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.




Biomedical Engineering - Public Service Announcements

posted Jun 6, 2018, 9:45 AM by Adrienne Kohli

As part of our unit on biomedical engineering, EXPLORE students had to create either a commercial or poster public service announcement (PSA) to communicate with the public about the viral outbreak they were trying to stop from becoming a global pandemic.  COMMUNICATE is the final step in the Engineering Design Process that students used to solve the problem.  Check out the PSA commercials here!

Archery

posted Apr 30, 2018, 7:57 AM by Adrienne Kohli

All EXPLORE students had the opportunity to learn and practice archery in the gym last week as part of our Medieval Times theme this year.  Thank you to Mr. Brazier for teaching students this fun sport! 

         

Medieval Castles (3rd, 6th, 8th Grade)

posted Apr 30, 2018, 7:46 AM by Adrienne Kohli

EXPLORE students just completed designing and building their own Medieval castle, incorporating traditional castle parts into their design.  They discussed parts of a castle at the April 13th assembly and had a castle showcase the week of April 23-27 where the school was able to view all the castles and vote for their favorite one.

         
    Cassidy K. (left) and Kaylee L. (right) - 3rd grade             Jackson F., Jacob G., Emma B. (left) - 3rd grade             Emma L. and Riley M. - 6th grade
                                                                                                      Ryan C. and Lilly H. (right) - 3rd grade
         
   Trenton R. and Drake W. - 6th grade                                Aidan Witt - 8th grade                                    Adia H., Ryleigh H., and Kaylee C. - 8th grade
         
                    Ryan Robichaud - 8th grade                                      Celia Perks - 8th grade                                       Jocelyn Charron - 8th grade
            Caleb Cole - 8th grade

Class/Students of the Month

posted Apr 30, 2018, 5:35 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Congratulations to the March Class of the Month, 5th grade, and to the Students of the Month, Jaime Gore and Emma Lizotte!  EXPLORE classes and students are awarded each month for exemplifying outstanding work ethic, quality of work, creativity, and/or citizenship. Emma was specifically recognized for being our school's Bananagrams champion!

   

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!

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