Category Archives: upper unit

Grammar in the Upper Unit

Upper Elementary and Middle School are finishing up a unit of grammar. The Montessori method of grammar instruction uses manipulative symbols for various parts of speech. UE enjoyed reading the Parts of Speech fairy tale, which is a method of … Continue reading

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Population Density

This semester the Upper Unit students are learning about the physical and cultural geography of Asia. We began with a look at the differences in land mass, total population, and population density between North America and Asia. Using the data … Continue reading

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Cell Biology and Genetics

Upper Elementary has been studying cell biology, using models, books, online resources and three part cards to study the organelles of animal cells. Each student made a play dough model of a cell. In the student-made cell above, you can … Continue reading

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Simple Acts of Kindness

Every year we go to Glen Helen we spend the week with students from another school. This year our students surprised us with a simple act of kindness. The “Golden Dustpan” is a Glen Helen prize for the cleanest dorm. … Continue reading

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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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