At Odysseyware, we are committed to designing and publishing standards-aligned courses to support student learning. Our curriculum development team designs courses beginning with state and national standards.

Subject Matter Experts unpack each standard to craft standards-aligned learning objectives prior to collaborating with instructional designers, curriculum writers and editors to design courses, units, lessons, projects and assessments.

Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.

Our digital curriculum is continually recognized for its consistent quality and rigor, with 22 technology courses receiving the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Proficiency and 22 core courses approved by Quality Matters.

Language Arts 400

Language Arts 400

Language Arts 400 focuses on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will continue to build fluency and independent reading skills by further developing comprehension strategies via a wide variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will write for a variety of genres, include fictional stories, poetry, and informational text, using a more complex paragraph structure and integrated application of their speaking skills.

This course specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:

  • Unit 1: Use a variety of comprehension strategies as they read poetry, prose, and fictional texts to create outlines and plan and deliver oral instructions
  • Unit 2: Use various comprehension strategies to think about reading and study the elements of poetry in order to analyze and write poems
  • Unit 3: Apply knowledge of word parts to make meaning and use comprehension strategies to read poetry, and identify elements of word play
  • Unit 4: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry as well as identify and create sentences with correct form and grammar
  • Unit 5: Write grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs including an opinion paragraph, a persuasive text, and a descriptive story
  • Unit 6: Apply comprehension strategies, especially as they relate to distinguishing fact from opinion to write an opinion paragraph, a letter, and a summary and learn effective ways of public speaking
  • Unit 7: Analyze and replicate different forms of literature, including biographies, fables, parables, and tall tales
  • Unit 8: Identify complex parts of speech in sentences and use inferencing skills and textual evidence in media, literary characters, and cause and effect
  • Unit 9: Apply strategies to monitor and adjust comprehension in fictional stories and works of historical fiction and research and write an informational report

State: National
Grade Level: 4
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Spelling 600

Spelling 600

In the sixth-grade spelling course, students will delve into relevant spelling rules and word families throughout thirty weeks of instruction. Students will practice phonics skills including vowel pairs and diagraphs. Course units also include significant incorporation of word parts such as prefixes and suffixes. Units include review of Greek and Latin roots, compound words, and homophones. These lessons not only meet instructional needs for spelling, but also reinforce language arts skills including application of the writing process and reading comprehension. 

Each unit represents a specific spelling rule or word family. Each unit contains five short assignments per week that can be taught as a stand-alone course, or can easily integrate with English Language Arts curriculum. Lessons and projects include media to support the content, as well as incorporation of rubrics for clear assessment.

State: National
Grade Level: 6
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Spelling 500

Spelling 500

In the fifth-grade spelling course, students will delve into relevant spelling rules and word families throughout thirty weeks of instruction. Students will practice phonics skills including phonograms, compound words, and vowel-consonant-vowel patterns. Course units also include significant incorporation of word parts such as prefixes and suffixes. Units include review of base and root words, silent words, and homophones. These lessons not only meet instructional needs for spelling, but also reinforce language arts skills including application of the writing process and reading comprehension.  Each unit represents a specific spelling rule or word family. 

Each unit contains five short assignments per week that can be taught as a stand-alone course, or can easily integrate with English Language Arts curriculum. Lessons and projects include media to support the content, as well as incorporation of rubrics for clear assessment.

State: National
Grade Level: 5
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Spelling 400

Spelling 400

In the fourth-grade spelling course, students will delve into relevant spelling rules and word families throughout thirty weeks of instruction. Students will not only practice phonics skills including vowel combinations and sounding out multisyllabic words, but also incorporation of word parts such as prefixes and suffixes. Units include review of base and root words, plural nouns, and homophones. These lessons not only meet instructional needs for spelling, but also reinforce language arts skills including application of the writing process and reading comprehension.

Each unit represents a specific spelling rule or word family. Each unit contains five short assignments per week that can be taught as a stand-alone course or can easily integrate with English Language Arts curriculum. Lessons and projects include media to support the content, as well as incorporation of rubrics for clear assessment.

