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Crestwood students were treated by our returning hometown hero during our Jalopy parade from "On the Wings of Heroes" One Book One School culminating activity. Miss Harr then presented students with a power point slide show of her experiences as an Einstein Fellow the for National Science Foundation. A highlight of this year's sabbatical was receiving the Presidential Academic Excellence for Science, Math, and Technology at the national level with a White House luncheon including meeting President Obama.
Environmental teachers unite in Dayton to celebrate our five year reunion of Miami University's Timberline geology field station in Dubois, Wyoming. More news to follow as we travel to see Natalie in Dc and Lee in Park City, Utah this summer!
Summer school students from Crestwood Primary & Intermediate schools discovered which foods attract ants. Students predicted the strawberry jam would be the most popular food for ants but our evidence shows buttered popcorn was the preferred ant food! Students also pretended they were part of an ant colony where worker ants searched for food. Then worker ants went back to their colony, rubbed antennae with winged males, and their queen to communicate to the other ants to follow them to the food supply. Students found cups of popcorn and pretzels hidden in the garden! Winged male ants defend their queen and food supply.
Each day this week students discovered the secrets of our schoolyard. On Monday, students created filed guides to collect plant leaf specimens and record observations. Wednesday, we will adopt a tree for investigation and identification. Then we will blind each other to find our special tree. On Thursday, we will focus on amphibians, and macro invertebrates in our wetlands. My only regret is the sessions should be longer for our field work.
Rosemary Krupar teaches 3rd grade at Crestwood Intermediate School. She is working as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.