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Paper Airplane Science

6-8 Team students recently participated in a live class via video conferencing on the science of paper airplanes. Students were encouraged to explore various airplane designs – including one using drinking straws and paper hoops – and explore how the flight of their planes changed based on design, size, thrust, and more.

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Learning through Reading with a Touch of Magic

Reading not only helps students increase their vocabulary and their language skills but also helps students improve their concentration and memory, encourages empathy and creativity, and brings students together through a shared experience.

Mrs. Bachman is taking an advantage of the stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19, and free resources from J. K. Rowling and her Wizarding World partners, to guide her 4-6 Team students through a reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in J. K. Rowling’s popular series of novels.

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Exploring World Cultures through Art

While staff and students “Stay at Home” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Hoffman’s 2-4 Team art students continue their exploration of world cultures. Their current geographic area of focus? Asia!

With each country they visit—from India to Japan to Russia—Mrs. Hoffman shares a world map highlighting the country as well as some basic information of the country’s culture and traditions. Also provided are links to short videos from National Geographic Kids depicting student explorers as they experience local attractions and activities ranging from a Holi festival in India to the performance of The Nutcracker ballet in Russia.

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Sidewalk Sensory Paths

If you’ve ever walked to the far end of the 2nd floor hall in Linden Grove School, you’ve seen on the hallway floor a path created by nature themed-decals in the shape of lily pads, tree stumps, rocks and more. Signs and images inspire students (and others) to “touch your toes,” “spin,” hop over ponds, and more.

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Write with Your Senses

Inspired by one of his favorite authors, Tomie dePaola, Mr. Horell recently encouraged his 2-4 Team students to “write with your senses.”

Mr. Horell asked students to think about their favorite food, and then list five sensory words to describe it. The next step: using the five sensory word, write a short poem about that food.

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I Do, We Do, You Do Math

Ms. Foster’s 2-4 Team math students have been learning how to subtract using Touch Math and “I Do, We Do, You Do” — an evidence-based teaching model.

In a typical math class, Ms. Foster begins by modeling the lesson for the day – in this case, subtracting by the number “6.” While the students watch and listen, Ms. Foster says the top number out loud and then, by touching the dots on the “6,” counts backwards to get the answer.

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