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Students take their turn as teachers

Image: Students applied their literacy, math, and science skills in demonstrating how to play popular games, such as chess. (Photos: Susan Flanigan)

Students applied their literacy, math, and science skills in demonstrating how to play popular games, such as chess. (Photos: Susan Flanigan)

Image:  The staff of the Kendall Academy Newsletter rotates their roles so that each student can experience different roles in publishing. At the expo, students described the functions of each department in the newsletter.

The staff of the Kendall Academy Newsletter rotates their roles so that each student can experience different roles in publishing. At the expo, students described the functions of each department in the newsletter.

The Kendal Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) Middle School Expo held on January 17 centered on students in grades 4-6 applying what they had learned in English, math, and science. Throughout the Middle School area the students set up displays that described their projects. The expo presented students with an opportunity to polish their presentations skills and take a turn at teaching others about what they learned, researched, and created.

Let the games begin!

In creating their displays, the students applied literacy, math, and science skills to describe the rules and setups for popular games such as checkers, Uno, Yahtzee, Monopoly, and others. In addition to preparing posters about the games, the students set up game tables where they explained the rules of the games and strategies for being a better player.

The Kendall Academy Newsletter

Launching a publication takes a great deal of planning and creativity, as the members of the KDES Literacy Club have found out when they decided to create a school newsletter. The students explained their roles as editors, reporters, layout designers, columnists, and cartoonists.

"We've been working a few practice issues [of the Kendall Academy] to allow the students to try out the different roles in newsletter publishing. We look forward to sharing the next edition with students' families and the school community," said English teacher Liza Offreda.

Dance steps from classic cool to hip-hop

The expo wrapped up with dance performances in the KDES dance studio where the students modeled formal dance movements, demonstrated ballet stretches, then took on a new beat and showed off their hip-hop steps. For the final number, the students acted out a mini-skit using gestures and movement of a rollicking roller-coaster ride, to an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience.