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Maine Educational Assessment

Our 5th and 6th graders will be taking the MEAs (Maine Educational Assessments) next week from March 26 to March 29. A good night's sleep, breakfast and a healthy snack really helps them to do their best ! Thank you for all your help !!

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Globes.m4v

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F.A.R.M.S. Kitchen

F.A.R.M.S. Kitchen
            On January 17, 2019 our class was fortunate to go to the F.A.R.M.S. Kitchen to prepare and cook an Asian meal. As always, we learned so much about local and fresh ingredients, kitchen safety and how to prep and cook!
We made Vietnamese Spring Rolls,Maine vegetable New Year Rolls, Japanese carrot and parsnip salad, Szechwan eggplant and Asian fried sesame and coconut mangos. It was quite a feast ! Everyone tried all the dishes and most loved everything.
            The best part of these trips is setting the tables and sitting down to eat together. Mrs. Kleinkopf had chopsticks for us to try and some of our students were really good at using them. Big thanks to Karen Kleinkopf, Ellen Durgin and Holly Arbuckle !

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Book Launch Celebration

Book Launch Celebration
        In early January our class held a Book Launch Celebration. We have been studying Asia. Each student did research to write a non-fiction book about about a unique Asian animal. They did research using a specific categories chart to find out about each animal's description, habitat, habits, food , prey, survival strategies and their interactions with humans. We found out that many animals are endangered because of human interactions with the animals or their habitat. We researched the ways that groups of people are trying to help endangered animals and what we can do to help also. We decided to symbolically adopt a pangolin through the World Wildlife Fund and are anxiously waiting for our stuffed pangolin and adoption papers to arrive !
        Each student presented their informational writing to the class. 
Everyone was able to include all the parts of non-fiction works in their writing. Afterwards, we had an Asia snack that included nann. hummus, coconut curried rice , seaweed, veggies and green tea. 

Food Bank Farm

Many in our class thought this was the best trip yet ! We went to the Food Bank Farm at the DRA. We harvested carrots, beets and 560 pounds of peppers that 8th graders planted last spring! We washed the vegetables and made delicious fresh quesadillas under the tent. They were SO good ! The produce from the FBF goes to all the different food pantries in our area. It is a great program ! Thank you to all the volunteers !

Food Bank Farm at DRA.m4v

Mt Battie 2018

Last week we were lucky enough to hike Mt. Battie in Camden. Despite being very cold at the summit, we enjoyed lunch and the spectacular view!
We learned part of the poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay that refers to the view on Mt. Battie. The week before we hiked Bradbury Mountain in Pownall. Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures from that day.

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The Paper House Collages

Our 5th and 6th grade multi-age class has been really busy ! We read a book called The Paper House by Lois Peterson about a ten year old girl named Safiyah. She lives with her grandmother in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. They survive by selling things they find in the dump. While collecting magazines, to fill in the cracks of their wood and metal shack, Safiyah decides to bring some beauty to their world by making a collage with the colors and textures of magazine scraps. The collage becomes a mural and ends up covering the whole outside of the shack to paint a beautiful picture of Kenya. Safiyah’s work is discovered by an artist who offers to pay for her to go to school ! With hope and perseverance Safiyah created something to change their lives for the better.


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What is a Multiage Classroom?
        We are often asked, "What is a multiage classroom, anyway ?" Our current sixth graders helped me write and film a video to explain the answer. Ava Nery edited the clips and put the whole thing together. They did a really terrific job ! I hope you enjoy it !

YouTube Video




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