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Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 11:43:00 AM
As part of their study of the city of New York and Women's History Month, the students in second grade learned about Emily Warren Roebling and the significant contributions she made to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Connecting to their knowledge about the different types of bridges, they learned about a structure called "cantilever," where a beam or a plate extends from and is supported on one side. They saw pictures of cantilever bridges and buildings in New York City and then worked with partners to build their own cantilevers with base ten blocks. The students had so much fun figuring out how to build the longest cantilever- how many blocks to use, where to place them, how much weight was needed to support the extending side and whether to extend far out or a little at a time. It was wonderful to see our budding planners and engineers at work.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 4:21:00 PM
Third Grade students have been learning all about the lines and spaces on the music staff! They've practiced saying rhymes and playing games in order to remember this new musical language. As beginning musical readers, they learned a new rhyme "Peanut Butter Pie" and an accompanying melody.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:37:00 AM
All year, students in the Lower School have been learning to code and coding principles, which explore skills such as logical thinking, planning, creating, and design. Recently, second graders have been programming Mbots. They were given a few instructions, a challenge, and were then set on the task of completing that challenge. Students transferred the coding skills that they have been learning all year on other platforms in order to drive the robots. Students got to see how their skills and knowledge could be applied to a real-world, concrete problem or challenge. For photos...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 10:35:00 AM
Can you draw a stick figure? Can you tell a story about what you did when you woke up? Are you Jewish? Well, then, according to Gorf (as Jordan B. Gorfinkel is known), you, like him, are a Jewish cartoonist! Our 3rd and 4th graders had the opportunity this week to work with author Jordan B. Gorfinkel to create and illustrate their own comic book of Megillat Esther.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 10:22:00 AM
Fourth grade students completed their team-making problem-solving program this week. Over the past few months, they worked together to discover and build the foundations of strong partnerships and teams based on open communication, active- listening skills, and learning from our failures. Students worked together with the staff of Team Makers to tackle unique challenges that required critical out-of-the-box thinking to execute.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 9:43:00 AM
Lower School students are celebrating Women's History Month and the phenomenal accomplishments of many women. They kicked off March learning about Roboticist, Dr, Ayanna Howard; All Star, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA league MVP, Lisa Leslie; Alice Miller who fought (and won) in Israel's Supreme Court for the right to be a part of the male-only pilot course in in Israel's Air Force; Danica Patrick, professional car racer; Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel; Dr. Peggy Whitson, astronaut and commander on the International Space Station...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:19:00 PM
Our third grade mathematicians are hard at work! As they continue to practice their multiplication facts through games, flashcards, and online tools, such as Xtra Math, the students are well-prepared to master division.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:58:00 PM
Our 4th Grade Degania students tasted sweet victory as they savored every bite of their special snack treats earned from our Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 MS Basketball game....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 4:00:00 PM
The first grade theme in the Lower School Art studio this month has been the season of winter. Students learned color theory, watercolor technique and guided drawing to create beautiful penguins! Each and every one had its own unique spin. In second grade, students are currently continuing their unit on New York City...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:58:00 PM
Since January, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots have made 2 appearances in STEAM class. The connection between science and technology continues to develop for our curious 4th graders. As an extension to Sound and Light units, the student-scientists programmed special sensors attached to the robots. Testing the accuracy of the ultrasonic sensor, students programmed the robot to stop at a certain distance...
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