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Balancing Act: Sixth Graders Create Mobiles that Represent Equations

When you enter IIA and look up the first thing you see are colorful, three-dimensional shapes hanging from the ceiling. These geometric mobiles were built by the sixth grade and are physical models of the mobile puzzles they created in class. Students Emily M. and Camille B. describe the project below.  Mobile puzzles are pictorial representations […]

Posted on April 25, 2019 in

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Sturbridge Village Log: A Journey Back in Time

All year, fifth graders focus on American history in their social studies class. In April, they visited Old Sturbridge Village and came together as a class to recount their very memorable trip here: In a plain, white church on the Sturbridge Village green our fifth grade class participated in the purest form of democracy. We had come […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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Report from MMUN: Debating Solutions to the Most Complicated Problems in the World

Under the guidance of Upper Elementary teacher Mr. Preston, eight students began meeting this fall in preparation for the Montessori Model United Nations conference. The gathering took place over February 13-16, culminating in a session at the UN General Assembly Hall. Metropolitan Montessori School had a strong presence that day: Aside from several students who […]

Posted on March 12, 2019 in

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“Into the Woods”: A Preview of this Year’s Upper Elementary Musical

This year for the much-anticipated UE play, MMS fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are performing “Into The Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, for a two-day run over March 13 and 14. Sixth grader Jospeh K. offers a preview here: “Into The Woods” is the story of a baker and his wife who find out about […]

Posted on February 26, 2019 in

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Ice, Ice Baby: Fifth Graders Study Water in Its Many Forms

In fifth grade science class, students have been learning about different states of water and the processes that change its state. In this piece, fifth grader Mia C. shares the experiments and projects that her class has been engaged in since last fall and into the winter months. Creating Ice Coincidentally, the day we had […]

Posted on January 31, 2019 in

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Comparing Cattle-Farming in Kenya and the United States

In sixth grade Global Studies, we have been learning about the benefits and problems facing the pastoralist cattle farmers in three regions in Africa. We then learned about industrialized cattle farming in the USA. Through close examination of our reading material, we found that both the Kenyans and the Americans favored each other’s systems more […]

Posted on January 29, 2019 in

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De Nouveaux Amis: Fifth and Sixth Graders Start Communicating with French Pen Pals

This year, fifth and sixth graders are getting to know Upper Elementary students in southwestern France through new pen pal relationships! We already had some short exchanges by email, sharing some pictures and a presentation about Halloween, and we’re expecting our first letters any day now. In French class, students learned and practiced how to […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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A Bear-y Inspiring Story About America’s 26th President

Fifth graders, who study American history, recently read about Theodore Roosevelt, revealing a very warm-and-fuzzy (literally) story about how the 26th president inspired one of the country’s most beloved stuffed animals. Luciana R. shared the story in a recent assignment. Theodore Roosevelt was a president everyone loved—especially the press, who always had amusing and interesting […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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Sixth Graders Create Ofrendas for Dia de Los Muertos

Sixth graders created ofrendas (offerings) this month to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday in which families honor the lives of their deceased loved ones. Each student picked a beloved former family member or pet and built a diorama highlighting their favorite things. On November 15, the students gathered to share their ofrendas […]

Posted on November 26, 2018 in

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“Giving Gifts,” an Essay on Stella by Starlight

Sixth graders recently read Stella by Starlight, a novel set during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina. The book’s main character, Stella, starts a newspaper to try to improve her writing skills. After finishing the book, students were asked to write an essay examining one of Stella’s articles and explaining how its theme relates to the […]

Posted on November 26, 2018 in

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