Lower Elementary North
LOWER ELEMENTARY NORTH HOMEROOM TEACHERS
Liz Resler and Megan Prybylski
September 22, 2017
This week has been busy! We extended our geography unit by introducing a special mat that students can label land forms, water forms, or both land and water forms. This work coincides with our third year students starting Imaginary Island. Their first lesson was on islands and volcanoes. They located islands on a map and did an underwater volcano experiment.
For language we introduced the article to our grammar shelf and continue to work on compound words on the word study shelf.
If you haven't had an opportunity to listen to one of the Five Great Lessons, join us for the final story on How Numbers Began.
September 15, 2017
As the weeks of school go by we take time to observe how each student is working and evaluate how they may be responding to their responsibilities. We are pleased with how well the majority of the students are taking their 'job' of learning seriously. Each week we will send home their checksheet or planner for parents to review all the work that their child has done. This is a great tool for communication between school and home. New work this week includes work on:
- the Time Line of Life
- Stems and Roots
- Expanded Notation
September 8, 2017
The Coming of Life. Our Lower Elementary teaching team told a story that revolves around the Timeline of Life, a long chart with pictures and information about microorganisms, plants, and animals that have lived (or now live) on the earth. The great diversity of life was emphasized, and special care was paid to the “jobs” that each living thing does to contribute to life on earth., the elementary classes enjoyed the presentation of the Second Great Lesson-
Next week we will enjoy The Story of Humans. Please feel free to join us. These stories take place on Wednesdays at in Oberheu.
September 1, 2017
The upcoming three day weekend will be well deserved for both students and teachers. It has been a very busy week! In order to reach normalization in the classroom there is much orientation going on. Students have been taking in an immense amount of information regarding the routine in the classroom as well as expectations and responsibilities with academics. Many small group and individual lessons have taken place.
The First Great Lesson was presentedby the Lower Elementary teachers. It is the beginning of the series of the Five Great Lessons that Maria Montessori compiled to give students an overall impression of the grand topics on the universe, the earth, and life on earth. We invite everyone to come and listen to the lessons which will be presented on Wednesdays at .
We're off to a great start this school year. Have a restful and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.
August 25, 2017
We hope you had a relaxed, fun-filled summer! We would like to welcome back both new and returning families as we begin an enriching and exciting school year. The children came in ready to work!
The first week was a week of review and many lessons. Older students have taken written assessments in Math and Language and all students will review or move on in the curriculum as needed. Lessons were given in Zoology, Geography and Botany. Students will distinguish between living and non-living, learn different land and water forms and identify parts of the plant. Students will continue to explore the work on the shelves next week.
If you haven't had a chance, please consider volunteering your time and/or efforts as a volunteer reader or help with classroom parties. Sign up sheets are outside our classroom door.
June 2, 2017
We still have a couple of special activities planned before we say goodbye to our friends for the summer. On Monday, June 5, students may bring in their favorite board or card game to play with friends. On Tuesday, June 6, students need to be dropped off at The Carter Historic Farm at 9:00am. They need to bring a completely disposable lunch and drink. Students also need to be picked up by 2:30pm at the farm. On Wednesday, June 7, students will help close their classroom community by cleaning the classroom, distributing our stick bundle and enjoying a picnic lunch. Please make sure your child brings a completely disposable lunch and drink. In the afternoon, CAPE is providing inflatables, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt.
Thank you again for sharing your children with us. It has been a wonderful year!
May 26, 2017
Traditionally, the last few days of school we plan special activities to say goodbye to our friends for the summer and to bring closure to our community. Here are the plans for the last days of school.
Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day, No School
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Talent Day
Students may show off a talent. (piano, violin, dance sing a solo, etc.)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Lego Day
Students may bring a small structure of Lego’s to share. Structure MUST fit in a shoebox.
Students may bring a Lego Game to share.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Island Day
Third Year students will present their Imaginary Island reports.
Students may wear a favorite Hawaiian or beach shirt.
Bring a beach towel for leisurely reading.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Year End Progress Reports sent home.
This is the last day for Subway Subs.
