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Activist Art

In preparation for their High Museum field trip, our 5th graders engaged with a variety of activist artwork created to fight for social justice.

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

5th Grade: Experiencing Ellis Island

Our 5th grade recently recreated the experiences of immigrants who came through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century.

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mock Election 2016

And the winner is….

November 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ms. Tobie visits kindergarten: Too many tamales (or maybe just enough!)

If the kids’ excitement about this lesson was any indication, I’d say Ms. Tobie’s second visit was a smashing success, full of sensory experiences–seeing the ingredients and the story’s illustrations; hearing seeds shaking in the dried chiles; feeling the papery corn husks, leathery chiles, and sticky masa dough; and of course getting to smell and taste those steaming, spicy tamales for themselves.

March 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

4th Grade Revolutionary Biographies – Timelines and Bio Cubes!

Our crafty, tech-savvy students created two different products to show off their knowledge about historical figures from the Revolutionary War.

March 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

How can we make the world a better place? Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013

Take a look at your hands.

If you ball them up into a fist, what can you do with them?

Not a lot. Punch something, get in a fight…maybe fist-bump a friend.

Now open them. What can you do now?

A high five. A handshake. A hug. A friendly wave. A helping hand for someone who needs it.

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

1st grade social studies: Mapping apple pie with Google Spreadsheets

Recently, our 1st graders started learning about geography, including skills like reading a map, locating the seven continents and four oceans, and identifying various landforms. The week they started learning … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

4th grade social studies: Sailing in the ships of explorers

Dear readers, you may have noticed I haven’t said much about our 4th graders lately. It’s not because they haven’t been visiting the library. They have. It’s just that they’ve … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 6 Comments

5th grade social studies: One president, two picture book biographies, and the concept of theme

Read-alouds with 5th graders are a gift. There are so many facts and skills and concepts 5th graders are expected to understand that it’s easy for weeks to go by … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 2 Comments


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