4th grade: "Money Matters" Money and credit are important elements of our everyday lives. Even young children are aware of the fact that money has value; that is, it can be used to purchase things that we want, it can impress other people, and if not managed well, it can create financial problems. This unit focuses on helping students build awareness of market forces and develop skills that enable them to ask the right questions, analyze their motivations, and recognize what options are available.
5th grade: "Structures" Songs such as "London Bridge is Falling Down" and "Ring Around the Rosie" are not popular games anymore. In this unit of study, students will discover the origins of these and many others and discover the origins of these and many other rhymes to help understand their decline in popularity. Students will consider racial barriers in professional sports and the structure of seasons in these sports. Students will also discover that geometry and architecture go hand in hand.
6th grade: "Frontiers" What is a frontier? What are the frontiers of the future? What frontiers are being explored today? These and other questions are answered in this conceptual study of frontiers. Students will explore forgotten pioneers in westward expansion, the civil rights movement, and medicine. Plato said, "The learning and knowledge that we have is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant." As long as we seek knowledge, frontiers will be ever-present.
7th grade: "Conflicts" Are all men created equal? Does the Food Guide Pyramid represent the healthiest choices for the nutritional needs of all? Is recycling the answer to the mounting solid waste problems in society? Conflicts old and new, have plagued our world since the beginning of time. During this conceptual study students are challenged to consider discrimination, propaganda, misrepresentation of data and war. Students will discover that conflicts can be both positive and negative, but have the power to initiate changes to make our world a better place.