There has been LOTS going on in the Elite team grades 6-8. We will be going on field trips again this year. The 6th grade classes will be going to Cave of the Mounds, the 7th grade class will be going to the Burpee Museum & Rockford Planetarium, and the 8th grade class went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago at the beginning of December. Currently, in IMaST Math, the 6th graders are working on their fraction skills so they can double and triple cookie recipes. The seveth graders are learning about nutrition and how to calculate the nutrition they receive in a serving. The 8th graders will be creating their own fruit fly habitat.
In IMaST Science the eight graders are exploring animal habitats and planning for the introduction of live animals into their homemade habitats. They have investigated potential and kinetic energy as well as the Law of Conservation of Energy. The seventh graders are comparing the choices we have in our school lunches and what our body needs to function each day. Currently the sixth graders are learning about the ozone and the pollution in the air we breathe and have learned about atmospheric layers and air quality. We have learned a lot this year through the designing and building of hot air balloons as well as constructing topographic maps and improved their understanding of the natural world through comparing diatoms with tessellations.
In Engineering Technology, the 6th graders are finishing discussing Ancient Egypt and examining the most well known artifacts they left future generations. The seventh graders are learning about how influential people were in shaping the nation we live in today during the American Revolution. The eight graders have researched the War to End All Wars, WWI, and took part in trench warfare.
In Language Arts, sixth graders just finished writing an essay explaining the connections between a game board they designed and a book they finished in October. They will soon be starting an historical fiction book club focused on WWII and human rights while researching the historical era. Seventh grade is working on fractured fairy tales, a form of narrative writing, as well as, figurative language before moving into historical fiction and non-fiction text structures. 8th grade continues to integrate technology and research skills by conducting a research project based on their book club choice dealing with environmental issues.