During the fourth quarter, third grade students were involved in a collaborative and small group Ecosystems PBL (Project Based Learning). The project was integrated through reading, writing, art, and science which challenged students to answer these real world questions:
How can we, as environmental stewards, create scientific graphics for Stevenson Hall about the importance of protecting species within ecosystems?
How can we as environmental stewards advocate for and help protect the biodiversity in ecosystems?
The big ideas were for students to understand the roles of species in an ecosystem, how the balance in ecosystems are being affected today, and explore how to advocate for the protection of habitats and species in the ecosystem.
This led to students researching their animal through books and online sources in small groups. Students created scientific illustrations through the peer critique process, and wrote different pieces from their research that celebrated the animal they studied. They also advocated for the animal and gave them a voice through their writing. All this was on display in Stevenson's Hall and open to all students, staff, and parents in an exhibition on June 10th.
This year 3rd grade students also partnered with Centro de Primates, Peñaflor in an outreach project. The hope was to create a documentary to raise money and support the center which takes in primates who have been illegally trafficked into Chile and need to be taken care of. Students were able to raise enough money to support the center and make sure the primates have plenty of food and warmth to get through the cold winter season.