In the middle school we celebrated with the theme of Celebrate Earth: Everything is Connected by having an Earth Day ET (Enrichment Time).
Our guiding questions were:
- How is one population connected to the health of an entire ecosystem?
- How can one population influence the physical geography of an area?
We divided the ET into 2 parts: a campus tour led by 7th graders and an activity in the HOP. Students were organized by advisory, and each advisory was paired with other advisories from the different grade levels.
Our seventh grade students were the leaders of the campus tour. In science class, seventh grade students had conducted a field study. They then reflected on what question(s) they had, what they did, what they saw, what ideas they have now, as well as the things they saw that they had never noticed before. From this discussion 7th grade students developed activities and a tour of various areas around campus with the 6th & 8th grade advisories that they were partnered with.
Activity in HOP:
We then learned about the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. In 1926, the wolf population was virtually wiped out. In 1973, wolves were listed as “Endangered”. From 1995-1997, 41 wild wolves released in Yellowstone, and by 2015 there are now 100+ wolves in Yellowstone. Students then watched the incredible video below to understand how wolves can have an impact on the entire eco-system, including the rivers!
Students rounded out the indoor activity by playing a fun game of Kahoot game show in small advisory groups, and ended with howling like wolves.
Students will continue to discuss these topics in their science classes over the coming week, as our goal is to celebrate Earth Day every day! Enjoy the photos below.