• 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.  

     

    LAUNCH Curriculum: “Interactions in Ecology and Literature”

     

    Interactions in Ecology and LIterature integrates the study of food webs and ecosystems with fictional and informational texts.  The content of each lesson is connected by the overarching theme of interactions.  This unit was developed by Vanderbilt University’s Program for Talented Youth and integrates science and language arts for gifted learners.  Students will research questions such as “Should animals be kept in zoos?” and “Should humans intervene to control overpopulation of species?”  They will examine relationships among living things and the environment as well as relationships between literary elements in texts through accelerated content, engaging activities, and differentiated tasks.  We plan to read the novel The One and Only Ivan as a part of our study.  This will be presented as a read aloud, but your child might enjoy having his/her own copy of the book.  

    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.   

     

    Unraveling the Mystery of the Moli Stone

    Students will also be working in a math program which is part of the Mentoring Mathematical Minds Series (M3). This math curriculum is written specifically for gifted students. In this unit, students explore our numeration system in depth.  Students begin by looking at patterns in our system and then work with other systems to help discover what constitutes a place-value system and a base system.  They will gain a much deeper understanding of our numeration system.  To set the stage, students are commissioned as mathematicians on an archeological dig to uncover the mysteries of numeration systems etched on a stone similar to the Rosetta Stone.  Their work on the investigations will lead them to the knowledge they need to unravel the mysteries in the last chapter of the unit.