Welcome EAGLE School of Madison
Welcome to 3/4 Science
TimeAug. 28, 2012
from:Van Boldrik, Maggie
to:Junior 3/4 A Science
Hi everyone! During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible. Our first unit, Biodiversity and Interdependence, is the study of how living things interact with and depend on each other within their environment. This is a fun and challenging unit as your students will learn to make accurate observations (write down/draw what you ACTUALLY see, not what you THINK you see) in a team setting. Last year as Intermediates, they learned to make independent observations, but as 3/4's they will find that it's not so easy to agree on what you observe, making this a more demanding and, honestly, sometimes frustrating experience as they learn to cultivate team skills. We'll also have fun collecting and identifying plants in our plant presses.
Many of you know that my philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible. This fall, we'll be spending time in the fields and woods that surround our school. It's a terrific learning laboratory to investigate how many different species can and do live together in a small space, and, just as importantly, how they depend on each other to survive.
And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields. We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea. We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy. Dirt & mud are inevitable.
If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly encouraged to join our expeditions and help with herding! If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna. I would welcome a parent to help focus the students on their meter-square environment and work as teams - and even better if you have some knowledge of plants. Just contact me if you are interested.
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