Curriculum and Instruction Environmental Issue Instruction
Pre-Kindergarten: Little Sprouts Learn Early Pre-k students have a family project where the goal is to create a toy using recycled materials. Examples of items used in this project were: toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, cereal boxes... The kids had a blast making a variety of toys including: binoculars, a mancala board, a filing box and much more!!
Pre-k students are involved in planning, designing, and planting two planter boxes in the TSES school yard. Seeds for two herb gardens were started in the classroom and then transplanted to the boxes outside. Students took responsibility for watering and weeding throughout the spring, and then were invited to harvest the herbs over the summer vacation. What a great way to start an understanding of the importance of taking care of the Earth!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The kindergarten classes made communities using recycled materials. Small cardboard boxes were used to make stores. Recycled milk cartons were used to make houses. The completed communities are on display in the classrooms. Did you know that Kindergarten... *recycles glue sticks and paper scraps. *uses the "other side" of papers at the writing center. *takes donations of toys, extra clothing, writing materials that may be discarded otherwise. *uses Styrofoam packing peanuts in our kindergarten sensory table sometimes rather than discarding them. *plants seeds and learns about the importance of taking care of the Earth. *makes bird feeders every winter to feed our non-migratory birds. *explores worms and composting during a visit from the Howard County Master Gardeners. *have Light Switch Helpers who are responsible for turning off the classroom lights when the class is leaving. They understand that we are saving electricity when we do this. *have a recycling center where the students sort items into groups: plastic, paper and metal. *goes to Centennial Park to learn about the meadow, the lake and the animals.
Kindergarten students know that recycling is something we do every day!
1st Grade Goes Green
Green Haired Creatures:Every year 1st grade recycles old socks and uses dirt and grass seeds to create green haired creatures.
Recycling Unit in Reading:Whole group and small group literature, non-fiction and fiction; students bring in recyclable materials to make their own creations.
The Master Gardeners of Howard County:This year a volunteer visited and gave a presentation on spiders. It included habitats, benefits, life cycle, anatomy, and predators. Students were able to observe live spiders and webs.
Life Cycles of Plants and Animals in Science: First graders learn about life cycles and then write “All About Books” on an animal of their choosing. Researching animal habitats, foods, characteristics make the young learners experts on their animal.
Toys in Action in Science: Students plan and design toys that can be pushed or pulled, then build them using recycled materials from home.
First grade classes visit the Maryland Science Center to study rocks and fossils. What a great way to learn about our planet!
2nd Grade Environmental Field Trip
Second Graders completed a unit about soil. They visited the Howard County Conservancy to learn about soil layers and erosion. Back in the classroom, students worked in cooperative groups to build soil models to test erosion. Their objective was to place layers of pebbles, mulch, sand, top soil and grass in the model in an order that will produce the least erosion. Weeks later they tested and evaluated their models. During the course of the unit, students learned the importance of preserving topsoil and how human and natural factors contribute to erosion.
3rd Grade Goes Green
During the plants science unit, third graders planted wild flowers last year in our Talbott Springs garden. Students were responsible for planting, watering, and weeding the garden. Students were able to take part in observing and helping the amazing journey of the plant from a seed to a flower.
Grow it! Eat it! Composting with Worms
Howard County Master Gardeners came to Talbott Springs to teach our third graders about how to compost. They showed us fresh vegetables that were grown in recycled containers and taught the students how they can do it at home.
Third graders constructed their own musical instruments from recyclable materials from their homes. Students used their knowledge of sound waves to create drums, shakers, and guitars using materials such as tissue boxes, cereal boxes, rubber bands, cans, plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. Students brought their instruments to music class and composed music in small groups.
4th Grade Environmental Field Trip
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Field Trip
Students were able to learn more about our local Chesapeake Bay and how pollution is hurting many different species of animals that live there. Our fourth grade students were able to learn that oysters filter the water in the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the decrease of the oyster population in the bay, the water has become polluted and organisms that depend on the oysters have been affected as well. The students also learn about the bay’s ecosystem, food chains and salinity levels. They got a hands on experience that was fun for everyone involved!
4th Grade Days of Taste
Fourth grade students took part in a series of lessons about sustainable farming and healthy eating. The first lesson included a local chef who discussed the basics of farming in our area. The second lesson involved a trip to a local farm where students learned how farmers used sustainable practices, crop rotation, composting, and other organic methods. Students were able to hear the farmers talk about their methods and the reasons behind them. Finally, the chef came back in the last lesson to show students how to take the produce from similar farms and create healthy and delicious salads. Students prepared a salad and dressing to eat with their peers.
5th Grade helps out on Field Day
Students helped mulch bare areas on the school property in order to lessen runoff into the nearby stream.
5th Grade Riparian Buffer Restoration Project
The fifth graders at Talbott Springs Elementary School have participated in plating trees to help build a Riparian Buffer near the Patuxent River in West Friendship, Maryland to protect the Patuxent Watershed from pollution. The field trip is offered free of charge for the students through a grant with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This year will be our tenth year participating in this program.
