LaSota’s GRE First Grade gets special science day
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Students in Danielle LaSota’s first grade class at General Rosecrans Elementary School had a Science Day last week with an added twist. New Albany Middle School teacher Mandi Kletrovetz had the day off, so she teamed up with LaSota to spend an afternoon helping her students to think like scientists.
They were going to go on a hike and do some outdoor science, but rain nipped that in the bud, LaSota said, so they stayed in the classroom and worked from Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed. Through text and collage, Carle turns the life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson and a message of the importance of perseverance.
“I just think science is the best way to get children’s imagination working; to get children excited about learning math and another subjects,” Kletrovetz said. “I enjoy partnering with other teachers and helping younger students think like a scientist and come up with some interesting questions.”
After reading through The Tiny Seed, Kletrovetz and LaSota encouraged the students to do some inquiry-based science by designing their own experiment.
Kletrovetz is no stranger to Big Walnut. She lives in the district, her daughter Maggie is in LaSota’s class, and she’s a 1995 Big Walnut High School graduate.
“I credit (Big Walnut High School science teacher) Nadine Adams with getting me involved in science,” Kletrovetz said. “Because of her I love partnering with other teachers to teach science.”