Lower Elementary spent approximately three weeks researching different topics and applying different writing skills to showcase what they learned. During this exercise students had the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, revise and edit their writings in an effort to make it the best it can be! Last week during our event “Elementary Presents”, students presented their work to a captive audience of comprising of parents, peers and siblings.
Constellation Presents: The Timeline of Life
Our Constellation classroom presented a play “The Timeline of Life.” Each student chose one animal from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, or Cenozoic eras to represent in the play. They took much delight in researching and writing down their script. Students enjoyed writing the script. They also learned about theater program called a playbill. A few of the third-years explained the purpose of these programs to the class. To create their playbill, student cast wrote brief autobiographies. Many playbills also include advertisements, so in a class meeting, students took part in a mini-marketing lesson. They learned the importance of advertisements by companies. As one student said, “Ads make you want to buy things.” For a creative follow-up, students created companies to advertise. We loved seeing their creativity come alive in colorful illustration.
Aurora Presents: From Cavemen to Machinemen
Inspired by the third Montessori Great Lesson “The Coming of Humans”, the Aurora, students researched the fundamental needs of Early Man and how they have evolved with time. They learned that the Stone Age is so called because humans used stones to make pots and weapons. They researched what prompted ancient people to migrate or settle down, how languages developed, and even how we determine the age of fossils (radiocarbon dating). The students together wrote a script for a play titled From Cavemen to Machinemen. As part of staging a play, students helped design the set, program the sound and special effects and designed the costumes for the play. It was fascinating to see what the student thought the future with robots would look like.
Galaxy Presents: Galaxy Newscast
Galaxy students learned about what it takes to produce a play, produce a newscast, write a news article, and the components of a newspaper. A news article almost always contains five components: The Headline, The Lead, Facts, Details and General Information. Students also practiced reading news articles and locating the information that answers the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, why.) The topics of their articles, which were found on child-friendly news sites and included Hanukkah, Dinosaur Footprints Found in Scotland, The World’s Oldest Intact Shipwreck, Who To Turn To If The News Makes You Upset, and An Alien Moon Larger than Neptune!
It was a busy week but was well worth it as we watched our children glowing with pride as they presented all that they explored and created. We can’t see what they will do next!