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Nature Knowledge Hatches at Northwest

Nature Knowledge Hatches at Northwest
Nature Knowledge Hatches at Northwest2
Nature Knowledge Hatches at Northwest3
Nature Knowledge Hatches at Northwest4
“Peep peep peep” could be heard throughout the second grade hallway for about a week in June after baby chicks arrived in several classrooms at Northwest Elementary School. It was part of an annual hands-on science lesson about animal life cycles. 

The eggs and incubators were supplied by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Farm. During the 21-day incubation period, students made predictions about how many eggs would hatch and also candled the eggs by holding up a special light to see the development taking place in side.

After the chicks were born — some during the school day to the delight of students — they were moved to large plastic bins lined with bedding. Children took care of the young animals by ensuring that there was always a supply of food and water. They even learned how to delicately hold the chicks, and also gave them names. 

Second grade teacher Annette Fox said that literacy activities were included in the project as students practiced their sequence structure in writing about the life cycles and used descriptive language from their observations. 

Poetry is in the Spotlight at Northwest

Poetry is in the Spotlight at Northwest photo

Poetry is in season at Northwest Elementary School. Throughout April, which is National Poetry Month, second graders wrote their own poems before sharing their original works in early May.

As a Mother’s Day treat, students in Nancy Davi-Ortiz’s class welcomed in parents for a poetry reading on May 9. Children wrote poems about their mothers, which they shared aloud when their special guests arrived. 

The Adams Family Poetry Café returned on May 10. The annual event in Franca Adams’ classroom highlights the hard work of her young poets as well as the confidence they have gained as writers throughout the school year. Students wrote dozens of poems and each selected his or her favorite piece to share. Parents were encouraged to snap, instead of clap, after each reader just like at a real poetry slam. 

Ms. Adams sent their pieces off to the Student Treasures Publishing Company to be turned into a book, which will be used in her classroom as a mentor text. Her future students will be able to use the book to see examples of good poetry.

“The students have grown so much as writers,” she said. “They’ve done an amazing job and now they actually are published authors.” 

Second Graders Capture the Small Moments in Pictures

Second Graders Capture the Small Moments in Pictures

The small and special moments were recalled fondly by second graders who recently presented their personal timeline projects at Northwest Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District.

The assignment connected English language arts and social studies, noted teacher Nancy Davi-Ortiz. Throughout the year, students have been writing non-fiction pieces about the small moments in their lives. Children learn the importance of using details and description in their writing to create pieces that engage readers.

In social studies, students learned about the evolution of communities. As a culminating activity, they made timeline posters capturing the evolution of themselves, including pictures from different milestones in their lives such as the first day of school, holidays, family vacations and the births of younger siblings. Ms. Davi-Ortiz said the goal was for children to capture those “small moments” that have made them who they are.

Monday, June 24, 2019