I teach a great bunch of gifted students in rural northeast Georgia. My students work hard every day to learn all that they can. We love science! Our classroom is involved in several citizen science projects. We use Journey North to report our observations of our tulip garden, signs of fall, and signs of spring. We are working to use Classroom FeederWatch to become citizen scientists who observe birds and report our findings. We plan to archive our data so that we can look for trends in our observations from year to year. We need bird feeders, bird feed and supplies to set up our bird feeding statio.
My fifth graders also produce a weekly news show that highlights school happenings. My students research topics to report on the news. Some weekly features include: this week in history, accidents may happen (inventions that happened by accident), this week’s weather, this week’s lunch menu, it happened in Georgia, and high school sports. The students research the information, create the PowerPoint presentations, run the camera, computer, and the board. They do it ALL! They are so proud at the end of each show, and I am proud of them too! We need a better digital camera so that we can take better pictures for our PowerPoint presentations.