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September 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year where teaching outside is more important than ever!

OCDL: Miranda Kilbride

Hey there everyone! Miranda here, your outdoor classroom district liaison. My role is to help you get that outdoor space beautiful for learning and exploration to take place. I’m here as a resource so please contact me with how to use your outdoor classroom, what to teach out there and basic maintenance needs. Best way to reach me is through email at [email protected]

Why teach outside?

Check out this article to learn five tips for creating student-driven outdoor lessons. https://www.ednc.org/perspective-when-your-classroom-is-outside-school-is-always-open/

What you will find in this newsletter:

  • Outdoor classroom maintenance
  • What to plant for fall
  • Apps for outdoor learning
  • K-5 lesson ideas
  • Eco-Rise: a resource for ALL levels
  • The gnome!

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Outdoor Classroom Maintenance

Start cleaning up your outdoor space NOW. Don’t wait for students, the time is now! Most things should be pretty crispy if your beds were left unattended over the summer. Here’s what you should work on:

Prepare your OC garden beds for the school year by:

  • Coordinate a community or staff work day to weed, fertilize, turn soil, add mulch
  • Clear the weeds out of your garden beds

What to do If your garden beds are full of weeds?!

  • Bring a grass trimmer from home and get the weeds down to the soil. Dig out any that you can get out!
  • Water the bed really well
  • Cover with plastic and cook it for 6 weeks.
  • After 6 weeks, discard the plastic and pull out whatever weeds you can remove. It helps if the soil is moist.
  • Turn the soil, adding compost if you have it. Plant your fall crops and weed REGULARLY!
  • For those with Milkweed: Cut back Milkweed by half at the end of September to help eliminate OE Spores (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophryocystis_elektroscirrha) and to discourage winter breeding colonies.
  • Add compost and oxygen to your soil. Be sure to turn the mix about 4”. (this is especially important if your soil is compacted and/or you solarized over the summer)

Fall Planting

  • Plan what will be planted, where/spacing and when.
  • Prepare to compost! Gather grass clippings before mowing season ends and fall leaves. This is really the perfect time to kickstart this since all the ingredients are readily available.

Fall cool planting includes:

cabbage transplants broccoli transplants garlic pods

Seeds:

  • beets
  • carrot
  • cilantro
  • collard
  • lettuce
  • parsley
  • pea
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • radish
  • turnip

(READ the planting instructions for exact time to plant!)

Awesome Apps to download and use for your outdoor classroom needs

Seek: Shazam for nature

Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek! Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges. This is ready to download in self serve!

Burpee Garden Time

Perfect tool to help gardeners know when to sow, transplant and expect to harvest vegetables and herbs specific to their garden region.
Included within the app is a full database of plants, local weather and extended forecast, visual growing calendar and frost dates per growing region. Content articles per months featuring what you should be doing and tips for success. Create user notifications of tasks upcoming and due and have access to a library of how- to gardening videos.

Grow Garden

Students become virtual gardeners as they plant and care for crops, feed hungry animals, and make compost from the food scraps. Students must wait for their crops to grow without the compost super boost or catch falling leaves one by one to generate some compost. Students earn more seed types and some special food treats as their gardens grow.

Educational Events from the City of Grand Prairie

Texas Watershed Steward Program

September 15, 2020

In-person and virtual attendance options

Rain Barrel Class

September 17, 2020

$50 – includes a 55 gallon rain barrel

Rain barrel pick up on Saturday, September 19th 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • pre-registration required

Eco-Rise: Resource for ALL grade levels

EcoRise develops the next generation of creative problem solvers by enlivening conventional classrooms with academically-aligned K-12 curriculum that introduce students to environmental literacy, social innovation and hands-on design skills. Green professionals serve as guest speakers and project mentors to help students solve real-world sustainability challenges concerning energy, water, waste, transportation, air quality, food and public spaces. The program focuses on the following students impacts:

  • Enhance STEM Education
  • Promote Sustainability
  • Exposure to Green Careers
  • Develop 21st Century Skills

Best thing about this curriculum is it’s FREE and bilingual. Sign up here ecorise.org/teacher.

