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 2018-2019 school year is Around the World in 180 Days, which focuses on the physical and cultural geography of the seven continents.
  Students will engage in project-based and hands-on learning on topics such as ancient civilizations, holiday traditions, animals, and the Amazon rain forest.  In addition, students will write for the school newspaper, Acton in Action, read multicultural books, 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@actonschool.org.



Process Engineering

posted Apr 22, 2019, 5:39 PM by Adrienne Kohli

6th-8th grade EXPLORE students recently completed a STEM unit on process engineering, where they had to work in teams to engineer a process for creating ice cream.  After experimenting with color, flavor, texture, and different base ingredients, students determined their final ingredients and process for engineering their own ice cream.  Teams also had to engineer and test a package to contain their ice cream.  Afterwards, a randomly-selected group of peers tasted and rated each group's final product, and the team with the highest score in every category (Best Flavor, Best Texture, and Best Overall Presentation) was the 6th grade.  Great job to all of the engineering teams!

       
6th grade: Sky Vanilla flavor by the Ice Creme company    8th grade: Orange Burst flavor by the Orange Star Co.

Earthquake Engineering

posted Apr 22, 2019, 5:23 PM by Adrienne Kohli

3rd-5th grade EXPLORE students recently completed a STEM unit on earthquake engineering, where they had to work in teams to engineer a building that would withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake like the one that devastated Haiti.  After building a shake table for testing, students had to create a building unit and then test different ways of securing it to the shake table using limited materials.  Improvements had to continuously be made to ensure the building did not fall over, slide off, or shear at the top.

              
   


Class/Students of the Month

posted Apr 22, 2019, 5:10 PM by Adrienne Kohli

Congratulations to the March Class of the Month, 8th grade, and to the Students of the Month, Jacob Gore and Kaylee Lambert!  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 (Spring 2019)

posted Apr 2, 2019, 7:56 AM by Adrienne Kohli

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

African Drumming Workshop

posted Apr 2, 2019, 7:49 AM by Adrienne Kohli

As a kick-off to our Africa unit, EXPLORE students had a special opportunity to learn African drumming from Portland-based musician, Annagret Baier, through a drumming workshop on March 29.  Students learned about different percussion instruments that are made and played in Africa, tried their hand at drumming, and then enjoyed a drumming performance from Annagret at Friday Assembly.  View photos below and watch the drumming workshops here!

         

Class/Students of the Month

posted Apr 2, 2019, 7:16 AM by Adrienne Kohli

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

    

Asia Projects

posted Mar 18, 2019, 11:27 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Students had the opportunity to select a topic of their choice related to Asia to research, and then they chose a method of presenting the information they found to the class.  Topics included tsunamis and earthquakes, technology, the Great Wall of China, Mt. Everest, tropical plants, pandas, Japan, and more!  After presenting their projects, students celebrated the end of our Asia unit by sampling a Japanese candy of their choice.

      

Class/Students of the Month

posted Feb 14, 2019, 11:00 AM by Adrienne Kohli

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

    

European Holiday Market

posted Jan 18, 2019, 10:00 AM by Adrienne Kohli   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 10:01 AM ]

On December 18, 2018, EXPLORE students hosted a European Holiday Market for the school, where they showcased a holiday tradition that a European country celebrates.  Students first had to research the holiday traditions of a European country of their choice, and then choose what they wanted to present at the Market.  Students decorated trees, made traditional food, dressed as their country's Santa, led festive games, sold handmade ornaments, and more!  Check out the pictures below from the European Holiday Market and view more here.

                 
         6th Grade:  Jaycie and Selene (Hungary)                 8th Grade:  Malcolm and Caspar (Switzerland and Russia)                   5th Grade:  Nina and CJ (Portugal)

                 
            3rd Grade:  Jordyn (France)                                        7th Grade:  Drake and Trenton (Iceland)                       4th Grade:  Jacob and Ryan (Slovakia)

Class/Students of the Month

posted Jan 18, 2019, 9:24 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Congratulations to the December Class of the Month, 5th grade, and to the Students of the Month, Nina Flores and Selene Michaud!  EXPLORE classes and students are awarded each month for exemplifying outstanding work ethic, quality of work, creativity, and/or citizenship.

   

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