This summary will focus on a long term project that our class is doing with Mrs. Carpenter's and Chris's classes. Later in the spring we will be making a rain garden. The garden will be located in the ditch next to the playground. This week Catherine Wytychak, from Washtenaw County Water Resources, came to discuss the Rain Garden Program with our class. She read Puddle Garden by Jared Rosenbaum. The story is about a bear making a rain (puddle) garden at his new house Catie had a lively discussion with the children about the water cycle, the pros and cons of sewer drains, and how water gets filtered of impurities as it travels through the rocks and soil in the ground. Next the children played a game that demonstrated how water travels from one place to another, e.g. river, plant, cloud, sewer. Catie will be back next week to help us make designs for a rain garden.
Other activities this week included celebrating the arrival of spring with a spring poem, starting a new novel, and having a water safety lesson by Goldfish Swim Club (one of the establishments that made a donation to our school's auction).