One Cubic Foot Along the Genesee

Season: 
Spring
School Year: 
2016-2017
Grade: 
First Grade

Through the lens of the One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz, GCCS students in Grades K-5 will examine six different locations along the Genesee River in our first school-wide expedition. The students will study the various large, small, and microscopic species they find as well as investigate the water and soil quality surrounding the area. 

David Liittschwaager designed a frame measuring one cubic foot. For over ten years, he has been placing his cubes into nature to observe and record plants and species that live in and interact with a specific area for a 24-hour period. Liittschwaager has become famous for his work, has written several publications on this project, and has been featured in National Geographic for his tiny lens into our amazing world. With the support and partnership of the Seneca Park Zoo, David Liittschwaager has now turned his attention to our very own Genesee River. By documenting the biodiversity of areas along the Genesee River, the One Cubic Foot project will continue to help monitor the progress of living species in our urban and rural communities along the river. 

In "vertical teams" (mixed grade levels), students will place their cubes, closely observe and examine the tiny ecosystem within that area, count and classify the species they find, and use cameras to document their work. Each grade level will have its own "grain of sand" to focus on as they uncover what the river may be telling our community about its health. This expedition will culminate with a common final product featuring research from all grade levels written in a narrative non-fiction format. This information will be shared in an e-book format on the Genesee RiverWatch website for our youngest community members to access. This e-book will also reveal observational drawings of the species and specimens found during our One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz.