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Online Elementary School Program

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Oregon

Online Elementary School: Grades K-5

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Oregon’s online elementary school program is tuition-free. We designed our Oregon-approved online elementary school program with your child’s success in mind. We offer online public-school education for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade in our online elementary school curriculum.

Supported by state-licensed teachers, Virtual Preparatory Academy of Oregon’s online elementary school program uses interactive course materials and videos. We strive to provide a relevant, engaging, and challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, meets their individual needs, and prepares students for middle school.

The elementary school years prepare students by teaching them vital subjects, such as reading, science, and mathematics. During these formative years, they also develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems, understand abstract ideas, and develop time management skills that will help lay the foundation for future success.

* Course offerings are subject to change and may vary based on school staffing.

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Curriculum, K-5

LANGUAGE ARTS

This Kindergarten Language Arts course will teach students to identify and write all letters, produce letter sounds, and frequently used phonograms. Students will also master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers. This course meets all Common Core Kindergarten Language Arts standards. 

MATH

During the first semester, students will learn foundational math facts. They will learn to count to 12, compare sizes, ordinal numbers, put items in order, what a number line is and its uses, basic measurements such as inches and feet, and how to tell time on digital and analog clocks.

In the second semester, students learn to count to twenty. They work with comparing objects using the terms tall, longer, and shorter, as well as comparing two objects using the terms lighter and heavier. They will continue their exploration of basic geometric shapes such as cones and spheres. They will work with the concept of first, middle, and last.

SCIENCE

Students in this course will use their senses to explore their world. Students experience nature walks, gardening, and imitative games by exploring varying concepts.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This course introduces students to their place in the community and the responsibilities of being a member of society. Significant figures of U.S. history, such as Pocahontas, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, are a focus of learning this semester.

In the second semester, students will learn map reading skills. They will learn to read maps of the U.S. and the world. The course will teach students essential map skills from location to water representation to floor plans that will be valuable for a lifetime. 

 

ELECTIVES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Elementary PE K-1 helps young learners establish a basic understanding of health and fitness. Students focus on health-related fitness and learn to become more fit and healthy. Topics of study include exercise safety, making healthy choices, nutrition, the benefits, components, and principles of fitness, basic anatomy and physiology, and values of cooperation and teamwork. In addition, students learn age-appropriate motor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills. Students are required to participate in regular physical activity.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

This course provides a foundation for children’s inherent artistic imagination and creativity by sharing the basics of art and making art. Students are introduced to lines and circles, recognizing and using shapes, creating collages, and concepts such as symmetry.

LANGUAGE ARTS

This 1st Grade Language Arts course will teach students to identify and write all letters, produce letter sounds, and frequently used phonograms. Students will also master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers. This course meets all Common Core 1 LA standards.

MATH

During the first semester, students will build fluency with basic math facts. They will learn to count to 100, basic addition and subtraction facts, and how to add double-digit numbers. Students will learn new concepts, including word problems, Venn diagrams, and basic geometric concepts. Students will begin counting by twos, fives, and tens during the second semester. They will learn both vertical addition and subtraction. Students learn multiplication, division, and the signs used in those operations and study even and odd numbers.

SCIENCE

Students in this course will complete projects designed to allow for exploration and discovery. Students observe their surroundings and, through observations of the natural world, conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This semester, students will explore the fundamentals of social studies, including map skills and cardinal directions, and begin to examine maps of the U.S. and the globe. Students will also examine significant figures from American history, such as Pocahontas, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Clara Barton.

The second semester has a focus on introductory economics. Students will study bartering, goods and services, jobs in the community, and how the marketplace works.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The 2nd Grade Language Arts course will teach students to spell and write vocabulary, read more fluently, apply grammar concepts, and participate in handwriting and writing activities through thematic units. Students will also continue to master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers. This course meets all Common Core 2 LA standards.

MATH

Students will build fluency with basic math facts during the first semester and add and subtract within 100 to solve word problems using strategic methods. Students will also manipulate numbers to 1000 using knowledge of hundreds, tens, and ones. Lastly, students will demonstrate arrays with repeated addition.

