Gribbin Students Investigate Nature

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Kindergartners in Irene Kamola’s class at Gribbin School received an up-close look at goldenrod plants during a cross-curricular classroom lesson that focused on writing, reading, science and vocabulary. 

During the lesson, students had an opportunity to touch, feel and smell the plant and were excited to use magnifying glasses to take a closer look. 

“I brought the goldenrods in to inspire, enhance and support our kindergartners’ vocabulary and writing skills,” Miss Kamola said. “I believe that merging science and English language arts is a wonderful way to connect the curriculum.”  

Students also learned a poem about goldenrods, drew pictures of the plant using crayons, measured the leaves, made connections between the color and shape of the plant using printed materials in the classroom, and discussed their observations.
   
Miss Kamola plans to bring nature into her classroom lessons throughout the year, utilizing the knowledge she gained by participating in the Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology workshop over the summer. The course focused on the ecology of Long Island and emphasized getting students outside as much as possible, and if not possible, to bring nature indoors for students to explore. Miss Kamola will also attend field trips with the foundation throughout the year to expand her knowledge.