A Lesson in Recycling and Repurposing
For several years now, Ethical Culture has partnered with TerraCycle, a company that repurposes hard-to-recycle waste, such as snack bags. Last week, the entire kindergarten class had a chance to learn more about how the objects they collect at school for recycling are used to make other products, including clothing.

Putting It On the Map

Students in Maggie Morrison's second-grade class at Fieldston Lower are working on a large-scale map of the Hudson River that features collages of landmarks—such as the George Washington Bridge and the Little Red Lighthouse—that they observed on a recent class trip. "The more experiences students have with the river, the more information they can add to the group map," said associate teacher Kevin Hershey.

Fieldston Lower Takes Part in Global Math Week

From October 10 through 17, fourth and fifth graders at Fieldston Lower are joining more than one million students around the world in specialized math exploration as part of Global Math Week 2017. The event is sponsored by the Global Math Project, an initiative launched in 2015 with the aim of making mathematics a joyous experience for all.

A Time for Everything, Including Composting

Every day, members of Fieldston's Environmental Club take turns wheeling food scraps from the upper school cafeteria to the compost bins on the lower field. "It is fun to get our hands dirty and to know we are turning potential landfill into nutrient-rich compost that will be used in the lower school garden," says sophomore Emma Venarde.

Third Graders Commence Hudson River Study

The study of the Hudson River, a semester-long interdisciplinary curricular program, got under way recently for Ethical Culture third graders. Each class visited the Center for the Urban River at Beczak, in Yonkers, where students learned about the geography of the river, went seining, and examined the marine life they caught.

Fifth Grade Kicks Off Musical Robots Project

EC fifth graders are working on a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, musical robots project this fall, giving them the opportunity to explore creative ways of making music with different materials and objects, and using them to build robot instruments.

Butterfly Study Takes Flight

Fieldston Lower kindergartners in both Laura Feinberg-Smith and Lillian Polite's classes are busy observing caterpillars, counting chrysalises, and awaiting their transformation into butterflies as part of an interdisciplinary curricular unit that focuses on the life cycle of the insect.

Building Bridges in Eighth-Grade Science

If you build it, they will come. Eighth-grade science students have been given this challenge: build the strongest bridge you can with limited materials and within a budget.

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