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After a visit to the Yale University Art Gallery to view works of art from around the world, First Grade Explorers were inspired to write the story behind the Chi Wara of Mali, Africa. The Bamana people believe that a mythical farming antelope name Chi Wara taught their ancestors to farm successfully. Class A103 worked together to write and illustrate the tale of Chi Wara. 

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Homes provide us with basic shelter, but they can also do much more. Grade 5 Explorers learned the process of designing a home and the things to consider when planning a house and its place in a neighborhood. These young designers came to understand the role of architects and how architects communicate ideas and solve problems through design. The residential neighborhood they created is on display in the Library Media Center through June. Come and see how well-designed homes comfortably shelter the people who live there and positively impact the community. The blueprints for these delightful homes are exhibited on the second floor.

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Attention! This is a Public Service Announcement! Healthy choices lead to healthy lives! For their second thematic study, Grade 2 Explorers have been investigating health and well being. They've been learning about how devlopment and choices affect the way we feel, grow and live. Click on the frames below to watch this series of PSAs. In creating these videos the second graders are able to share their discoveries with a larger audience and inform us of what they've learned about wellness and good choices. Here's to our health!!

 

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Why do we invent? How do inventions affect out lives? Fourth Grade Inventors have been problem solving and designing for the past few months in order to produce innovative solutions to real world problems. The resulting inventions show creativity and individulaity. These inventive Explorers have sharpened their problem-defining and problem-solving skills while employing science, technology, math, art and much, much more. We are very impressed by the rigorous inventing  process the 4th Graders took on and the exemplary products they have produced.

In the words of Thomas Edison, " If we all did things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves..."

 

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In March of 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. On the outside in white paint, were these words" Hana Brady" and "Waisenkind"- the German word for orphan. They mystery of this suitcase takes researchers and readers back through seventy years to a young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. 

Fifth Grade Explorers learned all about Hana and her experiences during the Nazi Occupation as they read Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine as part of their in-depth study, Bullies, Victims & Allies. How do personal experiences affect perception? How do personal choices affect change? Students pondered these questions as they analyzed Hana's experiences. In trying to understand her perspective, they created their own "Waisenkind" suitcase filled with items reflective of their lives and their choices. Artifacts tell a story about the people who left them behind; our suitcases aim to do just that.

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