Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Geometry Challenge: Pass the Popcorn!

Friends School of Minnesota 7th graders embarked on another geometry challenge this week involving popcorn! Everyone knows that movie theater popcorn often comes in buckets, similar in shape to a cylinder. Not everyone knows that the volume of popcorn received varies dramatically with the height of the bucket, even when the lateral surface area remains unchanged. The design challenge for students was to compare popcorn bucket volumes using a lateral.. Read More

Spotlight on FSM Student Artists

Ten of our middle school students students participated in the first annual Twin Cities Student Art Show at the Dow Gallery April 22 – 24 during the St. Paul Art Crawl. Congratulations to all our participants! Ava C. Eleanor A. Ezra G. Harper E. Helene F. Jane R. Kaija M. Noah R. Sarah S. Sonia N.         You can always see more work by all our talented.. Read More

Gallon Challenge! Fifth Graders Study Measurement

Fifth grade students are studying measurement in math class this month. Earlier in the year, they learned the metric system in science class, and they are now learning all things “customary.” Today was a lesson on capacity and they were given the “gallon challenge” to prove their conversions. For example: “How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?”  Prove it! “How many tablespoons in a cup?” Prove it! “How many cups in a.. Read More

Arts Field Trip in Lowertown St. Paul

Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders enjoyed a full day of arts on their field trip in downtown St. Paul. They took the Green Line train from school to Lowertown, met and worked with local creative artists, and had a picnic lunch in Mears Park. Bellows Recording Studio Students visited Bellows Recording studio. They met drummer/composer Graham O’Brien and worked collaboratively with him to compose using samples and an acoustic drum.. Read More

Avid Readers Breakfast

It was lots of fun to celebrate this year’s Minnesota Youth Reading Awards at our  Avid Readers Breakfast in April! Thanks to everyone for encouraging your students to read the nominated titles this year.   Our breakfast participants were the first to hear about this year’s award recipients, announced online earlier in the week. I have posted fliers outside of the library for everyone, but please share this information with.. Read More

Using Math to Reduce Packaging

Friends School of Minnesota 7th graders had a design-engineering challenge to re-design a Toblerone package to hold the same amount (volume) of chocolate while reducing the packaging (surface area). While the original package of chocolate held 110 cubic cm of chocolate and required 231 square cm of packaging, the new designs held the same 110 cubic cm of chocolate with only 136-178 square cm of packaging!   Check out other ways.. Read More

State History Day 2016

We spent a beautiful May Day at the University of Minnesota for State History Day, supporting eight 7th and 8th grade projects that competed in the categories of performance, exhibit, documentary, website, and paper. Over 1,200 junior and senior high school students participated in Minnesota’s State History Day this year. Congratulations to all of our History Day State participants! We are so proud of you! Papers Noah R. – Immigration.. Read More

Geometry Lesson: Calculating Famous Pyramids

7th grade math students just completed a geometry project on pyramids. To investigate surface area and volume, each group chose a pyramid somewhere in the world to research. They located the dimensions, including base, height, and slant height to calculate relative volume and surface area of actual pyramids, including ancient pyramids of Egypt and Mexico as well as modern pyramids such as a new hotel in North Korea and the.. Read More