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Global Ecology Highlights

Endangered Animals

During virtual learning Ms. Mendoza’s 4th grade Dual Language class started their class unit on animal biology. This topic led to animals that are in danger in the wild. In order to show students that they can have a positive impact on the environment and that they can help others positively engage with nature, they collaborated in a class project in which they researched critically endangered animals in order to raise awareness about the animals in danger of extinction. The students focused on one animal to research and wrote an informative paragraph to present to their classmates. By posting it on the school website they hope that people will read their information and become inspired to help all these animals.  

Butterflies' life cycle

Mr. Fornari’s Class spent three weeks experiencing the life cycle of butterflies. Students were able to witness first hand the life of a butterfly as it progresses through its journey of life as an egg, larva, chrysalis, and beautiful butterfly (adult). Like us, butterflies experience changes and stages of life. They teach us to appreciate each stage as life is precious and ever-changing. 

Student with a newborn Butterfly
Student holding butterfly

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle!!!

Creating art from recycled material

by Emily P.

The students in Room 3, Ms. Taylor's class made a bird feeder out of recycled milk cartons, straws, and starch, under the direction of Ms. Siegler, our visual arts teacher.

First, we painted starch on the cartons and then put the colored tissue paper on the starch. Next, we cut out a big square for the birdseed. Then, we put a straw on the bottom of the bird feeder for the birds have a place to perch.

Finally, we attached a string to the top and we put the birdseeds inside and hung them in the garden behind the library. From our classroom window, we can enjoy the view of all the new birds that are visiting our garden! 

3rd grade class

Planters made out of recycled bottles

by Luna R. 

Our 6th grade class made planters out of recycled 2-liter soda bottles under the direction of Ms. Siegler. These former drink containers now are the home to our water-resistant plants. We learned how to propagate from cuttings of water efficient (succulent, cacti, etc.) plants. 

We traced the bottles and cut them carefully following the lines we had previously drawn. We filled them with soil and poured some water. We carefully dug the space to put the new branch of the plant recently cut. We hung our new planters with succulents on our class' window.  

We have been watching them grow every day, and water them as needed, with our 6th grade science teacher Ms. Rocabado.  They are right outside room 21, you should come and see them!