April 27th, 2015: The Museum of Flight

One day at the Museum of Flight is not nearly long enough to enjoy all its wonders. The fifth-graders and faculty left wanting more, indeed. After touring the extensive collection that covers aviation history from Kitty Hawk to the Space Shuttle Trainer, Tilden’s fifth-grade students then took part in a Mars mission simulation. Half the class was living in a Mars space station, while the other half was traveling in a spaceship on their way to relieve the Mars crew. Students had to train for their positions, execute their missions, and troubleshoot emergencies without adult assistance. Yes, it was exciting and intense!  Alarms sounded as oxygen levels dropped, but then, with only 15 seconds of oxygen to go, disaster was averted–phew! High radiation readings also caused a scare, but once again, the two crews worked together, following protocol and solving the issue. And so much went well: the flight, entering atmo, the moon probes, science experiments, communication, and more. All in all, a truly awesome experience!

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February 23, 2015: Animal Research Reports

????????The fourth graders recently put to use the fundamental skills of researching a topic and then writing a report, and their outstanding animal reports reflect their efforts. The seven-paragraph reports are accompanied by artwork, maps, and poetry, which add depth and interest to their projects.

January 20-22, 2015: IslandWood

DSC_0460Tilden’s fifth grade class spent three days and two nights at IslandWood, an environmental sciences school in the woods on Bainbridge Island. The program provides exceptional learning experiences with the goal of inspiring lifelong environmental stewardship.

DSC_0446Outdoors each day, the fifth graders studied ecosystems while living in ways that are more sustainable. Now it’s up to the fifth grade students to continue living in more sustainable ways, encouraging their families and friends to do the same.

December, 2014: Seattle Art Museum Trip

In December Tilden 2nd and 3rd graders enjoyed a field trip to Seattle Art Museum to see Pop! Departures and City Dwellers: Contemporary India. Classroom study of cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism enriched their understanding of early modern art and prepared them to embrace Pop! with gusto.

We explored together, with plenty of opportunity for students to express their thoughtful insights and delights.

Back in the classroom, students wrote about what art they liked most.

00000001“Wow, I just walked into a room that has a lot of sculpture by Margarita Cabrera. I saw a VW Bug. It had a bunch of string hanging off it. Why? To represent how sad it is that the people in Mexico don’t make that much money. I wanted to just jump in, and hotwire it and drive to the airport and go to Hawaii. I really like her art.”—Taig, third grade


“My favorite sculpture from SAM was sculpted by Alwar Balasubramaniam, and it was called Self-in-Progress. It had a wall, and on one side of the wall were legs, and on the other side was a body sitting in a chair, with no head, but a neck. It looks like part of it is consumed inside the wall. It also makes me think what else is in there? And why can’t I see the whole entire sculpture? It also makes you wonder what was he thinking when he was sculpting? I really think this was a cool idea to make this, and I can’t wait to see what he makes next!—Owen, third grade

January 12, 2015: Penguin Watch–Documenting the World’s Penguin Population


Identifying Penguins

Today the Kindergarteners applied their skills of counting by 5s and tallying, to help scientists document the world’s current penguin population. First, the fifth graders assisted their K-buddies with how to navigate the site PenguinWatch.org. Once the Ks were comfortable using the computer track pads, they were off, counting and recording penguins in photographs taken in real time. The Ks will continue to contribute data to this project throughout the month. Go, Ks!

October 17, 1014: Have you eaten a good book lately?

IMG_8661 Fourth graders whipped up an appetizing array of sandwich book projects.

IMG_8653Each “sandwich” included truly luscious ingredients, such as character and setting descriptions, story summaries, and reader recommendations.

March 31st, 2014: A Visit from a Loyalist

13745269434_f2c4290de1_zPaul Schmid, portraying a member of Butler’s Rangers, treated the 4th grade students to a colonial loyalist’s perspective on the events surrounding the American Revolution. His enthusiastic audience learned there was more than one viewpoint about the cause of independence!

March 10, 2014: Tilden Learning Celebration

14059807486_0676f39bdf_kLearning is definitely cause for celebration, and the Tilden community did just that. Families enjoyed this annual event that recognizes students’ effort and achievement, beginning with time in the classrooms and halls to view students’ work, and ending with performances by each class.

13111190653_b8954c051f_zWith all the day-to-day hard work these kids do, it was good to pause and appreciate their effort.

Become a Book!

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13070047305_89b26b1b60_zAsk the Tilden third-graders, who became books, and shared what made them great in a parade throughout the school.