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    Square of Life 2011 - Final Report 

    Prepared by Room A13 - Grade Five

    Goodnoe Elementary School

    Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania


     

    About Us

    Hi!  We are the fifth grade students of A13 at Goodnoe Elementary School. We are excited about the Square of Life project.  We are going to tell you about our classroom and school.  You’ll also learn a little about Newtown and Pennsylvania. It’s a fantastic, unique, and special community.

    We have a great classroom.  There are 26 students: 13 boys and 13 girls. We have an award-winning teacher, Mrs. Molishus, and a really nice classroom assistant, Mrs. Dixon. We have learned many interesting things so far in fifth grade, such as the parts of a microscope.  When we work in science teams, we have jobs, such as cleaner-upper, binder-getter, supply-retriever, focuser, and summarizer.  As you can see, we have an awesome class. 

    Goodnoe Elementary School has 790 students from grades K-6. Our mascot is a grizzly bear. The school is named after the Goodnoe family who also owned a restaurant and now owns an ice cream shop. Every classroom has a SMART Board. In our main hallway we have a mural of many important historical events from U.S. history.  We really like going to Goodnoe!

    Goodnoe Elementary School is located in Newtown, PA. Lots of exiting things happen here. In 2005, one of our baseball teams played in the Mid-Atlantic Little League World Series. Our town is an historic town, too. We have the first movie theater in the United States.  George Washington had his headquarters here for some time during the Revolutionary War.  William Penn founded Pennsylvania and also founded Newtown. Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State. The movie Signs was partly filmed in Newtown.  Some local people got to be in the movie.

    We predict that when we compare our outdoors with other schools, we might find that they have different things than we have in our squares. Some living things might be the same.  Some of the nonliving things might be the same in a playground. 

    We look forward working with you.

     

    We decided to compare our squares with the information provided by two schools: Sutton Primary School in Australia and Kihei Elementary School in Hawaii. 


    What Did We Find in Our Square - How Did We Compare?   Kihei Elementary School in Hawaii, USA, and Goodnoe Elementary in Pennsylvania, USA

    The Same
    Both schools have living and nonliving things in their areas. They both have trees and plants, such as grass and weeds. They both have some of the same insects and and other small animals, such as ants, flying bugs, spiders, and worms.  Neither school found mushrooms or snakes.  Some nonliving things both schools found were dirt, metal, plastic, and small rocks. 

    Different
    Kihei found some animals that Goodnoe did not find, such as lizards, beetles, frogs, and snails. They also had sand and bushes, which Goodnoe did not have.  While both schools had small rocks, only Kihei had large rocks.  Kihei also found paper and mud, which Goodnoe did not find. While both had trees, the types of trees were different.  
     
     

    What Did We Find in Our Square - How Did We Compare?  Sutton Primary School in Australia and Goodnoe Elementary in Pennsylvania, USA

    The Same
    Again, both schools have living and nonliving things in their areas. They both have trees and plants, such as grass and weeds. They both have some of the same insects and and other small animals, such as ants, flying bugs, spiders, and worms.  Neither school found mushrooms or snakes.  Some nonliving things both schools found were dirt, metal, plastic, and small rocks. 

    Different
    Goodnoe discovered a few animals that Sutton did not have in their outdoor area, such as worms and slugs Goodnoe had some nonliving items not found at Sutton, including small rocks and plastic  Sutton School did locate big rocks, while Goodnoe did not.


    Conclusions
    Schools can be far away and have differences but still have things in common.  All schools had living and nonliving things in their outdoor areas. Some living things were the same, such as trees, weeds, and other plants.  They also had insects and other bugs. What might be different is the variety of plant, the amount of an animal, or the exact type of insect found.  Differences in plant and animal varieties are mostly likely due to the different locations of these three schools.  Often the climate is different in various parts of the world. Different climates can mean that different plants will grow better in those areas, and certain animals are more adapted to particular types of climates as well. All three schools had dirt and rocks as well.  Some schools had nonliving items that would not be considered part of nature, such as paper, pieces of metal, and pieces of plastic.  This is considered trash or litter. School communities need to be careful to take care of their outdoor areas and clean up their spaces.
     
     
     
    Square of Life photographs taken by teachers and students of Room A13.

     
    To find out more about the Square of Life project go to http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/squareproj/.
     
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