Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Life Will Find a Way

Fifth grade archaeologists wanted to know:  In which environment will "artifacts" decompose least? most? Which artifacts would decompose? Jars were filled with sand, moist compost, moist clay, and rain water. Tomatoes, wood,cotton cloth, bone, iron clip, plastic straw, and paper were the artifacts.  Placed in jars in November, here are some images of the results.  

After 3 and 1/2 months these tomato sprouts appeared!

And these sprouts which appeared a few weeks earlier are drying out...

Paper finally break down.

Cotton cloth rotting away.

Damp clay is breaking down the bone.

Sand dried tomato!

Microbes in compost are doing their thing.

Leaf just a skeleton...

Dry as a bone.

Fabric freshener?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Plumb Beach

Third Graders returned to Plumb Beach for the Fall Clean-up.  A Social Action Event that has been taking place since 1990--almost 30 years.

Steve Wilson came back from retirement to help lead.  Even though it was his birthday.  Or should I say, because it was his birthday.  

Thanks to Justin Weiner for his amazing photos.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Full STEAM Ahead

Second graders figured out how to move heavy loads...They were given a problem.  They had to plan.  Then try out an idea after agreeing on what to try first.

Given a plank--lift up three large blocks.  (A few created a catapult!  Yikes.)

Given pipes, blocks, and faucets...get water to  the planters 4 feet away.

Given rollers move a crate down the schoolyard track...

Given planks, move a crate up the staircase without carrying it.

Click here to watch a video

Monday, September 9, 2019

Where are the kids?

Squirrel perched on sunflower looking down on an empty schoolyard...

Taken a few days before school opened.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WAMBA: Water Ambassadors from BNS

BNS fourth graders, under the guidance of  Laurie Matthews and Susan Westover, became advocates for our planet's waterways.  As a part of their work, they created public service messages to inform others about the importance of water.

On June 25th, when their friends were at home, 6 WAMBAs shared their work as part of the Billion Oyster Project Research Symposium on Governor's Island. It was great to see how poised they were as they talked about their work.  

BNS has an oyster station on Valentino Pier