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 “Head of the Class” Leadership Program (Andrea Stephenson): Teaches participants how to demonstrate leadership among their peers and adults. The purpose of this program is to teach children that leadership qualities can be learned. The goal is to discover their leadership qualities. This program is taught through various interactive activities.
- 10:40 – 11:40 Science (Renee Jackson): Rainforest: In this science based class, we will explore the rainforests of the world through the lens of science. Various sciences will be implemented to understand the geography, weather patterns, and geological history that makes these regions of the world so unique. We will also look at the abundant animal and plant life that contribute to these amazing life giving environments. As we research the world’s rainforests we’ll examine growing concerns about the health of this ecosystem and what that means to our planet’s future well being.
- 11:40 -12:00 Lunch
- 12:00-1:00 Play It By Gear (Stephanie Gillespie): Hands-on learning at its best! We’ll briefly review the six types of simple machines as we explore levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, wedges, screws, and inclined planes, followed by a deep dive into GEARS! Sprocket gears, spur gears, rack & pinion, and more! Each week, students will actively participate individually, in pairs, or in small groups using K’NEX building kits to construct models of various machines that will introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with gears. We will learn hands-on how gears get the job done easier..
- 1:10 – 2:00 Literature (Heather Hassell): Have you ever wondered what life would be like without memories, colors, or even holidays? Using the book, The Giver, we will explore the pro’s and con’s of a “perfect” society. Soft simulations, individual, partner, and group activities will encourage critical thinking as students peel another layer off of deep topics such as truth, utopia, freedom, and different perspectives. There will be some homework but all students are welcome as accommodations can be made. The students will be expected to complete weekly reading as work at home. Students will need to provide their own copy of The Giver.
- 2:00 Dismissal
Instructors: Stephanie G, Renee J, Heather H, Andrea S
Minimum Required Enrollment: 7
Course Length: 4.5 hour class once per week/ 16 weeks / 72 hours / semester
Quarter 3 – 4.5 hour class once per week/ 8 weeks/ 36 hours
Quarter 4 – 4.5 hour class once per week/ 8 weeks/ 36 hours
Cost: $560 per semester, or $320 per quarter
$320.00 – $560.00