State: National
Grade Level: 4
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Spelling 300

Spelling 300

In the third-grade spelling course, students will delve into relevant spelling rules and word families throughout thirty weeks of instruction. Students will not only practice phonics skills including syllabication and sounding out multisyllabic words, but also incorporation of word parts such as prefixes and suffixes. These lessons not only meet instructional needs for spelling, but also reinforce language arts skills including application of the writing process and reading comprehension.

Each unit represents a specific spelling rule or word family. Each unit contains five short assignments per week that can be taught as a stand-alone course or can easily integrate with English Language Arts curriculum. Lessons and projects include media to support the content, as well as incorporation of rubrics and positive messages for students that can support character education requirements.

State: National
Grade Level: 3
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Language Arts 300

Language Arts 300

Language Arts 300 focuses on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students are introduced to basic reading skills, as well as close reading strategies to use in short stories, a short play, poetry, and fables. Students learn to read digital text. Special attention has been paid to teaching students advanced word decoding skills. Students’ understanding of sentence structure will lead to hands-on experience with completesentences and writing complete paragraphs. Students will use graphic organizers to follow the writing process to write for a variety of genres. Students will be given the opportunity to use their verbal communication skills in a variety of projects, in addition to learning strategies for research and gathering information. After completion of course assignments, student understanding will be deepened in the following ways:

  • Unit 1: Display an understanding of the basic elements of reading and writing, including summarizing, sentence structure, and personal narratives
  • Unit 2: Construct complete sentences and decode words using spelling rules and use understanding of story structure to interpret and replicate the style of a text
  • Unit 3: Use parts of words to identify meaning, and find relationships between words and read and write fiction, in fables, folk tales, fairy tales, and personal experiences
  • Unit 4: Classify parts of speech as part of a broader understanding of English grammar and use questioning techniques with texts and discussions including biographies
  • Unit 5: Review grammar rules for capitalization and punctuation of sentences and analyze short stories
  • Unit 6: Apply knowledge of poetry structure to write haiku poems and analyze digital media 
  • Unit 7: Identify and use parts of speech and use comprehension strategies while reading
  • Unit 8: Use knowledge of word parts to identify and use parts of speech and read and interpret details in a story or play•Unit 9:Use various strategies for reading non-fiction and fiction texts and follow the writing process to write an informational book report and different types of letters

State: National
Grade Level: 3
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year

Intro to Careers in Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Intro to Careers in Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

This course is intended to introduce students to the complicated world of commercial transportation. This area of commerce isbecoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, with work and career openings available at all levels of education. Most people, however, see only fragments of the big picture. Transportation is among the most crucial and defining elements of modern commerce. The ability to move people and goods from place to place requires vast investments of technology, and of manpower. Without that investment, almost all aspects of modern life would grind to a halt.

  • Transportation Overview: Students will undertake an overview of the fields of transportation, distribution, and logistics, learning the differences between the fields and the primary services provided in each. The modes of travel and areas of, shipping and warehousing are also discussed. The basic structure of the regulatory structure is examined, outlining the role of regulation in managing these fields and discussing local, state, national and international regulatory issues.
  • Distribution and Warehousing: Students will learn how warehousing, inventory, and other associated businesses impact the economy. Transportation-related businesses and the ways they shape and define all other aspects of business, both domestic and international, are also discussed. Students will also explore the role of automation in the management of these fields, and considered both the advantages and disadvantages of automation on employment.
  • Transportation Systems, Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation: Students will learn about the history of transportation, considering developments in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Special attention is given to the developments of the past three hundred years, including the invention and advancement of motorized transportation.
  • Logistics and Logistics Services: Students will examine the fields that serve to support and manage transportation systems, expediting the efficient and effective flow of goods and people. The role of logistics, planning, warehousing, and inventory management in transportation fields is also discussed.
  • Future Trends in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics: This unit outlines the role of technology and technological development on transportation-related businesses. Attention is given to developing technologies, such as self-driving vehicles, drones, and robots. Technologies beyond the GPS, the practical limits of self-driving machines in all areas of transportation, and the effect of these machines on shipping and transportation careers are also discussed.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Course Length: Semester

Careers in Logistics Planning and Management Services

Careers in Logistics Planning and Management Services

This course discusses careers in Logistics Planning and Management Services and provides students with the history of logistics and recent advances in the field. Logistics is a high-growth industry and is a stable career choice. There is something for every career-seeker, ability, and experience level. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the field of logistics planning and management and to explain the career opportunities that are available in this field.

