What is the blended learning initiative?
The Blended Learning Initiative is a state funded literacy distance learning program designed to create an integrated learning experience along with teachers' lesson plans using our story books, "Harry I Was" and "Oscar I AM", educational videos, as well as supplementary activities featured here on this website.
Now in their 5th Edition, both books are designed to compliment your lesson plans and enhance, engage and inspire your students. As the students read the stories that go along with your pacing guide or standards, their enjoyment of history and science will grow. Data proves that reading helps comprehension, and as young people travel through the eyes of “Oscar” and “Harry” their imaginations will grow too!
How to use the Blended Learning Books
How to use this online resource
Oscar I Am!
- "Oscar I Am" tells the adventure of Oscar, Hank and Hannah (who make up a water molecule) as they travel together through a variety of South Carolina ecosystems, bringing 5th grade South Carolina science standards to life!
- Scientific concepts in Ecosystems, Force and Motion, Landforms and Oceans, as well as Properties of Matter are brought together in one cohesive story.
- The story reviews standards from lower grades and covers ideas that will be soon to come in students' young scientific careers.
- Each chapter comes with illustrations, vocabulary, fun facts and critical thinking questions.
- "Oscar" is 102 pages, including supplementary experiments, math problems, and crafts found in chapter extensions at the end of the book.
Harry I Was!
- “Harry I WAS!?” was written following the pacing guide and builds upon historical highlights from 1850 to today in the Social Studies Standards.
- “Harry” was a Veteran of the Civil War and the friend of Willie Johnston, the youngest Medal of Honor Recipient at 13 years of age!
- Together “Harry” and “Willie” see history up close and personal at places such as Gettysburg, Ford’s Theater, Ellis Island and even the USS Yorktown!
- Primary documents such as journals, newspapers and other sources are also available.
- The book is 113 pages and also incorporates a writing component, building on a student’s own family history.