Posted by Ellen Kraska on 4/4/2021

Dear Laurel Families,
Spring is my favorite season since I absolutely love seeing the flowers and trees in full bloom! I hope you and your family enjoyed the Spring Break and had a chance to get outdoors to enjoy the beautiful, spring weather! With nature and our great outdoors top of mind, I would like to share information with you about a current Fifth Grade Project Based Learning Unit which is environmentally focused.

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Currently, fifth grade students are engaged in a PBL Unit called "Garbage Patch Kids." In this unit, students learn about the plastic in the world's oceans and consider what actions we can take to reduce the problem. Students research and learn about efforts to remove plastic and solve the plastics problem. Students work in small groups to channel their energy and to reach out to organizations to advocate for change. One of the fifth grade groups is organizing a contest for our students - and encouraging Laurel students to pick up trash and plastics. The students asked me to share the following information with our community:
Plastic Collection Contest
Want to save the oceans and all the creatures in it?
Join our contest from April 5th to April 16th.
Pick up trash so your class can win 30 minutes of extra recess.


Do your part, our planet needs you!
-From Fifth Grade Students in Mrs. Horwitz's Class


I look forward to seeing and hearing about other fifth grade students projects and potential solutions. Also, if you and/or your family are interested in learning more about the plastic problem, don't miss the final MPCSD Speaker Series of the year on this Tuesday, April 6th which features "The Story of Plastic:" Movie and Panel Discussion. Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 pm, Zoom register here