Hello!! My name is Joann Cortes and I am loving teaching at Enka Intermediate School! I am teaching both 5th and 6th graders this year.
5th Grade: STEM class. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. In STEM class, students work with Newton's Laws and delve deeper into 5th grade science and math standards. We build projects and students are challenged to work together to make revisions and improvements to designs. We also learn about computer programming and spend some time designing games that students can share and play with their classmates.
6th Grade: Medical Detectives. In our Medical Detectives class, students work on determining ways that crime scene investigators analyze a crime scene. In order to do this, we learn some anatomy and use math to determine time of death. We extract DNA from our cheek cells and use gel electrophoresis to determine the culprit of a murder. Who dunnit?