This website was recommended to us:
We like all the ideas for projects on it.
You can find them HERE
For example: Build a Bird Feeder,
Carry out a Bird Survey
Build a Bug House
Create A Wildflower Patch.
There are lots of great ideas there.
3rd Class Room 14 are doing a ‘Pip Project’.
The children are really enthusiastic and it has really taken off.
First the children were invited to plant any pips from the fruit they had for their lunches.
Saorla found some mystery seeds in the yard and we have planted them.
Perhaps we will end up with a bean stalk 😉
Sam brought in an avocado seed. They need to be suspended in water.
Sam also brought in chive seeds.
We are also growing peas.
Teacher brought in nasturtium seeds. They are growing well.
We are interested to see how they follow the sun
and lean towards the light.
Teacher brought in chestnuts.
We discovered in order for chestnuts to germinate
they need to be kept in soil, in a bag in the fridge.
We have had some successes.
The apple seedlings are growing well.
However in the pot were the mandarin seeds were planted,
grass grew. We are a bit mystified by this.
When we were working towards the Green Flag for Biodiversity we learned what would happen if snow leopards became extinct. What would happen if the snow leopard was removed from a food chain. The results would be devastating for an ecosystem. You can read about that HERE
Happily this next video (from Sustainable Human) is a good news story. In 1995, fourteen wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the USA. The wolves had been extinct there since 1926. Watch what happened next. We think it’s amazing!
MANY, MANY THANKS to the Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee. They make the school year so interesting for us and great fun. Today they organised us planting vegetables in the school garden. Take a look at the slide show below to see more. Thanks to Ms. Murray for taking the photographs. Click on THIS LINK to see other posts about gardening in the school.
What a great website!
‘Spring Alive is an international project to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife…’
There are games and colouring activities on the website too. Click HERE to see.
Wouter de Bruijn via Compfight
In every classroom in the school ‘PROJECT HYACINTH’ has started to bloom. In late November, the parents from the Gardening Committee delivered a hyacinth bulb to every classroom. They have been sitting in water in glass jars under little cardboard ‘hats’ to fool them into blooming. The first thing we noticed were little white roots growing down into the water. If we lift the ‘hats’ we can see a little green shoot. We are excited to have the hyacinths growing in our classrooms. We wonder what colour ours will be. We would like to thank the Gardening Committee for our hyacinths: ‘the gift that keeps on giving’.
Click on THIS LINK to see the beginning of the story and HERE to see February’s update.
Renewed thanks to our exceptional gardening committee. They are forever coming up with great ideas to make our school an even better place to be. As well as looking after the school grounds, they do so much more.
We think the silver birch was a great choice as it is beautiful all year round.
Many thanks to the Gardening Committee for another super addition to our school grounds.
We have very little space, but with thought and imagination it has been made a much greener and better place to be.
We have an Umbrella Tree in our school yard. In the Summer when there are lots of leaves, it really works. If you go under it when it is raining you stay dry.
We think it is a weeping willow. It is very beautiful. In Spring there are catkins on the tree. Catkins are furry flowering spikes that hang down. They are soft to touch, but much better not to pick them but to leave them to grow. The catkins fall off and the leaves grow then. It is a good looking and interesting tree.
Here is an interesting link:
This is a link to today’s Google Doodle commemorating the 41st anniversary of the discovery of the mountain of the butterflies.
It was in 1975 that the overwintering place of the monarch butterfly was discovered. The butterflies were found inthe Sierra Madre Mountains in Eastern Mexico. You can read more about how the millions of monarchs cling to the oyamel trees here.
The monarch butterfly is under threat due to climate change and destruction of forests in Mexico, where the species migrates to from the the US and Canada in winter.
‘E is for Explore Blogspot’ has lots of great activities for learning about Biodiversity.
Now that the weather has improved why not discover the forest!
There are some great activities on Discover The Forest.org
We LOVE Scavenger Hunts.
This looks like a very interesting one.
A study has found that a revival in the number of pine martens in Ireland,
has meant there are less grey squirrels
which is good news for red squirrels.
Click on this link to read “Population crash in an invasive species following the recovery of a native predator: the case of the American grey squirrel and the European pine marten in Ireland” by Emma Sheehy & Colin Lawton published in ‘Biodiversity and Conservation’.
Lots of great ideas here from Teaching Ideas.co.uk
The number of wild animals on Earth has halved
in the past 40 years, according to a new report.
The reasons for this include pollution,
the destruction of habitats
and animals being killed for food.
So playing a part in keeping the world green
has never been so important.
Think about how you can play your part.
Remember ‘The Power of One’.
You know ways you can reduce pollution.
Tell others about this.
You know about creating habitats.
You could ask your parents
to let a corner of your garden grow wild.
This would encourage bees, butterflies
and other wild life.
Every little helps.
The world is in our hands.
You can read the Living Planet report here.
On June 19th, 2014, we were proud to fly our fifth Green School Flag. Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland had come to speak to the classes before about the diversity of our native bird life. This talk had proved very popular and we were delighted that Niall could come to help us raise our new Green School Flag. Thanks once again to Fiona our Green Schools Co-ordinator for organizing EVERYTHING 🙂