Kinder

Counting weeds Math!After the summer your outdoor classroom may have quite a few weeds. Go outside and use the weed identification cards found below. Have students gather as many as they can find then do math! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make addition and subtraction problems
  • Count
  • Sort the weeds by type
  • Measure by non-standard and standard units
  • Compare
  • Who can pull out the longest root? Count, measure and compare!

Properties of Matter Scavenger Hunt

Go on a walk outside and draw, label, take pictures of properties of matter.

Something that is.

  • hard
  • flexible
  • smooth
  • bumpy
  • rough
  • liquid
  • solid
  • purple, red, orange, blue, white, brown, black

1st Grade

Counting weeds Math!After the summer your outdoor classroom may have quite a few weeds. Go outside and use the weed identification cards found below. Have students gather as many as they can find then do math! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make addition and subtraction problems
  • Count
  • Sort the weeds by type
  • Measure by non-standard and standard units
  • Compare
  • Who can pull out the longest root? Count, measure and compare!

Properties of Matter Scavenger Hunt

Go on a walk outside and draw, label, take pictures of properties of matter.

Something that is.

  • Larger or smaller
  • Heavier or lighter
  • Circle
  • Triangle
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Soft
  • Hard
  • Smooth
  • Bumpy
  • purple, red, orange, blue, white, brown, black

Now have students classify them and create a picture book that classifies objects by observable properties.

2nd Grade

Creating addition/subtraction problemsGo outside to collect natural objects (leaves, rocks, sticks, acorns, weeds). Student will use the natural objects to use as manipulatives and create addition/subtraction problems. Take a picture of your work, draw an illustration of your created math problem, record yourself explaining a math problem using the natural objects!

Properties of Matter Scavenger Hunt

Go on a walk outside and draw, label, take pictures of properties of matter.

Something that is.

  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Bendable (Flexible)
  • Stiff
  • Hot / warm
  • Melted
  • Runny
  • Cold / cool
  • Frozen
  • Hard
  • Soft
  • Smooth
  • Bumpy
  • Rough

Create an informational booklet that classifies the objects you observed and collected. Explain their texture, and flexibility and if it’s a solid or liquid.

3rd Grade

Candid Camera: Observe and investigate properties of matter

This activity will help students work on their observation skills, a key component to what scientists do every day. Students will become “human cameras” in the outdoor learning area.

  • Students will work in pairs. One is the photographer and the other is the camera.
  • The photographer leads the camera (whose eyes are closed) by gently pulling on their strap (arm) to an interesting place for a photo.
  • Photographer carefully focuses on a subject by gently aiming the camera’s lens (face) towards the object.
  • The camera must keep their eyes shut until the photographer taps the camera’s shoulder, which then the camera will open their eyes, observe the subject until the photograph taps their shoulder again to indicate the picture has been taken.
  • Have each pair take 3 pictures then switch roles.
  • Students can respond to the process of communicating, observing and things observed in their journal.

Questions to ponder:

What would it be like to not have the sense of sight? Did you take a picture of something surprising? How difficult was it to guide and communicate what you wanted the camera to observe? What could you do better next time?

Adapted from: The Growing Classroom: Garden Based Science, By Roberta Jaffe & Gary Appel

Creating arrays with natural materials

Go outside to collect natural objects (leaves, rocks, sticks, acorns, weeds). Student will use the natural objects to use as manipulatives and create arrays. Take a picture of your work, draw an illustration of your created math problem, record yourself explaining a math problem using the natural objects!

4th Grade

Living Soil Beneath our Feet

Watch this intriguing video from California Academy of Science where you travel underground for an up-close look at the ants, amoebas, and bacteria that maintain healthy soil. Then Walk outside and collect soil samples. Discuss plant growth in each location. Examine properties of soil; color, texture, and size of particles. How is the soil different at your house compared to someone else’s house? What about comparing the soil at our school to your house? Take pictures, record video, collect samples and make a journal entry about your soil observations.

5th Grade

Need a review of Order or Operations?

Take students outside and use chalk to have them write out the order or operations. Have them record themselves explaining the process.

