing techniques and character development, scholars will create their own short story/ narrative through guided live sessions and discussion. Students will be asked to create an illustration to accompany their story. At the end of the session each scholar will have access to their work as well as the works of their classmates.
    This class will be a blend of both styles allowing for students to gain knowledge through in class discussion and peer review. Students will be introduced to samples of writing styles throughout the term and will have to create their own original works to reflect their knowledge. Important aspects of story creation will be covered as in setting, character development, and how to create an engaging piece of literature. At the end of the session students will have digital access to the short stories they created.
  • Distance Learning - Computer Skills, Apps & Extensions 3-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Cost: $ 205
    This course will not only assist students in their current and possibly future digital classrooms but will develop essential skills to excel in them. Although we are in a unique learning situation, these skills are universal and essential for their future.

    We will explore how to conduct basic searches for research and determine trustworthy sites and learn how to save and locate documents correctly on internal and external drives. We will take some time to organize our Drives and explore shared settings.

    We will work on presentation skills, both verbal and nonverbal by creating Blogs, Vlogs, creating digital stories and utilizing other programs such as Padlet, Flipgrid, Pear Deck and other multimedia tools such as Kami and Sceencastify.

    Google Drive will be our primary platform, where activities and resources will be posted. Google Meets will be our collaboration platform, where topics and activities will be discussed. Students will have time to work through activities during our group meet and in some cases they will need to complete these activities or follow up questions outside of class time.

    Students will need access to a Gmail account as well as, preferably, a laptop.
  • Girl Power! Coding for Girls 3-4

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde (Section 1) & Kimberly Justiniani (Section 2)
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $205
    Close the gender gap in the tech industry, one girl at a time! Empower young girls to learn basic to advanced coding skills in this all-girl coding class. Girls will have fun with coding, games, and using technology to solve problems.
    On Mondays and Wednesdays the class will meet synchronously for one hour. On Fridays I will be hosting “office hours” and setting up times to work one-on-one or in small groups with students. Students will work on unfinished projects, receive and give feedback on projects, and post announcements/activities. It would likely start off as whole group, then go into breakout sessions. I expect students to have a working laptop with sufficient internet speed. Headphones or earbuds will be helpful (optional, but would be ideal).
  • Guided Drawing: Adventures in Stickfiguring 1-4

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Learn storytelling through drawing. Learn how to create characters, comics, cards and stories through this directed drawing class. Students will learn how to use the magic of details to bring their characters and picture stories to life. Each class will be centered around a topic for the day followed by a directed drawing. Students will take that theme brainstorm and jump into the “Drawing challenge” of the day. We will wrap up each class by sharing our stories and planning for the next step. This class will consist of live sessions where we will meet, create, draw and share together. Online activities will be assigned throughout our lessons.
     
  • Hip Hop Don't Stop 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Cost: $205
    This class offers the opportunity to learn fun hip hop routines using age-appropriate music and choreography. Students will increase coordination, strength, and performance skills while having a blast! Classes will include hip hop combinations, exercises, and warm-ups for any skill level.
    Class will be run synchronously. Students will need wifi access, a screen, and a safe space in which to move around.
  • History of the Napoleonic Wars 4-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration:4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9 am - 10 am 
    Cost: $ 205
    In the span of 30 years, Napoleon Bonaparte went from a lowly second lieutenant in the artillery to Emperor of France and the conqueror of most of Europe! His innovations in strategy, tactics, and army logistics helped him win a string of victories that make him one of the most successful generals in history.
    You will learn about his rise to power during the chaos of the French Revolution, his various military campaigns, and his ultimate downfall. You will also learn how his legacy has impacted European and world events in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Learn about this fascinating character and these tumultuous times in an engaging, interactive and multimedia online class setting.
    The class will be held on Zoom meeting app. It will be a synchronous learning environment. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, role-playing, and learning games. Basic school supplies will be needed for notes taking and game creation. Common household objects might be used for props in role-playing.
  • History of the Western Hemisphere 4-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen 
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 12 pm - 1:30 pm
    Cost: $ 310
    This class will offer students a virtual journey of discovery through the history of the Americas. We will focus on a broad range of topics beginning with the theories and historical accounts of how humans populated the Western Hemisphere to armed conflicts and pandemics of the modern era. Each of the four weeks will have a thematic focus; 1. Ancient/ Pre-Columbian Times, 2. The Columbian Exchange Era, 3. The Independence Era (1775-1900), 4. 1900- Modern Times. This is a great way to introduce the fascinating trajectory of our Hemisphere to elementary school students.

