On March 21 at the Lower School, parents, teachers, and schoolmates gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room to see the culmination of the fourth grade’s migration studies. The classes spent many weeks learning about the anatomy, life cycles, and migration patterns of animals found in local habitats, and they shared their experiences in oral presentations, artwork, projects, and a video documentary. “Migration is an important part of our studies because it teaches insightful lessons about our ecosystem and adds to the children’s interactions with our local wildlife,“ said Lower School teacher Shannon Timoney.
Students studied monarch butterflies, horseshoe crabs, and various marine animals that migrate to and from our coastline. Each student then created a research poster and a migration board game to teach others about their explorations and findings. The projects showed maps of where each species migrate, the time of year they migrate, possible predators, and many more fun facts. “Spring and summer are prime migration seasons for many local animals, and the students are looking forward to observing what they have learned at the beach and in their own backyards,” said Michele Passarella, Lower School mathematics and science teacher.
The fourth graders’ artwork was compiled into an “accordion book” that showed the sandy beach community, a natural habitat for many of the animals studied. Portfolios of the migration information used by each research team were also on display. During the presentation, the audience watched a mini video documentary the students made as part of their integrated media studies. “The film highlights their project research, game-making process, and reflections on the project as a whole. It was a great experience for everyone, and really brought home the wonder of nature and migration,” said Cortney Propper, media studies and instructional technology teacher at the Lower School.