Third grade students created a China poster describing four aspects of Chinese culture. They were able to select their own topics from a list that included the Silk Road, Chinese religions, Architecture/Homes, Clothing, Silk, Dynasties, Food/agriculture, Art/Music, and Inventions. For each topic they needed to include an illustration and a short typed paragraph.
1st graders were given a magnifying glass and asked to compare and contrast dimes, nickels, pennies and quarters. They played games such as “Race to a Quarter” and “The Matching Game” which gave them practice trading coins (5 pennies for 1 nickel, 2 nickels for 1 dime and so on.) In Matching Game they became
The older students spent four weeks studying The Periodic Table and creating a Wanted Poster for an element of their choice. We introduced the project by listening to Tom Lehrer singing “Elements,” his well known song where he rattles off all the elements of the Periodic Table. Students had to research their element and creatively
The youngest students have been working on a cutting book during journalling time once or twice a week. This activity has focused on cutting out pictures from magazines and pasting them with the correct initial sound in the alphabet. Students then have to write neatly what the picture is, cut that name out of the
This fall we wanted to generate a discussion based on Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. We started off the discussion asking the question, “What do we mean by intelligence?” which led to an animated discussion about how everyone has strengths and weaknesses. We talked about how one goal of The New School is to
Everyday children have half an hour of writing time. Sometimes this is used for printing practice, phonemic instruction, spelling, and writing workshop. Every week children have time for free writing. Children can choose to write by hand, use an alphasmart or type on the computer. Younger children can dictate their stories.
In early December the youngest children performed a play based on the Ancient Chinese story of how the rooster lost his horns. Ladies and Gentleman. We are glad you are here to watch our play. The play was a collaborative effort, with each child adding details until we told the story. The children spent weeks
In science class, students have been learning about physical and chemical changes as well as acids and bases. We have learned about the characteristics that provide us with evidence that either a physical or chemical change has occured. We have had labs that dealt with testing multiple solutions and the students were required to record
Haleigh Originally uploaded by New School-Syracuse Children were invited to attend our Barnes and Noble poetry night. There was a great turn out of families. After the children took turns sharing their favorite poems they had opportunities to enjoy face painting and puppet making.
Every day kindergartners and first graders enjoy opportunities for creative play. In small groups of three or four, as they play with blocks, cars, geotracks and marble runs, they learn how to collaborate, share ideas, and negotiate with each other. The children have also collaboratively designed a landscape of popcorn kernels, rocks, and twigs, explored seashells and