Help me give my students an opportunity to stay connected with current science topics. The markers will be used to help create composting posters as part of our work as environmental stewards in our community.
Newport students represent incredible diversity. We are lucky to have students from other countries, as well as a great number of students who are transient and come and go from our schools quite frequently. Newport students come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, but 70% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch, meaning they come from poverty to some degree. Many of our struggling students take care of siblings at home, preparing meals, helping with homework, and providing other care. We are also seeing a new population of students who do not speak English as their primary language. This poses new and difficult challenges for our district. We work incredibly hard to meet the needs of all of our students.
Our students show a great passion for their community!
Our city comes together to work toward solutions, to both environmental issues and social concerns. This passion inspires many of our students to do so many voluntary, community-based projects. As teachers, we build on this strength and tie learning to the real world as much as possible.
The markers will be used to create posters about plastic pollution, cigarette butt pollution, composting, reusing products, and recycling. These posters will be on display at local community events and also in our school buildings. The composting signs will adorn lawns on Aquidneck Island for families who have begun composting at home. This is in conjunction with the Healthy Seas & Healthy Soils project that is through Clean Ocean Access, a local organization here in Newport.
SuperScience magazines provide students with great motivation to read nonfiction text.
It also promotes great conversation among students about a variety of science topics. In addition, the magazine offers some really cool hands-on activities to supplement our science curriculum.
As students become more involved in both local and worldly environmental issues, they will learn about the ways that they can impact change in their world. This is a powerful lesson for students to learn at an early age.
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