Learning Updates for January 16 to January 20

January 20, 2023

Digging Into the Rocks In Sixth Grade Science

Students in sixth grade have started a unit on geology and are learning to define and explain the idea that geology determines biology, one of what Mr. Hamilton refers to as his four “Nursing Home Messages” (feel free to ask your sixth grader for clarification).

Having learned a bit about Earth’s layers and the ways in which they occur as a result of changes in temperature, density, and pressure, students went on to develop an understanding of the rock cycle and the three major rock types. Along the way, they had a chance to explore and closely observe a variety of rocks and minerals from around the globe to better understand how different locations, landscapes, and geological processes can impact the formation of crystals. From here, they will dive deep into plate tectonics and the ways in which Earth’s constantly moving plates sculpt and reshape the landmasses we call home.

– Bill Hamilton, sixth grade science teacher

Fifth Graders Unlock Understanding of Others

In fifth grade, students worked on their “Key to Understanding the Beauty of Others.” In chapter two of The Arrival by Shaun Tan we see the main character insert a key to unlock his new home and attached to this key is a symbol. In this activity, students constructed a physical symbol of the “key” to understanding others. The symbol represents an idea, concept, or behavior which they feel is the “key” to understanding the unique beauty of others.

– Vaniecia Skinner, fifth grade teacher

Third Graders Present Their Animal Adaptations

The third graders have been learning about the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals. As their culminating project, students designed and constructed an animal using their knowledge of adaptations as well as their own creativity! Some criteria included structural adaptations that allowed for an offense or defense against predators, instinctive behavioral adaptations, place within a food chain, and a habitat suited for its biome. Over the past few days, our third grade zoologists have been presenting these new species to their classmates in person as well as family members near and far via Zoom.

– Leigh Twarog, third grade teacher

Isabel Moore '16 works with a student during her practicum in fourth grade


February 1, 2023

Isabel Moore ’16 has not been a stranger to Belmont Day. Since graduation, Izzy has returned regularly to campus as a caring and energetic counselor in our summer programs, guiding our youngest campers to make new friends and develop a…

By Anne Armstrong, visual arts teacher and arts coordinator |

January 27, 2023

The Coolidge Art Studio has been abuzz this week as classes finish artworks and transition to new explorations and challenges with various media. First graders recently completed making paper by hand, and are now learning about architect Zaha Hadid, who…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

January 27, 2023

After trailing by 3 points at the half, the boys’ JV basketball team exploded in the second frame and came away with a 6-point win on the road against Dedham Country Day yesterday. Team captain Anurag Mujumdar powered the comeback…
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