Case Study 1: Investigating Georgia's Habitats and Adaptations
By: Eva and Charlotte
During our Case Study 1, we learned about the Georgia habitats and animal adaptations. We learned about the 5 habitats of Georgia and the animals that live in the habitats. The five habitats are mountains, marsh and swamp, Atlantic Ocean, piedmont, and coastal plains. We also learned about how animals adapt to their homes, for example: We made giraffe spit to learn how giraffes don't get pricked by their food and how it felt. We also felt what it is like to have blubber. It felt warm on the hand with blubber and icy on the hand without blubber. So we now know how arctic animals survive in the icy waters. Also we learned about how different birds have different beaks to eat different food that they need to survive. This case study helped to prepare us for learning about how we impact our environment.
Expedition Kickoff: Adaptation Stations
Case Study 2: How do humans impact the environment in Georgia?
By: Anne Amos
During Case Study 2, we talked to experts about how humans impact our local environment. They taught us about water pollution, soil pollution, and global warming. For water pollution, we talked to WYLDE center expert. We went into the creek behind Westchester Elementary and tested the water for pollution. We learned that our water was clean because if our water was dirty we would not have salamanders in our creek. For soil pollution we talked to Rob Pope from the EPA. We made polluted water and pumped the water out with hand sanitizers tops. It took a few minutes to get all the pollution out AKA food coloring. We also learned that polluted water is not good for humans or for animals. With Dr. George Luber, all the classes went to the media center and saw slides on Global warming. We learned about melting glaciers and important facts on the earth. We learned that if you put all the atmosphere on earth in one ball, the ball would be pretty small. All of our experiences helped us to understand just how much humans can do to our backyards!
Learning from Experts
Investigating Ground Water Pollution with Mr. Pope Making Pollution Catchers
Case Study 3: How can we raise awareness about local environmental issues?
By: Naomi I. Thompson
In Case Study 3, we learned how Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, Susan B. Anthony, Paul Revere, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Cesar Chavez used their voice to raise awareness about equal rights. We used that inspiration to help raise awareness, but instead of equal rights, we decided to raise awareness about the human impact on nature. We also learned how to write an informational piece. We combined these 2 subjects into one big thing-writing a informational piece about raising awareness about the human impact on nature. Below, are a few mannequin challenges about historical figures.