Saturday, September 23, 2017

Owl Pellet Study


Studying and dissecting owl pellets is a perfect way to understand the nature of food chains and to demonstrate the role of predators in the ecosystem. River Class students had first-hand experience of the use of dissection tools and techniques and were introduced to a bone chart as a means of identification. We were very excited to use our brand-new stereomicroscopes (bought with River parents' donations last year). These powerful instruments gave the children an opportunity to see their findings in great detail.

Monday, September 18, 2017

All About Snails

Snails in their habitats.
The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

River Class students have been having fun learning all about snails. River teachers read both non-fiction and fiction books to teach the children snail facts and to show them visuals to help them with their artwork. Students created both snail habitats and snails.

River students are learning how to do research by using books, Pebblego.com, and practicing quiet observation.

Snail-Snaily-Snails by Bonnie Bader
We also observed our tiny living snails using a document camera.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Field Day Fun!


Field Day was fun for everyone! Activities including face painting, tattoos, a scavenger hunt, sidewalk chalk, a balloon launch, bubbles, hula hooping, timed activities, and more.


We want to say a big THANK YOU! to all of our wonderful volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you.