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!
The study of amphibians in science class was enhanced by perfect weather….namely, rain, drizzle, and cool temperatures.
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Yes, you read that correctly! Mr. Pineda’s students learned how to pick up chicks last week! Students learned about incubators and how important they are when they studied the conservation of endangered species like California Condors and Whooping Cranes. Then, they had the chance to see how it’s really done, as the incubator was set with 40 Nankin Bantam eggs from Mr. Pineda’s farm. The chickens are used to help study genetics, anatomy, physiology, animal behavior, flight, ethics, and ecology. But, we don’t think the kids even notice how much they’re learning because the chicks are so much fun to play with….oops….we mean study!
Sixth graders have been learning about the new technology of 3D printing for the last few weeks in technology class. Students began by creating their own name tags in tinkercad and have recently been working on designs that will make teacher’s lives easier.
Students brainstormed ideas and then drew a prototype of what it might look like. Next, they used tinkercad to create a 3D model of their design. After printing some test pieces to test their design, some groups were ready to have their’s printed!
Over the last week, students collected sap from our school sugar bush. Over 20 maple trees were tapped over February vacation by Mr. Pineda and his family. Over 50 gallons of sap was collected. Several students and staff brought home sap to boil down into syrup.