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2020

Virtual Summer Camp Courses

Providing the highest quality virtual instruction with live, engaging, and thought-provoking classes designed to build essential skills and mindset, Tip-Top Brain is bringing summer camp to your living room!
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Prevent summer brain drain

Keep your child engaged and practicing essential skills throughout the summer

Small class sizes

Classes will be capped at 8 students to maximize individual attention and increase participation

Engaging, unique, and challenging courses

Our highly-qualified and passionate instructors have created the most distinctive courses that target your child’s reading, writing, and STEAM skills!

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Kindergarten

Read-Aloud Voyage

Enrollment Closed

July 8th – July 31st

Days: Wednesdays & Fridays
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Description
Go on a read aloud exploration of colorful books while simultaneously building picture comprehension and sight word recognition, making real-life connections, and strengthening writing skills. Students will engage in a weekly arts & crafts activity to further deepen their understanding of stories being read. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute to class discussions with the teacher and other classmates to add to the endless fun!
Materials Needed
  • Crayons, markers, and colored pencils
  • Paint
  • White computer paper
  • Pencils
  • Paper plate
Relevant CCSS Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1.A Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
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Grades 1 & 2

Story-Making Exploration

Enrollment Closed

July 7th – August 6th

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Description
Create your own mini-book/story! We will explore creative writing and storytelling through the use of words and art! The chosen literary pieces allow students to explore the elements of a story by igniting their creative spirits and letting their imaginations take them on a journey of linguistic and artistic exploration. Students will develop their descriptive vocabulary, learn about the elements of a story (e.g. characters, setting, plot), and be given the choice of how they want to express their story!
Students will be assisted throughout the writing process to ensure that they are able to create and publish their own wonderful stories that can be cherished for years to come.
Materials Needed
  • Crayons, markers, and colored pencils
  • String of yarn or a stapler
  • White computer paper
Relevant CCSS Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
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Grades 1 – 3

Reader's Theatre

SOLD OUT!

July 7th – August 6th

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Description
Reader’s theatre is a fun and interactive way to give kids practice with fundamental reading skills, such as decoding and fluency. In this course, kids will do so much more than just read, though. They will do movement and theatre exercises and games. There will also be hands-on prop-making! Plus, kids will spend time talking about the characters they are playing and the big idea of the plays they will read. This is a reading class where kids can bring their voices and all of their energy to enjoy and understand what they are reading in a unique way.
Relevant CCSS Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.4.A, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.4.A, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.4 Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
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Grades 1 – 3

Math Detectives

4 spots left!

July 7th – August 6th

Grade 1 (Closed) – Mondays
Grade 2 (1 spot left) – Wednesdays
Grade 3 (3 spots left) – Fridays
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Description
Word problems are one of the hardest skills for emerging mathematicians because they have to combine so many skills at one time. Kids need practice to get better at them and train their brains to think through them. This course will focus on helping kids practice word problems in interactive and engaging ways. When kids put on their “math detective” hats every week, they will engage in practice, games, movement and discussions that focus on building the confidence and foundational math skills necessary to become great problem solvers.
Students entering 1st and 2nd grade will need some sort of counter or manipulative, but they can use household items for this.
Relevant CCSS Standards
Kindergarten
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
First Grade
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.A.2 Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Second Grade
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
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Grades 3 & 4

Hear Me Rawr!

Enrollment Closed

July 7th – July 30th

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Description
In this course we will be learning, as the title states, all about dinosaurs! We will be looking back into Earth’s history about how dinosaurs evolved, what kind of dinosaurs existed, what wiped the dinosaurs out, and if it's possible for dinosaurs to still exist today!!
Relevant CCSS Standards
3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
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Grades 3 & 4

A Virtual Camping Expedition!

Enrollment Closed

July 7th – August 6th

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Description
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach by connecting students scientific, mathematical, and artistic thinking in order to explore our world as if we were all camping together outdoors, even when indoors! They will learn about what to expect when they “go camping” through a scientific inquisitive approach and apply math in order to solve problems that may be encountered during camping. Elements of art will be incorporated as well as “camping games” and sing-along songs.
This course aims to foster a love for our world, nature, and the environment, and experience the ways in which our natural world is connected to us through examining it in a scientific way.
Materials Needed
  • Yellow and orange tissue paper (or construction paper), cut into triangles, black construction paper
  • 2 large popsicle sticks
  • Brown paint
  • Glue
  • Marshmallows, Chocolate, graham cracker
Relevant CCSS Standards
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.* [Clarification Statement: Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms.]
W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.(3-LS4-1).
MP.4 Model with mathematics. (3-LS2-1),(3-LS4-1),(3-LS4-3),(3-LS4-4).
MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. (3-LS4-1) Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified. (4-PS4-2)
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Grades 3 – 5

Bridges of NYC

Enrollment Closed

July 6th – August 10th

Days: Mondays
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Description
The Seven Bridges of Königsberg is a historically notable problem in mathematics. A silly question once posed in 1736 eventually laid the ground for an entire field of mathematics, graph theory! While deep in his studies of mathematics, Euler looked out onto Königsberg and wondered, could I travel from town to town without crossing the same bridge twice?
From there, reducing systems of complicated connections into networks of graphs has produced fascinating results! What can we learn about asking the same questions about Queens?
Materials Needed
  • Construction or computer paper
  • Tape
  • Markers/crayons
  • String or pipe cleaners
  • Ruler/straight edge
Relevant CSSS Standards
3.OA Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
3.G Reason with shapes and their attributes.
4.OA Generate and analyze patterns.
5.OA Analyze patterns and relationships.
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Grades 4 & 5

Numbers Through Space and Time

2 spots left!

July 10th – August 14th

Day: Fridays
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Description
A historical overview of the numeral systems of a handful of ancient civilizations, with an emphasis on Babylonian and Sumerian numbers. Numbers are often thought of as being a universal language, but only recently have we all begun using the numbers we know and love.
Surprisingly, this doesn’t mean our current numeral system is superior, each numeral system has its own strengths. Differences between numeral systems give us clues as to when certain math ideas were invented, like the number zero! For fun, we’ll create our own numeral systems, and practice doing a few calculations with each one!
Materials Needed
  • Construction or computer paper
  • Markers/crayons
  • Ruler/straight edge
Relevant CCSS Standards
4.NBT Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
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Grades 5 & 6

Data & Art

2 spots left!

July 8th – July 31st

Days: Wednesdays & Fridays
Time: 2:15 – 3:15 pm
Description
In our experience, most kids tend to really like art and dislike math (or, in some cases, the opposite). They don’t tend to see any overlap between the two disciplines. Through this month-long course, our 5th and 6th graders will be introduced to the world of data visualization, in which numbers are shown through art. Students will learn about visual variables and practice analyzing a visualization’s use of artistic tools. Finally, they will choose a topic to visualize data on, and decide how to visualize it.
Their instructor will digitally recreate their ideas, and they will walk away with some new tools in their artistic and mathematical tool kits!
Relevant CCSS Standards
4.OA.5 - Generate and analyze patterns.
5.MD.2 - Represent and interpret data.
6.SP.1-5 - Develop understanding of statistical variability and describe distributions.
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Grades 5 & 6

Understanding Global Warming

Enrollment Closed

July 6th – July 29th

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Description
In this course we will be learning about all the factors that contribute to global warming, current and potential impacts of global warming, and what we can do to decelerate and even reverse global warming.
Relevant CCSS Standards
MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
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Grades 5 & 6

Financial Literacy

Introduction to Personal Finances

Part 1

2 spots left!

July 9th – July 31st

Days: Thursdays & Fridays
Time: 12:45 – 1:45 pm
Description
Most 5th and 6th graders have begun to think about money in some capacity. Maybe they plan to work during high school, or maybe they want their parents to give them the money to order the new PS5. Either way, as they learn about income and spending through personal experience, this course will guide them through strategies for sustainable spending and saving. Throughout the course, they will work together to design plans for fiscal responsibility!
Relevant CCSS Standards
4.NBT.4-6 - Perform multi-digit arithmetic.
5.NBT.4-7 - Perform operations with multi-digit numbers and decimals to the hundredths.
5.OA.3 - Analyze patterns and relationships.
6.EE.1-4 - Apply arithmetic to algebraic expressions
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Grades 5 & 6

Financial Literacy

Managing Financial Risk

Part 2 – Must take Part 1 Course First

2 spots left!

August 6th – August 28th

Days: Thursdays & Fridays
Time: 12:45 – 1:45 pm
Description
In this course, our 5th & 6th graders will be introduced to risk when it comes to spending. Students will get to see concepts like insurance and debt in action, and will learn about how these concepts interact with their saving and spending plans from ‘Financial Literacy Part 1.’ Although it will be a few years before they have to make plans for their own finances, this course will allow them to better understand the vocabulary around financial risk that they may hear or read around them.
Relevant CCSS Standards
4.NBT.4-6 - Perform multi-digit arithmetic.
5.NBT.4-7 - Perform operations with multi-digit numbers and decimals to the hundredths.
5.OA.3 - Analyze patterns and relationships.
6.EE.1-4 - Apply arithmetic to algebraic expressions
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Grades 6 – 8

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Enrollment Closed

July 7th – July 30th

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Description
In this course we will be learning all about astrobiology! This is the study of finding potential habitats where life could exist beyond Earth in our Solar System and beyond. We will also be discussing the potential origins of life on Earth, and what it means to be considered “alive.”
Relevant CCSS Standards
MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
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Grades 6 – 8

The Platonic Solids & Math in Ancient Greece

4 spots left!

