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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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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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