Our 10th grant for the school year is for the 2nd grade classes to go to Fergus Falls to see the Recycling and Redemption Center and One Mile Lake Prairie.
The 2nd graders will spend half the day at the Recycling and Redemption Center in Fergus Falls. The other half will be at the Fergus Falls Fish and Game property, One Mile Lake Prairie.
The students will not only tour the Recycling and Redemption Center but will also be educated on the importance on recycling. The staff at the Recycling and Redemption Center will be teaching the kids about how and what to recycle.
At the One Mile Lake Prairie, students will conduct a field investigation about animal characteristics based upon their own questions. Through observing, collecting, and recording field data, they investigate prairie and wetland birds, invertebrates, mammals, and possibly other wildlife and their physical traits and behaviors. They use their observations and data to answer their questions, as well as build their knowledge about how science works and about our amazing local animal life.
The hope is that the kids will come away with an understanding of why and how we recycle… possibly even convince their family to start recycling. When done with our visit, we hope the kids can:
- Define the word “characteristic” as a typical feature of an animal such as a body part or behavior.
- List characteristics of at animals observed.
- Explain advantages for survival of those characteristics.
- Finally, enjoy observing prairie wildlife.
This field trip will give students educational experiences away from their regular school environment. Students visiting these different educational facilities will learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner than they do in school. Field trips can result in greater achievement in all subjects. By seeing real-life application of the lessons that they are learning in school, children might be more likely to understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of what they are learning.