Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trout ARRIVAL!!!!

Today the long-awaited trout arrived. A box with the words "Live Fish" on it arrived in the office at 1:57 pm and Mrs. Green called down to the classroom right away to let us know. We were a little nervous because we just turned the chiller on yesterday and the temperature was not regulated yet. We didn't expect the eggs (alevin) until Thursday, so we thought we had time.

Below is the video we watched to prepare for the trout arrival. Everything was the same, except our trout did not arrive in the alevin stage. Most of the eggs had already hatched and they were in the sac-fry stage. When we saw that, we realized that was probably why the PA Fish and Game Commission shipped the trout early.

Here are pictures of us separating the live "sac-fry" from the dead and putting them in the fish tank. We did not use the turkey baster method, but instead used the spoon method.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Debates

The presidential campaign for the Robotic Rhinos is underway and today we had our first debates between Tristan and Lily. Both candidates wrote their own questions and distributed them to their constituents. The debate started out great and ended up a bit heated as both candidates have very strong feelings about their beliefs (and I think they are good enough friends to fight like brother and sister!)

A Peek at Maker's Club

Friday, October 6, 2017


This week we put together ecocolumns, and we will spend the next few weeks or maybe even months observing and studying them depending on how well we have set up our ecosystems. Below is a video of all of our hard work this week.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Schoolyard Habitat

This year is a very special year, in that it is our very last year at East Elementary. All of the trees students have chosen for their "Adopt a Tree" project are in our Schoolyard Habitat that was established over seventeen years ago by students just like them! The goal, in the year 2000, was to take a grassy place in the schoolyard and create a place that animals might make their home and students might interact with nature in a small man-made created woodland. As you view the pictures below, I am sure you can see we succeeded. This happened with the help of thousands of students over almost two decades, and although I will miss our school, I know I will miss our habitat most.

Be sure to compare the pictures from the establishment of the habitat to the current pictures, so you can see how far this small piece of land has come.