Our Field Trip
Every Year the ELL students go on a field trip to the Mass Audubon Museum of Bird Art, across from Canton High School. There we learn about the woods, rare animals and vernal pools.
First activity is the nature walk in the woods towards the Vernal pool. On the way the guides point to different plants and animals and tell us about them. Students always have many questions. They are curious, and in their second language! We see different nests that guides find in the woods, and we make our own nests from what we can find around us. In Vernal pool students catch, with special nets, creatures that we later observe under the microscope. Activities around the vernal pool are organized by groups, so students across the grades communicate and become friendly with each other.
Next we go to the Bird Art Museum, where we play a scavenger game and later analyze the paintings with Museum staff. The children usually ask good questions and make interesting remarks. In English, again! After that there is a story reading which parallels a painting and the students have an art project that follows it.
The field trip brings to children an excellent language environment, and the students come back to school with both new knowledge and new vocabulary that they will use in their classrooms.
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