The Dallas Arboretum is always a lovely place to visit, but in the fall it is even better! Oakridge Second Graders had a wonderful time on a Wednesday in November at the “best autumn experience south of New England.”
They started their time at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Here, they explored a unique 8-acre adventure garden dedicated to making science and nature come alive. The garden features over 150 hands-on exhibits in 12 exciting learning galleries. The students walked on a sky walk through the tree tops, looked through scopes over White Rock Lake, and followed a stairway through a giant tree to see how trees work from the inside out! Their teachers wanted to extend their classroom learning, so they took the time to develop a special activity.
As a classroom connection, students looked for items that represented science terms to complete a pictorial scavenger hunt on iPads. Each group of six students collaborated to find an item, for example, that was translucent or buoyant and then took a picture of it in a slide show. It was amazing to hear the students think aloud about scientific traits using scientific terms. In some cases, they even conducted little experiments to determine if the item would accurately represent the term. Even the guides at the garden recognized our students’ strong command of basic science concepts and terms.
As a follow-up to the field trip, all of the students enjoyed seeing the slideshows each group created. Each student group had the opportunity to communicate with the class about their discoveries on the field trip.
In addition to the second graders visiting the Arboretum,The Oakridge School Kindergarten Class visited the Pumpkin Patch at the Arboretum on October 30th. The students enjoyed the pumpkin maze, walking through the pumpkin storybooks and lunch. It was a beautiful day of learning that continues to benefit our students.