The Upper Elementary teachers are Deb Reddin and Kasey Hagemyer.
December 6, 2013
We have continued to learn from our Discovery simulation. Each week, the students are introduced to a new piece of the simulation. They have been extremely excited to do this and frequently ask if we can have the simulation more than once a week!
In the past (also mentioned in other posts), students have learned:
- mapping skills (reading a map and creating one of their own)
- making a flag for their colony
- preparing to set sail
- selecting cargo for their ship
- loading their ship
- sailing across the Atlantic Ocean and learning the hardships of sailing
- landing in America
- starting a colony
- daily labor and wealth charts
- rules for colonies (setting up the government)
- settlement rounds (a round is pulling prepared cards from weather, farming, fishing, hunting and general welfare and using the information on the card for their colony, i.e. fate cards)
Currently, they are working on colonial expansion. This involves making decisions on how to expand, whether trading with Native Americans for land and food or taking by force. They have to live with the decisions they make like the original colonists.
The students are thoroughly enjoying this and learning history by simulating the experience!
We are Truly Grateful
November 27, 2013
During this time of year, we would like to take some time and be reflective on our many blessings. Miss Deb and I are thankful for the wonderful school, staff, parents and most importantly, students. Our students give us many blessings and remind us what it truly means to be thankful.
A Service Learning Decision
November 22, 2013
Upper Elementary has made a decision on one service learning project they would like to do for the community. While brainstorming several ideas in the classroom last week, one suggestion was to donate to Wood Lane in some form. After hearing the presentation by Miss Kasey and seeing her sons ‘gift’ from an everyday hero, it was decided upon by the students to create sensory quilts for Wood Lane. We would like to create a sensory quilt for each of the five classrooms at Wood Lane.
A sensory quilt is a quilt that has multiple stimuli on it in order to meet the needs of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual sensory input. Each student will be responsible to create five sensorial patches (five senses, five patches). They will put one patch (one stimuli) in each quilt (five quilts). Every patch should measure 12 in x 12 in. You need to provide the materials in order for them to do this. You can purchase these items if you want, but this isn’t necessary. Old fabrics, clothes, and buttons work well too. Please be creativeJ
Other ideas are welcome but need to be approved by the teachers.
Our hope is that we will be able to collaborate with the Wood Lane students to create these beautiful quilts.
We ask that the students bring their materials for the quilt in by Monday, December 2nd. We will complete the squares (sewing, designing, constructing, etc…) here in class.
If there are any questions, please contact us.
This is a sensory quilt made for Miss Kasey's son, RJ, by his everyday hero, Grandma Julie.
11-23-13 Bowling Green Holiday Parade
**Upper has volunteered to pick up trash after the parade ends**
11-26-13 Upper’s Thanksgiving Feast!
****CALLING ALL FAMILIES***
We need to find out how many families will be joining us in the Holiday Parade and how many are willing to help us pick up trash afterwards. Please let Miss Deb and/or Miss Kasey know if you are available for either. After the parade, we will meet at Sentinel Place, 121 East Wooster Street, in the back of the building (on the North side by the garage door) to begin pick up.
November 15, 2013
This past week we started discussing our service learning project for this year. We began with a short video from “Everyday people make a difference”. The video, “Star Fish Story” will touch your heart and can be found at the following link:
We followed with a discussion on what service learning is. As a group, we determined that service learning was about helping others using our strengths and doing something bigger (more than what we typically do). Another part of the conversation was using service learning to help our school, our community and our world. We began brainstorming ideas.
This week, we watched a movie called “Everyday People Make a Difference”. The video contained character education and service learning projects that other schools have done. We learned that the traits everyday heroes possess are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, compassion, and citizenship. We also used a graphic organizer to organize our brainstorming ideas for helping the school, community and the world. The students contributed many great ideas and are excited to begin some projects.
Next week, they will learn about Miss Kasey and her family. Miss Kasey will bring in one of her sons ‘gifts’ from an everyday hero!
11-14-13 Max n’ Erma’s fundraiser in Perrysburg (Levis Commons)
11-23-13 Bowling Green Holiday Parade
**Upper has volunteered to pick up trash after the parade ends**
11-26-13 Upper’s Thanksgiving Feast!
November 9, 2013
Hands on learning with “Jake the Snake!"
This week we got a visit from “Jake the Snake!" Jake is a Herpetologist. He brought many different animals with him to share with the students. Some of the animals he showed the students were a bearded dragon, a frilled lizard, a blue poison dart frog, a green poison dart frog, bold python, and a corn snake.
