Saturday, May 23, 2015

First Graders Are Entomologists

Who want to attract pollinators so our apple trees will have fruits. So they added rooms to the Bug Hotel.

They found aphids eating some plants!  Lucky they also raised some lady bugs to devour them.

Somewhere in this jungle of plants is a ladybug that just walked out of its container.

And students released a pollinator in our new bed of wildflowers.

The last one reluctantly left the net, fist bumped Sophie's hand, and flew off.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Green Recess

Pre-K  Kids were there!

Adding soil to beds.

Watering plants...

Really, really,

Really carefully.

Sweeping the farm clean.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stanford Alum Gardening Volunteer Day at BNS

No leisurely Saturday brunch for Stanford Alums, friends of 4th grade teacher, Elissa, yesterday.  Instead they were out helping make BNS/BCS Farm a better place to grow.
Kathyrn, parent of a 2nd grader, cut these pickets .
Wood was donated by Build It Green.
Chore:  Paint new set of pickets for 4th graders to write an eco -message.

That's Elissa and Jess.

That's Brad, Jess, and Elissa!

Jordi removing soil from old planter box to be put in new beds.

LeBron had no problem being banned from inside of the school...he just hung out and watched.

Rayna, a in artist..., had no problem painting  the EcoCasita.

Rachel, Jess and the youngest helper...Hazel...swept and raked.

Mulching new beds.

Johanna and Elissa put finishing touches to pickets.

Jobs well done.

Camera shy:  Jordi and Sean, please send pix!

Friday, May 15, 2015

What's So Bad About Using Fossil Fuel, Two?

Fourth graders talked  about how fossil fuels come from plants and animals that died over 65 million years ago....and that we will eventually run out of fossil fuel.

We can't wait 65 million years to make more coal, oil, and gas.  Nor should we risk the health of our water by allowing fracking upstate!

Then we went outdoors to use Solar Power  to make motors spin.

It's renewable.

Thanks again for the great photos, Sophie!

What's So Bad About Fossil Fuels?

Fourth Graders are learning about how electricity is produced before they can start to answer that question...

What is the right combo of wires to get the clock to work?

How is a potato battery like the store bought D-cell batteries?

Plain water works.

It's on!

These kids put their potato clocks all together in one circuit.

The time is always right in this class.

Thanks Sophie for taking the pictures.