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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 art mediums 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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Amis Nouveaux: 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 […]

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

Fifth graders, who study American history, recently read about Teddy 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—​read more here. Theodore Roosevelt was a president everyone loved—especially the press, who always had amusing […]

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: Thanksgiving Edition!

All of the food and snack prep that the children have been doing came in handy for cooking and baking for our annual Thanksgiving feast. Imagine all the students helping measure out ingredients, mix batter, and chop vegetables just like you would in your home kitchen. Our classrooms smelled absolutely heavenly! Here is a recipe […]

Posted on November 29, 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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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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Steering the Explorers’ Ship

Explorers is our optional afternoon program for our four-year-old students. After learning in the mixed-age setting of our traditional Montessori primary classes with our Montessori-certified teachers, they’re introduced to a setting that’s a natural extension of the Montessori classroom. The children practice grace and courtesy particularly at lunch; they enjoy story time; engage in group […]

Posted on October 31, 2018 in

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All About Black Rock Forest

One of the major highlights of kindergarten is boarding the yellow school bus to visit Black Rock Forest (BRF), a nature preserve in Cornwall, NY that students have been hearing about from older peers throughout their previous years at MMS. BRF is run by a consortium of schools, universities, and scientific and cultural institutions. The […]

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