It is a long standing Live Oak tradition that the first graders bring a schoolwide post office to life in the final unit of the year. Their guiding questions are: 我如何用写作来交流？我怎样才能成为一个更好的作家？ 在本单元中，学生学习识别信件的五个部分（标题、问候语、正文、结尾和签名）以及人们所写信件的类型。学生们写了一封给学校社区成员的友好信件和一封给某人的祖父母和特别朋友日的邀请信。学生还学习识别说服的策略（逻辑、妥协、最后通牒）。社区中的每个人都参与其中，信件被送到成人和学生手中。当收到信时，大家都面带微笑，兴奋地回信。对于那些没有接触过实际写信的孩子来说，这是一个独特的经历，也是一个让整个社区受益的经历。
Second graders delve deep into reading and writing nonfiction. They work towards understanding how to read across a variety of nonfiction texts to learn about a topic and that nonfiction text includes features such as images, captions, diagrams, and glossaries that deepen their knowledge. In writing some of the learning goals include collecting information about a topic of their choice using a variety of sources such as books, expert interviews, photographs, observation, video, and internet, and categorizing their research to determine what is important and what is not. They write books about a topic of interest and create lab reports from the experiments they conduct in science.
In kindergarten, student study patterns and attributes as they explore questions that help them learn. Their questions include: How do I create, recognize, and extend patterns? Where do I see patterns in the world? What is an attribute? Using the NTCM standards, students sort, classify, identify and extend patterns throughout the unit. To make these ideas concrete and to incorporate play, patterns and attributes are investigated through dress up, thematic activities, books, and their own personal experiences.
In the final unit of eighth grade humanities, students study intersectionality and voting. One of the understanding goals for the unit is that we must know what intersectionality means in order to understand and address inequities, and that we need to understand how different aspects of identity for marginalized groups compound and create a unique form of oppression. Students learn about the fight for and eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment and that the success of a democracy is dependent upon its definition of citizenship and how opportunities to participate in civic life are granted, protected, and chosen.
In sixth grade, students learn about plants, photosynthesis, and cycles of matter. Asking questions about the role that plants play in their lives, they learn about the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Students are guided to understand the structures of plants that support life on Earth and the role they play in the cycles of matter. Through research and Cornell notes, they learn the role of plants in the creation of our atmosphere, the process of transpiration, photosynthesis, and the carbon and nitrogen cycles. The final assessment is a detailed, illustrated, and creative depiction of the cycles of matter.
Middle schoolers take drama through their three years. From drama enthusiasts, to intrepid beginners, all students support each other in taking chances and literally trying on new personas. From improv to marketing a play to applying make-up, students learn about and participate in all aspects of theatre, plays, and musicals. Students also have the option to participate in the school plays which take place twice a year. From tech to performing, students can find ways to be a part of the productions that are comfortable to them.
As students progress in their musical familiarity and skill, they delve into different kinds of music, different stories music tells, and the idea that music provides all of us with a chance to see ourselves and others in such a diverse discipline. Both the 初级中学 and the 初中 perform in festivals in the spring.
Kindergarten is all about playfully exploring the world! Design projects include cardboard frames, block printing, stop motion animation, and building. Each project builds on skills and incorporates new tools. During the water unit, students make wooden boats in the ChangeMaker Lab and test them out at McLaren Park. To make their flotilla, they learned about using drills and wood glue as part of their design process.
In first grade, design and innovation projects include building structures, block printing, designing and building tools to use in the Learning Garden, and light and sound explorations. Using recycled and found materials, first graders design and build their own musical instrument. They think about how sound is transmitted, the qualities of melody, and the nature of waves and vibrations.
The Mathematician Project is a cross-curricular project where students spend time in both humanities and math researching mathematicians such as Srinivasa Ramanujan, Cathleen Morawetz, Gottfried Leibniz, and Maryam Mirzakhani. This year’s iteration of the project involved time in the ChangeMaker Lab, where they created three-dimensional representations of their mathematician relating to their inventions, creations, beliefs, and lives.