    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructor(s) will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in their summer learning. The instructor(s) will offer edit/revision notes to students corresponding through these platforms.

    We will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 45-60 minutes of direct instruction. Then, the students will be divided into break out sessions, or complete individual tasks, for the remaining 30-45 minutes. The instructor(s) will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entire 1.5 hours of class time.
  • How to Write Anything! 4-5

    Faculty: Vaneza Paredes
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9 am - 10 am
    Cost: $205
    Struggling with writing? In “How to Write Anything!” students will be introduced to basic and critical writing categories which each serve a particular purpose. Throughout the course, students will produce creative narrative stories, enhance their expository writing skills, and master the art of persuasive writing.
    This class will require a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. During online instruction, students will be introduced to new types of writing categories. Students will create outlines, drafts, and finalized versions of their writings. Students will also work in breakout rooms, to revise and edit each other’s writing. Students may also need to work independently to finish any writing assignments prior to class.
    Students need to have access to Microsoft word/or Pages to type stories and submit.
  • Hula Hoop Jam! 3-8

    Faculty: Paige Clingaman
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11am-11:45am
    Cost: $155
    Hula hooping is a fun form of dance expression that uses technical tricks and illusions with the hula hoop. This class combines learning hula hoop tricks for all levels and jamming out to your favorite tunes! Near the end of the course hoopers will learn choreography that they can perform for their friends and family.

    It is important to keep our bodies moving and to find ways we can enjoy ourselves with all of the changes lately. I hope to see some new hoopers on Zoom for hula hoop fun!

    This class will meet on Zoom (synchronous). The first class session will be an intro to the course: basic hula hoop trick knowledge and creating a playlist of our favorite songs. No hula hoop or activewear needed until the second day of class.
    Regular class meetings will look like this: 1) Stretch for warm up 2) Lesson on hula hoop trick(s) 3) Time for practicing trick(s) and asking questions 4) Jam!

    Tutorial videos will be available to hoopers who would like to take time outside of class to practice tricks that we have already gone over.

    How to prepare for this class: Have an open space to move around in (caution with the hula hoop if indoors). Wear clothes that are comfortable for stretching and dancing. Have a hula hoop by the second day of class (try some different sizes and see what works for you). Think of songs you love to dance to. And finally, be ready to have fun!
     
  • Human Body Systems 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar 
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration:4 weeks/ Tues&Thurs
    Time: 11:30 am -12:30 pm
    Cost: $150
    Come on over because we are learning all about YOU! In this course we will be learning about our vital organs and how our body systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, muscular, urinary, endocrine, and skeletal systems) work together to form you. We will explore these systems through various digital platforms and interactive programs , and focus on introducing and mastering skills such as research, collaboration and presentation skills. In addition we will discuss how to take care of our body systems so they remain healthy and allow us to do all the things we love to do.
    This digital course will be hosted on Google Classroom where students will have access to their activities and all posted resources. We will be meeting as a class on Google Meets where topics and activities will be discussed. Students will have time to work through activities during our group meet and in some cases they will need to complete these activities or follow up questions outside of class time.
    Lessons will be delivered and engaged in various multimedia lessons through a number of programs that not only deliver such content but engage students in the learning process.
    Students will need access to a Gmail account as well as, preferably, a laptop.
  • Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game 4-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1: Tues & Thurs, Section 2: Mon & Wed
    Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $225
    Dungeons & Dragons is fun and exciting role-playing game that has been popular with kids and adults for over 40 years. Students will learn about the basic concepts of the game, create characters for the adventure, and embark upon a fun expedition into a world of magic and fantastic creatures! Role-playing will help the students engage their imaginations, improve their communications skills, and learn to work collaboratively to solve problems!

