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Health

Health

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This comprehensive health course provides students with essential knowledge and decision-making skills for a healthy lifestyle. Students analyze aspects of emotional, social, and physical health and how these realms of health influence each other. Students apply principles of health and wellness to their own lives. In addition, they study behavior change and set health goals to work on throughout the semester. Additional topics of study include healthy relationships, reproductive health, disease transmission, substance abuse, safety and injury prevention, environmental health, and consumer health.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/health

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Assignments must be done in Microsoft Word or Pages.

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall:  available
Spring: available
Summer: available Summer 2022

Lead Teacher:

Lead Teacher: Trisha Harper, Billings Public Schools, trisha.harper@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Physical-Education-I

Physical Education I

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Physical Education I is an action packed course designed to get you up and moving while learning about the basic building blocks of fitness. This course consists of 18 weeks of physical activity, as well as curriculum that outlines important information for improving your own fitness level.

NOTE: MTDA physical education courses are not designed as adaptive PE courses. Students with injuries, special needs or other issues should contact MTDA curriculum staff to see if the course is appropriate for you. If a student has an IEP or 504 that limits exercise or physical activity, this course is not an appropriate placement.

Students may only take one PE course at a time at MTDA.  Students may not take this PE class in addition to a local face-to-face PE during the same term.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/physed1

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Heather Elkin, Billings Public Schools, heather.elkin@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Physical-Education-II

Physical Education II

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course takes a more in-depth look at the five components of physical fitness touched on in Fitness Fundamentals I: muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, flexibility, and body composition. This course allows students to discover new interests as they experiment with a variety of exercises in a non-competitive atmosphere. By targeting different areas of fitness, students increase their understanding of health habits and practices and improve their overall fitness level. Students take a pre- and post fitness assessment. Throughout this course students also participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility.

NOTE: MTDA physical education courses are not designed as adaptive PE courses. Students with injuries, special needs or other issues should contact MTDA curriculum staff to see if the course is appropriate for you. If a student has an IEP or 504 that limits exercise or physical activity, this course is not an appropriate placement.

Students may only take one PE course at a time at MTDA.  Students may not take this PE class in addition to a local face-to-face PE during the same term.

Prerequisites:

To take this course, students should have completed Physical Education I THROUGH MONTANA DIGITAL ACADEMY. If this is a student’s first online PE course through MTDA, they should take PE I.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/physed2

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Joeseph Malchuski, Billings Public Schools, joseph.malchuski@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Sports-Officiating

Sports Officiating

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn the rules, gameplay, and guidelines for a variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and football. In addition, they will learn the officiating calls and hand signals for each sport, as well as the role a sports official plays in maintaining fair play.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/sportsofficiating

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: Available Summer 2022 Session 2

Lead Teacher:

Wes Holmquist, Gallatin High School-Bozeman PS, wes.holmquist@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Anatomy-Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In this Health elective, students will explore the anatomy or structure of the human body. In addition to learning anatomical terminology, students will study the main systems of the body– including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. In addition to identifying the bones, muscles, and organs, students will study the structure of cells and tissues within the body.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/anatomyandphysiology

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Amanda Ferderer, Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls, MT amanda.ferderer@montanadigitalacademy.org

Earth-Science

Earth Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course will study the phenomena affecting the formation, history and current conditions of Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere. Topics include astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Students will discover how earth science affects their lives by exploring topics related to Montana.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/earthscience

Required Materials

  • One sheet of plain white paper
  • Several sheets of old newspaper, or wax paper if available
  • One water-based marker (Note: do not use permanent marker)
  • One spray bottle containing water (place on “mist” setting)
  • Digital camera, if available
  • Water
  • A clean penny
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Dropper or Pipette
  • Ice cube
  • Black pepper
  • A bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • A heating source (sunlight, lamp, etc…) or a cooling source (refrigerator)
  • Balloon
  • Measuring tape or string and a ruler  
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Toothpicks (flat and round)
  • Paperclips
  • Graph paper
  • Stopwatch, timer, or clock with second hand
  • One styrofoam ball or white table-tennis ball
  • One dowel rod, pencil, or another long holder for the sphere
  • Tape, if needed
  • Darkened room, preferably without windows
  • One lamp or source of light
  • Pan
  • Raw egg
  • Cracking device such as a teaspoon
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available Summer 2022

Lead Teacher:

Bill Stockton, Arlee High School, bill.stockton@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Biology

Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Biology is a rigorous course that will introduce students to the living world around them.  This course contains a mix of lab activities, projects, collaborative projects (not during Summer Sessions), video resources, and interactive learning activities.  Topics include Chemistry of Life, Cells, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Classification, and Anatomy & Physiology. Critical thinking and writing skills will be developed throughout the course through reflective discussion questions.

