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Fifth graders video chat with scientist

"canopy meg" gives students firsthand look at the world's rainforests

May 7, 2014

After studying the 5th grade Common Core ELA rainforest module, the students in Mrs. Ast and Mrs. Brenner’s 5th grade class participated in a video chat with Dr. Meg Lowman, otherwise known as “Canopy Meg.” As part of the curriculum, the students read Kathryn Lasky’s book, “The Most Beautiful Canopy in the World," which is based on Dr. Lowman’s research of the world’s rainforests, including Blue Creek in Belize and Cameroon in Africa. During the video chat, Dr. Lowman, (who refers to herself as an argonaut, a scientist who studies tree life), answered students’ questions about the text and her experiences in the rainforest.

 Mrs. Reyes, a technology integration specialist, coordinated this very valuable learning experience. “We are so excited to be an example of a 21st century classroom at work!” she said.

Photo: Fifth grade students listen to Kathryn Lasky as she explains her work in pictures.