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Course Expectations

 

Palo Verde High School

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

 

Course Title: Mathematics       Teacher Name: Ms. L. Carley

 

Course Scope/Outline:

Due to the extreme range of individual differences, this class is designed in terms of competencies in the areas of basic number systems and career math. Students will be encouraged to develop skills appropriate to their ability level in the areas of operations and measurement for personal and vocational use. This course also emphasizes the understanding of mathematical concepts as they relate to management of material and money within the framework of our economic system and implies that understanding to personal and vocational use is necessary in everyday life.

Numbers:

Write numerals/words to 100.

Operations – Addition:

Identify addition facts through 18.

Compute sum of 1-digit numbers.

Compute sum of 1-digit and 2-digit numbers.

Write sum of 3 numbers with regrouping.

Compute sum of numbers in money notation.

Operations – Subtraction:

Identify subtraction facts through

- Compute difference of 1-digit numbers;

- Compute difference of 2-digit numbers;

- Compute difference of 3-digit numbers;

- Compute difference of numbers in money notation.

Operations – Multiplication:

Identify multiplication facts through

- Compute product of 1-digit numbers;

- Compute product of 2 through 4-digit numbers with regrouping;

- Compute product of numbers in money notation.

Operation – Division:

Identify division facts through 81.

Divide a 2-digit by a 1-digit number.

Divide numbers in money notation.

 

Fractions:

Identify fractions.

Rename fractions using common denominators.

Compute sum of fractions.

Compute difference of fractions.

Compute product of fractions.

 

Decimals:

Identify place value of decimals.

Compute sum of decimals.

Compute difference of decimals.

Compute product of decimals.

Compute quotient of decimals.

 

Problem Solving:

Solve simple story problems.

 

Measurement – Length:

Measure using a yardstick and ruler.

 

Measurement – Liquid:

Identify units of measurement.

 

Measurement – Dry:

Use spoons and cups to measure.

 

Measurement – Weight:

Recognize the pound as standard weight.

 

Measurement – Temperature:

Use thermometer to find temperature.

Use fever thermometer to find temperature.

 

Measurement – Time:

Recognize units of time.

 

Measurement – Distance:

Identify units of measure distance.

 

Measurement – Charts/Tables:

Read charts and determine information.

 

Consumer Math – Making Change:

Identify value of all coins.

Identify value of bills up to twenty dollars.

Indicate amount needed to buy an item.

 

Make change up to twenty dollars.

Write cash amounts using dollar, cent, and decimal.

Consumer Math – Income:

Identify procedure to determine gross income.

Identify procedure to determine net income.

Identify difference between fringe benefits and bonus pay.

Demonstrate procedure to cash a paycheck.

Identify procedure for lost/stolen paycheck.

Consumer Math – Budgets:

Identify need for money management.

Consumer Math – Buying:

Compute costs related to buying.

Consumer Math – Household Spending:

Learn money management to maintain home.

Consumer Math – Medical Expenses:

Learn benefits of budgeting for medical expenses.

Consumer Math – Banking:

Develop skills to maintain a savings account.

Develop skills to maintain a checking account.

Demonstrate use of bank services.

Consumer Math – Credit/Loans:

Learn procedures for use of credit.

Describe credit buying and interest on loans.

Consumer Math – Adding Machine/Calculator:

Demonstrate operation of an adding machine/calculator.

Grammar:

Write answers to word problems using complete sentences.

Spelling:

Use correct spelling in answers.

Vocabulary Development:

Identify meaning of math vocabulary.

Composition:

Express thoughts in paragraphs in correct form.

Study Skills:

Interpret information on charts and graphs.

Performance Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Improve ability in mathematical computation;

- Improve ability to use measurements;

- Improve ability to use math in life skill areas;

- Develop a strategy for problem solving in math.

Career Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

Use an adding machine or calculator to complete computations.

Understand how math is used in many different vocations.

The basic textbook for this class is “Life Skills Math.” However, there are several other resources used to deliver the subject matter to the student at his/her level.

Pretest and/or Assessment:

Students will be given informal assessment surveys to determine their ability level in mathematical computations and operations. This information is crucial in delivering services to the students at their instructional levels.

Course Overview:

Students will be pre-tested and post-tested on each skill taught. Competency levels for each skill will be determined on an individual basis.

Students should be able to get their work done during regular class time. The only exception to this is if they have been absent. The student may need to spend time after school, pre-arranged with the teacher, to get the one-on-one help needed to complete the homework. Please, encourage your student to be in school on a daily basis.

