Our Hero of the Environment today was pre-teen animal advocate, Kate Gilman Williams. We listened to a book she co-wrote about her adventures on an African safari and learned what she is doing to protect endangered animals in Africa. Later, we took part in a match the safari animal to our footprint challenge and researched some information about a safari animal of our choice. We also presented some interesting facts to the class. Outdoors we took part in a Cross the River team building challenge – so much fun! Today we met Big Mamma, a ball python which is a snake species from Africa!
Today we had two heroes of the environment that we learned about. Michelle Obama and Will Allan have goals to inspire healthy eating and encourage people to get moving! We investigated various vegetables during lab time by measuring them, weighing them, and learning about their nutritional value. Next we went outside to get moving! We had a hula hoop challenge and played some velcro mitt ball catch. This day wouldn't be complete without us making a salad feast for APEC herbivores and omnivores! We cleaned and chopped up fresh greens and veggies and hand-fed many of APEC's animal ambassadors!
Forget about green eggs and ham, we made compost stew today! We were inspired by today's heroes of the environment - the Angeletti Siblings who launched Back2Earth in 2017. The siblings started by teaching their neighbors how to compost and stop contributing food waste to landfills. Our group created a BIG pot of compost stew and filled individual compost bottles with all the ingredients for a healthy compost stew, including worms! During lab time, we got to observe live worms and even saw their digestive tracks using a flashlight! Did you know that worms are nutritious snacks for some animals? Ms. Karen did a feeding demonstration and gave a worm to our resident Eastern Box Turtle, Sam. He really enjoyed his snack!
We've got butterflies on the brain! Today's hero of the environment was Duncan Jurman who has been fascinated by butterflies since the age of 4. In high school, Duncan developed a large butterfly garden at his school which successfully attracted 28 species of butterflies including 2 endangered species. We learned about butterfly life cycles and played musical butterflies - each time the music stops, you have to act out the life cycle stage you land on! While outdoors we tallied how many cabbage white butterflies we saw and looked for butterfly eggs under leaves. We loved making our butterfly crafts flutter up and down the hallway!
We learned about more Heroes of the Environment today! Ms. Karen told us about Melati and Isabel Wijsen, two sisters from Bali who launched Bye Bye Plastics, in an effort to stop plastic pollution in the oceans! Did you know single use plastics can cause a lot of harm to ocean wildlife. We repurposed plastic bags and made them into really cool bracelets! We wrapped up this fun day with some surfing!! Well, we couldn't really surf but we used our imagination. Cowabunga!