    The class will be conducted in a synchronous manner. Students will need some 6-sided dice, a deck of playing cards, paper and pencil. Students are expected to participate with the group and display courtesy and cooperation with their classmates and teacher.
  • Introduction to Fencing 3-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren 
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $ 205
    Fencing is an Olympic sport that develops both coordination and concentration, providing exercise for the body and the mind. Through group activities, students will learn the fundamentals of foil fencing: footwork, handwork, offense, and defense. Fencing is growing in popularity in the United States and on college campuses; this class gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and excitement of modern fencing in a safe, relaxed atmosphere.
    The class will be held on the Zoom Meetings app. It will be a synchronous learning environment. Students will need to dress for light athletic activity; tennis shoes, socks, shorts or athletic pants, and a t-shirt. They will need to have a space around them in which they can move and is free of obstacles. Common household items will be used for props or substitutions for fencing gear.
  • Introduction to Space Exploration (M/W)

    Faculty: Jack Prater & David Herman
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/W
    Time: 2pm-3pm
    Cost: $150
    In this class students will learn about the history and science behind human space exploration, and the objects they explore. Students learn about the difficulties of manned space flight, the science behind the formation of our solar system and galaxies, as well as the telescopes, spacecraft, rovers and helicopters used to explore them. Students will have the chance to question and interact with JPL/Caltech engineers and scientist to learn about the basic tools used in every day space exploration. The class will be conducted synchronously online, via Zoom, for 60 minutes Monday and Wednesday. Students should have access to a device that will allow them to share video as well as audio and access to an environment that will allow them to do so. The class is meant to be interactive, so students will be allowed to comment through Zoom verbally or through the chat feature. Students will have the opportunity to create images and stories to share so the ability to submit their creations via scanned images, photos or written electronic documents is strongly encouraged. The class will be broken up into three segments. Each day the class will begin with a reflection from the previous class and then an introduction of a new aspect of mankind’s exploration of space, via a video or slideshow. During the second segment students will have a chance to explore and share thoughts about each concept through a chat or Q and A session on the days subject. Students may be broken up into smaller discussion groups and earn “points” for thoughtful exploration of the universe. The third segment students will be allowed to share their common experiences as a group and tally any points earned. They will then be given a chance to reflect via a craft, drawing or story, about the days topics or preview the next days topic. They have the option to submit their reflections electronically and selected submissions will be showcased in class. Students may opt out of the zoom meeting during this segment of the class, to create their work.
     
  • ISEE Math Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $355
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the mathematical aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes mathematics (arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry) and quantitative reasoning (word problems, graphs, charts, etc). Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
    This digital course will be hosted on Google Classroom where students will have access to their activities and all posted resources. We will be meeting as a class on Google Meets where topics and activities will be discussed. Students will have time to work through activities during our group meet and in some cases they will need to complete these activities or follow up questions outside of class time.
    Lessons will be delivered and engaged in various multimedia lessons through a number of programs that not only deliver such content but engage students in the learning process.
    Students will need access to a Gmail account as well as, preferably, a laptop.
  • ISEE Verbal Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration:4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9 am - 10 am
    Cost: $355
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the verbal aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
    Google Drive will be our primary platform, where activities and resources will be posted. Google Meets will be our collaboration platform, where topics and activities will be discussed. Students will have time to work through activities during our group meet and in some cases they will need to complete these activities or follow up questions outside of class time.
    Students will need access to a Gmail account as well as, preferably, a laptop.
  • Just Dance! 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $205
    This class will combine elements of several dance genres including theater dance, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and jazz. Through learning a variety of dance exercises and combinations, students will develop coordination, strength, flexibility and increased knowledge about their own physical potential. Classes will include energizing warm ups, technical exercises, and fun routines for any skill level.

