April 27-May 1 Chestnutwold Library Flexible Learning for Gr. K-5

Celebrating the Conclusion of this year’s PBL Ecology essential questions and Earth Day.

Hi Chestnutwold Students! 

You have been working on solutions to your essential questions related to ecology since last fall. You have done some research and you are each in different places in your planning, research, and design. Below are some activities to finish this year’s PBL ecology essential questions. The activities connect the ecology PBL to the celebration of Earth Day. Please make sure that you check out Music, Art and P.E. for additional fun ecology activities! Let’s all celebrate your work and Earth Day this week.

 

Earth Day was April 22. Earth Day is an annual event that’s celebrated to help us be aware of our need to protect our earth. This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! What are some things that you can do to help make sure that we have a healthy planet in our future? The small choices that we make each day will make a difference. What is your plan for your planet? 

 

Click here to Listen to an intro about our Ecology projects and the book Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard - read by Mrs. Dambman

 

Scroll down to your grade and choose to do one or more of the activities and then share what you learned*. Work on your assignment for 30 min. You do not need to turn anything in. Enjoy! Explore!

 

Kindergarten: Why should you recycle?

Choose one or more and share what you learned*.

  • Read Let’s Compost. It’s in PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning  (Search for the topic Humans and Earth and click on Read More tab. Play the compost book)

  • Read Our Earth Helping Out. It’s in BookFlix.(Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford) Under the topic: Earth and Sky

  • Try to explain to someone else why we should recycle. How will this help our earth?

  • Ask your family if they recycle. Ask them some questions about why they recycle and what they recycle.

  • If you have a recycling bin in your home, observe what is inside.

  • Use several recycled items and make something fun!

  • Draw the recycle symbol on a piece of paper or with chalk on your driveway. 

  • Add the words: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Write one word on each side of the shape. 

  • What are some things that you can do to make sure that we have a healthy planet in our future? The small choices that we make each day will make a difference. What is your plan for your planet? Talk to someone in your family about this.

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway, create a short commercial, song or poem!

 

1st Grade: Animal Habitats are Important! How can you help? 

Choose one or more and share what you learned*

“Animal homes are fun to learn about. But animals need their homes to stay safe. If you find an animal’s home in the wild, remember not to touch it. You don’t want to scare the creatures that might be hiding inside.” (From Whose Home is This? By Julie Murphy).

 

  • Read Animals Affect Habitats in PebbleGo. Username: engaged  Password: learning 

  • Read Whose Home is This? In PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning (Search for Animals Affect Habitats. Click on the Read More tab. Play the Whose Home is This book.) Use the clues inside to match each animal to its home! 

  • Read about animals in PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning (Search Animals Choose one of these: amphibians, birds, fish, insects and spiders, mammals, reptiles or invertebrates) Find out what the animal needs to live and survive.

  • What animal habitats do you see in your neighborhood? How can you help a habitat be a safe place for the animal?

  • Draw a picture or make an animal’s habitat out of paper or blocks or LEGO or ________.

  • Design a t-shirt, poster, button, bookmark, or create a commercial, song or poem about an animal’s habitat and what it needs to live and survive. 

Design Process: Ask > Imagine > Plan > Create > Improve

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway, create a short commercial, song or poem!

 

2nd Grade: Help Butterflies Survive and Thrive

Choose one or more and share what you learned*.

  • Read Butterflies. It’s in BookFlix.(Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford) Under the topic: Animals and Nature

  • Read Monarch Butterflies. It’s in PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning

    • What do monarch butterflies like to eat?  N_ _ _ _ _  and M_ _ _ w_ _ _  plants.

  • Read a butterfly book from your home library.

  • Draw a picture of a butterfly.

  • With the help of an adult, search for pictures of plants that butterflies enjoy. Butterflies like to eat plants such as Milkweed, Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Joe Pye weed, Aster, Phlox, or Sedum. Ask your family if you have any of those planted around your home. 

  • Draw a garden that a butterfly would enjoy. Include a butterfly in the picture!

  • Make a model of a garden by drawing and cutting out the plants, (See list of plants above.) put them on popsicle sticks and stick them in a piece of styrofoam. There are other ways that you could make a butterfly garden. Think about these things: How big should the garden be? How many of each plant will be included?

  • Draw a blueprint of a garden with different symbols for each type of plant and include a key. Butterflies like plants such as Milkweed, Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Joe Pye weed, Aster, Phlox, or Sedum.

  • Plant some plants that butterflies love in a real garden! See above for some plant names.

  • Design a t-shirt, poster, button, bookmark, or create a commercial, song or poem about butterflies, their importance, or how we can help them survive and thrive.

