Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tech, Teens, and a Trek to the Great Outdoors

Keystone 7th graders made their annual trip to Beaver Ponds on a cool but sunny autumn day to complete a variety of cross-curricular activities. Using our Palm handheld computers and science probes, the students conducted a variety of water tests with Mr. Whitling. I heard someone say that the pond water was only 55 degrees! Mr. Everett assisted the students in taking and evaluating soil samples as well.

During another activity, the kids connected cameras to the Palms and photographed their favorite subjects at this wetlands and wildlife sanctuary. They then wrote descriptive paragraphs using strong adjectives and adverbs for Miss Wilcox's English class. Their reading class assignment for Mrs. McGiffin involved writing acrostic poems about their photos.

The students also went creek side to join Mrs. Werner and Mr. Reed to calculate water velocity for their math activity. Finally, the teens applied their geography latitude and longitude skills as they hooked the GPS devices to the Palms and went in search of items hidden ahead of time by Mr. Heath.

The handheld computers and peripherals were obtained through a "Hands-on Learning" grant in 2004. What great fun and what a great group of kids!

Follow this link to see the Animoto video of our day at Beaver Ponds!

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