The third graders went to Eagle Creek today to study the salmon, their habitat and spawning behaviors in the wild, and were then able to juxtapose that with the salmon at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. During the field explorations, the students were able to compare the natural habitat and how that is mimiced in the aquarium that will host the salmon eggs in the science room. They had opportunities to measure the temperature, dissolved oxyegn, pH and turbidity in the creek. There were two fish from the hatchery that were dissected to study the anatomy of the fish. There was an observation area to see the spawning salmon in the creek.
These are a few photos from the trip.
Today we explored Dirksen Nature Park with the Tualatin Riverkeepers (www.tualatinriverkeepers.org/) to explore Summer Creek and the surrounding environment in order to experience aspects of our local watershed. Appropriately enough, we were able to be a part of the precipitation part of the water cycle and consider where all that rain was going after it ran off our raincoats. Ask your 3rd grader what happens to the water that lands in our Tualatin River watershed.
Our first field trip of the year! We spent an hour on the Willamette River, learning about bridges, grain elevators, exports, dry docks, gasoline imports, coast guard, salvage ships, barge construction and more! We also had fun zipping down the river!
We decided to take another round of photos on the fourth day of school, because many of the kids were feeling rather shy on our Open House Day. You can see that they are becoming more comfortable in third grade.