Prekindergarten students learn about taking care of the Earth from Todd Parr's, The Earth Book and with follow up project in April 2016 (20 students).
Pre-kindergarten students learned about the importance of respecting our environment. They spent a week reading stories about ways to take care of the earth. Students listened to the Lorax by Dr. Seuss and completed and art activity to make a class bulletin board displayed in March 2015 for Dr. Suess' birthday (18 students).
36+ Prekindergarten students learn about the life cycle of the frog here at our annual trip to Clark's Elioak Farm on May each year. They also tour the petting farm to interact with animals to learn more about how animals change, move and grow. 2016, 2017, and soon 2018.
New curriculum introduces a six week unit on the environment. With objectives such as:
Children will understand and discuss the components that make up an environment— animals, people, plants, and earth features.
Children will understand and discuss the interdependence and connections among people, animals, plants, and the earth’s resources.
Children will observe and describe features of the local environment.
Students make art out of recycled material and create their own recycling plant to sort items. They even make paper. All of this leads up to a project about the coral reef so student learn to about the importance of the three R's to keep our oceans clean.
Kindergarten takes time every year to discuss the importance of taking care of our Earth in April 2015, 2016, 2017.
Kindergarten has Patapsco Valley State Park come in June every year to educate our students on local wildlife and what we can do to help keep wildlife safe in their natural habitat. These photos are from June 2017.
Spring 2015, Twenty kindergarten students designed marble runs with recycled items.
Recycling is a coveted job in kindergarten.
March 2015 91 first graders were visited by Master Gardeners and had a lesson on Earthworms and how they help our soil.
April 2017 CONTAINER GARDENING
Description: The students will learn how to start and care for vegetable plants being grown in containers. Students will learn that plants need air, water, growing medium and nutrients to grow. We will teach the students about how plants grow and how to start new plants from seed.
Second grade Earth Day projects. Learning about the importance of taking care of our earth and making promises to keep it clean.
Fall 2015- The 2nd grade students learn about Growth Mindset and the different types of connections within the brain. (19 students)
Fall 2016 Second grade students create land forms out of clay and sand. Then they will spray water on them to study the effects of erosion. ( 96 students).
February 2017 Mrs. Folmer's second graders learn more about hedgehogs by researching their habitats and and needs for survival. (23 students)
Third grade students participate in a weather study outside. October 2017, 45 students observing and drawing the weather, as well as using thermometers to measure temperature and compare temperature in sunny vs. shady places.
Third grade raises Monarch Butterflies
During the fourth quarter of science, students in third grade investigate a real life concern in science about the Monarch Butterflies. Their focus question is “What is happening to the Monarch Butterfly and how can we help?” In order for them to answer this question they conduct research about the Monarch Butterfly and its life cycle. They learn about what it takes to be a biologist and get to observe the life cycle of the Monarch along with a bush bean plant. They observe the physical and behavioral traits of both living organisms in the classroom. The teacher sets of an ecosystem to support both the Monarch and the bean plant. Students learn that Monarchs can only survive if they begin their life cycle on a milkweed plant. They observe the Monarch transforming from an egg, to larva, then pupa and finally to an adult butterfly. They also begin with a bean seed and observe how it goes through a life cycle to become an adult bean plant. As the two living organisms are transforming through their lifecycles, students compare the similarities and differences between the Monarch Butterfly and the bush bean plant life cycle. They record their observations daily. Through this living classroom experiment, the goal is to get the students to understand how different traits and the environment can have an impact on how different organisms develop and survive. Also, they observe how plants and animals have unique life cycles. (88 students)
Artist in residence - Suzanne Herbert - Forton Fourth grade students researched geologic time periods and different geologic features. Each of four classes was then broken into four groups, and the groups created mosaics depicting the topic that they had studied. There were about 120 students involved in the projects.
Felipe's Block 1 Science class. They were observing the transfer of light energy from the sun to an object.( 28 students) 5/7/2017
2015 Fourth grade students learn about erosion. They work with water, sand, and clay to show the effects of erosion on earth. (120 students)
Artist in residence - Fourth grade students learn about how Kevin Martin makes steel drums out of recycled oil drums. Steel Drums Residency- Rockcreek Steel Band- Kevin Martin 9/25/17-9/29-17
Fourth Grade visits Robinson Nature Center spring 2015, 2016, 2017
Terrariums in Window September 2017 In 5th grade, students built terrariums to model the 4 spheres of earth: biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere. They learned how the 4 spheres interact.
