Thank you to everyone who came along to Gayle’s retirement celebration after school on Thursday November 2nd. It was a lovely afternoon! Gayle was thrilled to see so many familiar faces and have an opportunity to chat to everyone. We presented her with a beautiful pitcher painted with scenes of Marblehead filled with a bouquet of purple flowers. We will also be dedicating a flower bed in the garden in her honour – as the Organic Garden is one of her favourite places! Gayle will remain working at Bell until December 22 2017 and after a break, she plans to return to school in a volunteering capacity.
2nd graders put their worms back into their natural habitat last week, after studying them for the past four weeks. The kids observed their worms before finding a cozy spot between the soil and hay in the garden beds. Some felt that their worm hotel was heavier due to the castings accumulated over 5 weeks, others noticed the “band” which shows the worm has matured and can produce eggs. We did actually see a few eggs too!
2nd graders have continued to explore, observe and study worms. After unveiling the “worm tunnel” the kids were excited and surprised to see the extent of tunneling the worms did in just 5 days!
They then carried out sensory experiment: can worms smell? After making predictions based on all they have learned about worms, we placed one worm at a time on a plate with soil (our control substance), a piece of apple, lettuce, and a gummy worm! The kids had a few minutes to watch each worm before exchanging it for a new worm. After three different worms, the kids analysed their data to make a conclusion. The final takeaway: worms do not have noses but they do have chemoreceptors in their skin whereby they “sense” odors!