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Spring Visit to the Living Lab
Grade 2 students visited the Living Lab during the week of April 12th. We were able to observe small fish, tadpoles, and skunk cabbage from the deck at Reed Brook.  Students continued to explore brook organisms and the increased brook depth. These investigations relate to their “Quilting Bee” Living Lab science/art integration, an integral part of their unit, “Life Cycle of the Frog”

Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students undertook scientific observations of tadpoles, in general, and camouflage in particular. 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 fossils. Each student made a clay fossil using shells and plastic animals and observed real fossils, which we received from a fossil hunter.

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

raincoat.jpgThe grade 2 students visited the Living Lab during the week of October 26, 2009. They explored the Reed Brook habitat and observed and sketched the flora and fauna.  They recorded water and weather data for seasonal comparisons. Further, the students studied our new addition to the Living Lab, the Living Lab Rain Garden. These experiences are included in their Living Lab science and arts integrated project “Quilting Bee.” Their Living Lab experience is an integral part of their science unit, “Life Cycle of the Frog.”

Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students studied the life cycle of the frog, compared the frog and toad, and observed and compared organisms in our Living Lab terrariums and aquariums. In addition, they viewed organisms under the microscopes. Also, Dr. Karen Giannasca, a microbiologist led students through discovering frog characteristics including unique sounds and form and function.  
Happy science,

Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator