One Two Tree is a two-year long program for K and First graders which gives to students the opportunity to observe, explore forests and forest biodiversity (animals, insects, plants), and better understand the importance of nature and how to preserve it.
One Two Tree has been conceived at the initiative of the Anne Fontaine Foundation, which mission is to reforest and protect the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. The Foundation holds workshops in Brazil and in the US with the goal of teachingchildren and students about the environment within which they live.
This project was designed to initiate children into the incredible presence of trees in science and art, as well as to introduce them to the Brazilian Rainforest and its impact on our planet.
20 sessions throughout the year have been organized to raise children’s awareness to the different ways in which trees touch our lives.
One Two Tree was initiated in 2017 with our Kindergarten classes. This year, One Two Tree will be developed with Kindergarten and First Graders with 2 different programs.
This program is a way to better understand the nature and more specifically the Forest. During fall 2018, –Ms Aponte, science teacher, PS84 will work on trees aspects with scientific words. Children will also work with The PS84 Fearless Gardeners to take care of the gardens at school.
Botanist With Dr William Wayt Thomas, Curator of Botany, Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, children will be invited to observe and experience what is a tree, a rain forest and its biodiversity. Dr Thomas will give 45 mn session to each Kindergarten’s class bringing botanist’s tools, showing short videos in the Atlantic forest, animals and plants. Asking questions to children such as:
•What do you think a rain forest looks like?
•What might the plants look like?
•What kinds of animals would you expect to see?
•What would the air feel and smell like?
•What kinds of sounds would you hear?
Dr Wayt Thomas brings after his expedition in the forest plants to study at the NYGB. At the end of the presentation at PS84, Dr Thomas will invite children to create a Herbarium as a botanist. The Herbarium will be exhibited in class.
In Spring 2019, children will visit the GreenSchool and will join the Workshop Life in the Rain Forest at the New York Botanical Garden in Queens. During this workshop, students will explore the amazing rain forest exhibits in the Conservatory, learn about plant adaptations, and potup a rain forest plant to take back to the classroom.
During the visit, children will be asked to share what they know about forests, and to brainstorm words that they associate with forests. These should include things that they would find in a forest, as well as descriptive words about the textures, shapes, sounds, and smells they might experience in a forest.
The visit will also encourage each student to take a walk through the rain forest that they see in their mind, and to explore it as fully as possible. After the students have opened their eyes, drawing materials will be distributed. They will create a picture of the rain forest that they imagined. When the pieces are finished, students will share and explain their work.
In class, with the science teacher, Ms Aponte, they will learn about climate and what does mean Climate change.
-What is climate?
-What is Weather?
-Is the climate of the whole Earth really changing?
-Do we care if Earth is getting warmer?
-Does what we do matter?
-What is making Earth’s climate warmer?
During fall 2018, Professor Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia University will give sessions to each class showing experiences on what does mean Climate change in the North Pole, in the desert, and in different parts of the world. Children will be invited to do the experiences in group, to observe what is happened and to propose solutions.
During Spring 209, the artist Katie Holten created the New York City Alphabet as a way to facilitate local engagement with nature and conversation and to increase ecological literacy and awareness of climate change. The NYC tree Alphabet assigns a drawing of a tree species to each letter of the Latin alphabet based on phonetics (for example, A= Ash, B=Birch, C= Crabapple). Holten’s drawing are based on NYV park’s existing planting lists as well as species that are to be planted as a result of New York’s changing climate.
The workshop lead by the artist is to use the alphabet and to “plant” (write), words, poems, or even short stories around the city using the alphabet, and a font will be available to freely download, allowing everyone to write a love letter to NYC, in trees.
An educative, scientific and cultural project with the kindergarten students of PS84. In collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden, American Folk Art Museum, and the PS84 Fearless Gardeners.
On Saturday, November 18th, five apple treeswere planted at PS84. The different species were the Honeycrisp,Red Fuji, Royal Gala, Empire, and Pippin apple.
The trees were safely planted on the 92nd Street side in planters, and are awaiting their final home on the roof garden next summer.
The long-waited capital improvement renovation plans are underway during the years 2018-2019. The second floor courtyard is being converted into a green roof classroom space with fruit trees, vegetable planters and an ecosystem science study area. During this time, classes will continue outdoors in 91st street Garden location.
All kindergarten and First grade students study trees in their science curriculum, which makes this a perfect collaboration for their studies. Students can learn, taste and thrive.
A New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) botanist visited the school to explain what he does and why it is so important to preserve the rich biodiversity of the rainforest, which includes the plants and the animals that live in it.
Children created a herbarium.
Children visited the NYBG through the program “Life in the Rainforest”. In this workshop, students had the opportunity of experiencing two different rainforests and then comparing the climatic and vegetative elements between them. They studied diversity and discovered which plants can be used for food and medicine. Each student left the workshop with their own little plant in order to create their own rainforest garden at home.
Children analyzed three different works of art with trees as the subject.
Children visited the exhibition “Vestiges & Verses” at the AFA, pointing out different ways of representing trees and animals.
Children did workshops on the representation of trees in our culture, and created a genealogical tree, as well as a selfportrait using leaves.