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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 […]

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

In fifth grade science class, we have been learning about different states of water and the processes that change its state. Dr. Koh has led us through several experiments and projects that explore this topic over the winter months in 5th grade science. Creating Ice Coincidentally, the day we had our first snow back in […]

Posted on January 31, 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 […]

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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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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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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: January Edition

Primary students have been busy making vegetable kabobs that they enjoy with Chef Locke’s ranch dressing. Along with the cucumbers that the students cut into bite-sized pieces, they place halved cherry tomatoes on their kabobs. Some children have created patterns while building their kabobs or have meticulously put one piece of vegetable on a skewer.

Posted on January 29, 2019 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: December Edition

As the year progresses, food prep work becomes more challenging for our primary students. Each activity may contain multiple steps and combine more skills that strengthen and refine their fine motor abilities. Here are the two activities our students have been dishing out: Pears/Apples with Yogurt Sprinkled with Cinnamon Sounds fancy doesn’t it? Because it […]

Posted on December 20, 2018 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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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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