On June 16, fifth-graders from Palmer and Elden elementary schools got together at Elden for a celebration of green living. The students worked collaboratively this spring to learn about green living by using online resources to research information, which they then used to develop public service announcement videos regarding green living topics, such as recycling paper, plastic bags and light bulbs.
The project was funded with a grant that Leslie Savage, library media specialist at Palmer Elementary School, was awarded from the OCMBOCES School Library System. The project incorporated the fifth-grade science, social studies, English and library curriculums. Students also learned how to use diigo.com, a web site that allows users to share research information, store information that they have highlighted from other sites and store bookmarks to other sites, which they can then access from any computer.
The fifth-graders began their green living celebration by reciting the OCRRA recycling pledge. They then broke into groups to share their video PSAs and to participate in activities that tested their knowledge of green living. In the recycling relay, students worked in their groups to quickly identify and gather recyclable items that were spread across one of the school's athletic fields. Their objective was to collect as many items as possible in a certain amount of time. In the water conservation challenge, teams ran a relay course carrying a glass full of water, attempting to lose as little of the water as possible as they ran the course.
Baldwinsville fifth-graders (from left) Ashley Walton, Dakota Counterman and Brianna Rangonese examine the items they gathered in the recycling relay during Palmer and Elden elementary schools' fifth-grade green living celebration.