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.
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
This fall, students in Kindergarten and First Grade are exploring the fun of Bernard Waber’s loveable crocodile, Lyle. Each Friday we read a Lyle book and then draw and write about one part of the book. Students enjoy predicting what will happen in the story from the pictures, discussing vocabulary and drawing their own pictures
Our kindergartner and a few of the first grader students participate in a once a week class called Copy Word. During this class, students are working on their fine motor skills through cutting and printing. Each class, students get to look through magazines and pick one word to “copy” neatly and accurately onto their paper.
Each year our social studies curriculum builds on what we have studied in the past. In September the oldest children revisited the Declaration of Independence this time focusing on the grievances articulated by the frustrated colonists. The list of grievances were divided between the students who, for homework, had to put them in their
Lucy Calkins inspired a poetry unit for our students in grades 1-3. Each week of her unit inspires children to consider a new “ingredient” or strategy. The unit began with experimenting with looking at ordinary things in a new way. Subsequent classes explored looking at patterns in poetry, music, line breaks and the use of
A small group of students read Twister on Tuesday, a Magic Tree House book about twisters. The book club focused reading skills such as comprehension, compare and contrast, summarizing, predictions, moods of pictures and text, and relating character traits to yourself. They also worked on vocabulary, and literary elements. The students were assigned chapters of the book
This math class focused of recognizing specific polygons. We started out learning that the number of sides and vertices a polygon has is what determines the polygon’s name. We also went over what congruent and symmetrical were and examples were shown as visual aids. Then we talked about parallel lines, parallel lines never cross so we