Middle School Science Greening
ACCE's middle school is now only in its third year and is the first time that all three grades are present. The sixth grade curriculum focuses on earth science so the students have a variety of ways to access the environment. Mr. Benbow wants the sixth grade curriculum to be based on environmental science. He has broughty his students out numerous times to work with Jean Mellott. The students learn about the importance of wetlands and their role in the ecosytem. The sixth grade curriculum is three years old, whereas the seventh grade is only two years, and the eighth grade curriculum is in its first year of implementation.
6th grade- Ferns and Fern Allies
The sixth grade biology class uses ferns as part of their class in reproduction. They planted a fern garden in the rear of the school to have a ready source of their scientific material.
6th grade student examples
Reginald Benbow, sixth grade teacher, has brought learning to life by providing his students various opportunities to learn about the environment. Below are various examples of student work.
Language Arts classes took a tour of the vegetable garden, planted fall crops and harvested vegetables as part of a unit on farming
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The science classes use the gardens to learn observation techniques. They kept journals about their observations and learned to interpret and understand their observations. Jordan Dow, 7th and 8th grade Science teacher, has taken the students outside to conduct observations. One example of their exploration days is when they went outside to record the difference between biotic and abiotic factors.