4th grade students took advantage of the seasonably warm weather on Wednesday, October 14th with a field trip to explore Stickney Creek at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The outdoor learning activity was organized by 4th grade teacher Lisa Kubinksi and included four different stations aligned with grade level Science and Social Studies standards. For the Stream Monitoring station, students explored various creek features at work such as evidence of erosion, deposition, water quality, and physical characteristics, as well as pH level measurements. Students also examined the health of the natural habitat by catching and observing macroinvertebrates, which are organisms without backbones. For the Animal Habitat Hunt station, students searched for various examples of animal habitats in the area surrounding Stickney Creek.
The two remaining stations aligned with Social Studies standards, and included Cardinal Directions, where students studied and learned how to navigate using the four main compass points, and Landform Models, through which students created models of various landforms. Brooklyn’s 4th graders greatly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities and explore the world around them.