Applying New Concepts

Today, 5th and 6th graders were excellent learners and teachers. To kickstart a large unit on local watersheds and water conservation (which will later be connected with field trips in May and June), our class learned how watersheds are formed and how both nonpoint- and point-source pollution affects drinking water, recreation, and aquaic life. They crupled paper to simulate a mountain range and traced washable marker over ridgelines. After “rain” was sprayed onto the “mountains,” each set of students counted the different watersheds that were formed. The same process was repeated, only with bits of pullutants.

We then planned a mini-lesson to teach the TK/K class. The 5th and 6th graders did an excellent job applying what they had learned in class just minutes before. They taught the little ones vocabulary like: run-off, ridgeline, watershed, and pollution. Everyone had fun acting as teachers!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is our class’ Wax Museum from 1-3p.m. We’ve been chipping away at this history project since November and it is important that each student is present for this day! I look forward to seeing their hard work pay off.

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