Back in September, 6th graders kickstarted the year with four days at YMCA Camp Seymour. Recently, they received a lovely letter thanking them for their service project contribution while they were there.
As part of their camp activities, students worked in the garden to help make pathways accessible for campers of different mobility levels, including those who use wheelchairs. Students regraded, trenched, lined, and put gravel along the garden beds, paving the way for everyone to enjoy the space!
Becca Gjertson, the camp's director of outdoor and environmental education, wrote:
"You worked really hard to make those paths a weed-free, all-mobilities-friendly environment that we completed and looks AMAZING! Thank you so much for the time, hard work and positive attitude you put into making that space the best growing, learning and teaching environment it can be. We appreciate you and will appreciate your hard work for years!
Longtime 1st grade teacher Suzy Joor has an article and lesson plan published in the most recent issue of Green Teacher, a quarterly magazine dedicated to helping educators promote environmental awareness among young people. Suzy's piece, based on work with her 1st grade classes here, focuses on the Q.U.E.S.T. framework to promote student-led inquiries and incorporate them into teaching. Q.U.E.S.T., a tool developed at Miami University in Oxford, OH, follows this sequence:
1. Questions and observations 2. Uncover comparative questions 3. Explore predictions 4. Start an action plan and gather data 5. Think hard about the findings and share discoveries.