Kindergartners in the Louderback/Kapadia class have been exploring the rainforest as part of their most recent science unit. What do sloths eat? What do they eat? While "eating like a sloth," students ate gummy worms very slowly while lying on their backs as if they were hanging from a tree. They had fun seeing just how slowly they could move and still manage to eat! As they discussed the rainforest as a habitat, they learned about a variety of animals that live in different parts of the ecosystem. Students' questions drove the the inquiry process.
ML Spanish students wrote and illustrated a children's book and then took that book into EL Spanish classes to share. Eighth-grade students wrote books in both Spanish and English using Google Docs and then shared their stories with Pre-K through first-graders. While crafting fanciful stories to capture the imaginations of their EL audience, the students were practicing the use of past tense and incorporating vocabulary that EL students would be familiar with, such as colors, animals, and clothing.