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What Do Animals Eat? Our 4th Graders Forage in the Woods to Find Out

As part of their study of ecology, Grade 4 science students spent time in the school’s woodlands Nov. 2, lifting rocks and poking underneath fallen logs, looking for food. Not just any food, the plant or prey for the specific animal they had each been assigned to impersonate. Laminated animal descriptions worn by each student on lanyards provided some clues as to where to look, but it was the responsibility of the “bird” to find an earthworm or the “bear” to find a salamander.
This hands-on experiential activity - a hallmark of a Country School education - brought to life their study of food chains. 

“I want my students to learn about science as they are experiencing it,” said Lower School Science Teacher Chantal Detlefs, who has taught at the school since 2005 and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science. 
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