The Upper Elementary classroom has enjoyed a very productive start of a new school year. The students are all adjusting well to the rhythm of the classroom. We have been busy covering many of our beginning of the year favorites such as Maria Montessori’s great lesson presentations: the Coming of the Universe, the Archeozoic Ocean, and the Timeline of Life. The students are working on their first research report of the year by investigating some portion of the Timeline of Life that piqued their individual interests.
In addition to these familiar beginning of the year activities, we have begun our yearlong science focus on the Earth’s systems, biomes, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. The students started by learning about the different systems of the Earth or “spheres”. We are concentrating our early efforts on the Biosphere and its relationship to biomes and ecosystems. The class has investigated the various biotic and abiotic factors that influence a particular ecosystem. As part of these studies, we took our first field trip of the year to Lippold Park in Aurora and participated in a study of Lippold Pond. The students learned about wetlands and gathered, identified, and cataloged as many macroinvertebrate species as they could find in the pond. The class worked with a park guide to determine what their findings indicated regarding the overall health of the pond as well as the various factors that could influence the ongoing condition of the pond. As our year progresses, we will continue to examine the effects that changing biotic and abiotic factors have on the health and adaptation of different plant and animal species within an ecosystem. Our early research and experiences have already led to interesting group discussions regarding human interaction within an environment and the impact that our environment has on us.
These conversations made their way into our daily morning meeting time, which became filled with meaningful discussions about the larger community. Some of the topics the students have been interested in discussing included the many natural environmental impacts that we have been reading about in the last month such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the Monsoons in Asia. The UE students were so moved by the devastating effects that these acts of nature have on a community that they planned and executed a successful fundraising event to benefit those affected in Texas by hurricane Harvey.
With that in mind, the class would like to thank the FVMS community for all of the generous support and continued participation we have received during all of our fundraising efforts including The Hurricane Harvey Event, the Upper Elementary Coffee Carline, and the annual Elementary Walk-a-Thon. These experiences allow the students to identify the power and value that they have within their immediate community and their ability to make a difference that extends out into the larger world.
Until next month,
Ms. Rebecca and the students of the UE class