11 to 14 Year-Olds (Entering Sixth Grade)

Darnell Fine


Teacher, essayist, slam poet, and one of the founding instructors of the Atlanta Young Writers Institute. Fine has facilitated writing seminars nationally in the US and internationally around the world. He's looking forward to bringing his love for creative writing to Singapore.

Singapore Young Writers Institute


Course Description

The course will nurture and support young writers as they explore the art, craft, and practice of storytelling. Writers may grapple and experiment with storytelling in its more classic forms—the novel, the short story, or the poem, for example—or its more eclectic varieties—the graphic novel, flash fiction, or story written in stanza form. While the form will be up to the writer, students will engage in collaborative mini-lessons to guide their independent writing projects.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advisory
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PE/Wellness
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Creating Awesome Characters
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Interviewing Our Characters
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Creating Conflict
1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Roleplaying Our Characters in Conflict
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PE/Wellness
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisory
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Content Overview

Week 1 Prewriting: Creating Awesome Characters; Creating Conflict; Plotting the Story; Using Mood to Create Setting; Reinforcing Characters through Setting; Writing Really Good Dialogue
Week 2 Drafting: Beginning the Story; Adding Details, Details, and Details; Ending the Story
Week 3 Revising & Publishing: Cleaning it Up; Publishing in Class Anthologies
Week 4 Reading & Performing: Preparing for a Public Reading; Hosting a Public Reading & Celebration

 


 

Jill Carpenter


In her eighth year at SAS and her third year teaching Summer Semester, Jill Carpenter is passionate about math, problem solving, and integrating technology while encouraging students to experience the amazing world of Augmented Reality.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)


Course Description

Your child can experience what it feels like to hold a hologram in their hand as we take a journey into the future. Combining Merge Virtual Reality (the place where the physical and digital worlds merge together) with the intuitive educational technology CoSpaces Edu, students will be able to build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in virtual or augmented reality. Using revolutionary technology to physically connect with any curriculum areas of passion, students will create their own content and use technology in a way that goes further than just consuming multimedia.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advisory
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PE/Wellness
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Introduction to Merge Cube and the world of augmented reality
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Understanding Merge Cube through the use of apps and games
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Implementation of the Design Thinking process to connect students' areas of passions with Merge Cube creation
1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Introduction to CoSpaces and Merge Cube coding
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PE/Wellness
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisory
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

  • Introduction to Merge Cube and the world of augmented reality.
  • Understanding Merge Cube through the use of apps/games.
  • Implementation of the Design Thinking process to connect students’ areas of passions with Merge Cube creation.
  • Introduction to CoSpaces and Merge Cube coding.
  • CoSpaces coding. How to maneuver in 3D space. Introduction to Merge Cube materials. How to Group, Lock, Show Labels, and View Inside.
  • The CoSpaces Library. How to add 3D figures, animals, buildings, transportation and more to your 3D environment.
  • CoSpaces animation within the Library.
  • CoSpaces Uploads. How to add video, audio, and search/add 3D content from the web.
  • Students will be given time to build their Merge Cube, ask questions, and problem solve.
  • Coding the Merge Cube using CoSpaces.
  • Movement, Color Changes, Adding Pop-Up Speech Bubbles, Adding Pop-Up Fact Panels, Setting a Timer to Events, Activating Sound, Multiple Actions at One Time.
  • Final touches. Uploading and sharing created content.

Additional weeks:

Students that sign up for additional weeks can continue with Design Thinking and Merge Cube Creation. Students can have multiple “spaces” for their Cubes. Additional weeks will extend students’ knowledge of coding, allowing them to create Cubes with multiple scenes and across various content areas.


 

Kris Munden


Kris Munden has been teaching at SAS for five years. He teaches sixth grade math and is passionate about learning.

Entrepreneurship


Course Description

Have you ever wondered how Apple became…Apple? Would your child like to know what they might need to do to start a successful business? Students will learn the foundations of starting a business and marketing. We'll explore product design, marketing through social media, and more to get a business on its feet.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advisory
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PE/Wellness
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Idea Generation
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Market Research
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Pitching
1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Business Plans
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PE/Wellness
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisory
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Idea Generation: What are your interests and passions? How might you take those ideas and transform them into a business?
Market Research: How might you understand your market? Who is your audience, and what do they want? How much are they willing to pay?
Pitching: How might you "sell" your business ideas to others? 
Advertising: How might you publicize your product and encourage consumers to buy it?
Business Models and Business Plans: What different models are there to have a profitable business? How might you implement them for your business idea? What needs to go into an effective business plan?

