LOWER ELEMENTARY EAST - with Susan Hershey and Donna Wegge

Our ongoing study of Australia has moved on to the unique animals that inhabit that continent. We have read about the kangaroo, koala, frilled lizard, platypus, and Tasmanian devil, among others. We will be watching a video of these animals, and soon each student will choose one animal to research and write a report about.

For history, these past few weeks, we have been looking at the Montessori Timeline of Life a history of the earth and the development of life here. So far we have had an overview of the geologic eras: Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic, and their divisions. After the first of the year, we will look at each era in greater detail.

We have also been spending quite a bit of time working on geometry concepts. We have explored kinds of lines, such as horizontal, parallel, and perpendicular; and kinds of angles: straight, right, acute, and obtuse. Looking at both angles and sides, we identified different types of triangles. The geometry box has been a fun way to make these different lines, angles, and triangles.

Best wishes to everyone for the holidays, and a safe and happy new year.

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