Coastal Federation

Kristen Daly is a marine biologist that works in the educational department from the Coastal Federation right down the block from BSES.  She visited our class today to stress the importance of how storm water run off causes erosion and carries fertilizers and pesticides, not to forget litter, into our water ways.  The students each had a chance to add some type of consequence from the human footprint.  If only you could have been a fly in the room listening to them discuss and tie in topics of deforestation, erosion, conserving resources, being environmentally aware.  At times I wonder if they are listening.  Today proved not only that they are, but they’re also taking steps necessary to make life changes.  Yeah we recycle, but they also compost snacks, pick litter up around campus on their own accord, and are now voicing their awareness via blogging (click here to check out their stuff).  It is impressive for one so young to take charge.  As Stan Lee would say, “true believer.”

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Hands-On Experiences

The rain may have kept us out of school, but it did help us segue into our next topic . . .  erosion.  We’ve found another smash hit article via KidBiz to explore this topic, and we’re building our vocabulary on this subject with the help of Discovery Education as well.  Next week tends to be messy as we will be eroding the classroom.  Before I get ahead of myself, as I often tend to do, let’s pump the brakes and give our faithful viewers insight on the latest our young minds have to offer.

It was a short week indeed, but still action packed.  The crew partnered once more to reflect on the cause and effect relationship between human kind and ecosystems.  Excellent discussion and I do hope you’ll follow our Aurasma channel (see earlier posts on how to follow or check the progress folder cover) to see and hear the reports these kids created.

What better way to bring the week to a close than to rip through another Fraction Friday with food.  Theses mathematicians grouped M&M’s by color, created number lines for each color given, labeled the position, and then came up with facts based on their data.  For instance, 8/12 of M&M’s are blue.  Looking at the number line I can tell that 8/12 is greater the 6/12 (1/2) by 2/12 or 1/6.  They also decomposed fractions: I can take my blue M&M’s of 8/12 and break them into groups to create equations, 8/12 = 2/12 +4/12 + 2/12.  I know that 8/12 is closer to one whole 12/12 because it is only 4 jumps from it on a number line.  Once they had a number line created with a matching fact, then it was time to put that color to real use, scarf it down.

Hover over the pics to see captions, click on them to get a closer look.  We will be back with more.  Stay tuned.


Critters in Estuaries

Our crew of environmental scientists are exploring how humans effect ecosystems.  We’re currently reading an article from Discovery Education about the cause and effect relationship between humans and ecosystems.  With Ying comes Yang.


Although we, people, put natural resources to work in our favor, we also leave negative consequences in our wake.  So far our youngsters have learned that two major consequences are deforestation and pollution.  This leads us into our first activity of how estuaries are effected in similar ways.  Thanks to our friends at the NC Coastal Reserve we were able to feed our tummies while also learning of this cause and effect relationship.  In short students begin with a napkin which symbolizes the estuary, and with this are given ten goldfish crackers.  Play by taking an ecological card and reading it to your group.  Based on what happens on the card determines if fish (from a pile of crackers in the center of the team) join the estuary population or are eliminated (eaten).

  • A fish eats a piece of plastic floating in the sound. Lose one fish.
  • Area is closed to fishing, three fish hatch.  Add three fish.

When all cards have been drawn, the game ends and the estuary with the most fish is the cleanest.  This activity segued our crew into the Izaak Walton Estuary Poster Contest (info below).  Join us soon for more as we are still working on our bird/fish adaptation illustrations and will also be pulling from grand ole Dr. Seuss and the forethought he provided when creating the Lorax (the book, not that B budget flick that Danny DeVito butchered in 2012).  Off the soapbox and off to make more soap.  Enjoy the pics!