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4th Graders Attend Earth Day and Water Festival

May 01, 2018

Students got to experience the real water cycle with a day of actual rain, causing the Water Festival to be moved indoors to the CAC. They were kept busy all afternoon attending different sessions: The Water Cycle, H20 Olympics, Enviroscape, and a Wildlife Station.

 

The Water Cycle is where students rolled dice to see where they would fall as a raindrop. The amount of water on the earth continues to be the same.  Students could roll clouds, oceans, lakes, rivers, ground water, glaciers, animals, or plants.

 

H20 Olympics students learned about adhesion and cohesion.  Students tried their luck at floating small paper clips in a cup of water. They also used eye droppers to place drops of water on a penny. The goal was for the molecules to adhere together to put the most droplets of water without it running off the penny. 

 

Enviroscape demonstrated how what people do to the environment effects the water supply.  By putting too much fertilizer on your yard could cause it to runoff and get in the water supply. We learned about building terraces and using filter strips to help prevent the amount of erosion.

 

At the Wildlife Station, we learned about adaptations birds have to help them survive and find food. We looked at pictures of animals hidden with camouflage and tried to them. Students had the opportunity to work in teams of three to find the best beak for the job. 

The students also took a field trip to Toronto Lake for Earth Day.  The students participated in shelter building, built bird houses, observed and learned about reptiles and amphibians, and looked at examples of fossils in Kansas. 

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