Our third session was hosted by Jessica, Lisa, Laura and Sasha at Anderson Elementary. A couple of the teachers are particularly knowledgable about mushrooms and shared information about the fungi in the neighbourhood.
We walked through Garden City Park and the Anderson teachers shared how they use the space over the school year to observe and document seasonal changes. The students were also very observant of how the windstorms this fall/winter affected the park and the changes created by the storms. The City of Richmond has created an arboretum area on the west side of the park, with plaques identifying and describing the trees. There is also the opportunity to observe birds and other urban wildlife in the park.
A focus of some of the teachers has been on the human impact on the local environment. Some questions for teachers and students to consider:
How can mathematics help us to understand this issue?
What data/information could be collected and how could it be shared?
What information could be collected?
How might different ways of sharing information have an impact on understanding of the issue?
What actions could we take?
Looking forward to seeing how different schools and classes make connections between mathematics and their outdoor environment.