Category Archives: science

Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun … Continue reading

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Primary Students Learn About Tardigrades

Last week Primary received a visit from the Upper Unit science teacher, Susie! She came to talk to them about tardigrades, also known as water bears. These microscopic creatures are one of the most resilient forms of life on Earth. Because they are … Continue reading

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Tiny Life

This unit of Science really takes some imagination! Last week Primary students were talking about the living things that exist that we can’t even see. Just in time for cold and flu season, they talked about viruses and bacteria. While some of … Continue reading

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Studying Human Anatomy in the Upper Unit

Ligaments and tendons and bones, oh my! The Upper Unit is studying Anatomy and Physiology in science. They are currently working on the Musculoskeletal System, examining how their own muscles exert force in specific directions, using atlases to look up … Continue reading

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Examining Pinecones in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students are studying seeds this week in Science, and specifically, since there is an abundance of them in the outdoor classroom, pinecones. They are investigating the conditions under which pinecones “open” and “close” their scales. To make an experiment … Continue reading

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Partners and Astronomy

McGuffey has a spiral curriculum, which means our students revisit subjects at older grades, adding another layer to their existing knowledge. At times, students in different grades will be studying the same subjects. Both the Primary and Upper Units have … Continue reading

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Primary Studies Electricity

Earlier this month, the Primary classroom studied electricity. They talked about how electricity is generated, and travels through different parts of the power grid on its way to houses, schools, and other places. Electrical wires are generally the highest wires on … Continue reading

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Upper Unit’s Star Party

McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, … Continue reading

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Making a Discovery

A few students in our Lower Elementary classroom dug up a piece of rock filled with ancient coral and seashells this morning in their outdoor classroom. They used brushes and shovels to dig it out of the ground, and they worked … Continue reading

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The First Great Lesson: Our Universe

Susie, the Science teacher for our Upper Unit, paid the students in Lower Elementary a lunchtime visit on Friday in order to share the First Great Lesson with them! The Great Lessons are a Montessori tradition in Lower Elementary classrooms; these five … Continue reading

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