Children Just Like Me: 1st Grade CEU (Selection process will begin in January.)
Did you know that when young children in the Dominican Republic lose a baby tooth, they throw the tooth on the roof so that a mouse will find it and bring them a new one? Did you know that the people of Ndebele decorate the outside of their houses rather than the inside to tell their family history? Families pass down cultural traditions to their children through music, art, celebrations, foods, and literature. During this unit, students will explore the similarities and differences between themselves and children around the world.
Archaeologists Really Dig It: 2nd Grade CEU
How do we know about people and places of the past? Archaeology is a relatively new field in science and became popular in the last century when archaeologists began digging through the layers of the ancient Egyptian empire. Archaeologists are scientists who dig into the layers of the Earth systematically to discover what secrets remain from past cultures. During this unit, students examine the tools and processes of the archaeologist and use their best detective skills to recover, document, and analyze artifacts.
Transportation~America on the Move: 2nd Grade CEU
Howard County has been in the forefront of exciting innovations in transportation since colonial times in America. One of America’s earliest highways, the National Road (now known as Frederick Road), was built right through the heart of the county in the early 1800s giving birth to many villages along the way, such as Lisbon and West Friendship. The very first railroad station in America was built in Ellicott City in 1830 to move travelers and goods between the rural farmlands and Baltimore City.
Weather Watchers: Weather and Climate: 3rd Grade CEU
How do scientists gather data, use it to predict weather, and create solutions to weather related hazards? We will peer into the life of a meteorologist and learn just what it takes to excel as a weather scientist. We will research answers to questions such as "What is the relationship between temperature and location?" "What do clouds and cloud cover indicate about current and future weather?" "What are the characteristics of extreme weather?" We will be utilizing advanced level research, reading, writing and thinking skills as we study the exciting world of weather.
World Cultures: Where in the World is Cinderella?: 3rd Grade CEU
What is it about the story of Cinderella that has inspired hundreds of versions representing nearly every culture in the world? Literature is often a window into the values and customs of a culture and these values are passed down from generation to generation through storytelling. Students have the opportunity to study many different cultures through this fairy tale. They create an original version to tell the tale of a culture of their choice. The student versions are often clever and funny, as they tell the tale of a distant culture.
Waves: 4th Grade CEU
What do you think when you hear the word waves? Most people would say the ocean. In this interdisciplinary unit that extends the 4th grade science curriculum students will delve into the patterns and models of sound waves. They will utilize reverse engineering to discover how waves affect pitch, frequency, amplitude, and so much more. Students will also enter the world of communication waves and how that affects our modern day technology.
Systems and Settlements in a New World: 4th Grade CEU
The Chesapeake Bay: 5th Grade CEU
Systems and Settlements in a New World is an interdisciplinary unit extending beyond the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in Social Studies. The unit uses advanced level reading, writing, and discussion skills to explore the concept of systems, which is the overarching theme of the unit. By participating in this unit, students should grasp the following conceptual understandings:
- Systems contain identifiable components which are inherently linked to promote functionality;
- Therefore, systems can be productive or dysfunctional.
- Many systems are made up of smaller systems, or “sub” systems, which are interdependent.
In this unit students will explore events, leaders and issues of the revolutionary war era. They will discuss how we determine "authenticity" and how it is relevant to writers of historical fiction. Students will do this while reading the classic novel, Johnny Tremain.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It is one of Maryland’s most vital resources and is a complex ecosystem that includes many different habitats and food webs. The physical processes that drive the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem sustain the many habitats and organisms found there. Complex relationships exist among the living resources of the Bay watershed. All creatures, small and large, play a vital role in the overall health and production of the Bay. In this unit students will become experts on the physical, biological, economical, and historical aspects of the Bay. They will explore some of the current problems facing the Bay and review possible solutions. The goal of this unit is for students to develop a firm understanding of the problems and issues facing the Bay and to become actively involved in a minimum of one service project that will help to restore and protect it.