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Kindergarten Class Explores Hudson River In Its Many Dimensions
Posted 06/01/2015 12:33PM

KJ's Little Red Lighthouse

Along with the other two kindergarten classes and the pre-kindergarten class, Class KJ spent this year’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) Week exploring the Little Red Lighthouse and the Hudson River. And while all four classes spent the week immersed in an in-depth exploration of the river environment, Class KJ extended their Hudson River study beyond PBL Week by creating a large Hudson River Exhibit to share with the entire Lower School.

“The students made an enormous George Washington Bridge--suspension cables and all—as well as a Little Red Lighthouse with a flashing beacon and spiral staircase,” says Jyoti Gopal, head teacher in Class KJ.

“They’ve also been studying the wildlife of the Hudson River estuary to add to the exhibit,” Gopal adds. After working on sketches of their creatures, the students then made them out of modeling clay to place in the “river.”

Once completed, Class KJ opened the Hudson River Exhibit to the "public,” with students taking turns as docents, taking visitors through the exhibit and explaining how they made the structures and what they learned about the Hudson River, the Little Red Lighthouse, the George Washington Bridge, and the wildlife that populates the Hudson River estuary.

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