We are working on tasks and projects together. We are learning to think like scientists. We are problem solvers. We will apply what we learn to make the world a better place.
Pesticides: Do the benefits outweigh the consequences?
How can we as chemists, determine if the benefits of DDT(chemical pesticide) outweigh its harmful consequences?
How can we as chemists, develop a pesticide that is safe for the environment?
Students will read the novel “Frightful’s Mountain” and think about the interactions between people and the natural world. They will also read informational text and watch videos to gather evidence and trace arguments about the uses, benefits and harmful consequences of pesticides. Students will be divided into two teams, based on their position, “Team Chemical” and “Team Natural” and present their position to an Environmental Jury. Students will choose the most compelling evidence and write a position paper in which they will support the claim they made. Both teams will work together to create a compromise that will meet the needs of both sides.
students will invent a natural pesticide to use in PS 121 Gardens. They will record data based on the results of applying a chemical pesticide and a natural pesticide to plants. This observation will be done over 5 days.
As future meteorologists and societal leaders, how can we learn from past and previous natural disasters to prepare for future ones?
Students will create a public service announcement about being prepared for natural disasters in which they are most likely to experience where they live. The service announcement will be presented to the school community, including other students, parents, and teachers. Students will have a choice as to how they present their PSA.
A Hero’s Journey
How can a problem and a series of events help us understand a hero’s journey?
Students will create a children’s book about Greek Culture, with focus on Greek mythology. Students will work in collaborative groups to research, plan, and publish their story. Students will share their story with grades K-2.