3rd-5th Grade


3rd-5th Grade, February 7, 2021

Sh’mirat Ha’adamah

This month we are exploring the Jewish value of Sh’mirat Ha’adamah, protecting the earth. We are learning about what we can do to help the environment, as well as remember to enjoy the nature around us. We hope that these activities inspire you to take action, learn about what action steps you can take to help our planet, and get outside. 


We have partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to learn about local sea life and what we can do to help protect it. Mote, located in Sarasota, is one of the oldest marine research labs in Florida. Mote originally opened with a focus on sharks, but now specializes in the research and conservation of many different ocean animals. While Mote is known for its research and conservation efforts, they also provide the general public with the knowledge and skills to better our environment. 

Living in Florida the ocean is our neighbor and just as we learned to treat our neighbors the way we want to be treated, we need to do the same for our oceans. We can do our part by learning how to make smart choices in our everyday lives! This can be things like staying away from single-use plastic, reducing our general consumption, and reusing items you may have thought to throw away. 

You can learn more about ocean animals, find craft projects, play games, and start taking steps towards saving the ocean by visiting Mote’s activity center!


In order to encourage our families to take the step towards being even more eco-friendly, our 3rd-5th graders will all be receiving a reusable snack bag. Single-use plastic bags are difficult to recycle and end up in landfills. You can use this bag over and over again for snacks or small toys. 

You can decorate your bag with any of the following items: 

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric Paint
  • Paint Pens/ Markers
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers

This bag is dishwasher safe so you can use it as much as you want! Enjoy and help protect the planet!


We also want to encourage your families to get out and explore nature all around us.  If you have never tried to find a geocache you are in for an adventure.  You can download the app from Geocaching.com today and get started right around your own home, using GPS coordinates to find hidden treasures.  We are also hiding 4 geocaches in area parks/nature trails and they will show up in the Geocaching app as soon as their submissions are approved by the admin!  There may even be a surprise souvenir hidden for you if you find one of our hidden Geocaches.

How to Find a Geocache

Parks we are hiding CSZ Geocaches:

New Tampa Nature park
(17001 Dona Michelle Dr Tampa, FL 33647)

Weedon Island Preserve
(1800 Weedon Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33702)

Lettuce Lake Regional Park
(6920 E Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL 33637)

Rocky Creek Trails Nature Preserve
(7415 Manhattan Drive Tampa, FL 33625)