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My visit to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye

Archie Lakhman, a sixth grader at Hommocks MS in Westchester County, wrote about his experience at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye. Read on to find out why he’s “excited to go back there at a different time of year and see how it has changed.”

Writing About Place: Winning 3rd grade poems

Readers for this year’s Writing About Place contest gave top elementary school scores to Valerie Nielson’s lyrical description of the Wallkill River and Asa Miller’s tasty poem about Fishkill Farms. Read them here.

Tracking the nor’easter

There’s lots of buzz about the nor’easter predicted to bring blizzard conditions to NYC this weekend. In addition to snow and wind, forecasters expect mild to moderate coastal flooding. Get resources for using the weather to practice graph interpretation, explore earth and environmental science topics, and promote STEM skills.

Students win trips to places they love

Over the next few months, THV looks forward to sharing poems and essays entered in the 2015-16 Writing About Place contest. But first, meet this year’s top scorers from Millbrook CSD (Dutchess), Valley CSD (Orange), Haldane CSD (Putnam), and Mamaroneck Union Free School District (Westchester).

Learning to look around

Last year, I asked families to regularly look around an area in their yard or neighborhood for a few weeks before school started to see if they could spot changes. At school students chose outdoors “sit spots” to continue their observations. This year I want to expand by sharing what we see with existing citizen science projects.

Water Rolls, Water Rises: no waves, please

Kathy “loved the pretty pages,” and Elijah enjoyed the “use of action verbs to tell about water.” We’ll pair this book with field trips to water ways — including puddles — in our community. Our personal experiences can then be captured in a student version of the book using the children’s writing skills and artwork to describe their cycle of learning.

Newburgh students reflect on community

“The best part of the trip was walking around Newburgh because I got to see its true beauty,” wrote Newburgh Free Academy student Kali Ticehurst. “Newburgh is often referred to as “ghetto”, “ratchet”, or “dangerous”. While walking, I also got to see local businesses [and] learned the importance of buying locally.”

Top resources for teaching UDHR

Here in Hyde Park we have a special affinity for Dec. 10, Human Rights Day because of the role Eleanor Roosevelt played in drafting and securing passage of the UDHR. Below are links to past posts on this topic all filled with resources for teaching about this ever timely topic.

Plan now for spring school gardens

As we head into winter, I find myself thinking of spring teaching possibilities. Now is a great time to start planning for a school garden, and I’m looking forward to exploring.

Notes on Access for All

November 18 nearly 30 educators gathered in Hyde Park for Access for All: Creating Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences, a daylong workshop facilitated by Kathy Ambrosini, education director, Mohonk Preserve. Time and space don’t permit a full review, but here are a few things that jumped out.

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