5th Grade Trip to the National Building Museum
The fifth graders went to the National Building Museum on Feb. 24 to participate in a Green by Design workshop. The students learned about different regions of the United States and built a house using recycled materials that could be built in the future in a specific climate. The students were to build the house while thinking about what being green would look like for the state that they were building their house for.
5th Grade - "Green" Houses Curriculum Extension Unit
This is the fourth year this unit has been taught. Students who participated explored housing around the world and connections to natural resources, climate, and people's needs. Students learned about solar heating, alternative building materials, LEED certification, orientation on a building site, and the impact of housing on the environment. The culminating project was a written report and model of their "Dream Green" Home. They included the location of the house, materials used, how the house is "green," and how it met the needs of its occupants.
The model shown with one of the students is of an Earthship. Earthships began in the American Southwest but can be built anywhere in the world. They are made of recycled materials, usually old tires filled with earth, and are powered by the sun and the wind. They catch their own water and treat their own sewage. All heating and cooling is from the sun and the earth.
This year the 5th grade worked on a STEM unit based on water filtration. At the end of the unit they were given the task of figuring out a way to filter water for the water crisis in Africa. All of the students did an awesome job creating their filters.
Organic Garden and Compost Bins
TSES has two large compost piles for our outdoor garden!
Students and staff use the compost piles to recycle orange peels and other organic food waste!
Related Arts The related arts team at TSES does a number of things to stay green. The Gym has been equipped with motion sensor lights that turn on when you walk in. All teachers use electronic messaging and Google documents to share information and collaborate. They use recycled paper and scrap paper for students to write and draw on. We also try and use projectors, I pads, and laptops to share information rather than printing posters or work sheets.
A World of Recycled Art
Recycling in the art room: We are always looking for a way to use recycled materials in a creative and unique way in the Art Room! First grade used recycled materials to create cool bugs or animals that they could find in a garden. Fifth graders used recycled materials to create sculptures out of clay. They used the recycled bottle caps, plastic bottles, and old fabric to create patters in the clay. They also had to use the environment as a theme. We also believe that it is important to use recycled materials to help keep the art room organized. We use egg cartons and ice cream buckets to store materials and paint. We also use an assortment of recycled plastic containers to store many of our art supplies. Many times we use scrap paper to add texture and color elements to art projects. We use old paint sticks to help mold and roll clay.
Flying Machines: Coming soon! Fourth grade students used various recycled materials last year to create their flying machines. Soon the current 4th grade students will be collecting bottles, cardboard tubes and aluminum cans that can be used to create the fuselage of their airplanes. After learning the parts of an aircraft such as the ailerons, elevators, rudders, wings, propellers, etc. student will used a wide variety of recycled materials to assemble their aircraft. Buttons can become windows, plastic eggs the nose of the air craft, and corrugate cardboard will be cut to become propellers or wings. Students imaginations will have no limit to the endless possibilities with the many recycled materials.
Fourth Grade Castle Reliefs: After a field trip to Walters Art Museum to see examples of medieval art, armor, and shields, students in fourth grade created castle reliefs out of all reusable materials. Corrugated cardboard boxes were cut into rectangles, squares, and ovals to create the various relief forms such as windows, turrets, battlements and doors. Toilet paper and paper towel tubes were used to create the cylindrical towers.
Second Grade African Masks: Recycled cardboard drink carriers from fast food restaurants are given new meaning when used as the armature for the second grade masks. Besides the drink carriers, students use egg carton pieces, scrap corrugated cardboard, and many “found” items to embellish their masks.
Third Grade Books: The cover of the books that third grade students make in Art is constructed from a wide variety of reusable, recycled materials. The base of the book is made from corrugated cardboard. Wallpaper and fabric books are cut up and students use these materials to cover their books. Buttons, trims and a wide variety of materials are used to adorn their houses. The art room receives watercolor refills in white cardboard rectangles which are reused by students as windows on their books.
Sultana Projects Public Paddle
Ms. Monck, GT Resource Teacher, participated in a Sultana Projects Public Paddle in October on the Sassafras River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She paddled through some of the most pristine sections of the National Park Service's new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail. The upper Sassafras River is line with undeveloped shorelines and a variety of wetland habitats and is only accessible by canoe and kayak. There are osprey nets, centuries-old farms and forested shorelines. The guide shared information about the meeting of John Smith and the Tockwogh Indians that was first recorded by Smith in 1608. First hand experience of the wetland habitats enriches her teaching about the Bay.
A happy family signs the Green Pledge on Re
Parents will have the opportunity to sign the Green Pledge when they visited for Reading Night. The pledge states: I Will: REVIEW recyclable items in lunches, REMIND my child to recycle lunch waste, REUSE containers when packing lunches. The pledge also lists where parents can find more information about what can be recycled in school (http://www.hcpss.org/parents/recycle.shtml) and included a list of What We Recycle at School. Paper, Cans, Glass, Plastic-bottles, Plastic-wide moth containers, Plastic-forks, knives and spoons.