In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Parmenter's first graders brushed up on their "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," practices, tying in these important habits to their science unit on plants and animals. Students learned about the importance of plants on our planet earth as the basis of survival - how plants provide all of our food, medicine, and the air we breath. They followed up these important lessons by planting lupine seeds after reading the book, Miss Rumphius and learning all about her pledge to make the world a more beautiful place, as well as poppy seeds (the California state flower) to populate first grade's bed of Rose Drive's school flower garden. The daffodils seen in the picture showed the parts of a plant with the important vocabulary words and definitions on the back, reinforcing their study on the plant life cycle. Students also participated in several hands-on investigations to study the parts of a lima bean, did some expository reading on plants and our environment, and even took a virtual guided walk through the woods. So many wonderful ways to celebrate this special day - and clearly first graders participated in many of them!
Third graders benefited, once again, from the generosity of the Orange County Astronomers Association and their annual astronomy night at Rose Drive, allowing families to view the night sky from a different perspective. Through the use of impressive telescopes and equipment, students had the chance to view the Moon, the planets of Jupiter and Mars, star clusters, constellations and galaxies. A night to remember, giving the expression, "A Night under the Stars," an entirely new meaning.
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