Since 2014, first grade students (approximately 20) have been conducting research to determine the type of bedding the hens like to lay their eggs on. They discuss variables such as type of hens, age of hens, location of boxes, and weather before setting up their experiment. As they collect data and ask questions they revise their hypothesis and make changes to their experimental design. They document their learning and questions on chart paper and in their journals (see photos below). This research project varies a bit each year as the incoming students have different ideas and make different plans.
Biological Stream Studies
Since 2004, several times a year first grade students (approximately 20) conduct biological stream studies in Snowy Creek. They learn about the benthic macro-invertebrates that live in the stream and categorize photographs based on physical attributes. Students go to the stream to find and identify these benthic macro-invertebrates and document their findings on a data collection sheet. These sheets are kept and comparisons made throughout the year (see photos below).