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Bluebird

Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Molly Bernhardt and Kyrie Lee are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!

 

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Does your child come home and talk about grammar boxes, small bead frames, or botany nomenclature cards in their classroom?

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:45-5 p.m. in the Cardinal Room on the Toledo Campus for Exploring the Lower Elementary Montessori Materials and Curriculum and learn about the work students use in Levels 1-2-3. This month’s parent education program will be presented by Deb Kelleher (Cardinal), Terie Alvarez (Cardinal), and Tonya Reynolds (Goldfinch).

Current Lower Elementary parents and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend this opportunity to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum for children’s ages 6-9 years old.

 

 

Welcome to the first ever Bluebird space blog, created by the inventive third level students!  Below you will find a series of student-created “websites” that will blow your mind.  (Please do not try to get to the links.  These are fictitious!) 

www.see a star explode.com
Created by Elizabeth 2014

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Get a dead star for only $100.

A star can live up to a billion years.  Stars are made of gas, dust, and hydrogen.  Stars are bright because of hydrogen.  A  star dies when it runs out of gas. You can’t see a dead star.

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www.asteroid.com
Created by Cooper 2014

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If you like asteroids then buy a pet asteroid.  But first here are some facts you should know.

An asteroid is a rock that is orbiting the sun.  Scientists think it is rock from the big bang.  Some asteroids even have their own moon.  Asteroids range in size from a few hundred feet across to hundreds of miles across.  The first asteroid was discovered in 1801 by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi. It is called Ceres and has been classified as a dwarf planet.

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Scientists think an asteroid may hit the Earth on February 1, 2019.

The Asteroid Belt is where most asteroids are found.  It is between Mars and Jupiter.

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www.moons in space.com
Created by Ibrahim 2014

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Moons can come in every size and shape.  Find out every mystery about Uranus’ moons.

Uranus has 11 rings. They are hard to see. They are made of ice and covered in dark dust. Uranus has 27 moons. The largest moon is Titania. Titania has craters like the Earth.

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Miranda is also one of Uranus’ moons.  It is one of the oddest worlds anywhere. It also has long deep marks that stretch around it. Scientists know how Miranda got some marks but they do not know all about them.  Voyager2 was the only space craft to go near Uranus. It is why we know more about Uranus.


 

www.ring around saturn. com
Created by Marcus 2014

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Can you stand on Saturn’s rings?  Read on to find out.

Saturn’s rings are made of ice but they are not solid.  They are also made of dust, dirt, and empty space.  Scientists think Saturn has 10,000 rings.  In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei was the first person to see them through his telescope.  Astronomers have named the rings as letters such as Ring A, Ring B and Ring C all of the way up to Ring G.  The spaces in between are called gaps.  The thicker the ring, the brighter it is.

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www.want to know about meteors. org
Created by Andrea 2014

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Are you wondering about meteors?  Read this to find out about a meteor.

Meteors are metal flying through space.  Meteors are called shooting stars or falling stars.  When they enter Earth’s atmosphere, the white stuff you see is an ion tail or a dust tail leaving a streak of light.  When a meteor hits Earth’s surface, it’s called a meteorite.  A meteor has tons of particles on it.  Meteors fall heavier at midnight than at night.  Very large meteors are called fireballs.  On moonless nights, you can see a shooting star easiest.

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www.buildyourownstar.com
Created by Allison  2014

Have you ever seen a star transform into its real shape?  Then go to the Horse head Nebula.

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Inside a nebula, gravity causes spinning balls of gas to form.  These are known as protostars.  The protostar shrinks and its core becomes denser.  An outer halo of gas and dust develops.  When the core reaches a critical density, nuclear reactions start.  The energy released blows away the halo.  As the young star continues to spin rapidly,  the gas and dust that are left flatten into a disk.  In one case these formed into a system of orbiting planets.  The new star shines and changes hydrogen into helium.

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www.theblackhole.com
Created by Derin 2014

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What do black holes look like?  What do they do?  I want to know this and so much more!

A black hole looks like a big tornado. When a star dies it gets hotter and hotter and then blasts into a black hole.

When things get sucked in, they slowly come apart.

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Scientists believe there is a black hole in the middle of another galaxy!

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I want to look at black holes.

“The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination.”    ~ Maria Montessori

Montessori 201: Striking the Imagination

Presented by Lynn Fisher

touching-the-universeChildren from ages 6-12 years old ask endless questions and ponder complicated issues. Dr. Montessori concluded that the only approach to learning that would truly satisfy children at this developmental level is to give them a picture of the whole universe and the where-with-all to see how the parts of the whole are interconnected.

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3:45 p.m. to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum at the elementary level. Current Lower Elementary and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend; parents at all levels are welcome. Child care is provided during the presentation at no charge. Please indicate in the child care sign out book that you attended the event.

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

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Lower Elementary began the first day with the first great lesson, The Big Bang.

Big Bang or Creative Explosion?

The children in the Bluebird room used various media to represent their own versions of the Big Bang lesson, based off of the story Born With a Bang by Jennifer Morgan.  They also created beautiful “I am the Universe” poems.  First level wrote theirs as a collaboration.

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Getting Back to Work

As we start the year in lower elementary, we are busy establishing routines, ground rules, and work expectations.  It is so fun to see the third level come in and ready to embrace all of this and equally exciting to see the 2nd level mentor our new 1st level students.