Posts Tagged ‘Gale Bailey Elementary School’

First Trash Free Schools In Charles County, MD!

January 24th, 2013

By Sara Campbell, Outreach Coordinator 

We would like to welcome Gale Bailey Elementary and Indian Head Elementary,  the first Trash Free Schools in Charles County, MD!  They have signed the Trash Free Schools Pledge and are working to reduce waste at their schools.  Both schools have very active school communities and are also involved in our Schoolyards as Classrooms Project.

Indian Head Elementary is a Maryland Green School and will use the Trash Free Schools Project to help maintain their Maryland Green School status.  Actions completed through the Trash Free Schools Project will be documented (as described in the Trash Free Schools Project’s Eight Steps Table) and used for Maryland Green school re-certification.  Future actions include weighing the trash from each classroom as a competition to increase school recycling and reduce waste sent to the landfill.  Students will help with the effort by monitoring bins and collecting the trash weight data.  Teachers will be able to incorporate data into their lessons by having students create graphs and calculate the change in waste over time for each classroom to determine the winner.

Gale-Bailey Elementary is also a Maryland Green School and has a thriving Green Club that conducted a roadside cleanup last Fall with students, staff, families, and community members. They have also conducted schoolyard cleanups and completed other service projects at their school. The Green Club does weekly announcements to the school and has taught their peers how to properly recycle in the lunchroom as well as helped the school eliminate polystyrene lunch trays from the cafeteria.  Gale Bailey Elementary will use the Trash Free Schools Project to provide resources and suggestions to further involve students in reducing waste at the school.

Congratulations to Indian Head Elementary and Gale Bailey Elementary schools on their commitment to take action and reduce waste!

The Mane Event

March 26th, 2011

Gale-Bailey Elementary Schools (mascot: Lion) hosts a Mane Event each quarter with a different theme. This month’s theme was the environment. The event was hosted by the Green Club, and Sharon Rabie and I were invited to present activities from the Hard Bargain Farm curriculum as well as from Project WET. We were delighted to be invited, and I hope you enjoy this quick video showcasing our evening!

Door Decorations

March 4th, 2011

I love this door decoration at Gale-Bailey Elementary School. Check out what the teacher used for her example of Styrofoam!

Probability for Fourth Graders at Gale-Bailey

February 23rd, 2011

Check out this outdoor lesson Mrs. Good and I did with her fourth graders! The activity comes out of Project WET. We tweaked it to teach probability, and brought the kids outside. There is no lesson plan to go with it – it was one of those impromptu lessons, but watch the video to see what we did!

Wiggling Worms

December 20th, 2010

Last week, I had the pleasure of introducing 3rd and 4th graders at Gale-Bailey Elementary School to my pet worms. The lesson was a combination of the “Wiggling Worms” lesson in More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons published by NSTA (my new favorite book of the year, by the way!), our HBF lesson on vermiculture, and my own ideas about how to incorporate an outdoor element into this lesson. First, the students listened to the wonderful Diary of a Worm. Then, students completed a table from MPPSL to think about what they already know about worms and their questions about worms. Next, students went outside to dig for worms (we didn’t find any!!). We had a conversation about how worms native to this area burrow deeper underground as it gets colder to stay warm (adaptations!). Then, I introduced students to some red wigglers I brought from home. They made observations on these worms using a form from MPPSL to guide them. Finally, we talked about what kind of environment these red wigglers would need to survive in their classroom in a worm bin, and what kind of food they would need to feed them. It was tons of fun!! Look for a copy of the lesson plan on this blog.

Digging in the soil – it sure was hard!

Why can’t we find any worms?

We can feel the worms’ bristles!

Using tools for closer observation of our worms

Maryland Youth Summit, June 4, 2010

June 7th, 2010

At this year’s Maryland Youth Summit, Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center was officially recognized as a Maryland Green Center. This recognizes that we model best environmental practices within our center as well as support Maryland schools in becoming Green Schools. We helped get a group of students from Gale-Bailey Elementary School and Cesar Chavez Elementary School to this event. Check out this video that was created by an artist who was a special guest at the event! (The man standing in the middle of the picture here is none other than MD Governor Martin O’Malley.

Polar Bear Sky from Daniel Dancer on Vimeo.

Here’s what people had to say about the Youth Summit!

Earth Day

April 23rd, 2010

Earth Day PledgeGale-Bailey students made trees from newspapers and signed a pledge to use their 4 R’s. They also had a schoolyard cleanup, planted flowers and trees around their schoolyard, and much more!

Gale-Bailey Elementary Helps Clean up the Potomac

April 12th, 2010

On Saturday, April 10, over two dozen students, parents, and staff from Gale-Bailey Elementary School came to Piscataway Park to help clean up the Potomac River as a part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 22nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up. HBF Outreach paid for their bus to get from their school to the shore. Together they filled about 23 bags of trash, making the beach look spotless and restoring a cleaner habitat for the wildlife that live along the shore! They are now well-prepared to go back to their school for a schoolyard clean-up on Earth Day week. Awesome job, guys!