CTF (Career & Technology Foundations)

CTF is a course open to grades 6-9 students. Please review the following for information related to the current CTF classes being offered. The classes run on a quadmester system so these will change four times throughout the year. The following are descriptions of courses offered. Please note, these are possibilities, not all courses will be offered every year. Final decision of courses offered are those of the teachers teaching the CTF course. Course Outlines are attached for courses as course are offered and outlines become available.

All CTF classes meet the outcomes for the program, as outlined in this document.

Grades 7-9 (40 classes)

  • Physical and Mental Health

In this option, we will learn how to create and maintain a balanced lifestyle, handle stress and enrich personal interests. We will do seminars on stress management, lifestyle upkeep, problem solving, meditation, journals, leadership of sport activity and a variety of yoga classes (Guest Instructors & DVD training).

  • Architecture and Building Design

In this option, students will investigate several modern methods of building design from pole sheds to skyscrapers to tiny homes. There will be two main assignments in this course, the first being the construction of a scale model of one of the above building designs which will include a presentation of the costs associated with its construction. The second assignment will be a research assignment where students will choose an example of a historical “Great” building and will document in a poster what makes this building unique, and similar or dissimilar to modern design.

  • Painting

In this option, we will learn the history of watercolor painting. We will learn proper brush care techniques. By the end of the course, we will be able to demonstrate the use of a selection of watercolor techniques in their painting, demonstrate their knowledge of watercolor processes and techniques by creating several paintings.

  • Makers Space

In this option, we will learn how to use CAD programs to design digital 3d models to be printed using 3d plastic printers. We will learn the ins and outs of 3d printing and modeling. The models will begin simple, and then progress to models that solve common problems.

  • Fitness

We will be doing many workout circuits, endurance training, and a preview of Insanity Training including an assortment of outdoor activities. The main goal is to be in better shape at the end of the option. Let me clarify, our goal is not weight loss, it is fitness or to be fitter. We will also have a few conversations about proper eating, healthy living and how to maintain routines.

  • Students Wellness Action Team (S.W.A.T.)

Students will work on activities to enhance the school spirit and wellness of all who enter our school. Students will work on a variety of projects or may focus on one. We will offer a Big Dragon/Little Dragon mentorship program, as well as projects like the seasonal activities, yearbook, House Leagues, IKE Fest and the Clyde parade float.

Course Outline CTF 7-9 S.W.A.T.

  • Soccer

Students will practice their soccer skills through completing drills, a bit of fitness or stamina training, and soccer games. We go outside no matter what; rain, shine and even snow. Please make sure that you are dressed accordingly based on the weather.

  • 3D Printing

In this option, we will learn how to use CAD programs to design digital 3D models to be printed using 3D plastic printers. We will learn the ins and outs of 3D printing and modeling. The models will begin simple, and then progress to models that solve common problems.

Course Outline CTF 7-9 3D Printing

  • Comics

In this option, we will learn more about the Marvel and DC comic universes, read and draw comics and complete many other drawing and non-drawing projects.

Course Outline CTF 7-9 Comics

 

Grades 6-7 (20 classes)

  • Budget and Money

In this option, we will introduce money management and budgets. We will discuss credit cards, money loans, wants vs. needs, career research, financial problem solving. They will be expected to provide verbal proof of understanding through conversation and activities. No written test.

  • Introduction to Lego Robotics

In this option, using Lego, students will begin this class by investigating simple machines, and computer programing. From this point the class will use their knowledge and creativity to build and program robots to solve a variety of tasks and missions. After this the class will take the wheel and will design an obstacle course of their own for their robots to complete.

  • 3D Art

In this option we will be using modeling clay, papier mache, and wires to create a variety of sculptures. We will learn different techniques for constructing sculptures, and will combine them to create a more advanced one.

  • Soccer

We will be practicing our soccer skills, leadership, team support and  playing outdoor soccer games in all kinds of weather.

