In this introductory Spanish I course, students are introduced to grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure while learning about the culture, history, and geography of a wide range of Spanish-speaking countries. Students learn details about traditional and modern life, food, art and music, and cultural traditions. The course incorporates a wide range of online cultural and language-learning resources to deepen the student’s learning. The course is designed to engage students right from the start of each lesson and to have them feel confident in communicating in Spanish at this beginning level. Each lesson includes elements of vocabulary, grammar, culture, writing, and review exercises.
Latin III continues the translations of the Latin II works based more closely on historical fact. The setting is the 1st century A.D. both in Britain and in Rome. The readings reveal the standard of living, the culture and customs of the people, the high level of architecture and engineering, the art and entertainment as well as the education and sports of the time. Students perfect their skill of reading and understanding writings directly from Latin, while they enhance their sense for word derivation and grammar structures. With the help of their teacher, students will develop a mid-term project on the Classics.
Latin II focuses on translation of works written in Latin. In addition, using readings and activities in a wide variety of topics, students learn more about the culture of the Roman people. Our updated Latin program includes the CD audio component and the Omnibus Workbook which help to keep the student actively engaged in the learning process of learning language and culture.
Using a reading-based approach, students are introduced to Latin I grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure through a fictional storyline based on an actual household in Pompeii during the days prior to the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Students learn about Roman life, architecture, politics, and culture, and see photos of artifacts, art, and structures uncovered during extensive excavations in Pompeii. Studying Latin leads to a better understanding of the structure and roots of English because many English words are derived from Latin. Latin studies also facilitate the study of French, Spanish, and Italian. Students will gain insight into literature, law, religion, philosophy, ethics, civil engineering, and political science as they complete creative projects that reflect aspects of ancient Rome or Greece.
This physics course combines traditional physics instruction with modern quantum theories of the nature of the universe. The subject is taught at an introductory level, which will allow the average student to grasp the concepts of Newton’s laws, statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, optics, DC circuits, waves, electromagnetics, and special relativity. Prerequisite: Algebra II
Chemistry is the study of matter through observation and experimentation. In this course, students get a rigorous hands-on introduction to the tools, terms, and practices of the study of chemistry. The course syllabus includes 36 engaging and thought-provoking lessons, affording students a chance to read, write, and reflect on chemistry principles and their real-world applications. The course features 32 laboratory activities, ranging from simple calculations and graphs to full-featured experiments with solutions, gases, and electrochemical cells. These activities employ standard household items, while more specialized tools and substances are included in the Oak Meadow Lab Kit. Prerequisite: Algebra I
This course satisfies the high school lab science requirement for Oak Meadow enrolled students. The course is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. There are 28 lessons over 36 weeks; lessons are 1, 1.5, or 2 weeks in length and there is a lesson timetable in the introduction. The lessons are organized into 8 units:
Unit 1: Introduction to Biology
Unit 2: Cells
Unit 3: Genetics
Unit 4: Evolution
Unit 5: Ecology
Unit 6: Classification and Diversity
Unit 7: Plants
Unit 8: Animals
The course includes comprehension and critical thinking questions, activities, and labs. Online resources and activities are an integral part of the course. A lab kit is available for purchase, and there is a full list of materials in the appendix. A teacher Manual is available for this course.
Environmental Science for a Changing World introduces fundamental ecological concepts and explores the interactions between all living things, including humans, and our environment. Students learn about the biosphere, major biomes, ecosystems, chemical cycles, and the role of living things in ecosystems. In addition to learning about environmental problems, students explore practical alternatives for protecting the environment and moving toward a sustainable future. More and more, the broad subject of environmental science needs to be considered on a global scale, and this course helps to increase students’ awareness of global environmental issues, as well as their role in their environment, both local and global. Students are encouraged to think deeply about the issues discussed and their responsibilities as citizens of the Earth. The interdisciplinary nature of environmental science is reinforced throughout the course.
This one-semester, one-half-credit Oak Meadow course is a continuation of the full-year Calculus I course. It picks up where Calculus I ended and completes the final 1/3 of the Saxon textbook, Calculus with Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry. Together, the Oak Meadow Calculus I and Calculus II courses cover the topics on the AP Calculus BC syllabus. Prerequisite: Calculus I
Note: Calculus I and II require the same textbook. Calculus I covers lessons 1 through 25; Calculus II continues with lesson 26 through 38.
Calculus I focuses on all the topics normally covered in an Advanced Placement AB-level calculus program. The text begins with a thorough review of those mathematical concepts and skills required for calculus. In the early problem sets, students practice setting up word problems they will later encounter as calculus problems. The problem sets contain multiple-choice and conceptually-oriented problems similar to those found on the AP Calculus examination. Whenever possible, students are provided an intuitive introduction to concepts prior to a rigorous examination of them. Proofs are provided for all important theorems. Prerequisite: Advanced Math
Note: In this Oak Meadow full-year, one-credit course, you will complete the first 2/3 of the textbook. There are 25 lessons in this course. Each Oak Meadow lesson covers four lessons in the textbook and includes four problem sets for practice.