On November 15, the whole student body at GLS had the opportunity participate in Science with Kids! This in school field trip was provided by Burpee Museum of Natural History staff and docents. Throughout the day, students rotated through six different Science stations. Each station was adapted depending on the grade level visiting at any given time. Each station highlighted a different area of Science history!
- What's in that Dirt: Worms! From mealworms (not really a worm) to annelids (worms like night crawlers) kids examined live specimens and investigated the life cycle Students designed experiments to find out if worms can smell, see and what they are attracted to. They developed a hypothesis and then tested it out!
- What's in that Dirt: Fossils! Students literally dug into this station, uncovering bones of different animals, examining the skeleton and trying to figure out what they uncovered. They learned about many types of fossils from dino claws to fossilized leaves. Each student got to touch and measure many bones and many real fossils.
- What's in that Dirt: Roots of Trees! From fossilized wood to trees alive today, students examinded the rings of beautiful trees. Different bark and cross sections tell us a lot about the tree's life as students learned about trees.
- What's in the Dirt (and water): Digging into the mud we find a big marine toad! This live guy could jump and students examined how he would use his strong legs to move. Apollo, the 23 year old Gree Tortoise taught the students how he moves and eats while the energetic three aquatic turtles showed the students how they can swim! All students had a chance to observe and hold all the different ambassador animals and compare their features.
- What's in the Air: Birds! Students examined several types of birds from stuffed taxidermy models and real bird feet specimens from the museum. Examining the specimens carefully, students created models of the birds by drawing. They created bird feeders to take home so they could examine more live specimens in nature right in their own backyard.
- Meet the Paleontologist: Middle school students went back in time with teeth, claws, and bones of lots fossils with a young paleontologist. With stories of dino discoveries on Montana digs, the scientist shared hints for finding fossils, learning about different species and all about what we can find deep in our Earth.
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