Nolasco News Update
Fourth Edition * April/May 2016
Student Reporters for this Edition: Jordan Baluyot & Angelica Duffy
Final Science Unit: Ecosystems
In Ecosystems, students set up terrariums for crickets and isopods. Duckweed, algae, Elodea, guppies, and snails are introduced to an aquarium. Connecting the two habitats to create an “ecocolumn,” students observe the relationship between the two environments and the organisms living within them. Students simulate the effects of pollutants—road salt, fertilizer, and acid rain—on the environment. To discover how pollutants might affect the organisms in their ecocolumn, students create a food chain and make inferences about the effects of pollutants based on the relationships between the organisms in their ecocolumns. Students explore the Chesapeake Bay as a model ecosystem, analyzing the environmental problems present there from various perspectives. Applying their knowledge of ecosystems to a real-world situation, students generate possible solutions to the pollution problem and share their conclusions with the class. This activity enables students to appreciate the trade-offs necessary to reach mutually acceptable solutions to environmental problems.
Earth Week 2016
Monday: Sign Earth Day Pledge
Tuesday: Bring Eco-Friendly Lunch
Wednesday: Walk to School for less Pollution
Thursday: Earth Day BINGO
Friday: Wear Green
On Friday Our homeroom made Earth Day collages from recycled magazines.
The Green Rangers planted herbs and vegetables in the Lincoln School Garden sponsored by the Lincoln School PTO.
We also read and discussed the book, If Kids Ran the World. Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon show children playfully creating a more generous, peaceful world where everyone shares with others. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love (Scholastic).
April was National Poetry Month!
Our Language Arts class made Earth Day inspired poems while learning about the different types of poetry such as: Haiku, Free Verse, Acrostic, Quatrain, Couplet, Cinquain, Diamante, and Shape Poem.
Earth Day Collages
*Made from recycled magazines
Lincoln School's Garden
*Donated by the PTO, cared for by The Green Rangers
Earth Day Poetry
*Original poetry written and decorated by our Language Arts class
Math Class-Chapter 13 Properties of Triangles and Four-Sided Figures
- Learn about classifying triangles.
- Learn about measuring of angles and of triangles.
- Learn about triangle inequality.
- Learn about parallelograms, rhombus, and trapezoid
Teacher Appreciation Week
What's New in Room #212: Genius Hour Presentations will be starting this week! Stay tuned!
- You have to RESEARCH something
- You have to CREATE something
- You have to PRESENT something
Soon we will be presenting our projects to the class, so wish us luck.
"You are a GENIUS and the world needs your contribution!" ~Angela Maiers
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