In the LS Classroom

Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School
The Lower School classrooms were buzzing with excitement in the weeks leading up to winter vacation. Teachers worked hard to maintain the ever-important daily routines and to reinforce classroom expectations to keep everyone learning and fully engaged through the last day before break.

Kindergarteners read the book, Follow the Moon Home, and were inspired to do more for sea turtles—an endangered species. After a virtual meeting with a marine biologist, they wanted to build community awareness of the challenges that the sea turtle population faces, and they created an advertisement. It is an incredible gift to see how students, even at a young age, recognize a need and creatively find a solution.

Third Graders had the chance to present their insect research and design projects to their families. Students began their investigation of insects in the fall, learning about insect anatomy and specific adaptations that help species to live and thrive in certain habitats. Students were tasked to invent their own insect with a special adaptation that would enable it to survive in the African habitat they researched. They then learned how to code and brought their insects to life using the Lego Wedos. Using design materials, students created a model of their invented insect’s habitat. To compare how their invented insect would survive in the wild, students created a written showdown of their invented insect pitted against a real insect to see who would win out in the wild (based on the Who Would Win books by Jerry Pallotta)! The culminating projects exhibited each child’s creativity, understanding, and excitement for learning. 
Fifth Graders showcased their Simple Machines to their families. Over the last couple of weeks, they worked hard to build Rube Goldberg machines that dropped an egg from 12 inches. Students had to incorporate at least two simple machines into their larger ones. It was wonderful to witness Fifth Graders take pride in their work and to see them enthusiastically share their machines.
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