IMPRESSIONS FROM STUDENT JOURNALS
NORTH BERGEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS - P.E.A.K PROGRAM
following poems and impressions were written by Patricia
Mazzone's 6th grade students in North Bergen's Gifted and
Talented (G & T) Program, also known as P.E.A.K. (Providing
Enrichment and Accelerated Knowledge). The poems and other
written work incorporated Language Arts Literacy, the
Environment, and Multiculturalism as each style of poetry was
taken from a different country.
Students receive their NJ Audubon Junior Naturalist Certificates
program has been a part of North Bergen's Educational System
since 1982. P.E.A.K. is a pull-out program. The
students selected for the P.E.A.K. Program spend a portion of
their school time with the P.E.A.K. teachers. They are bussed
from their "home schools" to the District Resource Center for G
& T at J. F. Kennedy School where the classrooms have been
created to meet their specific needs. The development of higher
level thinking skills; critical thinking skills, creative
thinking skills, research techniques and problem solving skills
students visited each different habitat on a series of field
trips, they were asked to keep a journal of their impressions -
these are their words and drawings of the experiences and
discoveries they had "in the field."
HABITAT TYPE: River & Stream
are now by the Hudson River. It is a habitat for many animals.
We are across from the Bronx. I can hear the nuthatch. The
Hudson River is brackish. We hear the Tufted Titmouse. This
habitat is so relaxing. I smell fresh air. I hear the Downy
Woodpecker. The Hudson River is a nursery for blue crabs. WE
just saw an eagle. It's huge and amazing. The osprey is
searching for food. I see a whole tree of turkey tail
mushrooms! It is decomposing the bark. The red maple is one of
the first to turn red. The stream is a relaxing place. Insects
called macroinvertebrates live under rocks.
HABITAT TYPE: Northern Mixed Oak
all kinds of birds. You can't really see them because they are
very fast flyers but, you know that they're there.
Artwork by Rebecca E.
HABITAT TYPE: Pond & Lake
thought that the lake was exceedingly beautiful. No plants were
growing out of the water like they were in the swamp. Snapping
turtles were hibernating in the mud.
yellow, orange colors reflect on the pond?glistening in the sun.
I smell you from here,
Don't go away,
You are a part of me
reflection in the pond is like nothing I ever saw before. The
colors give it that tone that photographers must love.
Artwork by Jessica E.
HABITAT TYPE: Vacant Lot
found an eastern cottonwood leaf, which turn yellow in the fall.
The tree is grayish. We see a mulberry tree. It has different
shape leaves. There is a winged sumac. It has compound
leaves. It grows berries. Their leaves are a bright red. It
looks like fire.
HABITAT TYPE: Salt Marsh
very quiet, cold, and damp. The water was cold. It was fun to
catch stuff. Right now we are in the mud flat habitat. It
smells different than back home. We are in low tide right now.
Wear standing where the high tide would be. There are bird
tracks through the sand. There is coal from trains that used to
bring it to the boats - the coal would fall out. There are
shells of all different kinds of things. It is a foggy day.
There is stuff I have never seen before.
HAIKUS FROM THE VACANT LOT
The lot is dirty.
But there are many flowers.
All over the place.
- Richard O.
The beautiful leaves
Will fall in autumn each day
We will notice them.
- John S.
The morning dove sings
The dove's song sounds soft and sad
It feels so peaceful
- Maggie C.
SALT MARSH CINQUAINS
Shining, sparkling everywhere
Radiant power, sky's gift
- Francheska M.
Filled With Wonders
Refreshing, Relaxing, Happy, Sad
- Katherina G.
Eating their breakfast
Chewing freely, very fast
- Lucy H.
Flying up high
Calmly with such tenderness
- Laura M.
EXPANDED SENTENCE TECHNIQUE
On the silent
evening, in the Cedar swamp stealthy and quick reptiles eat
and devour their food to maintain their survival.
- Mateo G.
In the peaceful
park, beautiful, blue butterflies flutter in the early
morning to show their beautiful wings.
On a warm spring
day, green, fast grasshoppers jump quickly in the green
grass, to wake people up.
- Mena T.
In the sizzling
summer, scaly and slimy snakes slither serenely in the cedar
swamp in search of supper.
- Hirsh S.
During the early
morning in the deep pond, scaly, fresh water fish migrate in
search of mates.
- Eric N.
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