Miss Roach’s Kindergarten Class:
Miss Andrea Roach’s kindergarten students are currently working on becoming “Community Helpers.” Miss Roach explained that this unit is important to teach students about all of the jobs available in our community and what tools are used to help community helpers do these jobs. Three Northwood Police officers came to visit the classroom. These police officers read books to the students and taught them about the tools they use…they even let the students tour their cars and turn on the lights and sirens! Student really enjoyed interacting with the officers and learning about all of the jobs there are in the community that they could have someday. The students now love seeing the officers in the hall during walk-throughs!
Mrs. Fish’s 7th Grade Science Class:
Mrs. Lara Fish’s seventh grade science class just concluded their water quality unit. This unit is an important unit because it has students focusing on one of the most pressing environmental problems in our region (algal blooms) and the world (fresh, clear water). This water unit meets both the state of Ohio standards and is supported by a grant from the Ohio EPA as part of the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, TMACOG (Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments), and the Northwest Water and Sewer District.
Mrs. Fish’s students have been incredibly busy both inside and outside of the classroom during this unit. Students Google-mapped Wolf Creek from Northwood High School to Maumee Bay State Park. They did many hands-on labs from the “Healthy Water, Healthy People” curriculum including a mixtures lab, as well as completing two crumpled paper watershed experiments. Students had opportunities to do stream cleanup and water testing as part of the PCS Maumee (Partners for a Clean Stream), and the TMACOG Student Watershed Watch. Sixteen students participated in the PCS Maumee. There are currently 30 students signed up for water testing at Dry Creek, which is part of the Northwood High School Outdoor Environmental Science Lab.
All seventh graders had the opportunity to visit the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for three activities: using nets in the mud to find macroinvertebrates, a tram ride around the refuge, and an interactive story about pollution of the Potomac River with a model watershed. Additionally, Ryan Wichman visited the high school to talk to students about how weather affects algal blooms, along with what it is like to be a meteorologist, and an introduction to the jet stream (Mrs. Fish’s next unit). Mrs. Fish expressed that by far, students most enjoyed the field trip to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, cleaning streams for Partners for a Clean Stream, and the visit from meteorologist Ryan Wichman.
Mrs. Fish reiterated that this unit is one filled with hands-on labs, field trips, and connections with the community through the various activities. Students were challenged to learn about and start thinking of ways to solve our area’s water pollution and algal bloom problem. She explained that the students’ final project will be to present their water testing results at the Student Watershed Watch Summit hosted by TMACOG at the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo on November 18th!