July 7th – August 6th

New Day & Time
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Description
A historical overview of the mathematics of Ancient Greece, namely Plato’s work. The platonic solids were of great significance in Greek civilizations, having been thought to represent the elements, the five solids capture the imagination. By definition, one might think there would be infinitely many platonic solids, or at least a few hundred.
However, there are only five! Whatever mysteries the universe hides in these 3D shapes, they appear over and over again in the structure of viruses, and other super tiny organisms.
Materials Needed
  • Construction or computer paper
  • Markers/crayons
  • Tape
  • Ruler/straight edge
  • Scissors
Relevant CCSS Standards
7.G Draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships them.
8.G Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
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Grades 7 & 8

Data Literacy

Enrollment Closed

July 8th – July 31st

Days: Wednesdays & Fridays
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Description
In school, we spend a month or so each year practicing graphing and using statistical methods on data. But we don’t often get a chance to use those tools to analyze a problem that affects us! In this course, students will be guided through a data analysis project over the course of a month. We will first choose an issue that interests the group (ex. how have people changed the amount they talk about environmental issues in the wake of COVID-19?), then learn how to analyze and visualize data on that issue.
Through discussion, we will draw conclusions and explore how these conclusions help us better understand, or even fix, the issue we chose. Finally, their work will be put into the format of a research paper! Students will walk away with a better idea of how those data tools from math class can help them explore and change the world around them.
Relevant CCSS Standards
6.SP.1-5 - Understand statistical variability and describe distributions.
7.SP.1-4 - Use random sampling to draw inferences about populations.
8.F.4-5 - Use functions to model relationships between quantities.
8.SP.1-4 - Investigate patterns in bivariate data.
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Grades 7 & 8

Understanding Global Warming

(Advanced)

Enrollment Closed

July 6th – July 29th

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Description
In this course we will be learning in depth about all the factors that contribute to global warming, current and potential impacts of global warming, and what we can do to decelerate and even reverse global warming. We will also discuss the involvement of global warming in politics.
Relevant CCSS Standards
MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
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Grades 7 & 8

Financial Literacy

Introduction to Personal Finances

Part 1

Enrollment Closed

July 6th – July 29th

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Description
Most 7th and 8th graders have begun to think about money in some capacity. Maybe they plan to work during high school, or maybe they want their parents to give them the money to order the new PS5. Either way, as they learn about income and spending through personal experience, this course will guide them through strategies for sustainable spending and saving. Throughout the course, they will work together to design plans for fiscal responsibility!
Relevant CCSS Standards
6.NS.5-8 - Apply previous understanding of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
6.EE.1-4 - Apply understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
7.EE.3-4 - Solve problems using numerical and algebraic variables and equations.
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Grades 7 & 8

Financial Literacy

Managing Financial Risk

Part 2 – Must take Part 1 Course First

Enrollment Closed

August 3rd – August 26th

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Description
In this course, middle schoolers will be introduced to risk when it comes to spending. Students will get to see concepts like insurance and debt in action, and will learn about how these concepts interact with their saving and spending plans from ‘Financial Literacy Part 1.’ Although it will be a few years before they have to make plans for their own finances, this course will allow them to better understand the vocabulary around financial risk that they may hear or read around them.
Relevant CCSS Standards
6.NS.5-8 - Apply previous understanding of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
6.EE.1-4 - Apply understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
7.EE.3-4 - Solve problems using numerical and algebraic variables and equations.
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Grades 9 – 12

Financial Literacy

Introduction to Personal Finances

Part 1

Enrollment Closed

July 6th – July 31st

Days: Mondays & Fridays
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Description
In the process of completing graduation requirements in high school, young adults tend to miss out on some fundamental life skills, especially, how to deal with money. In this course, we will cover topics like saving, credit, and income. For each aspect of financial literacy, students will develop personal plans that could work for them on their path to fiscal responsibility!
Relevant CCSS Standards
N-Q.A.1 - Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
A-SSE.B.3 - Write equivalent expressions to solve problems.
A-CED.A.1-4 - Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
F-IF.B.4-6 - Interpret functions in terms of the context.
F-BF.A.1 - Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities.
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Grades 9 – 12

Financial Literacy

Managing Financial Risk

Part 2 – Must take Part 1 Course First

Enrollment Closed

August 3rd – August 28th

Days: Mondays & Fridays
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Description
As young adults become more and more independent from their parents, they learn that they have to be responsible for so many more things, from payment plans to health insurance. This course, which is the successor to "Financial Literacy Part 1," will introduce students to financial strategies that will help them manage risks in their lives.
While high schoolers hopefully have some time before they will be fully responsible for things like insurance, understanding risk will make them think twice about agreeing to that credit card offer with a $10,000 credit limit and a 45% interest rate!
Relevant CCSS Standards
N-Q.A.1 - Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
A-SSE.B.3 - Write equivalent expressions to solve problems.
A-CED.A.1-4 - Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
F-IF.B.4-6 - Interpret functions in terms of the context.
F-BF.A.1 - Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities
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