Mann 4th graders take a closer look at earth science

She came to Mr. Hayward's 4th-grade class in a Tyvek suit, hard hat, respirator, and goggles. Trained as a geologist, Mann parent Tricia Feeley looked a bit like a space walker. Really she was there for a series of Global Village* presentations on the land and water...

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Mann 5th graders design their own miniature city

The Mann 5th graders were shown architectural examples that could inspire them to design a rectilinear building (with straight lines), but they were also told to pull ideas from their own lives as inspiration. The students spent 2 class periods designing their...

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Hatch 5th graders reach for the sky

We live outside a city that has a large and diversified skyline. We see it all the time, up close or even, on a clear day, from Oak Park. Adrienne McMullen, local architect and coordinator for OPEF's Architecture Adventure programming, used this local treasure trove...

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Let’s dance! Mann kindergartners get a move on

It's common knowledge that kindergartners like to move. Asking them to sit still in a classroom for long stretches is a tall order. Enter Corey Nagel. As part of OPEF's Art Start program, this dance and preschool instructor had Mann kindergartners movin'. But not...

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Holmes 5th graders explore hearts and bones with Dr. Hines

The 5th-grade science curriculum in District 97 focuses on the various systems in the body. But what if you could have some of those systems actually brought into the classroom to see? Dr. David Hines, M.D., a veteran of OPEF's Global Village* program and a specialist...

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