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September 22, 2018

It’s All About Nature At Minetto Elementary


MINETTO, NY – The topics of “Life Cycles” and “Winter Adaptations” highlighted a science curriculum and presentation held recently in second and fourth grade classrooms at Minetto Elementary School.

Jack Gramlich, an instructor in science education at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station displays a cicada to students in Kathy Shafer’s second grade classroom at Minetto Elementary School. Gramlich presented to both the second and fourth grade classes recently on the topics of “Life Cycles” and “Winter Adaptations.”

Jack Gramlich, an instructor in science education at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station displays a cicada to students in Kathy Shafer’s second grade classroom at Minetto Elementary School. Gramlich presented to both the second and fourth grade classes recently on the topics of “Life Cycles” and “Winter Adaptations.”

Jack Gramlich, an instructor in science education at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, visited with students on topics specific to the science standards being taught in their classrooms.

The second graders learned about how plants change throughout their life cycle, including the functions of roots, leaves, fruits and seeds of a plant.

Similarly, the importance of water, nutrients and sunlight for plants were discussed, and how plants respond to their environment and habitats.

Gramlich showed a variety of plant life, as well as insects including a cicada, which has a unique life cycle that starts underground feeding on sap from plant roots and then emerges from the ground much later in life.

He also discussed the cycle of corn and a larva’s metamorphosis, amongst other examples.

Fourth graders learned about the harsh realities of winter, and how animals have to adapt to new climates and seasonal habitats to survive.

A variety of animal skulls were displayed and a slide show presentation on these adaptations engaged the students during the daylong visit.

“Mr. Gramlich’s presentation at Minetto is always a highlight for our students,” said Kathy Shafer, a second grade teacher at Minetto Elementary. “His topics and lessons support the standards within our science curriculum.”

In addition to Shafer’s classroom, the other second and fourth grade teachers that participated in the presentation included: Mr. Fitzgerald, Miss Jones, Mrs. Weigelt, Mr. Gaffey, Mrs. Adydan, and Mrs. Thompson.

Rice Creek Field Station, a unit of the State University of New York at Oswego, is located one mile south of the main campus on Thompson Road, in the town of Oswego.

It is a year-round facility to provide opportunities for field-oriented biological and earth science teaching and research.

Rice Creek Field Station offers and hosts a number of education programs.

From offering Nature Education Programs for all ages to educating youngsters to young adults through the Exploring Nature and Conservation Field Studies programs, Rice Creek brings plenty of life to the SUNY campus and community.

Visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek/programs for more information on their educational programs.

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