Second graders recently had the Great American Challenge. Students were randomly selected to go onstage for a geography competition. The game show hosts also went into the audience to ask questions of students. The show culminated with a teacher round.
Second graders enjoyed a one-woman show in which an actress portraying Laura Ingalls Wilder talked about her pioneer childhood on the prairie. more >>
Annie Aggens, a McKenzie Mom and The Director of Polar Expeditions with Northwest Passage of Wilmette, spoke to McKenzie 2nd graders about survival in the North Pole.
Supporting the 3rd grade Social Studies curriculum focusing on Exploration, the 3rd graders were so fortunate to learn from a real Polar Explorer!
Ben Franklin came to visit the second, third and fourth grade students of McKenzie and introduced students to the simple wonder of static electricity and the basic scientific process.
Kindergarten students had the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle presentation by SWANCC in The Makery and it was great!
On January 29 and 30, each of the first grade classes participated in a creative dramatics session that focused on the art of storytelling through theater.
The first graders have learned a LOT through their Habitat enrichment lessons with Mrs. Nugent.
The third grade went to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park to learn about the prairie.
Amanda Nugent visited the third grade classes and they learned about how prairie plants are adapted to survive in the harsh conditions of the prairie.
McKenzie fourth graders were treated to a presentation and hands-on activities by School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) on October 25.
The second grade classes had a visit from Mad Science. After getting a crash course in basic light and color concepts, students explored these scientific phenomena through prisms, a color wheel, and ultraviolet light.