North Island Distance Education School

Loading

Grade 9 Offerings

Simulations strive to use technology to involve children in learning experiences that require participation in meaningful real-world activities. For instance they may conduct environmental studies, research cultures, calculate frequency distributions, analyze articles, interview community members, and develop action plans. Through these experiences children will learn important 21st century literacy and communication skills.

While participating in simulations, your child may be using commercially available educational software packages and spending time online. All teachers using simulations are provided with guidelines and structures that will help them promote online safety for your child. Additionally, our virtual environment is password protected and monitored to ensure that it is safe and secure.

Many Navigate teachers offer synchronous online activities using Elluminate Live, where students meet, discuss, share presentations, and are involved in a variety of projects together.

Some of the offerings include:

  • Literature Circles

New to the Synchronous Online offerings are Virtual Worlds.  More on this as we continue development.

Navigate offers regular face-to-face interaction or “IClass days” for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 in:

  • Nanaimo  
  • Courtenay  
  • Qualicum  

The primary goal of these class days is to offer learners more frequent interaction with their peers and support teacher. Some examples of activities offered are:

  • Guest speakers and workshops
  • Group projects
  • Opportunities for demonstrating student learning (particularly in the areas of Social Responsibility, Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Science)
  • Replacement for some assignments (Some IClass teachers will use IClass activities as the Art programme for the students, some for Physical Education, some for Health and Career Education...)

Learners opting to take part in these class days are expected to commit to regular attendance to aid in community building.

These classes do fill up quickly and class size limits are in place to ensure quality and safety for learners.

Navigate teachers often organize community-based activities, where guest experts come in and work with the students.  Some of the community-based workshops offered recently include:

  • Author visits and workshops
  • Artist visits and workshops
  • Stream of Dreams
  • And much more

 


Humanities 9

Humanities 9 is a combined course integrating the Learning Outcomes for Social Studies 9, English 9 and Information Technology 9.

In this course you will examine New France, New England, First Nations Peoples and the early exploration of Canada and the United States. You will discover many differences between these civilizations but many similarities as well. You will also learn different skills required for Social Studies such as note taking skills, map interpretations, comparison charts, bar graphs and climagraphs.

During IClass, students may do some or all of the following:

  • Essay writing
  • Mini-reports
  • Discussions
  • Debates
  • Creating computer-based animations

 


Science 9

This course will take you on an investigative tour of the smallest particles to entire galaxies! As you examine your world in Science 9, you will:

  •  Look at the advantages and disadvantages of both sexual and asexual reproduction
  • Trace the history of the atomic theory and the periodic table
  • Learn how to generate and conserve electricity
  • Consider the implications of living in space and travelling through the universe, and more 

Some of the course material will look familiar as you build on what you learned in previous years, and some will be brand new to you. Take charge of your own learning, and decide how much further you want to explore each topic. Web sites and “did you know?” excerpts are included to pique your interest.

Begin your scientific exploration by reading through the following overview; it should answer most of your questions about how the course is organized. 

Course Contents

Science 9 consists of the Science Orientation Skills (SOS) Package and four modules.

  • Module 1:  Life Science: Cells and Reproduction
  • Module 2: Physical Science: Exploring the Colours of Chemistry
  • Module 3: Physical Science: Take Charge! Electricity
  • Module 4: Space Science: A Journey Through Space

Students may be conducting experiments and covering various Grade 9 science learning outcomes during IClass days. Teachers will indicate which assignments are not necessary to complete.

 


Math 9

Students choosing to follow the traditional print version of Math 9 will negotiate with their teacher work to be completed. Utilizing the Raven Research Student Guide and Resource Book and other resources,  students can cover the prescribed Learning Outcomes.

The Navigate teacher may offer synchronous online activities using Elluminate Live, where students meet, discuss, share presentations, and are involved in a variety of projects together.


 Physical Education 9

Here’s a course that you can literally jump into and there are many benefits! Not only can a healthy lifestyle improve your life-span but it can also improve energy levels, concentration, posture, social skills, self-confidence, and relieves stress. Also…being active and participating in a sport that you enjoy is a lot of FUN!

Just think, if you’re physically active now, you’re already halfway there. If not, this will be a great place to start. Start what?Mountain climbing, dancing, roller-blading, biking, skiing, swimming, sailing, soccer, walking, running, and skateboarding … the list is endless and the choice is yours. The purpose of this course is to encourage you to be active for life! Studies have shown that active healthy people are more positive, live longer, are sick less often, and are more productive. These people also strive to follow the Active Living way.

