Last week, the 8th grade split team traveled to the Tsongas Industrial Historical Center to visit the Lowell Mills. This trip was the culminating event for the Industrial Revolution unit of study. The two groups of students engaged in two different hands on activities. Workers on the Line: Students worked on an assembly line where they experienced a loss of control over work through speed ups, reaction to wage cuts, and then had to decide on a course of action. Bale to Bolt: Students weaved cloth, learned how cloth is woven on power looms, and discovered how inventions affected workers and production. They also explored workers’ lives through visiting boarding houses, the working factory floor, and other museums and exhibits. A great day was had by all!
The Seventh Grade White Team had the perfect day to walk the Boston Freedom Trail and tour the Massachusetts State House. Characters dressed in Revolutionary War attire guided the students along memorable streets that witnessed the Boston Massacre. Students visited Faneuil Hall, as well as the cemetery where Paul Revere is buried. The walk ended at the Boston Common where students toured our glorious State House and witnessed where bills are made into laws. We weren’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our governor, but our tour was arranged by our local State Representative, Sheila Harrington.
“There’s a snake in my boot!”
“No, that’s just water!”, Mr. Pineda told one of his students.
Students and several teachers went to the Nissitissit River WMA on Hollis Street last Friday morning. After a short walk, nets and tupperware containers were picked up at Mr. Pineda’s truck as children rushed to wade into the river to catch shiners, crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, clams, frogs, and toads.
Fifty gallons of water and many specimens were hauled back to school to set up the classroom aquarium. By hauling water, problems in adjusting water pH and temperature are avoided. Over the next several weeks, the aquarium will be a discussion topic as local ecosystems are investigated.
According to Mr. Pineda, there was one question that was asked over and over again: “When is our next trip?”!
The Merrimack River Watershed – shaped by human and natural influences – served as a living laboratory for the study of ecosystems and earth science for our 5th grade students last week!
Our students traveled by boat in Lowell’s canals to explore how natural and human forces are changing the Merrimack Watershed. We collected water samples, performed tests, and analyzed data. Students also built and tested water filters to assess their ability to clean polluted water and used models to explore how the world’s water is distributed. What a great learning experience. A big thank you to Mrs. Worth for organizing this trip!
On Wednesday, May 17 the sixth grade students were engaged in a unique education experience. They went to Roll On America and participated in STEM activities. The students learned that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are found in everyday experiences, even in fun experiences like roller skating! They participated in a lesson on formulas, fractions, and fun; the relationship between math and roller skating. They measured, compared, and averaged the speed of several skaters, and how statistics relates to roller skating. At the end, they were able to roller skate or roller blade, participate in different games, and socialize with their teammates. It was a great day!
Coniferous forest, deciduous forest, grassland, savannah, bird ecology, coyote tracking……Mr. Pineda’s students had the opportunity to study it all in early December. As an important activity in their environmental science unit, students took a trip to the Heald Orchard five minutes from the school. Everyone was prepared for the frigid temperatures so they could make their highly relevant scientific observations. A relaxing picnic lunch was enjoyed by all next to Heald Pond (which is a lake, ecologically speaking) under cloudy skies while they searched the pond’s four beaver lodges for activity.
What a great resource for students to access so close to home! NMS would like to thank Mrs. Paula Terrasi of the Conservation Commission for making this and other trips possible!