ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
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Resident fox crosses the back playground. Turkeys sometimes fly up onto the roof in the background - to get away from the fox, presumably!

"Oh the weather outside is frightful". Wait - No, it's not!  Here at Dowling we love the changing weather and the opportunities it brings!

Dear Families, while it's not officially upon us, according to our Minnesota WeatherGuide calendar (see info to the right), wintery weather has brought new learning opportunities to our Dowling School experience.  Read on to learn about what your children have been up to here at Dowling in their Environmental Science classes

Food Chains

Kindergarten students have been learning about food chains - listen for new words: producers, consumers, decomposers and apex eaters.  Sledding is on the calendar as well, with each class taking a turn during their week in the rotation.  Thank you for making sure your child comes dressed to be outside!

What is snow?

First grade students are learning about the nature of snow and snowflakes.  Did you know snow is water?  :o)   Embedded in this mini-unit is outdoor time and learning about how we measure snow.

RECYCLE OLD CRAYONS

Students in grade five are asking families and local businesses to save and turn in old crayon bits.  They are collecting them to be shipped to Crayon Initiative to be recycled.  Newly crafted crayons are donated to children's hospitals nationwide.  See their video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTSar8z1ewQ

Soil Studies and Winter Planting

Third and fourth grade students are learning about components of soil, how to propagate plants, and how houseplants can mitigate indoor air quality issues that arise from chemicals found in every day household materials.  

Enjoy the newest pictures in our feed below.  Feedback is appreciated.

VOLUNTEER DURING YOUR CHILD'S CLASS TIME.

Once again here's the schedule by grade-level of time specific to Mrs. Young's Environmental Education class.  

Kindergarten - quarters II and IV, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 2:15-2:45, rotating classrooms by week

First Grade - quarters II and IV, Monday through Friday, 10:15-10:45, rotating classrooms by week

Second Grade - quarters I and III, Monday through Friday, 9:15-10:15, rotating classrooms by week

Third Grade - year round as part of the six-day specialist schedule, 10:50-11:45

Fourth Grade - year round as part of the six-day specialist schedule, 10:50-11:45

Fifth Grade - year round, every Friday, 2:00-2:50

DCD primary - year round, every Thursday, 1:15-1:45, with some students mainstreaming with their grade-level classes for environmental education.

DCD intermediate - year round, every Thursday, 2:00-2:45

Other - at other times, classroom teachers may schedule extra time with Mrs. Young to teach, co-teach, do projects, or take walking field trips together.  Watch your child's homeroom newsletter for more information about these activities.  We'd love to have you come along!

Quarter 2 runs November 6 through January 20.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS DRESSED TO STAY WARM AND DRY WHILE OUTSIDE.

Click the new link below to see the November Environmental Education newsletter