Mrs. Suzcek’s first grade class was asked how they help to take care of the earth. The following drawings are their responsive journal entries.
Is sustainability currently a focus in your classroom?
We recycle and will read books about recycling. At the start of the school year, we will be taking a trip to an apple farm where the students will be learning about plants.
Are there any initiatives in place to promote sustainability?
recycling, lights off when leaving the room, half lights off during the day, saving paper, using scraps. We will be having someone come in from Ohio Soil and Water to talk to the students.
Are there any materials that you feel would be beneficial for you to have in the classroom to help students better understand sustainability?
interactive games, games that demonstrate the importance
Do you feel that there are particular topics regarding sustainability and the environment that are not being met by the current curriculum?
Each grade level has different standards and topics to learn about. First grade focuses more on the scientific process. Next will be the environmental unit.
What do your students currently learn in science class?
Scientific process, observation, prediction, etc. Physical change, properties of water
Do your students already seem to have an interest / knowledge of sustainable living?
Many of the students are knowledgeable about recycling because we do it at school. It seems some families recycle.