  

Design Process: Ask > Imagine > Plan > Create > Improve

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway

 

3rd Grade: What’s the Buzz about Bees? Help Bees Survive and Thrive

Choose one or more and share what you learned*.

  • Read Honeybees. It’s in PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning

  • After reading Honeybees, click on the Read More tab and read B is for Bee: ABCs of Endangered Insects 

    • There are 26 letters, of course. Look especially at these letters: H: Habitat Loss  P: Pesticide  R: Resource  X: eXtinct  Y: You  Z: buZZ

  • Read Bees in WorldBook Online - Kids  

  • Some of the ways that the National Wildlife Federation suggests to help bees thrive and survive are: plant native plants, add more garden beds in your yard, don’t use pesticides in the yard or garden, add stones in a bird bath so that bees can sit on the stones and get a drink.

  • Ask your family if they know any reasons why it’s important to have bees and how we can help bees thrive.

  • Design a t-shirt, poster, button, bookmark, or create a commercial, song or poem about bees, their importance, or how we can help them survive and thrive.

  

Design Process: Ask > Imagine > Plan > Create > Improve

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway

 

Challenges:

  1. What type of music do you think one would hear while walking outside listening to birds? Design some music in Chrome Music Lab. Choose Songmaker. Write your song. Choose Save (on the bottom right). A screen will pop up with a link. Click Copy Link. Email the link to me. I’ll post it in our library google classroom.

  2. Think of your own challenge!

 

4th Grade: Help Birds Survive and Thrive

Choose one or more and share what you learned*.

  • Read about Birds in PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning   Choose a bird from each category. What does each bird need to survive and thrive?

  • Read about Birds in WorldBook Online - Kids  

  • Read a book about birds from your home library.

  • Some of the ways that the National Wildlife Federation suggests to help birds thrive and survive are: garden with native plants, use less plastic, keep cats indoors, make windows safer by putting stickers on them. Do you know anyone who has tried one of these ways to help birds? How does this help our earth?

  • Learn some names of birds and their bird call.

  • Make a bird feeder using a pinecone, suet, & birdseed.

  • Do you have a bird feeder? How many and what type of birds come to your birdfeeder early in the morning or at dusk? Make a prediction and then sit by a window and count how many come. Ask someone what kind of birds are at the feeder.

  • Take a walk around your neighborhood in the morning or at dusk. How many birds do you see? Do you know the names of any of them? Do you hear them singing?

  • Design a t-shirt, poster, button, bookmark, or create a commercial, song or poem about birds, their importance, or how we can help them survive and thrive. 

 

Design Process: Ask > Imagine > Plan > Create > Improve

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway

 

Challenges:

  1. What type of music do you think one would hear while walking outside listening to birds? Design some music in Chrome Music Lab. Choose Songmaker. Write your song. Choose Save (on the bottom right). A screen will pop up with a link. Click Copy Link. Email the link to me. I’ll post it in our library google classroom.

  2. Think of your own challenge!

 

5th Grade: How does Organic Gardening help our earth?

Choose one or more and share what you learned*.

  • Read Organic Food. It’s in WorldBook Online - Kids  

  • Watch the video in the Organic Food article called, What is Organic Gardening?. It’s on the left side of the screen. It’s in WorldBook Online - Kids  Username: fords  Password: fords

  • Read From Farm to Table in TrueFlix (Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford).  Watch the video and read the book. What are organic foods? They cost more money. Have a discussion with your family. Are they worth the extra cost? Answer the True or False questions in the beginning of the book.

  • Look at a gardening book in your home library. Does it have a section about organic gardening? Why would someone choose to do organic gardening? How does this help our earth?

  • What is organic gardening? Ask someone who knows. Why would someone choose to do organic gardening? How does this help our earth?

  • Design a t-shirt, poster, button, bookmark, or create a commercial, song or poem about organic gardening, its importance, or how we can do organic gardening.

 

Design Process: Ask > Imagine > Plan > Create > Improve

 

*Share on the fridge, FaceTime with someone and tell them, take a photo of it, share with family, hang a poster in the window of your home, use chalk and design what you learned on the driveway

 

Challenges: 

  1. Design something in Tinkercad to use in an organic garden. Take a screenshot of your design and send it to me. I’ll post the designs in our library google classroom

  2. Design an Organic Garden code game in Scratch.

  3. What type of music do you think one would hear while walking through gardens? Design some music in Chrome Music Lab. Choose Songmaker. Write your song. Choose Save (on the bottom right). A screen will pop up with a link. Click Copy Link. Email the link to me. I’ll post it in our library google classroom.

  4. Think of your own challenge!

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