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Celebrating the Year of the Pig!

February not only kicked off with the Lunar New Year, it launched Lower Elementary’s study of Asia, the second continent students will be examining in depth this academic year. (Australia was the first.) In addition to this fortuitous timing, IC and IA were lucky to host three parents Emiko, Wei, and Alison, who presented about […]

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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Second Grade (Mock) Caldecott Committee Evaluates Finalists

 This year second graders are participating in a mock Caldecott Committee during their library class. In this unit, students learn about the history and importance of the Caldecott Medal and different types of artistic media and techniques. Together we will read, examine, and rate 10 picture books that may be chosen as winners. Students […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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Math-O-Lanterns: How Pumpkins Become Teaching Tools

The first, second, and third grade mathematicians at MMS spent the month of October engaged in pumpkin-related math activities, an annual tradition for Lower Elementary. Early in the month, students were asked to each bring in a pumpkin. The pumpkins of various shapes and sizes were kept in the fourth floor commons, creating a festive […]

Posted on November 25, 2018 in

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Stone Soup: A LE Holiday Tradition

Stone Soup is an old folk tale that has been shared and interpreted across many cultures over the world. The story is about two hungry strangers who stumble into a village asking locals for some food. Door after door closes in their faces, so they try to convince each home to share some food by […]

Posted on November 25, 2018 in

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All (LE) Eyes on Australia

In Lower Elementary, each year we study two to three select continents through a lens of a traditional Montessori study called the Fundamental Needs of Humans. The idea is that people, animals, and plants all have the same fundamental needs no matter the geographic location. This guides students’ research and as they create all kinds […]

Posted on October 23, 2018 in

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Global Math Week: Second, Fourth, and Fifth Graders Learn About Exploding Dots

This month, MMS students in second, fourth, and fifth grade participated in Global Math Week, a grassroots program that shares fun and creative math activities with students around the world. Organizers aimed for ten million children in 2018. This year’s assignment is based on the theory of Exploding Dots, which is directly relevant to elementary […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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A Book for Every Holiday

Okay, well maybe not every holiday! But as the season of celebrations approaches, MMS Librarian Ms. Mbaye has curated a list of books (skewed toward younger readers) about various holidays. If your child is curious about the holiday they celebrate–or perhaps one they’ve heard about–you can check out any of these books at the MMS library. […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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