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Due to the weather, the Museum is closed on Tuesday, January 27. All Tuesday programs and some Wednesday programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for regular updates.

The Museum will be open on Wednesday, January 28, during regular hours, from 10 am to 5:45 pm.

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Student Work from LeFrak Class of the Month Contest Winners

The American Museum of Natural History is pleased to share these annotated student work samples from winning classes of the LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest. Each month, NYC public students in grades K-8 are invited to visit a museum exhibit, read scientific texts, discuss what they have learned and then write essays explaining a scientific phenomena. These student essays are strong examples of early science writing, demonstrating how students can draw evidence from experiences and texts to inform their understanding of the physical world around them. The annotations have been provided to help draw attention to the criteria we used in judging in the context of the individual students’ work.

Student essays are evaluated based on:

  • The demonstrated understanding of the identified scientific content.
  • The quality of the written explanation as defined by Common Core Learning Standard for writing explanatory texts (W.2)
  • The source and accuracy of textual evidence that students use in their essay

The contest allows teachers to facilitate learning in ways that best respond to the needs of their students.


For more detailed information about contest and entry requirements, please visit LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest.


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