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Step Right Up! The whole school spent this fall creating circus acts for our very own circus. We were inspired by the work of Alexander Calder and his amazing circus. We first watched a video of Alexander Calder presenting his circus (circa 1950). After generating a list of materials Calder used, and brainstorming possible
Our Industrial Revolution unit focused on the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution. First we had to compare life in an agrarian society and how it was different during the industrial society. We looked at maps from 1860, 1900 and 1920 that showed how industrial centers started to grow and move west and south.
Children in grade 5-8th have participated in a class that has been exploring the periodic table. We started with thinking about how elements “look”. We built three different types of models to try and visualize these tiny building blocks. Our discussion included learning about atomic numbers, electrons, neutrons and protons.
In our Historical Fiction Book Club we read Guns for General Washington – A Story of the American Revolution. This book was told from the point of view of a 19 year old soldier in General Washington’s army. The men are now at a standstill and have no artillery to defend themselves against the British
Our paragraph writing class was Halloween themed. The students had to pretend that they were real estate agents and create an ad for a haunted house that they would be trying to sell to a monster or another creepy creature. The students really enjoyed being able to use their wild imaginations when coming up with
We all have amazing stories to tell, so this fall a small group of children were part of a class, inspired by Lucy Calkins, which encourage each of them to explore the genre of personal narratives. First they were asked to think of a person that matters to them and to list small moments that came
In past years, our students who are now 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders learned about simple and powered machines using Legos. They investigated structures and forces, levers, and wheels and axles while building models of machines out of Legos. We had two new students in their age group join us at The New School this
Explorers class was a class that focused on a key question throughout the entire unit which was; did the explorers explore, encounter or invade the land they found? This question was asked many times throughout the unit. We read a book on Christopher Columbus called Encounter, after we read the book the vote was unanimous that
This year we have continued math class with our youngest children by working on geometry. The first class looked at what they knew about a triangle. They drew pictures that included triangles and we talked about triangles having 3 sides and 3 corners. The second class we worked with 4 1/2 inch squares to visualize how
In this science class, the students read a book called “A Suitcase for Seeds.” The students were asked to make predictions about what they thought the seeds would look like, where they were located and how many there were. The students then got to analyze different fruits. We predicted what the inside of every fruit