Scientific Endeavors Continue for Northwest Students

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Young scientists at Northwest Elementary School are continuing to explore the curiosities of the world even while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional science lessons have gone digital so children don’t miss out on meaningful learning experiences. 

Every spring, second grade classes hatch baby chicks in their classrooms to learn about animal life cycles. This year, several teachers received the eggs and incubators at their homes, providing second graders with regular updates and videos. Children got to watch as the teachers turned the eggs, keeping track of the progress in their science notebooks, and anxiously awaited the day the baby chicks would hatch. 

ENL teacher Rachel Pariser taught a lesson on plant life and showed her students a video of how she used a regular dry bean from the supermarket to grow a plant. They then planted bean found around their own homes, provided water and sunlight, and made Flipgrid videos to share their successes. 

Ms. Pariser also used Seesaw, a digital learning platform, to post “The Sunflower House” for students to read. She mailed out sunflower seeds to several students who were interested in growing their own.   

First grade teacher Jaclynn Wittschiebe’s turtle quickly became a star among her students. Children learned about the reptiles by reading books and watching videos, with her pet Turtus also making appearances during lessons. Students completed writing assignments explaining what they learned about turtles.  

Ms. Wittschiebe also had caterpillars at her house and posted daily videos of their progress through their hatching as butterflies.