Nature served as the seventh graders' main classroom this week, as students spent four days on the shores of Lake George.
During their time in upstate New York, seventh graders took part in activities and stayed at a facility run by Nature's Classroom, an organization that conducts environmental education programs throughout the northeastern United States. Another aim of its programs is to promote understanding and cooperation among participants. To further this goal, seventh graders in Lake George were grouped with classmates with whom they might not usually spend time.
Students had opportunities to examine plant and animal life, learn more about weather and climate, and discover the history and contributions of both indigenous and colonial populations. "The children observed and experimented with, in nature, a lot of the concepts they have been learning in sixth, and now seventh, grade in biology, physics, chemistry, and technology," said middle school biology teacher Jovana Gobin.
The hikes, daily classes, and evening activities that formed part of the students' experience in Lake George will no doubt leave them with indelible memories to cherish.
Taking It Outside