Our fourth and fifth graders will be studying different concepts of energy in their science curriculum throughout the year. Luckily their science teacher, Ms. Ripley Daniels, recently spent time in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship to learn about "education for sustainable development", which includes notions of green living. Just as luckily, our students have a living laboratory right outside their classroom windows, where they can watch and talk to the people who are designing and building homes that will reduce Old Colony's energy footprint.
Ms. Ripley Daniels started the unit by asking her students to describe what they think energy is and where they think energy comes from. We'll be watching them learn much more about these questions all year long.
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Here are Sumeya's ideas:
These are Autumn's thoughts: