Are you all still warming up from dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for charity?! Despite the mellow weather (due to that pesky polar vortex sticking around), I know many of us are ready to jump into fall and are looking forward to seeing those kids get back in the learning groove. I know that both Gwen and I (and Muskie the office dog) are excited to work with Hamilton County's finest again this year!
I wanted to start out our blog by showing you some awesome, awesome photos of students learning about and playing in the soil from the end of last year. Teachers: note the augers that the students are using; wouldn't you love to have those for your classroom? Look at the enthusiasm as the students get their hands dirty and do field work with actual soil science tools. Are you ready to bring that excitement to your school? This soil science equipment was purchased by two teachers, Elise Allred of E.H. Greene Elementary and Sheryl Melvin of Mariemont Elementary, with funds used from the Odegard Diebel Grant that our district awards to Hamilton County teachers. We know you all put so much of your own money into your classrooms, let us help you out! It doesn't have to be soil equipment that you buy, it could be any way that you enhance a conservation education experience in your classroom. Check out the Odegard Diebel Grant page to learn more and even apply online!
- Animal Impact: You can try No Water Off a Duck's Back from Project WILD or we can bring Who's Dining in Ohio Rivers?
- Watersheds: We can bring Water Wanders, the Sum of All Parts or you could book our Really Big Watershed Game (requires 20x20 space and students rotating to the game giant game board).
- Habitat/Land Effect: Try Toil for Oil to talk about social, economic or environmental impacts of oil extraction or have us out to do Cookie Mining.
- Natural Resources: We can do the Resource Relay to talk to students about the difference and impact of renewable vs. nonrenewable resources and the future of both.
- Groundwater: Have some fun and try the Edible Aquifer!
So, how do you book these programs, you ask? Go to the Classroom Presentations link and click on Book Niki or Book Gwen to access our online scheduling calendar. *Note: "Duration Time" on the calendar indicates the entire length of time that we will be at your school, including breaks and all presentations.
While you are at it, if you are a 3rd-5th grade teacher unsure about teaching the new science standards regarding landforms (including cave and karst), Ohio's geologic present and past or fossils, then come to our Project Underground Teacher Workshop! Interested in a worm bin? We have two of those workshops coming up as well. Go to the Teacher Workshops page to learn more and sign up!
We know standards are changing and so are your curriculums, so if you have any suggestions for our offerings please feel free to let us know. It especially helps if you fill out the post-presentation survey online that we send after coming to your school. We are looking forward to working with you all for another exciting school year!