As News 8 Anchor Adam Chodak said, “You can add that to the list of things I never did in school.” Allendale Columbia’s 7th-grade scientists got out of the classroom and into knee-high water boots to survey a portion of Irondequoit Creek in the hopes of returning more than 160 trout back to nature. Just another Earth Day at AC.
It was all part of a Trout in the Classroom project that AC Science and Math Teacher Beth Guzzetta initiated back in September. She received brown trout eggs from the Bath Fish Hatchery and guided the students through the lifecycle stages of caring for the eggs, watching them hatch, and keeping the fish strong and healthy in a classroom aquarium. Students helped to set up the 60-gallon aquarium and monitored the water quality daily (even over breaks!) to make sure it was safe for the fish. If the students weren’t sure about something, they had to do the research and then make adjustments based on what they learned. Regular water changes were a must, so students learned how to safely complete 25-gallon water changes. (more…)
Posted in: Authentic Learning, Centers for Impact, Highlights, Invent, Middle School, Seventh Grade
Guest post by AC Kindergarten Teacher, Erin Eder.
The Allendale Columbia School kindergarten orchestrated the lower school Earth Day celebration this year with help (a lot) from many people. The projects included: The fourth graders building markers for the garden which were then painted by the first graders, the fifth graders learning about garden design and planning and working in teams to plot out this year’s garden, the second graders planting seeds and cleaning up the nature trail, the third graders designing and constructing a trellis for the peas they planted to climb, and the kindergartners (with the help of the fourth graders) preparing their pumpkin patch along with weeding flower beds and picking up around campus. We had middle schoolers helping us, as well as parent volunteers and our amazing teachers and head of lower school. Even our head of school, Mr. Gee, came out to pitch in (literally!) by lending his expertise and muscle in the gardens around school. A very big thank you to everyone who made our Earth Day a special day!
Posted in: Lower School, Middle School