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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 […]

Posted on March 8, 2020 in

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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 […]

Posted on March 4, 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 […]

Posted on January 28, 2020 in

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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 […]

Posted on December 11, 2019 in

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Building Shelters, Eating Acorn Pancakes, and Hiking During the Third Grade Black Rock Forest Overnight

 The Black Rock Forest overnight trip is an annual rite of passage for students in third grade. As they become leaders in their Lower Elementary classrooms (grades 1-3), and look ahead to Upper Elementary when they will be spending more time together, they have the opportunity to bond and extend their time in MMS’ beloved Black […]

Posted on December 3, 2019 in

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Understanding the Past to Predict the Future

In Lower Elementary “culture lessons” include biology, geography, history, physical science, and so much more. Each year, students learn about these subjects through the lens of understanding two continents’ development over time. They come to grasp how the subjects intertwine—how mountains or aquatic life, for example, may impact a place’s culture or its history. Right […]

Posted on October 30, 2019 in

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Third Graders Meet Local Supers For Planting Project on 85th Street

Tomorrow is October 31, which means it’s time for the 2nd annual Harvest Festival at MMS! This year, Lower Elementary is breaking down the walls of MMS and expanding Harvest Festival to include the whole block. Not only will students participate in pickling and flower pressing activities on the roof, and fall-themed games in the […]

Posted on October 29, 2019 in

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Job Interviews in First, Second, and Third Grade? Why Yes, Of Course.

​Hi, I’m Addie. I’m a third year in IA, and I’m going to tell you about something very important that we do in the beginning of the year. In IA, we take care of our environment, meaning we clean up after ourselves, and we take care of the animals—and how do we do all that? […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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Students Interview Their New Teachers, UE’s Ms. Tonetti and LE’s Ms. Braun

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. This year, the Elementary division includes two new teachers, Ms. Braun in Lower Elementary’s IC and Ms. Tonetti, an Upper Elementary Social Studies teacher. Students in both divisions volunteered to interview their teachers to help introduce them to the broader community! Meet Ms. […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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