Strolling through Earth’s History

How can you imagine 4.6 billion years? And how does it compare with the length of time humans have been on the earth?

To gain a perspective of the scale of earth’s history, 6-8 team science students created geological timelines on the second and third floor hallways of the school building. In their timelines, one meter represents 100,000,000 years; so students measured off 46 meters for their 4.6 billion year timeline.

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The Art of Musical Instruments

Continuing their study of Art Around the World, 2-4 team students are learning about musical instruments of South America, most notably zampoñas and rainsticks.

The earliest music of South America mimics sounds of nature including wind, rain, thunder, birds, insects, and more. Early instruments were made from materials found in nature — items like reeds, seeds, dried gourds, pebbles, and bamboo. Mrs. Hoffman’s students made their zampoñas and rainsticks using drinking straws, papertowel tubes, and other materials. Continue reading “The Art of Musical Instruments”

Pockets Full of American History

Learning about the American Revolution has never been more engaging than in Mrs. Naveh’s social studies classes.

In their study of this important part of American history, students will progress through multiple units, including:

  • Causes of the War
  • Famous Patriots
  • A Soldier’s Life
  • Battles
  • Spies and Traitors
  • Birth of a Nation

For the individual units, each student will create a “pocket” containing an overview page, Fast Facts, and worksheets or activity pages ranging from a map of the thirteen colonies to a pop-up reflecting the famous painting of George Washington and his men in a row boat crossing the Delaware before the battle of Trenton. Continue reading “Pockets Full of American History”

All Systems Go!

The human body is even more impressive than the most complicated machines.

All of our bodies have the same basic parts, more or less. These parts combine into different systems, each with a different purpose; but all of the systems are interconnected. If one or more of the systems aren’t working properly, the body can’t run smoothly. Continue reading “All Systems Go!”

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