Study Topics

Examples of some of the topics in the core subjects and some of the elective classes that students study at Pensmith International School can be found below.

Science

Earth and Space Science
Physical processes and laws
Interrelated systems
Plate tectonics, the rock cycle, and watersheds
Radiation
Nitrogen cycle
Human activities in the environment
Life Science
Organisms – their parts and actions
Organisms’ structures and  categorization
Cell division
Photosynthesis
Hydrocarbon foundations
Cellular respiration
Energy and matter conservation
Meiosis
Mutation
Heredity
Natural selection factors and evolution
Physical science
Matter and atoms
Chemical compound properties
Nuclear processes
Atom Conservation
IUPAC rules used to name compounds
Significant figures
Motion explanations
Colomb’s law – predicting electrostatic force effects
Energy transfer and conservation
Wave information

Mathematics

Relationships with variables
Estimating
Modeling
Calculating distances and angles within or on shapes
Finding shape congruency
Prooving theorems
Shape names and parts
Functions and their representations
Equalities and inequalities
Decay and growth
Data and patterns
Probability
3-dimensional geometry
Transformations
Imaginary and complex numbers
Measurement
Graphing
Exponents
Logarithms
Number systems
Polynomials

English

Perspective
Structure
Text types
Reading comprehension
Literature
Writing purposes
Recognizing intended audience
style
Organization
Research
Listening and speaking
Technology

Social Studies

The Middle East
Africa
Asia
Europe
Histories
Cultures
Economies
Geography
Freedoms and liberties in different countries

Art and Humanities

Dance
Music
Texts
Communication
Threatre
Visual art

Health, Safety, and Physical Education

Communicable diseases
Healthy living plans
Health impact on other individuals
Community health information
Evaluating fitness levels
Emotional, mental, social, physical, and health well-being relationships
Game strategies
Motor skills
Evaluating home and school safety levels

Computer Science

Devices, hardware, and software
Troubleshooting
Networking
Malware
Security systems
Storage
Data collection ethics
Intellectual property
Communication tools
Computing effects on cultures at different levels
Reducing bias with programs
Creating lists
Sorting algorithms
Using data to portray phenomena
Computational functions
Creating programs
Evaluating licenses
Developing programs
Portraying program progression

Environment and Ecology

Watersheds and wetlands
Renewable and non-renewable resources
Environmental health
Agriculture and society
Pest management
Ecosystem interactions
Threatened, endangered, and extinct species
Humans and the environment
Environmental laws

Family and Consumer Sciences

Consumer responsibilities
Accounting
Tax codes
Creating a database
Balancing family and work responsibilities
Planning short- and long-term goals
Organizational structures
Technology effects
Family tasks
Family life cycle effects on communities
Effective communication

World Languages

Cultural artifacts
Artifact project posters
Holidays and celebrations
Attitudes and behavioral connections with products
Identifiable landmarks
Cultural product project
Cultural greetings, customs, gestures, and etiquette
Food, art, and entertainment of cultures
Monetary systems and currencies
Converting currencies
Geography, history, art, and science connections
Word and phrase recognition and responses in different languages
Story and song comprehension
Identifying language and culture similarities and differences

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