EXPLORE

Welcome to EXPLORE with Mrs. Kohli!  EXPLORE is a pull-out program for identified gifted and talented students in 3rd-8th grade.  The class is structured around a yearly theme, and the theme for the 2017-2018 school year is the Medieval Times.  Students will engage in project-based learning on topics such as Medieval myths/legends, castles, warfare and weaponry, and feudal society.  In addition, students will write for the school newspaper, Acton in Action, read and write historical fiction, engage in hands-on science investigations, and practice math skills in real-world contexts.       

Please contact Mrs. Kohli with any comments, questions, or concerns at (207) 636-2100 x111 or akohli@acton.k12.me.us.




Medieval Castles (4th Grade)

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:05 AM by Adrienne Kohli

EXPLORE students just completed designing and building their own Medieval castle, incorporating traditional castle parts into their design.  They will be discussing parts of a castle at the April 13th assembly and having a castle showcase the week of April 23-27.  Come see these unique castle creations on display in the front lobby of the school!

  

Biomedical Engineering

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:38 AM by Adrienne Kohli   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

EXPLORE - STEM students have just begun a biomedical engineering unit on designing a response to a viral outbreak.  They have to use the engineering design process to create a model virus that attaches to a model cell, then create an antiviral that will prevent the virus from spreading.  Their first task was to engineer a quarantine box where they could work with the virus (UV glow powder) without contaminating the environment.  We then tested the box with a UV light to see how much the virus spread after performing a procedure.

   

Medieval Castles (5th & 7th Grade)

posted Mar 28, 2018, 7:42 AM by Adrienne Kohli   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

EXPLORE students just completed designing and building their own Medieval castle, incorporating traditional castle parts into their design.  They will be discussing parts of a castle at the April 13th assembly and having a castle showcase the week of April 23-27.  Come see these unique castle creations on display in the front lobby of the school!

      

Robin Hood News Reports (8th Grade)

posted Mar 14, 2018, 7:01 AM by Adrienne Kohli

As part of our Medieval Times theme, the 8th grade EXPLORE students read the book Robin Hood.  They focused on decoding the Middle English vocabulary used throughout the book, then incorporated that language into an interview with a character from the book.  Each student played the part of a character and a news reporter, doing their best to speak in a British accent the whole time!  Watch the news reports here.

Class/Students of the Month

posted Mar 14, 2018, 6:52 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Congratulations to the February Class of the Month, 3rd grade, and to the Students of the Month, Nina Flores and Jaycie Gore!  EXPLORE classes and students are awarded each month for exemplifying outstanding work ethic, quality of work, creativity, and/or citizenship.

   

Acton in Action School Newspaper (Winter 2018)

posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:57 AM by Adrienne Kohli

View the latest issue of Acton's student-created school newspaper that is written, edited, and published by EXPLORE students!

Class/Students of the Month

posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:55 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Congratulations to the January Class of the Month, 6th grade, and to the Students of the Month, Kaylee Lambert and Caspar Gardner!  EXPLORE classes and students are awarded each month for exemplifying outstanding work ethic, quality of work, creativity, and/or citizenship.

   

Robin Hood News Reports (6th Grade)

posted Feb 1, 2018, 11:47 AM by Adrienne Kohli   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:59 AM ]

As part of our Medieval Times theme, the 6th grade EXPLORE students read the book Robin Hood.  They focused on decoding the Middle English vocabulary used throughout the book, then incorporated that language into an interview with a character from the book.  Each student played the part of a character and a news reporter, doing their best to speak in a British accent the whole time!  Watch the news report here.

College Plans

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:47 AM by Adrienne Kohli

The 8th grade EXPLORE students recently completed a college research project, where they had to choose a college of their choice that offered a program of study they were interested in and research the college's academics, student life, admissions requirements, and cost to attend.  Then, students created a pennant for their college and shared the information they found on the back of the pennant.


Passion Projects

posted Jan 29, 2018, 11:48 AM by Adrienne Kohli

4th grade EXPLORE students just completed their first Passion Project of the year, where they had to conduct research on a topic of their choice.  Both Jaime and Nina decided to present their research using clay models of the animals they researched, a snow leopard and orca whale.  Thank you, Ms. Davis, for collaborating with us on creating our products!  Students will present their Passion Projects at the February 2 school assembly.


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