Monday, June 10, 2013

A Trip to the Farm

I had the privilege of chaperoning a school science field trip last week.  We took a trip to the farm, where students learned about eco-systems, animal organs, and even chemical reactions.  The most fun was seeing the animals, of course.  I took these photos to share with you all today.

Learning about the organs included taking a peek at some brains and comparing them (as shown above) and actually touching & feeling some REAL animal organs.  I spared you the photos on that, because it wasn't all that pretty.  Students saw and touched a cow's head, heart and liver, as well as a sheep's head and a lamb's heart.  Yes, there were many students that were squeamish!

 After learning about animal organs, the students got a chance to see some live animals (much better, don't you think?).  The cute turtle shown above was the first, and look - he even stuck his head out for a photo!

This baby goat had climbed through the fence and was just hanging out on the tree!  So cute!!!

It was feeding time for this pair of pigs and for the calf below.

Remember the baby goat that was on the tree?  He climbed back into his pen to join his siblings.

By the time we got to these two big pigs, it was REALLY hot outside, and they were having a nice nap.

Have you ever made Gak before?  Well, it's a perfect example to illustrate a chemical reaction for kids (and it's also fun)!

Students made some Gak at the field trip, and this is what it looked like:

They mixed and mixed their solutions until Gak was created, and then they were prompted to make Gak sculptures as a contest for a treat from the snack bar.  The Gak Farmer (photo on the right) was 1st runner up.

It was a good trip to the farm, and a great hands on field trip.  =0)

That's a wrap!  Thanks for reading, and happy Monday. 


Noor Unnahar said...

Looks so fun , it must be edu fun there :)

Eyelah said...

That sounds like a nice trip!! I'm working on becoming a science teacher so It's nice to have some ideas on what I could do with future students.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a fun field trip (except for the animal organs)! I love the adorable animals. :)

Yankee Burrow Creations said...

ewww...I prefer my animals with their innards inside. lol. looks like you all had a great about sharing the recipe for that GAK?

Isobel Morrell said...

Glad you had such a good day - and that the information was not in any way "glamorised"! The more kids know about where their food comes from, the better. Imagine, some kids in the UK think cheese grows on trees!!!!

Melissa at said...

The baby goats! So cute! Sounds like a fun day.

Denysia Yu said...

Wow, it looked like a super fun field trip! :D

xx Denysia Yu

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