The computer will be used in this course to reinforce basic skills. At this time, the computer based Compass Learning Math program widely used in CCSD has been submitted for the approval of the Palo Verde High School administration.

The Syllabus is a subject to change, if necessary to meet the needs of each student.

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Palo Verde High School

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

Course Title: Science      Teacher Name: Ms. L. Carley

Course Scope/Outline:

This course is designed to explore the basic elements of science which are functional to everyday living. It is intended to present a practical rather than a traditional approach to science. This course includes the areas of physical, life, earth, and applied science. The areas of knowledge have been organized to include an exposure to subject matter that is geared to interest and possible future needs. Emphasis is placed on the practicality of material that could make the student a more informed and functional person.

Earth Science:

Learn about the age, structure and activity of Earth.

Recognize the components and forces of the solar system that affect the Earth.

Recognize basic weather conditions and the effect on climate.

Recognize the types and effect of pollution on the environment.

Recognize types and uses of resources on the Earth.

Physical Science:

Recognize physical principles of magnetism and electricity.

Recognize physical principals of sound.

Recognize properties of light.

Learn about the properties of heat.

Recognize physical principles of chemical energy.

Classification of Plants:

Recognize how plants use sunlight.

Identify parts and functions of a plant.

Recognize how plants reproduce.

Recognize characteristics of heredity in plants.

Recognize ways that plants grow.

Classification of Animals:

Recognize animal kingdom is divided into groups.

Recognize characteristics of birds.

Recognize characteristics of reptiles.

Recognize characteristics of amphibians.

Recognize characteristics of fish.

Recognize characteristics of lower class of invertebrates.

Recognize characteristics of insects.

Life in Different Regions:

Recognize characteristics of swamp land.

Recognize characteristics of desert lands.

Recognize characteristics of forest lands.

Recognize characteristics of the Artic region.

Applied Science

Basic Automotive Maintenance

Demonstrate awareness of automotive maintenance.

Identify careers related to transportation.

Desert Survival

Recognize skills for survival.

Running the Home

Describe uses of electricity in the home.

Recognize importance of maintenance and care of electrical appliances.

Recognize the need to conserve energy.

Performance Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Understand the environment in which he/she lives.

- Understand the importance of preserving all plants and animals on Earth.

- Understand the need for the use of our resources.

Career Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Identify careers related to Science and transportation.

- Recognize the importance of maintaining a safe environment at work and home.

The Syllabus is a subject to change, if necessary to meet the needs of each student.

Palo Verde High School

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

Course Title: Reading     Teacher Name: Ms. L. Carley

Course Scope/Outline:

This course is designed to allow students to sequentially progress from one stage to another in the skills of listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on adapting instruction to meet the coping and survival skills necessary to function effectively in society. This reading course provides an individually-determined sight vocabulary, provides for a system to attack new words independently, and provides for a successful sequence of experiences leading to the application of reading skills in both leisure time and functional situations. Since writing and spelling depends greatly upon the student’s ability to read and write, every effort is made to apply these skills in a manner that is functional in everyday living situations.

Reading Awareness:

Explain importance of reading and listening.

 

Word Recognition:

Identify basic sight words.

Identify consonant sounds

Identify long and short vowel sounds

Identify and pronounce blends.

Identify and pronounce letter combinations.

Identify “P” controlled vowels.

Identify and pronounce vowel diagraphs, diphthongs, and other irregulars.

Decode words with more than one syllable.

 

Structural Analysis:

Identify base words with common endings.

Identify singular and plural forms.

Identify base words with change in spelling.

Identify base words of contractions.

Identify base words with prefixes and suffixes.

Identify a compound word and its parts.

 

Vocabulary Development:

Identify and use figurative expressions.

Identify vocabulary terms in context.

Read vocabulary in survival skills areas.

Read, interpret, and follow written directions.

Identify and explain synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.

Identify meanings of words from context clues.

Identify categories and relationships in context.

 

Comprehension:

Identify main idea of a story or event.

Identify specific details from a story or event.

Identify sequence of a story or event.

Identify relationship between cause and effect in a story.

Identify a statement as fact or opinion.

Predict outcome of a story or event.

Classify or categorize a selection as fact or fiction.

State inferences from a story or event.

Identify, read, and understand conversational parts.

Identify the mood of a reading selection.