Monday, June 5, 2017 – Game Day
Children may bring their favorite board or card game to play with friends.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – The Carter Historic Farm
9:00 am-Drop off your child at the farm.
2:30 pm-Pick up your child at the farm.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Last Full Day of School
Students will help close their classroom community for the summer.
Picnic lunch – bring a completely disposable lunch and drink.
CAPE is providing inflatables, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt.
Thank you for sharing your children this year! See you in the fall!
Lower Elementary Teachers
May 19, 2017
Our third year students have been receiving lessons on estimation all week. Because a lot of the Montessori materials spiral throughout each level, we introduced estimation using the Spindle Boxes and the 1000 cubing chain which are early childhood materials. A phrase that they learn to help remember how to round is, “Five or more, let it soar. Four or less, let it rest.”
For word study, students are working on nomenclature cards. With this work, they put scrambled sentences in order to make a sentence. Younger students are focusing on capitalization and punctuation. The older students are putting the sentences together to make a paragraph. Their focus is on indenting, capitalization and punctuation.
May 12, 2017
May 5, 2017
Now that spring is here, we’re back to focusing on Botany, and more specifically seeds! Students are learning the parts of a seed, what their functions are, and the different types. In celebration of Earth Day, last Thursday, students planted seeds in the garden, picked up trash and twigs on the playground, took a nature walk, and enjoyed a special dessert, Dirt Pudding.
Our new word study unit is on letter writing. Students will learn to define the five parts of a friendly letter along with writing a letter. They will also learn how to properly address an envelope, write a postcard and a thank you card. This is a great unit with summer approaching. If you are looking for an activity for your child to do, have them write a letter and mail it to a friend.
April 28, 2017
April 21, 2017
In zoology, we have concluded our study on mammals and are now reviewing all 5 classifications of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The students can choose to review the external parts of these animals, the internal parts of these animals, or research a particular animal from a classification.
Our second year students are excited to start a research on one of the western states we have been studying. They each got to randomly choose a state. They will first read a book about their state and then start finding out when their state was admitted into the union and when it became a state. They will also research exciting attractions, famous people, and places they would like to visit.
April 14, 2017
We hope that our visitors for Grandparent's Week enjoyed their visit. Students showed them how to use the checkerboard, and the stamps. Others shared the grammar work and phonics. Tours of the classroom were given as well as tours of the school.
April 7, 2017
One of the anticipated lessons in the Montessori Elementary is the presentation of the Decanomial . The third year students have been introduced to it this week. It is a giant square (literally and figuratively) and is laid out in bead bars. This lesson has the students building the math facts from 1x1 to 10x10. These facts form squares with the materials which will exchange into cubes. With a final result being the Pink Tower!
We will be welcoming grandparents and special adults to our classroom next week. If you haven't signed up, look for the sign up sheet in the foyer. The students are excited to give them a tour of the classroom, visit the book fair and show them the work they are doing in the classroom.
March 31, 2017
We're ending the month of March busy as ever. Students continue working on the western states for Geography, dictionary work for Word Study and mammals for Zoology. Our focus for Zoology, the next couple of weeks, will be on whales and dolphins.
March 24, 2017
Our new language unit is on the Dictionary. The Common Core State Standards require that students learn how to use reference materials to help them fully understand words through definitions and sample sentences. Some students are learning the parts of the dictionary, while others are looking up entry words, using guide words, and determining their part of speech, pronunciation, and definition. These features of the dictionary will help students to learn new words and recognize them when they read and also use them when they speak and write.
In geography, the students are learning about the 13 Western States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They are learning the flags of these states, doing research, and looking for interesting facts and special features specific to each. Our second year students will be getting one of these states to begin an in depth research. They have been looking forward to this project and can't wait to get started.
March 17, 2017
Welcome back from Spring Break! It was nice to see so much sunshine which fills us all with energy. The children shared some fun-filled family activities. It was nice to hear that they enjoyed their week off.
March 3, 2017
Dr. Montessori believed that developing children needed to learn from activities outside the classroom. They need real life experience in the natural world, society and culture. Field trips are extremely important.
