Davidsonville Elementary School

I recently visited Davidsonville Elementary School where I read my book, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, and gave a fun demonstration showing how oysters filter the water in the Chesapeake Bay. The students were so much fun and full of questions! Each student went home with an Olly pencil. Special thanks to Jennifer Keefer for a great day!

Filtering the Water

Filtering the Water

Olly pencils for everyone!

Olly pencils for everyone!

 

School of the Incarnation

I recently visited the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Maryland. Special thanks to Betsy Werthmann for all her hard work in making the day run so smoothly. For Kindergarten and first grade, I read “Mallory the Forgetful Duck”, we talked about local waterfowl, and children made their own baby birds and nests. For 2nd through 5th grade, I read “Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay”, we talked about the amazing oysters, and children made their own little oysters out of coffee filters. All in all, a great day!!!

Besy Werthmann

With Betsy Werthmann, teacher

 

The Goddard School

I visited the Goddard School in Owings Mills, Maryland yesterday. The preschoolers were adorable! They were so excited to make their baby birds. Special thanks to Alicia and Dennis Norris and Arianna McNamee for making the day so much fun. This was a special visit because Alicia Norris is my cousin! Visit their website at The Goddard School.

Reading Mallory

Reading Mallory

See our baby birds!

See our baby birds!

Alicia Norris, Owner

Alicia Norris, Owner

Central Elementary

I recently visited Central Elementary School in Edgewater, Maryland. It was such a great day! Amy Shinn and the teachers were warm and inviting and the students were so engaged and adorable.

First, I met with the Green Club and demonstrated how oysters filter the water.  Here I am in the first photo pouring “dirty” water through coffee filters to show how oysters perform a similar function in the Chesapeake Bay. Students then made their own little oysters with coffee filters, wiggle eyes and craft Pom-Poms for pearls. I think the pearls were their favorite parts:)

Next, I met with 2nd grade students for a writer’s workshop. Students wrote and illustrated their own stories and then shared them with the class. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and creativity in writing and reading their stories. Thanks Amy Shinn, the teachers, and the wonderful students at Central Elementary for making a fun day!!!

Filtering the water

Filtering the water

Making oysters

Making oysters

Writing stories

Writing stories