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Tales of the Black Snake Woman

 Want to download a photo? Hover your mouse above the slideshow; then click on the arrow on the bottom ride side of the slideshow to sign into Vidigami. The “Black Snake Woman trip,” a two-night excursion for third graders, is a highly anticipated experience in Lower Elementary, and a beloved school memory for many older students and […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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Welcome to Upper Elementary: Advice for Rising Third Graders

Gather round! Our sage fourth graders recently shared some pearls of wisdom for their third grade peers, who will soon be ascending to Upper Elementary. Class of ’22 parents, safeguard these practical tips for next September. You may even want to read them to your new fourth grader the night before school starts: One suggestion encourages […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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An Earth Week Challenge in Lower Elementary

In honor of Earth Day, Lower Elementary students dedicated a week in late April to an “upcycling” challenge, introduced by IA’s teacher Ms. Lindsay. Here, she explains what that upcycling means and how it inspired students to contemplate new uses for items they once considered pure waste.  Recycling used to feel like doing our bit […]

Posted on May 23, 2019 in

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Making Cultural Connections at The Asia Society Museum

In early April, each Lower Elementary class took a field trip to the Asia Society Museum on the Upper East Side. Every year Lower Elementary focuses on two to three continents—covering all continents over the three-year LE cycle—to explore their people and culture, geography, history, and flora and fauna. After studying Australia in the fall, […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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Dispatch from Black Rock Forest: What LE Students Have Been Studying in Our Northern “Campus”

Throughout March, whether in the snow or sunshine, hearty Lower Elementary children had a wonderful time exploring all that Black Rock Forest has to offer! During the first grade trip, the children were able to try snowshoeing. It took a lot of effort to learn how to walk with such big feet! The children spent […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: February Edition

This month’s food prep works involve a lot of patience, peeling and popping! Children have been enjoying hard boiled eggs and edamame in their classrooms. With the egg peeling work, the children learn to carefully crack the egg so they can peel off the shell before they feast on this nutritious snack! Additionally, you can […]

Posted on February 27, 2019 in

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Celebrating the Year of the Pig!

The launch of LE’s continent study of Asia coincided with the Lunar New Year, providing a wonderful opportunity for three parents—Emiko, Wei, and Alison—to share different elements and traditions of this important holiday. Wei began by providing a general introduction to the Lunar New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival. The celebration typically begins with the first […]

Posted on February 22, 2019 in

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Change-Makers: LE Students Create and Play Money Math Games

Learning about money is a fixture of the Lower Elementary experience. Teachers instruct first graders in the names and values of different coins and adding like coins. In second grade, they’re learning about bills, and thinking about different combinations of coins and bills to equal a sum—so for example, “provide four different ways to make […]

Posted on February 22, 2019 in

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Once Upon a Time in Lower Elementary

Since returning from winter break, Lower Elementary students have been immersed in a study of fairy tales. This unit includes reading, writing, acting, directing, and even some art work! In first grade, the students have been listening to and reading fairy tales, sparking many conversations about the various common elements in fairy tales. They recently […]

Posted on January 31, 2019 in

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From the Crust to the Core: Second Graders Learn About the Inside of the Earth

What does an onion have to do with geology? On a recent Wednesday, Ms. Steinberg compared the layers of the Earth to the layers of an onion as she gathered second graders for a culture lesson. The inside of the earth is not all the same, she explained. There are layers—each composed of a different […]

Posted on January 29, 2019 in

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