 


 Social Studies 9

In this course you will examine New France, New England, First Nations Peoples and the early exploration of Canada and the United States. You will discover many differences between these civilizations but many similarities as well. You will also learn different skills required for Social Studies such as note taking skills, map interpretation, comparison charts, bar graphs and climagraphs. 

Social Studies 9 consists of 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Geography and Environment - covers Europe in the 16th century, mapping skills, and First Nations in North America prior to contact with Europeans
  • Module 2:  Exploration and Settlement in North America – covers the exploration of North America by European explorers, the colonization of North America, life in New France and the Fur Trade
  • Module 3: The Struggle for Rights – covers various struggles for freedom and independence including the British Civil war, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and how these conflicts changed society
  • Module 4:  Conflict in North America – covers the clash between England and France over territory in North America and the birth of Canada

Your mark is based on assignments, discussion contributions, projects and quizzes.


 English 9

In this course, you will strengthen your writing skills, learn to interpret poetry, read short stories and write your own, and complete an independent novel study. Completing English 9 will give you the foundational skills you need to be successful in high school English courses.

 English 9 consists of four modules:

  • Module 1: Skill Building – covers grammar, spelling and punctuation;  sentence structure; and proper paragraph format
  • Module 2: Poetry – you will learn to interpret poetry, learn about poetic devices, and create your own poetry project
  • Module 3: Short Stories and the Writer’s Craft – by reading and analyzing a number of short stories, you will hone your writing skills, and produce your very own short story
  • Module 4: Independent Novel Study – after choosing a novel from a list of 5 incredible stories, you will create a novel study project – you choose the format!

Your mark is based on assignments, discussion contributions, projects, and quizzes


 Health and Career Education 9

This could be the most important course you take this year - it's all what you make of it. In Health and Career Education 9 you'll continue building your personal tool-kit. You can delete, revise or add skills and information. You can build on what you learned in HCE 8 and prepare for Planning 10 - you'll learn more about the portfolio and maybe even get a head start; you'll need it for graduation.

Graduation -does it seem far away or alarmingly near? Career - do you know what you want to do "when you grow up"? Perhaps you're swamped with too many choices, or perhaps nothing seems very interesting? And what about your health - are you as healthy as you could be? How do you know? Does it matter if you're healthy? What difference does it make to you today, or twenty years in the future?

Why so many questions? This course will ask you lots of questions, and won't give you many answers. Our job is to challenge you to seek out the information and resources that you need to make the best choices for you - and only you know what those choices are.

Modules:

  • Careers
  • Healthy Living
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Safety
  • Substance Abuse

Students may be covering various Grade 9 Health and Career Education prescribed learning outcomes during IClass days. Teachers will indicate which online assignments are not necessary to complete.

Students may be covering various Grade 9 Fine Arts learning outcomes during IClass days. Each year, guest artists such as Lisa Kirk present workshops on a variety of Fine Arts topics. Teachers will indicate which print-based module assignments are not necessary to complete.

Students using community-based learning resources need to negotiate with their teacher, which assignments the various activities can replace.

Students can participate in workshops presented by community-based artists.

If you have any evidence (certificate, instructor’s report) of community-based learning (e.g. Music lessons, dance, pottery, painting), please submit it along with your print activities.

Students participate in a variety of physical education activities depending on the time of year and teacher theme.

  • Yearly events include Terry Fox Day, where students spend the entire day participating in a variety of physical activities including skating, swimming and running.
  • Track and Field - participate with other intermediate students to get ready for various track and field days.
  • Special Events such as “Out and About Days” where students in the various campuses participate in a variety of physical activities ranging from swimming or golf, to wall climbing and kayaking.

This course is based on a 3-term year, which runs over 20 weeks and incorporates Activity Reports, Fitness Evaluations and Thinking and Knowing Activities. There are no written tests for this course.

  • If you have any evidence (certificate, instructor’s report) of community-based learning (e.g. swimming, golf, horseback riding, soccer), please submit it along with your print activities.

Register

Back

Find out more!

Navigate provides distance learning opportunities to over 3000 learners across Vancouver Island and throughout BC. For more information about flexible online learning options, adult education, or cross enrollment with BC high schools, please contact us!

Watch the Navigate ENTER Program Video and ENTER Art Installation Video
Watch the  K-9 Program Video