Friday, January 16, 2015

Munch Munch Wiggle Wiggle...Ask a First Grader to Sing the Rest

First graders figure out what belongs in compost.  Here's  some of what they discovered.


Using my best first gradese I would guess: worms, pumpkin, rolly polly, ..rocks..Help!

 And then they put together their own worm bin by:

Cutting up discarded veggies for worms to munch.

Separating worms from compost.






Wetting newspaper worm bedding.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First Grade Green Unit Starts Off With a Trip...


Sims Municipal Recycling Education Center in Sunset Park

Eadaoin Quinn, Educator, presents info about what to recycle.


Recycling Center is busy, loud, cold, 


interesting, and...




a bit smelly....



Hands on exhibits involves kids in learning about what to recycle...

and how to move the recycled materials...




Pictures taken by Johanna....

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fourth Graders Build "Pond" Ecosystems...

Guppies acclimating to temperature and chemistry of  a mini pond.

Students take notes on how many of each organism they put in the "pond.", so that they can assess the health of the ecosystem when they return form winter break.




Daphnia image from Wikipedia.



Many students named their critters, including the tiny daphnia. One poor critter was mistakenly put in guppy cup and was eaten immediately.    Food chain in action.





Soil Delivery to School Yard Brings Visions of Spring

One of two piles of soil.




Planter along side of the fence over the highway that needs soil.

Permeable pavers

This bed is on upper level.  Plan is to fill with grasses.

Check out progress by looking at earlier entry.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Changing T.P. to Writing Paper

Too many giggles to the term toilet paper forced us into using the abbreviation T.P.  But sheer joy took over as students in first grade repurposed T.P.  What has this to do with their plant study?  Kids knew that paper is  made from plant fiber.







Be on the look out for paper products from first graders.



K Students Use Found Objects to Build Fantasy Bird Houses and Their Occupants












Birds made by K students in Art Studio with Paola.

Close-up of a blue bar.

Hanger, tape and crepe paper bird.