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Our students will create a sustainable worm farm to support their garden.
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The first grade theme in social studies class this year is “community”. In the beginning of the year, we studied the Agnes Irwin community by taking a walking tour of the campus. We visited the Upper School and the areas where students study, hang out and eat. The first grade students were appalled by the trash and the various possessions the older students left behind. There were pens, hair ties, plastic wrappers, soda cans, and much more. Every first grader picked up at least two items of trash. When we went looking for a trashcan or recycling bins, we were surprised we could not find any. The students were eager to think of solutions to reduce trash at our school. We read The Earth Book, by Todd Parr, to help us understand what we could do to improve our school and preserve the planet for everyone. We also watch videos on the importance of recycling and caring for the environment.
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Kindergarten students celebrated Earth Day by discussing ways that they can preserve the environment and improve the planet for everyone and everything living on it. We started the day by reading The Earth Book, by Todd Par, and 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, by Melanie Walsh. These books prompted an engaging conversation about why we celebrate Earth Day and the importance of conservation. We put our discussion into action by planting Nasturtium seeds in pods. Once mature, we will transplant to our Lower School Kindergarten Sensory Garden to add to the natural beauty of students’ surroundings. Each year the Kindergarten students plant tulip and daffodil bulbs in the fall and the Nasturtiums in the spring. l After the planting project, the girls completed a recycling worksheet where they sorted items like cans, milk jugs, banana peels, newspaper and cereal boxes to understand what should and should not be recycled. We ended the day by talking about the importance of caring for the earth and their seeds, with respect and love.
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Our project was to pick up litter in our Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood. Our students were given an area to be cleaned up from litter, each student received a paper bag and a pair of gloves. Before we went out to clean up we discussed what is litter and how we safely pick it up and dispose of it.
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The children will sort bags full of recyclable materials into their proper category. They will determine which items are reusable, and which are recyclable. Then on Earth Day, the groups will walk around the campus of our preschool/nature center and collect any litter they can find.
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This has been an ongoing project...continuing to expand to beaches temples, homes and streets of outlying villages also
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I have divided this project's action plan into six steps: 1. Responsibly dispose of roadside litter while also tracking litter-data using the Litterati app (www.litterati.org) 2. Create a poster including the collected litter-data, reasons to pick up litter and suggestions on how to keep the community clean 3. Publicly display poster at the town library, schools, senior center, etc. as a method to raise awareness about the problem 4. Seek town consent to distribute government cans along official walking trails 5. (Upon successful completion of Step 4.) Fundraise for government cans to be distributed along official walking trails 6. Publicly promote ways to keep Rehoboth Litter-Free (Example: Host an event at the public library, create a website and social media pages, host a public lecture about the project and its success)
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This project will increase awareness of the environment and natural resources available in our town and county. The Hyndman Greenhearts will utilize the school greenhouse to provide environmental education to elementary school children, grow plants to be used in community beautification and speak to various groups around town about environmental preservation in our community.
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Students and teachers turn and monitor compost, checking pH, temp, and other soil variables. The DOOR Program will be working closely with the ecology club to monitor the process and create some wonderful compost!
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One group( 4th grade) will construct a rain barrel, in which an ooze hose will water a near by butterfly garden/ vegetable garden, which will be planned and planted by another group (3rd grade). Any food raised will add organic choices to our cafeteria salad bar or be donated to the hungry. We will also petition administration for an Earth Day out of uniform Day to improve student's awareness. Fifth grade will build a compost pile bin, make a petition to our student government to try to acquire permission to place compost recycle bins in the cafeteria, and will be in charge of planning manual up keep . Second grade will educate Preschool classes, in interesting ways, about the importance of the above Recycle/reuse/reduce methods being done by the other grades.

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