|A tank in each classroom hosts|
13-14 spadefoot tadpoles
|This is the current stage of our endangered spadefoot tadpoles.|
|The Town's Green Team has done a terrific job creating|
a garden and starting composting efforts at our school.
This effort also matches the following fifth grade state science standards:
- "They also learn about the connections and relationships among plants and animals, and the ecosystems within which they live, to show how matter and energy are cycled through these.
- Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among producers, consumers, decomposers, and the air, water, and soil in the environment to show that plants produce sugars and plant materials, show that animals can eat plants and/or other animals for food, and show that some organisms, including fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms and recycle some materials back to the air and soil... emphasis in on matter moving throughout the ecosystem."
- Compare at least two designs for a composter to determine which is most likely to encourage decomposition of materials. Measure or evidence of decomposition should be on qualitative descriptions or comparisons.
|Nets will help students to capture small|
animals for study. Later students
will release the animals.
|These child-friendly magnifiers help students|
to study insects, animals, and plants in the
- "They also learn about the connections and relationships among plants and animals, and ecosystems within which they live, to show how matter and energy are cycled through these."
- "Use a model to describe the cycling of water through a watershed through evaporation, precipitation, absorption, surface runoff, and condensation."
- "Examples of changed practices or processes include sewage, reducing the amounts of materials used, capturing polluting emissions from factories or power plants, and preventing runoff from agricultural activities."
|Fake scat helps student to learn to|
identify the animals that make up
the natural habitat.
- "Ask testable questions about the process by which plants use air, water, and energy from sunlight to produce sugars and plant materials needed for growth and reproduction."
- "Test a simple system designed to filter particulates out of water and propose one change to the design to improve it."
We are fortunate to live in a community where support for student learning abounds. I am grateful to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation, Wayland Transition, Framingham Transition, the Happy Hollow PTO, Drumlin Farm, Massachusetts Audubon, Wayland Conservation and Geology Department, Wayland's Green Team, and the Wayland Public Schools for supporting such wonderful, engaging study and learning.