The eighth grade students are charging forward with their independent projects, spending time meeting with community experts and preparing for their pitches on Portfolio Day.
Eighth Grade Science
Students in the eighth grade continue to explore the exciting world of chemistry! This month they were introduced to atoms and the periodic table.Ã‚Â In addition to studying the history of atomic theory, the students explored periodic trends, properties of elements, and atomic bonding. This week we moved on to chemical reactions, exploring exothermic and endothermic reactions. When we return from break, the chemistry students will learn how to balance chemical equations and explore the different types of reactions.
Engineering students looked to the skies this month, exploring physical concepts of flight, including thrust, drag, weight, and lift. Students designed butane rockets and banana man gliders. Next trimester, Engineering Part ll will focus on civil engineering concepts.
Sixth Grade Science
This month the sixth grade students investigated Earth and it’s moon, focusing on tides, eclipses, seasons, and phases. Last week, the students were thrilled to begin a unit on space travel, turning our attention to Newton and his three laws of motion. The kids are busy designing and experimenting with straw rockets, balloon powered cars, and ultimately, will begin designing their water rockets as a culminating activity. We are incorporating important vocabulary such as velocity, inertia, force, thrust, acceleration, friction, air resistance, lift and gravity.
Sixth Grade Math
With trimester exams behind us, the students have begun unit four, FRACTIONS! We will be reviewing how to add, subtract, multiply,Ã‚Â and divide fractions, as well as exploring how to convert fractions to decimals and percents.