This will be my first year as a lead teacher, but thankfully I will be starting at the school where I was a student teacher last fall. I am looking forward to continuing to work with last year's 6th and 7th graders and meet the incoming 6th grade class soon.
Middle schoolers can get a bad reputation, but I appreciate that my students are independent, critical thinkers who apply those abilities in and out of the classroom.
This year we will be developing those skills through collaborative and inquiry based learning.
Students in 6th and 7th grade learn about Earth's self-sustaining ecosystems. The opportunity to have access to a classroom aquaponics system will provide hands on learning about those systems on a micro level.
In caring for our fish and plants students will develop a deeper understanding for the need for biodiversity while engaging in learning experiences using farming methods of the future.
The aquarium tank will house class fish, which will provided air from the air pump while they provide nutrients to water that will be pumped up into a bed with the clay pellets and plants. Then, the plastic tubing will return the water to the aquarium to be recycled once again. Students will assist in constructing the aquaponics set up and will use the system to create experiments and observations for a unit on ecosystems.
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