Spread awareness about shark fin soup. Stop people from selling shark fin soup.
This project will get the garden ready for the new plants by cutting back the dead plants. The garden is supposed to attract butterflies and bees, our pollinators.
Our project will strive to create a healthy habitat. We will visit the conservatory to learn more about butterflies. We will study our environment and how it will support the butterfly requirements. We will record our findings and make a butterfly log.
We will plant! I plan on researching drought-resistant, hardy plants to put in the high traffic areas. Also, we will need to add some mulch and nutrient-rich soil to replace the sandy soil that's there now. Lastly, we'll add some sort of temporary barier so the plants can get some much-needed time to grow and prosper. This will take place during our annual school beautification day with students and parents from kindergarten to grade 6 volunteering.
• Make signs and posters to put around the green areas of our school saying: “Don´t tear the plants”, “Don´t play with the plants”, “Don´t touch the plants”, “Don´t eat the plants”. • Watering the plants and the tree: Have a class with a gardener that can explain to us how much water the plants need. Then we make a schedule to go around school watering the plants. • Plant seeds in the dirt areas (ex: next to the auditorium) We can bring seeds from home. The gardener would teach us how to plant them. • Visit the classrooms to explain our plant problems- visual media: PPT presentation, videos (acting), popplet, song. We could present it in the assembly – 3rd-5th grade Groups visit PK-2 grade classes. • Plant bodyguards: Everyday, three of us will bring a green t-shirt. In recess we will stand in the tree area, hall in front of the auditorium and hall in front of the cafeteria to protect the plants in these areas. (the whole class rotates so everyone can be a plant bodyguard).
The timeline is about 3 months, which we started by brainstorming and researching. We have been looking at different models for bird feeders that we can build. We will re-use various materials that otherwise would be thrown out as trash to make our bird feeders. We have brainstormed various questions we have such as whether different kinds of food attract different birds and what kinds of birds are good to attract in our area. We will continue to research about birds, bird feeders, and bird food and decide on models of bird feeders to build. We will present a proposal to the principal to get permission to implement this project, and this will enable the students to put together an organized presentation describing our project, the rationale, and how it will benefit our school community. Guided and facilitated by their teacher, students will read, discuss, use information they gather through research to answer questions, make decisions, organize the information and use the information to support their positions, and create something lasting to benefit their school environment. Hopefully, once the project has been implemented, students will present to various classes or perhaps even to the school. Students can talk about the project as well as how people should interact with birds they observe at the bird feeders.
Students will map GPS locations of all of the storm drains from our school to a 5 mile circumference around using Google Maps, GPS, trash weigh-ins, and accurate input of data onto spreadsheets. They will photograph their findings, and also videotape their efforts. They will come up with a rotational maintenance solution, which will be ongoing. They will then deliver a presentation to both the school at an assembly, as well as to Parents during Ecology Night in May, 2015. The Parent Night is being coordinated with an English Teacher, Mrs. Ximena Miller, whose husband is an active participant.
The Roots and Shoots class will be involved in building and painting a game of corn hole. We will put together a landscaping plan to submit to the children's home and then attend the green thumb festival and reach out to local Florida Native nurseries to purchase trees and plants that they approve. I will bring books to read to the kids about Monarch butterflies and gardens and then ask if any of them want to be involved in the actual planting. We will then plan a time that the children in the home who want to be involved can help us plant the butterfly and herb garden as well as any trees and plants. We will leave instructions on how to care for the plants and gardens. I will make follow up visits to help the children look for butterfly eggs and caterpillars and to encourage the use of the herbs in the garden as well as helping them make observations about the Florida Native plants and the wildlife that they are attracting. We would like to provide books to the Children's home on all of these topics as well as identification guides.
Students, teachers, and parents will clear out the rusty and broken tables and chairs behind the middle school modual and will recycle as much as possible then discard the rest. We will also paint the plywood shak that is now standing in the middle of the middle school nutrition area, scrub down the lunch tables, and we will plant some CA native flowers in our relaxation area. We will also install a recycling center in these location so the nasty plastic bottles are nolonger on owr grounds or in our landfields.
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