After learning about ecosystems, students in the 3rd Grade got to go to Brooklyn Bridge Park. There, they learned about how the oyster population used to be much larger, but due to pollution, the oyster population was almost completely wiped out. In the last two decades, there has been a big effort to grow the oyster population.
While on the trip, students got to learn about the anatomy of an oyster. They also learned how oysters manage to get food even though they cannot move. There were also some fun activities where students got to pretend to be different animals collecting food (bubbles being blown) using the strategies that the animals use themselves (see video).
Finally, students were able to handle real oysters. They used calipers to measure them, and looked for other water creatures that they had learned about.
The third grade got to visit the Marine Park Salt Marsh earlier this week. Students got to learn about the ecosystem that lives in the marsh, studying the water, animals, and plants living in the marsh. We even got to go down to the water and examine some little crabs that were digging in the sand.
At a recent award ceremony held for schools in District 13, our school was awarded this certificate to celebrate our dedication to the community and district.
After spending three months learning about life in Ghana, students held their own African Bazaar. Students were inspired by the story “Beatrice’s Goat” and “One Hen”, both of which tell the story of a character doing good deeds for others in their community with the money that they raised by selling animal products such as eggs and milk. Instead of spending the money on themselves, the characters in the book used the money to better the lives of the people around them.
The third grade decided to make products to sell at the bazaar that were based on the culture of Ghana, with other African influences. Items such as soap, paintings of the savanna or rainforest, jewelry, and other crafts were sold. Over $600 was raised at the bazaar. 100% of the proceeds are being used to purchase animals to send to people in Ghana so that they too can use the animals to make money, and better the lives of the community that they live in.
The students and faculty showed their love for the school by writing down reasons that they love our school on a heart. The hearts were placed on a tree in the main hallway by the auditorium so that anyone passing by could see the different reasons everyone loves the school.
The 5th Grade worked on designing their own ecosystem with dioramas. Each students chose an ecosystem, and focused on recreating it with art materials in class. Students also created superheroes to protect the ecosystems that they designed.