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Garden Club with Food Corps
Kids will get dirty and learn all about plant life cycles, eating seasonally, growing and harvesting food all year long, good nutrition. Watch the kids grow, harvest and eat the food they sow in this club.
Put on your creative thinking caps and use science to solve problems! Learn the engineering design process and create solutions to everyday problems! Using the CT Invention Convention Curriculum you’ll become an inventor yourself! A few inventions will be picked to be displayed at the state wide Invention Convention Expo at UCONN Gample Pavilion and be eligible for prizes and possible patents!
Health and Wellness Fair
We had a great turnout for our 3rd annual Health and Wellness Fair. Community partners came in to inform and educate families on various health and wellness topics. Community Partners included: Norwich Fire Department, Norwich Police Department, FoodCorps, Uncas Health Department, UCFS, Norwich Public Utilities, Local Yoga Studio, Local Masseuse, and Norwich Public School Food Service Staff.
CT State Police and “The Convincer”
CT State Police officer came to Moriarty to kick off the 4th grade force and motion unit. Students observed, noticed and formed questions about force and motion as they watched 4 staff members ride “The Convincer”. This was also a great tie to seat belt safety.
Came to kick off our 5th grade unit on Earth, Moon and Sun. Students got to experience first hand constellations, moon phases and eclipses in this simulator.
Celebration of Our Environment, Ourselves and Our World
In the June of 2016 we culminated our year by displaying each grade levels impact projects and 5th grade capstone projects. Below is the list of each grade levels work:
- Kindergarten- Students have become ornithologists and studied the birds in our schoolyard: what they need to survive, what times they are there and how we can make our schoolyard more welcoming for them. They read many books about birds, were visited by the CT Audubon Society, and observed birds in our schoolyard over a few weeks. They then took all of the information they gathered and wrote a book about birds. As they observed our schoolyard they realized there is little water for the birds to bathe in and drink. Therefore, as their impact project they picked to buy a birdbath, which you will see displayed with their bird books tonight.
- First Grade- Students studied monarchs throughout the year and revisited them again this spring. They have learned that they are a dying species and they have very few places to land and rest in their migration process. During their investigation of how to help this environmental issue they realized that meadows, a common resting ground for monarchs, actually provide life to many types of animals. This realization kicked off inquiry questions around all the types of animals and life found in a meadow. They read mentor texts on monarchs and meadows, wrote about meadow animals, observed the life cycle of monarchs and monitored their growth and migration by tagging them and using the online site “Monarch Watch”, and created a mural to represent the abundance of life in a meadow. As their impact project they have designed and begun stage 1 of our very own “Monarch Meadow”. Please take a walk outside and see the footprint of our meadow.
- Second Grade- Students have been spending a lot of time in our garden learning about plants, nutrition and the benefits of eating seasonally, organically and locally. They have observed, investigated and researched a native plant. Through this inquiry they visited Dennison Pequot Nature Center to learn about native species of plants. They have also learned about what plants need to grow and survive and put this information into practice by planting and caring for their own plants. Students have culminated the study of their plant or herb by creating an informational booklet or poster. Second grade students have decided to plant native plants in our meadow.
- Third Grade-Students have been doing an in depth study of bees. The investigated the Question: “Are bees more harmful to humans or humans more harmful to bees?” The learned about the devastating impact no bees would have on our environment and deiced to do a fundraiser to help “Save the Bees” and educate the public on how important they are to us.
- Fourth Grade- Students have used inquiry to investigate interdependence and the relationship animals have with their ecosystems. They have observed and investigated: animals in their habitats, the systems and characteristics of ecosystems, the relationships that the living and non-living organisms have within ecosystems, and the consequences of an imbalance in an ecosystem. Then they researched one particular animal looking at an environmental issue that effected that animal and what the consequences would be on the ecosystem if that animal was to become extinct. The students used many types of resources to investigate their animal and ecosystems in order to extract notes and create an essay addressing this topic. Their impact project was to then use these essays to create a book, either hard copy or online, “What if there were no…” modeled after the mentor text: “What if there were no sea otters?”. These books are still in the process of being made and will be used as models for next year and displayed in Norwich’s Public Library to inform children of the impact we can have on nature.
- Fifth Grade- Students took part in a capstone project. They learned the art of persuasive writing alongside research skills in ELA. They investigated pollution through digital sources, books, articles, field trip to New England Science and Sailing (NESS). Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (CT DEEP) and NESS visited and did hands on learning projects addressing pollution. Once they were exposed to the various types of pollution (Air, Land and Water) they researched one type in depth and wrote a persuasive piece on it. Finally, students choose how they wanted to make an impact on this problem and worked individually or in small groups to create their own impact projects. They came up with many and varied ways of addressing pollution including: writing letters to influential people in government, creating and gathering signatures on a petition, labeling storm drains around Norwich, creating and hanging flyers around the community, and making and recording Public Service Announcements and advertisements
Composting and Recycling
3rd grade students delved into recycling procedures for our school. They collaboratively worked out problems with our breakfast recycling that included strainers for cereal, and drying racks to rinse out milk cartons. At lunch older students help younger students sort trash, recyclables and compost. Check out the article in The Day about our Moriarty’s lunch recycling and composting: http://www.theday.com/local/20151012/state-seeking...