The excitement for Herpetology was contagious! They learned where the animals came from, what they ate and interesting facts that pertain to that animal! They also got to touch the animals and some even held the animals!!!!! This was a fun experience for the whole group.
Please ask your child to tell you about their experience touching or holding the animals, what they felt like and what they learned about that animal.
Camp was Fantastic!
October 25, 2013
School dad/chaperone Curt Williams said, "I had so much fun with this great group of children!"
The students spent three days and two nights at Camp Wilson. For the daily activities, students were placed in two groups. They traveled with the mixed-aged group to each activities and joined the whole Upper group for others. They also participated in classes, evening activities, home cooked family style meals and bonding as a classroom unit. Miss Deb says, “We really like to go to camp in the fall. There is so much emphasis on teambuilding and our students carry that bond back to the classroom. It allows for a classroom culture where students feel safe to take risks, asks questions, and participate fully in their learning.”
The Montessori philosophy teaches the “whole child.” YMCA Camp is aligned with this belief and promotes core values of caring, responsibility, respect and honesty. Camp is an important time for students of this developmental age group to leave their families and homes and learn in an outdoor environment that promotes qualities and standards such as these. At camp, students learn academics but they also learn much more. Students learn independence, how to grow and bond as a community, how to appreciate the small things, how to make choices, learn new skills, develop new friendships and grow current ones. It also creates memories that will last a lifetime.
Maria Montessori felt that the development of a “true community” promoted a sense of discipline and morality. She thought that the opportunity to engage in a social life was essential to spiritual development and an ultimate goal of education. It is important to develop the “whole child” and work towards learning how to be independent and a life long learner. This is why camp is such a vital part of Upper Elementary.
And it's really, really fun. Click HERE to view more pictures.
The countdown for CAMP WILLSON is on!
October 18, 2013
We have taken time in this past week (and week prior) to really discuss camp and build the excitement level for our students. We created a “worry box” for students to place their camp concerns in so that they can be addressed to the group. We have been reading camp stories from previous students to learn about what goes on at camp. Students who have been to camp have been sharing some stories of their own!
The Montessori philosophy teaches the “whole child.” YMCA Camp is aligned with this belief and promotes core values of caring, responsibility, respect and honesty. Camp is an important time for students of this developmental age group to leave their families and homes and learn in an outdoor environment that promotes qualities and standards such as these. At camp, students learn academics but they also learn much more. Students learn independence, how to grow and bond as a community, how to appreciate the small things, how to make choices, learn new skills, develop new friendships and grow current ones. It also creates memories that will last a lifetime. This is why camp is such a vital part of Upper Elementary.
We are thrilled to share this time with our students next week. We look forward to sharing our camping adventures upon return!
Upper is a dynamic classroom!
October 11, 2013
In Insect Island, sixth graders learned about complete and simple metamorphosis. In Botany, fifth graders are setting up an experiment to see if roots seek water and what obstacles roots can overcome.
Students began a simulation by listening to story presented by Miss. Deb. They toured the school to get a feeling the size of the Mayflower. They continued this simulation in the classroom. Students then began to describe their motivation for being a colonist! Next week they will select items for their cargo.
Fourth and fifth graders continue work on measurement. Sixth graders continue work on integers. In Geometry, fourth graders are examining about parts of a rhombus. Fifth and sixth graders discovered Pythagorean theorem using differing shapes.
Students are completing their final drafts and are excited to see their final product! This book will eventually become a traveling book and will travel home with the students for you to view. Also, they have started to discuss similes and how to write a simile.
The fifth Great Lesson was presented by Miss. Megan. Students learned about the beginning of numbers! This was the last presentation of the Great Lessons.
Day at the Schoolhouse
Third and fourth graders took a field trip to Bowling Green State University to visit the one room schoolhouse. They experienced what a day of school was like in the 1800’s. They had a wonderful time!
- The pumpkin peddler is scheduled for October 18th, 2013. Due to bussing changes, the time will be altered. The field trip is now scheduled from 12pm to 2pm. Please note the time change. Students will eat lunch prior to leaving for the field trip.
- Camp Willson! Camp is scheduled for October 21-23. Details went home from the camp meeting. Please fill out the camp forms and return them.
