Education

Exploring Charlotte’s Web
By GERRI MCDONALD Special to Atmore News Perdido Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Linda McCullough’s and Mrs. Jackie Presley’s classes are enjoying the novel Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White. While they love the story of Charlotte, Templeton, Fern, Wilbur and other characters, students have found great cross-curricular connections with their science, technology research, math (types geometric webs), creative arts and writing. Data proves that interdisciplinary / cross-curricular teaching…
Fifth-graders visit Sea Lab
By GERRI MCDONALD Special to Atmore News Perdido Elementary School’s fifth-graders recently took a field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island. This barrier island is surrounded by Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, making it the perfect location for students to collect and observe a wide range of marine specimens. The Estuarium is the…
What is the scientific method? Perdido fifth-graders know
By GERRI MCDONALD Special to Atmore News The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Does this mean all scientists follow exactly this process? No. Some areas of science can be more easily tested than others. But even when modified, the goal remains the same: to discover cause and effect relationships by asking questions, carefully gathering and examining the evidence, and…
Science at ECMS
Michelle McKey’s fourth grade science class at Escambia County Middle School performed an experiment using a two-liter bottle, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and a balloon. The experiment showed how mixing the baking soda and apple cider vinegar makes a mixture of gas called carbon dioxide (CO2). It caused the balloon to blow up because of the air that formed in the two-liter bottle. The students observed the experiment and made…
ECMS students make ‘ecosystems’
Ms. Hybart’s fifth-grade class at Escambia County Middle School participated in a shoebox ecosystem project. The purpose of the assignment was for students to demonstrate an understanding of ecosystems to enable them to identify the plants, animals, soil, habitats and relationships that exist in ecosystems with an emphasis on conservation and preservation of the ecosystems. Students selected and chose appropriate animals, plants, and soils to construct a three-dimensional model of…