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Around the World for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving behind us, some of our 6-8 team social studies students are traveling around the world learning about different holiday traditions.

Each student has a “passport” which is stamped when they “visit” a country, and a “suitcase” to carry momentos from their travels. When “visiting”  Mexico, for example, and learning about Las Posadas, students made replicas of poinsettias whose red and green foliage is often used in holiday displays.

Not only does this holiday-themed unit reinforce students’ knowledge of countries around the globe, it encourages an interest and appreciation of diverse cultures and traditions.

And, of course, LGS students and staff wish everyone – whatever your traditions – a memorable holiday season.

Mountain, Warrior, Cobra and More

Throughout the year, Ms. Foster’s Physical Education classes encourage students to participate in activities ranging from training for the Flying Pig Kids Marathon, to learning basic soccer skills, to improving their bowling score. Students frequently discover new interests and new talents, inspiring them to maintain a lifetime of physical activity and perhaps become involved in fitness groups or sports teams.

Most recently, Ms. Foster’s students learned about yoga which is not only beneficial for developing balance, strength and flexibility; it also encourages increased self-awareness and self-regulation.

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Greek Myths: Importance Then and Now

6-8 team social studies students have been studying Ancient Civilizations – most recently their gods and goddesses – encouraging the students’ understanding and appreciation of different cultures, whether across the world or in different eras.

In learning about Greek mythology, for example, students consider “What meanings did the myths have for the ancient Greeks?” and “What meanings do the Greek myths have for us today?”

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Lady Lindy: What Really Happened?

More than seven decades after her disappearance, aviatrix Amelia Earhart continues to inspire and intrigue students and adults – including the students of Mrs. Naveh’s reading class students.

Charles Lindberg was dubbed “Lucky Lindy” after becoming the first person to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Amelia Earhart, who became known as “Lady Lindy,” was the first woman (and second person after Lindbergh) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean – a notable achievement for anyone but especially for a woman at the time.

But Earhart was not satisfied and became determined to be the first pilot ever to circumnavigate the globe. In 1937, accompanied by her navigator Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart took off from Oakland, California, flew to Miami, then down to South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, then east to India and Southeast Asia. The final stretch of their ‘round-the-world flight included a stop on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean for refueling; but the pair never arrived or were heard from again.

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It’s Elemental

An atom has protons and neutrons in its nucleus, and electrons zipping around the nucleus in orbits.

When protons, neutrons and electrons start combining in specific numbers, you have atoms with recognizable traits. For example, if you have eight protons, neutrons and electrons you have an oxygen (O) atom. If you have seven protons, neutrons and electrons you have a nitrogen (N) atom.

The term “element” is used to describe atoms with specific characteristics. There are almost 120 known elements, generally organized in the Periodic Table.

Mr. Loar’s 6-8 team science students used their names to identify elements to study in depth.

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Crazy Hats!

Linden Grove School’s monthly “Spirit Days” encourage students — and staff — to show their personal style by wearing their favorite fan gear, PJs, superhero apparel, etc.

October’s “Spirit Day” was Crazy Hat Day. Top hats, furry hats, whirly hats and more were worn by students and staff.

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