Curriculum

Innocademy’s Curriculum

Below is a brief overview of Innocademy’s curriculum. These resources support our teachers’ work of teaching the common core standards that have been adopted by 42 states. For grade level guides to the standards for English Language Arts and Math, visit corestandards.org

Brief Overview

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ReadingLucy Calkins: Teachers College Reading & Writing Project*Rigby and Fountas & Pinnell running records, K-5
*MAP State Testing K-8
*M-STEP State Testing 3-8
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WritingLucy Calkins: Teachers College Reading & Writing Project*Lucy Calkins & TCRWP’s Writing Continuium K-8
*MAP State Testing K-8
*M-STEP State Testing 3-8
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Word StudyWords Their WaySpelling Inventory K-8Learn More
MathK-6: Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions

7-8: Big Ideas Math
Algebra: Big Ideas & FuelEd
Geometry: FuelEd
*MAP State Testing K-8
*M-STEP State Testing 3-8
*Delta Math Testing K-8
*Unit Assessments K-8
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SpanishK-8: Sube for daily Spanish classes

K-6: Senderos for Spanish Immersion classes
*Sube Unit Assessments K-8
*Senderos Unit Assessments K-
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ScienceK-8: Battle Creek Math & Science Units*MSTEP State Testing 4th & 7th
*BCMS Unit Assessments K-8 with VanAndel Framework
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Social StudiesK-8: Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum

5-8: History Alive!
*MSTEP State Testing 5th & 8th
*MC3 Performance Assessments K-8
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Daily Second Language

Daily second language is an integral part of providing our students with a global education. All students receive some form of daily second language instruction from kindercademy to our oldest friends. Some students receive daily second language as part of our Spanish Immersion program.

Those not in our Spanish immersion program receive Spanish 4 to 5 times a week for 30-45 minutes a day depending on their age. During this time, students experience a mini immersive experience that allows them to learn to read, write, listen, and speak in Spanish. Our students also explore the cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. Our daily second language focus helps cultivate our students’ global education as well as prepare them for experiences abroad in their middle school years!

Specials

In addition to our core curriculum of ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish, “Specials” classes are offered in 45 minute classes per week throughout the year for students in Kindercademy through Middle Friends (about 4th grade):

Art

There are no rules in art, just inspiration. Students grow creatively as they study art history, the masters, elements, principles, and culture. Students are exposed to art, encouraged to express themselves, and then celebrated as individuals whose work is personal and meaningful.

Innogineering

Innogineering is a STEAM focused class where basic principles of engineering and design are explored with hands-on activities and projects in a fun and creative environment.

Music

Music is an integral part of educating the whole child at Innocademy. Music helps child development by stimulating neural pathway development leading to greater gains in core academics; growing an appreciation for other communities’ music and cultures both; and developing each child’s own passion within music.

Culture

Our Las Huellas friends are given the opportunity to dive more into the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. They explore these cultures through music, dance, art, literature, customs, and holidays.

Learn To Be Fit

L2BF is fully intended to be a foundation to develop a lifelong healthy lifestyle and enhanced quality of life. Motor skills are developed in games and sports. Cognitive skills are developed with a focus on nutrition, strategy, and physiology. Students apply personal and social values in their activities while interacting with one another and respecting individual differences.

Electives

Middle School students (about 5th through 8th grade) have the option to choose their “Specials” classes so they are called “Electives”.  Students are encouraged to choose Electives that they are passionate about, as well as ones that will help them to explore new fields!

Las Huellas 5th grade Technology Class(1st year middle school students required )

This class is a required class for all 5th grade students.  The goal of this class is to introduce students to digital citizenship.  We will learn how to appropriately interact with other online to keep ourselves safe and to work collaboratively with others.  We will learn how to use the digital tools required in various classrooms. We will also learn how to care for and responsibly use the Chromebook that students have been assigned to use.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Sports in America:

Want to talk about sporting events? Want to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly things in sports? Well in this elective we will read primary texts from sports journalists closely, discuss, write about the issues these texts address, and watch short clips about the people or the events.

Art:

We will be doing a variety of two dimensional projects using pencil, charcoal, pastels , markers, tempera paint and watercolor.  We will also be learning about contemporary and historic artists and appreciate their contributions to society. Our artwork will be both realistic and abstract.