Use fluency and expression in oral reading.

Identify reasons for independent reading.

Identify literary forms in reading selections.

 

Study Skills:

Alphabetize words.

Interpret simple charts and graphs in context.

Read and interpret maps.

 

Critical Reading:

Answer questions on a reading selection with critical and/or evaluative responses.

 

Writing Skills:

Write legibly in either cursive or manuscript.

 

Mechanics:

Use correct capitalization.

Use correct punctuation.

 

Grammar:

Write complete sentences.

 

Spelling:

Demonstrate ability to spell new vocabulary words.

 

Composition:

Express thoughts in paragraphs in correct form.

Demonstrate ability to give a book report in verbal or written form.

 

Performance Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

 

- Demonstrate ability to word attack unknown words.

 

- Sight read the most used words.

 

- Use critical reading skills to draw conclusions.

 

- Demonstrate correct capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling using complete sentences and proper paragraph form.

 

- Become familiar with parts of the newspaper.

 

- Be familiar with several different authors, and state the values of reading for enjoyment.

 

Career Objectives:

 

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Read the newspaper for job information.

- Read a job application form.

- Read signs found in employment situations.

 

Pretest and/or Assessment:

Students will be given informal assessment surveys to determine their ability levels in spelling, reading, and writing. This information is crucial in delivering services to the student at their instructional level.

Course Overview:

Spelling will be linked to vocabulary words used in reading lessons. Writing will be incorporated into lessons on daily basis. Grammar and mechanics will be stressed in all written responses to reading selections.

Students will be post-tested on each skill taught. Competency levels for each skill will be determined on an individual basis.

Students should be able to get their work done during regular class time. The only exception on this is they have been absent. The student may need to spend time after school, pre-arranged with the teacher, to get one-on-one help needed to complete the homework. Please, encourage your student to be in school on a daily basis.

We will be visiting the library to learn how to use it. This will be tied to some study skill activities such as using reference information and leisure time reading activities.

The computer will be used in this course to reinforce basic skills. At this time, the computer based Compass Learning Language program widely used in CCSD has been submitted for the approval of the Palo Verde High School administration.

The Syllabus is subject to change, if necessary to meet the specific needs of each student.

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Palo Verde High School

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

Course Title: English       Teacher Name: Ms. L. Carley

 

Course Scope/Outline:

This course is designed to allow students to sequentially progress from one stage to another in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on adapting instruction to meet the coping and survival skills necessary to function effectively in society. It includes the development of language that will provide an adequate vocabulary and will allow for expression of ideas in a clear and logical manner. Since writing and spelling depends greatly upon the student’s ability to read and write, every effort is made to apply these skills in a manner that I functional in everyday living situations.

 

Verbal Communications:

Demonstrate listening skills.

Demonstrate verbal skills.

Use communication skills at a job interview.

 

Writing Skills:

Write legibly in either cursive or manuscript.

 

Letter Writing:

Write friendly and business letters.

 

Forms and Applications:

Complete job application forms.

Develop a personal resume.

 

Mechanics:

Use correct capitalization.

Use correct punctuation.

 

Grammar:

Write complete sentences. Identify and use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Identify subject and predicate in a sentence.

 

Spelling:

Demonstrate ability to spell.

Recognize, spell, and organize personal data and occupational words.

Identify base words of contractions.

 

Composition:

Express thoughts in paragraphs in correct form.

Demonstrate ability to give a book report in verbal or written form.

 

Study Skills:

Locate information in dictionaries.

Locate information in the encyclopedias.

Identify and demonstrate skills in the use of the library.

 

Performance Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Verbalize and communicate needs for work and daily living.

- Use written communication as necessary for daily living and employment.

- Demonstrate correct capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling using complete sentences and proper paragraph form.

- Use library and other sources to locate information.

 

Career Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Write friendly and business letters using proper format.

- Complete a job application and personal resume.

 

Pre-test and/or Assessment:

Students will be given informal assessment surveys to determine their ability levels in spelling, reading and writing. This information is crucial in delivering services to the student at their instructional level.

 

Course Overview:

Spelling will be a weekly activity with pre-test and post tests to measure mastery. Writing will be incorporated into lessons on a daily basis. Grammar and mechanics will be completed in units, which will change on a monthly basis.

 

Students will be post-tested on each skill taught. Competency levels for each skill will be determined on an individual basis.

