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Grade 1 Living Lab Spring Visit

Grade 1 students visited the Living Lab during the week of April 26 th. We were able to observe small fish, tadpoles, and skunk cabbage from the deck at Reed Brook.  In groups, students made observations of a grassy habitat 36 inches in diameter and recorded their findings, including what had been blown there by the wind. These investigations relate to their “Blowing in the Wind” Living Lab science/art integration, an integral part of their unit, “Weather.”

Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students undertook scientific investigations to determine the distance various objects can be carried by the wind. In addition, we viewed organisms under the microscopes and in our LL terrarium (tree frogs, salamanders, crickets) and aquarium (tadpoles, crayfish, snails, water striders). Further, Dr. Karen Giannasca led students in a study of wind direction using mini-kits. Each student made a mini-kite and tested it in our wind tunnel.

Please look for the upcoming reminder of our Living Lab Gala Events.  At each gala, students in grades 1-5 will act as artists and scientists in the field as they display their Living Lab products. We shall have three of these evening events with each intermediate school hosting one on a specific date. The events will be at the Abbot School for Abbot/Nabnasset students, at the Crisafulli School for Crisafulli/Robinson students, and at the Day School for Day/Miller students.

Gala Dates (All Galas are held in the evening: 5:00 - 6:30)
Abbot School for Abbot/Nabnasset: JUNE 3
Crisafulli School for Crisafulli/Robinson: JUNE 9
Day School for Day/Miller: JUNE 1

Hope to see you at the Galas!

Happy Science,
Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator

IMG_908.jpgThe grade 1 students visited the Living Lab during the week of November 2, 2009. They explored the Reed Brook habitat and observed and sketched the flora and fauna.  They investigated wind speed and direction as part of their “Blowing in the Wind” Living Lab science/art integrated project, an integral part of their unit, “Weather.”  Further, the students studied our new addition to the Living Lab, the Living Lab Rain Garden.

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Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students observed various wind speeds at numerous locations surrounding the outdoor lab. These findings were compared with the Beaufort wind scale which they used to record wind data. Further, students investigated weather vanes and wind direction as well as observed windblown objects using the proscope and microscopes with Dr. Karen Giannasca, a microbiologist.


Happy science,

Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator