Micro School
Common Core English TK-8
  • $60/week (Summer camp)
    • Custom weekly registration available to work with your schedule​.
  • Materials: IXL account (included)
Secure your spot in the online Common Core English course, a micro school environment tailored to meet the needs of students from TK (transitional kindergarten) through 8th grade. 
 
The virtual and interactive English course is based on state standards, being in sync with your child's school curriculum so they can get the support to catch up and/or get ahead. Live lessons are taught via Zoom in which students read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social sudies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they've read. In addition, weekly "Diagnostic" problems using the online learning platform, IXL, pin point student levels of understanding so the instructor can recommend tailored practice problems. Overall, in-class instruction focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills required in school, career and life. 
 
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Common Core Kindergarten English

Mon, Tue, Thu

10:00 - 11:00 AM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Kindergarten level students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) improving spoken pronunciation and identification of various sounds; (2) understanding sentence structure and the role of prepositions, verbs, adjectives, and nouns; (3) recognizing common sight words; and (4) introducing basic grammar concepts. Topics in this course include: letter identification, syllables, rhyming, word recognition, consonant and vowel sounds, synonyms and antonyms, adjectives, capitalization, and sentence structure.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

  • Recognize and produce rhyming words.

  • Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

  • Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.

  • Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

  • Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

  • Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).

  • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).

  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their antonyms and synonyms

  • Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).

  • Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

  • Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.

  • Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).

  • Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.

  • Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).

  • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.

Common Core 1st Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for First Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) long and short vowel sounds; (2) improving reading skills to include irregularly spelled words; (3) understanding pronouns and verb tense; and (4) using context clues to determine the meaning of a word. Topics in this course include: short and long vowels, silent E, R-controlled vowels, diphthongs, two-syllable words, sight words, homonyms, synonyms and antonyms, prefixes and suffixes, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, adjectives, and contractions.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.

  • Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

  • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text.

  • Use personal (subject, object), possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).

  • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

  • Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).

  • Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to the meaning of a word.

  • Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.

  • Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

  • Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).

  • Use personal (subject, object), possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).

  • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

  • Use frequently occurring adjectives.

Common Core 2nd Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

 

1:30- 2:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Second Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) distinguishing between vowel sounds; (2) identifying common prefixes and suffixes; (3) writing narratives and understanding stories; (4) writing complex sentences; and (5) forming and using irregular nouns and verbs. Topics in this course include: variant vowels, diphthongs, digraphs, prefixes and suffixes, context clues,
synonyms and antonyms, homophones, setting, character, sentence fragments and run-ons, punctuation, topic sentences, and linking words.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.

  • Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.

  • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).

  • Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).

  • Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

  • Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).

  • Use adjectives and adverbs and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

  • Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).

  • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).

  • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Common Core 3rd Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

2:30 - 3:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Third Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) understanding parts of speech in sentences; (2) comparing superlative adjectives and adverbs; (3) understanding and introducing common prefixes and suffixes; (4) introducing organizational structure; (5) describing the relationship between a series of ideas; and (6) improving reading comprehension. Topics in this course include: sentence fragments and run-ons, parts of speech, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms and anonyms, homophones, context clues, text structure, point of view, inference, rhyming, topic sentences, linking words, and opinion writing.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

  • Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

  • Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

  • Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

  • Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.

  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).

  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

  • Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

  • Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

  • Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.

Common Core 4th Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Fourth Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) producing complete sentences; (2) using relative pronouns, relative adjectives, and prepositional phrases; (3) strengthening individual writing skills; (4) improving reading comprehension; and (5) writing with a purpose. Topics in this course include: sentence fragments and run-ons, parts of speech, commas, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, synonyms and antonyms, homophones, context clues, text structure, point of view, inference, literary devices, and organizing writing.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.

  • Use interrogative, relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).

  • Form and use prepositional phrases.

  • With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

  • Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

  • Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

  • Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.

  • Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.

  • Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

Common Core 5th Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Fifth Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) understanding conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections; (2) forming simple sentences; (3) using Greek and Latin affixes and roots to determine meaning; (4) improving reading comprehension; and (5) developing writing skills. Topics in this course include: prepositions, commas, conjunctions, Greek and Latin roots, synonyms and antonyms, homophones, context clues, themes, tone, inference, literary devices, writing organization, introduction and conclusions, supporting arguments, editing and revising, and research skills.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

  • Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence, separate items in a series, and to set off the words yea and not.

  • Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).

  • Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms,
    homographs) to better understand each of the words.

  • Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.

  • Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

  • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

  • Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

Common Core 6th Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

1:30 - 2:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Sixth Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) understanding standard English capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar; (2) interpreting figures of speech; (3) expanding vocabulary; (4) developing reasoning skills; and (5) consulting reference materials to enhance understanding. Topics in this course include: punctuation, verb tense, adverbs, creative techniques, supportive arguments, editing and revising, research skills, text structure, literary devices, analyzing literature, prefixes and suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, idioms, adages, analogies, and reference skills.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context

  • Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect part/whole,
    item/category) to better understand each of the words.

  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

  • Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

  • Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

  • Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

Common Core 7th Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

2:30 - 3:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Seventh Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) introducing phrases and clauses; (2) understanding standard English capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar; (3) expanding vocabulary; and (4) developing reasoning skills using credible sources. Topics in this course include: phrases and clauses, misplaced modifiers, restrictive and nonrestrictive elements, semicolons, colons, commas, dashes, hyphens, ellipses, creative techniques, developing and supporting arguments, editing and revising, research skills, persuasive strategies, text structure, literary devices, analyzing literature, prefixes and suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, synonyms and antonyms, and analogies.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.

  • Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

  • Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.

  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

  • Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

  • Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

Common Core 8th Grade English

Mon, Tue, Thu

3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Pacific Time

Course Description:

This is a virtual and interactive English course for Eighth Grade students. Following Common Core Standards, this course focuses on: (1) introducing phrases and clauses; (2) understanding standard English capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar; (3) expanding vocabulary; and (4) developing reasoning skills using credible sources. Topics in this course include: phrases and clauses, misplaced modifiers, restrictive and nonrestrictive elements, semicolons, colons, commas, dashes, hyphens, ellipses, creative techniques, developing and supporting arguments, editing and revising, research skills, persuasive strategies, text structure, literary devices, analyzing literature, prefixes and suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, synonyms and antonyms, and analogies.

What Students Learn:

This course teaches students to:

  • Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.

  • Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

  • Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.

  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

  • Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

  • Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

  • Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

  • Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.

  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).