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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future


Intermediate Elementary

Ages 7 - 10

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    September 6, 2021

While you’re here, read some of our Intermediate Elementary students’ honest and independent thoughts on school at Spectrum, especially during COVID-19, in this recent assignment from a cohort of IE students.


Intermediate Elementary serves kids ages 7 to 10.  During their years at this level, students learn to advocate for themselves, solve in-depth problems in creative ways, and actively participate in rich interdisciplinary learning.  At the beginning of the year, students are challenged through teacher-led projects. Throughout the year, they are guided to increasing levels of independence choosing topics based on their interests.  They are taught how to ask questions, make a cohesive plan, and reflect on their progress and product. Students engage with both their classroom and school community as well as members of the community at large.

What to Expect

A balanced approach to literacy, including book clubs, journaling, reports and research, fiction and non-fiction reading, grammar, phonics, and literary round table discussions

Spelling and syntax experienced through word-study

In-depth math study through the Investigations Math program

Social studies and science explored through in-depth, interdisciplinary projects

A strong emphasis on social development

Instrumental Band offered beginning at age 9

Inside the Classroom

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Nov. 15 – Nov. 19

Beginning our first printing projects with artist in residence Ms. 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Nov. 8 – Nov. 12

Photo Investigation! Both IE groups collaborated during a photo investigation 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Nov. 1 – Nov. 5

Another fun tennis lesson with Coach Dan!Highlights from our Day 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Oct. 25 – Oct. 29

Partner-reading Chris Van Allsburg books looking for the “extraordinary in 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Oct. 18 – Oct. 22

Practicing paper organization and writing informational beginnings using nonfiction mystery 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Oct. 11 – Oct. 15

Supply Request: Miss Sue is in the process of putting 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Oct. 4 – Oct. 8

Trailblazers planned and painted their table caddies before the impending 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Sept. 27 – Oct. 1

Giraffe Cards! Using the Giraffe Cards app to practice multiplication 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Sept. 20 – Sept. 24

Working on creating a Trailblazer class logo!Busy morning making progress 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Sept. 13 – Sept. 17

Rock Paper Scissors with some Spectrum twists! Continents! 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Sept. 6 – Sept. 10

Curling up with our books for daily independent reading time!On 

World Explorers’ & Trail Blazers’ Journal! Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

Ms. Kelli and the... TRAIL BLAZERS! It was a close 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 17 – May 25

Getting started on our summer reading lists with a book 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 10 – May 14

Leona shared her writing workshop story “Astrocat’s Diary"! Personal 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! May 3 – May 7

A week from Thursday, on May 13th, we will be 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 26 – Apr. 30

We finished our fraction number line during Math on Monday!Beginning 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 19 – Apr. 23

Just a heads up…Monday, we discussed and practiced an intruder 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 12 – Apr. 16

stamps, Stamps, STAMPS! Going through Miss Pam’s stamp collection for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Apr. 5 – Apr. 9

Fraction work during Math!Reading! This week, we engaged in both 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

The Brainstormers finished a timeline showing all the people from 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 15 – Mar. 19

Monday morning yoga with Ms. Tammie!Learning how to add decimals 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 8 – Mar. 12

Creat-ova-tors kicking off their week with a yoga session!Using “Stop 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Mar. 1 – Mar. 4

Happy Birthday to Jace and Nathan, who completed their birthday 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 22 – Feb. 26

Shades of Meaning! Arranging synonyms by level of intensity in 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 15 – Feb. 19

CLICK HERE for the link to put your child onto 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 8 – Feb. 12

Word Wall! We collaborated to make a classroom Word Wall 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Feb. 1 – Feb. 5

Song for a Whale! Song for a Whale has been 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

Creat-ova-tors have been working hard on their digital processfolios for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up for both classes on Friday, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Creat-ova-tors' Reminders: -Please make sure your Creat-ova-tor's device is fully 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

Winter Wonderland!Our Japanese work with Ms. Keiko!Happy New Year! As 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

Hike Break! After cursive writing practice and finishing artwork in 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Outdoor Music class with Mrs. Puetz!The Creat-ova-tors started a new 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

Our latest project based investigation: Floating Cities!Creating Japanese New Years 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

A group of students from Sally's cohort participated in this 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

Figuring out the volume of our classroom in cubic meters! 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Continuing our architecture study and designing our Frank Lloyd Wright 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

The Brainstormers need some donations for a project next week, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

The Brainstormers testing out ideas and collaborating with teams for 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Our guitar gals proudly sharing their instruments!Yoga practice with Ms. 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

Chris Grabenstein presentation! The Creat-ova-tors attended a virtual presentation by 

Brainstormers and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

Puffball dissection during recess!The Brainstormers adding to their Picasso guitars, 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 14 – Sept. 18

Scholastic Book Clubs is the best possible partner to help 

Brainstormers’ and Creatovators’ Highlights! Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

