Category Archives: upper unit

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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The Upper Unit Learns about the Ancient Maya

The Upper Unit is wrapping up its tour of the ancient world in early Mesoamerica. We have spent the last few weeks learning about the Maya. The students had the opportunity to learn about Mayan hieroglyphs and created “glyph blocks” … Continue reading

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Learning about the Great Pyramids of Egypt in the Upper Unit

The Upper Unit students are examining who built the pyramids in Egypt and putting all the skills they have learned this year to the test. They are looking through several documents, learning from primary sources, evaluating the evidence, corroborating the … 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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Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Many Upper Unit students are participating in the Oxford NAACP’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Exposition this year. This annual event celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through the visual and literary arts. The students’ work will … Continue reading

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Baking Muffins with Partners

On Wednesday, our Middle School students and their Lower Elementary partners got together to make a snack for the school: gluten-free muffins for everyone. Since variety is the spice of life, they made two kinds: blueberry and apple streusel. This … Continue reading

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Free Time at Glen Helen

The Upper Unit’s stay at Glen Helen isn’t always full of scheduled activities. There is still time to hang out at the dorm with classmates and have a little unstructured fun. Students have been playing card and board games, playing … Continue reading

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Daily Activities at Glen Helen

The Upper Unit students are enjoying the outdoors at Glen Helen this week, but what are they doing? They are hiking the Glen and learning about birds and forest animals, forest ecology, geology, and local cultural history. The students go … Continue reading

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