Special Note from the teachers…
Moving forward with the blog, we will focus more on a subject or two and maybe a special event or simulation. We will not be as detailed with every area. We will also be including students to complete the blog and highlight some new areas on the website. If there are any specific questions you have about classroom happenings that are not included in the blog, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Life in Upper
October 4, 2013
In Cultural Sciences, sixth graders wrapped up their scientific method project and will move on to metamorphosis next week! Fifth graders viewed roots under a microscope. They were observing root hairs grown in soil and roots in water. Fourth graders continue to study biomes. In weather, we learned about the water cycle. The students learned a new song and moves to help them remember the cycle! Ask them to sing it for you! They also completed the Incredible Journey which is a simulation of the water cycle. Students acted as a water molecule traveling through the cycle. Lots of movement and excitement! They also created a bracelet from their journey.
This week in Discovery, students completed their flags with their groups. They are putting a lot of effort and energy in to creating wonderful flags to symbolize their colonies.
In Math, fourth and fifth graders are working on measurement and will continue for the next few weeks. Sixth graders continue to work on integers. In geometry, fourth graders worked with nomenclature cards and learned about parts of a rectangle. Fifth and sixth graders worked on equivalence using manipulatives.
In Writing, students continue to work on their final drafts of their poems and artwork that will accompany their poem. They are extremely creative and will eventually be put in a book that will travel home for you to view!
The Great Lesson
The fourth Great Lesson was presented by Miss. Kasey and Miss. Susannah. Students were engaged as they spoke about the beginning of writing! The fourth graders performed a skit to accompany the lesson. The fifth Great Lesson (and last) will be presented on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 9am.
*Day at the Schoolhouse at Bowling Green State University is on October 8th, 2013. This field trip is scheduled for the third and fourth grade students. This simulation will involve students dressing the part and experiencing life as a student in the 1800’s.
*The Pumpkin Peddler is scheduled for October 18th, 2013. Due to bussing changes, the time will be altered. The field trip is now scheduled for 12pm to 2pm. Please note the time change. Students will have lunch prior to the field trip.
*CAMP WILLSON!!!! Camp is scheduled for October 21-23. Details were sent home with parents during the camp meeting. If you were unable to attend the camp meeting, papers were sent home with your student.
September 27, 2013
In Discovery this week, we worked on creating our own maps! They were very creative and included things like the name of their country, longitude and latitude, names of cities, natural features, legend and scale. They randomly found if they were a government colony, private company colony or a religious freedom colony. They will work on creating a flag for their colony next week.
Fourth graders continue to study the climate zones in Europe. They are learning about the people and animals that live there. In Botany, fifth graders are working on observing the different elements that break down roots. In Insect Island, sixth graders completed their building and it was able to hold weight! They were very engaged building their structure and working through the scientific method. In weather, we learned about wind fronts and added a windsock to our outdoor weather observation.
Fourth and Fifth graders began their first math lesson with measurement. Sixth graders had their first integer lesson. Students continue to learn grade level geometry.
Students heard more of Greg Tang’s books this week. They finished their rough drafts and began typing their final drafts on the computers. They are very excited to create an Upper book and share it!
The third Great Lesson was presented by Miss. Deb. Students were engrossed as she spoke about the beginning of human! The fourth Great Lesson will be presented on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9am.
**Camp meeting is scheduled on October 1st at 7pm in the Upper classroom. Parents and students are invited to attend. A camp representative will be present at this meeting. Students who have already attended camp are asked to join us because we will be discussing new packing rules.
September 27, 2013
Observation: Finding the dew point.
September 20, 2013
This week in Upper we have been busy bees!
In Discovery this week, groups are continuing map work. They worked with latitude and longitude. Next week they will create their own maps. They will begin to organize their colony!
Students heard some of Greg Tang’s books this week. His books incorporate writing (poetry), mathematics and art. In the poetry writings, there is a math riddle. They enjoyed solving the math riddles! Students have started a rough draft of a poetry piece and the creativity is flowing! They will create their own Upper book inspired by Greg Tang’s work.
- International Peace Day is this Friday, September 20, 2013. Students are asked to wear a white shirt. Students will learn their peace groups as well.
- Camp meeting is scheduled on October 1st at 7pm in the Upper classroom. Parents and students are invited to attend. A camp representative will be present at this meeting. Students who have already attended camp are asked to join us because we will be discussing new packing rules.
Watch us Learn!
September 13, 2013
This has been a very engaging week in Upper!
The 5th graders have continued their plant experiments in Botany. The 6th graders were able to go explore our grounds for insects! Oh the fun bugs we collected!
