4th grade biology students in Pennsylvania are learning about as much as they ever have before about the biology of life.
As a result, the district has launched a science-themed lunch program for students.
And the kids are taking notes.
As the school year comes to an end, the students are trying to figure out what lessons they can learn from their research in the classroom and what they can teach their teachers.
“It’s a very exciting time in the history of the school,” said John Pugh, a fifth-grade biology teacher at Thetford Elementary School in Wilkes Barre.
“The students are really learning to use science to make informed decisions about their own health and well-being.
They’re making new connections.”
The lunch program is a collaboration between the district, the Wilkes-Barre Community Foundation and Thetf.
The foundation’s students are also working on a project, The Biology of Life, with a goal of making a documentary film about the science and how it is used in everyday life.
For the students, the project is also a chance to learn about science, biology and how the environment is an important part of our lives.
“There’s an awful lot of confusion and misunderstanding of the basics of science and the basics that we live in today,” said Mary Beth Tafolla, a sixth-grade teacher at Tafolla Elementary School.
“For many people it’s really confusing to understand what’s going on in the world and to think that everything that you eat and drink and do and wear and touch has to be made of something.
We want them to have the opportunity to really understand how science and biology work together.”
The project, which is being funded by Thetfd, will be the first one-day science course offered in the district and will be taught by an experienced science teacher.
The teacher, Joanne Matson, has been teaching in the school since 2005 and has more than 25 years of teaching experience.
“Joanne has a really strong understanding of science,” said Tafoa.
“She really cares about students learning science.”
Matson is also the co-founder of the Wilkomys Biological Education Program, a program that is working with the Wilks-Barr Elementary School to create a biology program for kids.
“Our goal is to help them be confident about their knowledge and to get them ready to apply their knowledge to real-world problems,” said Matson.
“This is the kind of science that is being presented to kids right now.”
The science-focused program will also help the school with its health and wellness program, which helps students get a better understanding of the body and its functions.
The district is also creating a special classroom to teach science and technology to students and their families.
For the school’s sixth-graders, the science lunch is a chance for them to explore the science behind the classroom.
In addition to a lecture about the history and science of biology, the lunch will also have a science project.
“The students learn the importance of doing science to get informed about what’s happening in the environment and to understand how the natural world works,” said Pugh.
“We’re teaching them that science is important for everything.”
And for the students themselves, science-related activities are a way to engage in the lessons learned from their lab work.
“I think it’s an exciting time to be a teacher and to help kids understand how to think about and to interact with the environment,” said student Katie McKeown.
“Science and math are very important to me, so I’m excited to be able to help the students learn these skills.”