Model Watershed Picture October 2017 In 5th grade, students built a model watershed to better understand how water moves across the earth and how pollution affects waterways. They worked together to figure out how to stop pollution from entering waterways. They used sponges to represent trees in a Riparian buffer. They discovered that trees and plants planted along waterways soak up excess nitrogen and phosphorous, which are major pollutants of the Chesapeake Bay.
5th grade CEU on Oceanography in which students completed research and created projects on topics such as: The Different Dangers of Jellyfish, Sperm Whales and facts about dolphins. These students were very excited for our guest author Jennifer O'Connell.
Here is just one example of a science fair project that focused on part of earth: soil.
Objective 1.2 Professional Development: at least 10% of your staff engaged in EE PD
Grade 3 teachers learn about science journal writing. (4 teachers)
Allison Stumpfl and Mary Keat's, materials received at second grade teachers attended a science in-service to learn about journal writing on October 26, 2017. (2 teachers)
Mrs. Martinec participated in a Chesapeake Bay Foundation class in August 2017. City Plans to Lesson Plans:Environmental Literacy in Howard County through Thought and Action. We Explore Howard County’s connection to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through hands on investigations of local natural and social systems.
Katie Murphy participates in training each year from the National Aquarium in order to have the terrapin turtle in her classroom.
Katherine Richmond participates in quarterly science reviews. Quarter 1 and 3 include:
4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
Marsha Pickett and Eileen Griffin lead PD on science journals for Howard County in Spring 2017.
Here are just a few certificates from staff who took the Indoor Environmental Air Quality Training through Safe Schools.
Objective 1.3. School-Wide Environmental BehaviorChanges: Steps your school/school system taken to make your school green that DOES NOT involve students.
Bushy Park uses electronic communication to communicate with staff and the community. Messages from Administration are received electronically through A Walk in the Park. Also our PTA uses electronic communication The community receives information through the Bushy Tales.
Staff was gifted ceramic mugs to use instead of styrofoam cups for staff breakfasts and meetings.
Each staff member receives a Tervis Tumbler to encourage BYOC to work.
Feb. 2018 Administration purchases salad bowls for each teacher to reuse for lunch each day.
PTA, administration and parents work together to install 5 Water Stations adding these wonderful new filtered water dispensers to our already existing fountains. They actually count how many water bottles are being reused each time you fill your bottle. We are currently at 6,758 bottles reused as of 03/12/18.
Many classrooms, as shown here by first grade, use alternatives to paper such as dry erase boards or plastic plates for math or writing. Many teachers use electronic messages to communicate with parents.
SURVEY SAYS : Most teachers are proactive in saving energy!
Objective 1.4. Celebration: A whole school presentation or event acknowledging the Green School process
School wide Green celebration Assembly, Mother Earth and Me with the Smithsonian Discovery Theatre. The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. 4/6/17
December 2017 - Children's author Jennifer O'Connell discusses the importance of keeping our oceans clean and free of debris to save our ocean creatures. Jennifer's non-fiction book, The Eye of the Whale – A Rescue Story, tells the true tale of a whale entanglement rescue and the humpback’s extraordinary behavior toward the divers who freed her. The book received the 2014 Green Earth Book Award, a Moonbeam Gold Award and was named a Maryland Blue Crab Honor Book, among other honors. To research the book, Jennifer traveled to San Francisco, were she interviewed crew members and rode the rescue boat, Superfish, out into the Pacific Ocean to the area where the rescue took place. This experience fueled her inspiration as she created the images and words of this remarkable story. (633 students)
Selfies for the Sea Photo booth at Spring Fling
Families and students Take the Ban the Bag Challenge at the Spring Fling in May 2017. Here we celebrate with Selfies for the Sea photo booth for World Oceans day. Below is the digital newsletter blast:A message from the Green Machine:
Bushy Park is now a plastic film drop off location for the month of May. Please send your plastic shopping bags and films into school for our collection. Reduce the use of plastic even more by taking the Bushy Park Ban the Bag Pledge on the link below. The grade with the most pledges wins extra Cub Club!
Want to learn more about the Green Machine? We are student-led club working to improve the the school and community's awareness of effect we have on the environment. Third and fourth graders are encouraged to join next school year!
Student created trash decomposition timeline. Students came in before school to create this timeline.
April 2018 Energy Spirit Week 5th grade is meeting March 15th to brainstorm ideas for a spirit week to celebrate the earth April 23-27th.