Big news! The Evergreen Community Charter School's 8th grade project The Appalachian Storybank Project has been accepted into the Expeditionary Learning Center of Student Work collection, an amazing and very selective resource of exemplary student work open to educators across the country. Take a look at the work created by the students that will be used as a model to raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence:
The true need for a connection with the natural world is unknown until nature is taken from you. On April 18th, 2014 I had sever brain surgery, recovering has been an extremely long road but I am a stronger person because of it. A few weeks ago my class and I went on a three day camping, rafting, and caving trip. I struggled with keeping up in the cave and the strength to row in the raft, but I made it! Nature is exhilarating and fantastic. I feel that I would be a completely different person after the surgery if I hadn't had the support of loved ones and the beauty of the Hot Spring days, the warm summer night, snowy-white winter mornings, and crisp fall evenings.
The Seventh Grade just came home from an awesome trip to Erwin Tennessee for our end of the year trip. We had a great time cleaning up the Cherokee trail, Caving, and Rafting on the Nolichucky. We caught a ring neck water snake that was harmless but the teachers said we had to let it go. I had a great time and hope to go back to the same campsite and stay a couple nights there next time.
It was a awesome trip!!!
A special thanks to Tony Mele, Dan Musslin, Abby Crahan, Katie Smith, Karen Lechner, Lynn Player, David Ramsey, and Terry Gibbs-Barger for there support and guidance.
"The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and faster our renewal is our only hope,” Wendell Berry.
This means to keep the world clean and healthy because it is our only responsibility worth living for.
5th Grade Food & Farmer Expedition
As a part of this year's 5th grade Food and Farmer expedition, Environmental Education and Technology teachers are collaborating to support the classroom learning in meaningful ways.
In class, students are exploring sustainability in relationship to food and agriculture. This is a big topic that can be explored through both environmental and social lenses. The classes visit farms in our community, talk to the farmers and learn about the different ways food is grown, who grows it and where the food goes after it is harvested.
In their Environmental Education enrichment class, students are assimilating what they learn in the field and are applying it here on campus. Specifically their awareness about and reasons for sustainable agriculture. We are working together to better understand the WHY and HOW of various sustainable agriculture techniques and then implementing some of them in our Peace Garden.
In technology with Mr. Kevin, students are using this project to practice their newly acquired technology skills, such as how to manage their personal account, save files, upload images, etc. They are learning about photo documentation- how to capture images that are useful, emotional and interesting- by using the ipads to capture images of themselves implementing the sustainable practices they are learning about.
The final product of the 5th grade Food & Farmer EE and Technology collaboration will be a series of educational "Information Artwork" posters that both show and tell about the work they completed in the garden. The amazing farmers we collaborate with, our growing Earth Garden and these posters from Lexicon of Sustainability are the inspiration for this project.
Stay tuned for more images, stories and final products from this group of amazing young farmers!
The Sustainability themes we are exploring are...
Our Earth Garden: Growing Gardens, Feeding Community
Biodiversity in the Vegetable Garden
The Soil Foodweb (how and why to compost)
Building Soil for Sustainability- how to double dig a garden bed
Who are our Farmers?
Perennials and Annuals
Sustainable and Organic- Is one always the other?
"Ms. Marin, how come we call cucumbers vegetables but they are really fruits?" This question, and many more like it, emerged when we integrated a strong science component into Kindergarten's "Our Bodies, Our Selves" curriculum this fall.
While students explored how to make healthy food choices for their body using the state's required "Healthy Plate" curriculum in class, they learned about the main six plant parts and why they are important to both plants and people with Ms. Marin in their Environmental Education enrichment. Kindergartners caught on quickly- to the names and function of the different plant parts, but also to the incongruities between the language we use for plants when we are using our "science smarts" and when we are using our "healthy plate smarts".
It's true, many of the foods we casually call vegetables are actually fruits, scientifically speaking. And, seeds are called grains or proteins, depending on what kind of seed it is. Together, we figured this out and then made a book about it to teach others.
Check out these digital books our Kindergarten classes created about the science of healthy food choices. You might learn a thing or two!