Back row (L-R): Georgia Meyer, Anna Sluka, Daisy Kanode, Cammie Harrison, Natalie Staskal, Joana Melchert, Nick Hayek, and Dylan BondsFront row (L-R): Piper Grummons, Lillian Koehler, Lynn Jurgensen, Gracelyn Becker, Archer Kanode, Crosby Oldehoeft, Liam Capek, and Axel Erdkamp
Science at the Park
By Marla Weber (2nd grade instructor) and Lorie Sliefert (7-12 Science Instructor)
The Exeter-Milligan second grade has been studying about plants, animals and the interactions of living things. Outdoor Education Day, a special day designed to culminate this unit, provided these students with a multitude of activities, experiments, and presentations about nature. Exeter’s Gilbert Park served as the learning station on Friday, September 27. EM high school Biology II students presented the teacher-designed centers. The high school students had developed ideas from topics and packets shared with them a week prior to the event. Having high school students lead the centers for the elementary students has many benefits. By using this format, elementary students receive more time for individualized learning as they rotated between the centers. Direct interaction between students promoted active learning. High school students also reinforced their own learning by instructing others. Centers for Outdoor Ed. Day included Rain, Insects, Tracks, Trees, Birds, Wind, Water Cycle, Senses and other nature related topics. Each center had been designed to incorporate hands-on learning activities. Several nature-related games were played throughout the day, including Bat and Moth, Hug-a-Tree, and a scavenger hunt. Take-home projects, including ocean in a bottle and rain sticks, were created at centers which remind students of what they learned. To help hold students accountable for their learning, second graders journaled after each center; listing new words introduced, new facts and a quick sketch of what they experienced in that session. High school students were evaluated on the presentations they shared.