From the classroom to the outdoors, Fairley Elementary School fourth graders put their academic knowledge to the test during a recent fun field trip to Camp Hollis in Oswego Town.
Related to academic units on geology, the Haudenosaunee people and ecosystems, the students explored nature trails, the shore of Lake Ontario, a theater and a pond so they could gather materials for additional classroom projects.
Students learned about rock layers from an experiment with salt, which represented sand, rice, which represented small rocks and cereal, which represented larger rocks.
At the lakeshore, students wore safety goggles and a hammer to break apart rocks in order to identify if they were metamorphic and sedimentary.
The fourth graders also learned about igneous rocks, which form after molten material hardens.
Just like the Haudenosaunee people, students listened to the birds, wind and water and learned to be thankful for their surroundings.
Students also participated in the following stations: nature trail, where they studied nature shapes and collected some along the trails so they could create a “creature” from shapes when they returned to class; theater, where they learned ways to communicate and interact; and pond, where they reviewed information learned in class about ecosystems.
There, they identified living and non-living things in various layers of pond water.