Curriculum

Winter semester 2019 is offering Noorthoek students five Art and Science 100 classes investigating Ecology, Computer class 100,  a NEW Creative Writing 100 class, a Service Leadership Club (Kiwanis Aktion Club) and Yoga Inclusion opportunity.

In Arts and Science 100 we are excited to learn about Ecology, the study that explores how living organisms, including humans, animals, and plants interact with the environment or world. We will be investigating different biomes (communities where plants and animals live). Additional topics will include learning about endangered species, both plants and animals as well as learning about jobs in the Ecology field. Be ready for some fun recycling and upcycling experiences. Will include fun and educational field trips. Volunteers needed.

In Computer 100 will explore the on-line resource www.21things4students to improve their knowledge of technology. This class is self guided with instructor support so students can work at their own pace. Students will work through “quests” to complete each unit. Some students will spend more time learning the basics such as using a mouse and keyboard, uploading and downloading, creating simple documents, as well as an introduction to social media. Other students will rapidly work through the quests and then be introduced to spreadsheets, presentations, digital editing, and even coding/ game design. An important concept will be internet safety. Seeking volunteer mentors from the community  and GRCC service learning students for a 1:1 experience.

NEW!In Creative Writing 100 will explore different genres of writing and encouraging the thoughtful writing process of students. Students will utilize the GRCC Writing Lab as needed. This class will enhance and encourage students who are interested in exploring and advancing in their writing skills. Students will have the opportunity to explore poetry, short stories, and personal essays. While students will improve in their technical writing style, the focus will be on expressing themselves through words. We will explore many types of writing including descriptive and persuasive writing. Seeking volunteer mentors from the community  and GRCC service learning students for a 1:1 experience.

During our Service Leadership Club we will explore ways to serve our community, focusing on initiative and leadership skills. We are partnering with Grand Rapids Kiwanis North as an Aktion Club. Last year’s accomplishments included the being the TOP donor for the GRCC pantry food drive, collecting change for a donation to Arts in Motion during our Holiday Party, volunteering at Big Step Walk and Celebration, and writing personal thank you’s to our supporters.

During the Yoga I- Inclusion Project we will learn/practice Yoga techniques and learn abut Yoga Chakra with GRCC students. Seeking one volunteer to assist Noorthoek students when needed.