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.
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
Students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade working with a partner are writing plays based of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Books. These books are filled with short stories where Mrs. Piggle Wiggle cures children from tattletaleitis, being a cry baby, and even destructiveness. Each pair of students picked one of the stories and they are putting their own
Students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade were each assigned a specific historical character that had an impact during reconstruction after the Civil War. They are researching different topics and finding out their characters point of view on topics such as State Rights, Federal Rights, Education, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. As the students
The older students are part of a Reconstruction unit. First students considered What is history? Who cares? Why study it?” This led us to the Declaration of Independence and a discussion of why and when it was written. What is “Freedom.” What can and should a person own? We then watched part of Lincoln, a
At the end of last year, we started a unit on Experimental Design. Students had to “save fred” a gummy worm from drowning by only using paperclips. Students had to write down their procedure and then have another group try and follow it word for word. After a few attempts and notes from peers, students
Over the past couple weeks the older students have been studying infectious diseases. Thus far they have completed two hands on experiments. In one experiment they simulated spreading the common cold among students in the room and they experienced first hand how quickly an infectious disease could spread. In the second experiment they learned the role
The seven oldest students are taking part in a poetry class, which was inspired by Bob Dylan’s recent nomination for the Nobel Prize for Literature. We started the discussion discussing the difference between a poet and a lyricist. It was interesting that all but one student didn’t feel that Bob Dylan deserved the award. They
The older students welcomed Lisa Sacco, Democratic delegate and Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter to The New School. She came to answer tough questions from our students about the Democratic platform. We discovered that Lisa is a Mohawk and was a designated Native American delegate to the Democratic convention this summer.