During the second semester, students will use place value to add and subtract within 1000. They will use place value to estimate and solve word problems to demonstrate skills. Students will measure and compare length and represent it on a number line. They will work with money and time to compare value. Students will collect data and represent it on graphs to discuss it. Lastly, they will recognize common 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes by specific characteristics.

SCIENCE

2nd Grade Science introduces students to the process of observation and its importance in studying science. Learners will identify their five senses and why they are critical to observation. Students will use these observation skills throughout the course to examine many different types of animals and their environments. Students begin by observing ants in their environments and learning the various bird types. Students will come to understand plant and animal rhythms and will perform small experiments with plants. Students will learn about nature and human interactions through stories. They will continue to learn about animals and their characteristics, habitats, and needs.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in this course will begin to explore the fundamentals of social studies, including culture, geography, and economics. Students will examine the Ancient Cultures of China, Africa, and the Celts. Students will explore these cultures through ancient folk tales and fables. Learners will create a photo book describing significant events in their own lives. They will also examine the importance of geography and direction. Students will learn how to locate boundaries while using a world map. Students will identify the places discussed in the previous lessons, including Africa, China, and the British Isles.

LANGUAGE ARTS

This 3rd Grade Language Arts course will teach students reading comprehension skills and strategies to help them become stronger readers. Students will also master weekly spelling, vocabulary words, and grammar concepts that will enable them to become stronger writers. This course meets all Common Core Third Grade LA standards.

MATH

During the first semester, students will build flexibility with numbers as they master addition and subtraction facts and multiplication and division facts. Students will understand relationships between addition and subtraction, multiplication and addition, and multiplication and division as they learn to borrow, carry, and regroup to find sums and differences of two whole numbers up to 10,000. Students will also comprehend the place value of base ten numbers up to 1,000,000 to find patterns and make estimations. Lastly, they will implement a 4-step approach to solving problems and learn to express numbers differently, translating them into Roman numerals or ordinal numbers.

During the second semester, students will explore concepts of linear measurement, weight, volume, temperature, and time. They will also recognize, compare, and convert fractions. Students will write amounts of money and make change using as few coins as possible. Lastly, students will learn basic geometry concepts like lines, polygons, and solid figures.

SCIENCE

3rd grade science introduces students to experimentation as they journey through the earth and its many miracles. They will begin by learning about the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. By participating in simple experiments, students will explore the water cycle, gravity, the weather and its patterns, various types of terrain, and the role of plants in oxygen production and their importance to human survival. Learners will expand their knowledge through videos, pictures, short readings, projects, and hands-on experiments.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will begin to explore the fundamentals of social studies, including geography, civics, and economics. Learners examine the beginning of civilization and learn about the ancient Hebrew society, the Phoenicians, and the Kush tribe of ancient Africa. They will then study the Native American tribes of the Cherokee, Sioux, and Hopi. Students will look at the first explorers of the Americas and learn about the beginning of the United States. In the first semester, students will learn crucial geographical factors in the ancient civilizations, Native American tribes, and the developing United States. Students will increase their skills by creating maps and looking at the landscapes. They will closely examine their own personal heritage by mapping their ancestry.

LANGUAGE ARTS

4th grade Language Arts integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary and grammar to engage today’s learners and support them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Students study classic literature and more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. Writing assignments in semester A focus on narrative and persuasive modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of standard written English. Students also learn how to participate in collaborative discussions and peer review sessions. In each lesson, engaging and relevant models and step-by-step instruction guide students toward mastering and appreciating 21st-century communication in all its forms and functions.

MATH

4th grade math uses various instructional materials to reinforce and teach new math skills. Instruction includes creative videos, mathematical storytelling, practical math applications, and repetition to reinforce skills throughout the course. Students will acquire a strong knowledge of three content areas by the end of the course. The first is understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends. The second is understanding fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions with whole numbers. The third content area will be addressed during Semester B.

