Thursday, December 1, 2016

Birds of Pray at Grafton

Souther Vermont Natural History visited Grafton Elementary School the week before Thanksgiving.  They brought a a few of their exhibites from their museum. Some of the birds of prey they brought were the Red Tailed Hawk, a Barred Owl, and a Kestrel.  The picture you see above is of the Kestrel.  

While they where here they were teaching us a lot of stuff about the birds of prey like an Owl.  Something that I learned was that an Owl can turn his head all the way up side down and they can do that because they have 14 vertebrae in their necks.  Owls in the wild don't even live to see their first birthday, but in captivity they can live for about 30 years.

Monday, November 21, 2016

GES 6th grade Makes a Terrarium

The terrarium is made out of a fish tank, moss, ferns, rocks and many more objects that you would find  in the woods.
This is our terrarium. Our whole class built it and ,boy are we proud of it! On the first level there are  pebbles then we have charcoal, then a layer of mesh, then dirt. Lastly moss, rocks, milkweed, trees and other things went on top of the dirt. We went to the covered bridge to find specimens. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Eco Bottles

In the 6th grade we have been working on eco bottles.  In the water part there are two guppies.  In the dirt part there are 2 red wriggler worms.  In the leafy part there is a cricket and grass seeds.  How do the animals breath? Well, they can breath because of the plants. 

This is a fun way to spend your summer. The guppies eat the snails waste and the snail eats the plants and algae.  The worms eat the same as usual; dirt and decomposing matter.  The cricket eats plants and even meat, on every continent except Antarctica.   That is what is in the eco bottles.

The pumpkin raffle happened and Tyler won ours.🎃 It is the fifth one over from the white one.  We made a football player with a Grafton helmet.
This is our pumpkin.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6th Grade Apple Picking

On October 4th the Athens-Grafton Elementary School 6th grade went apple picking at Hidden Orchard Farm. We picked 23 bags of apples! We picked these apples for an apple pie sale that will fund our trip to the Keewaydin Environmental Education Center. This Friday we are going to make apple pies for our sale that is on Sunday, October 9th, at the post office from 11:00-3:00. Please stop by to support us. Our sales will all be by donation.  We are also raffling off a 300 year old quilt donated by Kathy Metelica. We would like to say thank you to Mr. Lisai and the Grape family for letting us come to the orchard and pick all those apples.