Wellness:

The healthier you are, the easier it is to overcome challenges.  In this elective we will take on the task of being healthy by learning about and practicing activities rooted in lifetime fitness,  including, but not limited to, yoga, nutrition and making healthy physical and social decisions. There may be food donations that are requested for the course throughout the semester.

Choir:

Choir is a musical elective that meets twice a week for 55 minutes per rehearsal. Students will learn the fundamentals of singing, improve vocal range and tone quality, read notes in a musical score, and have fun making music in a group setting. Opportunities for small group percussion, dance, and solo singing will present themselves throughout the year as well. The Innocademy choir will perform for the greater school community at various times during the school year. I am looking forward to making music with you!

Classic Middle School Technology Class

(1st year middle school students required)
This class is a required class for all 5th grade students.  The goal of this class is to introduce students to digital citizenship.  We will learn how to appropriately interact with other online to keep ourselves safe and to work collaboratively with others.  We will learn how to use the digital tools required in various classrooms. We will also learn how to care for and responsibly use the chromebook that students have been assigned to use.

Great Debates: Who did it better?

In GD: Who did it better?, Students will actively research specific, discuss and debate the top people of their fields, characters from books, actors in movies, athletes in Sports, etc.  Students will be assigned a chosen category to research, and create an argument based on that viewpoint using evidence to defend their argument Students will debate their arguments before the class to determine which side has crafted the most reasonable argument using relevant evidence. A major emphasis in debates is the preparation and presentation of your argument, so students must think on their feet and be ready to use a counter argument at a moment’s notice.

First Tech Challenge Robotics:

In FTC robotics, students will design, build, program, and compete on a team of 6-10 students.  To learn more about FIRST TECH CHALLENGE go to https://www.firstinspires.org/node/2071.  If you sign up for this course, you are commiting to attending the regional competition in Allendale on SATURDAY December 1.  The competition will be an all day event where your team will compete against 40 robotics teams from other schools.  The cost of the course is largely covered by Innocademy, however we are looking for sponsors as well and a $7 dollar tee shirt fee is required.  Time outside of class may be needed as well to complete the robot for the competition.

L2BF (Learning to be Fit):

This semester in L2BF students will learn some new games along with a few favorites. Students will not only learn how to play a sport but also the history, positions and strategies involved. Most importantly, students will learn how to work together as a team and how to be a good sport!

Meghan and Cati’s Elective : Book Club / Hispanic Culture

All Las huellas fifth and sixth grade students will take this elective, Mondays and Tuesdays. Students will read, study, and discuss  a novel of authentic Hispanic culture. First semester book club will read Cajas de carton  by Francisco Jimenez. The author has created a moving autobiography that some critics have compared to John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. The story, as The Circuit, begins in Mexico when the author is very young and his parents inform him that they are going on a very long trip to “”El Norte.”” What follows is a series of stories of the family’s unending migration from one farm to another as they search for the next harvesting job. Each story is told from the point of view of the author as a young child.

Zombie Based Geography

The Zombie Based Geography narrative follows the different stages of the zombie outbreak: Pre-planning, the outbreak, after the outbreak, survival, resettlement and rebuilding society. Students apply the knowledge and critical thinking that meets geography standards instead of just memorizing maps and capitals. The goal is to practice higher order thinking skills and think like a geographer. The zombie apocalypse scenarios are NOT designed to be scary, gory, inspire fear, or instill any sort of spiritual or religious message. Zombies here are merely a storyline narrative that most students are aware of. It’s designed to be more of a “think your way out of a real-life problem” with the threat being zombies—versus military, fantasy (such as wizards or goblins), or violence scenarios.

Film History:

Film History explores the progression in technology has influenced the filming process and how various genres of movies are affected by the continuous modifications of technology. Students will discuss and research directors and producers and explore the basic concepts of cinematography.

Coding 101:

We will explore a variety to tools and robots to introduce ourselves to the world of coding such as Dashes, Ozobots, Spheros, Bloxels, and Scratch.  Using drag-and-drop blocks will empower students to create graphics, animations, and games.