Challenging young minds

Trinity Lutheran students gain knowledge with science week activities

Kindergarten and first grade students examine rocks and soil brought in by United States Department of Agriculture district conservationist Scott Hughey.

 

MANISTEE — One of the great things in the education world about the field of science is there are many opportunities where presentations can be made to the students to drive home the points that teachers are trying to accomplish with their classroom lessons.
One of the most fun weeks for the students at Trinity Lutheran School is Science Week because it gives them the opportunity to learn some new and interesting things about the world they live in. What makes it even more special is that guest speakers are brought in to talk about their specialty fields of interest giving the students the opportunity hear about certain subject matter straight from the mouths of the specialists.
One of the more popular speakers this year was United States Department of Agriculture district conservationist Scott Hughey. He kept the students’ attention riveted with an informative talk about rocks and soil that are native to this area.
Following his presentation, the students had the opportunity to enjoy some hands-on activities relating to his talk. They were able to come forward to actually feel the different types of soil and rocks that Hughey was talking about in his presentation.
Students also had the opportunity to get their hands into the soil in a different manner. Parent Ann Lind took the students through an activity where they planted vegetables that they were able to take home to grow.
Another popular speaker that really hit home with the students was Little River Band of Ottawa Indians fish biologist Marty Holtgren. He had the students wide eyed and excited when showing them bobcat skins, lamprey, sturgeon and aquatic insects. It really brought home to the students all the important work the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians wildlife division is doing in Manistee County.
Also putting on a great presentation was Little River Band of Ottawa Indians wildlife technician John Grocholski. He showed the students how to dissect owl pellets that allowed them to understand the type of diet of those birds. During their dissection, they discovered bones and fur from a variety of rodents.
Grocholski also brought in skins of animals and live traps to observe. It was all a part of the students gaining a better understanding of the animal world here in Manistee County.
Master electrician Pat Kissell put on a display of how circuitry works that kept the student mesmerized. Students were able to create simple circuits to run a small light and fan by using batteries. Other subjects they touched on were conductors, insulators and anything else related to electricity.
Parents Linda Elo and Wendy Kamaloski assisted the students in another station to create glue, slime and volcanoes from household products. All were done to emphasize the scientific components of it.
Seeing is often believing in the mind of an elementary student, and the odds are good that the curiosity raised from these events could very well encourage the Trinity Lutheran students to seek out a career some day in the field of science.

Master electrician Pat Kissell explains circuitry to students. They were able to build simple circuits while learning about conductors and insulators.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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