    Classes will be run synchronously. Students will need wifi access, a screen, and a safe space in which to move around.
  • Kid Biz K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: Section 1: 10:30am-11:30am OR Section 2: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $395 (includes material fee)
    Have you ever thought about creating your own business in a real-world environment? Ever wished you knew the wonders of how to create products that will make others happy? Developing a business, earning cash, saving, and donating to worthy causes are key components to our Kid Biz class. The Financial Literacy class will be filled with an abundance of activities that will take you on a journey to be remembered!! Each child will work on a team and create a business that they can develop and share with others. In this course, students will get into small groups, according to the businesses of interest, come up with a plan of what they would like to sell and create a budget. They will fill out an application, elect Vice Presidents (of marketing, finance, publicity), and elect their CEO. In addition, students will also work with a Graphic Designer and create their own company logo. Some of the companies they could develop might be a Beverage Bar, Bakery Business, T-Shirt Company, and other creative possibilities. Join us for a session of fun and adventure. Educational Benefits and Objectives ~ The skills students can develop through this course is to lead with confidence, use good critical thinking skills, understand and value teamwork, and become financially responsible. Each company will work with a banker from Wells Fargo and also local business owners to assist with business plans and strategies on how to run a successful business. This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of projects and/or activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class assignments. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A treasure chest of supplies will arrive at your home to support the student in their business venture.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute brainstorm session
    15-20 product design meeting (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    10 minutes business meeting
  • Knit One, Purl One - Beginning Knitting 3-8

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $225 (includes material fee)
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy during travel, while watching TV, and at sporting events. While creating a project to take home, each student will learn: basic knitting terminology, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, simple ribbing, and binding off. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects. All supplies will be provided.

    This class is synchronous, and students are expected to be actively participating and present (barring technical difficulties) for the whole class period. The first 15-20 minutes will be structured around attendance, and teacher demonstration and instructions, with the remaining time for students to work at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive help from peers and the teacher. An atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and social engagement will be encouraged – knitting is a fun activity to do together and you’ll have a new creative hobby to do after the class is over!

    This course includes a $20 Materials fee which will cover needles and 1 skein of yarn that will be sent directly to the student.
  • Life Journaling 3-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 2 pm - 3:30 pm
    Cost: $ 310
    In this class, students will be taught how to use graphic organizers and the writing process to document their fascinating lives. Students will have the opportunity to author and illustrate a life journal that records their favorite “life highlights.” The instructor(s) will provide students with writing guide scaffolds to tackle the high interest writing prompts and encourage them to enrich their stories with sensory details, figurative language, and dialogue. This popular class is a great way for students to hone their personal narrative writing skills in preparation for the fall semester.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructor(s) will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in their summer learning. The instructor(s) will offer edit/revision notes to students corresponding through these platforms.
    We will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 45-60 minutes of direct instruction. Then, the students will be divided into break out sessions, or complete individual tasks, for the remaining 30-45 minutes. The instructor(s) will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entire 1.5 hours of class time.
  • Logic Games & Puzzles 4-6

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10:15am-11:15am
    Cost: $355
    Need to sharpen your reasoning and probability skills? This course is designed to do just that through a variety of fun and interactive logic games and puzzles. We will look at number sense and analogies along with a many other logic based problems and how to solve them using your sense of logic! This class will run synchronously and asynchronously. Students will get a short introduction and demonstration, then students will have the opportunity to participate using the materials at home. Students will be expected to be on Zoom on-time every day and be prepared with their materials. Students will also be expected to document their work and submit it to me via an online platform, such as Google Classroom. In lieu of a materials fee, students will be provided a materials list for each project and will be expected to have the required materials at home for our class. Consequently, if students would like to watch the projects being conducted - they are welcome to watch the live demonstrations.
     
  • Mail Art DIY Envelopes and Cards

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9am-10am
    Cost: $225 (includes material fee)
    Who doesn’t love getting a special card in the mail? Let’s make some art to send to each other! In this class students will create cards and envelopes with found materials, paper, collage, recycled objects, stamps, etc., and then mail them to each other. This is a free-form process perfect for first time makers and accomplished artists alike. Each week will have a creative theme, which students will interpret following their personal creative inspiration. Mail art began in the 1960’s and today is a global movement that promotes interconnection between makers by sharing hand made small-scale works through the mail. Come join in and keep this tradition alive!

    This class is synchronous, and students are expected to be actively participating and present (barring technical difficulties) for the whole class period. The first 15-20 minutes will be structured around attendance, and teacher demonstration and instructions, with the remaining time for students to work at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive help from peers and the teacher. An atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and social engagement will be encouraged – making art is fun to do together and you’ll have a new creative hobby to do after the class is over!

    Course fee includes a $20 materials fee which covers a packet with project templates, paper ephemera, and other goodies to add to your art works.
  • Math Summer Review Gr 4 (T-Th)

    Faculty: Tracey Peterson
    Grade(s): 4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tuesday& Thursday
    Time: 9am-10am
    Cost: $150
    Math Summer Review is a course that will follow the instructional pathways of: learning, consolidating, and applying math concepts and skills. This summer math review experience will integrate problem solving and critical thinking, while focusing on developing automaticity of the basic math facts. It is designed to provide individualized practice, provide immediate feedback about progress, and set new goals for students as they master the math concepts and facts. The lessons will include visual lessons, math practice, activities, games, and journaling. The goal of each lesson is to develop a deeper understanding of math concepts taught, build confidence in math skills, and make real life connections. This course is suitable for students entering fourth grade. Materials Needed: composition book, graph paper spiral notebook, protractor, deck of cards, and technology to participate in virtual lessons.
  • Mermaid Storytime and Ocean Exploration 1-4

    Faculty: Seraya Mott
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Come learn all about mermaids and the creatures they share their ocean home with. We will dip into the creative imaginations of our explorers as we wonder what or who might be left undiscovered in the unexplored parts of our ocean.
    We will have ocean storytime, learn about a new sea creature each class, keep a journal of discoveries and practice many small and big ways we can help protect our ocean friends.So grab your tale and jump on in, the sea is calling!
  • Opinion Writing 3-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen 
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
    Cost: $225
    In this class, students will use graphic organizers and the writing process to explore their personal views on an array of high interest topics. The instructor(s) will provide students with writing guide scaffolds to tackle the high interest writing prompts. Students will form opinions on an array of high interest topics while instructors will encourage them to bolster their opinions with valid reasons and provide examples, details, and evidence. This process will prepare students for persuasive writing and debate and hone their critical thinking skill in preparation for the fall semester.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. Instructors will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in their summer learning. Instructors will offer edit/revision notes to students corresponding through these platforms.
    We will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Tuesday and Thursday for 45-60 minutes of direct instruction. Then, the students will be divided into breakout sessions, or complete individual tasks, for the remaining 30-45 minutes. The instructor(s) will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entire 1.5 hours of class time.
  • Origami 3-4

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 10: 45 am 
    Cost: $105
    Origami is where math and art intersect. It is a hands-on learning skill that helps students improve their spacial visualization, their problem solving skills, and it is just plain fun! The students will deepen their understanding of geometry and geometric vocabulary through the folding of pinwheels, cranes, infinitely rotating tetrahedron flexagons, and so much more!
    Students will be asked to log onto (Zoom?) during the given time slot. There, all instruction will be done under a document camera detailing step by step how fold various origami pieces. Videos will also be provided to students to watch when they are outside of class, should they want to practice recreating a piece they learned how to fold in class.
    It is highly recommended that students have access to origami paper that is a minimum of 6 inches by 6 inches. However, if that is not possible, the instructor will show everyone how to cut an 8.5 inch by 11 inch piece of printer paper into a perfect square.
  • Ready, Stretch, Go! Yoga + Mindfulness for Grades 3-5

