Online Elementary Course Descriptions

  • K-5 English Language Arts (ELA)

    The Elementary English Language Arts courses provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive look at the ELA standards, focusing on reading foundational skills, reading comprehension strategies through informative and literature texts, writing, grammar, and speaking and listening skills. Students will be exposed to the five essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency) through engaging text and interactive learning. Primary students (Kindergarten – Second Grade) will learn to read and will be given a strong foundation in phonemic awareness and phonics. Intermediate students (Third – Fifth Grade) will focus on reading to learn with the incorporation of more complex text and extensive exploration and use of vocabulary in reading and writing. Students will be taught grammar skills which will be implemented into the rigorous writing lessons and complement various topics.

    Students will participate in informative, narrative, and opinion writing compositions throughout the course. Throughout the English Language Arts courses, students will explore a myriad of topics through integration across content areas. Each grade level of the ELA suite will surround student learning with an adventure filled theme, showing students that learning really is the great adventure.

     

    K-5 Math

    The FLVS Elementary math courses inspire students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. The learners use math as a tool to make sense of and understand the world around them. The courses include media that uses sight and sound to engage students. For example, rhymes, chants, songs, and videos help teach and practice foundational math skills. The focuses of the K-2 math courses are building a strong number sense, addition and subtraction within 20, place value, measurement, and shapes. The focuses of the 3-5 math courses are multiplication and division within 100, fractions, decimals, shapes, area, and volume. Students explore content prior to being explicitly taught and hands-on activities help strengthen the learners’ algebraic and critical thinking skills. Digital and concrete manipulatives help support mathematical proficiency in all grades. The learners are provided with many practice opportunities that involve both on- screen and off-screen activities.

     

    K-5 Science

    The FLVS Elementary Science K-5 courses will spark curiosity in students and build a solid foundation in concepts across many types of sciences including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Students will engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, defining problems, developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and informational technology, constructing explanations, designing solutions, engaging in scientific arguments using evidence, and communicating results. A framework of active student learning supports and allows students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate throughout all courses. This  dynamic format will help students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas to facilitate a better understanding of the world around them.

     

    K-5 Social Studies

    The Social Studies suite utilizes a personal approach to introduce students to community and citizenship. By providing scaffolded instruction from Kindergarten through 5th grade, students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics. The integration of recurring characters and challenges to overcome keeps students engaged and progressing. Finally, students will analyze grade-appropriate passages to reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills. In Kindergarten, students learn about community and are offered an introduction to history, geography, and economics. In First grade, students develop an understanding of citizenship in the home, school, and community. Second grade focuses on the geography of North America, the impact of immigration, and the foundations of American citizenship. Third grade includes a closer look at American History and Civics. This includes studying regions with the United States and the physical and cultural characteristics of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. In Fourth grade, students explore the important people, places, and events that shaped the state in which they live. In Fifth grade, students focus on American history through 1850 from Native Americans through exploration, colonization, and early American history.

     

    K-5 Art

    The Visual Art suite will provide students the foundational skills to be successful in a studio environment. Using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the framework, students will  feel confident in creating their own style of art. Students will explore and use a variety of materials safely during the creative process. The courses explicitly teach art techniques through modeling and connecting them to master artists. During the creative process, students will apply art vocabulary, procedures, as well as time-management and collaborative skills. They will develop their observational skills, prior knowledge, and art critique skills to reflect on and interpret works of art. Throughout each multifaceted lesson the students will make connections to art and various cultures around the world. The course offers rich text to support art history instruction, including information on artists and art movements over time. The Visual Art suite integrates standards from all the core subject areas including Math, Social Studies, Science, Health and Language Arts. Connections are made to Music, Dance, and Physical Education as well. The Visual Art suite will develop students fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and their appreciation for global communities.

