One highlight of our week back from break was a unit all about Earth day and Mother nature. The students read many books about their environment during Reader's’ Workshop. They explored topics about different types of pollution, conservation, and recycling, which they provided their opinions about during Writer’s Workshop. On Wednesday, the students participated in an hands-on experiment about water pollution after learning about how water pollution affects not only the water, but the eco-system.
The lesson begun by grabbing buckets of clean water, vegetable oil (to stand for toxic oil spills), and dirt to represent household trash, and spoons (to scoop the “waste”). The kids took turns adding trash to the water. They tried to remove all of the pollution using their tools. After some time of trying to remove all of the pollutants, they were left with a pile of trash and water that was still oily and dirty. The conclusion they determined was it is impossible to remove all of the pollutants from the water. They stated, “ ‘Yes, it is true that there is no way to undo pollution’, the ‘damage is done’, ‘As technology develops, scientists can learn more about how to clean dirty water’, ‘We all can help prevent water pollution we have laws that cover pollution by industry.’” This multi-faceted lesson instilled their minds with the importance of caring for the environment, not only on Earth Day, but each day. They have become more observant with the world around them and have been continuing to conduct further research to their “I wonder” questions.
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.