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We’ve had a busy week in Upper West! The students formed partners to begin a comprehensive science unit on monocots and dicots (corn and beans). Each day they’ll work on a lab, observing the growth of the corns and beans while performing tasks that involve analyzing the structural features and using scientific vocabulary. As the...
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This week in Upper Elementary there has been a lot going on, such as the 6th graders taking shifts in the lobby for their fundraiser to Cosi. In the morning Owen, Braden, Soloman, Ciara, and Zack got together at 8:15 am to see who wanted to take the first shift. The first shift was from...
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On the 1st of April, April Fools, Mr. Dave wrote on our morning schedule that we had to write at least 20 pages on how wonderful our teachers are and there would be no lunch and recess. Then he pulled up the real schedule and said, “April Fools!!!!”        In my writer’s workshop class we...
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This week’s highlights included: -Planting flowers in our Peace Pal groups, and now our students have to nurture the flowers to grow -Investigating many pictures of Monera -Voting for our next Literature Circle books -Many homework presentations  
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Last Thursday, we got to see the quintet symphony play. The bassoon and the french horn were the instruments  with the lowest pitches. The flute, clarinet, and oboe had the highest pitches. The quintet played a few songs for us and then it was done. In writers workshop the 4th and 5th year students are...
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  This week in Upper West, many of the 4th and 5th grade students worked on fractions, while some, along with the 6th grade students worked on decimals. Unique to Montessori are the fractions circles and insets, which offer concrete ways to find equivalences, add/subtract/multiply/divide, reduce, and many other fraction concepts before they are done...
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This week was Montessori Education week. On Monday morning the teachers line danced in the Oberheu room. Also, our agendas changed. You get to write down what you want to do on the lines instead of choosing from a list. For Moving Up Day, the 3rd grade came to our class and sat with some...
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     On Monday all of the 3rd-6th years went to the Performing Arts Center at the Bowling Green Middle School. There we met Tony Diterlizzi. He talked about his book, “Kenny and the Dragon”. On Tuesday the students were notified that next week would be Montessori Education Week. We were all excited, especially since...
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With the short week, our main focus was preparing for our student-led conferences on Thursday and Friday, finishing our literary essays, as well as having our classroom party.  Next week, the 4th and 5th year students will begin a writing workshop centered on poetry. Looking forward to seeing you all at conferences.
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