Saturday, October 31, 2015

What's New?

Some outdoor blocks.  Pictured are Valerie's and Marisol's K kids discovering how they work.

You can walk on them.

You can sit on them.

You can make a see-saw but not a skate board! 

They are water time we will see how water can add to the block fun.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Greta's Second Graders Learn a New Word: Ephemeral

Greta introduced students to Andy Goldsworthy's art.
Inspired by his work, students created these sculptures in Prospect Park.  
Back in class, students will continue to make art out of natural materials.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Making a List...Checking Every Lunch Time

Each day at lunchtime, third graders check paper recycling.  Normally pretty tough, these two students are giving Josh a chance to remove an improperly placed item.  They are letting him take off the plastic lid from a paper coffee cup.  Oh no! The cup has coffee stains on it.  It can't be recycled.  Will that mean a red mark against Room 324?  I had to leave before the verdict came down.

Monday, October 26, 2015

One Day in the Life of the Hudson River: October 20, 2015

Across the State...from Albany to Valentino Pier, New York students were gathering data so that scientists could get a picture of the health of the Hudson River.  BNS fourth grade citizen scientists were all at Valentino Pier on a cool, blustery day.

Erica Kepski, Assistant Educator for the Department of Environmental Conservation, and J.E. are seining before students got there.

Students measured water temperature, turbidity, current direction,  pH, and wind speed.

Students also took note of the caught critters:  20 silversides and 2 Asian shore crabs...not to mention jelly fish.

Students also sketched what they saw in the River and wrote their thoughts, observations and questions.

The Question of the Day:  "When will the water be clean so we can come to swim?"

Thanks to Cynthia Fowx for taking these pictures.

BNS One Day in the Life of the Hudson River Report 2014

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Artful Bird Feeder

Woven for birds by BNS students at Apple Fest

2nd Grade Gets Visit From Nancye Good...

They learn that sheltering from the cold is the first priority when you are trying to survive in the wilderness.

Nancye Good will be visiting all four second grade classes.

Clothing is one kind of can keep warm by stuffing leaves in your clothing.

That's survival monkey under the lean-to.

Nancye adds "ribs" to the structure.

Lattice is put cross-wise over the ribs to keep leaves from falling between the cracks.

Add leaves on top and create a door of leaves.    
 Next week 2nd graders build a child-sized lean to in the ball field.