Third and fourth grade students
at Castro School will study the bayland habitat and devise a plan to
assist in restoring this local treasure. Students will meet third
and fourth grade science standards in accomplishing this project. A
project based learning format will integrate technology, collaborative grouping,
and community involvement. After thorough classroom investigations
of the bayland habitat, groups of students will study an area in depth.
Students will create multimedia presentations about a variety
of animals in the bayland habitat. In order to help this process, students
will write weekly journals entries via e-mail to their cross grade buddies
highlighting new learning, questions, and interests. As a whole
class we will investigate the environmental state of our local baylands.
As a way of connecting this learning to the real world, students will identify
the importance of the baylands in our community and will participate
in their maintenance and restoration. Our investigations will result
in a website compiling student reports and restoration efforts as well
as a presentation about the baylands to a public audience.