This week marked the beginning of the student-led presentations for the K-4 students. I was impressed by the two groups that presented this week and look forward to the future presentations.
I will be sure to get some pictures during future presentations and post them.
If you care to sit-in on one of the presentations, I posted the schedule on the 3rd grade main page.
Also, a parent told me about an exciting opportunity coming up next week. Have you ever heard of the group Landfill Harmonic? There was a documentary made last year about the group. Visit the link here http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/ to watch the trailer. A group of people in Paraguay decided to make musical instruments out of trash from a neighboring dump. They then created an orchestra and perform around the world.
The group, Landfill Harmonic, will be performing in Seattle on June 2nd (Mount St. Vincent, West Seattle) and June 3rd (Columbia City and Hearthstone, Seattle). Please visit the link http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/landfill-harmonic-orchestra/ for specific times and locations.
This week the students continued to work on their presentations. They are also busy collecting trash for their presentations to offer visuals to the classes about which types of garbage go in which bin. Some students will be showing these items while some are using them in a game format. I love seeing the creativity and collaboration among the groups!
On Thursday, we had a representative from Recology CleanScapes visit the group and share important information about recycling and composting. (Recology CleanScapes is the business that collects St. Joseph's waste). Elizabeth, the outreach and education representative shared the 4Rs (instead of the 3RCs). Can you guess what the 4th R stands for? Be sure to ask your child!
She shared pictures and videos about the process of sorting the recycling. We learned a lot of helpful information that can be used in the students' presentations.
Elizabeth explained that the process of composting is like baking a cake. Great analogy! Be sure to ask your child to explain that analogy to you.
Here are some interesting facts we learned:
-Each person creates about 5 pounds of waste per day.
-The landfill in King County near Mount Rainier will be full in 10 years and there are no current plans to build another one. (It takes $10 million dollars to build a landfill!)
-Biggest problems at the recycling plant are:
-Seattle does not recycle by number. Any styrofoam container that has a number on the bottom and a recycling symbol is not actually recyclable.
-Clean, shiny paper plates can go in the recycle. If they are quite dirty, they need to go in the garbage. (Any shiny layer on a paper item can't be composted. Starbucks coffee cups are a great example. They need to be recycled).
We are grateful for Elizabeth's expertise. She plans to return to the school in the fall and share helpful reminders to start the school year off on the right foot with correct garbage sorting.
This week the students learned with whom they will be working and the grade assignment for their presentations to the primary school.
The groups and pairs used an outline to organize their information and then started planning what they will actually do and say for the presentation. Some groups are integrating games while others are using Power Point to teach the kids. I have been impressed by who well the students are thinking about their audience during the planning phase. I am excited to see the final products!
Over the past several classes, the students compiled their data from the garbage analysis and then made lists of common items found in the cafeteria receptacles. This information will be used in the presentations for the students.
This week, the students learned a bit about what makes a strong presentation. Be sure to ask them what they learned and perhaps their ideas for their presentation.
Here are two links to videos we watched to gain a better understanding about what makes a strong presentation.