Category Archives: upper unit

Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns

This past week in art, we learned how to draw pumpkins to celebrate the beginning of Fall and the spooky season. We began by examining a real pumpkin to take note of texture, form, and color. Right off the bat, … Continue reading

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Ukuleles!

Students in Grades 7 and 8 have been learning to play the ukulele in music class. Excitement is building and they can be heard practicing on their own around the school during recess and after their work is finished. Grades 7 … Continue reading

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Upper Unit at Glen Helen: Day 3

Maddy and Erin’s group did the weather today. Famous people such as Tiana, a frog, Attila the Hun, and Chester Bennington reported the conditions. Next, they headed off to build shelters. Later, they went to visit the Raptor Center, where … Continue reading

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Upper Unit at Glen Helen: Day 2

Last night we had a fun game night in the dorm, enjoying snacks, music, and the skin safe washable tattoo markers and plates that Will and Kaleb brought. People were rocking some impressive arm art and nail colors. We woke … Continue reading

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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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