    K-5 Physical Education

    The Elementary PE course integrates healthy lifestyle habits and activities to help students be their best. The learning scaffolds on the previous lessons to provide developmentally appropriate activities and builds on skills learned in each grade level. Skill progressions help students learn how to throw, catch, kick, strike, dance, swim, and do some basic gymnastics. Students learn how to eat a healthy diet, develop teamwork and sportsmanship, and strive for 60 minutes of daily activity. They learn to set goals and work to meet those physical goals to keep improving their skills.

     

    K-5 Spanish

    Elementary Spanish is an exploratory introduction to the Spanish culture and language. Students learn the target language in a story-based framework, providing a fun and positive experience with the learning. Each lesson is taught through an engaging, authentic story that gives students an opportunity to see and hear the language in context. Students will learn foundational skills in listening and speaking in the early levels, and then will add Spanish literacy skills beginning in Level 2. Elementary Spanish courses provide audio and visual stimuli for all learning types and ample opportunity to hear, speak, read, write, and record the language. Courses also provides strategically based reviews of past learning. Each course is built on connections to an authentic culture of a specific Spanish-speaking region through the arts, celebrations, and traditions of the culture, leading students on the path to becoming global

    citizens. A natural progression of learning occurs through the following language acquisition stages:

    • Preproduction
    • Early Production
    • Speech Emergence
    • Novice Proficiency

     

    K-5 Technology

    The FLVS Elementary Technology courses will enable students to develop basic skills in computer science through engaging and age-appropriate content. The courses will expose students, within developmentally appropriate stages, to concepts such as problem solving and algorithms, security/privacy/copyright, computer programming basics and keyboarding skills. Students will learn block-based coding in offline environments in kindergarten through 2nd grade and will build upon those skills in online coding environments in grades 2-5. In addition to the computer skills, the Technology suite integrates standards from Social Studies, Health and Language Arts with topics in each grade about safety and health (online and offline), bullying/cyberbullying and being a responsible citizen/digital citizen. The upper grades will complete research projects focused on adaptive technology, social media and/or robotics. The research projects require students to evaluate reliable and relevant websites, organize research, receive, and implement feedback and produce a final product. Collaboration and communication are also focused on in each grade level as integrated language arts standards and the math practice standards can be found throughout the courses.

     

    6th Grade

    • 6th Grade ELA: Using a motif of Heroes, Helpers, and Hope, students in the MJ Language Arts 1 course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

     

    • 6th Grade Math: Middle School Grade 6 Mathematics is designed to engage students at every turn. Students have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of number manipulation by applying it to real-world scenarios. The course is packed with engaging activities that reinforce and let students practice the skills they learn throughout the course. Interactive learning and innovative videos keep the students engaged throughout.

      The instruction in this course focuses on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole-number multiplication and division, and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing an understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing an understanding of statistical thinking. The instruction in the advanced course focuses on two extra critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; and (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

    • 6th Grade Science: Middle School Grade 6 Science is designed to immerse students into a variety of science topics. Instruction includes lab activities, both hands-on and virtual, based in the following units of study: Force and Energy, The Earth, the Atmosphere, Cells and Life, Classifying Life, and Body Systems. Students will learn how to write an effective laboratory report, follow procedures, and develop inquiry skills.

    • 6th Grade Social Studies: Somebody discovered the wheel. Somebody discovered written communication. Somebody even figured out how to count to ten. From the ancient river civilizations to China and its ancient dynasties, different civilizations left their mark on history. They also left their mark on how we live today. In this course, students join travel agent Mr. Lightfoot to travel back in time digging out the past of these ancient civilizations.

      In ancient Egypt students visit the pyramids and find out the secrets of preserving mummies. They see how the Mayans developed astronomy to a precise science. They even investigate the difference between the Athenians and the Spartans. Students will journey through India discovering their contributions to medicine, moving on to Africa to follow the rise and fall of the ancient east African kingdoms of Kush and Axum. Throughout the centuries, and still today, our world is made up of dozens of different cultures. They all are different, and they all have made big contributions to what we know and who we are.