Category Archives: upper unit

The Map Game in the Upper Unit

The Upper Unit students are learning about landforms, how to read a map, and more with the Map Game. The Map Game incorporates Social Studies, Math, Science, and ELA in an interesting format and is scaled for students of different … Continue reading

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Inventing with Little Bits in the Upper Unit

Middle School and Upper Elementary students began Science this year by exploring Little Bits’ STEAM curriculum. Little Bits are electronic building blocks that allow students to easily build circuits and create inventions with them. During the first weeks of school, … Continue reading

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Don’t You Forget About Breakfast Club

On Wednesday the Upper Unit brought back a fun experience from last year: Breakfast Club! A group of students planned “breakfast for lunch”, went to the grocery store and did the shopping, and prepared and cooked a meal for their … Continue reading

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Learning About the Myaamia Language

Jarrid Baldwin, son of Darryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, stopped by our classroom today to speak to the students about the Myaamia language and the role oral tradition played in their culture. We will be discussing … Continue reading

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A Visit From Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz, children’s book author, visited McGuffey’s Upper Unit last week. Gidwitz’s book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, is one of three Newbery Honor Books for 2017. McGuffey Middle School students read and studied the book with Quentin ahead of Gidwitz’s visit and prepared … Continue reading

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The Breakfast Club

The Upper Unit was treated to breakfast for lunch this week thanks to the work of our Grade 4 class. During our Democratic Meeting, this group of students created a proposal to have breakfast for lunch once a month which … Continue reading

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Middle School Students on the Road

Our Middle School students (Grades 6-8) are out and about on their annual spring trip. This year’s destination is St. Louis, Missouri. On our first full day we participated in a mock trial of the Dred Scott case; visited the … Continue reading

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Working on Literature Journals in the Upper Unit

In the Upper Unit, students’ Literature Journals are a chance for them to have a dialogue with a teacher about texts they are currently reading. This work has multiple benefits: writing their thoughts helps students to crystallize them, and also helps to make invisible thinking … Continue reading

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Examining the Cardiovascular System in the Upper Unit

The students in our Upper Unit had a chance to dissect pig hearts and lungs last week as part of their study of the circulatory system. After exploring the heart and lung system as a whole, students examined and dissected heart structures such … Continue reading

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Playing Math Games in Upper Elementary

Math is fun! That’s what Upper Elementary students are learning as they work on their Mathematics skills using several games. These games work on drilling skills like multiplication and division while making the experience more enjoyable for the students. Ask … Continue reading

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