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Former NHL Hockey Player Kevin Weekes Meets with Fourth Graders

By Ms. Burton and the MMS fourth graders Kevin Weekes came to visit the fourth grade on February 26. The former NHL hockey star was a goalie who played 348 games and currently is a broadcaster for NHL Networks. Mr. Weekes didn’t begin his talk with skates and sticks and pucks, but with the critical […]

Posted on March 8, 2020 in

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The Day When Harry Houdini, Joan of Arc, and Buzz Aldrin Stopped By

Every other year, second and third graders study biographies together. This year, the unit began right after winter break. Every student begins reading biographies and looking for someone whose story inspires and resonates with them. As the students dig in on the figure of their choosing, they have the opportunity to practice taking notes and […]

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Why Graphing Makes Students Feel like “Really Smart Kinds Who Think Like Scientists”

Over their three years in Lower Elementary, students learn how to make increasingly sophisticated charts and graphs—from charts with tallies, to bar graphs, to plotting coordinate points. Here IB third graders summarize their current projects and what they like about graphing! In the Lower Elementary classes, we are learning about collecting data and turning it […]

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Sixth Graders Study Viruses (Including the One That’s Dominating Headlines)

By Dr. Ingrid Koh As part of their curriculum on Life Sciences, sixth graders have studied viruses for the past two years. One of the first questions we ask is what makes something ‘living.’ Turns out, it is somewhat counter-intuitive. Unlike bacteria, viruses are actually non-living because they are not made up of cells, even […]

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Studying Leaders Throughout American History

Since the fall, fourth graders’ social studies lessons have focused on leaders throughout our country’s history, from its earliest days to the present. Early, we learned about colonial founders, such as Peter Stuyvesant, the general director of  New Amsterdam (what is now modern day New York City)  and William Penn, who established Pennsylvania, and his […]

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Playing “Guess Who?” in French

A dispatch from the French classroom from fourth and fifth grade French students: In fourth and fifth grade French class, students start writing to pen pals in September. The pen pals live in southwest France, in a small town near Toulouse (where Madame Ducroux is from) called Auterive. Each student is paired with one or […]

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What Does it Take to Bring Shrek! to the Stage?

This year’s upper elementary musical takes us to the land of Duloc – full of effervescent fairy tale creatures, eccentric princesses, loquacious donkeys, self-centered wannabe kings, and one particularly grumpy ogre. Forced out of the kingdom for their inability to conform, the fairy tale creatures arrive at Shrek’s swamp, which he is quick to make […]

Posted on January 29, 2020 in

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Learning about Amphibians from the Outside In

Third grader Leland A., with the help of his fellow IA third graders, shares how studies of amphibians evolve over Lower Elementary.  Each year we third graders study the internal functions of amphibians, such as the circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive systems. The first graders study the external parts of an amphibian such as the eyes, […]

Posted on January 28, 2020 in

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And the Winner is…! Second Graders Learn About Children’s Literature Awards

In early November, second grade students visited the Society of Illustrators for The Original Art Exhibit, which showcases art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. This trip was a kick-off to our Caldecott Medal unit in Library Studies. The Caldecott Medal is one of the […]

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From Austria to Zeus: LE Studies Europe

Each year, Lower Elementary studies two or three different continents in depth. That means learning about a continent through a variety of different lenses: cultural, political, geographical (biomes) as well as historical. Maria Montessori was particularly interested in helping students understand how a country’s bodies of water, topography, and plant and animal life impacted elements […]

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