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Intercultural Comedy with Jesse Appell“Intercultural comedian” Jesse Appell of Laughbeijing and the US-China Comedy Center guides Avenues students through an improv class – entirely in Chinese – and discusses why comedy is an act of cultural exchange: bit.ly/2lrYGWC ... See MoreSee Less
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Writing math problems encourages meaningful communication of mathematics, promotes problem-solving skills, allows for differentiation in the classroom and slows down the thinking process. With this in mind, I showed recently the girls in the Girls Who Math club some examples of the type of problems Ms. Scully’s class of fourth graders were solving in math and we decided to write similar problems with a Valentine’s theme.
'Tags: '4th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Math, Middle Grades Program, STEM, Upper Division
Imagine if your typically peaceful day at Avenues was suddenly interrupted by the discovery that a horrible crime had been committed. Much to your surprise, the chief of the newly formed Avenues Department of Investigation then tells you that it would be up to you and your team of forensic scientists to collect the proper evidence and make sure the correct suspect could be brought to justice. This is exactly the scenario that the Avenues 5th graders encountered in science class this fall.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Lower Division, Science, STEM
What do you get when you have 16 middle grades girls in the same room? If you guessed gossip, meanness or superficial conversations you haven’t been in my classroom during the Girls Who Math after-school club! I established the club out of my concern regarding teenage girls’ attitudes towards math. Many girls in middle grades […]
'Tags: '6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Math, Middle Grades Program, STEM, Upper Division
Sixth grade students examined the mathematical concepts in a book they were reading for English class.
'Tags: '6th Grade, English, Math, Middle Grades Program, STEM, Upper Division
Avenues upper grade students designed and built a “tiny house”—literally a house that cannot exceed 100 square feet—for the science nonprofit Black Rock Forest Consortium.
'Tags: 'Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Learning, Science, STEAM, STEM, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program, Video, Videos
The PBS Kids ScratchJr App allows kids to create their own interactive stories featuring their favorite characters from shows on PBS Kids.
'Tags: 'App of the Week, STEM, Technology
Annika Gostomski—formerly Jones—joined Avenues in fall 2014 as a science teacher in the Middle School*. Recently married, she returns in fall 2016 with a new name and a new position—she will now teach science in the Lower Division, working with students in grades three through five.
'Tags: '3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Faculty, Lower Division, Science, STEM, Teacher Bio
“Build a Rube Goldberg Machine” was one of the new courses for Minimester this year. A Rube Goldberg machine is an overly complex contraption used to solve a simple task.
'Tags: '6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Middle Grades Program, Minimester, STEM, Upper Division
This winter, the installation of a work of art at Avenues became a source of inspiration for our teachers and students. In response to the addition of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 528B to the school’s art collection, our 11th and 12th grade STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) teaching team designed an interdisciplinary project for their students.
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'Tags: '11th Grade, 12th Grade, Art, Arts, Engineering, Math, Music, Science, STEAM, STEM, Technology, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program, Video
During an April visit to the National Museum of Mathematics—also known as MoMath—fourth graders were able to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of mathematics.
'Tags: '4th Grade, Lower Division, Math, STEM
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