As we prepare to present our learning at the Equinox Showcase next week, students have been gathering new and exciting information, and reviewing and solidifying classic tales.
This week students worked in small groups to rehearse and memorize myths from North America. While they create and draft their own myths from the Northeast, they are bringing voice to stories of creation, geology, and nature from long ago. In the world of astronomy, each student has been ‘gifted’ an object from our solar system to research and familiarize themselves with.
Even with all of these exciting projects, we are finding
By Emily Bell-Hoerth (Grades 4/5/6 teacher)
This week we each got a planet, dwarf planet, or moon to study. I am studying the dwarf planet Ceres, which is located in Jupiter’s asteroid belt and is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture. We needed to find what the atmosphere of the planet was like, the force of gravity, what the surface looked like, and what the temperature was at the surface. Ceres is 130 – 200˚ Kelvin. Kelvin is a scientific measurement for things that are extremely hot. When we collected as much information as we could, we started to plan a mini-world art project. A mini-world is a small world inside a box ranging in size from a tissue
By a Student- Grade 6
As many of you know, Annie was out sick this week and I stepped in to work with the 7th graders. As I told them on Friday, it was an absolute pleasure to spend each day with this inquisitive and joyful group of students. A lot of hard work happened and a good deal of laughter as well. Our focus was on three projects that will be shared at the showcase, and we found ways to bop back and forth between mapping, graphic design, and creative writing, sometimes with a game of ringette or
While I love a presentable end product, I do feel the process is equally as important. Some highlights of our week in relation to process included: a mini-lesson on place-based creative writing with 6th and 7th grade, a TAG (Tell, Ask, Give) feedback session on brochure layout with Coreysha, and the group decision-making process that led to choices for country maps. I would say that yesterday’s off-trail ski ranks right up there as well, and I would argue that it is also part of the process.
By Kat Cassidy (Head of Elementary School)
This week the 7th grade class has been focused on our theme study projects and preparing for our March showcase. We have been studying a country other than the United States and learning all about our chosen country, from the culture to the physical landscape and beyond. We are creating maps, researching, and writing journal entries, and getting ready to present our country to anyone at the Learning Showcase on March 14th. The countries include Greece, Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, and France. Everyone has been working hard and has gotten a lot done this week. We are excited to represent our unique countries and teach everyone what we have learned. Some of use are making food, some are going to have clothing to show, and all of use are go to have beautiful maps to help people understand were our country is and show some of the famous spots in our countries. We have had help from Annie, Coreysha, and Kat, to create the different components of our project.
By a Student- Grade 7