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S.T.E.M. Kite-Making Project

First-graders Team Up to Build Kites That Fly
First-graders were challenged in a recent classroom STEM lab to build kites that fulfilled a list certain criteria for what would be considered successful flight... 
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S.T.E.M. Kite-Making Project
Posted on: 5/27/2016 11:38 AMComments (0)

Middle School Research Projects

Personal Interests Lead the Inquiry Process
Seventh and eighth grade students at Clairbourn experienced "Project Week" in early October. This activity ​allows them to investigate a topic of interest where they can use deeply the inquiry process...  
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Middle School Research Projects
Posted on: 10/23/2015 1:53 PMComments (0)

Cell Studies in Fifth Grade

An Alien Invasion Story
Fifth-graders are enthusiastic about their Life Science studies this quarter because their learning materials on cell processes have been transformed into an earthling v.s. alien invasion story, "Battle for Planet Earth: Cell Processes."
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Cell Studies in Fifth Grade
Posted on: 10/23/2015 1:14 PMComments (0)

Arachnid Studies

Spider Expert Visits Preschool
Clairbourn's preschool Grasshopper Class invited an expert from the company Education Through Nature to come teach them about spiders.  ​Their representative, Sean, brought an amazing collection of ​live spiders including tarantulas...
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Arachnid Studies
Posted on: 10/23/2015 10:42 AMComments (0)

Third Grade Market Day

Studying Economic Principles of Supply, Demand, and More!
Clairbourn third-graders are learning to be savvy business owners and producers!  ​Their classroom is set up to help them study and apply economic principles, and students are immersed in real​-life economic situations from the first day they walk into the classroom. 
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Third Grade Market Day
Posted on: 10/14/2015 2:13 PMComments (0)

Kindergarteners Give A Peace Prize

Honoring Honest Acts of Kindness
At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Shoemake's Kindergarten ​class talked about peace and what the students thought ​about it as a way to think and act.  ​They read books to gain new ideas about peace​ and ​they talked about what ​they could do to have peace in the classroom.   
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Kindergarteners Give A Peace Prize
Posted on: 10/2/2015 1:31 PMComments (0)

Life Cycles of Plants - Seed Studies

Kindergarten S.T.E.M. Activity
Kindergarteners are learning about the life cycles of plants. Several classroom activities have centered around the nature of seeds—what they are, what changes occur when they're soaked in water, and how a plant can emerge under the right conditions.
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Life Cycles of Plants - Seed Studies
Posted on: 10/2/2015 8:37 AMComments (0)

Saltwater Shorelines - Beach Buckets

2nd Grade S.T.E.M. Activity
Students in Mrs. Pletcher's second grade class are studying shorelines and beaches and are covering how to distinguished one from the other based on their observable characteristics.  
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Saltwater Shorelines - Beach Buckets
Posted on: 10/1/2015 2:02 PMComments (0)

Learning About Scientific Inquiry

First-graders Wonder About Frozen Objects
As an introduction to science studies, the 1B class made a booklet entitled: "I Am a Scientist." Their booklet explains ​what scientists do in their jobs.  Students wrote down that a scientist “...wonders (makes predictions), observes, measures, uses their five senses, and does experiments." 
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Learning About Scientific Inquiry
Posted on: 10/1/2015 1:36 PMComments (0)

Drop 'N Build Tallest Structure Challenge

Middle School S.T.E.M. Activity
Students in Clairbourn's Middle School experience surprise engineering challenges during the school year. These "Drop Everything and Build" ​classes provide opportunities for problem-solving, ​collaboration, and creative solutions, and help students to think like an engineer. 
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Drop 'N Build Tallest Structure Challenge
Posted on: 10/1/2015 1:17 PMComments (0)

Lesson on Light Rays

Fourth Grade S.T.E.M. Activity
Students in Mrs. Halferty's fourth grade class are studying light. The basis of their light-energy unit focuses on the characteristics of light and its interactions with materials. It also covers light as a form of energy and transformations of that energy.  
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Lesson on Light Rays
Posted on: 10/1/2015 12:41 PMComments (0)

Magnets & Metal

Pre-Kindergarten S.T.E.A.M. Activity
Mrs. Conner's Pre-Kindergarten class has been experimenting with magnets and metal pieces for the past two weeks. This activity ​is teaching them about magnetic attraction, fields of magnetic force, and also allow​s ​students to practice ​their sorting skills. To expand on this scientific learning...
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Magnets & Metal
Posted on: 9/22/2015 1:49 PMComments (0)

Discovering the Photographer Within: Marina Rodriguez-Garcia


One day, when I was sitting in French class researching an artist for a report, I stumbled across Nadar, a famous French photographer and caricaturist.
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Discovering the Photographer Within: Marina Rodriguez-Garcia
Posted on: 4/14/2015 8:24 AMComments (0)

Energy-Transfer Experiments in Middle School

Middle School STEM Activity
Did you know that transferring thermal energy can be fascinating? Clairbourn middle school students learned that dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) is a great material to use in studying thermal energy transfer, primarily because...
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Energy-Transfer Experiments in Middle School
Posted on: 2/24/2015 10:03 AMComments (0)

Kindergarteners Celebrate 100th Day!


The 100th day of Kindergarten at Clairbourn is a huge event for young students, and the occasion provides a host of learning opportunties that make counting numbers and learning math fun.
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Posted on: 2/20/2015 1:59 PMComments (0)

Crystal Studies In Junior Pre-Kindergarten at Clairbourn


Students in Clairbourn's Junior Pre-Kindergarten class have been learning about crystals as part of their study of snow, snowflakes, and ice.
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Posted on: 2/20/2015 11:21 AMComments (0)

Clairbourn Explorer Exhibit


Fourth-graders put on a live show in the Clairbourn Multi-Purpose Building dressed as famous explorers.
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Posted on: 2/20/2015 10:45 AMComments (0)

Master Works: 7th & 8th Grade Tributes to French Artists and Architects


Student's in Mrs. Barker's French classes at Clairbourn School are exploring the master works of French artists and architects.
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Posted on: 2/11/2015 1:00 PMComments (0)

Making a Difference: Clairbourn Second-Graders Support the Door of Hope


The Pocket Change Drive at Clairbourn is an annual community service-learning event conducted by second-graders to support the Door of Hope, a Pasadena-based transitional housing and life-skills facility especially designed for homeless families with children.
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Posted on: 2/6/2015 2:33 PMComments (0)

Freeze Frame! Liquid Nitrogen STEM Activity: Kindergarteners Study Melting


Have you ever heard a flower crackle like broken glass as it is frozen solid and shattered into tiny pieces, or seen a soft, squishy orange segment broken into hundreds of pulpy-pieces after going into a quick deep-freeze?
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Posted on: 2/4/2015 1:21 PMComments (0)
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