In Discovery, we were grouped in our colonies! We began to investigate maps of Odensa. Students were excited to start this process!
In our writing workshop, students are completing their teacher conferences and their final drafts. They have typed (or are currently typing) their final drafts on the computers, either on the desktops or the laptops.
In weather this week, we created a classroom barometer to help us measure air pressure. We learned about barometers and thermometers. Students are in weather groups and get to make weather observations each day. They record this data on a weather chart. This last couple of hot days has been a focus for conversation for the students!
GREAT LESSONS! We were able to hear the first great lesson about the Universe and the Earth. This is familiar for some and new to others. Students were extremely engaged in the lesson presented by Miss. Mary (teacher in Lower Elementary). She did a wonderful job! The great lessons will continue for the next four weeks. They are presented on Wednesday’s at 9a.m. You are welcome to join us!
Learning New Things...
September 6, 2013
What an eventful week!
We have continued working on our writing piece, “All About Me”. Students have finished their first drafts and are working on revising and editing. They are enjoying sharing their pieces with their peers and are working diligently on making a wonderful literary piece!
4th graders are currently looking at world biomes and learning about the differing climates, animals and people who habitat these places. 5th graders are learning about botany and are experimenting with plants! In groups, they are using air, water, and sunlight to see direct effects on the plants. 6th graders are working on Insect Island where they are continuing to classify insects as well as creating their very own insect. They shared their newly created insects with the whole class!
We began our Discovery simulation as a whole group! We will work in groups as we move further in to the simulation. Discovery recreates experiences of the early American colonists. They will learn why colonists came to North America, why they choose to settle in specific areas and what they used as natural resources. Each group will establish a government and design a flag to represent their colony.
This week, on Wednesday, students brought home a Sentinel-Tribune to read and look over with their parents. They gained familiarity with the newspaper and shared something they learned. We will do more with these weekly newspapers as time progresses.
Lastly, we completed an activity about following directions. The directions were to “read everything first”. It followed with 15 steps of instructions where they only needed to complete two of them if they “read everything first”. Please ask your student about the very important lesson they learned from this activity.
Geometry Lessons, Weather Lessons, Needs of Humans, Botany and 6th Grade Insect Island!
August 30, 2013
This past week has been a wonderful start to our new year! We continue to work on team building exercises and brainstorming ideas to become a better community.
We have started working on our Geometry lessons, Weather lessons, Needs of humans, botany and sixth grade Insect Island! Students are having a great time exploring all the learning materials and learning hands on.
Our writing process is under way! Students have decorated their writing journals with pictures, drawings and fun things brought from home. They have started their rough draft on their first writing piece, “All About Me”. We will continue to work on this writing piece for the next few weeks.
Upper Special Schedule:
Wednesday~Spanish and Music
Friday~Band and Technology
As a friendly reminder, on September 3rd, the Book Mobile will come to the Montessori School. Please have students bring their library card with them. If they need an application for a library card, we have them in the classroom.
Welcome to the 2013-14 School Year!
August 23, 2013
First day was a success! Upper Elementary was excited to begin our year with 17 students! The new students and staff are coming together as a community and enjoying our learning environment.
A get to know you activity was used and you may have heard…we were throwing snowballs! We wrote down three interesting facts about ourselves without using our names. We then crumbled and smashed our papers, which made our snowballs. We tossed our snowballs at each other and had a great snowball fight! Once we each had tossed a few snowballs, we shared our interesting facts with one another and found out who had similar interests. It was a wonderful way to learn about one another!
We discussed our classroom “Rights and Responsibilities”. Students considered the “Rights and Responsibilities” they had for themselves, each other and the classroom. They used the Smart Board to brainstorm their ideas on a graphic organizer.
As a follow up activity, we demonstrated the “Rights and Responsibilities” by sharing how we each contribute to a peaceful, positive classroom environment. We created a spider web visual explaining our part in the community. We each took a piece of string, said what we could do to be a part of the classroom community, and rolled the ball of string to another classmate or teacher. The end result was a beautiful spider web that represented our fantastic ideas! The take away from this activity was that every person plays a part in creating our learning experience and environment.
CALLING ALL PARENTS….
- Do you have a fun hobby or interest that you would love to demonstrate and/or share with our students? If so, please contact us to share your thoughts and ideas and we can plan a time for you to join our classroom!
- Do you have any interest in volunteering? If so, we need parent volunteers to assist with Scholastic Book orders and parent volunteers to drive for field trips (once we get them scheduled). Please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering for either of these.