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Grade 2 Creates a Living Wall

When Ms. O’Brien moved into her new classroom, she looked out the window at the back of the climbing wall and the colorful mural and got inspiration for a living wall project. Ms. Ray had just returned from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she had visited an amazing living wall at a nonprofit called “Vertical Harvest” and she thought a living wall sounded like a wonderful science/maker collaboration.

Ms. O’Brien. Ms. Ray, and Mr. Louie met to put this idea into motion. Planning out the project provided several rich opportunities for problem solving, such as using measurement skills to see where the wall would fit, figuring out how to provide sunlight and water for the plants, and how to protect the wood finish from water damage.

First, the 2nd graders worked with Mr. Louie in small groups to laser cut their name and an image of a flower onto a wooden panel. Then, they used clamps for woodworking and special glue to construct their boxes. In science class, they planted succulents in pots and carefully arranged rocks and shells around them to create miniature gardens. Ms. Lovejoy and Ms. Davis donated the succulent plants.

Phase one of the project is located in classroom 2OA while the girls finish planting their succulents. Phase two will be located in the lower school entry foyer across from Ms. Yeung’s desk. For the final phase of the project, the living wall will be mounted behind the climbing wall outside. This project is a wonderful example of the collaborative spirit that organically surrounds us at Hamlin every day.

Grade 4 Explores Pie Ranch and Big Basin State Park

Grade 4 students recently went on an outdoor education adventure to Pie Ranch and Big Basin State Park.

As part of the experience, our girls did the following:

Wednesday – Students went on a tour of Pie Ranch and picked fruits and veggies, later eating these with dinner. Girls set up tents at Big Basin, followed by free time, dinner (students prepared and served the meal and did clean up), and a night hike.

Thursday – This was a “big hike” day, led by Big Basin Rangers. Art, Science and Social Studies rotations took place in the afternoon. Snack, free time, dinner. Campfire and s’mores.

Friday – Pack up, time for self-reflection, drive to Waddell Beach for beach fun and closing circle.

To learn more about our Outdoor Education Program, please visit: https://www.hamlin.org/page/program/outdoor-education