The elementary students traveled to the Mazza Museum located at the University of Findlay this past www.mazzamuseum.org. It is home to the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum currently owns 8,163 original works of art and represents 586 artists. On this trip, we received a tour, completed an art activity, and rode down a curly slide to end this fun and informative trip. If you would like more information about the Mazza Museum, the website is .
February 24, 2017
February 17, 2017
Our new Science unit for the month is on the Skeletal System. Every person has a skeleton made up of many bones. Did you know the adult human body has 206 bones?
Students are learning that our bones have three main jobs: to move, to protect delicate vital organs and to produce blood cells in bone marrow. Other activities on the shelf include learning the common and scientific names of bones, where they are located and what their function is in the body. Students can also label bones on a skeleton.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday with lower south. We can’t thank our parents enough for volunteering their time to make our party a success. The children enjoyed a snack, a craft, and two games.
February 10, 2017
This week we brought out a popular item for the grammar shelf: The Farm. With this material, students build models with objects, label their designs with word cards, and diagram the parts of speech using the grammar symbols. We also introduced the adverb.
In word study, we introduced our alphabetizing unit. Alphabetizing is an essential skill that will help students in many day-to-day tasks at home and at school. Knowing how to alphabetize will make it easier for children to locate and use commonly sought information (i.e. dictionary, phone books, directories, library skills such as finding a book listed by the author’s last name, etc.). Students will also be alphabetizing their Valentine’s next week, in class,.
The third year students continue to delve deeper into their Imaginary Island work. This week, they worked with partners to complete a world map by locating corresponding coordinates.
February 3, 2017
Who were the 45 presidents of the United States? This is the History
Unit the students are working on in our classroom. They are creating
timelines, learning facts, writing research papers, and more. With
President's Day coming up, this has been a popular choice from the
Third year students learned about latitude and longitude lines at
their last Imaginary Island lesson. The Imaginary Island Unit allows
students to visualize, draw, and write about a make-believe island.
Lessons include learning about land forms, water forms, latitude
lines, and longitude lines. They also discussed the equator, the prime
meridian, the hemispheres, and how to find the coordinates of
January 27, 2017
The new week has some new units on the shelf to explore. We have completed our study of Australia and have moved northward to the continent of Europe. The new study has the children tracing and learning the countries of Europe. The European flags are available to the students to draw and learn. They also have the option to do a research on one of the European countries. Another new unit has to do with fractions. The fact that a fraction is part of a whole will be explored. New materials are available to compare fractions, add and subtract fractions, and do story problems with fractions. Finally, on our word study shelf, teachers gave a lesson on prefixes. Prefixes will change the meaning of a root word and learning this will add to our vocabulary.
January 20, 2017
Last week we had a special guest speaker from the Wood County Hospital
presenting a program called, “Veggiecation.” Veggiecation is a
culinary-nutrition program that introduces children to the wonderfully
delicious and nutritious world of vegetables. Did you know that your
son/daughter likes spinach? During class, our students got to help
make “Sweetheart Smoothies! These smoothies consisted of spinach,
strawberries, honey and yogurt. If your child doesn’t like
vegetables, try putting them into a blender and add whatever
ingredients you want to make a smoothie. They were delicious!
Our new Science unit for the month is on the Muscular System. The
muscular system is responsible for the strength and movement of the
human body. Did you know you have more than 600 muscles in your body?
Students are learning that we have three different types of muscles:
involuntary, voluntary and cardiac. Other activities on the shelf
include parts of an eye, labeling the different muscles, and learning
the jobs of different muscles.
January 13, 2017
It is that time of year, when we wish for those days of warmth and sunshine. Or at least a nice blanket of fluffy snow that represents the beauty of winter. Winter is so unpredictable that we may get all of that, sooner or later. A unit that we often do during the winter months is our Zoology unit on birds. We offer the students a pair of binoculars to look out the window and observe nature outdoors focusing on any winter bird.
January 4, 2017
December 16, 2016
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The students are well into the end of the semester and working to their full potential. Most students are aware of their work responsibilities and of the teachers expectations. It is a time when, as teachers, we have the opportunity to step back and observe the "magic" that is going on in the classroom.
