Our 3-4 scientists got down and dirty with our local DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) scientists to collect real-life data about the American Eels’ migration up the Hudson and their population data.  We are collecting data to help figure out why the American Eels’ population is increasing exponentially at various locations up the Hudson River from Manhattan all the way to Troy while other wildlife populations are decreasing. We learned that any changes in the ecosystem’s food web can have catastrophic effects on all life in and around the river, including plants and phytoplankton. Science is super cool!

In science, the 5/6 have been busy exploring plant and animal cells. Not only have they been learning about the differences between each of the cell types, they have been contrasting and comparing cells under the microscopes, making observations and creating slides. As a culminating activity, the young scientists are designing their own plant and animal cells and then creating a drawing or sculpture of the organism they imagined. 

Our PreK class had a very special guest! Reif Larsen, author, came into their classroom to read his new book Uma Wimple Charts Her House. The students really enjoyed the story and are very excited to start creating their own chart! We can't wait to see what they produce.

In the 7/8 science unit the students are learning about Cell Biology and Disease. Here students are learning how to create a slide, place it on the microscope, find and identify the material they placed on the slide under different magnification.

The students are the Pinewoods Campus are enjoying our Taylor tradition of creating fairy houses. The students are having a simple glorious time using their imaginiations with their newly donated materials created tea parties and fairy dwellings. 

It is all about plants and flowers in the kindergarten class! Kinders are conducting hands-on experiments at the microscope center to learn all abou the different parts of an plant, making and recording their observations along the way! One of their favorite centers is the flower shop where they decorated the area with their foral artwork from art class.

To contextualize our study of the 1950's and its important themes, students are experiencing the 50's through primary sources: playing games, reading magazines and cookbooks, watching television episodes and listening to records. They are even using a typewriter to type entries for our 1950's timeline! 

The 5/6 students were asked to design and engineer a device that can harness energy from one of the three sources- the sun, wind or the ocean, and convert that energy into a usable form of energy. The students presented their projects to their peers. One very popular idea was a solar oven that could be used to cook pizza. YUM!!