Boat DesignThis spring in tangents class, students explore some of the properties of water. They've used a kiddie pool to test the hydrodynamics of various boat designs. It’s an exciting example of learning-by-doing as students build boats powered by rubber bands and wind, and wade into elementary physics and mechanical engineering.

The Free Book BusThe Free Book Bus, encouraging kids to have home llbraries and book collections, is a perfect entree to third graders' study of what it takes to make a difference in their communities. Students interview local "change makers," consider how their areas of service overlap their own interests and passions, brainstorm ways of raising start-up capital, and begin to devise tangible ways of helping and putting their ideas into the world.

Book ClubThe purpose of any club (rocketry, chess, ecology) is to bring students together to learn about something that matters to them. The Free Union Book Club gives kids the chance to discover what types of books interest them most. Often, children are slow to make reading an integral part of their lives because they simply are not aware of what is available to them. When they discover a genre that excites them, they welcome spending time in those new literary worlds.

Plant SaleA plant sale is a way for students to understand up close the growth cycle of living things and the math behind a business: cost to grow, price to sell, and profit to use responsibly. Students also learn about customer service and begin to understand entrepreneurship.

Publishing with SarahIn order to sharpen their writing skills, fifth graders have been researching and writing a school newspaper. Different from storytelling, news reporting offers essential information at the top, often in the first sentence. This straight-forward approach is called the inverted pyramid model of writing, where instead of ending with a conclusion as in a story, you start with one. See more at our Instagram account or Facebook page.