    Faculty: Katherin Warner
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-W-F
    Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Cost: $155
    Ready, Stretch, Go! combines movement, storytelling, and mindfulness activities that encourage tuning into the mind, body, and spirit. Students will learn the poses (asana) of yoga and will learn yoga myths that align with each pose. This course promotes body awareness, creativity, and centering and calming techniques. Each class will begin with sharing and reflection, will include movement and storytelling, and will end with Savasana-- a restful time. Students will also create their own poses and yoga myths and share them with the class. Ready, Stretch, Go! is a wonderful resource for developing mindfulness in your little yogi. This class will be taught over Zoom three times a week. Very little outside work will be required. Students are expected to show up in comfortable clothes for movement. Yoga mats are helpful but not required.
     
  • Spooky Stories! 3-4

    Faculty:  Vaneza Paredes
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $ 205
    Love a good ghost story? This is the class for you. “Spooky Stories” is a course designed to explore notable spooky tales-with just the right amount of spookiness. Students will explore and analyze popular titles such as the Goosebumps series and will construct “Spooky” crafts throughout the course.
    This course will be run synchronously; instructional content will be delivered to students online during group meetings, and stories/activities will be completed during online meeting.
    Students should have: basic arts/crafts including markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, and a brown paper lunch bag.
  • The Science of Myth Busting 3-5 (M-Th)

    Faculty: Dana Huley
    Grade(s): 3 - 5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/T/W/Th
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Cost: $300
    Testing myths just like in the real MythBuster's show, this class will require you to use not only your academic skills, but also your imagination and creativity. Let’s figure out how to design our experiments in order to prove or disprove some popular myths in a variety of imaginative ways. We will inspire each other to wonder, design, test, and calculate in order to arrive at scientific conclusions. You will learn to use skills and develop processes to solve problems and ultimately, you will learn to think like a scientist. This will definitely be a fun and challenging class! This class will be offered as both synchronous and asynchronous to provide flexibility for the students. Students will watch videos, reflect, design and execute their own experiments each week. The teacher will be available during asynchronous class time for questions (aka office hours) or for one-on-one help. This class will require some common at home materials for experiments. A list will be sent in advance of materials needed for the course. This class will be an opportunity for students to tap in to their inner scientist through exploring and practicing the scientific method. The expectation of the students will be to ask questions and to solve problems using the experiments they design. Students will be filming themselves and creating a video diary of their experiments/experience. Sample Week: Monday: Synchronous ? MythBusters episode ? Scientific method reflection Tuesday: Synchronous ? Experimental Design Time ? Kahoot Wednesday: Asynchronous ? Perform Experiment and record data and experiment Thursday: Synchronous ? Share videos and reflect ? Begin next mythbuster episode
  • Virtually Active 3-5

    Faculty: Heidi Strauss & Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $355
    Ready to get moving? You’ve come to the right place. A play-based approach to promote active participation, functional movement, an appreciation for a healthy body and lifelong physical fitness, and of course have fun. This class will include competitions, sport activities, exercise and fun new games for the whole family to enjoy, with minimal equipment or what you have on hand. We will meet with the students on Monday via Zoom. The rest of the week the students will complete the activities and interact with us via Flip Grid, a free video discussion platform where we can see and hear from every student in class and foster a fun and supportive social learning environment. In Flipgrid, we will post discussion prompts and students respond with short videos. It allows us to interact with students everyday, while limiting screen time.

PolySummer Staff

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  • Jon Fay

    Director of Extended Programs and PolySummer Program

  • Jacklyn Gonzales

    Assistant to the Director of PolySummer Program

  • Lorena Santos

    Associate Director of PolySummer Program

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