Climate Fact Cards

During the month of January, students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program created fact cards in connection with their class unit on Iceland’s glaciers, sea level rise, and Iceland’s proactive efforts to slow the pace of climate change. (Iceland is this year’s Global Focus country.)

The fact cards are similar to public service announcements, with messages ranging from “CO2 is the gas that’s causing Earth to warm up over time” to “The world’s largest glacier is in Antarctica” to “Glaciers melting may trigger more volcanic eruptions in Iceland.”

These signs are posted around the Lower School. Have a look the next time you visit!

View a gallery of selected postcards


Puffling rescue!

The entire Lower School has recently become immersed in a study of Iceland, this year’s Global Focus country. In preparation for their original play called The Great Volcano Rescue, Early Childhood students have been learning about puffins.

Part of the research included watching  a video about a tradition in Iceland called Puffin Patrol (click here to see the video).  After the students became very excited about the idea of rescuing lost pufflings, teachers transformed an area of the classroom into a Puffin Patrol Research Center. Here, students could search for missing pufflings, record data, band the birds, and release them back into the ocean. Students have even gone on Puffin Patrols throughout the Lower School to locate these adorable birds.

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Cardinal and blue jay pinch pots

Following a preliminary pinch pot lesson, K-1 students made sculptures of blue jays and cardinals. We discussed how these birds often remain in Maine for the winter months. Color choice reinforced warm and cool color palettes.


Spanish market in 2-3

The 2-3 space was recently converted into an authentic Spanish Market where students could practice conversation using vocabulary they had learned about food.  There were five different stands that the students rotated through: a Frutería (fruit stand), Verdulería (vegetable stand), Panadería (bakery), Lechería (dairy products), and Una Tienda (a store) where they used “money” to buy real food and items.

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