Story by J.D. Wrightsman, Photos by Blake Ball and Clark Stanton
Toward the beginning of the school year the sixth graders participated in the outdoor Lab.
They lined up on the sidewalk, while the teachers gave them directions. One by one they filed into the pond area, notebooks in one hand and pencils in the other. They were ready to start the activity and observe the environment around them.
“The outdoor lab is a chance for the students to get a good first-hand experience making observations in the real world around them,” Mr. Steven Sturgis, sixth grade science teacher, said.
“The students were taking qualitative and quantitative observations in the outdoor lab,” Sturgis said. The students prepared by setting up their notebooks for the notes they were going to take during the lab.
“I really enjoyed it because we got to go outside and do hands on science observations,” Kaopuiki added. They stayed out there for about a half-hour, wrote down notes, and used their five senses to observe the environment around them.
“I think they all enjoyed it,” Sturgis said. “To get out of the classroom and to move around, learning by doing is more fun.”
Kaopuiki said he had fun going to the outdoor lab because it got them out of the building, and he said it was fun.
“Some observations I had were we saw a lot of bugs and bees and insects living in their environment. We also found bones of some kind of animal,” Kyron explained.
At the end of the lab, the students and the teachers went back inside and the kids recalled the notes they took to finish up the outdoor lab activity.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.