Monday, April 12, 2010
Did you know that April 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!? Well, we did and in celebration of Earth's Day big birthday we have decided to declare this April our very own EARTH MONTH! Here at the Monhegan School we love our planet and we want to make sure it is around for a really long time, so we have been doing projects and activities in school to reduce our carbon footprint and learn how to live more sustainably!
To kick off Earth Month we made a huge Earth bulletin board (out of scrap paper of course)...
Isn't it beautiful?
THEN we started making recycled paper out of the scrap paper bin in our classroom? Have you you ever made paper before? IT IS SO FUN! This is what you do...
First, you tear up scrap paper into smallish pieces.
Next, you put it in a blender and add enough water to cover the paper.
Then blend and look like you are REALLY bored. (Good job Quinn!)
Then you pour the new blended paper/water mixture into the paper frame!
Smoosh all the paper goo around... (very technical terms)
And lift the frame out of the water.
Remove the frame...
And use a sponge to soak up any access water
Peel off the screen from the paper and...
Viola! PAPER! SOOOO COOL...
Another project we are working on is a "Catalog Challenge"...
Every mail day our school gets at LEAST ten catalogs in our mailbox! Most of the catalogs are from companies we would NEVER order from (for instance the Cheerleading company that sent us a catalog today!) Although we always recycle unwanted catalogs it is a waste of resources for these catalogs to be made and THEN to be recycled...
So we have taken on the challenge of canceling as many catalogs as we can that are being sent to the school! The kids have to call and explain to the catalog companies that we would like to be taken off the mailing list.
So far we have successfully canceled 10 catalogs! Think about all the trees are school are going to try and help save!
Our next Earth Month project is planting our very own school garden!
The ever fabulous Kathie I. came into school to help the kids plant seedlings for our garden.
These little seeds are going to grow into some mighty fine lettuce!
Our hope is that we will be able to plant in the ground on Earth Day!
In preparation for our garden we headed down to the beach to collect seaweed!
Little Miss J took a turn with the wheel barrow (when it was empty of course!)
Mmmm.... seaweed! A gardener's dream.
Time to lug it back to school!
The oldest and youngest side by side!