We had a frog-tastic time today learning about amphibians and the rainforest! We examined a model frog skeleton and discussed adaptations we see that help a frog survive! Frogs are fantastic jumpers so, naturally, we had to see if we could jump as far as a bullfrog! Later we learned about a local hero of the environment named Justin Sather, a 10 year old from Westchester. Justin started the Million Letter Campaign to help preserve the rainforest in Ecuador and help save the frogs. For each letter Justin receives, his family donates $3 to the rainforest campaign. We wrote 12 letters today to send to Justin and help preserve the rainforests of Ecuador!
Today's focus was environmental hero, Alex Lin, a teenager who advocated the importance of recycling! We enjoyed a book about recycling while outside in the park and we helped sort items that can and cannot be recycled - it's amazing how many things can be recycled! Our craft was a blast from the past! We used something called CD's to make tops! Ms. Karen says people used to listen to music with CD's but that sounds silly! We can't wait for tomorrow!
We continued with our theme of Heroes of the Environment today by learning all about Aadya Joshi, a teen from Mumbai who spread awareness about using native plants to create a biodiversity-rich ecosystem in our cities. We explored plant biodiversity in our park by making close observations of different leaves and the texture of different trees' bark. Our animal guest, the ring-neck dove, helped us investigate how plant biodiversity impacts wildlife!
Week 3 kicked off with our Heroes of the Environment Theme! Today we learned about Katie Stagliano, a nine year old who grew a 40 pound cabbage and helped to feed 274 people. Wowza! She is now the founder of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization with the mission to establish vegetable gardens of all sizes with the harvests donated to help feed people in need. Our animal visitor for the day got to snack on some fresh cabbage as well - he thought it was delicious! We can't wait for day 2!