Before they began the trimester, we asked this 1st/2nd grade class simple questions about rivers…
Place-based education is a way of taking the walls down between school and the community.
7th graders identify a problem in the community and seek out policy-based solutions.
This fall, our 1st and 2nd grade students have dug into the topic of plants and gardens. Students explored the questions: Why do people plant gardens? What are the parts of a plant?
What and when can plants can be planted successfully in Portland? To help find the answers, students ventured out to the South Waterfront Community Garden, Jean’s Farm in SE Portland, and the Sauvie Island Center. Students observed plants, learned about what they need to grow, and even had an opportunity to bake apple tarts in an outside oven!
The Kindergarten class visited the Portland Art Museum to explore family and identity in paintings. Our third graders visited Beacon Rock in the Columbia River Gorge and viewed sturgeon (whose evolution dates back to the Triassic era) at the Bonneville Dam and the class visited their community partner, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals