Thursday, October 29, 2015

VT State Parks Education Program

Our class, along with Mrs. Dobart's and Mrs. Fagan's classes, have been participating in a new educational outreach program through the Vermont State Parks.  Every Wednesday, we have Cat, a park interpreter from Lake St. Catherine, visit each of the three classrooms to teach us more about science.  Our class has been focusing on the earth and how it has changed over the years.  During the first week, students explored the major fault lines and how this has led to our 7 continents.  Students also learned that these fault lines have resulted in many mountains.  During week 2, students spent time learning how erosion and weather affect and change the land around us as well. The students even tried weathering rocks themselves with sandpaper.  Last week, we learned about the three different types or rocks - sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic - and how each type is formed.  Today, during her last visit with us, Cat taught us about fossils.  She taught us how fossils are made and why they are important.  Fossils give us clues about our past.  After learning about fossils, the students got to use clay and shells to make their own fossils.  This was a fun way to end our program with Cat.  We learned so much and had a great time doing so.