(Pictured: A group of Canonsburg Middle School Eighth Graders with Borland Manor's Third Graders. Photos Credit: Mrs. Reda, Third Grade Teacher at Borland Manor Elementary.)
Eighth-Grade Advanced English Classes at Canonsburg Middle School collaborated with Mrs. Reda, Mrs. Yost and Mrs. Pastore third-grade classes from Borland Manor Elementary yesterday afternoon. They focused on water conservation activities as they both read books about the lack of access to clean water. Canonsburg Middle School’s Teacher and Library Media Specialist Ms. Paddick and Eighth Grade Advanced English Teachers Mrs. Tookey, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Russell helped organize this event. Ms. Paddick said they held this collaborative event once several years ago in 2019 and they are excited to have the third and eighth graders working together again.
The eighth grade students taught and led the third graders through several different activities. The eighth graders and third graders were both divided into three groups: one headed to Canonsburg Middle School’s Library, one to the LGI and one stayed in the Auditorium. From these three groups they were divided into even smaller groups and spread throughout each of these rooms. Eighth graders kicked things off with an icebreaker activity and then continued with several more activities that dealt with water conservation.
Re-reading "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde
Completing a story map & making connections
Discussing the ways we use water as well as how we can conserve it.
Learning about places in the world where people must walk very far to access water on a daily basis
Learning new scientific vocabulary
Taking part in a STEM experiment where different materials will be used to filter dirty water
“Our goal for this collaboration is that students will gain an understanding of how valuable our access to clean water is, in addition to learning how we can help other people on the other side of the world gain access to clean water,” Ms. Paddick said.
Click through the album below for photos from the day!