 

Students should be able to get their work done during regular class time. The only exception to this is if they have been absent. The student may need to spend time after school, pre-arranged with the teacher, to get the one-on-one help needed to complete the homework. Please, encourage your student to be in school on a daily basis.

 

We will be visiting the library to learn how to use it. This will be tied to some study skill activities such as using reference information, and leisure time reading activities.

 

The computer will be used in this course to edit and finalize copies of original compositions and for skill reinforcement. We do not use any specific text. There are many resources used to deliver the subject matter to the student at his/her level.

 

The Syllabus is subject to change, if necessary to meet the specific needs of each student.

 

Palo Verde High School

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

Course Title: Personality Development       Teacher Name: Ms. L. Carley

Course Scope/Outline:

 

This course is designed to improve personal and interpersonal skills by developing independence, self-confidence, social acceptable behaviors, and the maintenance of relationships. The development of an adequate self-concept and a capacity to identify with others to become socially and occupationally competent are strongly emphasized. As it is crucial for students to learn how to manage a home, family, and finances, this course places special emphasis on becoming an independent citizen. It also includes objectives for gaining knowledge of responsibilities involved in establishing interpersonal relationships, marriage, and child-raising procedures for personal care and discipline.

 

Self-concept:

Demonstrate an awareness of self.

 

Emotions:

Acquire an understanding of feelings, emotions, and attitudes.

 

Interpersonal Relationships:

Demonstrate positive interaction with others.

 

Communication:

Communicate personal ideas, beliefs, and feelings to others.

 

Problem Solving/Decision Making:

Develop problem solving techniques.

 

Goal Setting:

Follow guidelines in determining goals.

 

Family Relations:

Identify and describe the influence of family structure on an individual.

 

Dating:

Identify purposes and etiquette of dating.

 

Establishing a Family:

Identify and discuss responsibilities of marriage.

 

Becoming a Parent:

Define ways parents influence the lives of their children.

Community Resources:

Identify reliable community resources.

 

Study Skills:

Using the Table of Contents, Index and Glossary of a textbook.

Using the Library Reference area to find community resources.

 

Mechanics:

Use correct capitalization.

Use correct punctuation.

 

Grammar:

Write complete sentences.

 

Spelling:

Use correct spelling in all written work.

 

Composition:

Express thoughts in paragraphs using correct form.

 

Performance Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Improve self-concept and interpersonal relationships with others.

- Demonstrate problem solving skills and decision making techniques.

- State the importance of goal setting.

- Identify the responsibilities of dating and marriage.

- Demonstrate how to find related community resources.

 

Career Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will

- Identify community resources and their help function.

- Demonstrate problem solving skills to handle criticism or conflict.

 

The Syllabus is subject to change, if necessary to meet the specific needs of each student.

 

 

Life Skills

Q: Are you able to prepare simple meals for yourself (top ramen, spaghettios,etc)?  Yes or No

Q: Are you able to do your own laundry?  Yes or No

Q: Do you know how to vacuum, sweep, & mop? Yes or No

Q: Do you have your home address memorized? Yes or No

Q: Do you have your phone number or a parent’s phone number memorized? Yes or No

Q: Do you know who to contact in case of an emergency?  Yes or No

If yes, who would you contact?

Q:  Do you have a savings account in your name? Yes or No

Q:  Do you have a checking account in your name? Yes or No

Q:  Do you use your checking account to pay any bills (gas, car, cell)? Yes or No

Q: Where would you go to grocery shop?

What kinds of food would you buy?

Q: If you had to go to the doctor’s, would you know how to call and schedule an appointment?  Yes or No

Q: Do you know how to find a place to live once you decide to leave your parents? Yes or No

Q: Where would you go to purchase clothes?

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Prevocations:

 

The scope of  Prevocations includes behavior and communication skills in social-public

settings, exposure to recreation and leisure facilities within the student’s neighborhood as

well as throughout the city, and interaction with family/friends/co-workers/strangers/ and

authority figures. This will also include problem-solving, telephone skills, including

message-taking and making appointments, using public transportation, communicating

the news and weather as ascertained through various media, and developing hobbies such

as crafts, sports, and card or board games. Students will prepare in the classroom for

community based social instruction in actual settings. 

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I know this is a lot of information to read.

Please feel free to call me, if you have any questions.

I sincerely look forward to working with you and your child

throughout the school year.

Ms. Carley

(702) 799-1450 ext. 4084 / Room 314 / lcarley@interact.ccsd.net