Science department is celebrating Earth Day all week long
Earth Day is Sunday, but this was Earth Week at KCD as science students in all three divisions participated in a variety of activities promoting environmental awareness. Many of these activities crossed divisions and encouraged students across grade levels to work together and learn from each other. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of some of the activities that took place this week.
Sixth graders in Annie Jessee’s class and first graders in Heather Ribblett’s worked together to learn about the importance of water for our planet and to discuss ways to keep our water supply clean.
With the help of Steven Meeron, Sarah Jessee’s kindergartners dug up a trash-filled pumpkin they buried back in the fall. By observing what disappeared (the pumpkin and other organic materials) and what remained (trash and other packaging), students learned the difference between biodegradable and permanent kinds of trash.
Third graders in Terri Giesel’s classes worked together with Kathie Purdie’s first graders to plant sunflower seeds in the lower school garden. Students also learned about the life cycle of the sunflower and took some seeds home to plant.
Fifth graders in Megan Pollitt’s classes joined Diane McCallum’s upper school Biology students for a showing of Born in China, which captures the experiences of a panda, leopard, and monkey as they grow up in China’s wilds. Students followed up the movie with a discussion of how to help endangered animals.
Eighth graders in Greg Korchnak’s classes worked together to create posters designed to showcase a variety of environmental issues and create awareness in the KCD community.
In Mike Moreland’s Chemistry classes, students worked on research projects about air and water pollutants in Louisville and discussed ways that our community has worked to improve the environment. Students also helped pick up litter around the retention pond on the front side of campus.
Kudos to our science students for focusing on the role of stewardship in caring for our campus, our community, and our planet!
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