NBC Watershed Explorers
Dear NBC Watershed Explorers,
I am so pleased that you are here. I hope that you will visit often. This website is for YOU! There are blogs to read, challenges to attempt, pictures to view, data to discover, and so much more.
I want to start by letting you know that if you have a question, comment, or want to submit one of the challenges on this site for credit, your teacher, parent, or guardian can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most student email addresses cannot email outside the school community for security reasons, so if you need to contact me, have an adult help you. You can also speak to me directly when I am in your classroom but sometimes we are very busy and I don't have time to answer your questions, so please feel free to have an adult reach out!
We are going to have a great year together. I have so many fun activities and field trips planned for you. We will discover and learn together. My one request, other than just having fun, is that we treat each other and nature with the utmost respect and kindness. These are ideas that we will discuss this year and I will be showcasing students who are exemplifying them. Exemplifying means they are wonderful, shining examples of how to be respectful and kind!!
Now...I would like to direct your attention to the illustration above. It was drawn by two-time Caldecott Medalist, Sophie Blackall. Caldecott Medals are presented to the artist each year who illustrates the best American picture book of the year. Mrs. Blackall has not only won the award but has also had books that have been close to winning several times.
This illustration fits so wonderfully with several themes that Mrs. Morissette has for the program for the year. One is about connecting all of the Watershed Explorers with more nature. So, the first way I would like to use the illustration is for a challenge. I challenge you to write down the names of as many birds in the illustration as you can. I would like you to do this challenge without help. Please use just your own knowledge. If you submit a sheet with some answers to Mrs. Morissette in class when she is there, or have an adult email me your answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Entries must be emailed or handed in by October 31st.
Another theme that I would like to keep in mind as we work together this year is connection. All of the birds in the picture are different, some are different colors, have different eating adaptations, live in different places, and make different calls, however, they have all been drawn as part of the same bird. Can you see that in the illustration? All of the smaller illustrations have been drawn to create one large illustration of a bird. I would like you to think of this in the same way for all of the Watershed Explorers. You are all different in your own special ways too, however, you are all Watershed Explorers. As a community, and we are now, a community, we are all working together to learn about, respect, and show kindness to each other and nature. We are all also scientists!
I can't wait to meet all of you and get started. We are going to have so much fun!
Peace and kindness,