Wood Elementary students got a chance to hone their science and math skills during a unique visit where they got to learn about George Washington Carver.
Wood Elementary School hosted a free Super Science Night extravaganza on Jan. 24 and 25, 2017. Students in 4th and 5th grades were delighted to share in learning several interesting facts about National Parks in Missouri and their notable historical figures. Additionally, the students were able to participate in several fun, exciting and engaging science, math and social studies standards with “hands on” activities.
On Tuesday evening, Ranger Valerie Baldwin from George Washington Carver National Park and Dr. Ed Williamson, associate professor, Drury University, presented a session on Dr. G.W. Carver as a Missourian and his life’s work as a minority scientist. There was also another engaging and fun learning session on tree cookies, during which students learned about dendrochronology (the study of trees) using cross-cut sections of wood (phloem, xylem, heartwood, cambium, outer and inner bark).
The following school day, the presenters rotated through the 4th and 5th grade classrooms with a Sweetie Pie Potato Lab. Students observed, described, estimated and accurately measured a sweet potato’s length, width, circumference and mass while using metric measures and a balance scale.
Every Wood Elementary classroom teacher received a complementary flash drive as a keepsake for their students. The storage device contained the park’s new film, interactive lesson plans for 2nd, 4th, middle school and high school students. It also contained an abbreviated film for elementary students, entitled “George Washington Carver: A Man of Character.” Students were encouraged to visit the six National State Parks in Missouri with their families to learn even more in their free time.
Students were able to benefit from practical “real world” investigative experiences using science and math skills and resource while creating an enjoyable and lasting memory to treasure about Missouri History. The event was coordinated by Saralice Campbell, fifth grade teacher.