Students grabbed clipboards and pencils and headed outside on April 23 for an Earth Day scavenger hunt around Newbridge Road Elementary School.
Fourth graders in Dawn Teti and Caitlin Pugliese’s class learned about ecosystems and renewable and non-renewable resources in science in advance of their scavenger hunt. Students had to find certain objects that corresponded to these topics.
For ecosystems, they were on the lookout for pollinating creatures, such as bees and butterflies, and also searched for blooming flowers. They also easily found renewable resources, like the sun and the wind, and noticed machines that use fossil fuels for energy. Fourth graders did their best to find as many of the 12 items on their scavenger hunt lists.
Second graders in Jennifer Campbell’s class had discussions about the different acts they could take to help save the planet, such as recycling. They also discussed the resources that plants need for survival. On their scavenger hunt, each student picked up a blade of grass, a leaf and a rock. Back in the classroom, they then measured these objects.
Kerri Maxwell’s second graders made bird feeders from pipe cleaners and Cheerios, which they hung outside of the school. They also planted Shasta daisies in small pots filled with soil, which they will keep in school for a few weeks to provide with sunlight and water. With the right amount of love and care, Ms. Maxwell said the flowers should bloom just in time for the children to bring home for Mother’s Day.