schoolyard habitat: fall 2015
The schoolyard habitat has been coming along well. Our pond is becoming established and we have added some goldfish. My hopes when creating this was that it would encourage students to reconnect with nature. Whether the kids are reading outside under the trees, writing a poem, playing recorders, or doing an investigation.
Studies have shown kids exposed to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.There are many advantages to getting the students outside. Here is an article with more information: http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx.
Below are some SOL connections for grades 6-8.
6.1 scientific investigation; 6.5 c the action of water in physical and chemical weathering; 6.6b air pressure, temperature, and humidity; 6.3d cloud formation; 6.6e the relationship of atmospheric measures and weather conditions; 6.5a-g investigating watersheds; 6.9 a management of renewable resources (water, soil, plant/animal life) and 6.9b the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventative measures
LS.1 scientific investigation; LS.4 classification of organisms; LS.5 investigating plants and photosynthesis; LS.8 investigating communities; LS.6 investigating energy (carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles; flow of energy and matter throughout the system; complex relationships within terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems; energy flow in food webs and energy pyramids); LS.7 investigating populations; LS.9 investigating adaptation and change; LS.11 conservation of living resources
PS.1 scientific investigation; PS.2f acids, bases, and solutions (in measuring pH of soil); PS.10 work, power, and simple machines; PS.9c the electromagnetic spectrum
Letter from the National Wildlife Federation certifying the SGC Schoolyard Habitat as a Wildlife Habitat
Garden Club, Windmill, Feb. 2017
We recently put together a windmill for the habitat area and a small greenhouse to grow seeds.
Pic 1- Brooks Denton, Lincoln Thompson, Elijah Bethel, Daron Brown
Pic 2- Lincoln Thompson, Elijah Bethel, Brooks Denton
Pic 3- Kennedy Wyche, Shayla Scott, Riley Power, Sarah Pearson, Dante James, Emmaleigh Ralph, Aubrey Gergets
Pic 4- Emmaleigh Ralph, Aubrey Gergets, Sarah Pearson, Shayla Scott, Kennedy Wyche, Dante James, Riley Power
Garden Club Harvest, Feb. 2017
The garden club harvested vegetables from their square foot garden. Students also put together winter sowing containers filled with milkweed seeds. They plan to expand their Monarch way station.
Pictured: 1st pic:Sarah Pearson, Riley Powers, Dante James, Daron Brown.
2nd pic: Brooks Denton, Shayla Scott, Aubrey Gergets
A Reflections-Themed Film by Alyssa B., gr.8