A New Term!

In our third term, I have several new classes and an updated regular that will be part of my curriculum on a yearly basis.

1st and 2nd graders get Economics and Citizens and Communities.  In Economics, students will learn the basics of economics by building their own businesses.  While our businesses will be fake, I'm hoping that students will get an idea of what it takes to build an actual business.  In Citizens and Communities, we'll learn about the people that help our communities to function, including police, firefighters, and soldiers.

3rd and 4th graders will learn about Vikings and Utah.  Vikings is a Core Knowledge-based class, in which we'll learn how Vikings lived, died, and fought.  We'll learn that Vikings were not brainless fighters, but rather people with a plan, and that plan is world domination.  Utah is my yearly class.  It is the Utah social studies requirement for 4th grade.  In this class, we'll learn about this history of Utah, which will prepare students to take leadership positions in the state.

4th graders also get to take part in a class with 5th and 6th graders.  This class is based on the Civil War.  I've had success teaching 1st and 2nd graders about the Civil War, and hope to bring that curriculum up to 5th and 6th graders, with some 4th graders in the class as well.  We'll learn the causes, results, and some of the battles of the Civil War.

The other 5th and 6th grade class is a philosophy class called Logical Fallacies.  In this class, student arguments (including argumentative writing) will be improved as we learn how not to make arguments.  Expect fun as we practice making good arguments by learning the bad ones!

If you have any questions, I'm always available!  Feel free to let me know, and have a great term!

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