 

Leah Llamzon


In her fourth year as a Summer Semester teacher, Leah Llamzon currently works with SAS students on their speech, language and social communication skills from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Epicurean Delights


Course Description

Learning how to cook simple but tasty, cost effective healthy meals and snacks is more important than ever because of the social and advertising pressure of instant, high-fat, high-sugar, low-nutrition fast food. Students in this course will learn how to prepare food that isn’t just better for their bodies, but also easier on budget. Students will learn to plan, organize and execute a well-balanced meal as they explore the diverse cuisine of cultures across the globe.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advisory
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PE/Wellness
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Meal Prep (budget planning, grocery shopping)
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Recipe (execution, sample, clean up)
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Recipe (execution, sample, clean up)
1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Reflection (adding to portfolio)
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PE/Wellness
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisory
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Day 1 Kitchen skills quiz, introducing the week's recipes and creating shopping lists, budget management, shopping at FairPrice, preparing kitchen for meal prep, some cooking if time allows
Day 2 First recipe + dessert: prep, execution, eat, clean up
Day 3 Second recipe + dessert: prep, execution, eat, clean up
Day 4 Third recipe + dessert: prep, execution, eat, clean up
Day 5 Mystery basket meal

 

Shuna Sun 

Ying Chu 


Shuna Sun has been teaching Chinese in the elementary school at SAS for the last 12 years. Ying Chu is teaching first graders as part of the Chinese Immersion program and is in her eighth year at SAS. Both of them are passionate to about sharing Chinese language and culture with young children.

Bilingual Chinese


Course Description

Note: This course is available for 6 to 14 year-olds.

What Chinese dish can your child cook? Have they tried Chinese calligraphy, acted in Chinese dramas, played traditional Chinese games? Students will have the opportunity to experience a week immersed in Chinese language and culture! This course will create opportunities for children to gain more Chinese proficiency via various fun activities. Students will learn to appreciate Chinese culture and have fun exploring Chinese projects while cultivating a love for the Chinese language and culture. Students will be grouped according to their oral proficiency level and led by different teachers.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Morning Meeting/Community Building
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Exploring Personal Interests
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Snack
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PE
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Personal Projects
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Cultural Activities, Creativity, Drama
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Personal Projects
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PE
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Reflections/Closing Circle
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Content Overview

Week 1 Traditional Chinese games, cooking dumplings, dragon boat making, and Chinese ink paintings
Week 2 Chinese calligraphy, cooking twisted dough, making Chinese bracelets, and Chinese drama
Week 3 Chinese etiquette, cooking rice balls, Chinese paper folding, and Chinese chess
Week 4 Traditional Chinese games, face painting, Chinese tea appreciation, painting fans, and ink blow painting


 

Kirsten Harvey


Over many years and in many countries, Kirsten Harvey has taught art, music, drama and photography, as well as class teaching but she's always found time for her love for photography. By pursuing her hobby, she has gained photographic qualifications, won international awards, and had her work exhibited and published. She enjoys taking tribal portraits and teaching photography to deprived children around Asia.

Click It!


Course Description

Note: This course is available for 9 to 14 year-olds.

Aspiring photographers will have great fun during this photography course. Students will learn to create funky photographic art using Canon cameras and master clever techniques for digital manipulation using iPad apps and Adobe Photoshop. As well as studying the basics of camera work, composition, viewpoints, cropping and framing they will have fabulous fun with colors, textures, lines and patterns, food, macro, botanics, light painting and much more, culminating in the Summer School Photography Exhibition.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. PE
9:35 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intro to the unit for the day and featured photographer
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Main practical assignment: Food Fun
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Critique session of Food Fun photos
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn manipulation techniques with iPads/Photoshop
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Main manipulation session using iPads/Photoshop: Food Fun
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Critique session of Food Fun manipulations
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Snacks/Reflection
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PE
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Refraction: How to bend light and patterns and create pop art in photography
Food fun with fruits, vegetables, and sweets—inspired by David Warner
Still life inspired by photographers Mark Nixon, Gabriele Galimberti, and Richard Unglik
Abstract montage inspired by David Hockney
Botanics: Taking artistic photographs in the school garden
Digital manipulation using Photoshop inspired by Erik Johansson
Mini figure photographs inspired by Minimiam and Slinkachu: Create our own food-based or tech-based mini figure compilation
Eyebombing: Using google eyes to take fun photos
Painting with light: Inspired by Darius Twin and Chris Bray using colored torches to create light art
Manipulation using a selection if iPad apps and Adobe Photoshop
Learners will also have fun participating in mini photographic assignments based on subject matter found around the school grounds—color, alphabets, lines, patterns, shapes, and textures.

 


 

Chuck Shriner


Chuck Shriner teaches physical education and wellness at SAS. He encourages wellness and nutrition among our students, utilizing best practices and salient themes so that students are able to engage in rewarding, fun-filled, and learner specific experiences utilizing SAS facilities.

Fitness, Health and Nutrition (11 to 14 Year-Olds)


Course Description

Note: Students may pick Fitness, Health and Nutrition as a specific course on its own. PE, however, is built into each student's schedule.

The APEx personal fitness course will be taught in our state of the art conditioning gym and will allow all students to become acquainted with and utilize resistance and functional equipment with the goal of formulating their own fitness program. It will be closely monitored and logged so that students will be able to ascertain their exact fitness levels both before and after training. Training will be modified to fit our students' age and development levels. Our nutrition course will allow students to learn about healthy eating choices and to actually prepare simple meals. Ingredients will be purchased and analyzed for specific healthful qualities. Preparation and cleanup will also be taught. 
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advisory
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PE/Wellness
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.  
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.  
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.  
1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.  
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. PE/Wellness
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advisory
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Team building and games, both with/without sports
APEx training and conditioning
Healthy nutrition for wellness

 


 

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