South Whittier School District 6th graders were able to participate in Outdoor Science School for a week in January in the Angeles National Forest where they got to be hands-on in a standards-based science field study.
This Science School emphasizes on hands-on instruction of scientific thinking processes, critical and evaluative thinking skills, and group collaboration. Students received over 27 hours of small group instruction while they were there that provided rigorous, science-based lessons.
Students got to take part in this 5 day program and experienced many fun outdoor activities. They got to go on several hikes in the Angeles National Forest where they learned about the the local flora and fauna of the chaparral biome. They were also able to conduct a variety of scientific experiments under the direction of Science School naturalists.
McKibben Elementary sixth-grade teacher, Christopher Losoya, shared how everything they learned at Science School was directly in line with what they are currently learning in the classroom.
“All activities mirrored what sixth-graders learn about in the classroom, with respect to biomes and the Scientific Method.”