The second graders began their Island Study by exploring Latourette Park on Staten Island. Imagining that they are settlers on an uninhabited island, the students go looking for things that could help them survive in their new home.
Could there be plants to eat? Perhaps small animals to catch?
Would these plants make a good salad? Or maybe a soft bed?
There are lots of tall straight trees for building things! But how do we cut them for lumber?
At first there seemed to be no water in sight...
...then, a beautiful pond! But is it safe to drink?