Field Education Spring Highlights

FROM LISA SOMMERS, FIELD EDUCATION COORDINATOR

The Field Education Program is almost back to its pre-covid strength and I want to celebrate this with you! Below is a cross-grade sampling of the trips students have taken this Spring, with photos to scroll through and enjoy.

8th Grade — Potomac Curling Club

Eighth graders studying physics in Science went to the Potomac Curling Club to not only learn how to play, but to learn the physics used in the sport.

8th Grade — Potomac Curling Club

 

8th Grade — Potomac Curling Club

8th Grade — Potomac Curling Club

8th Grade — Potomac Curling Club

EC West — Aquatic Gardens

The EC classes each adopt a park to visit several times throughout the year, each time noticing seasonal changes, different animals. etc. EC West's park is the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. On a recent early Spring visit, students observed turtles sunning on logs in a pond, as well as the amazing seed pods of the lotus flower.

EC West — Aquatic Gardens

EC West — Aquatic Gardens

4th Grade — New York City

After studying the history of immigration to the US all year, an overnight trip to NYC celebrates students' learning. Starting with visits to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the trip then focuses on the Lower East Side with visits to The Tenement Museum, The Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and dinner at Lombardi's—the first pizzeria opened in 1905 by Italian immigrants.

4th Grade — New York City

4th Grade — New York City

4th Grade — New York City

4th Grade — New York City

4th Grade — New York City

2nd Grade — Native Americans

In second grade, students learn about the rich Native American cultures that thrived before the arrival of Europeans, especially those of the Eastern Woodlands. Trips to Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown, MD, Oregon Ridge and Gulf Branch Nature Centers provided opportunities for students to learn from experts, examine authentic artifacts. and experience the daily life activities of the Native Americans.
 

2nd Grade — Native Americans

2nd Grade — Native Americans

2nd Grade — Native Americans

1st Grade — Beekeeper

While studying the life cycle of crops as part of their Farm to Table focus, students learn the important role of pollinators. We were fortunate to visit the home of Bethesda Beekeeper Phil Frank, who explained how to raise bees, showed us his observation hive in his kitchen, and let us sample kinds of honey made from the pollen of different flowers—boy, did they taste different!

1st Grade — Beekeeper

1st Grade — Beekeeper

1st Grade — Beekeeper

1st Grade — Beekeeper

3rd Grade — SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

As part of the study of Water in third grade, students learn about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and fresh, salt, and brackish water. At SERC, students seined for fish in a fresh water creek, learned about oysters ​(​the Bay's natural filter​)​, and studied plankton using microscopes.

3rd Grade — SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

3rd Grade — SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

3rd Grade — SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

3rd Grade — SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

EC South — Bird Banding

EC South has been studying Birds all Spring. One of our trips was to the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge to visit a Bird Banding Station. Students learned how and why birds are temporarily caught in special nets for identification, examination, and banding. Afterward, the students were given the job of setting the birds free.

EC South — Bird Banding

EC South — Bird Banding

4th Grade — Rock Quarry

Fourth graders study Rocks and Minerals at the end of the school year. A favorite trip is to the Rockville Quarry to learn about how rock is mined and then used for a variety of purposes. In one photo, the entire class is standing in the bucket of a front loader that scoops up 13 tons of rock at a time. The other shows students looking out over the giant quarry, currently about 550 feet deep, that began blasting in 1955.

4th Grade — Rock Quarry

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

Seventh graders study Environmental Science all year with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay. They recently spent a day in Annapolis at the Bay Foundation's Merrill Center, exploring Black Walnut Creek by canoe and fishing with seine nets along the shores of the Bay. Later, students worked to identify what they caught and discussed the health and biodiversity of each habitat, and the importance of "Saving the Bay".

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

7th Grade — Chesapeake Bay's Merrill Center

3rd Grade — Calleva

Third graders studied the concept of Community throughout the year. A trip to Calleva's Outdoor Education Campus in Dickerson, MD allowed the students to work as a community on Calleva's Challenge Course to solve problems and accomplish goals.

3rd Grade — Calleva

3rd Grade — Calleva

3rd Grade — Calleva

3rd Grade — Calleva

EC North — Space

During their study of Space, EC North hosted an expert from Mad Science. In the classroom, he explained and had students simulate a lunar eclipse, and then launched a rocket outside in front of the School!

EC North — Space

EC North — Space