Prerequisites:

Successful students exhibit strong individual study skills and have usually completed their freshman year of High School.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/biology

Required Materials:

Biology A

Required: Materials for student-designed laboratory set-up in lesson 2.01 (materials will vary)

Optional:

  • raw egg
  • string or thread or yarn
  • ruler
  • white vinegar
  • tap water
  • jar with a lid (like a mayonnaise jar)

Biology B Required: 

  • Timer or watch that counts seconds
  • Sink
  • Blindfold
  • Washable paint or Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Soap

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

In addition to the MTDA general software requirements, this specific course requires that students should have access to word processing software (Microsoft Office for example).  Free versions are available online (OpenOffice, LibreOffice)

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available Summer 2022

Lead Teacher:

Chris Putzler, Flathead High School, chris.putzler@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Chemistry

Chemistry A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to study electrons and their interactions as they relate to matter. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurement, reactions, acids and bases, stoichiometry and gas laws. Students predict, design, experiment and describe the chemical interactions of everyday life. Problem-solving skills will be developed and enhanced. Mathematical relationships are emphasized as well as modern scientific theory.

Prerequisites:

Algebra I, some familiarity with the metric system, use of scientific calculators

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Chemistry Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

The following materials are required for this course and must be provided by the student:

  • Scientific calculator
  • Distilled water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vegetable oil
  • Iodine
  • Sodium chloride (Table salt)
  • Acetic acid (Vinegar)
  • Test tubes or clear plastic cups
  • Tablespoon or teaspoon
  • Stirring sticks
  • Permanent marker
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Thermometer
  • Two Styrofoam cups
  • Measuring cup
  • Grape juice or orange juice or tomato juice or whole milk
  • 13 plastic cups (12 oz)
  • Ruler
  • Heat source
  • Kitchen scale
  • Sugar cubes
  • Granulate sugar
  • Three to four packages of powdered drink (6.6 oz)

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Rick Dees, Huntley Project High School, rick.dees@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Physics

Physics A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In this course, physics will be studied by entering ‘Physics World’.  In each “Physics World” module, students discover the contributions of geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. In their work, you’ll learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are there for students to observe and apply. Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. The study of physics is a valuable part of the general education of any student. Learning to examine the parts of a problem in order to find solutions will be useful throughout a person’s life.

Prerequisites:

Physics is a mathematics-driven course, and students should have successful foundation of algebra in their past classes.  At minimum, students should have successfully completed Algebra I and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II.  Algebra skills will be applied to understanding Physics concepts in solving problems as well as applying these concepts to lab development and problem-solving.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/physics

Required Materials:

Students should have a metric ruler, protractor and graph paper.
A list of supplies needed for each module will be included at the beginning of each module under the title “materials.”
Calculator-Students will need a scientific calculator with logarithmic functions and scientific notation capabilities.
UnitedStreaming Access-UnitedStreaming is a digital video and image library resource used throughout the course.
Graphing Analysis Software-Please check with your administrator for your schools’ access information for this resource. This is a free application.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires students to have:
The current minimum Flash Player required by your school.
Disk space on your computer as well as an external device to back up files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD–Rom, etc.)
Printer

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Colleen Cooper-Vanosdell, Darby High School, colleen.vanosdell@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Oceanography

Course Length:

one-semester course

Course Description:

Oceanography provides an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about the biological, physical, and chemical properties of marine ecosystems. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the oceanography topics are explored through hands-on labs, research projects and video field trips. Oceanography encourages students to investigate both the marine world and the environmental issues that people must consider when using the oceans many resources.

Prerequisites:

Students must have a basic understanding of the Scientific Method and how scientists conduct research. Students should have some background in general biology, physics and chemistry, such as gained from a Physical Science or General Science course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/oceanography

Required Materials:

web camera, microphone

Empty 2-liter bottle with cap, ruler or tape measure, small bowl, water, 2 mugs (ceramic works best), 2 metal teaspoons, 2 plastic straws, Instant coffee, and one of the following: ketchup or soy sauce condiment packet, medicine dropper, or pen cap and modeling clay or silly putty

1 aluminum tin (pie size or larger) or rectangle metal cake pan, 2 bird feathers (can be found in craft or hobby materials), 50 mL of cooking oil (such as vegetable oil or olive oil), 10-15 hard-boiled eggs, cotton balls, paper towels, or toilet paper, paper cups, masking tape, popsicle sticks

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

In addition, this specific course requires that your computer should be equipped with a webcam and microphone of some sort. Students may be asked to record themselves for specific assignments.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Ally Reamy, Columbia Falls Public Schools, ally.reamy@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815