5. Curriculum Integration, Academic “Worlds,” and “Safe Routes to School,” Grades K-8
The CleverCrazes.com curriculum integrates academic areas of focus that we call “worlds” and “Safe Routes to School” for grades K-8. Students will learn STREAM content by adding Reading and Art to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students will explore more than 50,000 interesting and exciting facts and questions and more than 150 educational games. Additional worlds may be added from time to time. The current features of the Clever Crazes curriculum are:
a. You and the Reader
This gold standard literacy program engages emerging readers with nearly 3,000 fun hand drawn pictures, the introduction of letters and their sounds, sight words, and short stories. More accomplished readers will explore parts of speech and sentence structure and continue practicing their reading skills.
b. You and the World of Art
In this world, students learn about visual art, dance, and music and how these disciplines in- teract with various aspects of their lives. This world expands students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills by drawing connections between the arts and the principles of STREAM
c. You the Time Traveler
This world explores history and social studies. Students will learn how individual people and cultures of the past have helped shape today’s world. Geography, timelines, and recognition of artifacts are also addressed in this curriculum.
d. You and Your Money
Here, students learn how money is earned, spent, saved, and donated to help others. This world also introduces students to the concepts of financial literacy, including supply and demand, career preparation, and fiscal responsibility.
e. You the Citizen
This world helps kids to understand theb meaning of citizenship. Kids learn that being a good citizen is about helping others and their communities. This curriculum also teaches about the US government and the values and principles of democracy..
d. You and How Things Work
In this world, students learn about physics, chemistry, and associated topics, such as heat, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Your students will also explore the properties and characteristics of matter and be introduced to scientific practices.
b. You In Outer Space
Your students will explore our solar system, our universe, and other galaxies. Some special points of focus are Earth, the sun and moon,b and other objects in the sky, as well as how people observe and interact with outer space.
c. You and Our Home Planet
Here, students will learn about Earth's structure, the properties of Earth's materials, and our weather. This world also explores relationships between the populations, resources, and environments of the planet.
g. You and Biodiversity
In this world, students will learn about the diversity of life on Earth through exploration of living things, their life cycles, and the environ- ments they inhabit. Kids will also see how living and nonliving things work together to form a healthy ecosystem.
a. You and Your Insides
In this world, your students will examine the human body, including the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. Kids will also learn about growth and develop- ment, life cycles, and strategies for learning.
I. You the Athlete
Your students will learn to identify healthy behaviors, such as getting fit, eating smart, and being safe. Topics range from causes of disease and consequences of drug abuse to the physiology of nutrition. Kids also learn about self-esteem, ethics, bullying, appropriate social behavior, and how to be a good friend.
k. Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School button, inspired by the national program of the same name, teaches kids about pedestrian, bicycle, and personal safety. Kids learn how to utilize streets and sidewalks safely, to plan safe paths to their favorite destinations, and to recognize and appreciate the features of their communitiesb nd how to preserve them.