When a river throws you a curve:

Fifth grade has been "diving in" to the destructive and constructive forces of nature. Here we used stream tables to witness erosion from river banks that created oxbo lakes and deltas. 

Castles in the Sky

In Kindergarten we are taking something familiar, fairy tales like Jack & The Beanstalk, and using them to introduce something unfamiliar, like principles of engineering. In this case we wanted to see how tall and strong we could build a beanstalk out of pipe cleaners! Below Mrs. Tommasello's and Mrs. Garrett's classes show off their work. 

A total eclipse of the heart...

On August 21st at 2:30PM we'll experience a solar eclipse at 98% of totality. CCSD, along with every other county in metro Atlanta, is altering their school day, and we'll be able to watch the eclipse on our active boards in the classrooms here at Tritt. To get an ideal of what the eclipse will look like from anywhere in the US, check out timeanddate.com

I shared the following video, from one of my favorite channels, SciShow Kids, with grades 1st-3rd. It takes a closer look at the Solar Eclipse that crossed Europe in 2015, and provides an animated version of what we can expect here.  

The next video, from Vox, was shared with 4th and 5th grade: 

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Green Paws Registration is OPEN!!!

Welcome back to school everyone!!! I can't wait to explore all sort of science with you this year!

If you love science as much as I do, then you should consider signing up for GREEN PAWS, my after-school FAST class. We go hiking, explore the creek, do lots of gardening, eat all those fun fruits and veggies we grow, play -themed games, and build crafts inspired from nature! 

Green Paws meets on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 and is for 2nd-5th graders. 

Green Paws Jr. meets on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 and is for 1st-3rd graders. 

You can sign up on Tritt Tiger Foundation website. Cost is $180 per student. 

 

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

I have been chomping at the bit to get back to school for a few weeks now, so Meet & Greet is a super exciting day for me! 

What did you do this summer? I went and saw family in Florida, did the week-long Tritt Summer Camp, led some Project Lead The Way workshops throughout the southeast, spent some time in Texas visiting friends, dropped by the school to tend to the gardens, took the dogs for hikes, and read some books! 

Real Talk: I appreciate all of the parents who donate to the Tritt Tiger Foundation allowing me to work with your students. I spent over a decade traveling throughout GA teaching environmental science, and I can truly say there is no place like Tritt. Every hands-on STEM opportunity we can provide is further setting them up for a bright future (and also it is really really fun, right?)! 

Summertime, and the picking is easy.

So thankful to the Green Paws kiddos that have been able to meet me at Tritt this summer in order to harvest our gardens! I'll send out an email next time I'm headed that way! 

Wow in the World - science podcast for kids!

Is two months too long to go in your life without learning about science? NPR has a new podcast for kids and their families - "Wow in the World". The shows are only 20 minutes-ish, perfect for quick errands or long road trips, and they are super fun. For example, the latest episode is about cow farts and eating crickets - and what they have in common!

Start listening here: http://tinkercast.com/shows/wow-in-the-world/

Green Paws Summer Camp!

Green Paws Summer Camp was a blast! We went on hikes, found salamanders in the creek, planted wildflower seeds in the vertical gardens, picked carrots, played games, ate popsicles, planted fruits and veggies, created artwork using rubber worms, and had a great time overall! 

Snakes are a reality in the summertime, so learn more here!

Our 5th Graders spent the last month of Science Lab learning about classification and snake identification, then took that knowledge to Mrs. Pascual's Lab to create their own content to pass that knowledge down to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. Snakes ARE a reality in the summertime in GA, and while it is important for us to keep safe, snakes are a very important and valuable part of the ecosystem, the web of life

From 365 Atlanta Family: 

Snakes In Georgia: The Good, The Bad…And The TRUTH

LAST UPDATED: 05/25/2017

You’ve seen the headlines recently, right?

  • Copperhead snake bites on the rise in Georgia (May 18, 2017 Fox News)
  • Snake Bites Began Early in 2017; Copperheads Posing Threat (May 14, 2017 US News)
  • Snakebites in Georgia up 40 to 50 percent this year (May 11, 2017 WSB)

These stories felt like sensational journalism…a common scare tactic. So, I reached out to my friends at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites who put me in touch with the Wildlife Resources Division, their sister agency in the Department of Natural Resources.

Our hunch was right…

Here’s the real, honest truth… https://365atlantafamily.com/snakes-in-georgia/#.WSwZCYjyuM9

Looking snappy!

Last week Mrs. Blick's class helped release "Yoshi" a Common Snapping Turtle baby. Yoshi spent the school year in Mrs. Blick's room having moved their from the Science Lab the year prior. He enjoyed his time at Tritt, but after consulting with the Chattahoochee Nature Center it was decided that it was time for him to move on. He wish you luck buddy! 

He settled in just fine as you can see in the picture below: 

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Fine Dam Work.

Wrapping up our study on plants and animals, 1st grade looked at how animals use plants as shelter. There is no better animal engineer than the beaver, and we thought we'd try and copy some of their work. Students designed their dams and collected the materials. Here Mrs. Hughes' and Mrs. Friend's classes show off their work.

Can you dig it? (Hughes)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Can you dig it? (Fernandes)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Can you dig it? (Friend)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

 

Can you dig it? (Adams)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns! We were dealing with a little bit of rain during the planting, so I apologize for so few action shots! 

 

Can you dig it? (Moffett)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!