Course Discriptions

Course Description:  This is a level 2 special education class.  Students receive direct instruction in core curricular, vocational, and daily living areas.  They also receive support with general education classes they are taking.  Classes are small in size with individualized instruction as dictated by each student's IEP.  Each student in the level 2 classroom has been identified in accordance with state and federal regulations as having a specific need.  The need is severe enough to require an alternate curriculum to provide successful school learning experiences to these students.  An individual education plan (IEP) determines the specific content of each course.  Individualization to accommodate student differences in this special class include: class discussions, videos, pictures, diagrams, oral reading, lectures, field trips, graphic organizers and study guides.  Accommodations in the level 2 curriculum include emphasis on alternative methods of acquiring information or demonstrating mastery.  The alternatives accommodate reading, writing, mathematics, memory deficits, attention deficit disorders, mild developmental delays, and behavioral disorders. 

Classes available in this program include:

Courses:

 

Vocational English I, II, III, IV

( Four years  required for graduation) 

While specific skills to be addressed are determined by IEPs, they may include:  Writing mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure) Content writing, Vocational writing, Filling out forms, Reading word identification, Reading comprehension, Leisure reading, Vocational reading, Reading and following directions, Functional reading, Vocabulary, Novels, Short stories, Essays, News articles, and Speaking and listening skills.  These topics are addressed in the district Reading and Language Arts standards.  Students work at benchmarks appropriate to their individual skill level.

 

Consumer Math I,II, III, IV 

( Four years required for graduation )

Specific skills to be addressed are determined by IEPs, they may include:  Computation, Identification and use of correct operations, General Math, Geometry, Algebra, "Real world" word problems, Measurement, Money, Money management, Spending/purchasing, Unit pricing, Checkbooks, Credit, Percentage, Decimals, Kitchen math, Calculator skills, and Logical thinking. 

 

Science:

( General Science Biology, Earth Science, Animal Science, Plant Science, Astronomy, and Physical Science. ) 

( Three years of science are required for graduation )

 

General Science and Biology- Biological kingdoms, plants (structures, systems, types of survival), animals (categories, systems, survival), and humans (systems of the body and how they work).

Earth Science- layers of the earth, rock formations, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, and deposition.

Plant Science - Plants as living things, Flowers, Grasses and Cereals, and Trees, Animal Science - Animals and their ways, Small land animals, Large land animals, Useful animals, and Unlike animals.

Astronomy- the sun, earth, moon, stars, planets, and eclipses.

Physical Science-force and motion, work and machines, heat, sound and light, electricity, and magnets.

 

Vocations I & II: 

Subjects:  Various interest inventories, Personality traits associated with job types, Filling out forms, Research specific jobs, Income potential / income needed, Want ad / job vocabulary, Locating potential job opportunities, Completing applications, Resume writing, Interview skills, Follow up, Job retention, Decision making, Problem solving, Working with co-workers, Interaction with the supervisor, Following direction (oral or written), Meeting employer expectations, Social skills, and Workplace readiness skills.  Vocations II consists of two district components.  First, continued class work from Vocations I.  Second, work experiences in school based work settings. 

 

EBCE:  ( On the Job Work Study Program )  ( Elective class open for Junior and Senior )

 

Social Studies:

( Four years of Social Studies are required to graduate )

( U.S. History, American History, Geography, Government/Economics, World Cultures )

 

Functional Living: 

Learning Hands-on everyday life skills such as: Cooking (Oven & Microwave), Reading and following directions, Doing the dishes, Making a shopping list, Pricing the list, Shopping ( Locating the specific items ), Paying for the items, Emergency Situations, Hygiene, Doing Laundry, Folding Clothes, Cleaning, Sweeping, and Mopping to name a few activities.   Ect.

 

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