The first graders have learned a LOT through their Habitat enrichment lessons with Mrs. Nugent.
They have made scientific observations and had discussions about what we find in the soil. They also learned how we use plants and all about the importance of plants. Then, they did observations in the garden and leaf rubbings.
The first graders also buried items such as paper towels, potatoes and a styrofoam cup and discussed their hypotheses regarding decomposition. They will dig up their items in the Spring to check their hypotheses. They started to discuss change over time and they observed the seeds of plants. They also created a seed collection in their nature notebooks.
Furthermore, they discussed insects and looked at insects in our habitat, drawing from their own observations. They also did a lesson on animals where the students could see and touch the animal skins and discuss their adaptations to their habitat. They also had an opportunity to look at camouflage and do an activity/drawing showing camouflage.