In Ms Munoz’s 7th Grade English ESM STEAM class, students created their own board games to practice various grammar elements while having fun! Students also finished reading the classic science fiction story, “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury. After analyzing the story, students wrote theme responses relating to The Butterfly Effect, and created videos in which they presented their environmental-related “cause and effect” visuals.
The sixth grade classes visited the Hyperion Treatment Plant and Education Center this past week. The Hyperion Treatment Plant and Education Center, in addition to illustrating how wastewater is recycled, extolls the virtues of watershed protection and all things related to sustainability. In preparation for the trip, the students became honorary epidemiologists and worked in collaborative groups using the same clues and maps that John Snow would have used to solve the cause of the 1854 Cholera Epidemic in London. At the treatment plant in the fragrant processing section, students had high praise for John Snow’s contributions to the modern urban sewer system. Afterwards, students enjoyed fresh air during their beach picnic.
During the first week of May, ESM sixth graders set sail with the Top Sail Program in San Pedro. Students boarded brigantines, 110-foot ships. and the adventure began! Students were not merely passengers on this journey, but crew trainees. They raised and trimmed the sails, stood lookout, steered the course they set, and climbed the rigging to furl sails while balancing on foot ropes. A pod of about 25 dolphins swam up to starboard and continued to swim underneath and then surfaced on the port side of the ship. They were incredibly close, and it was an amazing sight. Plus, there were lots of sea lions and pelicans swimming along with the ship. Students sailed the ships out of San Pedro Harbor into the open ocean. It was a very exciting day!
Los Angeles Environmental Fair: Ms. Williams, Mr. French, and Ms. Gardea, along with several wonderful parents, accompanied several sixth grade students when they exhibited their service learning projects at the 38th Annual L.A. Environmental Fair at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Students presented research on the Los Angeles Watershed and their waste reduction projects.
Underwood Farms Visit: After an in-depth study of sustainable agriculture, 7th grade ESM students visited Underwood Farms. Students were treated to a talk about vegetables, fruits and sustainability at the farm, and were able to pick their own vegetables to take home to prepare for a family meal. Ms Munoz, Ms Altounian, Mr Clifford and Ms Burke joined the students on this memorable day!
The Irrigation Systems are complete! Integrating research and engineering, students in Ms. Mitsuse’s English and History classes worked in design teams to create an irrigation system that can carry two cups of water a minimum of three feet and distribute the water evenly to two destinations. Students have researched current and historical irrigation methods and water properties to aid in their design process.