Stu­dents at North­side El­e­men­tary en­joy­ing na­ture in sum­mer school

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Sum­mer school at North­side El­e­men­tary has fo­cused on all things nat­u­ral so far as vis­its from David Tucker of Coosa River Basin Ini­tia­tive and so­cial stud­ies teacher Matt Fos­ter’s field trip to Big Spring Park.

Dif­fer­ent stu­dents were asked to rep­re­sent the wa­ter cy­cle as rain drops, clouds, trees, sun, and lake dur­ing Tucker’s pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the first week of sum­mer school at North­side, ac­cord­ing to teacher Kim Hatch.

“The in­ter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tion helped the stu­dents to re­mem­ber what each part of the cy­cle was re­spon­si­ble for do­ing each day,” she said. “Each class then made their own wa­ter cy­cle to take to the class room to watch for the re­main­der of the two weeks.”

She said stu­dents are also us­ing math and read­ing in their sci­ence projects.

“This is just one of the many pro­grams and ex­per­i­ments the stu­dents are hav­ing fun with in sum­mer school this year,” she said.

Hatch said stu­dents also en­joyed a re­cent field trip to Big Springs Park with Fos­ter.

“Matt gave the stu­dents a his­tory les­son on how this great park evolved from the time the Na­tive Amer­i­cans once used the cold wa­ter from the spring,” she said.

Amos Tuck, a lo­cal na­tive of Cedar­town, from the Coosa River Basin Ini­tia­tive also met with stu­dents at the park for a les­son on the many ways wa­ter­ways can be­come pol­luted.

“Tuck also brought some of the tools he uses to catch fish for ob­ser­va­tions,” she said. “He was able to demon­strate catch­ing and re­leas­ing crus­taceans and fish in or­der to learn more about them and their health.”

The kids ended their trip by dip­ping into the cool wa­ter of the Big Springs, Hatch said.

North­side El­e­men­tary Stu­dents hold a net across the spring in Big Spring Park hop­ing to catch a few aquatic crea­tures to study dur­ing their sum­mer schoo pro­grams.

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