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posted Jun 3, 2015, 10:41 AM by Diane Randall   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 6:25 AM ]

I was impressed by the Rocks and Soil unit recently completed by the Pre-K/K and 1-2 classrooms. Ms. Noonan and Mrs. Carter collaborated on the unit, bringing their classes together to investigate the many facets of soil, rocks and minerals. Last Friday, the 15th, they held a culminating experience for all of the school to experience. The 3rd through 6th grade visited various “stations” that were set up by the Pre-k through 2 classes . Each station had a few students who would teach the group about their area of expertise. At one station, students did a simulation experiment that showed the results of Acid Rain. They expertly described their experiment and then entertained questions. Another group used a balance scale to weigh various rocks. In the hallway, students were explaining a poster that described the property of sand. In another station, students explained what happened when they collected soil samples from various places and then planted seeds. In some samples, the seeds would germinate but in others, they did not. The students offered explanations and asked the group why they thought some grew and others did not.

I enjoyed the whole experience and saw it as a meaningful learning experience for all of the students, pre-k to six. The teachers could have given a quiz or a test to assess their learning, but rather, they had an engaging presentation that allowed for public speaking and a chance for multiple ways of learning.