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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Electricity Club

Interested fourth- and fifth-grade students participated in an electricity club during recesses this fall. Students experimented with snap circuits to learn about the basics of electricity and wiring. Inspired by the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, students then built a small styrofoam “Power House” that generated electricity through solar panels and a windmill. They were most excited to see a LED light shining brightly when the windmill spun at high speeds!

Watch a video of students generating electricity

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