Lower Elementary North

Lower Elementary North - September 21, 2018

At the beginning of the year the teachers in each Lower Elementary class shared Montessori’s First Great Lesson: The Beginning of the Universe and the Earth. The Lower Elementary North students had the opportunity to work with some of the experiments from the lesson about the formation of the Universe and the Earth.

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International Peace Day

In preparation for International Peace Day on Friday, the students in Lower Elementary North listened to a story about peace and shared ideas about what peace means to them. Afterward they each wrote one idea on a clothespin that they colored. This was the first of many peaceful discussions.

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Class Constitution

The Lower Elementary North students spent the first week of school discussing what type of rules are important to their community. As a group, they talked about respect and what that means in relation to their different ideas and rules. Once they consolidated the ideas, each student signed their Class Constitution with a feather quill and ink.

Lower Elementary North - September 14, 2018

Back to School

The Lower Elementary North students were excited to meet their new first year friends and get back to work! The class learned a lot about each other through different community games, sharing and projects.

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Lower Elementary North - June 8, 2018

Building Maps

The Lower Elementary North students worked diligently to complete their map projects by the end of the school year!  They spent time choosing what continent information to include on their maps, such as flags, languages, animals, biomes and places of interest.


Vertebrates

The first year Lower Elementary North students continued their study of vertebrates by learning about amphibians.  They learned about many characteristics that differentiate amphibians from other types of animals.


Cells

The Lower Elementary North students learned about plant and animal cells. They used a microscope to look at different types of cells and then made a model of a cell using various foods!

Lower Elementary North - June 1, 2018

Grammar Studies

As part of their grammar studies, the Lower Elementary North students learned about the comma.  Some students were presented with a new lesson and some reviewed information that they learned previously.  Together, everyone worked on a fun activity that sparked a few laughs!


Decomposition

The Lower Elementary North students observed a pumpkin decompose and then the seeds began to sprout and grow!  Each student took home a pumpkin plant to care for over the summer.


Pictographs

The Lower Elementary North students learned about pictographs during their study of Australia.  They practiced deciphering a pictograph story into words and then wrote their own ideas in words and in pictures.

Lower Elementary North - May 25, 2018

Goodbye Butterflies

The Lower Elementary North class said goodbye to some of our arthropod friends this week as they set them free on a beautiful sunny day!


Art in Nature

The Lower Elementary North class went on a leaf walk to collect different leaves with various leaf shapes, margins and patterns made by the veins.  After collecting specimens, they classified their leaves and used the shapes to create a watercolor painting.

Lower Elementary North - May 18, 2018

Tenafly Nature Center

The Lower Elementary North students had lots of fun on their field trip to the Tenafly Nature Center on Monday.  They dove hands-first into pond ecology and observed various discoveries and seasonal changes of Spring.


Oceania

The Lower Elementary North class had two informative lessons about Oceania, including a special presentation about Australia from the grandmother of a classmate. 

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Timelines

Throughout the year the Lower Elementary North students discussed and created timelines to help solidify the concept of time passing, such as the Timeline of Life on Earth, the Timeline of Humans and even a Timeline of the School Year.  At this point in the year, the third year Lower Elementary North students worked together to plan out their personal timelines. 

Lower Elementary North - May 11, 2018

Sewing

Sewing is a favorite activity of the Lower Elementary North students.  They were excited to make a special gift to give their moms for Mothers’ Day!


Spring Cleaning

The Lower Elementary North students spend time in the afternoon cleaning the classroom. They dust the shelves, scrub the chairs and tables and water the plants. Care of the environment is an important Practical Life skill!


Family Tree

The students in Lower Elementary North worked on projects to share information about their families.  First year students created family graphs to compare the ages of their family members, while the second year students drew family trees.

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Oceania

The Lower Elementary North students explored the continent of Oceania this month.

Lower Elementary North - May 4, 2018

A Visit from Arthropods

The Lower El North class welcomed new (and tiny!) friends this week and celebrated their
arrival with a lesson about Arthropods!  The students eagerly observed them and will see how they change over the next two weeks.

Lower Elementary North - April 27, 2018

Suface Tension

As part of their Science curriculum, the Lower Elementary North students explored surface tension through a hands-on experiment in which they kept track of the number of drops of water that could fit on top of a penny!

Lower Elementary North - April 20, 2018

Reptiles

The first year Lower Elementary North students worked together to explore reptiles and their characteristics.


Play Ball!

The third year Lower Elementary North students had a blast playing baseball during Physical Education class with Coach Zach!


Back to Work

The Lower Elementary North students were eager to continue their work and jumped right back into work time after their two weeks of intensive rehearsals for our productions of Aladdin.

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