MES students learn by going on field trip |

MES students learn by going on field trip

by Lynn Sahlin

The most effective way to learn and retain knowledge is by actually experiencing what it is we want to learn.

With this concept in mind, Debra Cross, 5th and 6th grade multi-age teacher at Minden Elementary, and Laura Conrow, her student teacher, taught a geology unit that their students will remember for a long time.

The lesson began on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Camp Richardson by the shores of Lake Tahoe where the students worked in teams to set up tents, build campfires, cook meals and plan evening activities. Families participated in nature walks and poetry writing.

The next three days were spent studying in-depth the geologic formation of the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas. The group hiked to Angora Lakes to study how glacier movement formed that area and to Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls to compare and contrast glacial features in those locations.

Hikes to Round Lake and Cave Rock provided opportunities to study how volcanoes influenced the formation and geology in those areas. Students also learned to identify various rocks and categorize them into sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic origins.

Chris Temen, a geologist from Reno, was a guest speaker for the group and provided the students with a wide variety of interesting facts and information pertaining to geology.

Cross and Conrow provided the students from Minden Elementary with an unforgettable learning experience. In addition to acquiring skills in camping, outdoor safety and working together, the students learned a tremendous amount about the geology of the incredible mountains that surround us. They said it would not have been possible without the support and assistance of the parents and Principal Klaire Pirtle and the cooperation and hard work of the students.

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