  • Providing and Managing Logistics Services for the Company and the Customer: Students will learn the history of logistics and how societies and economic development depend on the ability to transport products. They will also study how logistics organizes the information, people, goods, transportation methods, and distribution channels in an integrated manner.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Students will learn that logistics strives to ship goods safely through modern packaging methods, and the many ways to protect the goods while keeping the costs low. They will also explore the ways that sustainable trends in logistics are growing to provide safe packaging and handling procedures.
  • Inventory and Inventory Management: Students will learn about managing inventory and the decisions made to ensure the goods and materials flow through the logistics channels and supply chain properly. They will also discover how companies build working relationships with one another, so they may work toward the common goal of maintaining profitability.
  • Transportation Management: Students will gain an understanding of the modes of transportation to transport people across town or across the country, and to transport goods from one country to another, or into space. They will also learn that documentation is necessary to identify goods, enable tracking, indicate where the goods are from, and where they are being shipped.
  • Logistics Safety & Opportunity: This unit explores OSHA’s role in the workplace, employees’ rights and responsibilities, in addition to employers’ rights and responsibilities. Students will also learn about themselves through the process of evaluating their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and values, and making choices for long-term career goals.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Course Length: Semester

STEM and Problem Solving

STEM and Problem Solving

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are active components in the real world. This course will outline how to apply the concepts and principles of scientific inquiry, encouraging the use of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to produce viable solutions to problems. Students will learn the scientific method, how to use analytical tools and techniques, how to construct tests and evaluate data, and how to review and understand statistical information. This course is designed to help students understand what we mean by problem solving and to help understand and develop skills and techniques to create solutions to problems. Advanced problem-solving skills are necessary in all science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and career paths. This problem-solving course stresses analytic skills to properly format problem statements, use of the scientific method to investigate problems, the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to construct tests, and an introduction to reviewing and interpreting statistical information.

  • Introduction to Problem Solving: Students will be introduced to problem solving, which borrows many elements from the scientific method.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will learn to understand and define critical thinking and use logical reasoning to construct an argument.
  • Professional Research and the Scientific Method: Students will learn to evaluate different types of studies as descriptive or explanatory.
  • Design a Research Project: Students will learn to define a research population, and the necessary steps for creating a sample.
  • Reviewing and Interpreting Statistical Information and Research Data: This unit explores how researchers rarely use all collected data. Because original data must be edited before analysis, researchers turn to common statistical tests to study variable relationships.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester

Scientific Research

Scientific Research

The course Scientific Research describes these activities from the point of view of a professional scientist. While this inside look should appeal to students of all ages, the lessons provide support, accessible ideas, and specific language that do not dumb down the content but rather guide students at their own pace through most of the steps, insights, and experiences they would eventually face if they continue through higher education toward a graduate degree. On the other hand, knowing the practical, everyday basics of scientific thinking and laboratory activity could also serve as a necessary first step to a career as a technician or a lab assistant. While these jobs are hands-on and technical, the intellectual and historical background covered in the course provides an awareness that is essential to working in such an atmosphere.

  • Introduction to Scientific Research and Exploration: In this unit, students will study evidence vs. proof in science, the dynamic vs. static nature of science and scientific discovery, peer-review and “junk science,” scientific journals vs. popular press, and the work of Mendel, Harvey, Fleming, and Florey.
  • The Scientific Method and Scientific Inquiry: Students will investigate the steps of the scientific method and learn how to apply them to answer questions they might have about their world.
  • Designing and Conducting an Experiment: In this unit, students will go through a progressive analysis of converting a research question into an actual, feasible research design. While each major aspect they could encounter will be explained separately, the analysis throughout is focused on practical applications in exemplary situations.
  • The Data: Evaluating Results and Drawing Conclusions: This unit looks at data: how data are collected, analyzed, and evaluated. There is an overview of statistical analysis and the related concept of statistical significance. Very basic statistical tests are covered, including the chi-square test, Student’s t-test, and the use of contingency tables.
  • Reporting your Findings: This unit illustrates the fact that the entire scientific research process is always distilled into a publishable report of a very specific type.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester