• Units of Study 

    We study different units throughout the year. While studying these units, your child will use many different skills and resources. The students will be going deeper into the state mandated standards by being exposed to higher order thinking skills, teamwork, logic puzzles, research, and problem-solving. Our goal is for LAUNCH to be challenging and fun while diving deeper into state standards or accelerating curriculum beyond the current grade.  

    Classic Words by Michael Clay Thompson

    Students will be exploring advanced vocabulary words found in classic English and American literature. Michael Clay Thompson spent more than a decade recording the words used in the great classics of English and American literature, as well as the instances of their use. We will study a couple of words each week as a part of our LAUNCH curriculum.

     

    New Atlantis: A Simulation of Scientific Teams Seeking to Explore, Preserve, Restore, and Wisely Use the Resources of Our Planet’s Oceans  

    This is a science problem based learning unit in which students will research, analyze, and evaluate data about our oceans. Students dive into an ocean of information as members of FISH (Federation for Inner Space Habitats) working on the New Atlantis project. They work to solve undersea survival problems, design workstations and solve ecological problems.  Each student will focus on a specific mission for the federation such as cleaning up ocean pollution, saving the coral reefs, exploring hydrothermal vents or saving the whales. 

     

    Factors, Multiples and Leftovers

    Students will also be working in a math program which is part of the Mentoring Mathematical Minds Series (M3).  In this unit, students develop their number sense with a focus on a deeper understanding of multiplication and division.  They encounter a range of different problem situations and representations, and learn about the relationship between multiplication and division and the properties associated with these operations.  This unit focuses on the development of students’ multiplicative reasoning power.  This goes far beyond computation to a solid understanding of the meaning of the operation and an ability to recognize problem situations where multiplication is appropriate.