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Combining Efforts to Learn About Exponents

By Dr. Ingrid Koh, Upper Elementary Math and Science Teacher  Students in fifth grade math are learning about exponents, a topic with many real-life applications such as cell divisions in biology and binary codes in computer science. To that end, they investigated the Sierpiński triangle, which has a “self-similar growth pattern,” which means that it […]

Posted on September 25, 2019 in

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Upper Elementary Field Day Photos

On May 31, Upper Elementary students gathered in Riverside Park for a morning of races, games, and teamwork. 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.

Posted on May 31, 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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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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