Marshfield Junior High School students got their hands wet and their feet muddy last week with a Thursday morning trip to North Park. Mrs. Jennifer Lashley and Mrs. Sandy Cottengim’s 7th and 8th grade summer school classes are working on terrariums as part of their curriculum.
“I don’t get to do as many enrichment activities like this with my students,” said Mrs. Cottengim. “We thought it would be cool to come down to the creek and have some fun outside of the classroom.”
Lashley and Cottengim teach art and biology, respectively. In art, students recently made ceramic pieces to use as terrariums.
“We brought the kids out here so they could find things to live inside their terrarium… moss, and plant life like that,” Lashley explained.
According to Cottengim, the students get more out of these trips than just checking off boxes to meet requirements for an assignment. For some students, this was their first time seeing a crawdad in real life… or their first time ever visiting a creek.
“We had at least one student who hadn’t seen a crawdad or had never been to a river or creek… that’s why we do this,” Cottengim added. “There’s no substitute for those things inside a classroom. It’s important for kids to see these ecosystems firsthand and to have these experiences that they can relate back to science and biology. This summer school has been super fun for us all.”
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