First-week-of-school birthday: Happy 10th Birthday, Lorien! Some book caddy construction: 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 25 – May 29

Last Day Zoom Picnic & Bingo!Thank you so much for 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 18 – May 22

Spirit Days for the last week of school! Tuesday 10:00AM 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! May 11 – May 15

Check out this fun activity from Kelli's math group that 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 27 – May 1

An incredible source for children's books, and it's FREE to 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

Friday April 17th was International Haiku Day. Here are some 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

Genius Hour Intro! Genius Hour proposals and pitches! Our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Nathan's skeletal system research! Dexter's fraction combinations! Ryan and Bear's 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Recap Here's just a handful of things discussed this week 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

Zoom! We learned a lot with our first ZOOM meeting 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

Please remind students to have water bottles here throughout the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

If you are participating in our "Bring Your Own Device" 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Celebrating dental health month with an informational scavenger hunt!Congrats to 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

Nathan's Trombone Solo! Nathan practiced his trombone solo with piano 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Bravo to the students who participated in the Future Problem 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Feb. 3 – Feb. 6

It was a short and busy week here with the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Please remember to go to this link and sign up 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Pandebono! Novella shared homemade Pandebono (Colombian Cheese Bread) with our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Spies! Learning about spies during the American Revolution. We shared 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

One of our Board members came across an out-of-school online 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Holiday Show dress rehearsal!We wish nothing but a relaxing, magical, 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Gingerbread! Ask your Recy-COOL Kid how Gingerbread helped save the 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Here is a link to our classroom's Google Calendar! Recy-COOL 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

Our students proudly sharing their hard work during Processfolio Night!Ecobricks 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Nov. 12 – Nov. 15

Japanese class! Writing names in Japanese with adzuki red beans 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles: Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

THANK YOU ALL for your donations for our Ecobricks! Our 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

We are collecting some cereal/snack food boxes for a project. 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 21 – Oct. 25

A Sign Up Genius invitation was sent to each family 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Field Trip to Rockford University: Monday, Oct. 21st 8:40-9:40AM. Please 

Recy-COOL Kids’ Chronicles! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

We had a great time with Angelic Organics this week! 

Introducing: The Intermediate Recy-Cool Kids! Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Read below and let us know if you can help! 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Reminders & Notes: Please remind your students to bring their 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Each classroom is organizing a raffle basket for the Fall 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

We have started collecting our non-biodegradable trash to make eco-bricks! 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! We sent out an email invite this week for 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 20 – May 24

Last lunch of the school year! Highlights from the Spectrum 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 13 – May 17

Field Trip on Friday, May 24 9:00am-11:00am Don Carter Lanes 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 6 – May 10

Bluestems' Notes: - Our field trip to Angelic Organics has 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.29 – May.3

REMINDER! If your student will be performing in Hairspray Jr 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Happy Earth Day! Here's ways the Bluestem class celebrate Earth 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.15 – Apr.19

We are excited about the Fun Day, Run Day on 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Snapshots of our Bookmaking Station and other activities during our 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Bluestems' Friendly Reminders: We need drivers for two field trips 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.4 – Mar.8

IQRA Collaboration Our cultural exchange with IQRA School of Rockford 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.25 – Mar.1

Learning Japanese numbers, colors, and greetings! Ichi, ni, san, shi!Our 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Bluestems' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class and Early Elementary 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Bluestems' Scrum Section Genius Hour-themed Valentine boxes! Great work, Bluestems!There 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.4 – Feb.8

We finally got to use our new sleds at recess 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.21 – Jan.25

The Bluestems are super excited for their upcoming field trip 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time... Conference 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT! SAVE THE DATE! January 23rd is 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Book Share! Dexter presenting his book share! Birthday Treats! 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December! Bluestem Families, Thank you for all of your 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! Please remember to return your Processfolios, thanks! 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Legos & Gratitude is all you need! Bluestems' Notes & 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Bluestems' News & Upcoming Dates Be sure to join us 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Happy Halloween! REMINDERS: Remember to send in your “Pennies for 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.22 – Oct.26

This week, everybody couldn't stop buzzing about Severson Dells: what 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at all the work and fun that 

Supply List & Resources


Spelling City
Spelling City Each student has a specific sort number that works on a spelling rule or pattern.  In class, we work with students to put their words into categories to help them memorize and understand the patterns rather than just individual words.

Investigations Math

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a website that helps reinforce math skills your child is learning at school.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. The link below takes you to an introductory video with information about setting up an account. Khan is used as a supplement to our applied math program, Investigations by Pearson.

Math Practice Links

Supply List

Parent-provided supplies:

1  rain jacket

1 pair of rain boots for Fall/Spring

1 pair of snow boots for Winter (to be brought in when snow begins)

1 reusable water bottle, sanitized and filled at home each day

Backpack: thrift/find secondhand or pick one with a lifetime warranty.

Lunch Box: thrift/find secondhand or find one made out of stainless steel or 100% cotton.


We are excited for the school year to begin!

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