Kathi Murray, Environmental Specialist from Okefenokee RESA/Okefenokee Swamp Park, visited Center Elementary School to teach the 5th grade students about the environment. Ms. Jeanette Causer, 5th Grade science teacher at Center, invited Ms. Murray to lead her students and Mrs. Michelle Watson’s class in this live classroom experience after a study of the Six Animal Kingdoms: Eubacteria, Archaebacteria, Protist, Fungi, Plant (vascular and non-vascular), and Animal (vertebrate and invertebrate).
Students participated in Swamp Station Labs to experience hands-on science interactive lessons where they became familiar with real life plant and animal classification. Not only did students experience scientific investigations, but they were allowed to look at microorganisms under microscopes while performing experiments. Students observed and enjoyed touching a snake while learning about the predator/prey relationship. One 5th grade student, Azaria M., was overheard while in the bacteria/protest station lamenting, “This is so disgusting, yet so fun!”
Ms. Causer instructed her students to take detailed notes about their experience because they will be expected to write a summary of their discoveries after working in the labs. Mrs. Susan Tison, Instructional Coach, observed the stations, and stated, “Through these learning stations, our students benefited from working together and being engaged with the science standards. Ms. Murray is always welcome at Center Elementary, where she is appreciated for her time and dedication to the detailed labs so students can learn!” Tyler A. Bennett is principal at Center Elementary.
Image 1 Dy'Mya peers through the microscope to investigate the protus and bacteria in the swamp water.
Image 2 Tyson observes the snake in the vertebra exhibit.