Saturday was Earth Day! In our research about ecosystems we have learned how everything and everyone is interconnected here on our planet Earth. We see how we are one world, and we must do what we can, where we can, to help to protect it. We hope you will add your name to our Padlet by clicking anywhere on the pad and tell us what you will do to protect our Earth. Help us protect our planet!
Watch the two Earth Day videos below to help you brainstorm what you can do. See how a young girl from Oregon has made a commitment to helping our Earth.
How do we change the world? The world is changed by ordinary people just like us. One person filled with love starts to do something awesome for someone else and that love starts spreading. Let’s get to it! We are using our reading skills to bring hope to our sister schools in Tanzania so they can go to school just like us. Watch this video some past Crew members made to inspire us do what we can.
How does it make you feel to know you have the power to change someone’s life?
Second graders will have the opportunity to participate in a special literacy program throughout the month of April. We call it the Read to Feed/Read to Build Reading Challenge Project. This program is designed to raise money to help support the students from our buddy schools in Tanzania. We read a great book called Beatrice’s Goatthat tells the story of a little girl whose family receives the gift of a goat. The goat helps them earn enough money to feed her family and to send Beatrice to school. The non-profit organization, Africa Bridge, supplies this type of sustainable help in Tanzania to support needy and orphaned children through their cow and potato and avocado co-ops.
This reading challenge project is an extension of our Great People in History unit. We are very excited to know that we, too, can make a difference in people’s livesby making a difference in the life of just one child. We know that through our donations to Africa Bridge
$50 pays for supplies for a child to attend primary school a year
$50 pays for veterinary care to help keep livestock co-0ps healthy
$150 pays for fees and supplies to send a child to secondary school for a year
$250 pays for 500 avocado saplings to begin orchards
$500 pays for one family’s membership in a cow co-op
$10,000 builds a classroom
Old Classrooms at Pakati Primary School
New Classrooms Build Through Stafford support
Over 375 desks built through Stafford’s support
In second grade we decided we would use our reading skills to help support our friends at our sister schools, Pakati Primary, Katusyo Primary, and our newest sister school Ipyana Primary. We challenged ourselves to read more and looked for sponsors for our reading. Watch this video to see the The Flat Stanley/Flat Stella friendship letter project we did last year.
Over the past 9 years, together with the efforts of our both our 3rd and 4th graders through their school-wide fundraiser, The Market Place, Stafford students have done great things. Thanks to their efforts
More students are attending school
Families have more food as a result of the animal cooperatives
3 new classrooms have been built
Over 375 new desks were donated
Pakati Primary School built one toilet
Our Africa Bridge Kid’s Team led our opening assembly last Friday to kick off our project this year. John Worcester from Africa Bridge came to talk to us about the great things that are happening for the students in Tanzania, thanks to the continuing support of the students at Stafford School. We are excited to see what we do this year! We will be expanding our help to the Kisondela schools.
They need support sending students to school, help rebuilding classrooms and building more desks. We will be looking for sponsors for our reading challenge program starting today.
Llulwe School in the Kisondela Ward
Founder Barry Childs meeting with students
Let’s use our reading skills to make a difference
in the lives of our friends
Let’s do it!
How will you challenge yourself in your reading? More minutes a day? A new series? Books about children around the world?
Watch this creative project that teaches all about ecosystems and how we can do our part to protect our home, the Earth. Thank you to the students at Marryatville School in England who put together this animated video that illustrates perfectly our definition of an ecosystem. Thank you for sharing your learning with the world!
We will work together with you, side by side, to protect our Earth! We invite our new blogging challenge friends to do the same. We love singing this song written by Glyn Lehmann. We invite our new blogging challenge friends to join us in our learning by singing along.
How did you like the song?
What can we do to better care for and protect our Earth?
We are beginning our study of ecosystems this week. What is an ecosystem? An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere).
In an ecosystem, each organism has its’ own special role to play. We will use Scholastic Study Jams Science: Ecosystems to learn more about ecosystems. This is a great website to learn and review our learning in science. Click on the link above to watch the video and learn more!
This wonderful and funny video above was posted from Mrs. N-C and The Terrific Tuis from New Zealand who were part of the the Student Blogging Challenge 2014. They used this for a creative writing project to help them come up with strong descriptive sentences. It is hard not to laugh with the intense music playing, and the perfect camera shots of the main characters, Squirrel and Eagle, in their forest habitat. What a great way way to get inspired to write. Thanks for sharing your great idea, Terrific Tuis! We will try it out.
As a part of the Student Blogging Challenge 2017we are sharing our learning with others globally and are inspired by them to explore new ideas for integrating technology in the classroom. Check out all the great blogs we are following listed under Student Blogging Challenge 2017 on the right sidebar of our blog.