Students were concerned with litter, recycling, and the lack of recreational activities in our area. This River Project involved students working in a classroom setting, as well as a field study live on the banks of The Tug River via an Airboat. Students compared Water Quality Samples in the river to that of a creek and pond and recorded the types of animal life supported in these different habitats. Knowledge of Ecosystems (Wetlands) was easily understood in a real world setting. The innovative use of technology involved students recording live video on their iPads of their Virtual Field Trip as they Skyped with their Bucket Buddies from another country or part of the U.S. Students explained Phase 2 of this project via E-Books, which involved tire cleanup in our waterways and their plan of action was to use Economics (Interdependence) and Math to recycle the tires into rubber mulch for our school playground. Phase 3 comes to fruition as our business partnerships within the Tug Valley Region works together with my S.T.A.R.S group to promote recreation and wellness for local families. The students are designing fishing docks, purchasing kayaks and paddle boats to put along theTugRiver. Eventually,this could turn in to an outstanding entrepreneurial venture or profit making-business (Anything That Floats, LLC) to promote tourism in our area.
Grade 3, Practical Real World Reading
Southside Elementary, Pike County
Project Title: Kids get R.E.A.L. with (Research, Exploration, Analysis,and Learning) ARI Innovations Mini Grant & STARS Grant Recipient