The best way to learn science is through hands on experiences. It is often more fun and engaging then just reading about the topic of study. For instance, the grade one students in Mrs. Johnson’s class dissected an owl pellet. They learned that owls eat their prey whole, and they regurgitate what they can’t digest by spitting out a pellet containing the indigestible bones and fur of the prey. The children used gloves to pull these pellets apart, found different skeletal parts, and tried to identify them using a chart.
The intermediate students in both Ms. Russel’s and Mrs. Peter’s class enjoyed a “fantastic field trip” the Mount Seymour Watershed. The students learned about the protected water shed and how important it is to have clean water to drink. They reviewed the water cycle, and they discovered the importance of certain trees, plants, and fungus in our forests. They also played games that helped them learn about the food chain and the animals that live in our forests. They had beautiful weather in late May and found their guides very knowledgeable and friendly.
All three kindergarten classes had the joy of seeing the four stages of butterfly development in their classrooms starting with the larva stage. And when the weather was warmer in June, they were able to release them into the wind.