Second Grade: Grigsby Prairie Walk
Second graders visit Grigsby Prairie to investigate ways animals and plants depend on one another. During their walk through the prairie, children look for evidence of seed dispersal and pollination. They revisit the concepts of structure, function, and behavior experienced in first grade, as they closely observe the unique structures of seeds and pollinators.
Third Grade: Smart Farm and Mindful Waste
Third graders explore the concepts of interdependency and life cycles in depth. The staff from Smart Farm and Mindful Waste provide a plethora of hands-on and minds-on experiences from composting to aquaponics to harvesting. Children actively engage in finding worm cocoons and separating castings and compost. Students harvest produce and learn about the benefits of group behavior as they observe an active bee hive. Concepts taught in both Science and Social-Global Studies are reinforced through this interactive field experience.
Fourth Grade: Prairie Preservation with Citizens for Conservation
Our fourth graders visit one of three local prairies to investigate the unique characteristics and structures that enable plants and animals to survive. They gain first-hand experience by taking on the role of environmental stewards through seed collection. The seeds our fourth graders collect are used in prairie preservation projects throughout the Barrington community and beyond.