Fall of 2016, Pre-K students used reusable materials to identify letters in the alphabet.
Collage With Reusable Materials (Pre-Kindergarten)
Pre-Kindergarten students worked with a partner to identify a letter of the alphabet. The students glued on pieces of reusable materials to the letters identified. The letters were then organized to spell the words Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Through this lesson, students learned the importance of using reusable in order to help save and protect the environment.
Spring of 2016, Kindergarten students planted house plants in their classrooms.
Plants and How They Help People (Kindergarten)
Kindergarten students had a chance to dig right in when it came time to plant our flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They read books, watched videos, and experimented on what it takes to help plants grow and what they need to survive. Students also discovered how plants can help the environment by making good oxygen, and other useful products and by providing habitats for animals.
March 7, 2017 Kindergarten students attended an environmental field trip at the Ward Museum.
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (Kindergarten)
Kindergarten students attended an environmental field trip at the Ward Museum. Students were able to apply what they learned during classroom instruction in a nature setting. While on this field trip, students participated in three activities: habitat exploration, pond life, and protecting the watershed. Students then returned to school, where an action project was completed.
January 17, 2017 first grade students explored different beaks and how they assist birds.
Exploring Different Types of Bird Beaks (First Grade)
As part of their science curriculum focusing on animals' external features, First Grade students explored how different beaks allow birds to eat various types of food. During the investigation, students also created bird feeders out of reusable materials. The feeders were placed in designated areas on school grounds so that students could view firsthand how their efforts helped birds survive in the winter. These investigations also provided students with the knowledge that birds are good for the ecosystem because they eat bugs and pollinate flowers.
Winter of 2017, second grade students used reusable materials to create models of spiders.
Spiders (Second Grade)
After learning about the external features of spiders, Second Grader students brought in reusable materials from home. Students used the materials to create a model spider of their own and then labeled the parts of the spider (legs, fangs, abdomen, etc.). Students also learned that spiders play an important role in the environment by eating many insects that are harmful to crops and people.
November 2017, third grade students discussed the negative impacts of Styrofoam on the environment.
Styrofoam (Third Grade)
Third grade students had the opportunity to discuss Styrofoam and the negative impacts that it has on the environment. Students learned about the decomposition process of Styrofoam in comparison to other materials such as plastic and aluminum. Students then performed investigations to determine which type of packaging peanut was better for the environment: a normal Styrofoam peanut or a biodegradable peanut. Through this investigation, students became aware of the negative impacts Styrofoam plays in our environment, and were challenged to rethink their usage of Styrofoam such as to-go containers and to-go cups.