Middle schoolers hunted down soil contaminants, excess nitrogen in water as the junior high portion of the Waterways project. The National Ag Science Center mobile lab headed to Hughson to lead the classes.
Sixth-grade camp gets a water science focus under the Waterways project. Students from Ross Middle School in Hughson spend week at Sonora facility covering river geography to stream ecology to cavern erosion.
Second-graders get to walk on the wild side at natural history museum as part of Waterways program. Great Valley Museum animals – some living, most preserved – show life in the Valley’s varied habitats.
Hughson third-graders trek to the marshy playground of geese and other birds as part of the Waterways project. The trip and related lessons focus on ecosystem dynamics, migration and the water’s journey from mountain to ocean.
Hughson High environmental studies classes got their hands dirty planting native species, counting birds, traipsing over riverbank. All the while talking to folks with careers working in the wilderness, restoring the environment.
Camp Green Meadows gives Merced County fifth- and sixth-graders a chance to spread their wings and have some fun while learning serious science. This summer, the camp trained teachers to share how it’s done.
The Tuolumne River Trust and partner nonprofits have created a grade-by-grade progression of standards-based science lessons and field trips around local rivers, a project believed to be unique in the nation. A federal grant is supporting the Waterways pilot in Hughson Unified.
My opposition to Common Core math is based on the fact that it is marketed as raising the bar on math standards and was designed to ensure students are “college and career ready.” These statements are untrue and feed a false narrative that continues to be marketed locally and nationally by politicians and “education reformers.”
Common Core for Mathematics has the potential to be a positive instructional change for students. In order for students to experience the change, however, it depends on the teacher and his or her view of math instruction.
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