The 5th Graders spent the whole day outside learning about nature. They gathered material and built a fire and talked about the best way to construct one. They learned the difference between predator and prey. The collected leaves and classified them. Mr. Coleman jumped into the lake to dig up some mud to see what living creatures were in there. Mr. Yoder came out to the barn an played for them.
“The Peak at the Bay” is a program designed to make students aware of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how people in the Shenandoah Valley can affect the Chesapeake Bay. Originated at Peak View Elementary for about thirty 5th graders for about 2 hours after school, the program has spread to Montevideo Middle School this fall and possibly Cub Run Elementary in the spring.
Activities have included hikes, learning about the geology of Massanutten Mountain and the Valley, water testing, Science on the Sphere at JMU, activities in the Geology Department at JMU, lab activities on the turbidity of water, exploring the grounds of their school to map water run-off, and looking a maps of Virginia to explore the watershed.
Thanks for all who came out and helped make PKVES Harvest Fest 2014 a great event!