Monday, October 24, 2016

One Day in the Life of the Hudson 2016

Joining thousands of students all along the Hudson River, BNS fourth grade ecologists studied the quality of this mighty river.  Nearly 110 students visited Valentino Pier with the help of parent chaperones, a hardworking team of student teachers, and of course, BNS teachers.     Special thanks goes to Christine O'Neill who traveled hours to get to Brooklyn.  And to our DITL runner, Sarah Mount of NYSDEC.

There were four stations:  Station One run by Eva  and Kiana had students testing the chemistry of the water: temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, and pH as well as its turbidity, and salinity.  pH was a neutral 7 and the DO was in a healthy range of 5 ppm to 8 ppm. Salinity averaged a brackish 27 ppt.  Turbidity:  40 JTUs.

The second station:  measuring the biodiversity of the river. Christine O'Neill, Student Conservation Member who is in the Hudson Valley Corps.

These green crabs were found at the bottom of a bucket camouflaged and waiting for us!  There is no scientific proof, but Science Lesson Magic strikes again.

Christine O'Neill helps students  ID crabs and the silverside fish caught in our seining nets.

Sarah Mount, of NYSDEC, was on hand to help students as well.

  The third station involved determining the current direction using light green flowers as well as the wind current and direction using the Beaufort Scale.  Robert Pincus, chaperone and climate scientist, tied streamers to poles to help us see the variation in winds between the poles.

This station was run by student teachers Rachel and Molly.  Northwest current and wind.  Wind speed varied from a gentle to moderate breeze.

An amazing cloud ID'ed by Robert as an Asperitas Cloud--uncommon and not well understood!

The last station had students "take a snaphot" of the river using pencil and paper.


Friday, October 21, 2016

More grows in the garden than the gardener sows...

Who needs stools when you have hay bales.

Thanks to Paola, artists are growing.
Here are pictures of some 3rd graders sketching on BNS Farm.  

Hunting for a subject.

Vincent van Goghesque...

The Hens Are In

From top left clockwise: La  Rubia Blondie, Speckles, and Red

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Volunteers Help Care for Hens After School and on Weekends

BNS staff and families have been volunteering to check in on hens when school is not in session.

Ike and Ola Mae have done at least two tours of duty.

It pays off in more than one way.

BNS is Greener

Thanks to Green Committee member, Keri, and her son, Savion,  recycled plastic bags collected at BNS were brought to Whole Foods on 3rd Street.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Second Grade Naturalists

Second graders are spending one day, every other week, in nature. Work time outdoors. Learning to observe, sketch, question, research. In other words, being naturalists.  Here are just a few snapshots...

Before heading out...imagining what they will find.

Meeting to find out work time choices and boundaries.

Guarding boundaries...

And when they return to class a share.  Here one class is using post-it notes on map of the penisula: