Category Archives: Lower Elementary

Water Day!

Near the end of the school year, Lower Elementary and Primary classrooms both celebrate with a favorite: water day! 

Posted in Lower Elementary, Primary

Moving Up

McGuffey families and friends came together to celebrate students who are Moving Up. Moving Up means moving from one classroom to another. We celebrate past growth and future accomplishments. Students Moved Up in Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 6. We … Continue reading

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History in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary has had some exciting lessons in history. First, they learned about Mimar Sinan, who played a large role in developing what we now identify as Turkish architecture. He was responsible for designing many significant mosques for both Suleiman … Continue reading

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Plant Unit

First and second grade are near to completing a unit about plants. Students planted seeds that have been growing in a light box in their classroom. Growth has been documented in plant journals during the life cycle which lasts about … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

Celebration of Learning

For many McGuffey students, Celebration of Learning is their favorite day of the year. Parents and grandparents visit after school to see their child’s classroom and get a peek into what they’ve been working on. The day of Celebration of … Continue reading

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Native American History

Lower Elementary had an amazing week prior to Thanksgiving, taking time to explore Native American history and better understand the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday. Having just discussed the indigenous people of Australia allowed students to draw comparisons. Emily Legg, … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, social studies

Time Travel to the 1800s

Primary and Lower Elementary classes went back in time, taking a trip to the early 1800s when most of the modern conveniences we enjoy today hadn’t been invented. Throughout the day, students had a chance to experience a different kind … Continue reading

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SOAR has begun! SOAR, Students Outside Active and Running, is a Physical Education activity that promotes walking, running and goal setting. Students set a goal for their own mileage and then run or walk during recess for two weeks. They … Continue reading

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Both the Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms made bread. Primary students are studying solids, liquids and gas. Talking about how bread rises is a perfect and delicious way to learn. Students also worked together making butter to eat with their … Continue reading

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Chess in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students recently wrapped up their study of India in History. It is widely believed that the game of chess originated in India. Students learned about the two main theories about how chess came to be. After introducing chess … Continue reading

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