SCIENCE

4th grade Science includes the three main scientific domains: physical, life, and earth and space science. Learners will use various experiments, including field studies, systematic observations, models, and controlled experiences. The course begins with an explanation of the scientific method, which the students continue to use and build upon throughout the course. Students explore the Earth’s systems and processes, including its biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, and the dynamic changes that occur within them. Beyond planet Earth, students will study galaxies, the solar system, and other planets. Students examine how to measure forces and motion and how a single kind of matter can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. Grade four science uses many modes of instruction, including video presentations, enrichment activities, and hands-on experimentation.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will use their understanding of social studies skills to explore their local states and communities. They will begin the course by learning the topography of their area. Students will do this by creating a detailed landscape model. This project will be hands-on and require students to research their communities. Learners will also research local animals and gain an understanding of local Native American grounds in their part of the country. This course walks students through the research and report writing steps vital to continuing social studies. They will continue to focus on their states as they do projects based on local geography, state capitals, and nearby natural wonders and landforms. The semester concludes with an introduction to colonial history.

Semester B of grade 4 Social Studies picks up where semester A left off by looking further into the frontier life of the early American settlers. Students examine the difficulties that early settlers faced when reaching America. They apply knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, turning points, individuals, and local and United States history themes to understand how history has shaped the present and will shape the future. They will continue the focus of local history by doing research projects on settlers from their particular states and on how their state became a part of the Union.

LANGUAGE ARTS

5th grade Language Arts integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and studying vocabulary and grammar to engage today’s learners and support them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Students study classic literature and more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. Writing assignments in semester A focus on narrative and persuasive modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of standard written English. Students also learn how to participate in collaborative discussions and peer review sessions. In each lesson, engaging and relevant models and step-by-step instruction guide students toward mastering and appreciating 21st-century communication in all its forms and functions.

MATH

Students will learn math topics outlined in this course, drawing from various sources, including hands-on activities, interactive lessons, and practical math applications. Students will focus on several critical areas, including but not limited to developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. They will also learn to extend division to 2-digit divisors, integrate decimal fractions into the place value system, and increase an understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths. They will develop fluency with whole numbers and decimal operations. The semester begins with operations and expressions, moves into decimals and money, and ends with more work on fractions. Learners will gain valuable skills as they carry out activities throughout the semester that model real-life situations like grocery shopping.

Semester B begins with students continuing to work with fractions. The first lesson focuses on ratios and challenges students to solve word problems using fractions and percentages in practical life situations. Learners continue strengthening their math skills by studying mixed and fraction products, fraction application, models, and division. The third critical area students will focus on in Grade 5 Math is volume.

SCIENCE

5th grade Science continues to build on the science skills obtained in previous years. There will be an emphasis on Earth, space, life, and physical science. Students will begin the course by focusing on Earth and space science by looking at the solar system and planets. Students will learn about the Earth as a sphere and its position in the solar system. The course focuses on physical science and the tools that measure force, time, and distance. They will learn about the properties of light and sound and how they interact with different forms of energy. The semester concludes with a look into life science and how organisms are interconnected. Instruction will include real-life applications, hands-on projects and assessments, and video and short research projects.

Semester B emphasizes life science and begins by focusing on the Earth’s many ecosystems and how all parts of ecosystems depend on each other. Students will learn about the different types of ecosystems, their changes, and how those changes affect their ability to support their populations. They will examine plants, their structures, and how they allow them to respond to different needs. Students will also learn the importance of good nutrition to all living organisms. The course concludes with a look into the scientific process and the importance of investigations and conclusions in the study of science.

SOCIAL STUDIES

5th grade Social Studies combines the study of United States History through the Civil War with a geographical exploration of the United States and what it offers. Students will use their understanding of social studies skills and concepts as they study the development of the United States. The first semester begins with early settlements of North America, taking an in-depth look into what life was like for colonists and Native Americans. Students will study the causes of the Revolutionary War and the people who played a significant role in it. The semester ends with students examining the new nation and what life was like for European immigrants and those on the frontier.

Semester B begins with exploring the West and what life was like for those looking to find gold. They will learn about slavery and what led to the Civil War. The course then departs from American history and delves into the cultures, people, and geography of the United States from the past to the present. Students will explore the country region by region and appreciate all it has to offer. Students will conclude the course by planning and describing a trip they would like to take to a particular place within the 50 United States. They will take a hands-on approach as they get to know their country’s geography, climate, and culture.

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