Students at Northside Elementary enjoying nature in summer school
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.