AIM Curriculum and Learning Needs
Learning is Achieved Through:
• Interdisciplinary Program
• Humanities based curriculum
• STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
• PBL: Process/Problem Based Learning
• Strands of Group Interaction
• Project Based Learning
• Critical/Creative Exploration
• Divergent Questioning Models
• Genius Hour
• Independent Research Projects
1st and 2nd Grades
First and second graders will be learning about Ancient China. The curriculum will challenge students to think critically and creatively. The learner makes connections between their own culture and cultures in ancient civilizations. Their STEM project-based learning activity will be "Where's the Beach?" The students will discover what causes erosion and experiment with different materials to determine how to minimize rising water levels in our coastal lands.
Third grade students will be studying Ancient Greece. They will investigate the events of Ancient Greek society and understand how it laid the foundation for our society. The lessons will engage students in critical thinking and discussion about systems of civilization. Their STEM project-based activity will be "Electric City."
The Wooden Horse
Theseus and the Minotaur
Adventures in Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece - British Museum
Ancient Greece InteractiveAncient Olympics
Fourth grade students will complete an independent research study known as Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). Participation in the TPSP directly develops the skills and traits cited most often by higher education faculty as those necessary for success in post-secondary education: critical reasoning, problem-solving, academic integrity, and the abilities to conduct in-depth research and work independently. The projects, or "tasks" are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and focus on the foundation content areas of English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies with interdisciplinary connections. In early May, the students will present their projects at a district wide showcase.
Invention Process Guide
5th and 6th Grades
Fifth graders will examine the elements of conflict and change through a survey of the American Civil War. They are challenged to think critically and creatively as they recognize connections between the past and the present. Their STEM project-based learning activity will be "Something Fishy."
Civil War in 4 Minutes Videos
Timeline of the Civil War
Create a Simple Political Cartoon
Create a Political Cartoon
Return of a Fugitive Slave, 1854
How much time do the students spend in AIM?
Window may vary at each campus. Listed below are approximate times. Please check with each campus.
1 hour per week beginning in March
2 to 2 1/2 hours per week
4+ hours a week