Students at Bear Tavern Elementary School know that something pretty fishy is going on: the school’s new principal, Chris Turnbull, along with the school’s PTO have developed a whole-school project about the lifecycle of rainbow trout. The PTO purchased a large aquarium so that students have watch the life cycle of trout from egg to fish. Each grade level has age appropriate hands-on activities that encourage cross-curricular learning. Students’ responsibilities include caring for and monitoring the trout as they grow. The eggs have hatched and the baby trout are developing. In the spring, the trout will be released.
“The Trout Project is a perfect example of our growing use of project-based learning, yet the community and ecological impacts are even more exciting,” said Lisa Wolff, Hopewell Valley Regional School District School Board President. “The district’s move to ‘go green’ began to save money and reduce our facilities’ carbon footprint, but it has grown into a core value that penetrates student learning, the curriculum, and our greater community.”
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