Practicing Math Facts

Take students outside, give them chalk and a set amount of problems to work out. Set a timer and let the solving begin!

April/May 2020

Earth Day!

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Things to look for in this issue:

  • Victory gardens
  • Gnome info
  • History of Earth Day
  • Earth Day challenges
  • Connecting Earth Day
  • Conservation ideas
  • Earth Day appreciation & craftivities

Follow the Natural Science Education Center!

Join us on Facebook & Twitter. We are posting daily through the end of May with additional resources, activities and interactions.

Victory Gardens

What are they?

During World War II, Victory Gardens were planted by families in the United States (the Home Front) to help prevent a food shortage. This meant food for everyone! Planting Victory Gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our soldiers fighting around the world.

The Victory Garden Project

The goal of The Classroom Victory Garden Project is to teach elementary students about the role of community in WWII through interdisciplinary curriculum designed to connect the past and the present. Millions of Americans grew Victory Gardens in their backyards – and on rooftops and in window boxes – during WWII to supplement their wartime rations and help spur victory. That can-do spirit can offer your young students an age-appropriate entree into the lessons and history of WWII

Read more about it by clicking on this link

Spring is here! What could you plant?

Early April plant:

tomatoes
snap beans
radishes
cucumbers
corn
lima beans
mustard
peppers
squash

Late April plant:

watermelon
southern peas
okra
cantaloupe
sweet potatoes
eggplant
pumpkin

Snap a picture and share it using #GPISDeco

Did you gnome?

Lee Elementary and Austin Environmental Science Academy are the campuses had the most readership for the Feb/March newsletter and won Earth Day goodies and reusable totes. Way to go Lee and Austin! These will be delivered to you as soon as school is back in session.

Will your campus be this month’s winner? How to participate?

Share this newsletter with your staff, parents, social media.

Each person reads the newsletter and finds the gnome.

Click on the gnome and complete the requested information by May 1st!

Happy gnome hunting!

This month the TOP 2 GPISD campuses with the most readership will receive Earth Day goodies.

History of Earth Day

Learn more about the history of Earth day by logging on to your favorite reading app, Sora, Raz kids.

Check out these videos.

Earth Day is EVERY DAY Challenges!

We would love to see you and your family participate in these challenges to show your love and care for our Earth. Please share the challenges by posting on social media using#GPISDeco

Week of April 13-17 Challenge

This week we want to see your family’s recycling mascot. Show off your creative reuse abilities! Post photographs with these hashtags #GPISDeco and #WeAreGPISD or #GPISDstillCreating. You can also email to [email protected] Let us know what school you represent.

Meet Henry the Trash Eating Raccoon!

Henry lives at Bowie Fine Art Academy and is made from things that can be recycled. Create a mascot out of recyclables that will help remind your family to recycle!

Connecting Earth Day to Learning & Take Action

Read the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: Discuss about the ways that the Once-ler did not take care of the land of the Lorax. How would you take care of the earth?

Watch the video about air pollution. Talk about different causes of pollution and how that can affect the world (lungs, water, sight, animals)

Recycling and Compost lesson (has a google classroom post option)

Don’t Mess with Texas

Take action with the Don’t Mess with Texas Campaign

There is also a mini-activity book to promote the beautification of Texas

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Local Facts and Features of Grand Prairie TX

The City of Grand Prairie, located in Tarrant, Ellis, and Dallas County(and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex), has become quite a popular tourist destination over the years. Home to roughly 190,626 people according to a recent poll, it’s also one of the more populated cities in the state of Texas, too.But what’s so great about Grand Prairie?

For most, it’s the simple fact that this city is home to a number of different attractions. For example, the Verizon Theater, Lone Star Park, and the HPX Skate Park are all places that you may want to visit during your stay. However, if you’re lucky enough to visit during the Christmas Period, you could also see the Prairie Lights display, which features over 500 lighted displays – all of which add up to be over 3 million lights in total. However, if you’re visiting in the summer, you may want to spend some time in the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark. So, whether you live nearby or are in the area, we’re sure that you’ll find a great way to spend your time in this city.