This blog was created by Kate Klein (Ms. Kate), for her students and the families of The Charles Sumner School, Boston, MA.

We will use this blog in class and at home to explore, share, and create the world we want.

 

I am so impressed with Ms. Reid (K2) and Ms. Guerrios-Doherty’s (PTC) construction project. Challenge Based Learning has kids learning to read, write and do math as they learn to solve problems, work together and create! This curriculum needs to move beyond kindergarten! Please watch the video I helped them make to show their students’ amazing learning.
Enjoy!
https://vimeo.com/92289471

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50 ways to reuse your garbageFrom fruit peels and coffee grounds to pantyhose and pill bottles, here’s how to save money and treat your trash like treasure.

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50 ways to reuse your garbage
From fruit peels and coffee grounds to pantyhose and pill bottles, here’s how to save money and treat your trash like treasure.

Episode 124: 10 Things We Love About Italy

5th Grade Researching Italy
So some of you are going to find the distance from Boston to Italy, and some of you are going to find the distance between Morocco and Italy.
How would you figure this out?
Which direction is Italy from Boston and Morocco?

Once we do that, you are going to watch the video about Italy and answer questions here.

I spent a cold and rainy weekend in New York City with my family. Luckily, that didn’t stop us from exploring and finding some great inspiration for KidsBuild 2014! KidsBuild is a great event put on by our friends at the fabulous Learning by Design:MA and Boston Society of Architects Space. It is a day of challenge based learning where kids build a city from planning to permit to construction. Check out the link for all the fun details.

We particularly liked the Universal (and cool) Design of the new 96th St Subway Station, the LED sign and awning at Super Taco, and the adventure playground with stream. Not shown: seamless corner windows for better views and repeating motifs that look the same, but at a closer investigation were slightly different on each floor.

Also, check out my Highline post from last Spring for more NYC inspiration!

Spring has begun and it is time for 2nd grade to start researching trees!
Let’s watch "The President" to get wowed by one tree.
We will be using Trees Are Terrific as our main source.
Please click on the links below to record your research:
Basic Tree Facts
Leaves

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21 reasons why forests are importantMarch 21 is the International Day of Forests, a U.N. holiday highlighting the value of trees and the price of deforestation. In honor of its second anniversary, here are 21 reasons why forests matter.

My 1st grade students are learning about the loss of cacao trees in Mexico and reading “The Great Kapok Tree”. My 2nd will be starting their research project on trees. This is a great and timely connection!

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21 reasons why forests are important
March 21 is the International Day of Forests, a U.N. holiday highlighting the value of trees and the price of deforestation. In honor of its second anniversary, here are 21 reasons why forests matter.

My 1st grade students are learning about the loss of cacao trees in Mexico and reading “The Great Kapok Tree”. My 2nd will be starting their research project on trees. This is a great and timely connection!

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10 glorious rainbows to get you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and for many, that means raucous parades, flowing kegs of beer, an overdose of green clothing and, of course, countless references to the ubiquitous pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow.
 
In honor of this hallowed Celtic holiday, here is a collection of rainbows captured across the globe.

See all the gorgeous photos.

More work in the spirit of eyebombing!
Thank you http://theadventuresarchive.com/ for the inspirartion!

5th Grade- Research on Morocco

Watch The Perennial Plate’s “Moments in Morocco” by clicking on the image. 

Then complete these questions. You will be comparing how your family gets and prepares food, with how it is done in Morocco.

5th Grade- Research on Morocco

Watch The Perennial Plate’s “Moments in Morocco” by clicking on the image.

Then complete these questions. You will be comparing how your family gets and prepares food, with how it is done in Morocco.