Program Update – Math with Andrea and Virgil

6th Grade In 6th grade math, we are wrapping up our unit on histograms and number characteristics like prime factorization. We’re expanding on our knowledge of area and perimeter in our new unit by exploring triangles and composite shapes. To derive the area formula of a triangle, we used this simulation by Geogebra to notice…

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Program Update – Music with Sarra

6th Grade Students have been working on the song “Amani Utupe,” first learning the song in solfege before moving to words. Each section learns one part of the song and will combine it with the other section for the Winter Arts Night performance. I have been impressed with the students’ confidence and willingness to sing…

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Seventh Graders Present Cell Models

Science teacher, Virgil Beck, loves teaching life science to seventh graders. It’s a unique window of development when they’re thinking deeply about who they are and how their bodies work. As they learn about the inner workings of the human body, Virgil gives them an opportunity to show what they’ve learned about cells. This week,…

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Explorer West Program Update-Social Studies with Daniela Hall

Sixth Grade Social Studies How do historians figure out what happened thousands of years ago? How do archaeologists gather and use evidence? In social studies, the sixth graders are deep into a “Mystery in the Alps” investigation, examining evidence surrounding the 1991 discovery of Ötzi the Iceman. Using information about artifacts and the death scene,…

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