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Winter Wonder(ing) Land

As the temperature plunges in the SFC outdoor classroom, students are working doubly hard to stay warm and to heat up their intellectual curiosity.

  • K/1 are honing their critical thinking minds and learning what it means to ask questions as they deepen their understanding of all the living and non-living things that make up the garden.
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  • 2/3 have worked tirelessly in preparation of their classroom terrariums. This week their California Tree Frogs arrived and they made sure to create a healthy habitat for their amphibious friends. We scoured the garden to find non-living objects for shelter and protection. The students even grew fodder from seed to ensure we had producers to complete or food web. The last addition was a plethora of beetles, worms, pill bugs, pincer bugs, centipedes, snails and spiders… Some of who were immediately eaten up by the frog! Stay tuned for more details from our student reporters.
  • 4/5 have also been busy monitoring their Bess Beetle terrariums. Ready for any challenge, these young scientists have been investigating hypothesis, recording data and noting observations. We are excited to take our studies into the field with an exciting ecosystem field trip to McLaren Park next week. We will let you know what we find as we investigate the  interdependence of the producers, consumers and decomposers.
  • Students chart the path of the Bess Beetle as he selects his preferred food. There were many variables that made the results fascinating.

    Students chart the path of the Bess Beetle as he selects his preferred food. There were many variables that made the results fascinating.

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ingridlassleben

I am very excited to be the new Education Outside, Outdoor Classroom Corps Member at the amazing San Francisco Community School. Please email me or, even better, stop in the garden any time to see what is happening and how you can get involved. *** About Us: Education Outside is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that transforms school gardens into dynamic outdoor classrooms where learning comes to life. Learn more about our Corps for Education Outside at www.educationoutside.org. Interested in learning more about Education Outside? Follow us on Twitter: (http://www.twitter.com/eduoutside) Like us on Facebook: (http://www.facebook.com/educationoutside)

 

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