Teachers Travel to Iceland

Mrs. Seff (left) and Ms. Farmer (right)
Mrs. Seff (left) and Ms. Farmer (right)
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Ms. Farmer with Mrs. Diaz's class
Ms. Farmer with Mrs. Diaz's class
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 Junior high teachers Mrs. Seff and Ms. Farmer traveled to Iceland recently and were eager to come back and share their experiences with Springs School! Social Studies teacher Ms. Farmer collaborated with first grade teacher Mrs. Diaz by sharing pictures and what she learned about Iceland. "The class was about to start a new writing unit on writing reviews, so I gave them three reasons why they should go to Iceland," said Ms. Farmer. "I modeled the writing in my PowerPoint, starting with a hook: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Iceland?" Ms. Farmer shared her reasons: To see the geography, which included volcanoes, waterfalls, and glaciers. Her other reasons were to see animals that she has never seen before, such as puffins, and also to see the Northern Lights! Ms. Farmer commented that the students were so well behaved during her classroom visit, and asked great questions! 

In eighth grade, students have been exploring how Greenland and Iceland got their names, since Greenland is covered in ice, and Iceland is pretty green! Students are responding to journal prompts and questions on the PolarTrec website."Students are also exploring the science behind why the climates of the two countries are different," said Mrs. Seff. "They're learning about how global variables impact not only Iceland, but our climate in New York!" Mrs. Seff was very excited that one of the oceanographers, Dr. Steven Okkonen from the University of Alaska, that she conducted research with in the Arctic jumped into the journals to respond directly to student questions!  Community and students are invited to read the journals and respond to the questions! Stay tuned for future journals about Iceland's plate tectonics and glacial science!  Take a look at these journals by clicking here!