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This week we had some awesome things happening. Here are a few of them: Science. This week in science we did landforms. To do this we bulldozed (used a wooden angle) to flatten earth material (clay and sand) to make a model of a plateau. Then the fun part! We balanced a cup with a...
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We’ve had a busy week so far in Upper West. On Monday, Mr. Dave gave us a history lesson on finding the closest relatives of humans. After his presentation, we looked at the latest scientific evidence to see which of the apes we are most closely related to. He used charts to tell us about...
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     For science this week we learned about landforms. We went in three separate groups and all the groups  made models of our playground with some sand and cubes. We also drew maps of our landforms on paper.      For writing workshop (writing workshop is where we write.), we did personal narratives and...
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The New Montessori Way – At MSBG we have always been different from the other schools because Maria Montessori wanted children to learn in a nice environment. But we’ve had to change that because of the Coronavirus. We now wear masks and stay six feet apart. That has changed how we are learning. But we...
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We’re off to a great start this year in Upper West. Along with learning the new procedures, we’ve been taking time to get to know each other and connect as a new community. This has consisted of classroom discussions and physically distanced community building games both indoors and outdoors. There’s a positive energy to the...
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Students continue their study of graphing by using the coordinate plane to find the area of figures that have an irregular shape. Folklore states that  Rene Descartes developed the idea of a coordinate plane while lying in bed one morning. There was a fly on the ceiling and he wondered how he could describe to...
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In the upper elementary class the students spend recess time out in the woods on our property at The Montessori School of Bowling Green. Since the school closed this has not been possible. Miss Deb has tried to continue the “Woods Wednesday” experience by posting videos and pictures in the online classroom. Topics of this...
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Students have been honing their essay writing skills. They had three lessons on the topics of  how to write an introduction, how to write a conclusion, and how to write a body paragraph. They will put these skills to work as they craft a five paragraph essay that will be due in two weeks. Graphing...
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“I was born in Delaware, but my gallery is in Fremont. Though many people use my middle initial when talking about me, my middle name is not common. Ulysses S. Grant was my predecessor. Who am I?” This riddle and others are being developed by the students while they prepare for their presentations on famous...
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Does a marble dropped from a higher height make a bigger crater in a pool of flour? Exciting projects are happening on kitchen counters everywhere as students explore the scientific method in their homes. One student is observing which evaporates more quickly, salt water or fresh water. Another is creating a rain cloud in a...
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