  • Sports Leadership- Basketball

This course is designed to develop student skills and knowledge in the game of basketball. Students will divide class time engaged in sports leadership opportunities, studying basketball theory, learning offensive and defensive systems and observing video in a classroom. Practical hands-on sessions will focus on both basic and advanced skills for the participant. Participation in this course will broaden the student’s understanding and experience of the game of basketball beyond their studies in the regular PE program.

  • Comics

In this option, we will learn about the Marvel and DC comics; it’s history and characters. We will read comics, complete research projects, recreate comic covers, make our own comics and learn about both comic universes. This option does promote the artistic side of students. Please note that a skill in drawing is not required.

  • Wide Games

For this option, we will be outside developing phys ed and team building skills by playing and creating games. We will be outside rain or shine.

  • Fitness

Want to develop flexibility, strength, cardio and power? Fitness will focus on teaching proper techniques for various exercises to enable students to maintain and enhance their fitness levels throughout their lives. Fun games will be mixed in throughout the course for both enjoyment and fitness purposes. This course will include athletic workouts from endurance to flexibility to strength workouts.

Course Outline CTF 6/7 Fitness

  • Art

In this class we will focus on using the elements and principles of design in order to create expressive works. We will be focused on using pencil, pen, collages and mixed media with some three dimensional work.

Course Outline CTF Art 6/7

  • Dramatic Improv

In this option, students will participate in many small drama related activities, including improv, team building, acting and ending with lip sync battle among the students.

Course Outline CTF 6/7 Dramatic Improv

Grades 8-9 (20 classes)

  • Agriculture

In this option, students will explore and research some of the many sides of farming. We will investigate several Agribusiness factors from technologies; including bio-fuel, watershed management, seed and animal genetics, to the entrepreneur pieces like loans, land/equipment value, sustainability, and more depending upon students’ interests and experience. There will be two main assignments; a poster project, where students will display an Agriculture topic of their choice. The other assignment will be a farming project that will let students get a feel for the financial side of beginning on the farm.

  • Handsewing

In this option, we will learn the basic hand stitches: running, basting, whip, backstitch, and blind hem/slip stitch. Students learn in a variety of learning styles through handouts, paper sewing, fabric sewing, demonstrations, and videos with two project-based assessments and a culminating project.

  • Photography

Photos are everywhere! This art form has many different mediums and styles, in this class let’s explore technique, form, composition, and editing. We will edit, compose, and explore to build a photo portfolio.

  • Eco Kids: Local Food

Students will investigate the question, Why is supporting local food important? They will investigate local food sources and create a healthy menu for a restaurant that features local foods from Northern Alberta farmers and producers. Students will also be planning and designing the school garden as well as helping to maintain the front of the school garden bed.

  • Sports Leadership- Basketball

This course is designed to develop student skills and knowledge in the game of basketball. Students will divide class time engaged in sports leadership opportunities, studying basketball theory, learning offensive and defensive systems and observing video in a classroom. Practical hands-on sessions will focus on both basic and advanced skills for the participant. Participation in this course will broaden the student’s understanding and experience of the game of basketball beyond their studies in the regular PE program.

  • Google Travel Agent

We will build technology and research skills by developing a Canadian Holiday for a family who is interested in coming to our wonderful province. We will be working with Spreadsheets, Google Docs, Powerpoint, Maps and other programs to build technology skills.

  • Film Critic

In this class we will learn about the art of film. We will explore the elements of effective filmmaking and gain an understanding of editorial writing techniques through viewing a variety of films and writing movie reviews. Titles selected will cover a variety of genres and time periods.

Course Outline CTF 8/9 Film Critic

  • Art

The art program introduces students to the values surrounding the creation of art through art history, using the elements of art and design. Students will develop an understanding of the contribution cultures and societies make to art. They will be encouraged to express and expand their knowledge and feelings in visual form through developing compositions and technical skills using traditional and contemporary methods and materials.

Course Outline CTF 8/9 Art