Students walked around the perimeter of the school
yard observing elevation, direction, water runoff, and areas of
bare ground. They made lists of the features and elements. See Schoolyard
Mapping Exercises (PDF) for more information and the lesson
Photos above: After-school students check
their homemade rain gauges to measure the amount of rain falling on
their schoolyard. ArtStream coordinator and art teacher Michelle Carlson
demonstrates keeping notes of the data collected.
7th & 8th graders gather in the
schoolyard to discuss their observations.
Where's the highest point
in the schoolyard?
Teacher Michelle Carlson asks, "Is
this the lowest point? What happens on this slope?"
Observing and taking
notes on erosion.
Present school yard showing
The yard under the playground is covered
with a bed of ground-up rubber tires to make a soft surface.
However, the class observed that the
tire chips were washing into the rest of the schoolyard after rains.