Our wish for all of our families is to have a peaceful and joyful time these next few weeks. Take time to read, play and enjoy each other's company. Happy New Year to everyone! We look forward to a productive 2017.
December 9, 2016
Curriculum Night at MSBG has always been a big success. We were happy to see so many of our families take time to attend. If, for any reason, you could not attend please make an attempt to visit the classroom so your child can show you the work they enjoy most.
December 2, 2016
Our next class of vertebrates we are studying in Zoology is reptiles. Edwina, our pet turtle, was a willing participant in the lesson. Students are learning the parts of a reptile and their functions. Once mastered they will use their research skills to answer questions about a particular reptile, write a report and present what they learned to the class.
In geography, we started a unit on the continent of Australia. Students will work with the classic Montessori puzzle map and biome map. They can choose nomenclature (matching work) of the animals, homes, clothing, and famous places in Australia. We would like to invite anyone who has lived in or visited Australia to come into the classroom and share any information with us. Please let us know!
November 19, 2016
On Tuesday we went to the BGSU Planetarium to further our sun, stars and constellations science unit. We experienced a lesson called, "Storybook Sky!" This lesson included the mythology and stories of a few prominent constellations. The tales of the ancient Greeks, Native Americans, and many other cultures used the sky as a storyboard. A variety of these tales were told under the planetarium sky and the students also created their own constellations and stories.
We would like to thank Heather Orth, Jim Ploeger, Karen Krueger, Andy Gross, Julie Cripps and Mary Cleland for making this trip possible and driving our students to the Planetarium.
Each year to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday we prepare a feast for lunch. Our luncheon is a good opportunity for community building and to practice the practical life skill of preparing a meal. Here is our menu: turkey hot dogs, potato chips, carrots, celery, vegetable dip, pickles, pilgrim hat cookies, school milk, and apple juice boxes. This year to help defray the cost of the lunch we would like each student to bring in $2.00. We will have our luncheon on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Please send in your child's $2.00 by Friday, November 18. We are also looking forward to the 3rd year going shopping on Monday for our Thanksgiving feast.
November 11, 2016
Students in the Lower Elementary have been introduced to geometry lessons for several weeks now. The Montessori geometry lessons are introduced in the early childhood classes as exploration of figures with the Geometry Cabinet, the Constructive Triangles, and The Geometric Solids. In the elementary classes, lessons are introduced as the consciousness of figures. They are trying to explore the relationship between figures. Students began by reviewing solids, and the plane shapes. Presently, lessons include the Nomenclature of the Basic Concepts and The Initial Study of Line.
November 4, 2016
Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to meet us for conferences. It is important for us to work together and make the best academic/social choices for the children. Please remember that you are welcome to come visit and see your child in action.
We have money work out on our shelves! Students can learn how much coins are worth and find the value of a small collection of coins. As they progress, they will be counting money and making change using coins and dollar bills.
Our history focus this month is on the concept of The Fundamental Needs of Humans. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that all humans share common basic needs which, when met, help open the doors for human freedom, respect, cooperation and environmental accountability; all of which are crucial for creating civilizations and establishing peace. The Fundamental Needs of Humans are divided into two categories: Material Needs and Spiritual Needs. Materials Needs include: sufficient food, appropriate clothing, shelter, defense and transportation. Spiritual Needs include: love, art/music, religion and vanity.
In geography, we are learning about different biomes of the world. Each biome can be described as an area on our earth that shares the same species, climate, animals, and plants. Biomes are different according to the continent on which they occur. Students can explore the puzzle maps or nomenclature that coincides with each biome.
October 28, 2016
We have a visitor in our classroom for a few days while Upper Elementary is at camp. We are "frog-sitting" their African Clawed Toad, Kermit. It was perfect timing too since this week we introduced our next unit of study in Zoology. Following the story of The Second Great Lesson, we are studying Amphibians. These slimy creatures are of much interest to the students and having Kermit available makes it so much more fun.
