Thinking Reeds course offerings for 2014-2015
Description: K-3 Science provides students in kindergarten through 3rd grade with a broad based exposure to many different areas of science. Through chemistry, physics, life science, earth science, and more, students will learn and apply the scientific method, become acquainted with quantitative measurements, and develop a keen scientific curiosity about the way the world works. The class is designed as a standalone science curriculum, replacing any boxed science materials that you were planning to purchase for the year. K-3 Science features all original content, always engaging, always fun.
Recommended Grades: K-3rd
Description: 4-6 Science provides students in 4th through 6th grade with a broad based exposure to many different areas of science. Through chemistry, physics, life science, earth science, and more, students will learn and apply the scientific method, become acquainted with quantitative measurements, and develop a keen scientific curiosity about the way the world works. The class is designed as a standalone science curriculum, replacing any boxed science materials that you were planning to purchase for the year. Like K-3 Science, 4-6 Science features all original content. 4-6 Science students will leave with a positive view of science, preparing them for middle school and high school science.
Recommended Grades: 4th-6th
Earth/Life (General) Science
Description: This middle school level general science course provides students with an appreciation of the role of history in our understanding of God's intricate design for the living world. Topics will be drawn from the areas of life and its classification, the human body and its various systems, and the history of medicine and biology. The second semester provides students with a foundational understanding of how the earth works. Topics include the earth's geological characteristics, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, weather, and the solar system. This course will be taught over a two year cycle. Students can join in year 1 or year 2. They are free to take both years or just one year, depending on when they join. 2017-2018 will cover Life Science.
Recommended Grades: 6th - 8th
Text(s): Exploring the World of Biology (Paul Hudson Tiner), Exploring the History of Medicine (Paul Hudson Tiner)
Description: Physical science, often called integrated chemistry and physics, provides middle school students with a solid foundation for high school science and beyond. Students learn first hand the intimate relationship between math and science, using mathematical equations to model real world behavior. Students begin performing more open ended experiments and are required to think critically about the results they obtain. Topics include Newton's laws of motion, the various forces in creation, introduction to chemistry, and the microscopic basis for observed phenomenon in the macroscopic world.
Recommended Grades: 7th-9th
Text:Prentice Hall Science Explorer: Physical Science (2009), online access required
Description: Biology students will learn biological classification through detailed study of the various kingdoms and phylum in creation. In addition to the core spine for the course (Apologia), students will read excerpts from Lee Strobel's "Case for the Creator" and Michael Behe's "Darwin's Black Box", along with occasional historical readings from the primary literature. For each dissection, students may choose either a real specimen or a virtual option (either an artificial hands-on "model" or a computer based simulation to be completed in class). In addition to dissections, students will perform, analyze, and report on experiments in biotech, genetics, and biochemistry.
Recommended Grades: 8th-10th
Text: Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd ed., Jay Wile
Description: Students will learn to think critically about the chemical universe, appreciate the simultaneous complexity and comprehensibility of God's creation, and be well prepared for any college level chemistry course. Topics include significant figures, dimensional analysis, atomic theory, periodicity, nomenclature, electronic structure, bonding, lewis dot structures, molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, the mole concept, stoichiometry and solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, the gas laws, nuclear chemistry, and equilibrium.
Recommended Grades: 9th-11th
Text: Chemistry will utilize our new fully interactive course-ware system, Thinking Reeds Online. No textbook is required for this class. The in-class experience will be the same as before, but your student will now complete interactive ‘lessons’ at home instead of reading from a textbook. Learn more about Thinking Reeds Online here: Thinking Reeds Online
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Description: This algebra based physics course covers measurement, one and two dimensional motion, dynamics, work, energy, momentum, rotational dynamics, mechanics of solids and fluids, wave motion, sound, thermodynamics, electric fields and potential, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, optics, light, special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. An overview of the history of science from the enlightenment to the 20th century will be integrated into the topics above. One lecture will be devoted to philosophy of science, covering the scientific method, scientific revolution, inductivism and deductivism, causality, and the relationship between science and technology.
Recommended Grades: 10th-12th
Text: Physics will utilize our new fully interactive course-ware system, Thinking Reeds Online. No textbook is required for this class. The in-class experience will be the same as before, but your student will now complete interactive ‘lessons’ at home instead of reading from a textbook. Learn more about Thinking Reeds Online here: Thinking Reeds Online
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry (recommended)
Description: This junior/senior level astronomy course will cover our current understanding of the celestial world, from the life cycle of stars, to distant planets, to black holes, pulsars, and quasars. Astronomical instrumentation and its evolution will also be covered (how do we know what we know?). Other topics will include astrobiology, space exploration, and unsolved problems in astronomy.
Recommended Grades: 11th-12th
Text: Astronomy Today, 8/e, Chaisson/McMillan, masteringastronomy access required
Prerequisite: Physics (recommended, not required)
NOTE: Astronomy is NOT offered in 2017-2018
Description: Algebra I lays the mathematical foundation for success in all subsequent science courses in highschool and beyond. Algorithms are taught rather than the current "discovery" methods used in most public schools today. Topics include functions, graphs, integers, rational numbers, equations in one and two variables, solving systems of equations, exponents, polynomials, factoring, fractions, square roots, quadratic equations and their solutions, real numbers, fractional equations, inequalities, and number sequences.
Recommended Grades: 8th-9th
Text: Pearson Algebra (2010), MathXL access required
Description: Topics include inductive and deductive reasoning, logic chains, lines, angles, congruence, inequalities, parallel and perpendicular lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, concurrence theorems, polygons, geometric solids, hyperbolic geometry, and elliptic geometry.
Recommended Grades: 9th-10th
Text: Pearson Geometry (2010), MathXL access required
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Description: A deep dive into many of the topics covered in Algebra I, this course addresses polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, sequences, induction, and probability, and introduction to trigonometric functions, analytic geometry, and analytic trigonometry.
Recommended Grades: 10th-11th
Text: Pearson Algebra 2 (2010), MathXL access required
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Advanced Math (Pre-calculus, Trigonometry)
Description: Advanced Math extends the topics covered in Algebra II, covering polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions and graphs, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry and its applications in two and three dimensions, systems and matrices, discrete mathematics, and introductory calculus. Students will complete Advanced Math prepared for AP Calculus or college Calculus.
Recommended Grades: 11th-12th
Text: Precalculus, 3rd or 4th Edition, Robert Blitzer (not Precalculus Essentials), MyMathLab access required
Prerequisite: Algebra II