The first graders have learned a LOT through their Habitat enrichment lessons with Mrs. Nugent.
The first grade classes continued in their study of habits by completing a multi-step fine arts project. Students created ocean habits using plastic bags, stickers, foam cutouts, glitter glue and blue hair gel. The students enjoyed designing ocean life and objects and cutting them out. In order to create water for their ocean habitats, students squirted, squished and mixed gel, glitter glue and water.
Nicole Basil, a former McKenzie student, spoke to the first grade classes about her charitable organization, Pedal Power. Pedal Power collects and donates bikes to students at CPS. She spoke about her determined, cooperative, goal-oriented and helpful character which showcases the leadership traits being studied in social studies this year.
See Pedal Power highlighted in the local news.
Scientist Julie Zielke taught first graders about insects. After this outdoor session, students were able to answer the questions, “Why are insects in our habitat?” and “What insects live in our habitat?”. Students were introduced to the observation table which is used to record the number of creature sightings for classes in the garden.
First graders studied Julie Zielke’s insect collection and observed insects in the McKenzie Gardens. Students recorded their observations in their Nature Notebooks.
First graders received a visit from scientist, Julie Zielke. The students began a soil experiment related to soil/decomposition (various items were buried in the soil in the garden). The words EXPERIMENT, HYPOTHESIS, DECOMPOSITION, BIODEGRADABLE, PREDICTION, and CHANGE were discussed as students recorded their predictions of how the items might CHANGE and what will turn into soil.
The experiment was carefully labeled and will conclude in the spring. Students explored PLANTS in their habitat….What are they for? What types are there? Students looked at examples of plants in the garden and learned of some characteristics of them, and recorded observations of plants in their Nature Notebooks.