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Grade 3 students visited the Living Lab during the weeks of March 8th and 15th. They made brook observations in order to compare and contrast their findings with their fall visit. Data collected included water depth, pH, turbidity, and temperature as well as weather observations.

Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students investigated plant parts in relation to their form and function. In addition, each student received seeds and a container to start a flower garden indoors. With scientist Dr. Karen Giannasca, students created individual rock-type maps of Massachusetts. These experiences expanded upon their Living Lab theme, “Rock Concert,” an integral part of their “Plant Growth and Development” and “Rocks and Minerals” units.

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 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)3262010_102228_2.jpg
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 Gala! Thank you.

Happy Science,
Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator

The grade 3 students visited the Living Lab during the week of October 13, 2009.  They explored the Reed Brook habitat and observed the flora, fauna, and rock types. They recorded water and weather data for seasonal comparisons. Further, they studied our new addition to the Living Lab, the Living Lab Rain Garden. Please ask them about the Rain Garden. These experiences are included in their Living Lab science and arts integrated project "Rock Concert." Their Living Lab experience is an integral part of their science units, "Plant Growth and Development" and "Rocks and Minerals."

Under the direction of Carol Shestok, K-5 Science Coordinator, students acted like botanists in the field. Each student, using scientific plant symbols and plant charts, identified the name of the native flower he/she will research. Scientist Dr. Karen Giannasca facilitated a study of rock types and the rock cycle as students went through a simulated rock cycle.