October 21, 2016
We celebrated the harvest with a Harvest party in the north and south classrooms on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Thank you to our party coordinator, Leah Nietz, and all the parents that made this party a success. The children enjoyed a snack, story, and two crafts. We all had a great time!
On Thursday, Oct. 20, we sent home your conference time confirmation in your child’s mailbox. Please check with your child if you did not receive this paper. We are looking forward to sitting down with you to discuss your child’s progress.
October 14, 2016
Each month we will introduce one or two of the parts of speech of grammar. "Dr. Montessori says it is a mistake to give grammar to the ten year old. He has no interest in grammar: He is out of that period of development. Instead, we must give grammar to the six and seven year olds. Children of this age are interested in grammar, and it will be a help to them in the development of their language." - Language Volume I, Columbus Montessori Center. There will be the classic Montessori materials as well as supplemental work for the students to explore the nine parts of speech. This week we introduced the adjective.
Our new History Unit is covering information on the flag and elections. Scholastic News has offered a student presidential election poll since 1940. The amazing fact is that the poll has been accurate since 1960. Our deadline to vote was October 12 and we will get results in the future.
October 7, 2016
Our new unit of study, in zoology, is on Fish. Miss Liz shared a mounted Walleye to introduce the unit. Our younger students are learning the parts of a fish and their functions. Older students are using their research skills to answer questions about a particular fish, writing a report and presenting what they learned to the class.
The Fifth Great Lesson, How Numbers Began, has prompted our new math unit on Roman Numerals. With this unit, students will match and learn to write the Roman Numerals into the millions. This unit has always been a favorite of the students.
Why do leaves change colors in the Fall? It’s the perfect time of year to explore these changes with our new, leaf study, on the Botany shelf. Each student selected a leaf at recess to investigate. They will learn to identify leaf margins, veins, and parts of a leaf.
September 30, 2016
September 23, 2016
The 2nd Great Lesson, Life Comes to Earth, has inspired the class to explore the Timeline of Life. Students will be investigating the eras, periods, and different ages of the Timeline. As teachers, we enjoy the excitement and comments the students express when doing this "fun" work.
On Monday, our first year students got a check sheet to track the work that they do throughout the week. The goal for your child is to be able to plan a day’s worth of work and complete it during our Great Period from 9:00am-11:30am. Typically, these will get sent home on Fridays. This is a great tool you can use to find out what he/she is learning in school. Look for it in your child’s mailbox each week. Our second and third year students will continue the use of their student planners.
September 16, 2016
It amazes us how quickly time goes by. Perhaps, it is because time flies when we're having fun. Or is it that time flies when we are busy, or both?
September 9, 2016
In Lower North, we continue to give small and large group lessons to help the students make choices with their daily work cycle. Each day they are required to make a choice in Math, Language, and Culture. We are pleased with the activities and choices they have been making.
We also started our special area classes. This year all of our specials are on Fridays except for Spanish which is on Tuesday afternoons. We are fortunate to have a great group of teachers who work with the students in the areas of music, art, physical education, and Spanish. Our specials schedule is posted outside the classroom door.
September 2, 2016
This week the elementary students were introduced to the Five Great Lessons of Maria Montessori, on her birth date, August 31st! The First Great Lesson is the story of The Beginning of the Universe and the Earth. This lesson opened up our unit of the sun, stars and constellations for History. The students in lower north will be able to explore and learn fun facts such as Are stars colored? and Are stars really star shaped? Students may also choose to learn the background and myths of the constellations. There is a vastness of knowledge to be learned with this unit and it is always a favorite with the students.
August 26, 2016
We hope that you had a relaxed, fun-filled summer! We would like to welcome back both new and returning families to our school year. The children came in excited and ready to work! The first week was a week of review and many lessons. Older students have taken written assessments, in math and grammar, and will review or move on in the curriculum as needed. Lessons were given in Zoology, Geography and Botany. Students will distinguish between vertebrates and invertebrates, review continents and oceans, and identify parts of the plant. Students will continue to explore the work on the shelves next week.
If you haven't had a chance, please consider volunteering your time and/or efforts as a volunteer reader, a volunteer for math facts, or help with classroom parties. Sign up sheets are on our classroom door.