Inquisiminds Middle School Academy Half-Day Program, Grades 6-8, Wednesday
Teacher: Julia Davis
Inquisiminds Middle School Academy, Grades 6-8
This is a one day per week, 4.5-hour drop-off program for students in grades 6-8. The parent is not required to stay on campus during this time.
- 9:30-10:30 “Young Inventors” Program (Andrea Stephenson): Teaches students about famous inventors and inventions and how inventions can make our lives better. The purpose of the program is to teach students how to create and protect their own inventions.
- 10:40 – 11:40 Earth Science (Renee Jackson): Students will cover Earth’s geological formation, processes, and structures (rocks and minerals), fossil collection and dating, energy sources, the water cycle and earth’s water sources, atmosphere and weather, the sun-moon-earth systems, and general understanding of our solar system. Once the students have completed this class, they will be ready to understand general environmental concerns and possible solutions to address our planet’s future.
- 11:40 -12:00 Lunch
- 12:00-1:00 Simple Machines and Physics with K’NEX (Stephanie Gillespie): Hands-on learning at its best! Our science component will include a unit on Simple Machines (levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, wedges, screws, inclined planes, and gears). Each week, students will actively participate in small groups to build models of various simple machines using K’NEX building pieces as they deepen their understanding of them.
- 1:10 – 2:00 Literature (Renee Armour-Florea): It may be safe to say that children today are familiar, if not outright experts, in using text abbreviations and emojis to communicate with their friends and family. And, there are even a few hidden benefits, such as communicating without taking up a lot of space or expressing ideas across language barriers. While this form of communication is great for the short term, we need to be reminded of where our language originated from. If we go back to the beginning of the English language, we know that over 60% of our vocabulary originated from Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and root words. Likewise, these root words are the basis for most of the popular languages spoken in our local area such as Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish. These root words may be small and do not require a lot of space (just like the emojis), but they are the essential building blocks that can help students not only connect with other languages, but broaden their comprehension and confidence across every academic domain. Over the next 7 weeks in class, our goal is to unlock the endless possibilities of the English language and develop a deeper understanding for vocabulary by way of learning Greek and Latin suffixes, prefixes, and root words. We will begin with familiar words such as “aquarium, bibliography, round and chrono” and break them down into the appropriate prefix, suffix or root word: “aqua, biblio, circ and time”. As we progress in class we will build on our knowledge and learn new strategies to unlock word meanings that can be applied to various languages and subjects.
- 2:00 Dismissal
Instructor: Stephanie G, Renee J, Renee A-F, Andrea S
Minimum Required Enrollment: 7
Quarter 2 – 4.5 hour class once per week/ 7 weeks/ 31.5 hours
Cost: $330 per quarter