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Skyping into the Rainforest

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Blue Point Elementary School fifth-graders had the chance to expand their knowledge of the rainforest when they participated in a Skype session with the rainforest scientist they have been studying, Meg Lowman.

As part of their English language arts curriculum, students in Mrs. Loeffler’s and Mrs. Mandell’s classes read “The Most Beautiful Roof in the World” by Kathryn Lasky. This informational text described the work of scientists documenting the biodiversity of rainforests, specifically a case study of Lowman, a researcher of rainforest canopies.

During the videoconference, the students were captivated by “Canopy Meg,” as she shared how she became fascinated with studying what is happening at the tops of trees and her experience on the treetop walkways. The session ended with fifth-grader Stephen Shultz sharing with Canopy Meg that she inspired him to become a scientist one day.

Bayport-Blue Point Eagle