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This week in River Class

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We hope you enjoy our music video of this week's activities in River Class!
Our latest Big Fish


S'math update

In Joan’s S’math group students have been playing a game (as pictured above and below) in which they help Mole, Frog, and Toad cross a pond by spinning a spinner and moving the character on whom the spinner lands. Students used three different spinners, playing a game with each one. Each spinner gives a different relative amount of space to the different characters. After we recorded and graphed the results we got with each spinner, we were able to determine that with some spinners certain characters were more likely to win and other characters were less likely. We talked about the term probability and whether an event is more likely or less likely. We found that on one spinner Mole had a high probability of winning (he occupied almost 3/4 of the spinner) and poor Toad had a very small probability of winning. We also talked about how as mathematicians we might be temp…

This week in River

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Our latest Big Fish


Music Class
In music class River students learn about the clarinet.

Monday Mélange

Our Monday Mélange included Jamie, our Middle School art teacher. Here you see him showing the children how to draw birds.

Students are proud of their work!

We had a lot of fun learning from an expert.

Students picked out birds using an iPad.                       Their creations were fantastic!



S'math update

Tom has started an in depth study of magnets in S'math. During the past two weeks, students have been introduced to different types of magnets, discussed how each magnet has two poles and discovered that opposite poles attract, while like poles repel. Then students predicted which of 16 different objects would a magnet attract. Each group of 3 was given 3 ring magnets and a box with the 16 objects inside. They took turns testing each object and checking to see if their predictions were correct. At the end of each session, the students took turns trying to separate 2…

Latest news from Design and Engineering

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Wind Power
March is the perfect month to begin our new Design and Engineering unit called, Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills. Students in River and Sky Classes were introduced to the idea of harnessing wind energy through the Engineering is Elementary storybook titled, Leif Catches the Wind.

The school-age characters in the story use wind energy to design a windmill that powers a propeller that adds air to an oxygen-deprived pond. This engineering project ultimately saves the fish in the pond. River and Sky students made pinwheels following the reading of the story as a fun way to launch this two-month long project.
In this unit, children will be discovering methods that engineers use to capture wind energy and discussing science concepts related to air and wind. They will be engaged in hands-on activities that focus on wind currents, mechanical engineering, and the engineering design process.
Middle School teacher, Tommy Johnson, just attended a wind energy professional development …

This week in Dance Class

Enjoy our latest Dance class! We danced to the themes of water and growing.

Boats are floating

River News

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Our latest Big Fish
More rainsticks
Our Monday Mélange was rainstick making with the second group of children. Rainstick making is taking place over the course of three weeks.

The second group of ten students made their rainsticks.


Children had fun using drills, saws, and hammers to create their instruments.


Experienced students kindly helped their peers.


One student steadies the stick while the other drills.


Our parent volunteer makes this all possible.


The finished result is a lot of fun!

Story with Dee


Dance with Annie


Annie begins dance class each week with a book (as above).


This week's theme is water, which is also our Lower School theme this year.


Dancers have fun making different shapes to the music.

Curvy shapes!


Balancing carefully and freezing shapes!

Annie uses a variety of percussion instruments during dance class.


Research time - boats

We continued our boat making during our research time this Friday. Dee introduced the activity by presenting the groups' boats t…

News from River Class

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Our latest Big Fish


Making rainsticks in Monday Mélange

Children work with bamboo to create cool instruments.

They make funnels to add rice.

What a great percussion instrument!


Guessing game fun with Dee

Children take turns to guess what is behind the paper.


Dance with Annie

Annie reads some fun literature prior to Dance Class.

Math activities

Students have to guess what cube configuration is in their partner's train. Students are given help figuring out strategies. The goal is to find the answer using only a certain number of questions.

Students loved playing this fun yet challenging math game.

Students continue to work on computation in their workbooks.

First years have fun being introduced to DreamBox.


Don't forget to choose the activities in the yellow circles!


And remember to PAUSE, EXIT, EXIT when you're done.



Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering students make a pin wheel this week.

Friday Research


Cooperative groups were formed to collaborate on making mus…