All About Gardens - Ms. McCarthy's Kindergarten Class

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:13 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 10:14 AM ]

Our brains are growing faster than our plants!

Ms. McCarthy's class of Kindergarteners had a wonderful time exploring gardens! After exploring 
nonfiction books about gardens, the students studied different types of gardens and what they offer. Using images and texts, the children developed their green thumbs by becoming garden experts and planting their own flower seeds! A variety of their planning and writing work is on display on this board. This beautiful and flowery board can be found outside class 407 in the Minischool.

What Do Fossils Tell Us? - Ms. Klein's 5th Grade Class

posted Mar 13, 2018, 11:53 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 11:53 AM ]

What does the fossil say?

Ms. Klein, Mrs. Marcus, and the students in class 5-104A studied fossils by examining the role of paleontology in the Western Hemisphere. This extensive project pushed the students' brains to the limit, showing just how dedicated and hard working these learners are. Researching with video and engaging in group discussions, the students worked together to define "fossil" and figure out how we can gather information from our fossils. Then, the class engaged in hands-on exploration, digging up a fossil and "reading" its attributes through observation. Their detailed reports can be "dug up" on this ancient, fossilized bulletin board outside room 104A. Come take a look!

Watch Our Characters Change - Ms. King's Second Grade Class

posted Dec 13, 2017, 9:25 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:30 AM ]

Growing and changing... our characters don't stay the same!

In this second grade class, the students learned that characters in great books change. People learn from events in their lives, and ideas, feelings, and behaviors slowly change. The students in 2-126 read books and analyzed their characters in the beginning and at the end. They looked at the changes their characters went through and asked themselves, "What happened in the book that helped my character grow as a person?" The results are these wonderful writing pieces all about the book characters. This delightfully evolved board can be found outside room 126.

It's All About Me Tee - Ms. Griffin's Third Grade Class

posted Oct 17, 2017, 11:55 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 11:55 AM ]

Hey, nice shirt!

When Ms. Griffin's third grade class kicked the year off, their excitement spilled out onto their shirts. The students used these tee shirt graphic organizers to introduce interesting facts about themselves to their classmates. The boxes on these shirts are filled with humor, excitement, and hope. This wonderful (but not quite wearable) display can be found outside room 204.

A "Picture Perfect" Year - Ms. Pascuzzi's Fourth Grade Class

posted Jun 6, 2017, 11:41 AM by Justin Russello

Counting down the days!

As the year draws to a close, students get introspective. Ms. Pascuzzi's fourth graders thought about the amazing year they had, and everything they still have to look forward to. After delving deep into their memories and brainstorming events, the students wrote personal narratives. Each page of these booklets shows the writing process from conception to publication. Adorning the board are photographs taken in the class throughout the year. This fun and reflective display can be found outside room 223.

Life as an Emperor Penguin - Ms. Cruz's Kindergarten Class

posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:48 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 8:48 AM ]

"We're birds, not butlers!"

Did you know all of these amazing facts about emperor penguins? Well, now you can learn along with the students in Ms. Cruz's Kindergarten class! These talented students practiced their nonfiction reading and writing skills to study these Antarctic birds. Many facts were discovered, and students worked hard to craft complete sentences to share their knowledge. And how cute are those paper plate penguins? This frosty display can be found outside room 405.

Characters, Traits, and Themes... OHHH MY! - Mrs. Villanueva's Fourth/Fifth Grade Bilingual Class

posted Feb 4, 2017, 10:36 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

Take me to the jungle!

The dedicated students in Mrs. Villanueva's fifth grade class are working on flexing their listening and writing muscles when it comes to whole class read alouds. For this activity, students analyzed the main character of Jannel Cannon's Crickwing. The class also worked out the important lesson that sometimes people who are bullied can become bullies themselves. The differentiated work in this adventurous board can be found outside room 304.

The Ice Age - Ms. Adorno's Fifth Grade Class

posted Jan 18, 2017, 9:14 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 8:48 AM ]


Up on the third floor, the fifth grade has been learning all about the history of the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Adorno's class used nonfiction texts and the internet to travel 2.5 million years into the past to study the Ice Age. The students created these stunning infographics which showcase their individualized learning, as well as their writing and artistic creativity. This cool board (hee hee... get it?) can be found outside room 301.

Response to Text - Ms. King's Second Grade Class

posted Jan 3, 2017, 11:46 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 11:17 AM ]

Time to show off our comprehension skills!

Ms. King's second grade class has been hard at work reading to analyze characters. Responding to Text is a difficult skill that involves reaching back into a text to find evidence to prove what you say about a character or lesson. These students created booklets in which they answer questions about their stories. These children have some wonderful insights with engaging reasons, and they would love to share their thoughts with you. This powerful display can be found outside room 126.

Fly With Us Through China - Ms. Griffin's Third Grade Class

posted Dec 22, 2016, 9:32 AM by Justin Russello   [ updated Jan 3, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

Let's go fly a kite!

This beautiful display comes from Ms. Griffin's third grade class. In Social Studies, her class has been studying Chinese culture. They learned the importance of kites, as well as how to write some characters in the Chinese alphabet. Come and learn how to write words in Chinese, and get a lesson on flying kites. This incredible display can be found outside room 204.

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