Third Grade

How to Participate in PolySummer Remote Learning

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Course Descriptions

List of 32 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
     
  • Build-a-Bear Reading K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 2pm-3pm
    Cost: $395 (includes material fee)
    Calling all bears! Join an enriching and fun-filled class that brings our favorite books to life while working on reading and comprehension skills as you transition into the next grade. Embark on a journey with Tajar, a mystical magical friend of Ms. Fernandez and your own bear that you get to stuff, adopt and love forever. With special twin t-shirts that you will design for you and your bear, the magic of reading and writing will soon come to life. This will be a journey that will forever be remembered. Each student will become an author and illustrator as they decorate their journal and write creative stories to go along with what they read. Join us for an enriching, entertaining and fun-filled session! Educational benefits and objectives: Students taking this course will learn to appreciate the love of reading in this relaxing, nurturing Zoom filled environment. We will take each child from where they are in reading and get them excited about the love of words and print. If they are just learning to read or if they have been reading since the age of two, this course is sure to help them on their journey with books. It is a course designed to fire children up for reading as they gain self-confidence while learning the necessary skills to enrich their reading experience. Students will come out of this course with a stronger vocabulary, knowing more sight words, and a better understanding of story lines. The students will write about the beginning, middle and end of a story with a plot and characters. How do you plan to run the class? This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home, on the front porch or in your back yard with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of reading assignments and activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class learning. 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 basket full of supplies will arrive at your home to support the student in their magical journey through Tajar Town.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute read-a-loud
    15-20 minutes (large and small group instruction dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    10 minute closing reading / writing circle
     
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun with Math Practice for Second Graders 2-3

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:15 am - 10:00 am
    Cost: $265
    Second grade is a big year for math: regrouping, fractions, multiplication, and division! A great way to keep this knowledge and skills fresh is with some fun summer time practice.
    In this session, students will review many of the concepts from second grade with fun games and activities that they can make and play at home. Join us to keep math skills sharp and ready for third grade!

    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. We will meet daily for 25 minutes in a virtual setting where students will be introduced to an activity and shown how to create their own practice activity. The remaining 20 minutes will be asynchronous and an opportunity for students to practice their activities by themselves or with friends and family members. Students will know beforehand what materials they need for every day’s activities. Access to Google docs and Zoom will be important for communication during this course.

  • 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.
  • 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!
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
  • 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 Busters to the Rescue K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: Section 1: 9:00 am -10:00 am OR Section 2: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Cost: $380 (includes material fee)
    Math Busters to the rescue!! Amuse yourself through the number one roller coaster ride of math!! If your journey in math has been too fast, slow, up and down, or new this is the ride for you. Calling all adventurous and inventive mathematicians. A Strong math foundation is the key to grasping higher-level math concepts. This course is designed to help develop mathematical strengths as it introduces numbers and enforces instant recall of math facts. Through the journey of this course, students will gain an understanding of the addition and subtraction families, increase their knowledge and understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and identify division facts and its relationship to multiplication. We will also increase speed and accuracy of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Join us in a math fact lab created by our own math team. Yes, that is each of you! We will design the space to help bring math facts to life in an exciting and creative way. Come hone in on your myth busting skills through a variety of action-packed activities using flashcards, board games, game shows, water balloons and much more! With math facts galore you will enter the next grade prepared with a better understanding of facts. Join us for weeks of wonder, as you become a certified math fact buster! Learn the secret behind understanding math facts and become a whiz at using number bonds. You will create your own math fact book full of interesting ways of learning. Educational benefits and objectives: This course is structured to meet each child from where they are in their journey of learning math facts and move them forward. If they find learning math facts challenging or if they excel and just need practice, this course is sure to provide a hands-on approach to learning and understanding facts. It is a course designed to fire children up and keep them excited about math facts as they gain self-confidence, speed, and become more accurate as they enrich their math experience. Students will come out of this course with a better mathematical foundation as they work together in small and large groups. 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 geometric package of supplies will arrive at your home to provide the tools necessary for the student to complete the Math Facts Buster course.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute Math Fact Buster orientation
    15-20 minute Math Fact Buster Training (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes Math Fact Buster Practice session (Hands-on activities)
    10 minutes Math Fact Buster Challenge (Game Show format)
     
  • Math Summer Review Gr 3 (T-Th)

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grade(s): 3
    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 third 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.
  • Print Handwriting and intro to Cursive Handwriting 2-3

    Faculty: Seraya Mott
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:30 pm to11:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    In our ever-increasing technological world, the connections made with real penmanship can not be understated. The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Physical Handwriting and Cursive, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard and tablet typing can’t. In this class, we will review Print writing and begin exploring the beauty and importance of Cursive handwriting through exposure. The goal is to build real-world confidence while improving each student’s hand-eye coordination, dexterity and, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship. This class will consist of Live sessions where students will be led through a series of activities. Each class will begin with a hand warm up to prepare the muscles. We will work through letter practice, activities including games and puzzles and end with application and dictation. **Online activities will be assigned throughout our lessons.
  • Ready, Set, Van Gogh! 2-3

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $150

    Students will be taken through time as they discover famous artists. Ranging from Vincent Van Gogh to Yayoi Kusama, students will study artists’ biographies, where they lived, and, of course, explore their most notable artwork. We will observe their art to identify their unique styles, then use it as inspiration to create our own artwork. Students will also tour virtual museums to see the famed artwork come alive in their classroom!
    The class will be all synchronous sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour each. If a project is not finished by the end of the session, students may work on it independently afterwards. Students will need a working laptop, sufficient internet speed, basic art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils), and headphones or ear buds (optional, but ideal).
  • 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.
  • Summer Reading with Raz-kids Gr 3

    Faculty: TBordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10:30 am-11:30 am
    Cost: $355
    It is important for children to maintain daily reading habits and comprehension skills over the summer to ensure readiness for the new school year. In this class, students will receive daily reading assignments with the opportunity to access more books from the Raz-kids library for independent reading. Comprehension skills are deepened with small group and independent work through Zoom and Seesaw. As an added bonus, Raz-kids offers virtual incentives and rewards for prolific readers! This class will be a blend of 40 minutes of synchronous and 20 minutes of asynchronous learning. Daily reading will be assigned through the Raz-kids app that needs to be completed before the following day’s meeting. The class will meet online to discuss the reading using Bloom’s taxonomy questions. During this time, activities will also be reviewed. Activities will be assigned on the Seesaw app and completed during the asynchronous time. This class is best suited to the needs of students who are near or at grade-level for reading.
  • 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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